First Presbyterian Church of Byron
Sunday, May 27, 2018
James Renfrew, Pastor Laurence Tallman, Organist
Elizabeth Weber, Organist Emeritus
PRELUDE “This is My Country” (D.Raye, A.Jacobs)
INTROIT #649 “Amazing Grace”
WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS
CALL TO WORSHIP
Friends and family, we come together in worship
Adopted – every one of us – as children of God
Made to embody God’s hope .
In body, mind and spirit
Living the love of Christ
Yes! In worship and in the world around. Amen.
*HYMN OF PRAISE #687 “Our God, Our Help in Ages Past”
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Dear God, All of us have a natural desire to belong, to be cared about, and to offer care in return. We find this belonging in families, in circles of friends, and in broader communities. Relationships like these help us weather the many storms of life. Yet it is not easy to join a family or a circle of friends as much as we might want to because we live in a world that is equally practiced in separation and exclusion. By your Spirit help us cultivate hospitality and welcoming so that the circles of belonging are always growing. We belong to you, of course, but help us to be confident in this knowledge. We pray in the name of Jesus, our Savior, our friend, and our brother. Amen.
ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS
Paul wrote, “for all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God”. We may live in a variety of circles: close family, devoted friends, or local faith communities, but the biggest of these circles is always the family of God, and you are in that family. Yes, we are! Amen.
*GLORIA PATRI #581
CHORAL ANTHEM: “Freedom is Coming” (trad. South Africa)
TIME WITH CHILDREN Today’s Word: “Family”
*GIFT OF PEACE
As children go to Sunday School we share the gift of Christ’s peace.
*HYMN #623 “I’ve Got Peace Like a River”
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE / THE LORD’S PRAYER
Please stand, as you share, so that all may hear you!
OFFERTORY “America the Beautiful” (K.L.Bates/S.W.A.)
*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
Dear God, bless these gifts, offered by your children, for the needs of the world around us. These are gifts given by children and received by children, all of us sharing in your love. Bless us all! In Jesus’ name. Amen.
SCRIPTURE Romans 8:12-17
So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh– for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba, Father!” it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ–if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.
MESSAGE “Your Family” Rev. James Renfrew
*HYMN #547 ”Go, My Children, with My Blessing”
*RESPONSE #300 “We Are One in the Spirit”, vs 1
POSTLUDE “God Bless America” (I.Berlin)
Today: 9:45 AM Worship and Communion
Monday: MEMORIAL DAY
Tuesday: 5:00 PM Confirmation Class
Wednesday: 7:00 PM Choir
Sunday: 9:45 AM Children’s Sunday Worship, followed by our
200th Anniversary party in the park
Next Week’s Bible reading – Mark 2:13-17 – Levi is sending out invitations to his party. Are you one of the lucky ones to be invited? Come and find out!
Next Sunday, June 3rd, is Children’s Sunday! Recognition of children and teachers, plus musical performances by children.
Don’t miss it! Fun for the whole family!
Please join us in the Church Park after the service on Sunday, June 3rd, for a Bicentennial Celebration Party, with hot dogs, popcorn, lemonade, lawn games, wagon rides and the Old Hippies playing music. From 11 AM – 2 PM. It’s all free! You are invited!
Items needed: coins for sawdust treasure hunt (canister on back table), watermelons, and penny candy prizes.
People are needed to help with food and games, please speak to Robin Shuknecht (food). and Faline Tyler (games).
Please do not plan to park in our lot next Sunday, except those requiring handicap accessibility spaces. For everyone else the lot will be blocked off. Thank you!
“Fun for the Whole Family!”
Byron, New York