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            Grace Presbyterian Church
                           7 North 4th St.  Martins Ferry, Ohio  43935
                                               Ph. 740-633-2699   FAX 740-633-9624
                  GRACE is an Open, Welcoming Church, come and be part of it!
             "Here we experience the inclusiveness as God intended the world to be."                                                       

 May 28, 2023 ---  10:30 A.M.       

         Day of Pentecost                  ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Pastor: Paul P. Todd, CP.                                     Organist:  Sherry Stratton                Missionaries:  The Congregation

   GOD Calls Us Together For Worship
                                    I rejoiced with those who said, "Let us go to the House of the Lord"  Ps. 122:1                        

Welcome & Announcements                                      

Prelude                                                                               Sherry Stratton   Call to Celebration                                                              Elder, David McFarlan

     L:    In the light of this day, we have gathered;

     P:    We are a community that is one, bringing our questions and our joy.  

    L  In the song and silence we will listen -

    P:   What is it that God would have us hear this day?

     L:   In our praise and our prayers we will remember

     P:   That God's glory shines around us and within.

ALL:    So, let us  worship GOD.


*Hymn of Praise          "Come, Thou Almighty King"                      #267/Screen


Prayer of Confession of Sins and Mistakes                         

    Time for Silent Personal Prayer and Reflection
(Unison) Holy and gracious God, at times we feel so frail and fragile, getting blown about by the latest crisis, by bad news, by our own short tempers and failings.  You call us to hold fast to what is good, but so often we flounder, unable to find the solid thing that will center us again.  Help us, we pray.  Help us to see You as our center, and to cling to the good that You create in the world.  Help us to set aside all our jealousies and prejudices, our betrayals and lies, and all that adds to the world's hurt.  Help us to grow even more into Christ's likeness that we will bear His love and truth to the world.   In Jesus' Name we pray.   Amen. 


The Assurance of Being Pardoned and Forgiven of our Sins


*The Gloria Patri                                                                               Screen


Ritual of Friendship    

Honoring our Graduates          

The Children's Sermon                                                           


Hymn of Prayer        "Breathe On Me, Breath of God        #259/Screen                                              

Morning Prayer and Lord's Prayer (Debts & Debtors)            

Special Music          "Sweet, Sweet Spirit"                  Chancel Choir        


We Hear GOD's Word to Us 
      "Thy Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path."  Psalm 119:105

Scripture Reading               Acts 2:1-21                    Elder, David McFarlan

The Good News:              "Dream a Little Dream!"                                                                                         Pastor Paul Todd

*Hymn of Service         "God of Our Fathers"                     #573, vs. 1,2 & 4 

We Offer Our Gifts and Lives Before GOD

"They gave themselves first to the Lord" 2nd Cor. 8:5

An Opportunity to rededicate your life & bring your offering to GOD

Prayer of Dedication of our Tithes and Gifts to GOD              

Offertory       "Holy Spirit, Flow Through Me"                    Chancel Choir          *Doxology                                                                                          


* Blessing and Sending                                          Pastor Paul Todd

* Blessing Response    "Go Now and Live for the Savior"                  screen     

   Postlude                                                                               Sherry Stratton                   


  GRACE Church is a church with a glorious Past,   

               An Active Present, And a Greater Future!

  Come and be part of it!

*Indicates that those who are able may stand for worship.

Conclusion of Worship - Beginning of Service


Grace Presbyterian Church

7 North Fourth Street

Martins Ferry, OH  43935

Phone 740-633-2699    FAX 740-633-9624


"An Open, Welcoming Church, serving Christ in our world since 1851


April 6, 2023------7:00 PM


Pastor, Paul Todd, CP                                                            Organist, Sherry Stratton

Missionaries:  Congregation

Our Maundy Thursday Worship is an adaptation of the ancient Tenebrae Worship, which dates back to the 8th century.  Tenebrae is one of the oldest funeral services of the church.  It represents the darkness and sorrow felt by the early Christians as they remembered the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.  Our worship moves from light to darkness with the fading light symbolizing the fading loyalty of the disciples and friends of Jesus, while also portraying Jesus' crucifixion.  

Prelude                        "Lord, Let Me Walk"                        Chancel Choir


Lighting of the Lenten Cross                                                             Willa Wilkins & Family 

                                                         "We Remember"                                        Video On Screen

*Hymn                   "Were You There"    (verses 1-3)                                       #181 or Screen

The First Candle Extinguished

Matthew 26:14-16

Prayer of Confession                                                                                                                                          Special time for Personal Prayer, Silent Meditation & Reflection

Cut nails are available.  These nails symbolize our sins.  Hold it.  Prayerfully reflect upon your sins and mistakes during this evening's special service.  Then during the singing of "Beneath the Cross of Jesus", come and hammer your nail into the cross remembering how GOD carried those sins away.

ANTHEM                                      "How Long Has It Been?"                              Chancel Choir

The Second Candle Extinguished

The Assurance of Being Forgiven of our Sins

*Hymn                     "Glorify Thy Name"                                                                       #29

                                        The Third Candle Extinguished

Jesus Prays for all Believers                                                               John 17:20-26

ANTHEM                  "Jesus, Remember Me"                                        Chancel Choir

Evening Prayer

                                       The Fourth Candle Extinguished


FIRST MANDATE            "Servanthood"

Washing of the Disciples' Feet                                                                John 13:1-17

                                       The Fifth Candle Extinguished


SECOND MANDATE           "Communion"                                     Pastor Paul Todd

Jesus Institutes the Lord's Supper                                                   Luke 22:7-21

THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION              (Liturgy on back or screen)


                                         The Sixth Candle Extinguished

Jesus Arrested                                                                                  Matthew 26:47-56

                                          The Seventh Candle Extinguished


Hymn                           "Beneath the Cross of Jesus"                             #183/Screen

A long-standing tradition of GRACE Church for Maundy Thursday is to come and physically stand beneath the cross as we hammer in our nails, while we together sing the hymn, "Beneath the Cross of Jesus".


*Charge and Sending

Conclusion of Worship - Beginning of Service

Invitation to the Lord's Table

Great Thanksgiving

L:  The Lord be with you.

P:  And also with you.

L:  Lift up your hearts.

P:  We lift them to the Lord.

L:  Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

P:  It is right to give our thanks and praise.

L:  It is truly right........who forever sing to the glory of Your name:

P:  Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of Your glory.  Hosanna in the highest.  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.  Hosanna in the highest.

L:  You are holy.........according to His commandment:

P:  We remember his death, we proclaim his resurrection, we await his coming in glory.

L:  Gracious God...... As our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to pray:

P:  Our Father, who art in heaven..................Amen.

Breaking of the B read

Communion of the People

Prayer in Unison:  God of Grace, Your Son Jesus Christ left us this holy meal of bread and wine in which we share His body and blood.  May we who have celebrated this sign of His great love show in our lives the fruits of His redemption; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.   Amen.


8:00 AM Resurrection Service followed by

Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall

10:30 AM Traditional Easter Worship (Sanctuary)

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