Welcome to Worship

We’re so glad you’re here! Our service will last about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Scroll down to find a clickable order of worship with song lyrics, prayers, and other resources to help you engage with the service. Feel free to participate as much or as little as you’d like. We recommend that you turn off or reduce your phone’s notifications during the service to help you minimize distractions. Wherever you are in your faith journey, we hope this service helps you to take your next steps in response to the unconditional love of God.

Today’s Order of Worship

“God So Loved”
Come all you weary
Come all you thirsty
Come to the well
That never runs dry
Drink of the Water
Come and thirst no more
 
Come all you sinners
Come find His mercy
Come to the table
He will satisfy
Taste of His goodness
Find what you’re looking for
 
For God so loved
The world that He gave us
His one and only
Son to save us
Whoever believes in Him
Will live forever
 
Bring all your failures
Bring your addictions
Come lay them down
At the foot of the cross
Jesus is waiting there
With open arms
 
For God so loved
The world that He gave us
His one and only
Son to save us
Whoever believes in Him
Will live forever
 
The power of Hell
Forever defeated
Now it is well
I’m walking in freedom
For God so loved
God so loved the world
 
Praise God, Praise God
From whom all blessings flow
Praise God, Praise God
For the wonders of His love
 
Praise God, Praise God
From whom all blessings flow
Praise God, Praise God
For the wonders of His love
His amazing love
 
For God so loved
The world that He gave us
His one and only
Son to save us
Whoever believes in Him
Will live forever
 
The power of Hell
Forever defeated
Now it is well
I’m walking in freedom
For God so loved
God so loved the world
 
Bring all your failures
Bring your addictions
Come lay them down
At the foot of the cross
Jesus is waiting
God so loved the world

Whatever your faith journey looks like and whatever your background might be, know that you are welcome in this place. If you have a special need for prayer, we’d love the chance to pray for you. Just tap the ‘Prayer’ button below to submit your prayer request.

“Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me”
What gift of grace is Jesus my redeemer
There is no more for heaven now to give
He is my joy, my righteousness, and freedom
My steadfast love, my deep and boundless peace

To this I hold, my hope is only Jesus
For my life is wholly bound to His
Oh how strange and divine, I can sing: all is mine
Yet not I, but through Christ in me

The night is dark but I am not forsaken
For by my side, the Saviour He will stay
I labour on in weakness and rejoicing
For in my need, His power is displayed

To this I hold, my hope is only Jesus
For my life is wholly bound to His
Oh how strange and divine, I can sing: all is mine
Yet not I, but through Christ in me

No fate I dread, I know I am forgiven
The future sure, the price it has been paid
For Jesus bled and suffered for my pardon
And He was raised to overthrow the grave

To this I hold, my hope is only Jesus
For my life is wholly bound to His
Oh how strange and divine, I can sing: all is mine
Yet not I, but through Christ in me

With every breath I long to follow Jesus
For He has said that He will bring me home
And day by day I know He will renew me
Until I stand with joy before the throne

To this I hold, my hope is only Jesus
For my life is wholly bound to His
Oh how strange and divine, I can sing: all is mine
Yet not I, but through Christ in me

When the race is complete, still my lips shall repeat
Yet not I, but through Christ in me

Yet not I, but through Christ in me

“Dancing On the Waves”
I’m standing at your door
My heart is calling yours
Come fall into my arms

You’re weary from it all
Been running for too long
I’m here to bring you home

I’m reaching out, I’ll chase you down
I dare you to believe how much I love you now
Don’t be afraid, I am your strength
We’ll be walking on the water, dancing on the waves

Look up and lift your eyes
The future’s open wide
I have great plans for you, oh, yes, I do

Your past is dead and gone
Your healing has begun
I’m making all things new, ohh

I’m reaching out, I’ll chase you down
I dare you to believe how much I love you now
Don’t be afraid, I am your strength
We’ll be walking on the water, dancing on the waves

I set every star into place
So you would remember my name
I made it all for you

You are my masterpiece
You are the reason I sing
This is my song for you

I’m reaching out, I’ll chase you down
I dare you to believe how much I love you now
Don’t be afraid, I am your strength
We’ll be walking on the water, dancing on the waves

Don’t be afraid, I am your strength
We’ll be walking on the water, dancing on the waves

We’ll be walking on the water, dancing on the waves

Psalm 118:25-27
25 Lord, please save us!
Lord, please let us succeed!

26 The one who enters in the Lord’s name is blessed;
we bless all of you from the Lord’s house.
27 The Lord is God!
He has shined a light on us!
So lead the festival offering with ropes
all the way to the horns of the altar.

