God’s Love and Ours
7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
13 This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
19 We love because he first loved us. 20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.
United Methodist Church
110 Salem Hill Rd., Howell, NJ 07731
Summer Worship Hour 9:30am
Starting June 9th through Sept. 1st
Sunday April 29, 2018
April 29, 2018
5th Sunday of Easter
Prelude Lillian Snyder
Greetings and Events of the Church
Lighting the Christ Candles – UMH 468 “Dear Jesus, in Whose Life I See”
*Call to Worship
L: What a joy it is to welcome you this day!
P: We are grateful and happy to be here.
L: Christ, the Good Shepherd, invites you to walk with him.
P: We accept that invitation, confident in his guidance.
L: Be ready to serve the Lord in all that you do, for his love has been poured upon you
All: Open our hearts and spirits this day, Lord, to receive your holy words and
to be challenged in our service to you. Amen.
*Hymn of Praise – UMH 98 “To God Be the Glory”
*The Lord’s Prayer
*Passing the Peace
PROCLAMATION & RESPONSE
Hymn of Preparation – TFWS 2162 “Grace Alone”
Prayer for Illumination (Unison)
Eternal God, through the life, death and resurrection of your Son your
kingdom has broken into our troubled world. Help us now to hear your Word,
and give us grace to respond in faithful obedience, that our lives might be
signs of the new life given through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Scripture 1 John 4:7-21 pg. 988
Message “We Love Because God First Loved Us“
Our Gifts for God (Tithes and Offerings)
*Doxology – UMH 94 “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow”
*Prayer of Thanks
Sharing Joys & Concerns
*Hymn of Sending Forth – UMH 170 “O How I Love Jesus”