Bulletin for Sept. 23

PRELUDE by Janesta Williams, Organist

THE LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH
Shirley Cauthen, Liturgist

ENTERING GOD’S HOUSE

CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: Our world offers many secular routes to walk through life; People: Our God invites us to walk the road of service and sacrifice. Leader: Our society suggests we put down our roots in the shallow soil of pleasure and greed.
People: Our God seeks to plant us on the banks of hope, watered by the rivers of joy and grace.
Leader: Our culture promotes achievement, success, climbing to the top, being number one.
People: Our God tells us if we want to be first we need to go to the end of the line.

*HYMN No. 485 To God Be the Glory

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Leader: While we try to live in God’s way, we know how often we follow the wrong advice, or walk down sin’s shadowed roads. Yet, God watches over us and calls us to confess, so we might be welcomed into the embracing arms of mercy and healing. Let us pray as we say,
People: We confess how much we are like those first disciples of Jesus,
God of Wisdom. Our cravings for more and more toss us about like leaves in the fall winds. We boast of our great wisdom, yet do not understand your ways of peace and gentleness. We do not plant ourselves in your hope and grace, and so reap harvests of disorder and conflict.
Draw near to us, Gracious God, and forgive us. Draw us into your tender arms, and teach us peace, gentleness, the willingness to put the other first, the wisdom to serve instead of seize, so we might bring forth a harvest of righteousness, justice, and peace in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

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

*ASSURANCE OF PARDON
Leader: This is the wisdom from above: God plants in us the forgiveness and healing we need, so we might share the good harvest of joy and mercy with everyone we meet.
People: Bathed in the living waters, fed by the gift of life, we are nourished by grace and hope every moment in time.
Thanks be to God, we are forgiven! Amen.
(adapted from Lectionary Liturgies, Ordinary 25-B)

*GLORIA PATRI No. 579

MOMENT WITH THE CHILDREN by Charles Moss

HEARING GOD’S WORD

*HYMN No. 304 Jesus Loves Me
(Please pass prayer cards to the end of the pew so they may be collected as we sing.)

SCRIPTURE
Mark 9:30-37
New Testament Page 45 in pew Bible

SERMON
YOU ARE STILL A RAT by Rev. McSpadden

RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD

*BRIEF STATEMENT OF FAITH
In life and death we belong to God.
Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
The love of God,
And the communion of the Holy Spirit,
we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel,
whom alone we worship and serve.
We trust in Jesus Christ,
Fully human, fully God
Jesus proclaimed the reign of God:
preaching good news to the poor
and release to the captives,
teaching by word and deed
and blessing the children,
healing the sick
and binding up the brokenhearted,
eating with outcasts,
forgiving sinners,
and calling all to repent and believe the gospel.
Unjustly condemned for blasphemy and sedition,
Jesus was crucified,
suffering the depths of human pain
and giving his life for the sins of the world.
God raised Jesus from the dead,
vindicating his sinless life,
breaking the power of sin and evil,
delivering us from death to life eternal. Amen.
(Presbyterian Church USA, approved by the 1991 General Assembly)

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

THE OFFERING

*THE DOXOLOGY NO. 592

*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

*HYMN OF RESPONSE No. 372 Lord, I Want to Be a Christian

*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 Liberty Hill Presbyterian Church in Lancaster, SC and its 256 members.

RECENT MEMORIAL:
Given to the Choir Robe Fund in memory of Virginia Lee Thompson Vaughan
by Claudia Thompson

GREETERS AND USHERS: George Dobson and George Williams

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