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11:00 a.m. September 8, 2002

Assemble In God's Name

Organ Prelude:

Choral Introit:

s Hymnbook: "God of Our Fathers, Whose Almighty Hand" # 515

s Passing the Peace

Concerns of the Church

Call to Worship (Deuteronomy 26:8)

Leader: The LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm.

People: With a terrifying display of power, and with signs and wonders;

Opening Prayer

Prayer of Confession (In Unison)

Almighty, eternal God and Father, we confess and acknowledge that we, alas, were conceived and born in sin, and are therefore inclined to all evil and slow to all good; that we transgress thy holy commandments without ceasing, and ever more corrupt ourselves.

But we are sorry for the same, and beseech thy grace and help. Wherefore have mercy upon us, most gracious and merciful God and Father, through thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ.

Grant to us and increase in us thy Holy Spirit, that we may recognize our sin and unrighteousness from the bottom of our hearts, attain true repentance and sorrow for them, die to them wholly, and please thee entirely by a new and godly life. Amen. (Martin Bucer, 1539)

Declaration of Forgiveness (Romans 8:38-39)

Leader: For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature,

People: Shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

s Gloria Patri #546

Presentation of Tithes and Offerings


s Doxology #544

Proclaim God's Word

Children's Sermon: "Button Up"

Philippians 3:1

Dismissal to Children’s Church (5 and Under)

Prayers of the People

s Litany of Remembrance

s Hymnbook: "My Country, Tis of Thee" #513

Scripture Lesson: Deuteronomy 26:1-11


Sermon: "Remembering Our Afflictions"

Go In God's Name

s The Apostles' Creed

s Prayer of Thanksgiving

s The Lord's Prayer

s Hymnbook: "O Beautiful for Spacious Skies" #510

s Charge and Blessing


Litany of Remembrance

The One: When we remember the stockbrokers and window-washers who worked together so valiantly and helped each other to escape, we can say,

The Many: We remember your courage.

The One: When we remember the firefighters who rushed upstairs as everyone else was racing down, we can say,

The Many: We remember the risks you took.

The One: When we remember the police officers who performed their duties until the towers came crashing down on top of them, we can say,

The Many: We remember your unselfish regard for the safety of others.

The One: When we remember the thousands of workers, men and women, young and old, married and single, American and international, who could not escape the buildings, we can say,

The Many: We grieve over the loss of life.

The One: When we remember the citizens who rushed to the scene and did whatever they could to help, we can say,

The Many: We remember and thank you for your unselfish commitment.

The One: When we remember the people who poured into blood banks to make donations, we can say,

The Many: We thank you for your compassion.

The One: When we remember the millions of Americans who gave so generously to funds designed to help survivors and their families, we can say,

The Many: We are grateful for your generosity.



We extend a cordial welcome to all who have entered this house of the Lord. We pray that you may find spiritual help and encouragement to face whatever may come in the week ahead.

Join the Church Choir

The brilliant Christian psychiatrist, Dr. Walter Menninger, said that singing in a church choir was helpful to him. After an exhausting day at work, he found it inspirational and soothing to go to choir practice. The music enabled him to put the stress of his day behind him, get in touch with something beautiful and holy, and end the day relaxed and uplifted.

Ask a choir member what singing in a choir does for him or her. It is likely that you will find he or she gets great joy in serving the Lord through singing. And remember, also, there is wonderful fellowship among choir members. Singing in a choir is a good way to make new friends. Try it.

Louise McDaniels is still in Piedmont Hospital. Lillie Ruth and Arnold Yarborough both had surgery this week. Please remember these and all our sick and shut-ins in your prayers.

We will have Morning Bible study this Wednesday, September 11, at 10:30 a.m. We will not have Evening Bible Study. We invite you instead to go to the Community Service of Worship and Remembrance. In our Bible study this year, we are studying the Corinthian letters.

There will be a joint meeting of Session and Diaconate on tonight at 7:00 p.m.

The tragic event of September 11, 2001 had a deep impact upon our nation and our world. There will be a special Community Service of Worship and Remembrance at First Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, September 11, 2002. The service begins at 7:00 p.m.

The York ARP Men's Fellowship meets Sunday, September 15. This is an 8:00 a.m. breakfast meeting. If you would like to sign up to cook for the Men's Fellowship Breakfast, please sign up on the sheet in the narthex.



If you have questions or comments, email Tony Grant

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