Saturday, September 11, 2021

Worship Sunday 9/12

 Hello Friends-

 As Pastor Melissa shared for this Sunday -  It will be a Communion Sunday, and the Good Ship MPC will voyage to discovery of Proverbs! 

Copies of the bulletin will be provided for the in-person attendees.

In the comment below is the bulletin for this Sunday's Worship - below is the Zoom link:

Friday, September 10, 2021

Bulletin for September 12

 Marshall Presbyterian Church


September 12, 2021,
24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Carol Ann West, Pianist Rev. Melissa Upchurch, Pastor

ASSEMBLING IN GOD’S NAME

CHORAL INTROIT: Alleluia, Alleluia! Give Thanks Red Hymnal #359, v.4

WELCOME
* CALL TO WORSHIP (From Psalm 116)

One: I love the Lord, because God has heard my voice and my supplications.
All: Because God heard me, I will call on God as long as I live.
One: The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish.
All: Then I called on the name of the Lord: “O Lord, I pray, save my life!”

* OPENING PRAYER

* HYMN Purple Hymnal #375 Shall We Gather at the River

CALL TO CONFESSION
UNISON PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Merciful God, we confess that we have not followed your way. We protect what is important to us, and neglect what is important to you. We preserve our own way of life at the expense of others. We have refused to be tamed by your wisdom ... silent prayers of confession…Forgive our inability to recognize you and live out the reality of your gospel. Give us the insight we need to understand your place in our lives so that our words and actions reflect your glory to others. In the name of the Messiah we pray; Amen.

* ASSURANCE OF PARDON

One: The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective. In the name of Jesus Christ, all who have fallen short will be forgiven, redeemed and restored to God’s path of righteousness. Amen.
All: Thanks be to God. Amen!

* GLORIA PATRI

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Amen.

* PASSING THE PEACE

SPECIAL MUSIC: Congregation’s Choice!

HEARING AND RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD
THE SCRIPTURES

Old Testament: Proverbs 1:20-33
Epistle: James 3:1-12
Gospel: Mark 8:27-38

One: The Word of God for the people of God!
All: Thanks be to God!

TIME WITH YOUNG DISCIPLES

MESSAGE Rev. Melissa Upchurch

* AFFIRMATION OF FAITH (from the Belhar Confession)

We believe in the triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who gathers, protects, and cares for the church through Word and Spirit. This, God has done since the beginning of the world and will do to the end. We believe in one holy, universal Christian church, the communion of saints called from the entire human family…

We believe that Christ’s work of reconciliation is made
manifest in the church;…[and] that God has entrusted the church with the message of reconciliation through Jesus Christ. [Amen].

* HYMN Purple Hymnal #726 Will You Come and Follow Me?

SHARING JOYS AND CONCERNS
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

SHARING THE GIFTS OF GOD
OFFERTORY
*DOXOLOGY (ca. 1500s)
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him all creatures here below;
Praise him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
Holy God, take these gifts and bless them for good use to your glory. May these tokens of our gratitude be of service in blessing the poor, feeding the hungry, and clothing and sheltering those struggling to survive. Use these gifts to further Christ’s mission and ministry in a hurting world. Amen.

THE EUCHARIST

INVITATION TO THE LORD’S TABLE

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING AND LORD’S PRAYER

One: May the God who plants us by streams of living water be with you.
All: And also with you.
One: Open your hearts to the One who does good for us all the days of our lives.
One: We offer them to our God who feeds us with joy and hope.
One: Children of God, express your thanksgiving often.
All: Our hearts overflow with gratitude
to the One who offers us the cup of grace.

The minister continues… You considered chaos … we lift our voices in praise:

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty! All creation sings of your steadfast love. Hosanna in the highest!

Blessed is your Child who comes among us. Hosanna in the highest!

The minister continues… We glorify you, God of holiness … and we proclaim that he is the bread of life:

Christ has died;
Christ has been raised;
Christ will come again.

