6th Sunday of Easter – 5/17/20

The Immeasurable Greatness – Ephesians 1.15-23
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GATHERING

Thoughts on giving thanks…
Prayer:
Lord, you give us the joy of celebrating Easter again and again throughout this season. Give us also the joys of life in your service, and bring us at last to the full joy of life eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Announcements:
In keeping with Governor Northam and Bishop Lewis, we will not be gathering in-person so long as there is a risk for those who would come to church. We at Cokesbury, and the United Methodist Church in Virginia, are still discerning the right course of action in the present moment. Particularly considering that the zip-code surrounding Cokesbury has the highest number of cases of any zip-code in the state.
We will keep everyone updated as to our plans going forward and we will continue to provide online worship until it is safe for us to gather together in person again.
Our primary concern is the safety and well-being of our immediate community.
Until we are back together in person, online giving can be made on our About page on the church website , cokesburyumc.church which will be linked in the video description for live worship as well as checks through the mail.
We’ve been sending out regular emails from the church about opportunities for online Bible Studies, devotionals, prayer requests, and updates on our local community. If you are not receiving those emails, and would like to, please send an email to cokesburyumc@gmail.com

Hymn 249 – Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in his wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of his glory and grace.

Prayer:
Fierce and friendly Lord, we feel alone, but even here worshipping online we discover friends we didn’t know we had. The discovery that none of us is really alone both gladdens and frightens us. Sharing life threatens loss of self. Give us the grace to learn that we have no life not shared. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, make us in your image so that we might be worthy witnesses of the joy that comes from claiming us as friends.

And as you taught us, so now we 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.

PROCLAIMING

Scripture: Ephesians 1:15-23
I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

Hymn 585 – This Little Light of Mine
V1. This little light of mine, I’m goin’a let it shine,
This little light of mine, I’m goin’a let it shine;
This little light of mine, I’m goin’a let it shine,
Let it shine, let it shine, let is shine.
V2. Everywhere I go, I’m goin’a let it shine,
Everywhere I go, I’m goin’a let it shine;
Everywhere I go, I’m goin’a let it shine,
Let it shine, let it shine, let is shine.
V3. All though the night, I’m goin’a let it shine,
All though the night, I’m goin’a let it shine,
All though the night, I’m goin’a let it shine,
Let it shine, let it shine, let is shine.

Sermon: The Immeasurable Greatness – Jeff Mickle

RESPONDING

Prayer:
Lord, in the mystery of dying and rising with Christ you have upended the world and brought life, new life, to your church. Breathe upon us again with your Spirit and give new life to your people, be with those who are not able to be with their families and friends this day, give us the strength and the wisdom to be the kind of people you’ve called us to be, and give us the hope to rejoice knowing that death has been defeated in you. Amen.

Offering – Reminder for online giving, through the mail, or the drop slot at the church.

Apostles’ 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; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at 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.

Giving Thanks:
The eyes of our hearts have been enlightened by God, and we are called to bear witness. Through the hardship and the pain and the despair Jesus has been there through it all and He will get us through. Jesus has this, and Jesus has us.
This week, take some time to reflect on how Jesus has been with you in the midst of our current struggles, and throughout your life. Rejoice in the knowledge that God has been with you even in the depths of despair. And, if you feel so inclined, give thanks to God in prayer, or by singing a song, or by reaching out to someone who was there for you when you needed it and just say, “Thanks.”

SENDING FORTH

Blessing and Benediction