Saturday, December 24, 2022

11 a.m. Christmas Day service is a GO!

Dress warm and casual, and bring coffee or hot chocolate in a spill-proof travel mug. See you there!😀👍

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Community Christmas Eve Service is ON at 5:30 tonight!

Hello Friends, drive carefully and we hope to see you here—165 South Main Street in Marshall!

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Friday, June 17, 2022

Room change b/c A/C Fail

Sunday, June 19 Worship:
We will be meeting at 10 a.m. for Gentle Faith class and 11 a.m. for worship in the Fellowship Hall while we await an A/C repair.
Therefore, we won't be on Zoom this week. Our apologies for the disconnect but come see us and dress casual!😀👍

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Saturday, June 4, 2022

Offsite Worship Sunday, June 5

We are worshipping offsite Sunday, June 5; we will be back for Sunday, June 12.  We invite you to the Gentle Faith class at 10 a.m. in the Fellowship hall and/or worship in the sanctuary at 11 a.m.  June 12.


Have a good and safe week, everyone!

Wednesday, April 27, 2022


Just thought you would like hearing this!👍

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Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Worship April 24


April 24, 2022          Second Sunday of Easter


Carolyn Ogburn, Guest Pianist

Rev. Melissa Upchurch, Pastor 





* CALL TO WORSHIP                   (based on Psalm 150)


One: The stone that the builders rejected

         Has become the chief cornerstone.

All:   This is the Lord’s doing;

            it is marvelous in our eyes!

* Opening Prayer


* HYMN    Purple Hymnal #245

                                       Christ the Lord Is Risen Today!





You send us, God of the Great Commission, but we hedge and hesitate.  We are witnesses of your grace and glory but allow others to silence our praise.  We imprison ourselves with doubt and shame and fail to shine your light for all to see.  Forgive our fears. Free our testimonysilent prayers of confession  Amen.


* assurance of pardon


One: Christ brings the healing light of forgiveness into the          locked places of our souls; resurrecting our spirits and breathing new life into us.  

All:   Thanks be to God; Lord, help us live as forgiven           people.  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.



 Anthem:       Carolyn’s Choice

THE Scriptures 

 New Testament:      Acts 5:27-32                           
New Testament:      Revelation 1:4-8                         
Gospel:                      John 20:19-31                               

Message                                                    Rev. Melissa Upchurch


* AFFIRMATION OF FAITH (based on 1 Cor. 15:1-11)

 This is the good news which we received, in which we stand, and by which we are saved:  that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day, and that he appeared to Peter, then to the twelve, and to many faithful witnesses.  We believe he is the Christ, the Son of the living God.  He is the first and the last, the beginning and the end.  He is our Lord and our God.  Amen.


*HYMN           Purple Hymnal #286      Breathe on Me, Breath of God

 SHARING JOYS AND CONCERNS         (See bulletin insert)

Prayers of the People

 SHARING the Gifts of God 

  Offertory MUSIC


*Prayer of dedication


Holy God, bless these offerings and transform them into healing for the wounded, hope for the disheartened, courage for the frightened, and faith for the embittered.  In the name of Christ our Savior, Amen.




*HYMN  Purple Hymnal #468      In My Life Lord, Be Glorified




Thank You to Carolyn Ogburn, who graciously volunteered

to substitute for Carol Ann West today.  We appreciate you!




Sundays, 10 a.m.  Gentle Faith class                  Fellowship Hall

Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m.                                         Neighbors in Need

                    6:30 p.m.                                                                  NA

Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.                                                        Scouts

Fridays, 7 p.m.                                                                           AA

Sunday, April 10, 2022

Worship April 10, 2022

 April 10th's Worship Service will combine Palm Sunday Celebration and Maundy Thursday's Last Supper. Below is the Zoom information and attached is the bulletin.

Gentle Faith will study Chapter 4 in "The Way" in the Fellowship Hall. Again, bring your favorite translation of the Bible. Dress warm!!!! -- Carol Brown Join Zoom Meeting

Bulletin April 10, 2022 Palm / Passion Sunday



One: Hosanna!
All: Hosanna in the highest!
One: Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
All: Hosanna in the highest!