“Goodness of God”
I love You, Lord
Oh Your mercy never fails me
All my days, I’ve been held in Your hands
From the moment that I wake up
Until I lay my head
Oh, I will sing of the goodness of God

Cause all my life You have been faithful
And all my life You have been so, so good
With every breath that I am able
Oh, I will sing of the goodness of God

I love Your voice
You have led me through the fire
And in the darkest night You are close like no other
I’ve known You as a Father
I’ve known You as a Friend
And I have lived in the goodness of God, yeah

And all my life You have been faithful, ohh
And all my life You have been so, so good
With every breath that I am able
Oh, I will sing of the goodness of God, yeah

‘Cause Your goodness is running after, it’s running after me
Your goodness is running after, it’s running after me
With my life laid down, I’m surrendered now
I give You everything
‘Cause Your goodness is running after, it’s running after me

And all my life You have been faithful
And all my life You have been so, so good
With every breath that I am able
Oh, I will sing of the goodness of God
Oh, I will sing of the goodness of God
Yes I will sing of the goodness of God

Acts 4:5-20 (CEB)

5 The next day the leaders, elders, and legal experts gathered in Jerusalem, 6 along with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, Alexander, and others from the high priest’s family. 7 They had Peter and John brought before them and asked, “By what power or in what name did you do this?”

8 Then Peter, inspired by the Holy Spirit, answered, “Leaders of the people and elders, 9 are we being examined today because something good was done for a sick person, a good deed that healed him? 10 If so, then you and all the people of Israel need to know that this man stands healthy before you because of the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene—whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead. 11 This Jesus is the stone you builders rejected; he has become the cornerstone! 12 Salvation can be found in no one else. Throughout the whole world, no other name has been given among humans through which we must be saved.”

13 The council was caught by surprise by the confidence with which Peter and John spoke. After all, they understood that these apostles were uneducated and inexperienced. They also recognized that they had been followers of Jesus. 14 However, since the healed man was standing with Peter and John before their own eyes, they had no rebuttal. 15 After ordering them to wait outside, the council members began to confer with each other. 16 “What should we do with these men? Everyone living in Jerusalem is aware of the sign performed through them. It’s obvious to everyone and we can’t deny it. 17 To keep it from spreading further among the people, we need to warn them not to speak to anyone in this name.” 18 When they called Peter and John back, they demanded that they stop all speaking and teaching in the name of Jesus.

19 Peter and John responded, “It’s up to you to determine whether it’s right before God to obey you rather than God. 20 As for us, we can’t stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.”

Reader: This is the Word of God for us, the People of God. 

People: Thanks be to God.

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During this song, you are invited to sing along or to spend this time in prayer for: yourself, your concerns, our church, Kindred’s ministry family that includes University and Amity United Methodist Churches, our local community, and/or our world. If you have a specific prayer concern(s) to share with our Care Team today, please tell us here so we can lift you up in our prayers this week.

“Nothing to Fear”
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you
And the depths of the river shall not overwhelm
When you walk through the fire, You will not be burned
I am the Lord,
I am the Lord
 
And there is nothing to fear, nothing to fear
There is nothing to fear, nothing to fear
For I am with you always
 
In the depths of your sorrow, I wept beside you
When you walked through the shadow, I drew you near
Yesterday today tomorrow, always the same
I am the Lord,
I am the Lord
 
And there is nothing to fear, nothing to fear
There is nothing to fear, nothing to fear
For I am with you always
 
What can separate you from My perfect love
What can separate you from My perfect love
What can separate you from My perfect love?
 
Do not fear, do not fear, do not fear

Jesus calls his followers to live generously, using whatever we have to be a blessing to others. So we take a moment during worship to celebrate ways we see God working through acts of generosity that are making an impact here at Kindred and beyond.

What is baptism and why do we do it?

Baptism is a primary way that God embraces a new person into a life of following Jesus within the family of faith called church. Baptism has many layers of meaning which are referenced within the service of baptism itself. If you’re interested in being baptized, having your child baptized, or if you just have questions about baptism, please let us know here.  Learn more about our Methodist understanding of baptism here.

What’s my role in today’s baptism?

Among other things, baptism marks a spiritual ‘new birth’ in a person’s life. Just as an infant is typically born into a family, a person being baptized is born into the church family—both this particular church family at Kindred and the wider, universal church family that spans denominations, generations, heaven, and earth. If you consider yourself a part of that wider church family, we hope you’ll join us in welcoming our newest family member in today’s baptism by saying with us the congregational portions of the service as printed below. If this doesn’t apply to you or you don’t feel comfortable participating, that is just fine too.

The pastor says the non-bolded text. The congregation responds in unison with the text in bold.

Questions for the Church Family:
Do you, as Christ’s body, the Church, reaffirm both your rejection of sin and your commitment to Christ? We do.

Will you nurture one another in the Christian faith and life and include this person in your care?
With God’s help we will proclaim the good news
and live according to the example of Christ.
We will surround Oliver and Caroline
with a community of love and forgiveness,
that they may grow in their trust of God,
and be found faithful in their service to others.
We will pray for them,
that they may be true disciples
who walk in the way that leads to life. Amen.

