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