Bulletin for Aug. 12

PRELUDE by Janesta Williams, Organist

THE LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH
Tommy Broome, Liturgist

MOMENT FOR MISSION – DIMES FOR HUNGER
Clarkson McDow, Elder, Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church

ENTERING GOD’S HOUSE

CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: In these moments, in this family of faith, the God of gentleness gathers us together:
People: hoping that our self-righteous anger might become passionate justice for others.
Leader: In this place, in Christ’s body shaped by his grace, we are called to service:
People: hoping our comfort level of complacency might be transformed into compassion for the needy all around us.
Leader: In our hearts, our mouths, our actions, the Spirit of holiness gifts us with truth:
People: hoping our faltering, fumbling words might be transfigured into good news.

*HYMN No. 343 Called as Partners in Christ’s Service

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Leader: How often we find ourselves hanging between heaven and earth!
We long to be imitators of Christ, but end up as copying the seductions and temptations of the world which rub up against us.
In confession, we take those first steps towards healing, so let us bring our broken promises, our foolish mistakes, our hurtful words to the One who offers us grace and forgiveness.
People: How deeply we must grieve you, Tender Heart. You would soften our hearts, but we continue to soak them in the brine of our bitter tears.
You would have us speak hope and peace to those around us, but we would rather complain.
You long to reside in our lives, but we keep making up the guest room for anger, slander, malice. Deal gently with us, Overflowing Mercy, and forgive us of all our wrong-doing. Let us wait for your grace which strengthens us to be your people; let us watch for the new life which is our inheritance; let us hope in the Word of joy and peace, the Word we know as 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: Watch what God does when we come in repentance and prayer.
God loves us, God forgives us, God fills us with new life.
People: We watch and find the One who offers us hope; we wait, and find the One has fed us at every moment in time. We are in awe at this good news: we are forgiven!
Thanks be to God. Amen.
(adapted from Lectionary Liturgies, Pentecost 11-B)

*GLORIA PATRI No. 579

ACOLYTE RECOGNITION

MOMENT WITH THE CHILDREN by Pat Oglesby

HEARING GOD’S WORD

*HYMN No. 175 The Lord’s My Shepherd, All My Need

(Please pass prayer cards to the end of the pew so they may be collected as we sing.)

SCRIPTURE II Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33
Old Testament Pages 292-293 in pew Bible

SERMON
“Oh My Son” by Rev. McSpadden

RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD

*DECLARATION OF FAITH
Jesus broadened the definition of neighbor
to include those ordinarily despised and excluded.
His life in behalf of others
led to persecution and death.
He commanded his disciples to live the same way.
We believe Christ gives us and demands of us
lives that recognize all people in all cultures
as our neighbors on this planet.
Christ teaches us
to go beyond legal requirements
in serving and helping our neighbor,
to treat our neighbor’s needs as our own,
to care passionately for the other’s good,
to share what we have.
It is part of our discipline
to live in simplicity,
avoiding greed and luxury
that threaten our neighbor’s survival.
We are obligated to speak the truth in love,
to listen with patience and openness,
to love our enemies,
to accept the risk and pain
which love involves. Amen.
“Declaration of Faith,” PCUS, 1977, Chapter 9(4)

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

THE OFFERING

*THE DOXOLOGY NO. 592

*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

*HYMN OF RESPONSE NO. 540 God Be with You Till We Meet Again

*BENEDICTION

*POSTLUDE

*Please Stand
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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

As we pray today we will be remembering Great Falls Presbyterian Church in Great Falls, SC and its 70 members.

THE BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS were placed in the church today in memory of Al Williams by Al’s brother and sister-in-law, Kim and Roseanne Williams.

GREETERS AND USHERS: Rob and Carol Johns

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