Bulletin for Feb. 26

PRELUDE by Janesta Williams, Organist

THE LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH
Haydee Teager, Liturgist

ENTERING GOD’S HOUSE

CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: We come, so God might open our eyes,
People: that we may discover the wonders surrounding us; that we may embrace the joy deep within us.
Leader: We gather, so Christ might widen our hearts,
People: that we may hear the sounds of brokenness around us; that we may sing the melodies of hope.
Leader: We are here, so the Spirit might teach us the ways of humility,
People: that we may walk that street named Enduring Love; that we may wait at the corner called Faithfulness.

*HYMN No. 343 Called as Partners in Christ’s Service

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Leader: God takes broken promises and turns them into vows of faithfulness. God takes our biggest failings and shapes lives of service. God listens to our prayers of confession and changes them into songs of mercy. Let us come to the One who pours forgiveness into our lives, praying,
People: We admit we are hesitant to walk to Jerusalem and beyond with you, God of Glory. In a world where we worry about tomorrow before enjoying today, we race by your moments of silence, of learning. In that flood of worries, which can overwhelm us, we may miss that assurance that you have not cut us off from your grace. In the deserts of our desires, we may ignore that feast of hope, of joy, of life you offer to us.
Forgive us and have mercy on us, Gentle Guardian of our souls. In humility, may we offer our lives to others. In love, may we share your grace with everyone we meet. In hope, may we wait for you all our days, as you come to us in the life and joy of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.

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

*ASSURANCE OF PARDON
Leader: In this place we find God’s word, God’s way, God’s love, God’s forgiveness. What more do we need to sustain us as we continue as pilgrims along the Way?
People: In every wilderness, on every road; in every moment, in every life; in every journey, in every heart, we receive the daily bread we need – God’s hope God’s mercy, God’s joy.
Thanks be to God, we are forgiven. Amen.
(Lectionary Liturgies, Lent 1 B)

*GLORIA PATRI No 579

MOMENT WITH THE CHILDREN by Pat Oglesby

HEARING GOD’S WORD

*HYMN No. 272 God of the Sparrow
(Please pass prayer cards to the end of the pew so they may be collected as we sing.)

SCRIPTURE Psalm 25:1-10 Old Testament Page 502 in pew Bible

SERMON
LENT AND FAITH
by Rev. McSpadden

RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD

*DECLARATION OF FAITH
Jesus was what we are.
He grew up in a family and a society
troubled by the common problems of the world.
His knowledge was limited
by his time and place in history.
He felt deeply the joy of friendship
and the hurt of being rejected.
Jesus prayed,
struggled with temptation,
knew anger,
and was subject to suffering and death.
He was like us in every way except sin.
Jesus was what we should be.
He served his Father with complete trust
and unwavering obedience.
He loved all kinds of people
and accepted their love.
In constant dependence upon the Holy Spirit,
Jesus allowed no temptation or threat to keep him
from loving God with his whole being
and his neighbor as himself.
We recognize in Jesus what God created us to be.
He exposes our failure to live as he lived.
He demonstrates the new humanity
God promises to give us through him.

PASTORAL PRAYER AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

THE OFFERING

*THE DOXOLOGY No. 592

*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

*HYMN OF RESPONSE No. 384 O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go

*BENEDICTION

*POSTLUDE

*Please Stand

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

As we pray today we will be remembering Beersheba Presbyterian Church in Clover, SC and its 29 members.

A SPECIAL INVITATION: We are cordially invited to Erin Williams’ Graduate Voice Recital on Friday, March 16, 2012, at 6:00 pm at the USC School of Music Recital Hall, 813 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC. Plans are to meet at the church to carpool. Let Janesta know if you would like to go.

OUR HEARTFELT SYMPATHY is extended to George and Eloise and their family. George’s brother, Jim, passed away on Thursday. Visitation will be held on Sunday from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at Wolfe Funeral Home in Fort Mill. His funeral will be at 2:00 pm Monday at First Baptist Church in Fort Mill.

RECENT MEMORIALS:
In memory of Al Williams given by Janie Fletcher Dabney, Sharon Dabney McCall, David Fletcher McCall, Terry and Genie Graham, and Sam and Laine Ardrey.

In memory of Mrs. Bonnie Teager given by Claudia Thompson and Richard and Linda Vaughan.

GREETERS AND USHERS: Charles and Juanita Moss

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