Bulletin for Oct. 30

Reformation Day

PRELUDE by Janesta Williams, Organist

THE LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH Camille Dunlap, Liturgist

ENTERING GOD’S HOUSE

CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: When we stand at the edge of fear and worry,
People: God invites us to step into the waters of faith and trust.
Leader: When we stand at the edge of the world’s pain and need,
People: Jesus invites us to step into the land of humble service.
Leader: When we stand at the edge of our hunger and thirst:
People: the Spirit invites us to extend our grace-filled hands.

*HYMN No. 285 God, You Spin the Whirling Planets

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Leader: We know how easy it is to do exactly the opposite of what we learn from our Teacher, Jesus. So, let us draw near to our God, for in confessing our failures, we will discover the grace and mercy God has in store for us. Join me as we pray, saying,
People: When we come to the edge of your holiness, Constant Love, we know how we have not lived as your children. We dam up for ourselves your rivers of love, while the lives around us turn into deserts of loneliness. All too quickly, we place our feet on the quicksand of fear, not wanting to step across to your faith. We tie up our angers and worries and burden our families and friends with them. Forgive us, Listener to our hearts. By your patient grace, give us more time to practice our calling to discipleship, so we might learn all we need to live as sisters and brothers of 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: This is the good news: God hears you, God forgives you, God is with you as you journey into that land called Promise.
People: Let the redeemed of God say: this is indeed great news! Accepting God’s word of joy and grace, we will live as God’s children in all the days to come. Amen.

* GLORIA PATRI No. 579

MOMENT WITH THE CHILDREN by Stuart Graham

HEARING GOD’S WORD

*HYMN No. 260 A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
(Please pass prayer cards to the end of the pew so they may be collected as we sing.)

SCRIPTURE Matthew 23:1-12 New Testament Page 25 in pew Bible

SERMON REFORMING 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.326 Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart

*BENEDICTION
* Please Stand

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

As we pray today we will be remembering Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church in Lancaster, SC and its 52 members.

Welcome Brian Scott McMurdy! Our congratulations are extended to Rosie and Brian McMurdy at the arrival of Brian Scott McMurdy on October 20, 2011, and to his sister, Miley Rose.

GREETERS AND USHERS: Jay Teager and Will McSpadden

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COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT:

Tues., Oct. 1: 7:00 pm Crime Watch Meeting, 7:30 pm Community Development Club Meeting

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