The minister continues… Pour out your Spirit upon those who gather in this place … Now as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to pray:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

BREAKING THE BREAD

COMMUNION OF THE PEOPLE

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

One: Let us go to walk the road of service.
All: We will feed others with God's hope.
One: Let us go to break down the walls of resentment.
All: We will join the Servant of the world in embracing the refugees of despair and fear.
One: Let us go to teach kindness in our world.
All: We will gather up our sisters and brothers, and rest in the Spirit's peace. Amen.

GOING FORTH IN GOD’S NAME

* HYMN Purple Hymnal #728 Somebody’s Knocking at Your Door

* INVITATION

* CHARGE

* BENEDICTION
*POSTLUDE


Friday, September 3, 2021

Worship September 5th

 Hello Friends-

This Sunday, we will have both Gentle Faith and Worship either in-person (masks and social distanced) or via zoom. Both will take place in-person in the Sanctuary. 

If you prefer Zoom, the following link should be available from 9:30 am until 12:30 am on Sunday. (Yes, you can get up and stretch if you need to ;-)


The bulletin is in the following post.

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Bulletin for September 5

 Marshall Presbyterian Church

 

September 5, 2021, 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Carol Ann West, Pianist

Rev. Melissa Upchurch, Pastor

ASSEMBLING IN GOD’S NAME

PRELUDE

 CHORAL INTROIT:  Red Hymnal #530 I Will Call upon the Lord
WELCOME  

CALL TO WORSHIP  (from Psalm 146)
One: Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! Do not put your
             trust in princes, in mortals, 
in whom there is no help.
                         All:   Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, 
                     whose hope is in the Lord their God.

* OPENING PRAYER

 * HYMN    Red Hymnal #225  Come, Christians, Join to Sing

UNISON PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Holy God, although we honor you with our words and worship, our hearts are often far from you.  We are quick to judge, quick to exclude, and quick to put others down instead of building them up...silent prayers of confession… Forgive us, God. Help us amend our ways. Help us embrace the inclusive love you graciously offer us and expect us to offer others.  Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

   One: The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting.I declare to you, in the       
             name of Jesus Christ, you are 
Forgiven!  May the God of mercy, who forgives you
             all
your sins, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of
           the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.

All: Thanks be to God. Amen!

* GLORIA PATRI

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Amen.

SPECIAL MUSIC: Purple Hymnal #664 Morning Has Broken

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
THE SCRIPTURES

Old Testament: Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23
Epistle: James 2:1-13
Gospel: Mark 7:24-37

One: The Word of God for the people of God!
All: Thanks be to God!

TIME WITH YOUNG DISCIPLES
MESSAGE Rev. Melissa Upchurch

* AFFIRMATION OF FAITH (From Romans 
We believe there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus; for we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to God’s purpose. We are convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen😎

* HYMN Purple Hymnal #767 Together We Serve

SHARING JOYS AND CONCERNS (See bulletin insert)

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND LORD’S PRAYER SHARING THE GIFTS OF GOD

OFFERTORY

*DOXOLOGY (ca. 1500s)

Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him all creatures here below;
P
raise him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

* PRAYER OF DEDICATION

Holy God, how often we take for granted all that we have. How often we fail to recognize how blessed we are. Take these gifts we give in response to your generosity and use them to further Christ’s mission and ministry in a hurting world. Amen.

GOING FORTH IN GOD’S NAME

* HYMN Purple Hymnal #313 Lord, Make Us More Holy
* INVITATION
* CHARGE
* BENEDICTION
* POSTLUDE

 


Friday, August 27, 2021

August 29th Worship

 Hello Friends-

Some of us are still Worshipping in the Sanctuary, dress casual (the A/C still has issues), wear masks and socially distance.

Some of us prefer to Worship from home, the Zoom link is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86016159653?pwd=UzVTdmZmS0ZUaDNEa0lXVVFRZGJLdz09

Dress however you want, no mask needed and you will definitely be socially distanced!
The bulletin in the next post will be helpful to follow along as you join in Worship.

Gentle Faith: We will only have in-person class this week due to technical difficulties on my part. We will add another table, wear masks, socially distance and do our best. We will wrap up chapter 4 of the Dialogues on Race book (pertaining to Indigenous peoples), watch the dvd again, and as a group do a "bridge-building" exercise.

