Fourth Sunday of Easter 2022

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I then shall live as one who’s been forgiven.

I’ll walk with joy to know my debts are paid.

I know my name is clear before my Father.

I am His child and I am not afraid.

So, greatly pardoned, I’ll forgive my brother;

The law of love I gladly will obey.

I THEN SHALL LIVE # 604 CH

Prayer of Confession

Lord of abiding love and infinite patience, we have come from times of stress, ongoing difficulties, as well as situations of hope and joy. In your mercy hear us as we confess that we have not thought enough about you this past week, and we have let events and demands crowd you out of our thoughts and our actions. Yet, as we come to this time of worship, we bow before you once more and seek your forgiveness for our blindness and indifference. Merciful Lord, turn our lives around and help us to acknowledge the many ways in which you bless and care for us, our families, and your world. Hear us, we pray through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen

Assurance of Pardon

Children of God, even though we are a stubborn people, God still absolutely loves and forgives us. In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven. Hallelujah!

Litany for Mothers

God of compassion, whose Son Jesus Christ, the child of Mary, shared the life of a home in Nazareth, and drew the whole human family to himself. Strengthen us in our daily living that in joy and sorrow we may know the power of your presence to bring together, build, and heal. We thank you today for the gift of mothers and mothering across the world.

Lord God, we pray for mothers everywhere. Like Samuel’s mother, may we have wisdom to know how to protect our children and keep them from harm. Like Naomi, may we be able to turn hard situations into good. Like Lois and Eunice, may we be ready to share the love of Christ with all those with whom we come in contact, knowing that everyone is made in the image of God and held in his power and care. Heavenly Father, bless us with your love.

Lord, we acknowledge today that we have received the inheritance of a powerful spiritual legacy, of Christian motherhood, from many of the maternal figures who have touched our lives. We acknowledge too that, by the sweat of their brows and the labor of their hands and minds, they have fed their families and nurtured countless generations. Merciful Savior ever guides us so that, because of our love for you and each other, generations yet unborn will rise up and call our mothers blessed and honor them through the ages

Watchword for the Week


Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!
Revelation 7:10

Watchword for Today


I will lead the blind by a road they do not know, by paths they have not known I will guide them
Isaiah 42:6

Doctrinal Text


God called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
1 Peter 2:9

Prayer for Today


Awesome God, without Christ, we would be trapped in the dark. Thank you for bringing light into the darkness of earth. When we feel like the darkness envelops us, remind us that you are always with us. Amen

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