1 Northeastern Presbyterian Church 2112 Varnum Street, NE, Washington, DC Telephone: (202) Fax: (202) Website: April 24, :00 a.m. Worship Service The Rev. Nancy E. Thornton, Pastor
2 Northeastern Presbyterian Church FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER Welcome to Northeastern Presbyterian Church. You are welcome here. Whatever motivation propelled you through our doors this morning... you belong here because you are here, and all that you have and all that you are is welcome here. We come together to meet with God, to express our fellowship in the Lord Jesus, and to take our part in the building of Christ s church. We praise and thank God for goodness towards us, hear from God s Holy Word, and pray for the world, and for ourselves. Prelude **We stand with our hearts or our postures Do Not Enter SOZ refers to the Songs of Zion hymnal WE GATHER AS GOD'S PEOPLE IN PRAISE AND PRAYER Choral Introit "We Give Thanks" The Celestial Choir Greetings **Invocation **Call to Worship Many: Many: Many: Many: Man: Praise the Lord You angels in disguise Praise the Lord You Shining Lights Praise the Lord Women's choir and men's chorus, Young people and prayer groups Praise the Lord On street corners; in barber shops Praise the Lord
3 All: On the courts and in the courts Praise the Lord, for God's name alone is exalted! Praise the Lord Forevermore Singing God s Praises The Celestial Choir and the Congregation Prayer Of Confession All: We show others who we are by the lives we lead, the words we speak, the actions we undertake. Let us confess how we have not been God's children, when we fail to love as we have been loved. Who are we to get in your way, Holy God? We put people into neat, little boxes, but you rip them open, so folks can dance in your joy. We imprison others with our unmet expectations, and you set them free with a Word. We build walls around those we don't know, and you tear them down, so they can run wild in the kingdom. Who are we to get in your way, Saving Power, especially in the way of your forgiveness offered to all! Give us your vision that sees everyone as equal - forgiven, graced, loved - even as we seek to follow our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. God s Good News Many: Announcements - Silence - We know who God is by the love shown to us in Christ Jesus. We will show others who we are - and whose we are - by the loved poured out by our lives. Thanks be to God, we are forgiven! Welcome to our Visitors **Passing the Peace #114, SOZ Ain t Dat Good News? May the peace of Christ be with you! Many: And also with you! WE EXPERIENCE GOD'S WORD CHILDREN S MESSAGE Deacon Robin Miller Response #304, Hymnal Me Jesus Loves
4 Invitation to the Offering It has been said that gratitude follows grace, like thunder follows lightening. In response to God s gifts of unconditional love and on- going creation, we offer now our hearts, minds, souls and strength to the One from whom all blessings flow. Offertory "My Life Is In Your Hands K. Franklin The Celestial Choir **Doxology #592, Hymnal Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow **Prayer of Dedication Gracious God, you offer us abundant life. We offer you thanks and praise. You sow in us the gift of giving. We dedicate these first fruits to you. Your goodness abounds, your provision is sure. To you we offer these gifts of gratitude; to you we rededicate our loves and lives. Amen. Anthem He Reigns Forever - M. Carpenter The Celestial Choir Prayer for Illumination O God of promise, your word made flesh in Jesus Christ is trustworthy and true. By the power of your Holy Spirit, may it rise up in us this day like a gift from the spring of the water of life to refresh our thirsty souls. Amen. Scripture Readings: Acts 11:1-18, p. 895, Pew Bible Psalm 148, p. 508, Pew Bible Revelation 21:1-6, pp , Pew Bible This is the Word of the Lord. Many: Thanks be to God! Sermonic Selection I am Redeemed The Celestial Choir Message On the Sheet Rev. Nancy Thornton WE RESPOND TO GOD S WORD ** Song or Affirmation #358, Hymnal Help Us Accept Each Other The Baptism of Mehki Adams Presentation
5 Clerk Barber: On behalf of the session, I present Mekhi Adams to receive Congregation: We do. Renunciations Profession the Sacrament of Baptism. Do you, as member of the church of Jesus Christ promise to guide and nurture Mekhi by word and deed, with love and Prayer, encouraging him to know and follow Christ Thanksgiving Over the Water The Baptism Laying on of Hands Welcome Clerk Barber: Mekhi, you have been received into the one holy catholic and apostolic church through baptism. God has made him a member of the household of God, to share with us in the priesthood of Christ. Will the current Elders of session and the Deacon Board, welcome this newly baptized young man. Congregation: With joy and thanksgiving we welcome you into Christ s Prayers of the People Church to share with us in his ministry, for we are all one in Christ. The Prayer That Jesus Taught WE GO FORTH TO LOVE AND SERVE GOD AND NEIGHBOR **Hymn #440, Hymnal In Christ There Is No East or West **Charge and Blessing Choral Benediction Every day Is A Day of Thanksgiving (Please Be Seated until after the Postlude) Postlude:
