Bulletin for July 8

PRELUDE by Janesta Williams, Organist

THE LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH
Jeannie Jamieson, Liturgist

ENTERING GOD’S HOUSE

CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: In the sun which banishes the shadows, in the birds who chorale us awake:
People: it was you, Creation’s Joy, leading us into this new day.
Leader: In the compassion melting icy hearts, in the peace silencing our boastful voices:
People: it will be you, Gentle Wisdom, who guides us into the kingdom.

*HYMN No. 476 O Worship the King, All Glorious Above!

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Leader: We may boast of all our deeds and achievements, but inside, we know our brokenness, our failures, our weaknesses. Yet God has promised to heal us, anointing us with the oil of grace. Let us confess our lives, as we pray together saying,
People: You come, Crafter of Wonder, longing to be a part of our lives, yet we often find it difficult to welcome you. You would be our lifelong companion, but we shake you off, leaving you in the dust as we race after temptation. You offer to be our guide in this journey we call life, but we brag that we can make our own way. Your love withstands the force of our stubbornness, Composer of Grace, even as your forgiveness breaks the power of our fears. As we have heard your words of mercy echo in our hearts, as we have felt your grace make us whole, as we have seen you in those who welcome us as sisters and brothers, may we go forth to tell the good news of 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 love reaches to the ends of creation, and mends our broken hearts. God’s hope echoes through the universe, and sings in our souls. God’s grace tenderly, gently, completely makes us new people.
People: We have heard the good news spoken to us; we have seen the good news modeled for us; we will be the good news for others. Thanks be to God, we are forgiven! Amen.
(Lectionary Liturgies, 14th Sunday, Ordinary Time, B)

*GLORIA PATRI No. 579

MOMENT WITH THE CHILDREN by Pat Oglesby

HEARING GOD’S WORD

*HYMN No. 384 O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go
(Please pass prayer cards to the end of the pew so they may be collected as we sing.)

SCRIPTURE II Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10
Old Testament Page No. 279 in pew Bible

SERMON
DAVID AND ANDREW
by Rev. McSpadden

RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD

*DECLARATION OF FAITH (Unison)
God called all he had made good. We declare that the universe of matter, energy, and life is God’s good creation in all its parts. Even though evil has emerged within God’s creation, we may work and play in it and explore it with wonder and joy. Evil is whatever works against the loving purpose of God for human beings and all creation. Natural forces may have evil effects. Sinful human choices produce evil results. Evil may become institutionalized in our social structures. The power of evil to hurt and destroy, to cut off the possibilities of full human life, calls into question the power and goodness of God. Whether we understand evil personally or impersonally, we cannot explain how it originated in a world made good. But we can affirm that evil is God’s enemy as well as ours. In Christ, God shared our agony over evil and broke the back of its power by bearing the worst it could do. God works continually to overcome evil. In the end it will be utterly defeated. Therefore we have courage to endure evil, to learn from it, and combat it. Amen.
(“Declaration of Faith,” Chapter 2 (2), PCUS, 1977.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

THE OFFERING

*THE DOXOLOGY NO. 592

*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

*HYMN OF RESPONSE No. 280 Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound

*BENEDICTION

*POSTLUDE

*Please Stand
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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

As we pray today we will be remembering Hermon Presbyterian Church in Rock Hill, SC and its 44 members.

THANKS, Pat, for your presentation last Sunday on THE SOUTH CAROLINA HOME AT MONTREAT, NC – Celebrating 100 Years.

Contributions to a Special Endowment Fund to help secure the future of the home for the next 100 years should be mailed to:
South Carolina Home
PO Box 2653
Rock Hill, SC 29732

RECENT MEMORIAL:
Given to the Choir Music Fund in memory of James G. Williams by George Dobson

GREETERS AND USHERS: Richard and Linda Vaughan

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