Please note the Yellow Frame Cemetery is a separate organization. If you need to contact the cemetery, call Jim Hunt at 973-670-9615 or T.R. Shotwell at 973-903-5958.
May 9, 2021, Sixth Sunday of Easter, 10:00 a.m.
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched—they must be felt with the heart.” –Helen Keller
Welcome and Announcements:
Prelude David Scott, organist
Call to Worship (responsive): Psalm 98
Leader: O sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things. His right hand and his holy arm have gotten him victory.
ALL: The LORD has made known his victory; he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations.
Leader: He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.
ALL: Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises.
Leader: Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody.
ALL: With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the LORD.
Leader: Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who live in it.
ALL: Let the floods clap their hands; let the hills sing together for joy.
Reading Today: PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — An assistant principal at an elementary school is accused of accessing the school district’s internal system to cast fraudulent votes for her daughter who was elected homecoming queen at her high school, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said. On Monday, agents arrested Laura Rose Carroll, 50, and her 17-year-old daughter on multiple charges stemming from the October homecoming vote at Tate High School in Pensacola. Carroll was booked into the Escambia County Jail and bond was set at $8,500, the agency said. It was not immediately known whether Carroll and her daughter are represented by a lawyer. Her daughter was taken into custody and transferred to the Escambia Regional Juvenile Detention Center. The case has been turned over to the state attorney’s office in Escambia County. Escambia County School District Superintendent Tim Smith told the News Journal that Carroll has been suspended from her job. He declined further comment. Her daughter has been expelled from Tate High School, agents said.
Call to Confession
Prayer of Confession: God, we often look for our identity and sense Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. 2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3 of worth in the wrong places, being homecoming queen, or valedictorian, or the vehicle we dive, or the house we live in, the total value of our portfolio, or the job we do. You are our Creator and Redeemer, and “hearts are restless until they rest in Thee.” Forgive us when we look in the wrong places for our sense of self-worth. We pray in the name of Jesus, who taught 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 debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.”
Time of Silent Prayer & Reflection
Assurance of Pardon
The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
Hymn#232 (verses 1 & 4) “Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise”
Verse 1: Hail the day that sees him rise, Alleluia!
to his throne beyond the skies. Alleluia!
Christ, the Lamb for sinners given, Alleluia!
enters now the highest heaven. Alleluia!
Verse 4: Lord, beyond our mortal sight, Alleluia!
Raise our hearts to reach thy heights, Alleluia!
There thy face unclouded see, Alleluia!
Find our heaven of heaven in Thee, Alleluia!
Reading: John 20
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. 2 So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” 3 So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4 Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first… Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.
Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.
13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”
“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.
15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”
Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”
16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”
She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).
17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me..”
Sermon: “By Name” Michael Nelms
Anthem “Thank You, Lord” -Dan Burgess Gina Maria Jones, soloist
Affirmation of Faith: The Brief Affirmation of Faith, 1982 (in unison):
In life and in death we belong to God. Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel, whom alone we worship and serve. We trust in God the Holy Spirit, everywhere the giver and renewer of life. The Spirit justifies us by grace through faith, sets us free to accept ourselves and to love God and neighbor, and binds us together with all believers in the one body of Christ, the Church.
Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by your name, you are mine.
When you go through deep waters and great trouble,
I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty,
you will not drown!
When you walk through the fire of oppression,
you will not be burned; the flames will not consume you.
For I am the Lord, your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.
Congregational Response “May the Lord, mighty God…”
Postlude David Scott, organist
Due to Covid-19, the Church office remains closed. Sunday School is also suspended until further notice. Beginning in April 2021, worship services will be, weather permitting, outdoors on either Saturday or Sunday. The decision on when and if to hold an outdoor worship service will be made on Friday mornings and announced to the church via the church’s email list. If you are not part of that list, you may check the church facebook page (www.facebook.com/yellowframechurch) or instagram account (www.instagram.com/yellowframepresbyterianchurch). When worship services take place outside, please bring your own lawn chair.