God's blessings,
Carol

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Bulletin for August 29

 

Marshall Presbyterian Church
August 29, 2021
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Carol Ann West, Pianist
Rev. Melissa Upchurch, Pastor

ASSEMBLING IN GOD’S NAME
PRELUDE

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

* CALL TO WORSHIP

One: Let us not deceive ourselves.
All: Let us look at ourselves in the mirror.
One: Let us look at ourselves in light of God’s law.
All: Let us be quick to listen and slow to speak.
One: Let us worship God.

* OPENING PRAYER

* HYMN Purple Hymnal #14

For the Beauty of the Earth vs. 1, 3-5

CALL TO CONFESSION
UNISON PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Holy God, your truth is often hard to hear. We confess our avoidance, our purposeful distractions, and our prideful arrogance that keeps us from hearing and responding to your Word. Although you send us messages and messengers, we dismiss and disregard those who tell us when we are wrong…silent prayers of confession…. Have mercy upon us, Holy God. Open us to hearing the truth no matter how it is conveyed. Amen.

* ASSURANCE OF PARDON

One: If anyone is in despair, take heart in this: God renews us by the Word of truth; he implants the word of hope, the word of grace, and the word of forgiveness in our hearts. In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven! May this good news comfort you and give you peace.

All: Thanks be to God; Amen!

* GLORIA PATRI

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Amen.

* PASSING OF THE PEACE

HEARING AND RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD

SPECIAL MUSIC: See bulletin

THE SCRIPTURES

Old Testament: Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9
New Testament: James 1:17-27
Gospel: Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23


Leader: The Word of God for the people of God!
People: Thanks be to God!

TIME WITH YOUNG DISCIPLES

MESSAGE Rev. Melissa Upchurch

* AFFIRMATION OF FAITH (From A Brief Statement of Faith)

We trust in God, whom Jesus called Abba, Father. In sovereign love God created the world good and makes everyone equally in God’s image, male and female, of every race and people,

to live as one community. But we rebel against God; we hide from our Creator. Ignoring God’s commandments, we violate the image of God in others and ourselves, accept lies as truth, exploit neighbor and nature, and threaten death to the planet entrusted to our care. We deserve God’s condemnation.

Yet God acts with justice and mercy to redeem creation. In everlasting love, the God of Abraham and Sarah chose a covenant people to bless all families of the earth. Hearing their cry, God delivered the children of Israel from the house of bondage. Loving us still, God makes us heirs with Christ of the covenant. Amen.

* HYMN Purple Hymnal #340 This Is My Song

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND LORD’S PRAYER

SHARING THE GIFTS OF GOD

OFFERTORY MUSIC
*DOXOLOGY
*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
Eternal God, you bless us with abundant gifts. Receive these tokens of our gratitude and use them to fulfill your will. May the gifts we give support Christ’s work and ministry in this world. Amen.

GOING FORTH IN GOD’S NAME

* HYMN       Purple Hymnal #442   Just as I Am, without One Plea

* INVITATION

   CHARGE

   BENEDICTION

   POSTLUDE

Sunday, August 22, 2021

August 22 Worship

 Hello Friends-

Last Sunday, the congregation decided to go back to hybrid Worship due to the rise of Covid-19 cases in Madison County (and most other places, too).

This means........

1) EITHER you can still Worship in the Sanctuary, with masks, socially distanced. Dress casual as the A/C still has issues. Please print the attached bulletin and bring it with you.

2) OR you can Worship online with the following Zoom link:

The attached bulletin will be helpful to follow along as you join us.

Please be patient as we shift gears :-)

We will not have Gentle Faith this week. Because the Dialogues on Race curriculum works best in person, we will put it on pause. However, there are many resources on Racism that we can pursue in a hybrid format, so stay tuned!!!

God's blessings,

Saturday, August 21, 2021

 

Marshall Presbyterian Church
 August 22, 2021, 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Carol Ann West, Pianist

Alex and Carol Brown, Liturgists

Rev. Melissa Upchurch, Pastor

 ASSEMBLING IN GOD’S NAME

 PRELUDE

 wELCOME  

 * CALL TO WORSHIP  

 

One:    Choose this day whom you will serve.
All:      As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.

