Scripture, Call to Worship & Lectionary

April 22, 2018 10:15 a.m. Worship Service
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Scripture:  Psalm 23
The message will be delivered by Rev. Richie Sanchez

 Weekly Lectionary Readings: Year C

 Call to Worship April 22, 2018

Leader: We have come here seeking to worship the God of all Creation.         

People: We have come to stand on holy ground!                                

Leader: We have come to sing God’s praises, as trees and plants sing God’s praise with their blooming.                                            

People: We have come to sing praises to our Creator!                               

Leader: We have come to experience the mighty rush of the Spirit like our surrounding flowing waters.                                           

People: We have come to open ourselves to the Holy Spirit!

 All: We have come to experience the God of Creation in this sacred space.


 Scripture April 22, 2018

Psalm 23 (NRSV)

1The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

2He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;

3he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.

4Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff— they comfort me.

5You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

6Surely 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.

 Psalm 23 (MSG)

 1-3 God, my shepherd!     I don’t need a thing. You have bedded me down in lush meadows,     you find me quiet pools to drink from. True to your word,     you let me catch my breath     and send me in the right direction.

Even when the way goes through     Death Valley, I’m not afraid     when you walk at my side. Your trusty shepherd’s crook     makes me feel secure.

You serve me a six-course dinner     right in front of my enemies. You revive my drooping head;     my cup brims with blessing.

Your beauty and love chase after me     every day of my life. I’m back home in the house of God     for the rest of my life

Scripture Snippets:

Exodus 33:12-24 Moses said to the LORD, “See you have said to me, ‘Bring up this people’/ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me.

Psalm 99 The LORD is king; let the peoples tremble! He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake! The LORD is great in Zion; he is exalted over all the peoples.

Philippians 4:6-7 (MGS) 6-7 Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

Luke 12:48b (NRSV) From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded.

Luke 12:48b (NRSV) From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded.

Matthew 5:48 (NRSV)
48Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect..