Stone Chippings
Organized 1783 Built 1796 Issue 15, Monday, 04-10-2017

Greetings from the Church Office,
I received many encouraging words and good questions after yesterday's service, wanting to know more about the Passion in Palm/Passion Sunday.
In part, churches have started including reading the Passion texts (an ancient tradition, unearthed with a new purpose for a new age) for practical reasons. Recognizing that many church members cannot or do not attend services during Holy Week, they were missing the scripture readings that are most central to our faith- those that lead up to Easter morning, readings that help us understand why that morning was so shockingly joyful and wonderful.
But, it's not just because people might not hear them any other time that these services are done. It's also because even hearing them once isn't enough. The story of Jesus' journey to the cross and to the tomb is a story larger than any one of us- bigger than our minds and hearts can comprehend, particularly in one sitting. Each time we hear it the words speak to us in new ways, and so hearing them on Sunday morning doesn't create overlap with the other services, it heightens our ability to appreciate and receive them as faithful gifts.
I offered to share additional readings for this week with those who are interested, and I received so many requests I thought I would post them here (these are, of course, just scratching the surface):

Bible readings for each day of Holy Week:
https://www.presbyterianmission.org/devotion/revised-common-lectionary/

Bible readings for Palm/Passion Sunday:
https://www.presbyterianmission.org/devotion/revised-common-lectionary/2017/4/9/

A Daily devotion for Lent written by students at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond:
https://upsemdevotions.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/lent-20171.pdf

Services of Daily Prayer for Holy Week:
https://www.presbyterianmission.org/wp-content/uploads/daily_prayer_during_holy_week_1.pdf

Sing for Joy (a radio program focused on sacred music- these two programs are Palm/Passion Sunday and Good Friday)
https://www.stolaf.edu/singforjoy/listen/2017-04-09
https://www.stolaf.edu/singforjoy/listen/2017-04-14


Peace to you- I'm looking forward to worshiping with you this week.
Rev. Anna


Stone Chippings
Organized 1783 Built 1796 Issue 15, Monday, 04-10-2017

The way of the cross
Dear Jesus,
As we start once again? to follow you on the way of the cross, we are apprehensive.?
For we are not sure? of ourselves.
On our journey we have often been afraid,?often sought the safe options, often fudged the sharp solution.
On our journey we have often tried to hide our real selves? from others, from ourselves? and from you.?
We, who dare to say we are following you,?know how faltering are our footsteps, how delicate our discipleships, how feeble our faith.
Yet still you call us? by name and invite us into your company and onto your road.?
So give us the courage and the commitment we need:?
Help us to look out for one another on the road; show us how we may share the duty and the joy? of discipleship, knowing that, in the end, it is you who have blazed the trail, you who accompany us all the way, you who will meet us on the road, and say our name. Amen

© John Harvey from Eggs & Ashes, published by Wild Goose Publications, Iona Community, Fourth Floor, Savoy House, 140 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3DH, UK Used by permission

Prayer List 4-10-17
Keith Bashen, Virginia Skaggs, Ashley Walker,
Leslie Weikle, Don Brown, Jim Leitch,
Tate Hudson, Richard Bicksler, Dexter Taylor,
Sonny Bennett, Janice Milam
Contact Paula McLaughlin 304-661-9866
paulajean@suddenlink.net

EASTER LILIES 

Eight Easter lilies have been purchased by Presbyterian Women for the Sanctuary.
They can be purchased for $15.00 each and given in remembrance or honor of someone.
The first eight people can take the flowers home after church on Easter.

 

 

NURSERY ASSISTANTS
April 16 Suzanne Bicksler April 23 Cora Kesterson April 30 Marley Kesterson

LAY READERS
April 16 John Lehman April 23 Lauren Rodgers April 30 Peter Gonzalez

ACOLYTE
April 16 Brooke Blankenship April 23 K.K. Long April 30 Thomas Gonzalez

GREETERS and FELLOWSHIP TIME HOSTS (please call the church office to sign up)

April 16 Greeters: Available Fellowship Time: Available
April 23 Greeters: Available Fellowship Time: Available
April 30 Greeters: Available Fellowship Time: Available


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Greetings from the Sunday School Class led by Chuck Lewis.

