Life more abundantly

Social Distance Worship (Fourth Sunday of Easter), May 3, 2020 | John 10:1-11

Social Distance Worship [SDW] is not a livestream, but a liturgy that can be followed from the comforts of your home, or any other place beyond the sanctuary, during the COVID-19 pandemic. This liturgy features prayers, Bible readings, and recordings of a sermon and worship songs from our regular services. Each Sunday morning at 8:00 a.m. (CET) we will post a new SDW liturgy to our website, and you can find today’s liturgy on this page.

I. Greeting

II. Opening

(Listen in silent meditation or sing along)

O, let the Son of God enfold you with His Spirit and His love;
Let Him fill your heart and satisfy your soul.
O, let Him have the things that hold you, and His Spirit, like a dove,
Will descend upon your life and make you whole.

Jesus, O Jesus,
Come and fill Your lambs.
Jesus, O Jesus,
Come and fill Your lambs.

O, come and sing the song with gladness as your hearts are filled with joy,
Lift your hands in sweet surrender to His name.
O, give Him all your tears and sadness, give Him all your years of pain,,
And you’ll enter into life in Jesus’ name.

Jesus, O Jesus,
Come and fill Your lambs.
Jesus, O Jesus,
Come and fill Your lambs.

III. Adoration

Prayer of Adoration

O Son of God, Who enfolds the world with Your Spirit and love, I join with all Your people on earth to honor You and bless Your name. Thank You for this morning which has broken through another night, and allowing me to rise from sleep and experience another day. May everything that I do be a song of praise for Your great love, and may Your heart find great delight in the worship that I offer now. In Your gracious name I pray. Amen.

Song of Adoration (Morning Has Broken)

Morning has broken like the first morning.
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird.

Praise for the singing, Praise for the morning
Praise for them springing fresh from the Word.

Sweet the rain’s new fall, sunlit from heaven,
Like the first dew fall on the first grass.

Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden
Sprung in completeness where His feet pass.

Mine is the sunlight, mine is the morning,
Born of the One Light Eden saw play.

Praise with elation, praise every morning
God’s recreation of the new day.

IV. Confession

Prayer of Confession

My Lord Jesus, with my brothers and sisters in other places, I confess that I have sinned in thought, word, and deed; by what I have done, and by what I have left undone. I have not listened to Your voice, which says, “Love God with all of your being”. And I have not heeded Your Word which says, “Love others as you love yourself”. Instead of Your abundant life, I have sought a “good life” by pleasing the world, and I ask that You forgive me and guide me back to righteousness. In Your holy name I pray. Amen.

(Confess in Silence)

Song of Confession (Come, Said Jesus’ Sacred Voice)

“Come,” said Jesus’ sacred voice
“Come, and make My paths your choice

I will guide you to your home,
Weary pilgrim, hither come.”

Hither come, for here is found
Balm that flows for every wound

Peace that ever shall endure
Rest eternal, sacred, sure.

Confession of Forgiveness

(Read this aloud)

May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble!
May the name of the God of Jacob protect you!
May He send you help from the sanctuary and give you support from Zion!
May He remember all your offerings and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices!

May He grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans!
May we shout for joy over your salvation, and in the name of our God set up our banners!
May the Lord fulfill all your petitions!

Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed;
He will answer him from His holy heaven with the saving might of His right hand.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright.

O Lord, save the king! May He answer us when we call.

Song of Forgiveness (What A Friend We Have In Jesus)

What a friend we have in Jesus
All our sins and griefs to bear
And what a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer.

O, what peace we often forfeit
O, what needless pain we bear
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Can we find a friend so faithful
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior still our refuge,
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
In His arms, He’ll take and shield thee,
Thou wilt find a solace there.

V. Message

Scripture Reading (John 10:1-10)

1 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.

So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.


Preacher: Rev. Dr. Scotty J. Williams

Title: Life More Abundantly

Prayer of Spiritual Communion

O Christ, I believe that You are in charge, even when the wicked rule, and I love You above all things and desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You through Your Sacrament, come to me by the Holy Spirit and fill my heart with Your presence of love. I receive the abundant life You freely give by grace, and I ask that I would never cease to treat it as a gift from You. You Who are with us always, now and forever, and world without end. Amen.

Apostles’ 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;
He descended to the dead;
On the third day He rose again;
He ascended into heaven,
And He is seated at the right hand of the Father;
He will come again to judge the living 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.

*The word catholic means “universal” (not the Roman Catholic Church), and shows that Christ and His Gospel are for all people.


May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you. And may the Lord God lift the light of His countenance upon you, and give you His peace, both now and forever. Amen.

VI. Thanksgiving

Prayer of Thanksgiving

My Lord Jesus, I thank You for bringing abundant life and for offering it freely as a gift of grace without a price. As this time of worship ends, I pray that You will make Your people Christians in heart, who through love, holiness, and keeping Your example share the gift of abundant life with the world. I ask all this in Your precious name, You Who live and reign in glory with the Father and the Holy Spirit, as one God, both now and forever. Amen.

Song of Thanksgiving (Lord, I Want To Be A Christian)

Lord, I want to be a Christian
In my heart, in my heart.
Lord, I want to be a Christian
In my heart.

In my heart.
In my heart.
Lord, I want to be a Christian
In my heart.

Lord, I want to be more loving
In my heart, in my heart.
Lord, I want to be more loving
In my heart.

In my heart.
In my heart.
Lord, I want to be more loving
In my heart.

Lord, I want to be more holy
In my heart, in my heart.
Lord, I want to be more holy
In my heart.

In my heart.
In my heart.
Lord, I want to be more holy
In my heart

Lord, I want to be like Jesus
In my heart, in my heart.
Lord, I want to be like Jesus
In my heart.

In my heart.
In my heart.
Lord, I want to be like Jesus
In my heart

VII. Closing

The Lord’s Prayer

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,
Forever and ever.



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