First United Methodist Church of Ridgeland
Saturday, May 25, 2019
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Order of Worship


First United Methodist Church, Ridgeland

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Mother’s Day Sunday

10:45 AM                                               May 12, 2019

Quieted cell phones allow the soul to engage     


* As you are able, please stand where indicated


Flowers are placed in the sanctuary today to the Honor and Glory of God

 By Ridgeland First UMC in honor of the Mothers of our congregation.



Welcome!  If you are our guest today, we welcome you. Please know we are thankful for your presence. Our greeters are here to serve by answering your questions as well as providing for your needs. Please call on them or any member of our congregation.


GATHERING MUSIC                                                                         Mallory Pickering


WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS                                               Miriam Malone, Lay Leader


            Mike McCollum, Chair         Pastor Parish Relations Committee




* SHARING THE PEACE                                                                    The Congregation

 CONNECTING                                                                                    Rev. Beth Miller

 CENTERING MUSIC                                                                          Mallory Pickering

 BRINGING IN THE LIGHT OF CHRIST                                             The Acolytes

 *OPENING HYMN OF PRAISE      For the Beauty of the Earth         UMH No. 121


 INVITATION TO  HOLY COMMUNION                                               The Pastor

             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.


 RESPONSIVE SHARING OF PSALTER               Psalm 23               Miriam Malone

 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

 The Lord makes me lie down in green pastures,

 Leads me beside still waters, restores my life,

 leads me in right paths for the sake of the Lord’s name.

 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil;

 for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;

 you anoint my head with oil, my cup overflows.

 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;

 and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord as long as I live. (UM Hymnal, 754)


*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH, THE APOSTLES’ CREED                         UMH No. 881

 *GLORIA PATRI                  Glory Be To The Father                                     UMH No. 70

 RECOGNITION OF MOTHERS                                            Screen Projection of Prayer                         



*HYMN OF PREPARATION        Jesus Is All the World to Me               UMH No. 469



             OFFERTORY PRAYER                                                              Rev. Percy Campbell

             * DOXOLOGY          Praise God, from Whom All Blessing Flow             UMH No. 94


SPECIAL MUSIC                       Morning Has Broken                            The Choir


SCRIPTURE LESSON                  Acts 9: 36 - 43                                  Rev. Beth Miller

 SERMON                                         A Pondering Question                   Rev. Beth Miller

 SERVICE OF HOLY COMMUNION                          UMH No. 13 or Screen Projection

 *HYMN OF RESPONSE                Since Jesus Came Into My Heart              TFWS No. 2140

 BENEDICTION        And now may the spirit which was in Jesus Christ be in me, enabling me to know God’s will and empowering me to do God’s will. (A Guide to Prayer For Ministers and Other Servants, Upper Room Books, p. 160)

*RECESSIONAL MUSIC                Seek Ye First                                   UMH No. 405