 * Opening Prayer

 * HYMN    Red Hymnal #143  This Is My Father’s World

UNISON PRAYER OF CONFESSION

 If we are honest with ourselves and with you, Holy God, we can confess the many gods who have staked a claim in our hearts.  Whether it be our worship of money or power, nation or family, personal liberty or individual choice, alcohol or some other form of numbing drug, we betray you in a myriad of ways…silent prayers of confession…Have mercy on us, O God.  Turn us from the golden calves we erect in your presence.  Return us and our hearts to worship you. Amen.  

* ASSURANCE OF PARDON

 

One:    In body and in soul, in life and in death, our salvation lies in the faith and the hope that we are not our own, but belong to our faithful Savior, Jesus Christ. In Christ, we are forgiven.  We are freed from sin.  We are given permission to begin again.

All:      Thanks be to God.  Amen! 

* Gloria Patri

 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.  Amen. 


* PASSING THE PEACE 

Special MUSIC:  

HEARING AND RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD

 prayer for illumination

 THE Scriptures 

Old Testament:  1 Kings 8:22-30, 41-43                 Epistle:                Ephesians 6:10-20                        
 Gospel:                John 6:56-69    

One: The Word of God for the people of God!

All:      Thanks be to God!


TIME WITH YOUNG DISCIPLES

Message                                                       Rev. Melissa Upchurch


* AFFIRMATION OF FAITH (From A Brief Statement of Faith – PC(USA))

We trust in God the Holy Spirit, everywhere the giver and renewer of life.  The Spirit justifies us by grace through faith, sets us free to accept ourselves and to love God and neighbor, and binds us together with all believers in the one body of Christ, the Church.  The same Spirit who inspired the prophets and apostles rules our faith and life in Christ through Scripture, engages us through the Word proclaimed, claims us in the waters of baptism, feeds us with the bread of life and the cup of salvation, and calls women and men to all  ministries of the Church.  In a broken and fearful world the spirit gives us courage to pray without ceasing, to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior, to unmask idolatries in Church and culture, to hear the voices of peoples long silenced, and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace.   In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit, we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks and to live holy and joyful lives, even as we watch  for God’s new heaven and new earth, praying, “Come, Lord Jesus!”

* HYMN    Red Hymnal #403  Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation 

SHARING JOYS AND CONCERNS      

PrAyers of the People AND LORD’S PRAYER

Sharing the Gifts of God   

  Offertory

 

*Doxology (ca. 1500s)

  Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

  Praise him all creatures here below;

  Praise him above, ye heavenly host;

  Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

 

*Prayer of dedication And thanksgiving

 

Almighty God, from whom all blessings flow, help us to be thankful for all your gifts.  Accept these offerings as tokens of our thanks and praise.  

Accept our commitment to serve and worship you as our lived response of gratitude.  Amen 

GOING FORTH IN GOD’S NAME

 

* HYMN    Red Hymnal #526        The Solid Rock 

* INVITATION 

* CHARGE 

* BENEDICTION  

* POSTLUDE 

 


Sunday, May 23, 2021

May 23rd Church in the sanctuary

 We will be having church in the sanctuary at 11 am and Sunday School at 10am.

If you have not been vaccinated, please wear a mask.  

Please check the Facebook page for more information. 

May 23 bulletin

 

Marshall Presbyterian Church

 

May 23, 2021           Day of Pentecost

Carol Ann West, Pianist     Rev. Melissa Upchurch, Pastor

 

ASSEMBLING IN GOD’S NAME

 

Prelude

wELCOME AND aNNOUNCEMENTS

 

* CALL TO WORSHIP

 

One: Then I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,

         thus says the Lord.

All:   Send down the fire of your justice!

One: Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy.

All:   Send down the rain of your love!

One: Your old shall dream dreams, and your young

         shall see visions.

All:   Send down your Spirit; breathe life in your people!

One: In those days, I will pour out my Spirit.

All:   And we shall be people of God!

