Bulletin for April 3

Fourth Sunday in Lent

PRELUDE by Janesta Williams, Organist

CHORAL CALL TO WORSHIP      Christ, We Do All Adore Thee        Adult Choir

THE LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH      Shirley Cauthen, Liturgist

ENTERING GOD’S HOUSE

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: Let us worship God with songs of joy, for God is–

People: light, love, steadfast, eternal.

Leader: Let us follow Jesus our teacher, for Jesus is–

People: God’s light-bearer, God’s love-bringer, God’s face among us, God’s grace made alive.

Leader: Let us live by the grace of God’s Spirit, for the Spirit is–

People: alive, creating, invisible, moving the visible, shaping us to be ever more faithful. (Call to Worship, PCUSA, Vol. 42.1)

*HYMN     No. 483 Sing         Praise to God, Who Reigns Above

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Leader: How quickly we notice the mistakes of others, but never see our own faults! Before we judge others, we need to pray that our blindness might be healed by God’s gracious love.

Please join me as we pray together, saying, People: God our Great Shepherd: it is easy for us to lose sight of your kingdom, and your way for us. We hope that love conquers hate, that light shines in our shadows, that life is stronger than death—yet our lips are filled with bitter words, our lives are weak and shallow, the shadowed corners of the world beckon to us. Have mercy on us and lead us to the still waters of your grace and the healing garden of your heart. Restore our sight to see you living with us, restore our hope that we might trust you, restore our speech that we might praise you for your great gift to us in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.

*KYRIE ELEISON

Lord, have mercy upon us,

Christ, have mercy upon us,

Lord, have mercy upon us. Amen

*ASSURANCE OF PARDON

Leader: With a gentle touch, with the anointing of the Holy Spirit, with the joy of love, God reaches out to forgive us and make us whole. People: Touch us, eternal Spirit; heal us, Light of Love; fill our lives with new meaning, God of joy, as we receive your forgiveness and grace. Amen.

(Lectionary Liturgies, 4A, 2011)

* GLORIA PATRI No. 579

ANTHEM         Jesus, I Will Ponder Now       By Adult Choir

MOMENT WITH THE CHILDREN         By Pat Oglesby

HEARING GOD’S WORD

*HYMN No. 78         Atlas! And Did My Savior Bleed

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

SCRIPTURE John 9:1-41 New Testament pages 102 and 103 in pew Bible

SERMON       HEALING      by 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. 280       Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound

*BENEDICTION

* Please Stand

As we pray today we will be remembering Cedar Shoals Presbyterian Church in Richburg, SC and its 4 members.

Finance Report through the week of 3-27-2011

2011 Adopted Budget $125,355.00

Needed each week $ 2,410.00

Budget amount received past 13 weeks $ 28,150.60

Ahead / (Behind) budget past 13 weeks ($ 3,179.40)

RECENT MEMORIALS AND HONORARIUMS: In memory of Betty Fought given by Betty Broome

SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE BULLETIN NOW ON-LINE. Visit our website and click on this Sunday’s date or previous dates to read the bulletin on-line.

GREETERS AND USHERS: Toug Brunson and Marie Welpe

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT:

Tues., April 5 7:00 pm Crime Watch, 7:30 pm Community Development Club Meeting

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.

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