Bulletin for Aug. 14

PRELUDE by Janesta Williams, Organist

THE LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH                        Julie Tuttle, Liturgist

ENTERING GOD’S HOUSE

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: Here we can come together, people searching for healing and hope:

People: here we are met by the One who would bless us with abundant life.

Leader: Here we are called to gather as the family of God:

People: we may find those who are strangers, yet are sisters and brothers of ours.

Leader: Here we discover the truth that God makes no distinctions among us:

People: here we are welcomed and embraced by the One whose arms are open to all.

*HYMN No. 482 Praise Ye the Lord, the Almighty

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Leader: Our words, our deeds, our lives build barriers between us and others, between us and God. But God would shatter every distinction, God would reshape us as new people. Let us come to the One who loves us, and longs to forgive us. Join me as we confess our sins together, saying,

People: We admit, Providing God, that we have difficulties living as your children. We could live in unity, but our words fracture relationships with family and friends. We have been shown the way to your kingdom, but turn into blind guides when asked for the directions by others. When we could offer others the precious oil of peace, we hand them the vinegar of despair and rejection. Have mercy on us, Healing Heart, have mercy on us. When you call to us, may we listen with open ears, understand with embracing hearts, and share your grace with others, even as we have been graced by 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: Hear the good news for you: God has provided hope for you, filling you with joy, with mercy, with peace.

People: As mercy leads to mercy, we will take these gifts to share with the world. Thanks be to God. Amen.

(Lectionary Liturgies, Pentecost 9-A)

* GLORIA PATRI No. 579

MOMENT WITH THE CHILDREN by Pat Oglesby

HEARING GOD’S WORD

*HYMN No. 345 Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

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

SCRIPTURE Isaiah 56:1, 6-8 Old Testament Page 686 in pew Bible

SERMON                         Outcast                       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. 343 Called as Partners in Christ’s Service

*BENEDICTION

* Please Stand

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

As we pray today we will be remembering Lockhart Presbyterian Church in Lockhart, SC and its 22 members.

 

RECENT MEMORIALS AND HONORARIUMS.

Choir Robe Fund

In memory of Eddie Brunson given by Jay & Haydee Teager

In memory of Eddie Brunson given by George & Eloise Williams

In memory of Bess Parris given by George & Eloise Williams

 

GREETERS AND USHERS: Don and Julia Willingham

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