Bulletin for May 13

Mother’s Day

PRELUDE by Janesta Williams, Organist

THE LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH
David Cook, Liturgist

ENTERING GOD’S HOUSE

CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: We gather to worship the One who crafted creation out of chaos,
People: our cries of joy join the anthems of the universe.
Leader: We gather to lift our praise to the God who gives us voice,
People: we bring the songs which have echoed in our hearts all week long.
Leader: We gather as the children of God, our joy unbroken in God’s love. People: young and old, tone deaf and perfect-pitched lift the new, new songs of faith.

*HYMN No. 122 Thine Is the Glory

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION (Unison)
Joy-giving God, we know who we are: people who hear the harmony of your grace and love in our souls, but who sing off-key so often. We want to learn new songs, but those haunting tunes of our past mistakes run through our heads. We long to make a joyful noise to you, but the hurts inflicted on us, and the pain we have caused others, silence our voices.
Sing to us, Conductor of Grace: sing of your forgiveness, your hope, your love for us. Strike a chord of humility in our hearts so our eyes could see all you have done for us; and in seeing, we might believe how much you love us; and in believing, we would echo that new song of hope and life composed through 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: Listen to the melody of the good news: Christ is risen, bringing joy into the world. The One who was dead now lives, and wraps us in the delight of life forever with our God.
People: Now, our dirges have turned to joy; our requiem has been rearranged as a hymn of hope; our laments are lost in a cantata of praise. Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed! Amen.
(Lectionary Liturgies, 6th Sunday of Easter-B)

*GLORIA PATRI No. 579

ANTHEM
How Blest Are They by the Adult Choir, accompanied by Emily Helms, flutist

RECOGNITION OF OUR GRADUATE — Charles Franklin Vaughan

MOMENT WITH THE CHILDREN by Stuart Graham

HEARING GOD’S WORD

*HYMN No. 438 Blest Be the Tie That Binds
(Please pass prayer cards to the end of the pew so they may be collected as we sing.)

SCRIPTURE Acts 10:44-48 New Testament Page 130 in pew Bible

SERMON
BOUNDARIES OR POLARITIES by Rev. McSpadden

RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD

*DECLARATION OF FAITH (Unison)
Across the centuries since the church was founded, the Spirit has formed and identified it. We recognize the true church of Jesus Christ wherever the work of Spirit is evident: in preaching and sacraments, in the new life and continuous growth of believers, in the sharing of spiritual gifts and material things, in mission and service to the world. The boundaries of the church are not clearly known to us, but God knows those who are his.
“Declaration of Faith,” Chapter 7(2)

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

THE OFFERING

*THE DOXOLOGY NO. 592

*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

*HYMN OF RESPONSE NO. 403 What a Friend We Have in Jesus

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

As we pray today we will be remembering Catholic Presbyterian Church in Chester County, SC and its 35 members.

Mother’s Day
The Worship Committee wishes each Mother a very happy Mother’s Day today. A donation in your honor will be made to the Presbyterian Homes of SC.
Happy Mother’s Day to All.

Our Heartfelt Sympathy is extended to Lynne and Jay Jones and their family. Lynne’s father, Mr. Boyce Kirk, passed away on Wednesday.

Recognition of Our Graduate Charles Franklin Vaughan
Charles graduated from Lancaster High School, received his BA degree in Secondary Social Studies Education from Coastal Carolina University in 1992, earned his Master’s degree in Secondary Education from the University of South Carolina in 1996. He has published an article on incorporating technology into the social studies classroom with the National Council for the Social Studies and numerous lesson plans with the South Carolina Council for the Social Studies and the South Carolina Geographic Education.
Charles has taught at E.L. Wright and Dent Middle Schools and is currently teaching at Richland Northeast High School in Columbia, SC. Charles received a Doctor of Education from the University of SC in Curriculum and Instruction on May 5, 2012. His dissertation, OFFICIAL SOCIAL STUDIES CURRICULUM STANDARDS: AN ANALYSIS OF SOUTHERN POLITICAL, CULTURAL, AND HISTORICAL CONTEXTS examined political perspectives in US History standards in the official curriculum of South Carolina.

GREETERS AND USHERS: Toug Brunson

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