Bulletin for Jan. 22

PRELUDE by Robert Johns, Pianist

HYMNS by Janesta Williams, Organist

THE LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH
Shirley Cauthen, Liturgist

ENTERING GOD’S HOUSE

CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: Pecking away at our computers, idling in Charlotte traffic:
People: we wait for you, God of all words, to speak to us.
Leader: Pacing the halls of a hospital,
Sitting outside the principal’s office:
People: we wait for you, God of comfort, to fill us with hope.
Leader: In the silence of each night, beginning each day’s new journey:
People: we wait for you, Steadfast Love, for you are our safe place.

*HYMN No. 420 God of Grace and God of Glory

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Leader: God of procrastinating prophets, we can spend so much time waiting for the perfect moment, that we might miss the chance to help another. We may worry so much about saying the right thing, that we say nothing to encourage a person who needs such words. We may be so wrapped up in dealing with the stresses of life, that we have no time to deal with your hopes and dreams for us.
People: Forgive us, God of second chances. By your grace, we can hear your words of compassion and forgiveness; by your mercy, we can place our feet back on the path of discipleship; by your love we are welcomed as your children by our Brother 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: If we drop our nets of earthly distractions, God holds out in front of us the possibility of discipleship.
People: We will lay aside all the fears and doubts, all the worries and resistance, so we can follow Jesus, trusting always in the One who forgives us, in this moment, and all the moments to come. (adapted from Lectionary Liturgies, Third Sunday of Epiphany B; Call to Worship, Year B, Vol. 45:1)

*GLORIA PATRI No. 579

MOMENT WITH THE CHILDREN by Pat Oglesby

HEARING GOD’S WORD

*HYMN No. 388 O Jesus, I Have Promised
(Please pass prayer cards to the end of the pew so they may be collected as we sing.)

SCRIPTURE Mark 1:14-20 New Testament Page 35 in pew Bible

SERMON
HAS THE KINGDOM OF GOD COME NEAR YOU?
by Rev. McSpadden

RESPONDING TO GOD’S 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.

PASTORAL PRAYER AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

THE OFFERING

OFFERTORY by Charles Moss, Pianist

*THE DOXOLOGY No. 592

*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

*HYMN OF RESPONSE No. 145 Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart!

*BENEDICTION

*POSTLUDE by Rob Johns, Pianist

*Please Stand

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

As we pray today we will be remembering Wade Memorial Presbyterian Church in Lancaster, SC and it’s 29 members.

HOPE OF LANCASTER COUNTY
January is one of our months to provide food for HOPE. Needs include: 5 lb. bags of flour, sugar and cornmeal, evaporated milk, grits, jelly, rice and peanut butter

ALEX’S NEW ADDRESS:
Alex Sims, Uni-Health, Room 106, 261 South Herlong Ave., Rock Hill, SC 29732

GREETERS AND USHERS: Richard and Linda Vaughan

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