Bulletin for April 29

PRELUDE by Janesta Williams, Organist

THE LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH
Shirley Cauthen, Liturgist

ENTERING GOD’S HOUSE

CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: Listen, for the voice of God coming near.
People: Listen, for the voice of God that speaks to our hearts.
Leader: We come to worship the God who became one of us,
People: Who calls us by name,
Leader: Who is Love Incarnate,
People: Who is!
Leader: Let us gather together in joy and hope–
People: Let us worship the God of Love!
(adapted from Flames of the Spirit, p. 61)

*HYMN No. 417 Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Leader: We wander from hope to hope, thinking the next person, the next book, the next new thing will lead us in the ways in which we long to live. Yet, if we open our eyes and pay attention, we will see the Good Shepherd, the One who will bring us into the kingdom of God’s mercy and hope, even as we confess all the foolish mistakes we have done, and all the wrong turns we have made. Join me, as we pray saying,
People: You long to fill us with your comfort and peace, Still Waters of Grace, but we continue to take on more anxiety, more worry, more fear. You would comfort us in the gentleness of your hope, but we welcome the embrace of a world spinning more and more out of control. You would feed us with more than we need, but we continue to hunger for the sweet sensations offered to us by temptation. You keep your promises and offer us forgiveness and mercy all the days of our life. May we keep our eyes focused on the path you have shaped for us; may we listen to the call of the Good Shepherd who leads us into your joy, that kingdom prepared for us by 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: This is the good news: wherever we are, God is with us; whoever we are, God forgives us, and offers us new life.
People: Surely goodness and mercy are the companions we have been longing for, faithful friends as we continue our journey as God’s people. Amen.
(Lectionary Liturgies, Easter 4B)

*GLORIA PATRI No. 579

MOMENT WITH THE CHILDREN by Pat Oglesby

HEARING GOD’S WORD

*HYMN No. 404 Precious Lord, Take My Hand
(Please pass prayer cards to the end of the pew so they may be collected as we sing.)

SCRIPTURE 1 John 3:16-24 New Testament Page 240 in pew Bible

SERMON
WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT? by Rev. McSpadden

RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD

*DECLARATION OF FAITH (Unison)
God created human beings with a need for community and with freedom to enter into it by responding to their Maker with grateful obedience and to one another with love and helpfulness.
We believe that we have been created to relate to God and each other in freedom and responsibility. We may misuse our freedom and deny our responsibility by trying to live without God and other people or against God and other people. Yet we are still bound to them for our life and well-being, and intended for free and responsible fellowship with them.
Since every human being is made for communion with God and others, we must treat no one with contempt. We are to respect and love all other people and ourselves as well.
Declaration of Faith, Chapter 2 (4)

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

THE OFFERING

*THE DOXOLOGY No. 592

*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

*HYMN OF RESPONSE No. 442 The Church’s One Foundation

*BENEDICTION

*POSTLUDE

*Please Stand
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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

As we pray today we will be remembering Cane Creek Presbyterian Church in Union, SC and its 53 members.

GREETERS AND USHERS: Rob and Carol Johns

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