Bulletin for March 13

First Sunday in Lent

PRELUDE   Janesta Williams, Organist

THE LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH   Ashley Gibson, Liturgist

ENTERING GOD’S HOUSE

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: O Christ, led by the Spirit to wander temptation’s wilderness, you show us how to turn our backs on the wrong ways of the world, so we can follow you faithfully: People: Walk with us, Lord Jesus. Leader: O Christ, Wellspring of wonder, you let go of your glory, so you might hold our shattered hearts. People: Cradle us, Lord Jesus. Leader: O Christ, Shatterer of sin’s deathgrip, into our despair, you bring hope; in our fear, you come with peace; in our loneliness, you become our brother. People: Save us, Lord Jesus.

*HYMN  No. 260  A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Leader: Like a parent, God seeks to set boundaries for the children of God. And, like children, we are stubborn enough to want to do things our own way. So, we become easy prey for the evil one. But Jesus, our Brother, shows us how to find the will, the strength, to resist and to know the mercy of God. Together, let us confess our sins, so God might fill us with hope and joy. People: God of Renewed Lives, we know that Lent is a hard time for us. In a culture which showcases success, you call us to sacrifice ourselves for others. In a world which promotes power, you invite us to deny ourselves. In a society which encourages us to ‘feel good,’ you point us to the struggles of our sisters, the burdens our brothers bear. By your mercy, forgive us, Hope of our Lives. Remind us that as we journey with Jesus, we learn the steps of discipleship. As we listen to his call to obedience, may we learn how to say ‘no’ to all that tempts us. As we see his suffering, may we live out the good news which has come to us through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

*KYRIE ELEISON

Lord, have mercy upon us,

Christ, have mercy upon us,

Lord, have mercy upon us. Amen

*ASSURANCE OF PARDON

Leader: By ourselves, we would be easily controlled by sin and temptation. But God has given us the free gift of grace, and so we are set free to live as disciples. People: This is the gift which brings us hope; this is the gift which brings us joy; this is the gift which brings us life. Thanks be to God, we are forgiven! Amen.

(Lectionary Liturgies, First Sunday in Lent, A)

* GLORIA PATRI No. 579

ANTHEM      O Come, Thou God of Grace     Adult Choir

MOMENT WITH THE CHILDREN by Pat Oglesby

HEARING GOD’S WORD

*HYMN   No. 77   Forty Days and Forty Nights

(Please pass prayer cards to the end of the pew so they may be collected as we sing.)

SCRIPTURE   Romans 5:12-19   New Testament page 156 in pew Bible

SERMON     Face to Face with Sin     Rev. McSpadden

RESPONDING TO THE WORD

*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.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

THE OFFERING

*THE DOXOLOGY No. 592

*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

*HYMN OF RESPONSE    No. 303    Jesus, Lover of My Soul

*BENEDICTION

* Please Stand

As we pray today we will be remembering Cane Creek Presbyterian Church in Chester County, SC and its 58 members.

For upcoming events, please see our church calendar.

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT:

The Community Easter Egg Hunt will take place on Saturday, April 16, at the community building. The time will be announced later. Children are to bring a basket. Eggs, snacks, etc will be provided.

OUR LOVE AND HEARTFELT SYMPATHY are extended to the family of Charles “Chuck” Fought. Chuck passed away last Wednesday. His funeral service will be held tomorrow at 3:00 pm at Mineral Springs United Methodist Church in Mineral Springs, North Carolina. Visitation will be from 2:00 pm until just before the service.

GREETERS AND USHERS: Paul and Di Kourkoubes

RECENT MEMORIALS AND HONORARIUMS:

Choir Music Fund:

In memory of Dillon C. Denton given by Priscilla D. Smoak

Grounds and Maintenance Fund:

In memory of Dillon C. Denton given by George and Eloise Williams

Building Fund:

In memory of Dillon C. Denton given by Richard & Sue Hodapp

In memory of Dillon C. Denton given by Carolyn M. Thomas

In memory of Marcene F. Bailey given by Tommy & Faith Broome

In memory of Claire Stephany given by Richard & Linda Vaughan

In honor of Alena Shaw Massey given by Bane & Ann Shaw

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