Bulletin for Sept. 18

PRELUDE by Janesta Williams, Organist

THE LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH                Shirley Cauthen, Liturgist

ENTERING GOD’S HOUSE

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: In the prayers and the praise, in the words and the wonder:

People: we are given enough joy to live each day.

Leader: In the justice for the oppressed, in the unexpected generosity for the lost:

People: we are given enough compassion to use in service each day.

Leader: In the promises made to all, in the mercy offered to each:

People: we are given enough grace to share each day.

*HYMN No. 441 I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord

*CALL TO CONFESSION

Leader: We continue to believe that we must earn our way into God’s heart. But God’s grace is given to each of us, for all of us, freely, unconditionally, always. Let us open our lives to this mercy as we pray saying,

People: It seems we cannot decide, God of Life. We say we will live to serve others, but end up meeting only our needs. We claim to live in a way that honors Christ, but we do not take him to work, school, home. We believe that the gospel can transform lives, (at least, for those who need it – not us). Forgive us, Presence of Peace. Instead of grumblers, may we be ambassadors of grace. Instead of continual complaining, may we carry compassion to the hurting. Instead of whiners, may we be workers with Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, to reach out and bring the kingdom of God to everyone we meet. Amen.

*KYRIE ELIESON

Lord, have mercy upon us, Christ, have mercy upon us, Lord, have mercy upon us. Amen

*ASSURANCE OF PARDON

Leader: This is the good news: there is no ranking in God’s kingdom. God graces everyone with the same gifts: mercy, restoration, new life.

People: God has kept the covenant. We have been forgiven, we have been made new people. Thanks be to God. Amen.

(Lectionary Liturgies, Pentecost 14-A)

* GLORIA PATRI No. 579

MOMENT WITH THE CHILDREN by David Cook

HEARING GOD’S WORD

*HYMN No. 478 Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven

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

SCRIPTURE Jonah 3:10-4:11 Old Testament Page 861 in pew Bible

SERMON            Making Discoveries                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. 388 O Jesus, I Have Promised

*BENEDICTION

* Please Stand

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

As we pray today we will be remembering New Cut Presbyterian Church in Lancaster, SC and its 118 members.

First Baptist Church, 300 S. Market Street in Lancaster, has invited our congregation to a concert by the Korean Children’s Choir in their sanctuary on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 1:30 pm. The choir consists of 44 members and is led by Dr. Billy Kim, world-renowned evangelist and Chairman of the Board, Far East BC.

GREETERS AND USHERS: David Alexander and Al Williams

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