Bulletin for July 3

PRELUDE by Janesta Williams, Organist

THE LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH                  Shirley Cauthen, Liturgist

ENTERING GOD’S HOUSE

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: We stand here today, in the presence of the Holy:

People: who will show us the way to hope and grace.

Leader: We come today to the spring of hope:

People: where Jesus will draw for us all the living water we can drink.

Leader: We speak from our hearts, lifting our praise and prayers:

People: leaning over to listen, the Spirit hears us, filling us with peace.

*HYMN No. 564 O Beautiful for Spacious Skies

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Leader: When we could delight in God’s ways, we seem to wander down the paths of failings and foolishness. When we could dance in joy, we shuffle our feet through despair’s dry dust. Let us confess our wayward lives to the One who longs to forgive us, as we pray, saying,

People: We are sinners, Creator of gentleness, and cannot make good choices. We know what is the right thing to do, yet end up acting in wrong ways. We know the gentle words a friend needs, yet raise our voices in anger and hurt. We hear you inviting us to crawl up into your gracious lap, but run outside to play with our old friend, evil. Forgive us, Blesser and Blessing of our hearts, and rescue us from our foolish lives. Speak to our aching spirits with your healing hope. Yoke us with Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, so we might lead gentle and gracious lives in the days to come. Amen.

* KYRIE ELEISON

Lord, have mercy upon us,

Christ, have mercy upon us,

Lord, have mercy upon us. Amen

*ASSURANCE OF PARDON

Leader: God deals faithfully and truly with us. Choosing to forget our mistakes, and to forgive our sins, God blesses us with love and hope.

People: Blessed, forgiven, healed – we are God’s new people, going out to bring others to the waters of life. Thanks be to God. Amen.

(Lectionary Liturgies, 3rd Sunday after Pentecost A)

*GLORIA PATRI No. 579

MOMENT WITH THE CHILDREN by Pat Oglesby

HEARING GOD’S WORD

*HYMN No. 403 What a Friend We Have in Jesus

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

SCRIPTURE Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 New Testament pages 11-12 in pew Bible

SERMON               GETTING YOUR GOAT                 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. 561 My Country, ‘Tis of Thee

* BENEDICTION

* Please Stand

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

PLEASE NOTE that there will be no YOGA Classes tomorrow. Classes will resume next week.

As we pray today we will be remembering Hebron Presbyterian Church in Blackstock, SC and its 32 members.

OUR HEARTFELT CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY is extended to the family of Eddie Brunson. Eddie passed away yesterday.

Finance Report through the week of 6-26-2011:

2011 Budget $ 125,355.00

Needed each week $ 2,410.00

Budget amount received past 26 weeks $ 61,673.91

Ahead / (Behind) budget past 26 weeks ($986.09)

RECENT MEMORIALS, HONORARIUMS AND SPECIAL GIFTS:

In memory of Liz Boatwright given by her mom, Verlon M. Hutto

Choir Robe Fund Donation given by Lance and Julie Cunnane

GREETERS AND USHERS: George Dobson and George Williams

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COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT:

Join friends and neighbors for our own Independence Day Celebration on Monday, July 4th, beginning at 7:00 pm at the Community Building. Enjoy a hot dog supper, games and activities, followed at dusk by fireworks. Bring a lawn chair, if you’d like.

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