Bulletin for May 15

Van Wyck Presbyterian Church

PRELUDE by Janesta Williams, Organist

THE LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH           David Cook, Liturgist

ENTERING GOD’S HOUSE

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: Day by day, God leads us:

People: to the deep, deep pools of peace, to the green, lush lawns of grace.

Leader: Day by day, Jesus calls us:

People: to pour out ourselves in service, to anoint the stranger with hope.

Leader: Day by day, the Holy Spirit shows us:

People: the community we could be, the family we are called to become.

*HYMN No. 276 Great Is Thy Faithfulness

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Leader: It is not just material things, but the ‘stuff’ that makes us who we are – our hearts, our hopes, our dreams – that we have trouble sharing with others. But the more we hoard, the less we trust God to use us, and all our gifts, in the work of the kingdom. Let us entrust our brokenness to our God, that we might be made whole, as we pray saying,

People: Why is it so hard to trust in your grace, Generous Heart? You promise to pour out blessings upon us, but we are reluctant to let go of what we have. We put a lock on our hearts and feelings, while you share your precious Child with us. You call us home to dinner, but we would rather keep playing in the shadows of life. Forgive us, Goodness and Mercy. Anoint us with the oil of grace, until our hearts overflow with praise. Fill us with the living waters of hope, so we can share with others. Feed us at your Table of joy, so we might follow Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, with glad and gracious hearts. Amen.

*KYRIE ELEISON

Lord, have mercy upon us,

Christ, have mercy upon us,

Lord, have mercy upon us. Amen

*ASSURANCE OF PARDON

Leader: When we would stand on sin’s shoulders, trying to peer through the windows, God throws open wide the front door, so we can come in and live forever in joy.

People: We are led through death to life; we are fed at grace’s table; we are forgiven.

Thanks be to God. Amen.

(Dr. Tom Shuman, Lectionary Liturgies, Easter 4-A)

* GLORIA PATRI No. 579

MOMENT WITH THE CHILDREN by Pat Oglesby

HEARING GOD’S WORD

*HYMN No. 170 The Lord’s My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want

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

SCRIPTURE Psalm 23 Old Testament page 501 in pew Bible

SERMON             BURYING GOD IN FORGETFULNESS           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. 387 Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us

*BENEDICTION

* Please Stand

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

As we pray today we will be remembering Douglas Presbyterian Church in Lancaster, SC and its 116 members.

In order to provide a more worshipful experience for every person in the sanctuary, after the Moment with the Children the parents of infants through and including kindergarten age children are encouraged to take advantage of the staffed nursery provided in the Education Building. The Christian Education and Worship Committees are fortunate to have Carrie Johnson to care for our children during the worship service. She has been a nursery worker at Mineral Springs United Methodist for ten years prior to being the director of their church’s Pre-School program. She is currently an employee of Union County Public Schools. Nursery Pool for May: Julie Graham, Ashley Gibson, Ron Stephany, Andrea Helms, Will McSpadden and Amanda Stephany

Again today we will be receiving contributions to the Mother’s Day Offering for Presbyterian Communities of South Carolina. Envelopes are on the table in the foyer or you may designate this on your check.

FOOD FOR HOPE: May is one of our months to provide food for HOPE. Needs include 5 lb. bags of sugar, corn meal or flour, jelly, spaghetti sauce, evaporated milk, any cleaning supplies

GREETERS AND USHERS: Richard and Linda Vaughan

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