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11:00 a.m.                                                   June 15, 2003

Assemble in Godís Name

Processional: Justin Gonzalez, Highland Piper

                       ďAmazing GraceĒ Justin Gonzalez


s Hymnbook: "Morning Has BrokenĒ  #464


s  Passing the Peace


Concerns of the Church


Call to Worship  (Revelation 1:8)

Leader:  The Lord be with you.

People:  And with you also.

Leader:  I am the Alpha and the Omega, says the Lord God, People:  Who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.


Opening Prayer


Prayer of Confession (In Unison)

Merciful God,

we confess that we have sinned against you

in thought, word, and deed,

by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.

We have not loved you with our whole heart and mind and strength.

We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.

In your mercy forgive what we have been,

help us amend what we are,

and direct what we shall be,

so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways,

to the glory of your holy name.

This we pray in the name of the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ Our Lord.  Amen.

Declaration of Forgiveness

Leader: Hear the Good News! Jesus himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. For you were going astray like sheep, but now you have returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls. Praise the Lord!

People: The Lord's name be praised. Alleluia. Amen.


s Gloria Patri #546

Presentation of Tithes and Offerings


s Doxology #544


Proclaim Godís Word

Children's Sermon: "The Egg Beater"

                                   Matthew 5:44

Dismissal to Childrenís Church (5 and Under)

Prayers of the People

s First Reading: Psalm 113:1-8

s Hymnbook: "Praise God, Ye Servants of the Lord"  #19

Second Reading:  Revelation 3:1-6


Sermon: "A Day of Celebration and ChallengeĒóDr. Guy H. Smith, Jr.


Go in Godís Name

s The Apostles' Creed

s Prayer of Thanksgiving

s The Lord's Prayer

s Hymnbook: "Blest Be the Tie that Binds" #473

s Charge and Blessing

Recessional:  Justin Gonzalez


s:  all who are able, please stand.


We welcome you to Homecoming 2003.  As God as blessed this church through the years, we pray that God will bless you.  Let us worship God together.


Dr Guy H. Smith, Jr.

Guy is a child of this church, the son of Guy Hudson Smith, Sr. and Isabel Caldwell Smith.  He is a graduate of York High School, of Erskine College, and Erskine Seminary.  He is Stated Clerk of Catawba Presbytery, and pastor of Unity ARP Church in Lancaster. 


We will have lunch in the church fellowship hall after Morning Worship.


The flowers in the church today are presented by Carter Martin in loving memory of his mother Martha Martin and of Marthaís parents, George and Eulalia Williams.


The Session will meet next Sabbath, June 22,  at 7:00 p.m.


Menís Fellowship Breakfast, June 22, 8:00 a.m.



Psalm 113:1-8


1  Praise the LORD! Praise, O servants of the LORD; praise the name of the LORD.

2  Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time on and forevermore.

3  From the rising of the sun to its setting the name of the LORD is to be praised.

4  The LORD is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens.

5  Who is like the LORD our God, who is seated on high,

6  who looks far down on the heavens and the earth?

7  He raises the poor from the dust, and lifts the needy from the ash heap,

8  to make them sit with princes, with the princes of his people.



Yorkville Associate Reformed Church



This Church was organized in the fall of 1853 by First Presbytery of the Associate Reformed Synod of the South in a private home. The first pastor was Stafford Currie Millen.  At first, the church held worship services in a building that stood opposite the old Yorkville Cemetery near the present site of the Confederate monument.  In 1855, a large wooden church building was completed on E. Madison Street.

The church records from 1853 to 1890 were burned when fire destroyed the Yorkville Enquirer Building.  At that time, David Grist was Clerk of the Session and kept the records in his office at the Enquirer.

The present church sanctuary was completed in 1913.  The building was dedicated in the spring of 1913.

The one hundred and thirteenth session of the Associate Reformed Synod met at the Yorkville Associate Reformed Church November 15-19, 1916.  Delegates were housed and fed in private homes.

In the mid-1950's, a hailstorm struck York and the surrounding area inflicting heavy losses to property.  The church building was extensively damaged.  In 1956, the church building was renovated.  Major changes were made in the appearance of the sanctuary.

In 1963, a new manse was erected on Moss Street.  In November of 1966, the Church House was removed to make way for a new educational building.  This building was completed in 1967.  In 1969 a Youth Hut was completed.

Dr. Tony Grant was Installed as pastor January 11, 1981.  In 1989, a chair lift was installed to provide access to the church for the handicapped.  In 1991, members discovered that a leaking roof had done great damage to the ceiling plaster in the sanctuary. The roof was replaced and the ceiling plaster restored.  In addition, the sanctuary was painted and new carpet was installed.



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