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SALEM UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST1500 Main StreetHigginsville, Missouri 64037SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTERCONFIRMATION SUNDAYApril 23, 201710:30 a.m.THE GATHERINGMUSIC BEFORE WORSHIP* PROCESSIONAL HYMN“Worship Christ the Risen King”No. 225WELCOME: No matter who you are or where you are in yourlife’s journey, you are welcome here. On this second Sunday ofEaster, we hear how doubt and belief are woven into faith for thedisciples – and for us. Welcome to worship.NEWS OF THE CONGREGATIONADDRESSING OURSELVES TO GODRINGING OF THE BELLOrgan Prelude“Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart”arr. Leatherman* CALL TO WORSHIPLeader: Sing a new song!People: A springtime shout-out to new life!Leader: Sing praise to our joyful Easter GodPeople: Whose power brings new life out of death!Leader: Immerse our doubt and despair in the fountain of newbirthPeople: And refresh our visions and hopes, and make themnew!Leader: For God has taken ordinary thingsPeople: And made them extraordinary.All:Hallelujah!1

* INVOCATION (Unison)Stand among us once again, risen Christ, and bless us withyour greeting: “Peace be with you.” Stand among us onceagain, Exalted Brother, and breathe upon us your promisedSpirit. Stand among us once again, you who have escapeddeath, and give us new birth into your living hope. Amen.*GLORIA PATRINo. 623HEARING AND RESPONDING TO THEWORDHYMN“Thine Is the Glory”(Please write your joys and concerns on the card and hand it to the usher during the hymn)JOYS AND CONCERNS Preparation for prayerNo. 227PASTORAL PRAYER, THE LORD’S PRAYER(“debts” and “debtors” words in hymn No. 426)MORNING OFFERINGOffertory“Because He Lives”*Doxology*Dedication Prayer*AFFIRMATION OF FAITHarr. BockNo. 625Apostle’s Creed(Printed inside back cover of Hymnal)CHANCEL CHOIR “The Potter’s Hand” Zschech-arr. LarsonRECOGNITION OF 1ST YEAR CONFIRMATION CLASSTommyVIDEO PRESENTATION OF 2017 CONFIRMATION CLASSTHE ORDER OF CONFIRMATION:THE AFFIRMATION OF BAPTISMINVITATIONELDER: We invite to come forward those who wish to affirmtheir baptism by being confirmed.2

ELDER: Friends in Christ, we all are received into the churchthrough the sacrament of baptism. These people havefound nurture and support in the midst of the family ofChrist. Through prayer and study they have been led bythe Holy Spirit to affirm their baptism and to claim in ourpresence their covenantal relationship with Christ and themembers of the church. They are here for service to JesusChrist, using the gifts which the Holy Spirit bestows.QUESTIONS OF THE CANDIDATESPASTOR: Do you desire to affirm your baptism into the faithand family of Jesus Christ?CANDIDATES: I do.PASTOR: Do you renounce the powers of evil and desire thefreedom of new life in Christ?CANDIDATES: I do.PASTOR: Do you profess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior?CANDIDATES: I do.PASTOR: Do you promise, by the grace of God, to be Christ’sdisciple, to follow in the way of our Savior, to resistoppression and evil, to show love and justice, and towitness to the work and word of Jesus Christ as bestyou are able?CANDIDATES: I promise, with the help of God.PASTOR: Do you promise, according to the grace given you, togrow in the Christian faith and to be a faithfulmember of the church of Jesus Christ, celebratingChrist’s presence and furthering Christ’s mission in allthe world?CANDIDATES: I promise, with the help of God.*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH (Unison)Apostle’s Creed(Printed inside back cover of Hymnal)3

PRAYER OF THE CANDIDATESPASTOR AND CANDIDATES:O God, my God, known to me in Jesus Christ, I give myself to youas your own, to love and serve you faithfully all the days of my life.Amen.PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATIONPASTOR: Let us pray in silence.PASTOR: Let us pray together.ALL: Almighty God, who in baptism received these yourservants into the church, forgave their sins, andpromised them eternal life, increase in them the giftsof your Holy Spirit. Grant love for others, joy inserving you, peace in disagreement, patience insuffering, kindness toward all people, goodness inevil times, faithfulness in temptation, gentleness inthe face of opposition, self-control in all things.Thereby strengthen them for their ministry in theworld; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.ACT OF CONFIRMATIONLane Aaron BorchersCarys Marie BrockmanCooper Thoreau FisherCarson David StarkeLogan Delayna TracyPRAYER OF CONFIRMATIONADDRESSQUESTION ABOUT PARTICIPATIONPASTOR: Do you promise to participate in the life and missionof this family of God’s people, sharing regularly in theworship of God and enlisting in the work of this localchurch as it serves this community and the world?4

