Bulletin for Aug. 28

PRELUDE by Janesta Williams, Organist

LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH                             Julie Tuttle, Liturgist

MINUTE FOR MISSION             David Cook, Chairman of the Growing the Church Committee

ENTERING GOD’S HOUSE

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: Gathered as God’s people, we come to worship together:

People: singing praises to the One who loves us, opening our hearts to the One who calls us.

Leader: Called to be God’s people, we come to share our lives together:

People: to celebrate the joys of our hearts, to mingle our tears with God’s.

Leader: Challenged to follow Jesus to the end, we come to learn how to be disciples:

People: offering our food to our enemies, giving a drink of water to those who have drained our souls.

*HYMN No. 446 Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Leader: In stories and in stores, in sandy deserts and in rocky roads, at school events and Sunday worship, we encounter God. We meet the One who fills every moment with the sacred. We confess our sins, in trust that we can turn aside and notice God welcoming us with forgiveness and hope.

People: Forgive us, Genuine Love, for our foolish choices. Hold on to our shaky lives, until we learn to clasp your goodness to our hearts, so we can give it away to those around us. Whisper your grace and hopes to us, until we can stop cursing our enemies, and bless them as our friends. Smooth the rough edges of our arrogance, until we become polished enough to win the gold in being honorable. Then, we would put aside our stumbling blocks to discipleship, so we can follow Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, as he leads us to your way of denial and life. Amen.

*KYRIE ELEISON

Lord, have mercy upon us,

Christ, have mercy upon us,

Lord, have mercy upon us. Amen

*ASSURANCE OF PARDON

Leader: In our love for others, we discover God’s love for us. In our forgiving of others, we learn once more how deeply God has forgiven us. Friends, this is the good news offered to us!

People: We are God’s children, called to be different, called to act different, called to live as new people. Thanks be to God. We are forgiven. Amen.

* GLORIA PATRI No. 579

MOMENT WITH THE CHILDREN by Pat Oglesby

HEARING GOD’S WORD

*HYMN No. 384 O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go

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

SCRIPTURE Matthews 16:21-28 New Testament Page 18 in pew Bible

SERMON 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. 402 Now Praise the Hidden God of Love

*BENEDICTION

* Please Stand

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

As we pray today we will be remembering Morningside Presbyterian Church in Camden, SC and its 15 members.

SAVE THE DATE on Sunday, November 13, 2011: Following the worship service we have a “Thank You” lunch in the Fellowship Hall presented by the Stewardship Committee.

GREETERS AND USHERS: Don and Julia Willingham

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