Bulletin for Oct. 7

PRELUDE by Grace Doyle, Organist

THE LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH
Shirley Cauthen, Liturgist

ENTERING GOD’S HOUSE

CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: With all the ends of the earth,
People: let us remember and turn to the Lord!
Leader: With all the families of the nations,
People: let us worship God.
Leader: For the LORD is ruler of all,
People: and Saviour of the world.
(based on Psalm 22:27)

*HYMN No. 379 My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION (Unison)
Today, God, we confess fumblings and failures in
accomplishing unity, as we set aside yet another day
to remind ourselves of the task.
On this World Communion Sunday, give us eyes to
recognize your reflection in the eyes of Christians everywhere.
Give us a mind to accept and celebrate our differences.
Give us a heart big enough to love your children everywhere.

*KYRIE ELEL ISON
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us. Amen.

*ASSURANCE OF PARDON
Leader: Jesus prayed that we might be one.
People: One in spirit
Leader: One in mission
People: In union and communion with each other and with You.
Leader: We thank you for setting a table with space enough for us all!
All: Amen.
(“A Prayer for World Communion,” GBOD, United Methodist Church)

*GLORIA PATRI No. 579

BELLS ACROSS AMERICA (See insert)

MOMENT WITH THE CHILDREN

HEARING GOD’S WORD

*HYMN No. 391 Take My Life

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

SCRIPTURE
Job 1:1; 2:1-10; 19:25-27a
Old Testament Pages 453, 454 and 468 in pew Bible

SERMON
WHY WE CELEBRATE WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY
By Rev. McSpadden

RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD

*DECLARATION OF FAITH (Unison)
In his history with his people in the world,
God has often made material things
channels through which his grace is understood and
powerfully experienced.
Out of the life and ministry of Jesus,
the Church received baptism and the Lord’s supper as
special sacraments of God’s saving action.
We believe that in the washing with water
and in the eating of bread and drinking of wine
the Holy Spirit demonstrates and confirms the
promises of the embodies, written, and preached Word
with vividness and power.
In these concrete human actions
believers declare their acceptance of the promises
As the Word is acted out in the sacraments
so the sacraments are to be accompanied by the Word.
We believe that in baptism
the Spirit demonstrates and confirms God’s promise
to include us and our children in his gracious
covenant, cleansing us from sin, and giving us newness of life,
as participants in Christ’s death and resurrection.
Baptism sets us in the visible community of Christ’s
people and joins us to all other believers by a powerful bond.
In baptism we give ourselves up in faith and repentance
to be the Lord’s.
For both children and adults, baptism is a reminder
that God loves us long before we can love him.
For both, God’s grace and our response to it
are not tied to the moment of baptism,
but continue and deepen throughout life.
We believe that at the Lord’s supper
the community of believers is renewed
by the memory of Christ’s life and death,
by his real presence in the power of the Holy Spirit,
and by the promise of his coming again.
Christ makes himself known to us in the breaking of
bread. He offers us his body broken for our sake
and his blood shed for the forgiveness of our sins.
We accept his promises and gifts
and depend on his life to sustain ours.
In turn we offer ourselves in thanksgiving
to the risen Lord who has conquered death.
So we celebrate his victory here and now
and anticipate the joyous feast in his coming
kingdom. Reunited around one loaf and cup,
we receive strength and courage
to continue our pilgrimage with God in the world.

Chapter 6(5)

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

THE OFFERING

*THE DOXOLOGY NO. 592

*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

THE EUCHARIST
Invitation
Great Thanksgiving
Lord’s Prayer
Breaking of the Bread
Communion of the People
Blessing

*HYMN OF RESPONSE No. 513 Let Us Break Bread Together

*BENEDICTION

*POSTLUDE

*Please Stand
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As we pray today we will be remembering Messiah Presbyterian Church in Liberty Hill, SC and its 10 members.

WELCOME MS. GRACE DOYLE
Welcome Grace and thank you very much for playing the organ for our worship service this morning. We are so happy to have you with us.

DIMES FOR HUNGER MONTH
Your offering of a dime per meal during the month of October will feed the hungry through four agencies in our county–Lancaster Council on Aging, Greater New Hope Soup Kitchen, Lancaster HOPE and Kershaw Area Resource Agency. We will collect our dimes (and bills!) on Sunday October 28 and checks can be directed to VWPC. One hundred percent of your gifts will feed individuals and families within the bounds of our Presbytery as well as Honduras, Guatemala and Malawi, Africa. Let us offer Christ’s light to those in need.

OUR HEARTFELT SYMPATHY is extended to the family of Nettie Belk (Mrs. Ralph Belk) sister-in-law of Wilma Belk. Nettie passed away on Thursday.

ALSO, OUR HEARTFELT SYMPATHY is extended to the family of Rev. Sam Thomas. Rev. Thomas passed away Thursday.

Finance Report through the week of 9-30-2012:
2012 Budget $126,855.00
Needed each week $ 2,440.00
Budget amount received past 40 weeks $ 83,605.56
Ahead / (Behind) budget past 40 weeks ($13,994.44)

GREETERS AND USHERS: Rob and Carol Johns

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