Dr First United Methodist Church of Orlando Third Sunday of Easter

First United Methodist
Church of Orlando
A Stephen Ministry Church
April 22, 2012 — 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Order of Worship
Third Sunday of Easter
Experiencing First Church
Welcome! We, the pastors and congregation of First Church, are delighted that you chose to worship with us!
Striving to nurture anyone who seeks to know God and to follow Jesus, each of us welcomes you, just as you are.
Welcome/Announcements Rev. Brian R. Johnson
Passing the Peace of Christ
Ministry Moment
East Belfast Mission
Prelude (8:30 a.m.)
“Easter Offertoire on O Sons and Daughters”
Clement Loret
“How Great Thou Art”
Wesley Ringers
Stuart Hine
arr. Joel Raney
(11 a.m.)
Rev. Britt and Alison Gilmore
*Call to Worship
based on Psalm 65:5-8
Are you weary, worn out, tired? Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from Him.
Do you feel frail, weak and uncertain of your future?
not be shaken.
Truly God is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will
Are you trusting in your own strength? My salvation and my honor depend on God; He is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge.
*Opening Hymn #159
“Lift High the Cross”Crucifer
*Affirmation of Faith #881
The Apostles’ Creed
*Gloria Patri #71
Sacrament of Baptism (11 a.m.)
Traditional Version
Joshua Thomas Cowherd, son of Brad and Christina
Baptismal Prayer
Lord’s Prayer #895
Congregational Hymn #2249 “God Claims You”Farr
Joshua, Joshua, God claims you, God helps you, protects you, and loves you, too.
We this day do all agree a child of God you’ll always be.
Joshua, Joshua, God claims you, God helps you, protects you, and loves you, too.
We your family love you so, we vow to help your faith to grow.
Brad, Christina, God claims you, God helps you, protects you, and loves you, too.
We are here to say this day that we will help you on your way.
Joshua, Joshua, God claims you, God helps you, protects you, and loves you, too.
And if you should tire or cry then we will sing this lullaby.
Joshua, Joshua, God claims you, God helps you, protects you, and loves you, too.
Congregational Response
With God’s help we will so order our lives after the example of Christ, that Joshua Thomas, surrounded by steadfast
love, may be established in the faith, and confirmed and strengthened in the way that leads to life eternal.
Offering Traditional
arr. Joe Lyles
“When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder”
Him Tunes
*Doxology #95
Children’s Message (11 a.m.)
Old 100th
Molly Lagatta
Children kindergarten through third grade are invited to gather at the altar to hear the children’s message. Following the message,
the children will either be escorted to Children’s Church or will return to their families in the pews. Children’s Church participants,
following the worship service please pick up your children in room 226.
Anthem (8:30 a.m.)
“Sweet Hour of Prayer”
Him Tunes
William B. Bradbury
arr. Pete Rupay and Jim Clancy
(11 a.m.)“Sanctus”
Charles Gounod
Chancel Choir; Robert Brantly, tenor
sung in Latin
Scripture Reading Sermon *Hymn of Dedication #451 2 Corinthians 2:1-10
“True Colors”
Rev. Tom McCloskey
“Be Thou My Vision”Slane
Invitation to Christian Discipleship
Brothers and sisters, I commit to your love and care these people whom we this day receive into the membership of
First United Methodist Church of Orlando.
We rejoice to recognize you as members of Christ’s holy church, and bid you welcome to First United Methodist
Church of Orlando.
With you we renew our vows to uphold it by our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service and our witness.
With God’s help we will so order our lives after the example of Christ that, surrounded by steadfast love, you may be
established in the faith, and confirmed and strengthened in the way that leads to life eternal.
God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit bless, preserve and keep you, now evermore.
Numbers 6:24–26
The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you.
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.
(8:30 a.m.)
(11 a.m.)
“Marche Romaine”
“Finale” from Sonata No. 3 (Op. 43)
Charles Gounod
Rene L. Becker
*Congregation, please stand.
The sanctuary flowers are given to the glory of God in appreciation of Charles Stopford for more than 20 wonderful years of wisdom
from the Thursday Morning Bible Study.
The narthex flowers given to the Glory of God and in loving honor of Brad and Alice Bolster’s 50th wedding anniversary on April 21
by Brad and Michelle Bolster and Brian and Vicki Bellamy and their families.
The dates of June 3, 10 an 24, are available for flowers to be placed in the sanctuary in honor or in memory of loved ones.
Please contact the church office if you are interested in reserving one of these or a future date.