CANDIDATES: I promise, with the help of God.*WELCOMEELDER: Let us, the members of Salem United Church ofChrist express our welcome and affirm our covenantof ministry in Christ.*PEOPLE: We promise you our continuing friendship andprayers as we share the hopes and labors of thechurch of Jesus Christ. By the power of the HolySpirit may we continue to grow together inGod’s knowledge and love and be witnesses ofour risen Savior.GREETING OF CHRISTIAN LOVEPASTOR AND REPRESENTATIVESIn the name of Jesus Christ, and on behalf of, Salem United Churchof Christ, we extend to you the hand of Christian love.PRAYERPRAYER FOR UNDERSTANDINGSCRIPTURE READINGMEDITATION:John 20: 19-31 (N.T. p. 108)“Brave Thomas”TommyTHE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNIONINVITATION TO THE TABLEPRAYER OF CONFESSION (Unison)Even though we have come through the joy of Easter andsung the triumphant Easter songs, yet we are still so lost andconfused, Lord. Like Thomas who walked the Judeancountryside with Jesus, we still have trouble believing in theresurrection of Jesus. We easily slip back into the darkness ofdisbelief. We move the joy of Easter into the past andcontinue in a downward path to misunderstanding. Shine yourbright light of joy upon us. Lighten our dark path. Help us to5

believe, even though we have not seen you, touched yourhands and side. Help us to proclaim Jesus as our Lord andSavior.ASSURANCE OF PARDONTommy: Within every kernel of doubt, there is a tree of life andhope. In those times when our faith falters, when wecannot bring ourselves to see the presence of the Holyamong us, God takes our faith and transforms it,patiently showing us the many ways Christ walks amongus. Look around you: as close as your own beating heart,and in the eyes of your nearest neighbor, grace aboundsat the heart of all life. We are all God’s children, lovedwithout condition and without limit.People: Hallelujah and amen!SHARING OF THE MEAL(The grape juice is in the inner circle of the tray. The Elders will distributethe elements and at the direction of the pastor we will all partake together.)THE SENDING*HYMN“Fill Me Now”No. 261“Great is the Lord”Smith*BENEDICTION*POSTLUDEThe Worship Service is over and our Service begins.*Indicates please stand if you are able to do so************************************Leading Worship Today:Rev. Dr. Tommy L. Faris – PastorStanton Thompson – LiturgistJune Howell – Christian Education CoordinatorJamie Smith – Substitute Organist/Pianist/Chancel Choir DirectorGREETING YOU TODAY ARE:North Door: Frank and Pearle AlumbaughSouth Door: Linda Amor6

IN OUR PRAYERS:Kenneth Rinne, hospitalized at Research Medical Center.Pat Haston, hospitalized at St. Luke’s North Hosptial.Marilyn Cole, was hospitalized at Western Missouri Medical Center,and is now recovering at home.Marty Begemann, home with hospice care.Anna Marie Rinne, recovering at Meyer Care Center.Wilma Dieckhoff, currently residing at Meyer Care Center.Myrna Fette, New Haven Living Center, Odessa.WE EXTEND OUR SYMPATHY TO:Angie and Kevin Berry and family. Angie’s sister Stacey M.Washington passed away Saturday, April 15, 2017, her funeralservice was held Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Royer Funeral Homein Grain Valley.WE EXTEND OUR SYMPATHY TO:The family of Wayne Whitaker. Wayne passed away Thursday, April20, 2017. Per Wayne’s request there will not be a visitation orfuneral service. Memorials may be sent to Salem Church and thefamily will designate a use for them at a later date.ALTAR FLOWERS: Are placed by the Board of ChristianEducation in honor of the 2017 Confirmation Class.HUGE THANKS! For the fourth consecutive year, Fay Tilly hascreated an amazing banner to celebrate our confirmands. Thankyou, Fay, for your time and amazing talent with the 2017confirmation class.STUDENTS RECEIVING THEIR FIRST YEARCONFIRMATION GRADUATION CERTIFICATESTODAY ARE:Charles Henry GrumkeKaylee Elizabeth Harden7

2017 CONFIRMATION CLASSLane Aaron Borchers son of Keill and Keri Borchers. Lane’smentor is Stanton Thompson.Psalms 37: 23-24“The steps of a man are established by the LORD, when he delightsin his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for theLORD upholds his hand.”Carys Marie Brockman daughter of Cody Brockman and J.J.Brockman. Cary’s mentor is Julie DavenportProverbs 31:25“She is clothed with strength and dignity and laughs without fear ofthe future.”Cooper Thoreau Fisher son of Josh and Kyla Fisher. Cooper’smentor is Frank Alumbaugh.Psalm 23:4“Though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for youare with me; your rod and your staff-they comfort me”Carson David Starke son of David and Carla Starke. Carson’smentor is Keill Borchers.Hebrews 12:11“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on,however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for thosewho have been trained by it.”Logan Delayna Tracy daughter of Dale and Dana Cox andRussell and Lisa Tracy. Logan’s mentor is Janice Hoefer.Joshua 1:9“Be strong and of good courage, do not be afraid, nor be dismayed,for the Lord, your God, is with you wherever you go.”Confirmation Class Song:“Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)” by Chris TomlinConfirmation Class Colors: Orange and GreenTESTIMONY BOOKLETS: Copies of the Confirmands’testimonies are available in the back of the sanctuary.8