* HYMN All Glory, Laud, and Honor
(Please come forward and present palms at the foot of the cross)

Triumphant God, we join the crowds of the ages in shouting your praises. While our lips give you glory, our lives seldom reflect your purposes. We sing easily
of your greatness but living faithfully is often beyond us.We hear of your salvation, yet sin is still close and real,
daily leading us away from you…Silent prayers of confession…Have mercy on us. Ride into our hearts with healing grace. Forgive what we have done and direct who we shall be. Lord, save us. Hosanna! Amen.


One: Friends, even when we are at our worst, Jesus Christ forgives us.
All: Thanks be to God; Lord, help us live as forgiven people. Amen.

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: They Crucified My Lord


Gospel: The Palm/Passion Story
Luke 19:28-40; 22:14-23:56

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

MESSAGE Rev. Melissa Upchurch

* AFFIRMATION OF FAITH (based on Philippians)

Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he
humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death — even death on a cross. Therefore, God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess to the glory of God: Jesus Christ is Lord! Amen.

* HYMN Ah, Holy Jesus



O God, with faith and hope, we offer these gifts. Use them, even as you use us, to accomplish your purposes in Jesus Christ, the head of the church and the Lord of our lives. Amen.


One:The Lord is coming to be with you.
All:And also with you.
One:People of God, lay down your palms or cloaks and lift up your hearts.
All:We lift them to the One who comes in God's name.
One:Let us praise God for the mighty works we have witnessed.
All: It is right that we praise God.

The minister continues… It is our highest joy to praise you, God of enduring love…we offer our thanksgiving to you:

All: Holy, holy, holy, are you, God whose heart aches with grief. All creation mingles its tears with yours this week. Have grace on all who journey in the coming days. Blessed is the One who stands by you through everything. Have grace on all who seek to find peace in the coming days.

The minister continues…Holy are you, God of goodness… still, we proclaim this mystery called faith:

All: Christ came in triumph, only to be rejected by us; Christ died in sorrow, to be vindicated and raised by you;
Christ will come again, to bring us to you.
The minister continues…Holy Spirit, as we come to this Table…
Now as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to pray:

All: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.




One:Let us leave with silence as our companion,
All:so we may hear the whispers of all
who have been forgotten, except by God.
One:Let us leave with service as our teacher,
All:so we learn the art of compassion from Jesus,
to bring healing and hope to everyone we meet.
One:Let us leave with surprise as our guide,
All:so we may be open to the promises
the Spirit speaks in the moment of our utter grief and loss.


*HYMN O Sacred Head, Now Wounded


Please leave the sanctuary in silence.

Saturday, April 2, 2022

April 3 Fifth Sunday in Lent Worship Zoom Link and Service Bulletin

Hello Everyone,

We are worshipping in person and online at 11 a.m. these days.  If you would like to worship with us via Zoom, the information is as follows: 


Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 860 1615 9653
Passcode: 523039


The Service bulletin is below (my apologies in advance for any weird formatting).  We hope to see you in person or online tomorrow!

Pastor Melissa


Marshall Presbyterian Church


April 3, 2022                            5th Sunday in Lent

Carol Ann West, Pianist

Rev. Melissa Upchurch, Pastor


Broadly, deeply, joyously sharing the good news of Christ

with Marshall and Madison County!










One:      You know those things that God has done in the past?  The future will be that much better!

All:        We will not stop looking for the newness God has for us!

One:      We have accomplished many things to this point, but we have not completed our journey.

All:        We will pick up our pace to follow Jesus wherever he leads.

One:      Sometimes we put obstacles in the path, but God will make a way to our hearts.

All:        We will move onward through our doubts and fears.  Let us worship God!


* Opening Prayer


* HYMN                      Red Hymnal #526                         The Solid Rock






God of grace, you are always in the business of surprising us with new lives, new dreams, and new hopesBut we are so busy looking down instead of up and out that we do not always recognize what you are doing.  Help us let go of that which hold us back from faithful living.  Help us bend our lives toward your own life of self-giving and sacrifice.  Fill us, our homes, and churches, and communities with the abundant love of Christ until all are made newsilent prayers of confessionAmen.




One:      The apostle Paul reminds us that we do not make ourselves righteous.  Our righteousness comes through faith in Christ, who has made us his own.  Hear the good news!  In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.  The old life has passed away – and a new life has begun.

