MAY 3, 2020        FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER      10 AM


You may want to have a bible or a hymnal nearby. You may also want a candle to light during the chiming of the hour. Take a moment to center yourself and prepare for worship. Find a comfortable place to sit. Take a few deep breaths in and out. Ask God to be present with you during this time of worship.

CENTERING OUR HEARTS   “Crimond”   arr. Quentin Thomas                 Beth Evans

WELCOME                                                              Reverend Christina Hart-Perkins


Holy Living God, Heartbeat of Creation, help us to take this time to center on you, for you made us, you gave us life, and you continue to be with us every moment… every breath… every step. 

Into your care, we offer now, our worries, fears and strife. We turn to you and know you’re near–Your light, our love and life. Amen.

SINGING OUR FAITH   “All Praise to Our Redeeming Lord”            #554 Hymnal

1.    All praise to our redeeming Lord, who

Joins us by his grace, and bids us, each to

Each restored, together seek his face.

2.    He bids us build each other up; and,

Gathered into one, to our high calling’s

Glorious hope we hand in hand go on.

3.    The gift which he on one bestows, we

All delight to prove, the grace through every

Vessel flows in purest streams of love.

4.    E’en now we think and speak the same, and

Cordially agree, concentered all, 

Through Jesus name, in perfect harmony.

5.    We all partake the joy of one; the

Common peace we feel, a peace to sensual

Minds unknown, a joy unspeakable.

6.    And if our fellowship below in

Jesus be so sweet, what height of rapture

shall we know when round his throne we meet!

SCRIPTURE READING           Acts 2: 42-47 (Page 772, Pew Bible)               Liturgist

John 10: 1-10(Page 759, Pew Bible)              

This is the Word of God for the people of God.

Thanks be to God.


SPECIAL MUSIC “The King of Love My Shepherd Is” arr. David Angerman

Beth Evans, Flute

David Evans, Guitar

SERMON    “Outlaws and Guards“                         Reverend Christina Hart-Perkins


Prayers can be typed into the chat feature on Facebook or the comment section on the website and we will lift them up during this time. Prayers you would like to keep confidential can be sent to

Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread,

and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, and

lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom,

and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

TIME OF OFFERING  “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need” arr. Tracey Craig Nelson

                                                                                                                   Beth Evans

During our offering this morning we invite you to give on-line here, or to prepare your offering to mail to PO Box 36 Mount Vernon, VA 22121.

*SINGING OUR FAITH         “For the Healing of the Nation”          #428 Hymnal

1. For the healing of the nations, Lord, we pray with

One accord/ for a just and equal sharing of the things that

Earth affords; to a life of love in action help us 

Rise and pledge our word, help us rise and pledge our word.

2. Lead us forward into freedom; from despair your

World release, that, redeemed from war and hatred, all my come and 

go in peace. Show us how through care and goodness fear will

die and hope increase, fear will die and hope increase.

3. All that kills abundant living, let it from the

Earth be banned; pride of status, race, or schooling, dogmas that 

Obscure your plan. In our common quest for justice may we 

hallow life’s brief span, may we hallow life’s brief span.

4. You, Creator God, have written your great name on 

humankind; for our growing in your likeness bring the life of

Christ mind, that by our response and service earth its destiny may find, earth its destiny may find.


POSTLUDE          “Postlude on Cum Rhondda” arr. Alan Viner                  Beth Evans

If you have lit a candle, now is the time to extinguish the candle, offering greetings in the name of Christ to those around you. You might also text these greetings out to family and friends at this time.


Organist/Pianist: Beth Evans

Guitar: David Evans

Choir: Bev and Kevin Sapp

The information on the UMW Community Service and Undergraduate Scholarship Award is on the WFUMC Website.

Virtual Sunday School for all ages– A huge thank you to our Sunday School teachers for navigating new waters to keep connecting with our community. All Sunday School Classes are being held online at 11 am. If you have not received a link to a class, have any questions, or trouble with the technology please contact Sam at or 571.276.9041.

Can you sew and are you interested in making masks for use in our community? Here is a link to a video “how to:” Please contact Sam Barnes at education@washingtonfarmumc.or or 571-276-9041 when you’re ready to have them picked up to be distributed or if you have questions.

We started Wednesday Bible Study on April 22 on Zoom at 7:00 PM. I feel it was a good start in our continuing process of living and working with the current uncertainty. Our study will be based on Margery deVega’s book “Embracing the Uncertain”, six gospel stories that “are signposts in the gospel narrative…pointing us forward to a cross that can show us how to follow Jesus with courage, obedience, and the hope of the resurrection.”  You can still register and join us next Wednesday, April 29. Pre-registration for Zoom (even if you already have a zoom account) is required. Please go to:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join the bible study

Our order of worship and liturgy this morning is “adapted from the Heart of the Matter by Dr. Marcia McFee” 

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