Bulletin for July 15

PRELUDE by Janesta Williams, Organist

THE LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH
Shirley Cauthen, Liturgist

ENTERING GOD’S HOUSE

CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: Before the earth was formed, we were chosen by God to be God’s people.
People: God gathers us together that we might sing of joy and hope, as God’s beloved.
Leader: Before the stars glittered in the night sky, we were chosen through Christ to be God’s family.
People: Christ gathers us together that we might carol the good news of redemption.
Leader: Before the rivers flowed to the seas, we were chosen by the Spirit to serve creation.
People: The Spirit gathers us together that we might dance in the fields of peace with our sisters and brothers.

*HYMN No. 8 Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Leader: We toss and turn at night, unable to sleep because of the tunes running through our heads. But, if we listen carefully, we will discover that it is God singing to us, of that hope, that joy, that mercy offered to us, if we will but open our lives to the forgiveness and healing which is God’s desire for us. Let us confess our out-of-tune lives, as we pray together, saying,
People: We would sing praises to you, Composer of our lives, but we remember the harsh words we used toward a friend this week. We would learn your healing hymns of grace, but the broken chords of our anger and pain echo deep within us.
We would dance in the circle of your love but we recall how quickly we turned and ran when offered opportunities to serve your people.
Forgive us, Gifter of every blessing. Open our hearts and fill us with your mercy. Open our ears that we may hear the songs of grace you would teach us to share with the world. Open our eyes that we may see the hope we have in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, our inheritance of love and joy. Amen.

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

*ASSURANCE OF PARDON
Leader: Before the earth was shaped, God created the music of grace which sets our hearts, our souls, our feet to dancing with joy in the hope God has given to us.
People: It is God who has created us, it is God who has redeemed us, it is God who sends us forth to live as brothers and sisters of Christ. Thanks be to God, we are forgiven. Amen.
(Lectionary Liturgies, 15th Sunday- Ordinary, B)

*GLORIA PATRI No. 579

MOMENT WITH THE CHILDREN by Camille Dunlap

HEARING GOD’S WORD

*HYMN No. 341 Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine!
(Please pass prayer cards to the end of the pew so they may be collected as we sing.)

SCRIPTURE Mark 6:14-29 New Testament Pages 40-41 in pew Bible

SERMON
GREAT vs. SHAME by Rev. McSpadden

RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD

*DECLARATION OF FAITH (Unison)
In his concern for justice in the social order God has never forgotten the needs of individuals.
In the end the Lord will judge all persons by the simple, unremembered acts of kindness they did or failed to do for the least of their sisters and brothers. We acknowledge God is at work here and now when people show personal concern for each other and work to make helping agencies, including the church itself, more compassionate. We believe God sends us to risk our own peace and comfort in compassion for our neighbors. We are to give to them and receive from them, accepting everyone we meet as a person; to be sensitive to those who suffer in body or mind; to help and accept help in ways that affirm dignity and responsibility. We must not limit our compassion to those we judge deserving, for we ourselves do not deserve the compassion of God. Amen.
(Declaration of Faith, Chapter 8 (4))

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

THE OFFERING

*THE DOXOLOGY NO. 592

*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

*HYMN OF RESPONSE No. 522 Lord, When I Came Into This Life

*BENEDICTION

*POSTLUDE

*Please Stand
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ANNOUNCEMENTS:
As we pray today we will be remembering Fishing Creek Presbyterian Church in Chester, SC and its 37 members.

GREETERS AND USHERS: Richard and Linda Vaughan

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