The Sacrament of Baptism is given at the 11 a.m. worship service today to Joshua Thomas Cowherd. Born on March 17 into the
family of Brad and Christina, Emma Jane and Annabelle Cowherd, Joshua Thomas’ First Church family includes his grandparents Phil
and Patty Cowherd and Leon and Paula Mausser.
A rose on the altar celebrates Joshua’s birth and baptism.
A rose on the altar celebrates the birth of Finley Grace Hidek in North Carolina on April 9. Her parents are Jeff and Stacy Hidek.
Finley Grace’s grandparents are Bill and Linda Hidek.
The bell choir arrangement of “How Great Thou Art” is given to the glory of God and in honor of Lynn Van Horne’s retirement by
the Book Club.
About the Music:
“When the Roll Is Called up Yonder” is one of those hymns that has an intriguing genesis. The author, James Black, was a
Methodist Sunday School teacher , music teacher and President of a young persons society when he met a poor 14 year old girl in
Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Black invited the girl to his class. When he called roll Black asked the members of the class responded
by quoting a Bible verse rather than saying “here” or “present.” When he called this poor girl’s name she was silent. The incident
distressed Black greatly and when he returned home that night he wrote the words in 15 minutes. Moving to the piano he composed
the music in a single inspired sitting and never changed a note or word to his popular hymn. Our men’s quartet, Him Tunes, always
offers interesting arrangements for our worship and this morning we hear two familiar and very contrasting hymns. We can be sure
that James Black would approve of their offering of his ever popular song.
In most surveys of favorite hymns, “How Great Thou Art” is always represented at the top. Interestingly, it was first included in a
Methodist Hymnal in 1966. Possibly because the hymn had been used as a “theme song” for the Billy Graham crusades there
was much debate as to whether it should be included in a Methodist publication. However, the people of Methodism made it the
most requested tune to be added to the hymnal revision of 1966. The love/hate relationship continued through our current hymnal
revision when in 1989 the membership of the United Methodist Church voted “How Great Thou Art” as the most liked but also the
least liked hymn found in the 1966 hymnal. No matter if or how you voted, Joel Raney’s arrangement offered today by the Wesley
Ringers is a beautiful setting of the Swedish folk song the melody is based upon. Beginning with gentle, cascading eighth notes
that depict the opening Creationist verses, the arrangement skillfully combines handbells and handchimes as the music gracefully
illustrates the text of the hymn. The combination of bells and chimes is a lovely combination and continues through the arrangement
until Mr. Raney brings the work to a majestic close with bells alone.
Charles Gounod (rhymes with Bruno) (1818-1893) was a French composer most remembered for his operas and his setting of “Ave
Maria.” Those of us who remember the early days of television also know one of his works, “The Funeral March of a Marionette,” as
the theme song for Alfred Hitchcock Presents. In 1854, Gounod completed his Messe Solennelle, a concert setting of the Ordinary of
the Mass for large choir and full orchestra. The “Sanctus” sung today by the Chancel Choir is from this larger work. The melody is first
stated by solo tenor singing a flowing yet dramatic line in triple meter. The choir enters singing subdued chords in marked contrast to
the graceful line of the solo. The tenor again sings and again is given a lovely melody that rises and falls with emotional intensity. The
basses of the choir begin the final section of the movement in hushed tones that are repeated by all the sections. The music slowly
builds to a grand climax as the choir sings “Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus,” “Holy, Holy, Holy.”
Candler Singers and Voices of Resurrection
April 29, 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. worship
Next Sunday, two choirs that have been selected to sing at General Conference in Tampa will also sing for our worship.
The Candler Singers is a choir of seminary students from the Methodist seminary in Emory University. The 20 singers are all students of
theology preparing for ministry. Directing the choir is Rev. Barbara Day Miller, assistant director of Worship and Music at Candler.
The Voices of Resurrection is a 20 member, auditioned ensemble from The Church of the Resurrection in suburban Kansas City. The
group sings a variety of musical styles but concentrates mostly on the Jazz idiom. The choir is in Florida to sing a special concert at
General Conference as they represent the largest Methodist church in America with 7,430 members attending worship each week.
Both choirs will sing several selections before worship begins. We encourage you to arrive 15 minutes early to worship next week.
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Budgeted Offering Income:
Actual Offering Income:
over (short)
8:30 a.m. worship: 83
9:30 a.m. worship: 115
11 a.m. worship: 305
Sunday Evening Youth Worship: 65
Nursery care is available for all our Sunday morning worship
services on the second floor for infants, toddlers and preschoolers;
no reservation is necessary. Care is provided at select times during
the week by reservation through our website. Our background
checked nursery staff provides nurturing, well-supervised programs.