Bulletin for Sept. 30

Dimes for Hunger Kick-off Sunday

PRELUDE by Janesta Williams, Organist

THE LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH
Stuart Graham, Liturgist

MINUTE FOR MISSION by Rosa Sansbury, Hunger Action Team, Providence Presbytery

ENTERING GOD’S HOUSE

CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: We will walk this day with you, O God, and you will walk with us, People: gathering us into a community to pray for one another in all things.
Leader: We will walk this day with you, O Christ, and you will walk with us,
People: calling us to follow you, helping us to set aside all which holds us back.
Leader: We will walk this day with you, O Spirit, and you will walk with us,
People: sending us out, side by side, to serve those cast aside by the world.

*HYMN No. 483 Sing Praise to God, Who Reigns Above

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Leader: We’ve tried to stop, haven’t we? All the foolishness which causes us to stumble, all the mistakes which hurt others, all the words of peace
we might speak, but don’t. Let us join our voices as we open our souls to that tender Heart who longs to forgive us, praying,
People: When sin and death hover around us, like hungry vultures, you fill us with new strength so they cannot feed on us; when our
bitterness clamps tight around our hearts with its steel-like teeth, you pry us loose with your scarred hands so we might walk in faith with you; when we stack our hurts one on top of the another, like kindling wood, ready to set the match of our anger to the pile, you pour your Spirit of forgiveness upon them, until they are soaked so thoroughly, nothing can ignite them. Our help, our hope, our life, our peace are truly found 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: The good news is this: God loves the world so much as to make it a fit place to live; God loves us so much as to reshape us into people of
faith.
People: Like a cup of cold water, forgiveness revives us, restores us, gives us new life. Thanks be to God, we are forgiven! Amen.
(Lectionary Liturgies, Ordinary 26-B)

*GLORIA PATRI No. 579

MOMENT WITH THE CHILDREN by Rosa Sansbury

HEARING GOD’S WORD

*HYMN No. 236 Now Israel May Say
(Please pass prayer cards to the end of the pew so they may be collected as we sing.)

SCRIPTURE
Esther 7:1-6, 9-10, 9:20-22
Old Testament Pages 448-450 in pew Bible

SERMON
WHERE IS GOD? by Rev. McSpadden

RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD

*BRIEF STATEMENT OF FAITH
We trust in God the Holy Spirit,
everywhere the giver and renewer of life.
The Spirit justifies us by grace through faith,
sets us free to accept ourselves and to love God and neighbor,
and binds us together with all believers
in the one body of Christ, the church.
The same Spirit
who inspired the prophets and apostles
rules our faith and life in Christ through Scripture,
engages us through the Word proclaimed,
claims us in the waters of baptism,
feeds us with the bread of life and the cup of salvation,
and calls women and men to all ministries of the church.
In a broken and fearful world
the Spirit gives us courage
to pray without ceasing,
to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior,
to unmask idolatries in church and culture,
to hear the voices of peoples long silenced,
and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace.
In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit,
we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks
and to live holy and joyful lives,
even as we watch for God’s new heaven and new earth,
praying, Come, Lord Jesus!
With believers in every time and place,
we rejoice that nothing in life or in death
can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.
(Brief Statement of Faith,Presbyterian Church USA, 1991)

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

THE OFFERING

*THE DOXOLOGY NO. 592

*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

*HYMN OF RESPONSE No. 392 Take Thou Our Minds, Dear Lord

*BENEDICTION

*POSTLUDE

*Please Stand

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

As we pray today we will be remembering Lockhart Presbyterian Church in Lockhart, SC and its 22 members.

DIMES FOR HUNGER MONTH
Beginning today and during the month of October, we are offering one dime for each meal we share. One hundred percent of our donations will go to feed the hungry in our five county Presbytery as well as to Honduras, Guatemala and Malawi, Africa. The goal is $9.30 per individual in our church.
“(F)or I was hungry and you gave me food…” (Matthew 25)

AN INVITATION:
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH in Lancaster invites us to a concert this evening at 6:00 pm in their sanctuary at 300 S. Market St., Lancaster, SC.
World renown pianist/composer Joseph Martin will play a Full Concert.
It’s free to the public, a gift of love to the Lancaster community from First Baptist friends.

CONGRATULATIONS KAY!
Our Kay has been awarded the 2012 Norman Mailer Award for High School Teacher Fiction Writing. She and Randy will fly to New York City on Thursday where she will receive this award during a ceremony at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. This recognition, which includes a $10,000.00 cash award, will be presented to Kay by Garrison Keillor (Prairie Home Companion, National Public Radio). Alex Baldwin, Muhammad Ali and Tina Brown will be present to recognize Kay’s writing, also. In addition Kay has also been invited to a writer’s institute at Norman Mailer’s home on Cape Cod for several weeks this summer.

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT:
Tues., Oct. 2 7:00 pm Crime Watch meeting
7:30 pm Community Development Club

GREETERS AND USHERS: Don and Julia Willingham

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