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As you know, last week I was in Montreat, North Carolina for the annual Worship & Music Conference hosted by the Presbyterian Association of Musicians. It was a fantastic, worship-full week.

One of the things that happened, that I didn't anticipate, was a reunion with many of the people I grew up with at Second Presbyterian Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Our choir director (who now lives in Florida) was there as well as several of our leaders and several of my peers. As we talked, we realized what an impact going away together as a church group had on our faithful lives-particularly noticeable given that the majority of us work at churches in one capacity or another. Having a faith community that nurtured and encouraged us continues to pay dividends in our lives, decades later.

It's something many members of the Old Stone Community are experiencing at Bluestone this week, and I hope you are keeping all of them in your prayers- for what they will be learning and experiencing as a faithful community.

Worship & Music isn't the only event hosted by the Montreat Conference Center (http://www.montreat.org/ the conference center and the college are not affiliated). They also host an amazing youth conference: http://www.montreat.org/montreat-youth-conference/ for high-schoolers.

Where am I going with all of this?

I'd love to take a group to Montreat next summer- for either the Worship & Music Conference (adults as well as kids attend this) or for one week of the Youth Conferences (highschoolers with day camp opportunities for younger children). Or maybe both? It's isn't just my idea- I've heard from several of you that you'd like to go, too! So, If you'd like to know more about these conferences or what would be involved in taking an Old Stone group, let's talk! These events really need 9-12 months of planning, so we should get the conversation going now.

I'm glad to be home, and I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday-

Peace,
Anna


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Greetings from the Sunday School class led by Chuck Lewis and the able assistance of Ben Lewis during my travels.
Thought for the week: Being an introducer of Christ to others requires a combination of humble patience and obedient expectancy.
Last week's Old Testament Quiz: During the period of Judges, there was a man named Manoah whose wife was barren. An angel of the Lord appeared to her and promised that she would conceive and bear a son. Who was that son? Answer: Samson.
This week's Old Testament Quiz: Who was the famous widow who followed her mother-in-law to Judah in a tremendous show of faith?
Last week our lesson followed the surprising birth, rise to great warrior, and spectacular failure of Samson. This week our lesson begins with Moses at the burning bush and compares injustices of those days with the present days. Background scriptures come from Exodus, Matthew, 2 Chronicles, Luke, and Acts. Come and learn with us this Sunday at 10:00 in the Conference Room.

OLD STONE PRE-K
The Old Stone Preschool classes are now taking registrations for September. These classes are open to children ages 2-4. K-2 meets Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 8:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. K-3 & 4 meets Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Fridays for K-4 only. They begin at 8:15 a.m. and dismiss at Noon.
For more information, please contact the church office.

 

NURSERY ASSISTANTS
July 2 Cora Kesterson July 9 Megan Hoffman July 16 Brahm Kesterson

LAY READERS
July 2 Brahm Kesterson July 9 Sofie Kelso July 16 Cora Kesterson


GREETERS and FELLOWSHIP TIME HOSTS (please call the church office to sign up)
July 2 Available
July 9 Available
July 16 Available

Prayer List June 26, 2017
Virginia Skaggs, Ashley Walker, Don Brown, Tate Hudson, Richard Bicksler, Dexter Taylor, Wilson Bland, Joyce Farrell
Contact Paula McLaughlin 304-661-9866
paulajean@suddenlink.net


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AMERICANA WORKERS NEEDED FOR 10:00 A.M. TO 1:00 P.M.
Friday, July 28
Friday, August 4, 18
August 31 (1-4 shift)
If you can work any of these days, please contact Lynn Weikle at 304-647-5713 or 304-661-0926

Mother's Ministry Volunteers Request:
This Fall, Old Stone Church will be opening its doors to the community, as we begin a Mother's Ministry! This ministry will serve all women in our Greenbrier Community by sharing the love of Christ with them through Bible studies, fellowship and encouragement as they experience the adventure of Motherhood.
This is a wonderful opportunity to bring young families into our church home. To make this ministry possible, volunteers are needed for childcare and mentoring. The group will meet 1-2 times per month on Friday mornings. Asking all men and women of the church interested in serving this need, to please contact Amy Brown at 304-676-1468.

