Geneva Methodist Church Worship

April 21st, 2024

4th Sunday of Easter

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Call To Worship

Opening Hymn


Wonderful Words of Life

1.	Sing them over again to me, 
	wonderful words of life; 
	let me more of their beauty see, 
	wonderful words of life; 
	words of life and beauty 
	teach me faith and duty.

	Beautiful words, wonderful words, 
	wonderful words of life. 
	Beautiful words, wonderful words, 
	wonderful words of life.

2.	Christ, the blessed one, gives to all 
	wonderful words of life; 
	sinner, list to the loving call,
	wonderful words of life; 
	all so freely given, 
	wooing us to heaven. 

3.	Sweetly echo the gospel call, 
	wonderful words of life; 
	offer pardon and peace to all, 
	wonderful words of life; 
	Jesus, only Savior, 
	sanctify forever. 

WORDS: Philip P. Bliss, 1874
MUSIC: Philip P. Bliss, 1874
Theme: Faith; Forgiveness; Music and Singing; Service Music: Prayer for Illumination; The Book of the Church : Holy Scripture

Scripture Reading

1Vindicate me, O LORD, for I have led a blameless life; I have trusted in the LORD without wavering. 2Test me, O LORD, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; 3for your love is ever before me, and I walk continually in your truth. 4I do not sit with deceitful men, nor do I consort with hypocrites; 5I abhor the assembly of evildoers and refuse to sit with the wicked. 6I wash my hands in innocence, and go about your altar, O LORD, 7proclaiming aloud your praise and telling of all your wonderful deeds. 8I love the house where you live, O LORD, the place where your glory dwells. 9Do not take away my soul along with sinners, my life with bloodthirsty men, 10in whose hands are wicked schemes, whose right hands are full of bribes. 11But I lead a blameless life; redeem me and be merciful to me. 12My feet stand on level ground; in the great assembly I will praise the LORD.
Psalms 26 (NIV)

Affirmation of Faith


Affirmations of Faith: The Nicene Creed

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
     he came down from heaven,
     was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary
     and became truly human.
     For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
     he suffered death and was buried.
     On the third day he rose again
     in accordance with the Scriptures;
     he ascended into heaven
     and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
     He will come again in glory
     to judge the living and the dead,
     and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son
     is worshiped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.
We acknowledge one baptism
     for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
     and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Hymn of Preparation


Spirit of the Living God

Spirit of the living God,
Fall afresh on me.
Spirit of the living God,
Fall afresh on me.
Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me.
Spirit of the living God,
Fall afresh on me.

WORDS: Daniel Iverson, 1926, adapt.
MUSIC: Daniel Iverson, 1926
Scripture: Acts 11:15
Theme: Calmness and Serenity; Choruses and Refrains; Christian Experience; Christian Year: Pentecost; Discipleship and Service; Holy Communion; Holy Spirit; Installation Services; Presence (Holy Spirit); Sanctifiying and Perfecting Grace: Rebirth and the New Creation; Service Music: Invitation to Prayer; Service Music: Litany Prayer; Service Music: Prayer for Illumination

Intercessory Prayer


The Summons

Holy Communion


A Service of Word and Table II


Christ our Lord invites to his table all who love him,
who earnestly repent of their sin
and seek to live in peace with one another.
Therefore, let us confess our sin before God and one another.


Merciful God,
we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have failed to be an obedient church.
We have not done your will,
we have broken your law,
we have rebelled against your love,
we have not loved our neighbors,
and we have not heard the cry of the needy.
Forgive us, we pray.
Free us for joyful obedience,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hear the good news:
Christ died for us while we were yet sinners;
that proves God's love toward us.
In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!

In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!
Glory to God. Amen.


The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is right, and a good and joyful thing, 
Always and everywhere to give thanks to you,
Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth. 

And so,
with your people on earth
and all the company of heaven
we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Holy are you, and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ. 
By the baptism of his suffering, death, and resurrection
You gave birth to your church,
Delivered us from slavery to sin and death,
And make with us a new covenant 
By water and the Spirit.

On the night in which he gave himself up for  us
He took bread, gave thanks to you, broke the bread,
 gave it to his disciples, and said:
"Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me."

When the supper was over, he took the cup, 
Gave thanks to you, gave it to his disciples, and said:
"Drink from this, all of you;
this is my blood of the new covenant,
poured out for your and 
for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it,
in remembrance of me."