6 LECTIONARY: ACTS 11:1-18; PSALM 148; REVELATION 21:1-6; JOHN 13:31-35 Liturgist: Elder Blossom Roach Greeters: Elders Frank Enty and Robert Storey
7 NORTHEASTERN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH VISION STATEMENT As we rely on God s guidance, the vision of Northeastern Presbyterian Church is to fulfill the command of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, to promote Christian faith and practice through evangelism, outreach, compassion and fellowship to our congregation and the wider Community. We commit to: Worship Witness Learn Grow Nurture Serve 2- Pamela Gessesse, 7- Robert Robinson, Phoebe Giddings- Eyo 8- Randall Timbers, 9- Maxine Best, Trevor Pascall, 11- Myrtle Simpson, 12- William Hymes, Jr., Loretta Bowers, 19- Walter Whited, 23- Hellen Osano, 25- James Haggins, 26- Beverly Wheeler, Quinton Jackson, 28- Ann Thomas If your birthday is not listed contact the church office PER CAPITA $37.50
8 Announcements TUESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY: We are studying the Book of Acts on Tuesday mornings. This book is the first written history of the Christian church. The life of the early church is recorded: introduction to the beginning of the church, the church in Jerusalem, the church scattered into Palestine and Syria and the church advancing to the end of the earth. Please join us. LITERARY CLUB Please join us on May 1st for a discussion of Jennifer Bazile s biography The Black Girl Next Door, a coming- of- age memoir. Then, please join us again on June 5th as we discuss The Sisters are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America, by Tamara Winfrey Harris. We meet in the Jamison Lounge after service. INTERPRETATION AND STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE (GGC) As stewards in God's Kingdom our thoughts and actions are an extension of us- reaching out to bless our lives, our relationships, and our church family. We also remember to extend our reach to include the community and the world by being generous with our TIME, TALENT and TREASURE and give thanks to God for everything. THE SOCIAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE needs you! The Social Concerns Committee is establishing a donation drive for several selected charities. Each selected month(s), the committee will choose an item(s) of particular need and give the accumulated items to local organizations in need. The item(s) selected for April & May 2016 distribution are washcloths and soap, and the designated organization is the COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS. A donation box has been placed in the Narthex. All donated items specifically designated for the submitted months are welcome. Thank you. THANK YOU Thank you Pastor Nancy, Board of deacons Presbyterian men social concern committee and to the many individual for your cards phone calls prayers flowers and all acts of kindness during my recent absent. May God Bless you all. - Charlotte Smoot To my Northeastern Family and Friends thank you for the cards, phone calls and your prayers which have been answered. For I am on the mend from back surgery. God is Good! - Pia Matthews To the congregation and donors to the Higher Education Scholarship Fund: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) thanks immensely all those who donated to the Scholarship Fund. A special thanks to Dr. Mary Gross for helping HEC by soliciting contributions to the Scholarship Fund in honor and in memory of her daughter, Alvina Jackson. May God bless our congregation, Dr. Gross, and all donors to the HEC Scholarship Fund.
9 THIS NORTHEASTERN Apr. 24 Church School for All Ages, 9:00 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship Service: 10 a.m. Congregational meeting, following worship Apr. 26 Tuesday Morning Bible Study: 11:00 a.m., Jamison Lounge Noon Day Prayer Service: Chapel Apr. 27 Session Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Jamison Lounge Apr. 28 Thankful Thursday. E- mail your reason to be thankful to Chancel Choir: 7:30 p.m., Choir Room May 1 Older Adult Sunday emphasis during worship Northeastern Presbyterian Church WOMEN S DAY Worship Sunday, May 22, 2016 Speakers: Miriam Pegram Arnicia Downing Blossom Roach Cherie Young Becton Wear your Crown (Sunday-Go-To Meeting Hat) And join in praising God for Christian Women!