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   


prayer for illumination


THE Scriptures 


Old Testament:         Isaiah 43:16-21                                 See bulletin

Psalm                             Psalm 126                                                       “

Epistle:                          Philippians 3:4b-14                                     “

Gospel:                          John 12:1-8                                                    “


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

All:        Thanks be to God!


Time with young disciples

Message                                                                    Rev. Melissa Upchurch




                                                     (From the Heidelberg Catechism, 1563)


One:      What is your only comfort, in life and in death?

All:        That I belong – body and soul, in life and in death – not to myself but to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ, who at the cost of his own blood has fully paid for all my sins and has completely freed me from the dominion of the devil; that he protects me so well that without the will of my Father in heaven not a hair can fall from my head; indeed, that everything must fit his purpose for my salvation.  Therefore, by his Holy Spirit, he also assures me of eternal life, and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.


* HYMN           Red Hymnal #324         

                                                            When I Survey the Wondrous Cross


SHARING JOYS AND CONCERNS             (See bulletin insert)

Prayers of the People (We pray to you O God / Hear our prayer…)


SHARING the Gifts of God 

  Offertory MUSIC



*Prayer of dedication


God, we praise you with these gifts and offer them with good cheer.  Bless our offerings; multiply them and use them to equip the saints and build the body of Christ.  Amen.




* HYMN       Red Hymnal #237         

                                                              Lord, Dismiss Us with Thy Blessing










* = Please rise in body or in spirit



to Marshall Presbyterian Church; we’re glad you’re here!  If you are visiting today, may the worship service be a blessing to you.  MPC is a vibrant, caring community of faith.  If you are seeking a church home, come join us as we learn, serve, have fun, and grow deeper in faith in Jesus Christ together!  




Sundays, 10 a.m.     Gentle Faith class                          Fellowship Hall

Today                                                                                           Communion

April 10, Palm Sunday with communion

April 14, Maundy Thursday:                          Service to be combined

                                                                                 with Palm Sunday

April 15, Good Friday

April 17 Easter

April 21, 6:30 p.m.  Session

Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m.                                                      Neighbors in Need

                    6:30 p.m.                                                                                     NA

Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.                                                                          Scouts

Fridays, 7 p.m.                                                                                              AA


The One Great Hour of Sharing offering will be received on Easter Sunday.









The Session at Work:


·       Heard and discussed a report from treasurer Sidney Mashburn that we are running a bit of a deficit.  We’ve had to pay insurance, which is always a big bill; nevertheless,

Elders will keep a close eye on our financials.


·       Heard and discussed a report on the manse

from Sandy Melton.


·       Heard from Rev. Melissa that there were no baptisms

or memorial services in February.


·       Heard from Rev. Upchurch about how ill and shut-in members are doing.


·       Heard and discussed a report about some upcoming

Mission possibilities from Cathy Seiler.


·       Heard about progress on outdoor lighting of the mural

from Rev. Melissa and Sandy Melton.


·       Approved a request from Rev. Melissa to use a paid

musician for the Easter service this year.


Please Remember in Prayer:


  • Those who have no-one to pray for them
  • Cindy – health concern
  • Glenda Anderson – health concern
  • Don Scully (Scout leader) – health concerns
  • Jim’s cousin Matthew – health concerns,

upcoming procedure

  • Mike Storey (Sandy’s friend) – health concern
  • Sandy Melton – recovering from procedure
  • Sandy’s friend Rick Murray – hospice care; pray for

courage, continued good attitude in the face of cancer

  • Sidney Mashburn – recovering from procedure
  • Ukraine – courage for its people and president
  • Paige Morris – lingering health concerns
  • Zach Strittmatter – recovering at home
  • Byron Wade (General Presbyter) – recovering

from procedure

  • Tim Brown, Justine Brown – health concerns
  • Our seniors:  Mary Lib Sprinkle, Nan Earley, Judy Chandley, Verna and Harry Baldwin, Ruth Deal, Madge McClain,

