Bulletin for June 3

Trinity Sunday

PRELUDE by Janesta Williams, Organist

THE LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH
Ken Cook, Liturgist

ENTERING GOD’S HOUSE

CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: God, who flung the stars into the night sky, rejoices over all creation, especially us!
People: Come to us, Laughing God, and gladden our hearts with your goodness and grace.
Leader: Christ, the Word of joy and life, fills all creation with hope, especially us!
People: Come to us, Brother and Savior, and reclaim our hearts as your own.
Leader: The Spirit, who breathes life into emptiness, gives all creation the gift of peace, especially us!
People: Come to us, Spirit of Gentleness, and refresh us with the dew of delight.

*HYMN No. 138 Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Leader: Called to be God’s people, we know how often we act as spoiled and petulant children. Yet, like a mother, God looks past our mistakes to see our hearts. Like a father, God lifts us to our feet to put us back on the path to life. Let us bring our prayers to the One who listens, and then forgives us with unceasing grace.
People: In the mystery of creation, Imaginative God, you shaped beauty and goodness, yet we damage it by our selfishness and anger. In the mystery of life, Child of Hope, you became one of us, yet all too often we turn our back on you. In the mystery of peace, Breath of Life, you would gentle our natures, yet we cling tenaciously to our bitterness and hurt. In the mystery of grace, Holy God, you forgive us our sins, that we might embrace others. In the mystery of mercy, you touch our lips, that we might speak gently to others. In the mystery of hope, you claim us as family, sisters and brothers of the One who brought new life for all, 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: Here, in this moment and in this place, the Spirit of gentleness moves in our midst. Mercy, hope and joy are the gifts of God to each and every one of us.
People: No longer lost, we have found our way home, surrounded by God’s peace, by God’s grace, by God’s love. Thanks be to God, we are forgiven! Amen.

Lectionary Liturgies-Trinity Sunday, Year B)

*GLORIA PATRI No. 579

THE ANTHEM
Promised Land
by the Adult Choir

MOMENT WITH THE CHILDREN by Camille Dunlap

HEARING GOD’S WORD

*HYMN No. 485 To God Be the Glory
(Please pass prayer cards to the end of the pew so they may be collected as we sing.)

SCRIPTURE John 3:1-17 New Testament Pages 93-94 in pew Bible

SERMON
WHO IS OUR GOD?
by Rev. McSpadden

RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD

*DECLARATION OF FAITH
In the presence of the Holy Spirit the first Christians experienced God’s own presence, not a power different from God or less than God. In Jesus Christ they met God himself, not a second God or one who is only like God. Yet they worshiped with the people of Israel one God alone. Reflecting on this mystery, the ancient church formulated the doctrine of the Trinity. We believe with the church through the centuries that God is what he has shown himself to be in his story with his people:
One God who is the Creator and Sustainer,
the Savior and Lord,
the Giver of life within, among, and beyond us.
We affirm the unity of God’s being and work.
We may not separate the work of God as Creator
from the work of God as Redeemer.
We may not set the Son’s love against the Father’s justice.
We may not value the Ho]y Spirit’s work
above the work of the Father and Son.
The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are one God.
We affirm richness and variety in God’s being and work.
We may not deny the real distinctions in God’s unity.
In his eternal being and in all his activity,
the one God is always and at the same time
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Declaration of Faith, Chapter 5 (8)

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

THE OFFERING

*THE DOXOLOGY NO. 592

*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

*HYMN OF RESPONSE NO. 451 Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones

*BENEDICTION

*POSTLUDE

*Please Stand
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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

As we pray today we will be remembering Hebron Presbyterian Church in Blackstock, SC and its 32 members.

THANK YOU A SUPERNOVA thank you to all the children who attended and volunteers who help during yesterday’s Vacation Bible School. We truly had a GALACTIC BLAST! — Ashley & Julie

JUNE is one of our months to provide food for HOPE. Needs include:
dried beans
peanut butter
jelly
soup
self-rising corn meal
sugar
canned meats
fruit juice
spaghetti sauce
cans of squash
cans of greens
cans of Irish potatoes

Finance Report through the week of 5-27-2012:
2012 Budget $126,855.00
Needed each week $ 2,440.00
Budget amount received past 22 weeks $ 46,597.56
Ahead / (Behind) budget past 22 weeks ($7,082.44)

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

GREETERS AND USHERS: George and Eloise Williams

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