10 This Is the Day (medley) This is the day That the Lord hath made We will rejoice And be glad in it This is the day That the Lord Hath made, We will rejoice and be glad in it This is the day That the Lord hath made. We will enter his gates with Thanksgiving in our hearts We will enter his courts with praise We will say this is the day that the Lord hath made We will rejoice for he has made us glad He has made us glad. He has made us glad We will rejoice for He has made us glad.. He has made us glad, He has made us glad We will rejoice for He has made us glad O magnify the Lord For He is worthy to be praised O magnify the Lord For He is worthy to be praised Hosanna, blessed be the rock Blessed be the rock of our salvation Hosanna, blessed be the rock Blessed be the rock of our salvation In the name of Jesus, In the name of Jesus We have the victory In the name of Jesus, In the name of Jesus Satan you have to flee Oh tell me who can stand before us When we call on that great name Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus We have the victory.
11 Our Thoughts & Prayers are with Northeastern Members: Mrs. Stacey Brown Holy Cross Hospital Mr. Robert Robinson 4438 South Dakota Avenue, NE, DC (202) Pia Matthews 6112 Teaberry Way Clinton, MD (240) Mrs. Mary Charlotte Smoot 3103 Viceroy Avenue- Forestville, MD (301) Mrs. Edna Hymes -515 Cannon Road, Silver Springs, MD Deacon Faye Waters nd Street, Oakland, CA (1-510) Deacon Harold Henderson Manor Care-1801 Metzerott Rd- Rm 229 Adelphia, MD (301) Deacon Phyllis Adkins 710 Hamlin Street, NE Washington, DC (202) Mr. Edmund Annor nd Street, NE, - Wash., DC (202) Ms. Arline Chisholm 1260 Raum Street, NE, Wash., DC (202) Ms. Shelia Dixon 350 Galloway Street, NE - Unit 105 Wash., DC Mrs. Ethel Farrior 700 Constitution Ave., NE, Wash., DC Mrs. Connie Fortune th Street, NE, Wash., DC (202) Ms. Vivian Hayes- Hayes Health Care Ctr. Dr., #234 Bowie, MD 20716, (301) Ms. Jacqueline Hamlin 1709 Otis Place, NE, Wash., DC (202) Ms. Valencia Hawkins th Place, NE Washington, DC (202) Mrs. Mary Hinton 9250 Edwards Way Dr., #106 Adelphia, MD (301) Mrs. Beatrice Hyatt 6100 Sargent Road, #112 Hyattsville, MD (301) Mrs. Sadie Johnson 4810 Eastern Avenue, NE Washington, DC (202) Ms. Claudia Mallory Russell Avenue, #7 Mt. Rainier, Md (301) Mrs. Beatrice O Bryant nd Street, NW Washington, DC (202) Mr. James Page, Jr th Place, Hyattsville, MD (301) Mr. Nathan Price Parkway Court Hyattsville, MD (301) Mrs. Iris Rogers LaSalle Rd., Rm 18 Hyattsville, MD (301) Desk Mrs. Verelle Webster 5000 NH Burroughs Ave., NE - #531 Washington, DC Mrs. Minnie White Sunrise Sr. Assisted Living New Hampshire Ave., #214, Silver Spring, MD Ms. Ethelyne Wilkes 1217 Tuckerman Street, NW Washington, DC (202) Mrs. Eleanor Wood 1712 Buchanan Street, NE Washington, DC (202) Family Mr. John Darden 3001 Queens Chapel Rd, #225, Mt Rainier, MD (Barbara Ross- Darden) Mrs. Maggie E. Dodson 5858 Eastern Avenue, NE, Washington, DC (202) (Mother of Shirley Dodson and Doretha Elmore) Ms. Sylvia Matthews Signature Health Care Memphis, TN (Aunt to Amanda Sargent) Mr. Wilbert Samuel Winston Salem, NC (Brother of Hasker Samuel) Ms. Rhonda Jackson 2216 Alice Avenue, #202, Oxon Hill, MD (Cousin to Miriam Pegram) Ms. Berlinda Stanback 3509 Holloway South, Upper Marlboro, MD (Niece to Charlotte Smoot) Karen Lee Hanover Parkway, #101- Greenbelt, MD, (Randall Timbers Fiancé)