Ruby Stanton, Rose Burns, and Jim Wilson

  • Jim, Nancy’s goddaughter Ella – health concern
  • Carol Ann, others feeling overworked b/c pandemic
  • Barbie (Carol Ann’s friend) – health concern
  • Sandra Tolley – health concern
  • Bob Pike – health concerns
  • Tyler’s friend’s father Steve Ashe – health concern
  • Our missional identity
  • The Chavez family (manse); resolution
  • Homeless people and animals
  • La Esperanza
  • Our nation
  • Those affected by natural disaster or violent weather
  • Victims of violence
  • Christians under persecution in other parts of the world
  • Those who are traveling
  • People, creatures affected by human irresponsibility, abuse
  • Those in the military and their families
  • Clients, volunteers, and boards of assisting organizations
  • Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth, and Families
  • Glory Ridge Camp
  • Those who receive a devastating diagnosis, incl. COVID-19
  • Prodigal Sons Prison Praise Singers
  • The House of Hope International Peace Center
  • Frank and Nancy Dimmock
  • Cathy Chang and Juan Lopez - Philippines
  • Hamish and Molly Taylor – New Zealand
  • Those seeking employment, those seeking employees
  • Those preparing for ministry
  • Our Presbytery staff and the Presbytery’s ministries


Isaiah 43:16-21 - New Revised Standard Version


16Thus says the Lord,
    who makes a way in the sea,
    a path in the mighty waters,
17who brings out chariot and horse,
    army and warrior;
they lie down, they cannot rise,
    they are extinguished, quenched like a wick:
18Do not remember the former things,
    or consider the things of old.
19I am about to do a new thing;
    now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
    and rivers in the desert.
20The wild animals will honor me,
    the jackals and the ostriches;
for I give water in the wilderness,
    rivers in the desert,
to give drink to my chosen people,
21    the people whom I formed for myself
so that they might declare my praise.


Psalm 126 – New Revised Standard Version


A Harvest of Joy


A Song of Ascents.


1When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,[a]
    we were like those who dream.
2Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
    and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then it was said among the nations,
    “The Lord has done great things for them.”
3The Lord has done great things for us,
    and we rejoiced.


4Restore our fortunes, O Lord,
    like the watercourses in the Negeb.
5May those who sow in tears
    reap with shouts of joy.
6Those who go out weeping,
    bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy,
    carrying their sheaves.


Philippians 3:4b-14 - Common English Bible (CEB)


4If anyone else has reason to put their confidence in physical advantages, I have even more:


5I was circumcised on the eighth day.


I am from the people of Israel and the tribe of Benjamin.


I am a Hebrew of the Hebrews.


With respect to observing the Law, I’m a Pharisee.


6With respect to devotion to the faith, I harassed the church.


With respect to righteousness under the Law, I’m blameless.


7These things were my assets, but I wrote them off as a loss for the sake of Christ. 8But even beyond that, I consider everything a loss in comparison with the superior value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. I have lost everything for him, but what I lost I think of as sewer trash, so that I might gain Christ 9and be found in him. In Christ I have a righteousness that is not my own and that does not come from the Law but rather from the faithfulness of Christ. It is the righteousness of God that is based on faith. 10The righteousness that I have comes from knowing Christ, the power of his resurrection, and the participation in his sufferings. It includes being conformed to his death 11so that I may perhaps reach the goal of the resurrection of the dead.


12It’s not that I have already reached this goal or have already been perfected, but I pursue it, so that I may grab hold of it because Christ grabbed hold of me for just this purpose. 13Brothers and sisters, I myself don’t think I’ve reached it, but I do this one thing: I forget about the things behind me and reach out for the things ahead of me. 14The goal I pursue is the prize of God’s upward call in Christ Jesus.


John 12:1-8 - New Revised Standard Version


Mary Anoints Jesus


121Six days before the Passover Jesus came to

Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised

from the dead. 2There they gave a dinner for him.

Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at

the table with him. 3Mary took a pound of costly

perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet,

and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled

with the fragrance of the perfume. 4But Judas Iscariot,

one of his disciples (the one who was about to

betray him), said, 5“Why was this perfume not sold

for three hundred denarii and the money given

to the poor?” 6(He said this not because he cared

about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept

the common purse and used to steal what was

put into it.) 7Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She bought

it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial.

8You always have the poor with you, but you do not

always have me.”