Jesus Restores Us

Dr. Johnathan Sloan gives a message about the restoration following Jesus brings to our lives. Based on John 21:1-17

The Service for the Lord’s Day

Confirmation Sunday

May 5, 2019

Jesus Restores Us



“Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above”                         arr. T Beaney
“And Can it Be”                                                                     arr. T Beaney
“All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name”                                arr. T Beaney


News of the Church

Please complete the attendance form found in the red Welcome book in your pew.  Prayer requests can be written in the book as well.  Thank you.


*The Greeting and Welcoming of One Another

(There are no strangers in God’s House, just friends we have not yet met.

Greet your neighbor in Christian love and let them know that you’re glad to see them!)


*Hymn                                          “The Wonderful Cross”


*Call to Worship (Responsive)                                                                                     AJ Baratta

Leader:            We gather this morning in response to God’s call to us;

People:           as forgiven, restored and called followers of Christ!

Leader:            We give thanks to the God of first chances, second chances and last chances;

People:           and praise God for seeing in us what we fail to see in ourselves.

Leader:            God knows that we are capable of much more than we can imagine.  He calls

us together to love Him and strengthen each other.

All:                  Let us worship God! 


*Hymn                                              “Mighty to Save”


*Prayer of Confession (Unison)

Dear Lord, we say we trust You, but have doubts about our capabilities.  We

want to follow You, but are so easily distracted.  We claim to know You, but our vision is blurred by everyday life.  Help us to see Your hand guiding our actions and Your footprints leading our way.  Help us to recognize You, not only in the spectacular, but in the common.  Give us the confidence to jump in, no matter how deep, to be with You…(Silent time of prayer)


*Assurance of Pardon

Leader:            Jesus continues to meet us where we are, He is beside us as we toil and as we rest.  His mercy and forgiveness are as vast as the ocean and as numerous as the fish in the sea!

All:                  Thanks be to God!


* The Gloria Patri – Hymn Tune, 581

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.



Children’s Message

After the Children’s Message, preschoolers through 1st Graders may continue to Millard Hall for Children’s Church.  All other students are asked to remain in worship.


Message                       “Jesus Restores Us”                   Dr. Jonathan Sloan

John 21:1-17

Jesus Appears to Seven Disciples
21 After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way. 2 Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples. 3 Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

4 Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5 Jesus said to them, “Children, you have no fish, have you?” They answered him, “No.” 6 He said to them, “Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish. 7 That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the sea. 8 But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards off.

9 When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” 11 So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14 This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.

Jesus and Peter
15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 A second time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.


*Welcoming of our Confirmand


(All those who commit to support and guide this Confirmand on his faith journey

are asked to rise and covenant with our new member as we join together in one voice…)


In baptism, we are one with each other, sisters and brothers in God’s family.  With joy and thanksgiving, we welcome you to the worship and service of Christ in this congregation.  We promise to walk with you on an exciting journey of faith that looks to Jesus as Lord and Savior and relies on the grace of God.  We rejoice in the gifts that you bring to us and we pledge to you our Christian fellowship, prayers and encouragement.  To the glory of God!  Amen!


*Hymn #435                        “There is a Wideness in God’s Mercy”



*The 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 Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on 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 Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen


Pastoral Prayer



Offering Anthem                  “Room At the Table”                                             D Lantz III

Chancel Choir


*Doxology (The Hymnal, #606)

Prayer of Dedication



“Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Ps. 34:8

All who put their trust in Christ as Savior and Lord, whether from this church or another Christian fellowship, are invited and encouraged to share in the Lord’s Supper.  The individually wrapped wafers are Gluten Free so that even those with gluten sensitivities may partake in communion.


The Invitation to the Lord’s Table

The Words of Institution




The Sharing of the Bread and the Cup

Bread (You may partake of the bread when you receive it for

your personal communion with Christ.)

Cup   (Please hold the cup until all have been served that we

may commune together showing our oneness in Christ.)


The Prayer of Thanksgiving (Unison)

       Eternal God, thank you for coming to us in Jesus Christ. Renew in us faith and hope that we may welcome Christ to rule our thoughts and claim our love, as Lord of lords and King of kings through Jesus Christ, who taught us to pray: 


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 debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.



*Hymn #307                                                                           “God of Grace and God of Glory”           




Postlude                                                  “Christ Arose”                                            arr. J Rasley



*Please stand, in body or in spirit