Bulletin for July 31

PRELUDE by Janesta Williams, Organist

THE LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH         Tommy Broome, Liturgist

ENTERING GOD’S HOUSE

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: We come to this place of worship, to encounter the One who has called us here.

People: This Holy One – our God: is with us in every moment.

Leader: God is in our celebrations and joys, God is in our darkest nights of loneliness.

People: This Holy God – our God: blesses us and calls us by name.

Leader: As night fades before the coming Light, we meet the One who saves us – even from ourselves.

People: This God – our Holy God: touches us with the Spirit of hope.

*HYMN No. 442 The Church’s One Foundation

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Leader: We pick on sisters and brothers; we argue with our spouses; we fight with friends and neighbors – we all live broken lives. We even end up struggling with God, seeking to make God do our bidding. But it is God who can heal our brokenness, God who can reconcile our differences, God who can make us families once again. Let us confess our sin together, seeking God’s promised blessing for each of us, as we pray, saying,

People: Here at the river’s edge, Healing God, we are hesitant to cross over. For on the other side are all the people we have hurt. On that far shore is everyone we have ridiculed, scorned, ignored. Across the water stand the poor, the homeless, the lost – all those we have looked down on, believing that they are beneath us. On the other bank stands the cross we must carry if we are to follow Jesus. Before we can cross, Most Holy One, we must struggle with you. We cannot meet the others, if we have not encountered you. Forgive us and reconcile us, not only to them, but to yourself. Bless us, that we would be a blessing to them. Re- name us and carry us across the river as faithful disciples of the One we are blessed to call our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

*KYRIE ELEISON

Lord, have mercy upon us,

Christ, have mercy upon us,

Lord, have mercy upon us. Amen

*ASSURANCE OF PARDON

Leader: Here, face to face, God meets us. Here, face to face, we can speak every longing in our heart. Here, face to face, God forgives us.

People: Here, face to face, we meet the One who has great compassion for us, and who forgives us of every sin. Thanks be to God. Amen. (Lectionary Liturgies, Pentecost 7-A)

* GLORIA PATRI No. 579

MOMENT WITH THE CHILDREN by Pat Oglesby

HEARING GOD’S WORD

*HYMN No. 293 This Is My Father’s World

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

SCRIPTURE Matthew: 14:13-21 New Testament page no. 16 in pew Bible

SERMON                Gratitude                 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. 391 Take My Life

*BENEDICTION

* Please Stand

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

As we pray today we will be remembering First Presbyterian Church in Lancaster, SC and its 210 members.

 

PLEASE NOTE:

A gift was given by Don and Julia Willingham to establish a choir robe fund. Donations and memorials can be given to the church designated to this fund. Approximately $2,000 is needed to purchase the robes and stoles for our choir.

 

RECENT MEMORIALS AND HONORARIUMS:

Building Fund

In memory of Eddie Brunson given by Wilma Belk

In memory of Eddie Brunson given by Van Wyck Woman’s Club

 

GREETERS AND USHERS: George Dobson and George Williams

LITURGIST IN AUGUST: Julie Tuttle

GREETERS AND USHERS IN AUGUST: Don and Julia Willingham

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