Bulletin for Feb. 19

PRELUDE by Janesta Williams, Organist

THE LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH
Haydee Teager, Liturgist

ENTERING GOD’S HOUSE

CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: On that first day, when time began:
People: you gave birth to creation
light danced through the darkness;
the waters of hope flowed free and clear.
Leader: On that first day at the Jordan, when redemption began:
Leader: you spoke of life for all your children,
as your Child stepped into the waters of forgiveness,
dancing in hope with his cousin, John.
Leader: On this first day of the week, when we begin anew:
People: you call us to faithfulness,
as we open our hearts to you,
your voice claiming us as your own.

*HYMN No. 492 Baptized in Water

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Leader: You and I are now the ones who step forth out of the safe waters of baptism, to bring hope, to share a word of grace, to carry healing into the brokenness of the lives around us. Let us confess how we still struggle to follow in faith wherever Jesus leads us. Join me as we pray saying,
People: Timeless God,
you cast Light into sin’s dark places
and call us your Beloved.
Forgive us:
when we still linger in the shadows;
when we treat others in hurtful ways;
when we speak ill of your friends.
As he knelt in the waters of Jordan,
you proclaimed Jesus as your Child,
pointing to him as the way to you.
Forgive us:
when we put ourselves ahead of him;
when we think he is no longer needed;
when we fail to see him in the broken of our world.
Baptized and blessed in your living waters,
you would have us be your servants in our time.
Forgive us:
when we fail to welcome the stranger;
when we refuse to forgive as we should;
when we believe we are too good to kneel down
and tie the shoes of the lost, the least, the last, the little. Amen

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

*ASSURANCE OF PARDON
Leader: Touched by the waters of life, fed at the feast of grace and hope, embraced in the warmth of God’s love and hopes – this is good news for all of us!
People: Blessed by baptism’s tears, call to servanthood by the Beloved, filled with the peace of the Spirit, we are indeed God’s people – redeemed, restored, refreshed to serve.
Thanks be to God! Amen.
(Dr. Thom Shurman, Lectionary Liturgies, Baptism of the Lord, B)

*GLORIA PATRI No 579

MOMENT WITH THE CHILDREN by David Cook

THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
Sarah Elizabeth Graham

HEARING GOD’S WORD

*HYMN No. 498 Child of Blessing, Child of Promise
(Please pass prayer cards to the end of the pew so they may be collected as we sing.)

SCRIPTURE II Corinthians 4:1-6 New Testament Page 180 in pew Bible

SERMON INSIDE AND OUT by Rev. McSpadden

RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD

PASTORAL PRAYER AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

THE OFFERING

*THE DOXOLOGY No. 592

*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

*HYMN OF RESPONSE No. 499 Wonder of Wonders, Here Revealed

*BENEDICTION

*POSTLUDE
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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

As we pray today we will be remembering Beaver Creek Presbyterian Church in Kershaw, SC and its 15 members.

*YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN THE PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN THIS AFTERNOON FROM 3:00 to 4:30 PM IN THE FELLOWSHIP HALL FOR A BABY SHOWER FOR JULIE AND ALEX TUTTLE

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.

RECENT MEMORIALS:
Given to the Music Fund in memory of Al Williams by Alex Sims and William Sims

GREETERS AND USHERS: Charles and Juanita Moss

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