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FOURTH SABBATH IN LENT

11:00 a.m.                                                  March 6, 2005

Assemble in Godís Name

Organ Prelude:

 

Choral Introit:

 

Welcome and Concerns of the Church

 

s  Passing the Peace

 

s Hymnbook: "Come, Thou Fount of Every BlessingĒ  #379

Lighting the Candles

 

Call to Worship  (Psalm 138:1-2)

Leader:  The Lord be with you.

People:  And with you also.

Leader:  I give you thanks, O LORD, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise;

People:   I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness; for you have exalted your name and your word above everything.

 

Prayer of Confession (in unison)

Almighty, eternal God and Father, we confess and acknowledge unto thee that we were conceived in unrighteousness and are full of sin and transgression in all our life.  We do not fully believe thy word nor follow thy holy commandments. Remember thy goodness, we beseech thee, and for thy name's sake be gracious unto us, and forgive us our iniquity.  This we pray in the name of the only-begotten Son, Amen.

[Martin Bucer 1539]

 

 

Declaration of Forgiveness

Leader:  The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners (I Timothy 1:15).

People:  He 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 (I Peter 2:24).

 

s Gloria Patri #546

Presentation of Tithes and Offerings

Offertory

s Doxology #544

 

Proclaim Godís Word

Children's Sermon 

            Dismissal to Childrenís Church (5 and Under)

 

s First Reading: Psalm 139:3-12

s Choose a Hymn

Second Reading: Psalm 139:13-16

Anthem:

Sermon: "Abortion"

 

Go in Godís Name

s The Apostles' Creed: The Hymnbook, p12.

s Prayer of Thanksgiving

s The Lord's Prayer

s Hymnbook: "Saviour, Lake a shepherd Lead UsĒ #380

s Extinguishing the Candles

s Charge and Blessing

Postlude:

 

s:  all who are able, please stand.


 

 

We are happy to welcome you to this service of worship. May it be a wonderful spiritual experience for everyone. Sing praise to God!

 

Margie King had eye surgery this week.  Please remember Margie and all our sick and shut-ins in your prayers.

 

Bible Study, Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

 

Dear Church Members,

The Greater York Chamber of Commerce would like to express its appreciation for your churchís participation in the farewell event for the 391st Engineer Battalion.  Your efforts and the efforts of other churches and individuals to prepare food for the soldiers and their family members on February 11th, was a wonder example of a community pulling together to support those making a great sacrifice.  We also want to thank your members for coming out at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday morning to wave farewell to the soldiers as they left town.  It was quite a feeling to look down Liberty Street and see all the people waving flags of farewell and seeing the soldiers respond by waving to the crowd.  Again, thank you so much for your participation.

Sincerely,

Teri Carpenter

 

Catawba Presbytery meets on Tuesday at Rowan Church in Lugoff SC.  Dr Tony Grant and Ruling Elder Marshall Whitesides will represent York.

 

Palm Sabbath is on March 20.  We will have Community Holy Week Services every day during Holy Week (March 21-25).  This year our ladies are working with First Presbyterian to serve on Thursday.

We will also have Maundy Thursday Communion Service on Thursday night of Holy Week (March 24).

 

Rebekah Carson has recently left for the mission field in Germany.  She asks that we pray that God will be with her and that God will draw the hearts of men, women, and children in Berlin to Christ.

 

Homecoming has been tentatively set of June 5, 2005.

 

McKenzie Shea Michalec was baptized here at the church last Sabbath afternoon (February 27). We pray Godís blessings on this child of the covenant.   McKenzie is the granddaughter of Alice Cook. 

 

US Abortion Statistics

Approximately 1,370,000 abortions occur annually in the U.S.

88% of abortions occur during the first 6 to 12 weeks of pregnancy.

60% of abortions are performed on women who already have one or more children.

47% of abortions are performed on women who have already had one or more abortions.

43% of women will have had at least one abortion by the time they are 45 years old.

[Obtained from womensissues.about.com]

 


 

Psalm 139:3-12

 

3  You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.

4  Even before a word is on my tongue, O LORD, you know it completely.

5  You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.

6  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain it.

7  Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence?

8  If I ascend to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there.

9  If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea,

10  even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast.

11  If I say, "Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light around me become night,"

12  even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day, for darkness is as light to you.

 

 

If you have questions or comments, email Tony Grant

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