Worship – May 3rd

How to use this resource:
Set aside intentional time to read the words below, watch the videos, listen to the music, and be in prayer. Gather together everyone in your house for this time. Treat the time and space as sacred: shut of electronics, silence the cell phones, and minimize distractions.

As you move through the service, share the leadership! If you have kids or youth in your household, invite them to do a piece or two of the service.

The kids’ bulletin, which is based upon the Acts 2:42-47 reading, can be found here for this week!

Time for Silence, Reflection, and Confession
During this season of Easter, we are taking time to quiet our hearts in preparation of worship. Set aside this time, at the beginning of worship, to be silent and have your house be silent. As we spend this time apart, focus in the silence upon that which connects us: the love of God in all places and times.

[Silence]

Call to Worship – Inspired by Psalm 23
In the darkest valley,
at the banquet table;
in the hard work of life,
at the moments of ease;

in our day-to-day reality,
at times set aside–
like this time, now–
for worship, for listening, for paying attention;

with every step we take:
goodness and mercy follow us;
our cups overflow.

Gathering Song – Thine is The Glory – Performed by the Colvard Family
Words for the song can be found here.


Scripture Readings

Reading – Acts 2:42-47The First Converts in Acts
The reading can be found here
Read below by Jeff Buchanan


Reading – Psalm 23 – Read together and responsively
Read below by Jaxson Gordon


The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;

    he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths
    for his name’s sake.


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
    my whole life long.


Reading – John 10.1-10 – Jesus as the Good Shepherd
The reading can be found here.
Read below by Kathy Barth


Message – Pastor Adam
My Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I miss being able to introduce to you crazy/interesting sermon illustrations each week! So, this week, I’m going to try. Below are two videos for the message. The first is a piece on the “Museum of Failure” in Sweden. Please watch it first and enjoy! Then, watch my message below.

– Pastor Adam

Video from Pastor Adam

Questions for Reflection
How does “shepherd” and “sheep” imagery resonate (or not) with your life?


When is a time that you have felt the need for a guide (shepherd) in your life?


Where did you find that guidance?


How and where and when can you be led to ‘still waters’ during this time?


Centering Song
Contemporary Song – Your Grace is Enough

Words for the song can be found here.

Traditional Song – Shepherd Me, O God
Words for the song can be found here

Centering Prayer
Loving Shepherd,
You lead and guide,
You walk alongside,
You prepare, you feed, you call,
all of your sheep,
even those of us who are lost,
those of us who stray constantly,
those of us who stay close to your comforting staff.


We are grateful for the lush green pastures of our lives,
and we pause now to offer our thanksgivings
for the goodnesses in our lives…
[Silence for Reflection]

There are so many who walk in the shadows
of fear and suffering and despair,
and we pause now, to offer our prayers
for the broken and bleeding places in this world…
[Silence for Reflection]

We also offer our prayers for the sheep of our own flocks,
in our families and friends,
in this our church and our community…
[Silence for Reflection]

O Loving Shepherd,
We have all we need,
as we live in You.
Teach us to follow you through all the seasons of life
And teach us to 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 and ever.
Amen.

Sending Song – I’m So Glad Jesus Lifted Me – Performed by the SOTH Worship Team
Words for the song can be found here.

Blessing and Sending
Go now with your trust in the good shepherd,
and let us love, not just in words,
but in truth and action.
Believe in the name of Jesus Christ,
and love one another, just as he has commanded us.

And may God be at your side, even in valleys of death.
May Christ Jesus be the cornerstone of your life.
And may the Holy Spirit abide in you
….and tend you with love and mercy all the days of your life.

We go in peace to love and serve the Lord,
…In the name of Christ. Amen.

Offering and Giving
Shepherd of the Hills will continue to provide worship, support and outreach as the COVID-19 situation progresses. Of course, your giving helps support these efforts. As your finances allow, please consider continuing to support our shared ministries. There are two ways to give:
– Mail your tithe or offering to the church office. The office will remain open for normal business hours.
– Give online! Our online giving is secure and fully operational. It can be found here.
Thank for helping us continue to spread God’s Word and help those in need during these challenging times.

Centering Prayer written by Rev Karla
Blessing – Copyright © 2003 Nathan Nettleton – LaughingBird.net