 

* Opening Prayer

 

* HYMN    Purple Hymnal #401      Gather Us In

 

CALL TO CONFESSION

UNISON PRAYER OF CONFESSION

 

Merciful God, you poured your Spirit upon gathered disciples, creating bold tongues and ready ears.  We confess that we ignore your Spirit among us; we are silent about you when we should speak, and listen to almost any voice but yours.  We do not listen for your word of grace which invites us; we do not speak the good news of your love which invites others.  Have mercy on us, O God …silence for individual prayers of confession

 

Gracious God, transform our timid lives by the power of our Spirit.  Fill us with a flaming desire to be a believing and witnessing people, doing your will for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

* ASSURANCE OF PARDON

 

One: Through the power of the Holy Spirit, in the name of Christ Jesus, our Savior, I declare to you the complete forgiveness of your sin.  Be at peace because of God’s mercy. 

All:   Thanks be to God; Amen!

 

* Gloria Patri

 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.  Amen.

 

* PASSING THE PEACE

 

HEARING AND RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD

 

Special MUSIC:  Purple Hymnal #157  I Danced in the Morning

 

prayer for illumination

 

THE Scriptures 

 

New Testament:      Acts 2:1-21                            See bulletin

Epistle:                      Romans 8:22-27                             ibid.

Gospel:                      John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15               ibid.

 

One:    The Word of God for the people of God!

All:      Thanks be to God!

 

time with young disciples

Message                                                    Rev. Melissa Upchurch

 

* AFFIRMATION OF FAITH (Progressively louder)

Equal with God:  Jesus is Lord.

Emptied himself:  Jesus is Lord.

Came as a servant:  Jesus is Lord.

Found as a man:  Jesus is Lord.

Humbly obeyed:  Jesus is Lord.

Went to his death:  Jesus is Lord.

Death on a cross:  Jesus is Lord.

God raised him up:  Jesus is Lord.

Gave him the name:  Jesus is Lord.

Sent us his Spirit:  Jesus is Lord.

Higher than all:  Jesus is Lord.

Every knee should bow:  Jesus is Lord.

All tongues confess:  ‘JESUS IS LORD!’

 

* HYMN    Red Hymnal #431               Shine, Jesus, Shine

 

SHARING JOYS AND CONCERNS                   (See bulletin insert)

Prayers of the People

 

SHARING the Gifts of God 

  Offertory MUSIC

*Doxology

*Prayer of dedication and thanksgiving

 

Generous God, from your abundance you have freely given; now from our abundance we give you what is yours.  Receive what we offer so that your world of

which you have not grown weary, and your glory

in which the world abides, may know more of your abundance. In Christ’s name we pray, amen.

 

THE EUCHARIST

 

INVITATION TO THE LORD’S TABLE

 

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING AND LORDS PRAYER

 

One: May the God of Pentecost be with you!

All:   And also with you!

One: People of Pentecost, open your hearts to

the Spirit moving in our midst.

All:   We open them to the Breath of God which

fills us with hope and grace.

One: Daughters and sons of the Most Holy, offer your

joy to our God.

All:   We tell the amazing story of Pentecost

in the language of every heart –

praise and thanksgiving to our God!

The minister continuesIn the shadows of chaos…

we glorify your name, saying:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of spirit and truth.

All creation is made new by your grace.

Hosanna in the highest!

Blessed is the One who comes bringing hope to save us.

Hosanna in the highest!

The minister continuesHoly are you, God of beginningswe tell of that faith which is ours:

The Spirit testifies that Christ died for us.

The Spirit bears witness that Christ was raised.

The Spirit proclaims that Christ will come again.

The minister continuesAs Christ promised…Until that day, we pray as Christ taught us to pray:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.  Amen.

BREAKING THE BREAD

COMMUNION OF THE PEOPLE

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNIO 

One: God's glory has filled our hearts!

All:   Lord, help us to empty ourselves for others.

One: Christ has given himself for us!

All:   Lord, help us to give of ourselves to those in need.

One: The Spirit gifts us with new life!

All:   Lord, help us to be a blessing to everyone we meet.

 

GOING FORTH IN GOD’S NAME

 

* HYMN    Purple Hymnal #539      We Will Go Out with Joy 

* INVITATION

   CHARGE

   BENEDICTION