St. Matthew's UMC www.stm-umc.org

April 18, 2021

3rd Sunday of Easter

Prelude & Welcome

Thank you for worshiping with us this morning online! You can stream this service, as well as any of our other videos at www.stm-umc.org/live

Call to Worship

This Is the Day

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation! / O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation! / All ye who hear, now to His temple draw near; / Praise Him in glad adoration.

Praise to the Lord, who o'er all things so wondrously reigneth, / Shelters thee under His wings, yea, so gently sustaineth! / Hast thou not seen how thy desires e'er have been / Granted in what He ordaineth?

Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy work and defend thee; / Surely His goodness and mercy here daily attend thee; / Ponder anew what the Almighty can do, / If with His love He befriend thee.

Praise to the Lord, oh, let all that is in me adore Him! / All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before Him; / Let the Amen sound from His people again, / Gladly for aye we adore Him.

The Apostle’s Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; On the third day he arose from the dead he ascended into heaven, And siteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic** church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Sacrament of Christian Baptism

Taysom Mitchell Turner

son of Cameron and Chelsea Turner


To God Be the Glory

Call to Prayer

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father / There is no shadow of turning with Thee / Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not / As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be / Great is Thy faithfulness, great is Thy faithfulness / Morning by morning new mercies I see / All I have needed Thy hand hath provided / Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me

Pastoral Prayer & Lord's Prayer

The Lord's Prayer: Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, Forever. Amen.

Choral Response: Threefold Amen

Sanctuary Choir


Connect to the pastors! Andy Stoddard: andy@stm-umc.org, Erin Hicks: erin@stm-umc.org, Brian Johnson: brian@stm-umc.org

Offering of Ourselves & Our Gifts

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Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below; praise him above, ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Children's Moment

Kate Gibbs

Hymn of Preparation

The Gift of Love

Psalter: Psalm 63

1 O God, you are my God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.

2 So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory.

3 Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.

4 So I will bless you as long as I live; I will lift up my hands and call on your name.

5 My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast, and my mouth praises you with joyful lips

6 when I think of you on my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night;

7 for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy.

8 My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.

9 But those who seek to destroy my life shall go down into the depths of the earth;

10 they shall be given over to the power of the sword, they shall be prey for jackals.

11 But the king shall rejoice in God; all who swear by him shall exult, for the mouths of liars will be stopped.

Anthem: “Be”

Sanctuary Choir

Old Testament Reading: Micah 6:8

He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Message: "Love Kindness" Rev. Andy Stoddard

Invitation to Discipleship: I Know Whom I Have Believed

I know not why God’s wondrous grace / To me He hath made known, / Nor why, unworthy, Christ in love / Redeemed me for His own.


But “I know Whom I have believed, / And am persuaded that He is able / To keep that which I’ve committed / Unto Him against that day.”

I know not how this saving faith / To me He did impart, / Nor how believing in His Word / Wrought peace within my heart.

I know not how the Spirit moves, / Convincing men of sin,/ Revealing Jesus through the Word, / Creating faith in Him.

I know not what of good or ill / May be reserved for me, / Of weary ways or golden days, / Before His face I see.

I know not when my Lord may come, / At night or noonday fair, / Nor if I walk the vale with Him, / Or meet Him in the air.


Cross and the Light of the World

Choral Response: “Benediction”

Sanctuary Choir


Thanks again for worshiping with us today at St. Matthew's. If you have any additional questions, contact us at 601-856-9581 or visit our website - www.stm-umc.org. You can also contact Andy at andy@stm-umc.org.


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