Bulletin for Aug. 21

PRELUDE by Janesta Williams, Organist

THE LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH                     Julie Tuttle, Liturgist

ENTERING GOD’S HOUSE

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Our joy comes from the heart of God,

People: who transforms us into open-handed givers of hope.

Leader: Our grace comes from God’s compassion,

People: who breaks the bonds which tie us to sin and death.

Leader: Blessed be the Lord our God!

People: who reveals to us the One who brings us new life!

*HYMN No. 138 Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Leader: While we may yearn to be like Jesus, we know that in our hotheaded choices, our frantic lives, our impetuous words, we are too often like Peter. But like him, we can confess Christ as our Lord, speaking of our need for your saving presence in our lives.

People: We look for you in all the wrong places, God of the lost, and wonder why we cannot find you. We wander the corridors of political power, while you walk beside the roads in Van Wyck. We sit at the head tables of the world, while you are handing out cans of food at Lancaster HOPE. We applaud those who win the gold, while you are cheering for those in last place. In forgiving us, God of new life, you would transform our cold hearts into those melted in service to others. In granting us mercy, you challenge us to think of all those we have ignored. In gifting us with grace, you enable us to proclaim Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, as the hope, the joy, the peace the world seeks.

*KYRIE ELEISON

Lord, have mercy upon us,

Christ, have mercy upon us,

Lord, have mercy upon us. Amen

*ASSURANCE OF PARDON

Leader: It is not the money, but our generosity with it; it is not power, but our willingness to humble ourselves; it is not our efforts, but Christ’s gift, which transforms us into God’s children.

People: It is more than just how we think. In mercy and grace, our hearts, our lives, our spirits are transfigured and made new. Thanks be to God. Amen.

(Lectionary Liturgies, Pentecost 10-A)

* GLORIA PATRI No. 579

MOMENT WITH THE CHILDREN by Pat Oglesby

HEARING GOD’S WORD

*HYMN No. 383 My Faith Looks Up to Thee

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

SCRIPTURE Isaiah 51:1-6 Old Testament Page 681 in pew Bible

SERMON                               Looking Back                           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. 379 My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less

*BENEDICTION

* Please Stand

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

An offering will be collected for LIFE FOR TODAY & FAITH FOR TOMORROW the capital campaign for Bethelwoods and Faith Presbyterian Church.

As we pray today we will be remembering Messiah Presbyterian Church in Liberty Hill, SC and its 10 members.

GREETERS AND USHERS: Don and Julia Willingham

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT:

Saturday, September 10, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Celebrate Van Wyck Festival

Volunteers are needed. Talk with Richard or Linda Vaughan.

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