Bulletin for Sept. 25

PRELUDE by Janesta Williams, Organist

THE LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH                   Carol Johns, Liturgist

ENTERING GOD’S HOUSE

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: Becoming a baby,

People: Christ transformed all of us into his sisters and brothers.

Leader: Telling us stories we had forgotten,

People: God helps us to walk the paths of discipleship.

Leader: Becoming foolish in the world’s eyes.

People: The Spirit teaches us all we need to find our way into the kingdom.

*HYMN No. 267 All Things Bright and Beautiful

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Leader: All too often, we tell God we will do better, and be better, and then just go on living the same way we always have. Let this be the moment, when we tell our God of our failures and faithlessness, so we can go forth to work in that kingdom of grace and hope. Join me as we pray,

People: We would want to be fountains of hope for others, God of glory, but people find only hardened hearts. We would like to be transformed people, but our stubborn pride prevents us from bending a knee to you. We long to stand with those who are in need, but our selfishness keeps our backs rigid in judgment. Forgive us, God who came down to us. Humble us, that we might be true servants to the broken and lost. Split open our frozen hearts, that compassion might flow freely to those who are hurting. Fill our minds with the presence of your Spirit, that we might learn how to follow Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, into that kingdom of grace and hope. 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: in Christ, God’s plan for salvation was accomplished. You are forgiven, you are made new.

People: We will complete God’s joy, by sharing compassion, forgiveness, hope, with everyone we meet. Thanks be to God. Amen.

(Lectionary Liturgies, 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A)

* GLORIA PATRI No. 579

ANTHEM by Mark and Savannah Palmer

MOMENT WITH THE CHILDREN by Pat Oglesby

HEARING GOD’S WORD

*HYMN No. 386 O for a World

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

SCRIPTURE Matthew 21:23-32 New Testament Pages 23-24 in pew Bible

SERMON             WHAT IS YOUR AUTHORITY?             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 by Mark and Savannah Palmer

*THE DOXOLOGY No. 592

*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

*HYMN OF RESPONSE No. 434 Today We All Are Called to Be Disciples

*BENEDICTION

* Please Stand

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

We are happy to have Mark and Savannah Palmer with us today. Mark is Nancy Quick’s son-in-law, Savannah is her granddaughter.

As we pray today we will be remembering Oakdale Presbyterian Church in Clover, SC and its 214 members.

GREETERS AND USHERS: David Alexander and Al Williams

PLEASE NOTE: Historically, the Strengthening Committee has mailed Sunday bulletins to absent church members each week. Since the bulletin is now accessible on the church website, we will limit our bulletin mailings to shut-ins and members without computers. A special thank you to Strengthening Committee member Al Williams for handling this task for many years.

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