Bulletin for May 6

PRELUDE by Janesta Williams, Organist

THE LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH
David Cook, Liturgist

ENTERING GOD’S HOUSE

CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: We come to this place where God pours out love on us,
People: we join our voices in praise, as our fears are left behind.
Leader: We gather with these people, those who seek to follow Jesus, People: so we might walk the paths of service hand in hand.
Leader: We open our hearts to the gifts of the Spirit,
People: so that grace and peace might be the fruit we bear.

*HYMN No. 473 For the Beauty of the Earth

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Leader: There come those moments when we stand exposed, our failings, our
hurtful words, our harmful ways open for all to see. But God takes these
moments, and these sins, redeeming them through compassionate love, making us new people, children of the Living God.
Let us come, in these moments, with our prayers to the One who waits to forgive us and make us whole. Please join me as we pray together, saying,
People: We carry our fears around with us like so much pocket lint, Compassionate Heart, when you would take them and toss them aside, spent and useless. You invite us to sit and chat with someone who wants to know more about you, but we are busy running errands. You give us a simple command – to love, and we complicate it with rules, worries, and doubts.
Forgive us, Vine Grower. You have planted those seeds of mercy, of hope, of grace deep within us, so we might bear rich and nourishing fruit for others.
May we not get in the way of your Gardener, Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, who will use the Holy Spirit to bring forth an abundant crop. Amen.

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

*ASSURANCE OF PARDON
Leader: God abides in you! God is breathing, living, forgiving, restoring you in this moment, and in the days to come. This is the good news for us!
People: As God is in us, so we can live, work, care for others, so that love, hope and joy might touch all people. Thanks be to God, we are forgiven. Amen.
(Lectionary Liturgies, Easter 5, Year B)

*GLORIA PATRI No. 579

ANTHEM God Gives Us Hope by the Adult Choir, accompanied by Emily Helms, flutist

MOMENT WITH THE CHILDREN by Pat Oglesby

HEARING GOD’S WORD

*HYMN No. 533 O Perfect Love
(Please pass prayer cards to the end of the pew so they may be collected as we sing.)

SCRIPTURE John 15:1-8 New Testament Page 109 in pew Bible

SERMON
LIFE IN THE VINEYARD by Rev. McSpadden

RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD

*DECLARATION OF FAITH (Unison)
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.
(“Declaration of Faith,” Chapter 4)

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

THE OFFERING

*THE DOXOLOGY No. 592

*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

*HYMN OF RESPONSE No. 485 To God Be the Glory

*BENEDICTION

*POSTLUDE

*Please Stand
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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

As we pray today we will be remembering Carmel Presbyterian Church in Chester, SC and its 18 members.

Open House at Bethelwoods:
The entire family is invited to come to Bethelwoods this afternoon from 2-5 pm for fun, tours of the camp, boating, crafts, games, hayrides, and fellowship together with our Church family.

Youth Group Camping Trip:
The Youth Group Camping Trip will be held on Friday, May 18th at 4pm at Mooreland Wood land (behind old brick factory on Van Wyck road). Overnight parents need to contact David for security clearance. David’s cell is 803 287 7662.

Finance Report through the week of 4-29-2012:
2012 Budget $126,855.00
Needed each week $ 2,440.00
Budget amount received past 18 weeks $ 39,482.46
Ahead / (Behind) budget past 18 weeks ($4,437.54)

One Great Hour of Sharing:
The total received for this offering was $943.00.

GREETERS AND USHERS: Toug Brunson

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