 

CONGREGATIONAL HYMN SING
On Sunday, July 2, at 10:45 a.m., the congregation will gather to sing some favorite 4th of July songs. Worship will begin at 11:00 a.m. as usual.


OFFICE CLOSURE
Due to vacation schedules, the church office will be closed July 3 through July 7.

JULY BIRTHDAYS
1 Bill Snyder, Jim Childers, Ryan Meadows, Benjamin Snyder, Coriann Nemcik
3. Jay Hayes
5 Megan Hamrick
6 Courtney Moran O’Neil, Ralph Nash
Mark Smith, Molly Irons, Susan Harkness
8 Paul Greer, John Lehman
10 Yvette Yarid, Helen Chesser
13 Pat Boisvert
14 Matthew Hewitt, Ron Kirk
15 Stuart Brown
16 Tom Greenstreet, Melanie Ruby Lentini
17 Jim Gallagher
19 Lou Ella Lewis
20 George Boxwell
22 Sharon White, Anthony Juker, Dena Williams, Joan Montgomery
23 Frank White, Jennifer Moore, Andrew Feyh
25 Susan Weikle, Matthew McMillion
26 Jim Coleman, JoAnne Jolliffe
28 Oliver Irons, Kurt Blankenship
30 Ginnie Skaggs Gick, Kelsey Lynn McClung
31 Betsy Hudgins


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Old Stone Presbyterian Church ~ Lewisburg, West Virginia
July 2, 2017 ~ 11:00 A.M.
The 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Prelude
Welcome, Announcements, and Call to Worship (Please sign and pass the worship register)
Introit “God Bless America”
Prayer of the Day (unison) Dag Hammarskjöld (1905-1961)
Great and good God, give us pure hearts that we may see you, humble hearts that we may hear you, hearts of love that we may serve you, hearts of faith that we may live in you, reverent hearts that we may worship you, now and in the world out there, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hymn #487 “When Morning Gilds the Skies” LAUDES DOMINI
Call to Confession
Prayer of Confession (unison)
Merciful God, hope of Your people in every age, we confess that we have sinned against You. We struggle to be faithful. We fail to live lives overflowing with justice and mercy. Forgive us again, O God. Do not turn away from us, renew Your covenant, for only in You will our lives be healed. Guide us and lead us in Your ways, Amen.

Declaration of Pardon
Leader: Hear and believe the good news of the gospel.
People: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.
Gloria Patri Hymn #579
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.

Time with the Young Church (afterwards children are dismissed for Sunday School)

 


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Hymn #513 “Let Us Break Bread Together” LET US BREAK BREAD

Prayer for Illumination

Gospel Reading Luke 22: 14 - 33 page 105

Anthem “My Home Among the Hills ”
Epistle Reading 1st Corinthians 11: 23 - 33 page 211

Sermon “Articles of Faith: Communion”
Musical Interlude (you are invited to use this time for prayer and personal reflection)

Affirmation of Faith The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

The Giving of God’s Tithes and Our Offerings
Offertory
Doxology Hymn #592
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise God, all creatures here below;
praise God above, ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper
Prayer of Great Thanksgiving and the Lord’s Prayer
The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give our thanks to God. It is right to give our thanks and praise
Holy God, we praise you. Let the heavens be joyful, and the earth be glad.


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We bless you for creating the whole world, for your promises to your people Israel, and for Jesus Christ in whom your fullness dwells. Born of Mary, he shares our life. Eating with sinners, he welcomes us. Guiding his children, he leads us. Visiting the sick, he heals us. Dying on the cross, he saves us. Risen from the dead, he gives new life. Living with you, he prays for us. Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with choirs of angels and all the faithful of every time and place, who forever sing to the glory of your name:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
With thanksgiving, we take this bread and this cup and proclaim the death and resurrection of our Lord. Receive our sacrifice of praise. Pour out your Holy Spirit upon us that this meal may be a time of communion with our Lord. Make us one with Christ and with all who share this feast. Unite us in faith, encourage us with hope, inspire us to love, that we may serve as your faithful disciples until we feast at your table in glory. And now, with the confidence of the children of God, let us 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.
Communion of the People

Prayer After Communion
Hymn #507 “I Come with Joy” DOVE OF PEACE
Benediction
Leader: The peace of Christ be with you.
People: And also with you

Choral Response “The Lord Bless You and Keep You”


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