ANNOUNCEMENTS:CHANCEL CHOIR: The Chancel Choir will not have rehearsalon Wednesday, April 26.PORK CHOP DINNER – SUNDAY, APRIL 30:Youth on Mission’s annual grilled pork chop dinner will be held onSunday, April 30th. The menu is pork chop, homemade macaroniand cheese, green beans, and a roll. As in the past, we will offerdrive-through service, if the weather allows. The cost will be 10/meal and we will serve from 11:15 am until 12:30 pm. Toguarantee your meal, please phone Sarah in the church office at584-3603. As always, thank you for your support!WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP NEW THEATRE TRIP:We will be seeing “The Dixie Swim Club” on Wednesday, June 14,2017. The price is 33.00 per person and a sign-up sheet is on thebulletin board outside the church office. Men are welcome to go onthis trip too, so far two men are going! Sign-up and payment is dueby April 28, 2017, please make checks to Women’s Fellowship.WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP CIRCLES IN MAYAll Circles will be meeting jointly for a pot luck salad luncheonWednesday, May 3, at Noon in the Church Dining Room. See YOUthen!RECOGNITION OF GRADUATES:The church will recognize all graduates on May 14, 2017, during the10:30 a.m. worship service. If you have anyone graduating fromhigh school or college this spring please call the church office (660)584-3603 with the information by May 10, 2017, so they can beincluded in the bulletin.VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: The Memorial Committee is askingfor volunteers to water the flower pots at the front doors of thechurch. If you are interested please call Mary Homfeld, 584-3060.HONOR YOUR MOTHER with a donation for a specially madeblanket used for disasters locally and around the world. This is agreat way to blanket the world with love. An article and envelopewill be in the May Lamplighter.9

COMMUNITY NEWS:IN THE FREEDOM OF THE SON! BY PATSY BAGLIEN:Living through the devastating tornado of March 29, 1998 thatdestroyed our small town in Comfrey, Minnesota, I was “brokendown” but also “broken open” to the Lord. Hear me sing my storythis evening at 7:00 pm. at Immanuel Lutheran Church.LAFAYETTE AREA WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP:(Anyone wishing to go from Salem, please meet in the SalemParking Lot at 8:30 a.m. to share rides.) Will have their Springmeeting and salad luncheon on Thursday, April 27, 2017, at TrinityUCC, Lexington. Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. with fellowshipand coffee time. The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the Saladluncheon begins at Noon. The program will be about C.A.R.Outreach Program. C.A.R. provides transportation for cancertreatments for people that live in the Lexington area. Volunteersfrom Trinity UCC are a part of the C.A.R. team. The offering willgo to C.A.R. PLEASE COME AND BRING A FRIEND. Bothmen and women are encouraged to come.NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER SERVICE: Will be held onThursday, May 4, 6:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 1907 PeachStreet.JKV AND MEYER CARE CENTER BIBLE STUDY:John Knox Village and Meyer Care Center have a weekly BibleStudy that is led, on a rotational schedule, by the MinisterialFellowship. Greg Fine (First Baptist) will be leading Bible Studyduring the month of April, and Terry Cook (Methodist) during themonth of May. The Bible Study is held every Wednesday, 10:1510:45 a.m. in the Country Side Lane Dining Room.UP COMING DATES:April 30 – Installation of Church Officers during the 10:30 a.m.serviceYOM Pork Chop DinnerMay 7 – Music SundayMay 14 – Mother’s DayRecognition of Graduates during the 10:30 a.m. service10

THIS WEEK’S EVENTS AT SALEMApril 23, thru April 30, 2017Sunday -8:30 a.m. Early Worship9:15 a.m. Sunday School10:30 a.m. Worship/Confirmation/CommunionMonday -6:30 p.m. Bear Den7:00 p.m. Overeaters Anonymous7:00 p.m. C.E.R.T. Meeting7:30 p.m. Lafayette Area Cluster MeetingTuesday -Food PantryAfternoon Quilting5:30 p.m. Cub ScoutsWednesday – 10:30 a.m. Lafayette Area Pastors Meeting4:45 p.m. Webelos I6:00 p.m. Tiger Scouts7:00 p.m. Alcoholics AnonymousNo Chancel Choir RehearsalThursday -Afternoon QuiltingFriday -No Activities ScheduledSaturday -9:30 a.m. A. A.Sunday-8:30 a.m. Early Worship9:15 a.m. Sunday School10:30 a.m. Worship/Installation ofChurch OfficersYouth on Mission Pork Chop Dinner