Worship Bulletin • May 15, 2022


For Sunday, May 15, 2022
In-Person • 1:00 pm
Mount Soledad Presbyterian Church • Worship Center
The Fifth Sunday of Easter

Series — Image of colorful doors in an apartment complex with text overlaid, "Who is my neighbor"

Presider: Chris Kwok
Guest Preacher: Pastor Jennifer Guerra Aldana



Call to Worship

From the Presbyterian Church in Canada

In life, in death,
and in life beyond death,
The Risen Christ is Lord.
In success and discouragement,
in fear and in hope,
The Risen Christ is Lord.
Of the poor and broken,
of the sinner and the sinned against,
The Risen Christ is Lord.

In Church and community,
in our hearts and our homes,
The Risen Christ is Lord,
and so we gather to worship
in Jesus’ name.



Worship Song

Everything New

I can feel Your power, Love
Even in the hours of
The beckoning day or the darkening night

Cause You are making all things new
You are making everything new
You are making all things new
You are making everything, everything

Like sounds of a baby crying
Light breaks over Your horizon
I’m caught in the fall and the rise of Your tide

Like mountains born in fire
Born again by Your desire
I’m caught in the heart of the world You conspire

I’m caught in Your heart…
Your country of love
I’m caught in Your heart…
let Your country come



Prayer of Confession

Adapted from re:worship

Holy God,
we struggle to manifest the fruits of the Spirit,
but often find ourselves bound by the things of this world.
We know the whole law is summed up
in the single commandment
to love our neighbor as ourselves.

Yet we create fences around ourselves
to keep neighbors outside
and tell ourselves we have no responsibility.
Even in our own backyard
we “bite and devour” one another.
We wish it were different.

— Moment of silent prayer & confession —

When Jesus calls us to follow Him,
we find every excuse instead
to go home or to the workplace
to finish something more important first.
Yet we yearn to be more centered on You.
Help us to come and give our whole selves to You,
To be led into a life of love by You,
Jesus, our most loving Neighbor.
In whose name we pray, Amen.



Assurance of Forgiveness

Led by Presider

Despite our resistance,
we can be assured
that God’s loving arm redeems the people.
God calls us back to God’s realm,
and encourages us with a love we can never lose
no matter how hard we push back,
no matter how often we forget,
no matter how far we stray.
We need but ask and we are forgiven.
Thanks be to God. Amen.



Prayers of the People

Adapted from re:worship

God of grace,
in these continued days
of knowing and not knowing,
we, like the buds on the trees, 
are eager to burst forth into the world.
Hold us gently in place
as we continue to find ways to love our neighbor
and to be sent by You to do so.

And we seek blessing upon those
who have answered a call to care for us
Thank You for sending them to love us as neighbor.
These, we hold in our care as neighbors.

Help us to hear that caring for one another
is Your command on our lives.
Let us think on how we will
make the world a better place.
Let us think on what kindness, however small,
we might offer someone.
Let us remember that our life is not our own,
but belongs to You.

— Moment of silent prayer & intercession —

Holy Spirit,
help us dream how we might enter our communities
to be a beacon of hope for those living in disorder
to come alongside them while they find order;
alongside them while they reorder their lives.
Help us always, Lord,
to remember our promise to You
that we will care for our neighbor as ourselves.
Amen.



Passing of the Peace

Together

Greet one another and/or send a text message to someone either from our Anchor City Community or someone who needs God’s peace this day!



Family Praise

Led by Arya & Esme Kim



Blessing of the Children

Led by Presider

Children hold out their hands to receive the blessing

Go in peace and go in joy
Filled with wonder for this day
Go in faith and go in love
God will guide you on your way!



Scripture Reading

Led by Presider

Presider: This is the Word of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God!



Worship Song

Expectation

You redeem our past…
You take what’s old and broken
You’re breathing in new life

Rhythms of Your grace…
moving us to freedom
From darkness in……to light

You will make all things new
You’ll bring Your Kingdom here
We wait in expectation

We lift our eyes to You
Salvation’s drawing near
We wait in expectation

You have overcome…
the troubles we are facing
You’re standing here… with us

Oppression cannot win…
and anxious thoughts are broken
By the pow’r of Je…sus’ name

Oh… Oh… (x3)
Oh… Salvation’s drawing near



Sermon

Guest Speaker: Pastor Jennifer Guerra Aldana

Series — Image of colorful doors in an apartment complex with text overlaid, "Who is my neighbor"


Announcements

Reset Sunday

The month of May has 5 Sundays — the final Sunday of the month (May 29th) will be a Reset Sunday. Instead of gathering together at the Mount Soledad Presbyterian campus, we will provide a worship guide for you and encourage you to experience connection with God and others outside of the walls of the church building!


Pastors’ Sabbatical

PJ & PD will be gone on sabbatical for the entire month of May. Please keep Pastors Jeya & Dan in your prayers. Thanks to everyone who is helping out each Sunday while the pastors are on sabbatical!



Worship Song

Act Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly

It all comes down to this
What You require of me
Love my neighbor as myself
and You above all things

Act justly, love mercy
Walk humbly, with You God
In all things, in all ways
Walk humbly, with You God

It all comes down to this
To be Your hands and feet
Good News to all the world
The truth will set us free

It’s beauty for ashes
It’s mourning to dancing
It’s closer and closer
The Kingdom of heaven

Years from now we’ll see
the fruit our hands have sown
Faith just like a seed
The only way it grows



Benediction

Led by Pastor Jennifer Guerra Aldana

Being sent with God’s blessing into the world
to join Jesus’ mission of redemption



Fellowship and Conversation

Together

We will hang out if you’re available!


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