Prayer Over the Water:
Eternal God:
In the beginning, when nothing existed but chaos,
you swept across the dark waters and brought forth light.
In the days of Noah,
you saved the people on the ark through the waters of the flood.
After the flood you set a rainbow of peace in the clouds.
Years later, when you saw your people as slaves in Egypt,
you led them to freedom through the waters of the sea.
And you led them to the Promised Land,
through the waters of the Jordan River.

Gracious Lord, in the fullness of time you sent Jesus.
Before his birth, Jesus was nurtured in the water of a womb.
Jesus himself was baptized in the waters of the Jordan River by John,
and he was anointed by your Spirit.
After Easter, Jesus called all of his disciples
to share in the baptism of his death and resurrection;
and to make disciples of all nations through teaching and baptism.

So, Loving God, as we reflect on all these ways
that you’ve used water in the past…
We ask you to pour out your Holy Spirit once again now
on this water and on Caroline and Oliver as they receive it.
By your Spirit, may this water:
wash away their sin
and clothe them in righteousness,
not just now, but throughout their entire life,
so that, in dying and being raised with Christ through baptism,
they will one day share in Christ’s final victory.

And let the whole church say, Amen!

Why we do Communion:
Dinner parties and shared meals were central to Jesus’ ministry. In fact, Jesus instructed his followers to make a habit of hosting the kind of meals he had shared with them, promising that he would continue to be present with them as they did. So every time we share this family meal called “Communion,” we encounter Jesus together and are nourished by his love in a real, tangible way. 

How we do Communion:
Following the tradition that originated with Jesus himself, we celebrate Communion by prayerfully remembering all that God has and continues to do for us. We then bless the bread that we’ll eat and the “wine” (we use non-alcoholic grape juice at Kindred) that we’ll drink. But before we finally eat and drink, we pray aloud the prayer Jesus taught his very first disciples, called the Lord’s Prayer (words below). Then we eat and drink, trusting (or at least trying to trust) that God is present and nourishing us physically and spiritually. 

All are welcome:
Regardless of your age, denominational affiliation, spiritual (or not so spiritual) background, you are invited to share Communion with us. ‘Taste and see that the Lord is good!’ (Psalm 34:8)

Our Father, in heaven, Hallowed be your Name.
Your Kingdom come. Your 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 yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

“Blessed Assurance”
 Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine
Heir of salvation, purchase of God
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood
 
This is my story, this is my song
Praising my Savior all the day long
This is my story, this is my song
Praising my Savior all the day long
 
Perfect submission, perfect delight
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight
Angels descending, bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love
 
This is my story, this is my song
Praising my Savior all the day long
This is my story, this is my song
Praising my Savior all the day long
 
Perfect submission, all is at rest
I in my Savior am happy and blest
Watching and waiting, looking above
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love
 
This is my story, this is my song
Praising my Savior all the day long
This is my story, this is my song
Praising my Savior all the day long

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At the end of each worship service we’re given a blessing. We’re also reminded that as we go back into the world we’re called to reflect the love of God in all that we do.

“God So Loved” words and music by Andrew Bergthold, Ed Cash, Franni Cash, Martin Cash, Scott Cash
© 2019 Andrew Bergthold Designee
Used by Permission. CCLI License #7138599
 
“Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me” words and music by Jonny Robinson, Rich Thompson, and Michael Farren
©2018 CityAlight Music and Remaining portion is unaffiliated
Used by Permission. CCLI License #7121852
 
“Dancing on the Waves” words and music by Andrew Bergthold, Ed Cash, Franni Cash, Kyle Briskin,Martin Cash, Scott Cash
© 2019 Andrew Bergthold Designee
Used by Permission. CCLI License #7135561
 
“Goodness of God” words and music by Ben Fielding, Brian Johnson, Ed Cash, Jason Ingram, Jenn Johnson, and Onyeka Onwenu
© 2018 Capitol CMG Paragon, SHOUT! Music Publishing Australia, Fellow Ships Music, So Essential Tunes, and Bethel Music Publishing
Used by Permission. CCLI License #7203939
 
“Nothing to Fear” words and music by Audrey Assad, Isaac Wardell, and Paul Zach
© 2019 Integrity Worship Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing (Integrity Music [DC Cook])), PG Songs And Hymns (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing (Integrity Music [DC Cook])), Fortunate Fall Music (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.), and Remaining portion is unaffiliated
Used by Permission. CCLI License #7133723
 
“Blessed Assurance” words and music by Fanny Jane Crosby
© Public Domain

  • During this song you are invited to sing along or to spend this time in prayer for: yourself, your concerns, our church, Kindred’s ministry family that includes University and Amity United Methodist Churches, our local community, and/or our world. If you have a specific prayer concern(s) to share with our Care Team today, please tell us here so we can lift you up in our prayers this week.

     

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