Bulletin for Sept. 16

PRELUDE by Janesta Williams, Organist

THE LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH
Shirley Cauthen, Liturgist

ENTERING GOD’S HOUSE

CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: We are not our own:
People: so, neither our will nor our wisdom should get in the way of God’s hopes for us.
Leader: We are not on our own:
People: so, we should not choose what is easiest or the most gratifying way to live.
Leader: We are not our own, we are God’s:
People: so, let us choose to live for God, and serve all of God’s children.
Leader: We are not on our own, as we walk the streets of God’s kingdom:
People: so, as far as is possible, we will forget ourselves and follow Jesus Christ.

*HYMN No. 488 The God of Abraham Praise

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Leader: We all make mistakes, many of them. We hurt ourselves, we hurt others, we hurt God with our words and deeds, with our silence and inaction. Let us confess to God our sins, trusting in the One who blesses us with mercy.
People: Spring of Wisdom, we confess that we have not denied ourselves and followed. We turn our backs on your outstretched hands of grace, and stumble into the arms of the world. We speak poisonous gossip about others, rather than tell of their glory as your child. We fire off words that find no rest until they pierce another’s heart.
Forgive us, Rock and Redeemer. Give us speech which flows like cool water through another’s parched spirit; give us silence with which to witness your wonders; give us words to proclaim Jesus is the Christ, our Lord and our Savior, the One who leads us to life. Amen

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

*ASSURANCE OF PARDON
Leader: With gentleness, God speaks to us; with graciousness, God forgives us; with joy, God embraces us.
People: With our lips, we praise God; with our words, we thank God; with our silence, we find God in our hearts.
Thanks be to God. Amen.
(Lectionary Liturgies, Ordinary Time 24-B)

*GLORIA PATRI No. 579

MOMENT WITH THE CHILDREN Pat Oglesby

HEARING GOD’S WORD

*HYMN No. 335 Though I May Speak
(Please pass prayer cards to the end of the pew so they may be collected as we sing.)

SCRIPTURE
Proverbs 1:20-33
Old Testament Pages 584 & 585 in pew Bible

SERMON
THE STARE by Rev. McSpadden

RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD

*BRIEF STATEMENT OF FAITH
We trust in God,
whom Jesus called Abba, Father.
In sovereign love God created the world good
and makes everyone equally in God’s image
male and female, of every race and people,
to live as one community.
But we rebel against God; we hide from our Creator.
Ignoring God’s commandments,
we violate the image of God in others and ourselves,
accept lies as truth,
exploit neighbor and nature,
and threaten death to the planet entrusted to our care.
We deserve God’s condemnation.
Yet God acts with justice and mercy to redeem creation.
In everlasting love,
the God of Abraham and Sarah chose a covenant people
to bless all families of the earth.
Hearing their cry,
God delivered the children of israel
from the house of bondage.
Loving us still,
God makes us heirs with Christ of the covenant.
Like a mother who will not forsake her nursing child,
like a father who runs to welcome the prodigal home,
God is faithful still. Amen. (Presbyterian Church, USA, 1983)

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

THE OFFERING

*THE DOXOLOGY NO. 592

*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

*HYMN OF RESPONSE No. 388 O Jesus, I Have Promised

*BENEDICTION

*POSTLUDE

*Please Stand

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

*CONGREGATIONAL PLANNING RETREAT:
The leaders of the church want to hear from you! On Saturday September the 29th, a retreat is planned for the purpose of hearing your hopes and dreams for our congregation. We will meet from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall (and the date does not conflict with any USC and Clemson games!) Child care and lunch will be provided and all you need to bring is YOU. Any questions, call Stuart Graham at 803/804-6017.

As we pray today we will be remembering Lancaster First Presbyterian Church in Lancaster, SC and its 147 members.

GREETERS AND USHERS: Don and Julia Willingham

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