Estes Park United Methodist Church

May 2, 2021

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Order of Worship

Prelude​​​ – Savior Like a Shepard Lead Us – ​​arr. Mary McDonald​




Call to Worship

​​Leader:​ We are branches, rooted in the vine of Christ.

​​People:​ We come because we seek to abide in Christ.

​​Leader:​ The branches that remain in the vine bear much fruit.

People:​ We come because we long to be spiritually vibrant, alive, and productive.​

Leader:​ If we abide in Christ, then Christ’s words abide in us.

People:​ We come because we strive to be faithful disciples.

Leader:​ We gather for worship now to the glory of the One God, Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer.

People:​ May we grow wildly as God tends to us lovingly.


Opening Prayer (Unison)​

Gracious and Loving God, we bow before you today, each of us with our different needs, but whatever those needs, we ask for your strength and help in facing them. And for those of us for whom life is going smoothly, may we pause in gratitude for your abundant blessings.

We pray that you would bless our needy world. Bring justice and peace. Empower us so that we will not be daunted by the difficulty of working for justice, peace, and equity among all peoples of the world. Amen


Opening Hymn​​​​ – O Blessed Spring​​ – #2076 TFWS​​​​​​​ verses 1 & 5

Affirmation of Faith​​​​​​​​ – #883 UMH

We are not alone; we live in God’s world. We believe in God: who has created and is creating, who has come in Jesus, the Word made flesh. To reconcile and make new, who works in us and others by the Spirit. We trust in God. We are called to be the church:

to celebrate God’s presence, to love and serve others, to seek justice and resist evil, to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen, our judge and our hope. In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us. We are not alone. Thanks be to God.




Prayer of Blessing


Pastoral Prayer


Scripture Lesson​​​​: John 15:1 – 8


Sermon​​​ – Seeking Nourishment from the FedEx and UPS Delivery Guys​​​​​​​​​​ 


Communion Hymn​​​ – In Remembrance of Me​​​ – #2254 TFWS


Celebration of Holy Communion


​The Lord’s Prayer​

Closing Hymn ​​​- Sent Forth by God’s Blessing​​  – #664 UMH​




Postlude​​​​ – I Am Thine, O Lord​​  – arr. Joel Raney


Service Participants:

Pastor:​ Rev. Ann Steiner Lantz

Preacher:​ Barbara Bailey

Communion Presider:​ Rev. Donald Bailey

Recorded Worship Liturgist:​ Cay Lacey

Zoom Worship Liturgist:​ Ruth Trittin

Zoom Worship Tech Support:​ Mike Elgin

Director of Music:​ Jim Flanigan

Pianist:​ Nancy Gunter

Videographer:​ Jim Ecklund