05-02-2021: “Christ, Our True Vine”

~ The Presbyterian Church ~

of

Gatesville, Texas

May 2, 2021

(5th Sunday of Easter)

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.” – Psalm 19:1.

~ WE GATHER IN GOD’S NAME ~

Greeting and Announcements

Call to Worship: (Responsively)

Liturgist: The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces;

People: He will remove the disgrace of His people from all the earth.

Liturgist: In that day they will say, Surely this is our God;

People: We trusted in Him and He saved us.

Liturgist: This is the Lord, we trusted in Him;

People: Let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation. (Adapted from Isaiah 25)

~ WE OFFER OUR ADORATION & CONFESSION ~

Prayer of Adoration

Prayer of Confession (Unison)

God, you long to show us mercy. We have sinned against you in words, actions, and thoughts. You call us to follow you, but we hesitate to drop everything, are reluctant to commit to you fully. We have been hasty with rejecting people as our enemies. We hunger for exacting revenge instead of showing mercy. For the sake of our Savior, forgive us. Lead us. Amen.

Words of Assurance

~ WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD ~

Prayer for Illumination

Lesson from the Psalms of the Old Testament: Psalm 22:25-31

Lesson from the Epistles of the New Testament: Acts 8:26-40

“The Word of our Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Lesson from the Gospels: John 15:1-8

“The Gospel of the Lord,” “Thanks be to God”

Sermon: “Christ, Our True Vine”

Affirmation of Faith – “The Apostle’s Creed”

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth: And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, Born of the Virgin Mary, Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried: He descended into hell; The third day he rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit; The holy catholic church; The Communion of Saints; The Forgiveness of sins; The Resurrection of the Body, And the Life everlasting. Amen.

Prayers of the People

~ WE GIVE THANKS TO GOD ~

Presentation of Gifts & Offerings

~ THE LORD’S SUPPER ~

The Peace: Pass the peace with your neighbors with the following:

Offering: “The Peace of Christ be with you.” Acceptance: “And also with you.”

Holy Communion

Invitation to the Lord’s Table

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.

Great Thanksgiving and Lord’s Prayer (Unison)

Words of Institution

Communion of the People

Communion Prayer (Unison)

“Eternal God, we give thanks for this holy mystery in which you have given Yourself to us. Grant that we may go into the world in the strength of Your Spirit, to give ourselves for others in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.” (BCW)

~ WE GO AND SERVE IN GOD’S NAME ~

Charge and Benediction

Remember: “Feed Your Faith – Never Your Fear!”

Christ Our True Vine”

John 15:1-8

Summary: “As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me” – John 15:4.

I. Introduction.

II. Jesus’ Command to His Disciples.

III. The Vine.

A. The “True Vine”.

B. The Branches.

1. Lifted Up.

2. The Fruit Bearing Process Begins With “Lifting Up”.

3. The Pruning Begins.

IV. The Reason for Salvation is to Bear Fruit.

V. “Much Fruit” Equates to a Godly Character and a Holy Life.

VI. When We Abide in Christ . . .

VII. God Doesn’t Give Up on Us.

VIII. Conclusion.

~ May Announcements ~

men’s & Women’s Breakfast. The Men & Women of the Church will gather Wednesday, May 5at 8:00 AM at Rancher’s Steak House. All are welcome – bring a friend/neighbor.

“Mother’s Day Brunch”. The Youth of the Church, led by Youth Director Emily Johnson, will host a “Mother’s Day Brunch”, Sunday, May 9, at 9:00 AM. All Mothers and Mother Figures will be honored. Everyone is invited.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN. The Ladies will meet at 10:30 AM, Tuesday, May 11, in the Fellowship Hall for the Bible study and lunch TBD. All ladies are welcome.

SESSION MEETING. The Session will meet 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, May 12 in the Fellowship Hall.

BIRTHDAY FUND. Several years ago, the Birthday Fund was established to raise funds to use in our community mission outreach. Each birthday celebrant was to donate a dollar for each year celebrated. Please consider donating to this gracious fund when you celebrate your birthday. Feel free to designate your gift.