Bulletin for Feb. 12

PRELUDE by Janesta Williams, Organist

THE LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH

ENTERING GOD’S HOUSE

CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: At night, when our cries for help echo off our walls, you hear us;
People: you turn our tears into rivers of joy, Listener-of-our- hearts.
Leader: Each day, as our fears push us closer to the edge of loneliness;
People: you tug us back into the safety of your grace, Servant-of-the-Suffering.
Leader: Every time we stumble over our efforts to be perfect;
People: you pull us to our feet to learn new dance steps of hope, Peace-of-our-souls.

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

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Leader: Would a mother not comfort her son who has made a foolish mistake? Does a father not let go of his anger at his daughter to embrace her forgiveness? This is how God is towards us, longing to dry our tears, to make us whole. So let us come, confessing to the One who loves us so much. Join me as we pray, saying,
People: We must admit that on most days, we are so busy racing around that we do not notice the signs for the kingdom. Rather than lifting the fallen to their feet and brushing them off, we belittle them as we walk on past. When we could offer a cup of hope and joy to the broken-hearted, we turn away so we do not have to see the tears sliding down their faces.
Forgive us, God our Maker, and touch us with your grace. Mend our hearts, so we might be more loving. Fill the emptiness of our souls with the Word of life. Turn our faces towards the need of the world, so we might offer our lives to bring healing and hope, even as our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, touches us with these gifts. Amen.

*KYRIE ELEISON
Lord, have mercy upon us. Christ, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us. Amen

*ASSURANCE OF PARDON
Leader: What is God like? God is the One who turns despair into dancing, who transforms grief into grace, who binds brokenness with cords of compassion, who makes us whole once again.
Leader: As Jesus chose to make the leper whole, so God chooses to forgive us. We can cast off sin’s sadness, putting on the garments of joy. Thanks be to God. (Lectionary Liturgies, 6th Sun. after Epiphany)

*GLORIA PATRI No 579

MOMENT WITH THE CHILDREN by Pat Oglesby

HEARING GOD’S WORD

*HYMN No. 379 My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less (Please pass prayer cards to the end of the pew so they may be collected as we sing.)

SCRIPTURE Mark 1:40-45 New Testament Pages 35-36 in pew Bible

SERMON
DO YOU CHOOSE TO BE CLEAN?
by Rev. McSpadden

RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD

*DECLARATION OF FAITH
Jesus Christ overthrew evil powers that enslaved and degraded people, yet he made no use of power to protect himself. He healed those who were sick in body and mind, yet he did not avoid pain and suffering for himself. He commanded his followers to place loyalty to him above loyalty to family and country, yet he lived among them as a servant. Jesus taught with authority, challenging many time-honored customs and ideas, yet he submitted to humiliation and death without a word on his own behalf.
He forgave sinners, yet he was counted among sinners.
We recognize the work of God in Jesus’ power and authority.
He did what only God can do.
We also recognize the work of God in Jesus’ lowliness.
When he lived as a servant and went humbly to his death
the greatness that belongs only to God was manifest.
In both his majesty and lowliness
Jesus is the eternal Son of God,
God himself with us.
(P.C.U.S. Chapter 4 (“God in Christ:)

PASTORAL PRAYER AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

THE OFFERING

*THE DOXOLOGY No. 592

*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

*HYMN OF RESPONSE No. 210 Our God, Our Help in Ages Past

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING

*BENEDICTION

*POSTLUDE

*Please Stand
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ANNOUNCEMENTS:
As we pray today we will be remembering Allison Creek Presbyterian Church in York, SC and its 147 members.

BIBLE STUDY
The Presbyterian Women are sponsoring a Bible study on the book of James on Monday mornings from 10:00 to 11:00 beginning on March 5. The cost of $12.00 covers all study materials. A cordial welcome is extended to all women of the church as well as the community. If you are interested, contact Carol Johns at 803-547-9788.

BABY SHOWER The Presbyterian Women invite you to a Baby Shower for Alex and Julie Tuttle on Sunday, February 19, 2012, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. They are registered at Target.

OUR HEARTFELT CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY is extended to Jay and Haydee Teager. Jay’s mother, Bonnie T. Teager, passed away on Thursday. Her funeral was held yesterday in Maysville, Kentucky.

GREETERS AND USHERS: Charles and Juanita Moss

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