Bulletin for May 20

Presbyterian Heritage Sunday

PRELUDE by Janesta Williams, Organist

THE LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH
David Cook, Liturgist

ENTERING GOD’S HOUSE

CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of Hosts! My soul longs, indeed it faints for the courts of the Lord.
People: My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.
Leader: Happy are those who live in your house ever singing your praise.
People: Happy are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion.
Leader: For they go from strength to strength;
People: the God of gods will be seen in Zion.
Leader: For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere.
People: I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God …. than to live elsewhere.
All: O Lord of hosts, happy is everyone who trusts in you.
(Psalm 84)

*HYMN No. 442 The Church’s One Foundation

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Leader: The Spirit calls each of us
People: But we are often reluctant to heed the call. The wind of the Spirit blows and draws us onward. Yet we cling to the fragile familiarities, to securities, and to safety. Help us to risk letting go, to stand free as your servant people within this church and our community. Help us to capture visions for the future, so that we can truly be the church the founders and builders of our sanctuary would want us to be. We ask this in the name of Jesus the Christ. Amen.
(adapted from Bread for the Journey, edited by Ruth Duck, NY: The Pilgrim Press. p. 57)

*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!
People: In Jesus Christ God forgives us
Leader: and returns the lives we have offered,
People: overflowing with new life.
All: Amen.

*GLORIA PATRI No. 579

ANTHEM His Eye Is On the Sparrow
by the Adult Choir
Beth Denton, Soloist
accompanied by Emily Helms, Flutist

MOMENT WITH THE CHILDREN by Pat Oglesby

HEARING GOD’S WORD

*HYMN No. 430 Come Sing, O Church, in Joy!
(Please pass prayer cards to the end of the pew so they may be collected as we sing.)

SCRIPTURE Ephesians 2:19-22 New Testament Page 193 in pew Bible

BUILT FOR THE GLORY OF GOD: 100 YEARS OF WORSHIP
The Foundation
Claudia Thompson, VWPC Historian

The Structure and Design
Richard Vaughan, Grounds and Maintenance Committee

The Brick and Mortar
Betty Broome, Clerk of Session

LITANY OF CELEBRATION AND THANKSGIVING
Leader: Eternal God, in whom we live and move and have our being,
People: hear our prayer.
Leader: The church universal, and for this congregation of your people,
People: we give you thanks,
Leader: For this place in which we gather for praise and prayer, witness and service, in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord,
People: we give you thanks, O God.
Leader: For your presence among us whenever your Word has been proclaimed, your sacramental gifts of bread and wine shared,
People: we give you thanks, O God.
Leader: For those who have been made your children by adoption and grace,
who in this place were cleansed of sin, buried with Christ in the waters
of baptism, and raised to new and eternal life,
People: we give you thanks, O God.
Leader: For disciples young and old who have been nurtured here in faith.
People: we give you thanks, O God.
Leader: For all who have come here asking your blessing in marriage, seeking to love with your love.
People: we give you thanks, O God.
Leader: For deacons, elders and pastors who have led and loved us, and by the offering of their gifts, equipped us for the work of ministry.
People: we give you thanks, O God.
Leader: For faithful stewards among us who have lived for others, serving you by loving neighbors,
People: we give you thanks, O God.
Leader: For all the saints who have stood among us, whose memory still
enlivens our faith and emboldens our witness,
People: we give you thanks, O God.
Leader: For the ministries of worship and mission, nurture and fellowship, and for all those lives who have been touched by them,
People: we give you thanks, O God.
All: Receive our gratitude, Holy God,
for the years through which you have led us,
and open us to the future you promise.
In the years that lie ahead,
grant us your encouragement in the work of ministry,
your consolation in our defeats,
and your challenge to our complacency.
Give us such trust in your abiding Holy Spirit,
that we may find joy and peace in our common life,
strength and courage to live in the world for your reign,
and hope in the gospel of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD

*DECLARATION OF FAITH
Gathered around the Word and sacraments, those who confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, together with their children, have formed a corporate, visible body in pilgrimage with God across the centuries. The church has sought to order its life and ministry in obedience to the teaching of the first apostles. It has attempted to carry out Christ’s commission in various institutional forms and structures that demonstrate both continuity and change.
We acknowledge that Christ chooses to be known in the world through this community of ordinary people, therefore we dare not despise or abandon the church. Christ is the head of the church, therefore we are responsible to Christ when we make policy and decisions in the church. Christ is the foundation of the church, therefore it will not fall despite our weakness. We are confident that the Lord of the church will judge and defeat our sinful intentions and actions, help us in our weakness and blindness, and use the church to accomplish his purposes.
A Declaration of Faith, Chapter 7 (1)

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

THE OFFERING

*THE DOXOLOGY NO. 592

*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

*HYMN OF RESPONSE NO. 420 God of Grace and God of Glory

*BENEDICTION
Leader: May the God of hope, fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
People: Amen

*POSTLUDE

*Please Stand
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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

As we pray today we will be remembering Cedar Shoals Presbyterian Church in Richburg, SC and its 4 members

PLEASE NOTE that Exercise Classes have been discontinued for the summer.

RECENT MEMORIALS
Given in memory of Mr. Boyce Kirk, Lynne Jones’ father, by Louise Brunson, Henry & Glenda Manus, Claudia Thompson, Richard & Linda Vaughan, Janesta Williams

A MESSAGE FROM THE STRENGTHENING COMMITTEE:
Please visit vanwyckpc.com to see
1. our weekly bulletins
2. our church calendar
3. May’s prayer list

GREETERS AND USHERS: Toug Brunson and Carol Johns

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