Bulletin for June 24

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 in this place to worship our God:
People: calm Presence in our times of confusion, Comforter in our nights of struggle.
Leader: We gather with fellow pilgrims, as we seek to follow Jesus:
People: Brother to those swamped by fears, Friend to all overwhelmed by loss.
Leader: We are brought together by the Spirit who lives in the depths of our souls:
People: the Serenity who travels with us on this up-and-down journey we call life.

*HYMN No. 420 God of Grace and God of Glory

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Leader: We let fears control us, we let doubt become the way of life for us. If we but look, we will see our lives, and our world, cradled in God’s loving hands. Let us confess our lack of faith, even as we trust the One who has promised to listen to our words, as well as our hearts.
Join me as we confess together, saying,
People: They can be such giants in our lives, God of Grace. Each day, our fears, our doubts, our worries wash over us, until we come to believe that you do not care for us. There seems to be so much wrong in the world, we are convinced that there is nothing good we can do. The storms of sin and temptation batter at us, and we cower, unable to find the faith to withstand them. Forgive us. God of Hope. Remind us that if we but open our hearts, you will heal us. If we but listen to your words, we will hear peace and joy. If we but open our lives to you, we can go forth to serve our sisters and brothers, even as we have been served by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

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

*ASSURANCE OF PARDON
Leader: With calming words, with a peaceful Spirit, with overflowing love and hope, our God forgives us and fills us with faith.
People: Our God affirms us for who we are – those whose brokenness is made whole, whose sin is forgiven, whose lives overflow with faith. Thanks be to God! Amen.

*GLORIA PATRI No. 579

MOMENT WITH THE CHILDREN by Pat Oglesby

HEARING GOD’S WORD

*HYMN No. 307 Fight the Good Fight
(Please pass prayer cards to the end of the pew so they may be collected as we sing.)

SCRIPTURE 1 Samuel 17:1a, 4-11, 19-49

Old Testament Pages 260-262 in pew Bible

SERMON
FACING YOUR GIANTS
by Rev. McSpadden

RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD

*DECLARATION OF FAITH The Lord’s care sustained the people of Israel. God gave them a land where they could celebrate his goodness. The Lord established their kingdom and promised a ruler from the line of David to reign in justice and peace. When God’s people worshiped the gods of the land, when they put their trust in military alliances, when they failed to do justice and oppressed the poor, God sent the prophets to condemn their sins and to call the people back to obedience. There were times of repentance and reform, but in the end their kingdoms fell. We declare God’s goodness and justice. God has blessed us beyond our deserving. When we forget the Lord and worship our possessions, when we fail to deal justly with the poor, when we seek security no matter what it costs others, we can expect God’s judgment upon us. Amen
(Declaration of Faith, PCUS, 1977)

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

THE OFFERING

*THE DOXOLOGY NO. 592

*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

*HYMN OF RESPONSE No. 356 Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

*BENEDICTION

*POSTLUDE

*Please Stand

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As we pray today we will be remembering Doby’s Bridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Mill, SC and its 188 members.

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 FOR JUNE: George and Eloise Williams

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COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT:
July 4th Celebration at the Community Building
Hotdogs, Chips, and Drinks will be served from 7:30 pm until the fireworks start.
The prices are $2.00 for a hotdog, $1.00 for a soft drink or water, chips are free when you buy a hotdog. Fireworks, sponsored by the Van Wyck Volunteer Fire Department, will begin as soon as it is dark enough. Bring a lawn chair.
The next regular meeting of the Community Development Club will be held at 7:30 pm on July 3. Crime Watch meetings have been discontinued until September.

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