Bulletin for Nov. 11

PRELUDE by Janesta Williams, Organist

THE LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH
Camille Dunlap, Liturgist

ENTERING GOD’S HOUSE

CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: Let us pray for the wisdom and courage to make stewardship a way of life with God. Because of our faith in You, O Lord…
People: we acknowledge You as the source of all that we have and all that we are.
Leader: Help us to place You, our loving Creator, first in our lives
People: by becoming more prayerful and more focused on loving and caring for our families and our neighbors in need, and by becoming less preoccupied with material things.
Leader: Help us, Lord, to find the true source of happiness and fulfillment that we all seek
People: and that You, alone, can provide.
Leader: Help us to hear Your call to be good stewards of all Your gifts…
People: by sharing them for Your purposes.
Leader: Let us pray that as good stewards we will plan our sharing as we plan the things in our lives that are most important to us.
People: Lord, help us plan our sharing of time with those in need.
Leader: Help us plan how to “give back” the talents with which we have been blessed.
People: and how to share our treasure to do Your work.
Leader: Our planning and sharing…
People: demonstrates the great importance that You and the truth of the Gospel has in our lives.
Leader: Help us plan
People: to serve our church, our community, and our world cheerfully with Your Gifts.
(adapted from Network for Stewardship)

*HYMN No. 446 Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION (Unison)
O God, forgive us when we answer the grace that surrounds our lives without cheer. Forgive us when we grumble about cutbacks, shortfalls and limited resources. Forgive us when we answer your grace with grim predictions about the recession. Forgive us when we grip reality so tightly, we cannot loosen up to receive your surprises and possibilities, for we pray with our open hands and hearts in the name of your Son. Amen.

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

*ASSURANCE OF PARDON
Leader: With the gift and ability to open our hands and hearts this morning,
People: we can receive your forgiveness and the chance to be made new. Thanks be to God. Amen.

*GLORIA PATRI No. 579

MOMENT WITH THE CHILDREN by Pat Oglesby

HEARING GOD’S WORD

*HYMN No. 391 Take My Life and Let It Be
(Please pass prayer cards to the end of the pew so they may be collected as we sing.)

SCRIPTURE II Corinthians 9:7-8 New Testament Pages 183-184 in pew Bible

SERMON
ARE WE CHEERFUL? by Rev. McSpadden and Stuart Graham, Chairman, Stewardship Committee

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. 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. 438 Blest Be the Tie That Binds

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING

*BENEDICTION

*POSTLUDE
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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, November 29 The Magic of Christmas, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center See Claudia

AND SAVE ANOTHER DATE: Sunday, January 13, 2013 Providence Presbytery’s E-3 Event at Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church

RECENT MEMORIALS:
Choir Robe Fund
Given in memory of Nettie Belk by George & Eloise Williams
Given in memory of Linda McCorkle by George & Eloise Williams
Given in memory of Linda McCorkle by Sam & Camille Dunlap

OUR CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY is extended to Maggie Parker and Barbara Pursley at the death of their sister, Carrie Fox Rainey. Carrie passed away on Saturday.

LAST DAY FOR DIMES FOR HUNGER
If you haven’t turned in your Dimes for Hunger you may do so today. A total of $1,132.80 has been received to date. Last year we send a total of $1,500.00 to the Presbytery for Dimes for Hunger. Thanks.

Finance Report through the week of 10 – 28 – 2012:
2012 Budget $126,855.00
Needed each week $ 2,440.00
Budget amount received past 44 weeks $101,494.56
Ahead / (Behind) budget past 44 weeks ($5,865.44)

GREETERS AND USHERS: Toug Brunson and Claudia Thompson

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