Bulletin for Sept. 11

A Service of Remembrance

Today’s service will be a time of prayer and remembrance for those who were lost on Sept. 11, 2001, as well as a time for each person in our sanctuary to seek to discern God’s will for ending the hatred and resentments that spawned the violence.

PRELUDE My Country, ‘Tis of Thee by Janesta Williams, Organist

THE LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH           Shirley Cauthen, Liturgist

CHOIR ROBE FUND

ENTERING GOD’S HOUSE

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

People: Therefore we will not fear,

Leader: though the earth should change, and the mountains shake.

People: God is our refuge and strength.

Leader: Though the waters roar and our security threatened,

People: God is our refuge and strength.

Leader: The LORD is our strength and our might,

People: God has become our salvation;

Leader: This is our God. Come, let us praise the Lord.

*HYMN (Insert) O God, Our Hearts Were Shattered (Sing to the tune of Lead On, O King Eternal)

*CALL TO CONFESSION

Leader: Henry Nouwen said that prayer in a violent world only makes sense when it is not just an attempt to influence God and bring us some comfort. It only makes sense when it is an act of stripping all falsity bare before God and asking to be made new according to the Way, the Truth, and Life. Ten years ago terrorist attacks in this country killed thousands of innocent people. And many other innocent people have become victims since the morning of 9/11. “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us,” the Bible says. “But if we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” In humility and hope let us confess our sin to God, saying, Lord, in your mercy,

People: Make us new.

*CONFESSION OF SIN

Leader: Creator God, with the breath of your word, you formed this world good, but we perverted your providence. So we are born into a twisted world, bent by its way. Lord, in your mercy,

People: Make us new.

Leader: You made us to hunger after you, but we have become captive to selfish desires. We turn our eyes from souls and bellies that are empty so we can stay glutted. Lord in your mercy,

People: Make us new.

Leader: You made us to be in communion with one another, yet we’re so afraid of others’ expectations that we shut them out before they can get too near. We see them as threat, label them bad, refuse their voice and presence as your children. Lord, in your mercy,

People: Make us new.

Leader: You alone are ruler of the universe, but we keep trying to take your job. We grab for power and seek control, doing violence to all who get in our way or challenge our truth. Lord in your mercy,

People: Make us new.

Leader: Basically, Lord, we want to be in charge, and we want it all, the way we want it, when we want it. In our dominance, we break communion with you as Lord and also with others. Lord in your mercy,

People: Make us new.

Leader: We stand exposed in the light of your eternal love, filled with death, yet longing for life. You alone have the power to break our bondage to sin.

People: Forgive us, O Lord.

Leader: Cover us with your compassion, and refashion us in your image. This we pray through Christ, our only hope.

People: Amen.

*KYRIE ELEISON

Lord, have mercy upon us,

Christ, have mercy upon us,

Lord, have mercy upon us. Amen

*ASSURANCE OF PARDON

Leader: Who is in a position to condemn? Only Christ. And Christ was born for us, Christ lived for us, Christ died for us, Christ rose for us, Christ reigns in power for us, Christ prays for us. There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, for anyone who is in Christ is of the New Creation. The old is finished, gone! Behold! New life has begun. Friends, believe the good news:

People: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven! (Sept 11 Remembrance Liturgical Resources, pcusa.org)

* GLORIA PATRI No. 579

MOMENT WITH THE CHILDREN by David Cook

HEARING GOD’S WORD

*HYMN No. 374 Lord, Make Us Servants of Your Peace

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

SCRIPTURE Genesis 50:15-21 Old Testament Page 48 in pew Bible

SERMON Peace or Destruction: Who Will Be the Victor? 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

OFFERTORY Let There Be Peace on Earth by Janesta Williams

*THE DOXOLOGY No. 592

*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

*HYMN OF RESPONSE No. 561 My Country, ‘Tis of Thee

*BENEDICTION

* Please Stand

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

As we pray today we will be remembering Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church in Union, SC and its 28 members.

2011 Budget $ 125,355.00

Needed each week $ 2,410.00

Budget amount received past 35 weeks $ 78,773.41

Ahead / (Behind) budget past 35 weeks ($5,576.59)

GREETERS AND USHERS: David Alexander and Al Williams

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