Bulletin for Sept. 9

RALLY DAY
A Day to Recognize Our Students And to Honor Our Teachers

PRELUDE Janesta Williams, Organist

THE LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH by Shirley Cauthen, Liturgist

ENTERING GOD’S HOUSE

CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: What good is it if we say we love all people, but give special treatment to a few? People: God calls us to love others as deeply as we love ourselves, with no strings attached. Leader: What good is it if we say we want God to show mercy towards us, but are quick to judge others? People: God calls us to forgive our sisters and brothers, to let mercy triumph over judgment. Leader: What good is it if we say we trust God in every moment, but live guided by our fears? People: We will speak and act as those who trust God to come and live in our fearful hearts.

*HYMN No. 267 All Things Bright and Beautiful

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Leader: We find it a lot easier to play favorites, rather than treating everyone equally. We find it simpler to classify others as ‘them,’ instead of discovering what makes them beloved in God’s eyes. We cling to fear, when we could grasp hold of God’s enduring love. Let us confess together all we have done, and not done, which brings hurt to other and harm to ourselves. Join me, as we pray together, saying,
People: How glibly we say we trust you, Holy One, and how quickly our fears silence our words. We find you at the side of the poor, while we cozy up to the rich and famous. You sit in the waiting room with the hungry at Lancaster HOPE and you eat at the Greater New Hope Soup Kitchen, while we are stocking our freezers and pantries till they overflow. We look down at those whose hands are dirty, but your hand of mercy pulls them into your embracing love.
Forgive us, O Lord, and do good to us when we have trouble doing good for others. Surround us with your love; surround us with your grace; surround us with your peace; surround us with the Spirit of your Son, 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: Be strong, do not fear! God comes, to fill your parched souls with living water, to open your eyes to the grace which is yours.
People: God comes, for no other reason than to save us. This is indeed news. Thanks be to God. Amen.
(adapted from Lectionary Liturgies, Ordinary Time 23-B)

*GLORIA PATRI No. 579

RALLY DAY PRESENTATION by Pat Oglesby

HEARING GOD’S WORD

*HYMN No. 466 O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
(Please pass prayer cards to the end of the pew so they may be collected as we sing.)

SCRIPTURE Isaiah 35:4-7a Old Testament Page 633 in pew Bible

SERMON
FROM FEAR TO HOPE by Rev. McSpadden

RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD

*DECLARATION OF FAITH
Jesus lived with a constant sense of his Father’s presence. He put God’s claim on his life above all else. He joined others in God’s worship and praise. He drew strength from the Scriptures. He prayed and taught his disciples to pray. We believe Christ gives us and demands of us personal lives that are centered in God and open to God’s reality and rule. Christ teaches us to put obedience to God above the interests of self, family, race or nation; to offer God joyously our money, ability, and time. It is part of our discipline to observe a day of worship and rest, setting aside our own working to enjoy God’s work, celebrating with sisters and brothers the Lord’s goodness. We need constantly to search out God’s way in Scripture, not expecting detailed directions for every decision, but relying on the Word to tell us who God is, to press God’s present claim on us, and to assure us of God’s grace and comfort. We are charged to pray for ourselves and others with gratitude, boldness, and persistence, confident that God hears and answers our prayers in ways best for us all. Life in God’s presence issues in life for others, for if we do not love sisters and brothers whom we see, we cannot love God whom we do not see. “Declaration of Faith,” PCUS, Chapter 9 (3)

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

THE OFFERING

*THE DOXOLOGY NO. 592

*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

*HYMN OF RESPONSE No. 422 God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending

*BENEDICTION

*POSTLUDE

*Please Stand

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

As we pray today we will be remembering Kershaw First Presbyterian Church in Kershaw, SC and its 69 members.

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.

Finance Report through the week of 8-26-2012:
2012 Budget $126,855.00
Needed each week $ 2,440.00
Budget amount received past 35 weeks $ 73,424.56
Ahead / (Behind) budget past 35 weeks ($11,975.44)

RECENT MEMORIAL:
Given to the Choir Robe Fund in memory of Virginia Lee Thompson Vaughan by Richard and Linda Vaughan.

GREETERS AND USHERS: Don and Julia Willingham

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