Southminster Presbyterian Church

4th Sunday of Easter                              April 22, 2018



Sharing the Peace of Christ
Leader: The Peace of Christ be with you.
People: And also with you.

Introit                               “Be Not Afraid”                                     Jacques Berthier


Call to Worship                                                                                       Psalm 104
Leader: Bless the Lord, O my Soul.
People: O Lord my God, you are very great.
Leader: You are clothed with honor and majesty.
People: You stretch out the heavens like a tent; you set the beams of your chambers on the waters, you make springs gush forth in the valleys; they flow between the hills, giving drink to every wild animal that quenches its thirst.
Leader: You cause the grass to grow for the cattle, and plants to use, to bring forth food from the earth, and bread to strengthen the human heart.

Hymn of Praise                “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less”                   pg. 353

Call to Confession

Leader: Trusting the grace promised to us in Jesus Christ, let us confess our sins before God and one another.

Silent Confession

Prayer of Confession (unison)                                                                 Joshua 5: 5-7

Merciful God, we confess that we have strayed from your ways. We have seized our independence, forgetting your provision. You gave us the earth for our home, but we squander earth’s resources and hoard its bounty. You gave us neighbors to love, but we pursue selfish ambitions. Amen.

Assurance of Forgiveness                                                                           Joshua 5: 9

Leader: Sisters and brothers, your disgrace has been rolled away, like the stone from Christ’s tomb. God offers forgiveness of our sins and the grace of repentance. Accept God’s grace, repent of your sin, and be restored to abundant life.

*Gloria Patri                                                                                                   pg. 581

A Time for Children

Anthem                                   “Behold The Lamb”                             Dottie Rambo

                                              THE WORD FOR GOD’S PEOPLE

Prayer for Illumination

Living God, by your Holy Spirit, open our eyes to see the new light of this day; open our lips to tell of the empty tomb; open our hearts to believe the good news; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Old Testament                                                                                               Psalm 23

Hymn of Inspiration                        “Christ Is Alive”                                    pg. 246

New Testament                                                                                         1 John 3: 11-24

Sermon               “Love One Another”                      Reverend Elenora Giddings Ivory

*Apostle’s Creed                                                                                                    pg. 35


Opportunities for Ministry and Fellowship

Invitation to Prayer                                                                                   CWF/CMF
(Passing the Fellowship Register)
Visitors: Please print your name, address, phone number, zip code & E-mail address.

Sharing of Joys and Concerns

Prayers of The People and Lord’s Prayer (Traditional)                                     p. 35

Choral Response                              “Alleluia No 1”                          Donald Fishel



*Doxology                                                                                                          pg. 606

Prayer of Dedication

Almighty God, by your grace, accept the fruit of our labor and the offering of our lives in union with our risen Lord who lives and reigns with you forever. Amen.


*Invitational Hymn            “God Be With You Till We Meet Again”               pg. 542

Choral Benediction:                   “He Is Lord”                        arr. David McDonald

Charge and Benediction                                                    Reverend Giddings Ivory

SOUTHMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH                              301-567-1510
7801 Livingston Road, Oxon Hill, MD 20745                             Fax: 301-567-2803
Pastor: Rev. Elenora Giddings-Ivory                                                   202-635-7998
E-mail address: Southminster@Verizon.net
Web address: www.southminstermd.org
Organist: Alberta Stith
Choir Director: Gail Tyler

THIS WEEK – April 22, 2018
+++++++++++10:30 a.m. WORSHIP SERVICE
+++++++++++Noon CWF/CMF Bible Study
+++++++++++2:00 – 4:00 pm Girl Scouts
+++++++++++3:00 -5:00 pm Word Healing Ministries
+++++++++++6:00 – 8:00 pm Christ’s Green Pastures
+++++++++++Church Office Closed
+++++++++++8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous
+++++++++++8:30 – 1:00 p.m. Office Open
+++++++++++7:00-9:00 p.m. Shabbath Church (Choir Room)
+++++++++++8:30 – 1:00 p.m. Office Open
+++++++++++10:00 – 11:30 a.m.   Bible Study
+++++++++++7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous
+++++++++++8:30 – 1:00 p.m.Office Open
+++++++++++7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Word Healing (Sanctuary)
+++++++++++8:30 – 1:00 p.m. Office Open
+++++++++++9:30 – 2:00 p.m. Shabbath Church (Sanctuary)
Pulpit Assistant :Gail Tyler                                                        Coffee Fellowship: I
Flowers: Harry Siedentopf                                                            Usher(s): Rose Gregory

Baptism request of either adults or children must be presented to the Session of Southminster after meeting first with the pastor. Session meets next on May 20th and June 10th.

Do you know someone experiencing grief, hospitalization, divorce, serious illness, or other distress of life? Prayer Shawls are available for giving to those experiencing difficulties. Contact Janet Tolbert or Sylvia Green. These are provided by the Shawl Ministry.

Use of Southminster Facilities – PLEASE if you or your committee is anticipating the need to use the hall or kitchen for anything, call Lori first to find out if the space is available on that date.

Please remember to bring supplies for our food basket. These items are collected for the Oxon Hill Food Pantry.

Those currently in need of our prayers: Janis McGeehan & Olan Tiongson & Family, Dottie Godlove, Vanette Graham and Family, Magdalene Budhu, & A.J. & Kay Martin.

Upcoming Events:

Scholarship Tea: Southminster’s Annual Scholarship Tea will be held on April 28, 2018 in the Fellowship Hall, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. Tickets are $30.00 each and are now available for distribution. Please help in making this event successful by purchasing or selling as many tickets as you can. Please see Gwen Driggins or Gail Tyler for your tickets.
Oxon Hill Food Pantry Walkathon: Saturday, May 5, 2018 22nd Annual Oxon Hill Food Pantry Walkathon. Registration and Walk: Open from 9am to 12:00 (noon). Please complete a sign-up sheet. The sign-up sheets are located on the table as you enter our church. Any questions, please ask Sylvia Green

We are updating the picture board, so if you did not get your picture taken on Easter, please see Gregory Nguhmbi so he can arrange to take your picture