Bulletin for March 18

Fourth Sunday in Lent

PRELUDE by Janesta Williams, Organist

THE LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH
Carol Johns, Liturgist

ENTERING GOD’S HOUSE

CHORAL CALL TO WORSHIP
Christ, We Do All Adore Thee
Adult Choir

CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: We come, to offer all we have to God:
People: our minds, our bodies, our hearts, our hopes.
Leader: We come, to offer all we are to God:
People: our relationships with families and friends,
our longing to draw closer to other pilgrims.
Leader: We come, to offer all we would be to God:
People: our faith, our discipleship, our yearning to follow Jesus.
Leader: We come, to offer ourselves to God:
People: who offers life, joy and peace in Jesus Christ.

*HYMN No. 466 O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Leader: In becoming one of us, God became poor so we could receive the riches of mercy. In coming to us, God took on our death, so we could be made alive together with Christ. Come, offer your confessions, knowing that by grace you have been saved.
People: The words we speak all too often do not show you in our lives, God of our pilgrimage. We spend so much time boasting to others, they imagine we have no need for you. We grumble impatiently when you don’t respond immediately to our requests, but are slow to sing your praises. We mutter under our breath about the behavior of those around us, when we could be asking them if there is some way we could serve them.
It is on our journey to the cross and the tomb that you fill us with the riches of your mercy, Steadfast Love! You do so, not because of anything we have done, but because of the compassion which flows from your heart wounded by our failings. As we open our lives to receive your forgiveness, may we turn to the Light which brings us life, following Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, every step of the way. Amen.

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

*ASSURANCE OF PARDON
Leader: How much does God love us? Enough to send the divine heart, hope and spirit to us, not to condemn us, but to save us.
People: Not by our speaking or doing, but by God’s good and precious grace are we saved. Thanks be to God! Amen.
(Lectionary Liturgies, Fourth Sunday of Lent, Year B)

*GLORIA PATRI No 579

MOMENT WITH THE CHILDREN by Pat Oglesby

HEARING GOD’S WORD

*HYMN No. 485 To God Be the Glory
(Please pass prayer cards to the end of the pew so they may be collected as we sing.)

SCRIPTURE Numbers 21:4-9 Old Testament Page 139 in pew Bible

SERMON
SNAKES
by Rev. McSpadden

RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD

*DECLARATION OF FAITH (Unison)
When Abraham’s descendants were slaves in Egypt,
God heard their cries and prayers.
God remembered his promise
and sent Moses to free them from bondage.
We declare God’s steadfast love and sovereign power.
The Lord can be trusted to keep promises.
The Lord still acts in the affairs of individuals and nations
to set oppressed and persecuted people free.
Freed slaves became the people of God
when they accepted the Lord’s covenant.
God charged them to respond to his rescuing love
by obeying his commandments.
Their life together was to express
the justice and compassion of their holy God.
Since we, too, are the Lord’s covenant people,
we know we must be holy as the Lord is holy.
We must keep God’s commandments,
not in order to earn or compel the Lord’s favor,
but to reflect the character of God
and to be his grateful and loving people.
(“God Delivered His People,” Chapter 3 (2 and 3)

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

THE OFFERING

*THE DOXOLOGY No. 592

*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

*HYMN OF RESPONSE No. 387 Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us

*BENEDICTION

*POSTLUDE

*Please Stand
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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

As we pray today we will be remembering Bethesda Presbyterian Church in York, SC and its 267 members.

WELCOME TO THE NEWEST MEMBERS OF OUR CHURCH FAMILY:
Alex and Julie Tuttle’s twins, Mark and Olivia, were born yesterday. Cathy Joyce is the proud grandmother. John and Shirley Cauthen are the proud great-grandparents.

GREETERS AND USHERS: Jay and Haydee Teager

RECENT MEMORIALS:

In Memory of Mrs. Bonnie Teager
given by Wilma Belk
given by George and Eloise Williams

In Memory of James G. Williams
given by Wilma Belk
given by Jim and Mary Ruth Farthing

TO OUR VAN WYCK PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH FAMILY,
We, the Jim Williams family, express humbly our gratitude to you for the many Prayers and Concerns you had for us during our brother’s illness and death. Too, for your support with many Prayers, Cards and Food you shared with us in Sympathy of our dear brother who answered his call to come home to be with Jesus after approximately four weeks of suffering. Also, thanks to all who took time out of your busy schedule to visit with us on Sunday evening in memory of “Jim”. All of you have been a special blessing to all of us and we appreciate immensely your prayers and kindness shown toward us. Please continue to Pray for us in the days to come.
George, Eloise and all the Williams Family

COMMUNITY EASTER EGG HUNT
The Community Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, March 31, from 2:00 to 3:30 pm at the Community Building. Children are to bring an Easter basket. Eggs, snacks etc. will be provided. Children ages up to 10 or 12 years are invited to participate in the egg hunt. Older children may assist in hiding the eggs and in the games. The rain date will be April 7.

PLEASE MARK YOU CALENDAR:
Vacation Bible School 2012 – Saturday, June 2 – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
VBS will be a Galactic Blast.
We hope your cadets will join us for “Galactic Blast: A Cosmic Adventure Praising God,” a voyage into outer space.
This year’s Vacation Bible School will be one day from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm with a super space mission for ages 3 and up. Cadets will participate in a variety of activities, including music at Moon & Tunes, Cosmic Crafts, Rocket Rec and the Astro Bistro.
We can’t wait to explore God’s galaxy! Please start the countdown by saving the date 6-2-12, and invite your family and friends to our VBS.
For more information, see Ashley Gibson or Julie Graham, your Galactic Blast directors.

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