Bulletin for July 22

PRELUDE by Janesta Williams, Organist

THE LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH
Roy Sansbury, Liturgist

ENTERING GOD’S HOUSE

CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: Like the soft whisper of a little child singing to herself before anyone else in the house is awake,
People: ever so gently, God’s voice cradles us with songs of wonder and awe.
Leader: With the persistence of teenagers and young adults, heady with the
newfound freedom of questioning everything,
People: God’s voice rumbles like a river through our lives, sweeping away all the boundaries between us.
Leader: Like the nana who passes on the secret to her bread, like the grandpa who teaches his grandkids how to drive,
People: God’s voice is always reminding us that we are precious, esteemed, beloved.

*HYMN No. 492 Baptized in Water

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Leader: Broken? God promises to make us whole. Lost? God promises to come find us, gather us up, and bring us home. Confused about tomorrow? God promises our future is grounded in love. Let us confess that, though we have heard the promises over and over, we have trouble believing them, as we pray together saying,
People: We know what it is like to be singed by the flames of our lives, Holy God. We look for ourselves in all the wrong places – success, power, adulation. We carve our names in the granite walls of work, hoping we will be remembered when we are gone. We have gone through the waters of baptism, but live as if they have not changed us. We need to hear your sure word, ‘do not fear,’ Shaper of our lives.
Our failures do not cause you to quit loving us, for you continue to claim us, gathering us up in your compassionate arms.
In our baptism, we discover not the end, but the first step of our journey with 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: God’s words of comfort and restoration are more powerful than any foolishness, any mistakes, any sins we commit. This is good news: we are God’s people!
People: Thanks be to God! By water and word, by the Spirit of God’s redeeming grace, we are marked and sealed as God’s beloved children. Amen. (Lectionary Liturgies, Baptism of the Lord Sunday)

*GLORIA PATRI No. 579

SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
Olivia Maria Tuttle and Mark Vaughan Tuttle

MOMENT WITH THE CHILDREN by Pat Oglesby

HEARING GOD’S WORD

*HYMN No. 498 Child of Blessing, Child of Promise
(Please pass prayer cards to the end of the pew so they may be collected as we sing.)

SCRIPTURE II Samuel 7:1-14 Old Testament Page 281 in pew Bible

SERMON
BELIEVING AFTER A TRAGEDY by Rev. McSpadden

RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

THE OFFERING

*THE DOXOLOGY NO. 592

*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

*HYMN OF RESPONSE No. 361 How Firm a Foundation

*BENEDICTION

*POSTLUDE
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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

As we pray today we will be remembering Fort Lawn Presbyterian Church in Fort Lawn, SC and its 7 members.

AN INVITATION FROM DAVID ALEXANDER’S CHILDREN
Please drop by to help us to celebrate Julia Alexander’s 90th Birthday on Saturday, August 4th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Trinity Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. No gifts please, just lots of good wishes.

GREETERS AND USHERS: Richard and Linda Vaughan

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