And so,
in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ,
we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving
as a holy and living sacrifice,
in union with Christ's offering for us,
as we proclaim the mystery of faith.

Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.

Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here,
and on these gifts of bread and wine.
Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ,
that we may be for the world the body of Christ,
redeemed by his blood.

By your Spirit make us one with Christ,
one with each other,
 and one in ministry to all the world,
until Christ comes in final victory,
and we feast at his heavenly banquet. 

Through your Son Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church,
all honor and glory is yours, almighty Father,
now and forever. 


And now, with the confidence of children of God,
let us pray:

Our Father, who art in heaven,
 hallowed be thy name.
 Thy kingdom come,
 thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
 as we forgive those who trespass against us. 
And lead us not into temptation,
 but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory
 forever. Amen



The body of Christ, given for you. Amen.
The blood of Christ, given for you. Amen.

Presentation of our Tithes and Offerings



Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; 
praise Him, all creatures here below; 
praise Him above, ye heavenly host; 
praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

WORDS: Thomas Ken, 1674
Theme: Adoration and Praise; Gratitude; Service Music: Doxology; The Glory of the Triune God: Praise and Thanksgiving

Scripture Reading

1Afterward Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, "This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 'Let my people go, so that they may hold a festival to me in the desert.'" 2Pharaoh said, "Who is the LORD, that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the LORD and I will not let Israel go." 3Then they said, "The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Now let us take a three-day journey into the desert to offer sacrifices to the LORD our God, or he may strike us with plagues or with the sword." 4But the king of Egypt said, "Moses and Aaron, why are you taking the people away from their labor? Get back to your work!" 5Then Pharaoh said, "Look, the people of the land are now numerous, and you are stopping them from working." 6That same day Pharaoh gave this order to the slave drivers and foremen in charge of the people: 7"You are no longer to supply the people with straw for making bricks; let them go and gather their own straw. 8But require them to make the same number of bricks as before; don't reduce the quota. They are lazy; that is why they are crying out, 'Let us go and sacrifice to our God.' 9Make the work harder for the men so that they keep working and pay no attention to lies." 10Then the slave drivers and the foremen went out and said to the people, "This is what Pharaoh says: 'I will not give you any more straw. 11Go and get your own straw wherever you can find it, but your work will not be reduced at all.'" 12So the people scattered all over Egypt to gather stubble to use for straw. 13The slave drivers kept pressing them, saying, "Complete the work required of you for each day, just as when you had straw." 14The Israelite foremen appointed by Pharaoh's slave drivers were beaten and were asked, "Why didn't you meet your quota of bricks yesterday or today, as before?" 15Then the Israelite foremen went and appealed to Pharaoh: "Why have you treated your servants this way? 16Your servants are given no straw, yet we are told, 'Make bricks!' Your servants are being beaten, but the fault is with your own people." 17Pharaoh said, "Lazy, that's what you are-lazy! That is why you keep saying, 'Let us go and sacrifice to the LORD.' 18Now get to work. You will not be given any straw, yet you must produce your full quota of bricks." 19The Israelite foremen realized they were in trouble when they were told, "You are not to reduce the number of bricks required of you for each day." 20When they left Pharaoh, they found Moses and Aaron waiting to meet them,
Exodus 5:1-20 (NIV)

Sermon: "God's Confirmation"

Theme: God confirms his call to you in spite of the pushback, the pain, and the polemics.

Benediction and Sending Forth

Closing Hymn


I Am Thine, O Lord

1.	I am thine, O Lord, I have heard thy voice, 
	and it told thy love to me; 
	but I long to rise in the arms of faith 
	and be closer drawn to thee.

	Draw me nearer, nearer, blessed Lord, 
	to the cross where thou hast died. 
	Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer, blessed Lord, 
	to thy precious, bleeding side.

2.	Consecrate me now to thy service, Lord, 
	by the power of grace divine; 
	let my soul look up with a steadfast hope, 
	and my will be lost in thine. 

3.	O the pure delight of a single hour 
	that before thy throne I spend, 
	when I kneel in prayer, and with thee, my God, 
	I commune as friend with friend! 

4.	There are depths of love that I cannot know 
	till I cross the narrow sea; 
	there are heights of joy that I may not reach 
	till I rest in peace with thee. 

WORDS: Fanny J. Crosby, 1875
MUSIC: William H. Doane, 1875
Scripture: Hebrews 10:22
Theme: Calmness and Serenity; Discipleship and Service; Heaven; Hope; Sanctifiying and Perfecting Grace: Personal Holiness