First Presbyterian Church of Byron
September 23, 2018 Season After Pentecost
James Renfrew, Pastor Laurence Tallman, Organist Elizabeth Weber, Organist Emeritus
WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS
• “Hymn Drive” Laurence Tallman
CALL TO WORSHIP
Happy are those who follow the ways of the Lord.
God’s ways are just and merciful.
Those who follow God’s ways are continually nourished in faith.
In all that they do, they prosper.
Come, let us open our hearts to God’s compassionate love.
Let us celebrate God’s mercy and justice.
Our good works are done with gentleness.
Bitterness only leads to anguish.
God seeks peace and hope for all God’s people.
But if our hearts are filled with anger, we reject God’s mercy.
Open our hearts, O Lord, and help us to listen.
Open our lives, O Lord, and prepare us to serve. AMEN.
LET’S SING! #664 “Morning Has Broken”
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
God of patience and mercy, we come to you, offering “lip service” to serving you, but when things get difficult; when we are called to do something which is hard for us, we shy away from the duty and the opportunity. We turn our back on service out of fear of failure. Forgive us, gracious Lord. Heal our fears and our weaknesses. Strengthen us and give us courage to truly be your disciples, not counting the rewards, but rejoicing in the work. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. AMEN.
ASSURANCE OF GOD’S LOVE AND CARE
This day the Lord reaches out to you in healing love and compassion. Receive the blessings which God offers to you. Be healed and made whole. Be ready to serve. AMEN.
GLORIA PATRI #581
CHILDREN’S ADVENTURE “Put your words back in the tube”
*TIME FOR PEACE
We share peaceful greetings, in the name of Jesus Christ.
LET’S SING! #394 “Christ is Made the Sure Foundation”
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE / THE LORD’S PRAYER
We share prayer concerns, please stand if you can, so people can hear you.
OFFERING & OFFERTORY
*WE THANK GOD
You are the generous one,
full of mercy and goodness for your creation.
Send your wisdom with these gifts,
that they may reach those who need your love and welcome.
Bring about a harvest of goodness
through these gifts sown in peace. Amen.
THE WORD Psalms 1, Mark 9:30-37
MESSAGE “Following Is Worth the Trial” Dave Fish, CP
*WHAT WE BELIEVE “The Apostles’ Creed” (Hymnal p. 35)
*LET’S SING! #611 “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”
*RESPONSE #543 “God Be the Love” (vss. 1&5)
Today: 9:45 AM Worship
Monday: 9:00 AM Squash Party at Marilyn Britt’s home
7:00 PM September Bible Study
Tuesday: 2:30 PM Presbytery meets at Chili Presbyterian Church
Wednesday: 7:00 PM Choir rehearsal
Next Sunday: 9:45 AM Worship
• Today we welcome Dave Fish back to the Byron Presbyterian pulpit. Dave is the Commissioned Pastor at North Bergen Presbyterian Church. Jim and Dave are exchanging pulpits today so that Jim can be with the North Bergen congregation in a retreat after their service.
• Bible Study on Monday at 7:00 PM – Woo-hoo! We are back for the fall season engaging with the Word of God. For some reading the Bible is like being tucked in under warm blankets on a cold winter night, for others it’s like being in a wrestling match, and for still others it’s like trying to find a missing earring or lost sock – it’s got to be somewhere, but where is it! Our text is Mark 10:13-16, and Rev. Jim Renfrew will lead the conversation. Children must be important to Jesus because he keeps mentioning them. It appears that children were considered to be “in the way” in those times. As he does with many things, Jesus “reverses” many traditional views of the world. Not adults, but children. Not wealth, but generosity. Not war, but peace. Not privilege, but sacrifice. Not power, but vulnerability. Not the importance of our own tribe, but the well-being of others. Not the first, but the last! We’ve heard Jesus’ “reverses” over and over, but the world around us resists any reversal at all. What does it mean to be a Christian adhering to Jesus’ values, but living in a world that identifies with the opposite? Join us, bring your warm blanket, wrestling mat or lonely sock, if you have them, and certainly bring a Bible!
• Want to help with Sunday School? Look for the sign-up list for Sunday school teachers, assistants and helpers. It’s on the back table. We have a new volunteer position, “roamer”, this means circulating among our classes for safety and for extra help.
• 200th Anniversary Quilters! If you haven’t done so, please check in with Faline Tyler for instructions about your “square”. Your window of opportunity is shrinking rapidly!
• Squash Party on Monday, September 24, at the home of Marilyn Britt, starting around 8 or 9 AM. We are getting the squash ready for our October 21st Turkey Supper.
• The Stewardship & Finance Committee invites you to get fired up at our bonfire on Saturday, October 6 on the church lawn. We will have s’mores, singing and sparklers. Rain or shine!
• Wednesday 7:00 PM Choir rehearsal
Byron Presbyterian Church
Byron, New York