Thought for the week: Affluence breeds pride and forgetfulness of God's grace.
Last week's quiz from Genesis: After Joseph and all his brothers died, what happened to the Israelite people in Egypt?
Answer: Four hundred years after Joseph's death, the king in Egypt did not know Joseph, the Israelite people were too numerous, causing the Egyptians to enslave them.
This week's Easter quiz: In the book of Exodus one very important meal took place just before Pharaoh let the people go. What was this meal and why is it important to the Easter story?
Our lesson last week revolved around John 3:16. Sometimes commitment to serve others may require more than what was anticipated. Hopefully, we are happy/willing to show our gratitude for Jesus's sacrifice by our actions.
In this week's lesson even though the disciples were confounded when they entered the empty tomb, they experienced a new birth into a living hope through the Resurrection. We will explore ways that we can tell the Good News to others. Background scriptures come from John, 1 John, Psalms, and Luke. We have room for you this Sunday at 10:00 AM in the Conference Room.

 

2016-2017 S.T.A.I.R.
With spring, comes the completion of our 16th STAIR program at Old Stone. We have tutored a total of 94 children in the past 16 years.
What an exciting year this has been! This year we had 7 energetic kids and 13 wonderful tutors. We were also supported by:

2 Substitutes - 2 Coordinators
23 Snack Providers - 3 Gift Suppliers
7 Prayer Partners
8 Party Committee Members
2 PAWS dogs & their handlers
3 2nd Grade School Teachers
1 Guidance Counselor
It is so true that you can’t have a successful program without a supportive church family and community.
When asked what the children liked about STAIR, they said:
“It was good”
“I like games, food and learning more so it can help me”
“Games & reading”
“Games, my tutor, my family knowing that I learned”
“Snacks and Games”
“I want to come back next year”
“Read to the Dogs”
“My Tutor”
When asked about what they would like to do different:
“More Games”
“More Easy Peasy Books”
“Read & Play games outside”
“Nothing – It’s Good”
Thank you so much for supporting this wonderful ministry to our community. We are giving these children something that will change their lives forever.


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AMERICANA WORKERS NEEDED FOR 10:00 A.M. TO 1:00 P.M.
Friday, May 19 Friday, June 16, 23 Friday, July 7, 21 & 28 Friday, August 4, 18 & 25
If you can work any of these days, please contact Lynn Weikle at 304-647-5713 or 304-661-0926

SUPPERS FOR 6
The Fellowship is starting "Suppers for 6", some of you may remember Dinner for 8, this is to be something similar. Small groups having dinner together in house, in restaurant, or whatever the group decides.
We are asking interested parties to sign up in the next few weeks, and we are hoping to get things going by the first of May. The initial period is for six months, and then we will review the program to see how things are progressing.
So, please sign up soon and if you have any questions, please let me know.
Thank you for your interest.
Ben Lewis, Moderator Fellowship Committee
bpmlewis3@yahoo.com
304.646.7410

 

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.
An Open House will be held on Tuesday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m. Bring your children, meet the teachers and enjoy refreshments and some fun activities.

Thank you! Thank you to all of you who made the brunch on Sunday a huge success, from eggs to grits and juice to bunnies. Thank you to all who cooked, served, and cleaned, and a particular thank you to LeeAnn Gillilan and Blackwells Cafe for their help providing such delicious ingredients.
Ben Lewis
Fellowship Committee


IN SYMPATHY
The sympathy of the congregation and the staff is extended to Amy Kesterson and family as they mourn the death of Amy’s dad, Richard Harris.


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April 16, 2017
Easter Sunday
11:00 A.M.
(also broadcast over WRON ~ 1400 AM or 103.1 FM)

Striking of the Chimes
Prelude
Introit “Good Christians All, Rejoice and Sing!”
Welcome and Announcements
(Please sign the friendship pad and pass it to your neighbor)

Call to Worship
One: Christ is Risen
All: He is risen indeed!
One: Christ is Risen
All: He is risen indeed!
One: Christ is Risen
All: He is risen indeed!
One: Let us worship God!

Prayer of the Day (unison)
God of the empty tomb, May we, your church, offer bold testimony to Christ’s enduring victory.
May our lives proclaim to the world, “He is risen, indeed!” Through Christ, who lives with you and the Holy Spirit now and forever we pray. Amen.

Hymn #123 “Jesus Christ is Risen Today” Easter Hymn

Call to Confession
Prayer of Confession (unison)
God of new awakenings,
we confess that we are afraid to hope and have our hopes shattered.
We are afraid to dream and find our dreams deferred.
Break us open like the tomb, so that new life may pour forth.
Give us the faith to believe, to hope, to dream anew.
Let us live as people of Your resurrection. 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 all children middle school and younger are dismissed for Sunday School)


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Hymn (on back) “Christ Has Risen” Holy Manna

Hebrew Bible Reading Jeremiah 31:1-6 page 897
Anthem “On the Third Day”
Amy Meadows and Gary Williams, handbells

Gospel Reading John 20: 1 - 18 page 140

Sermon “On The First Day”
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.

Sharing of Concerns and Celebrations
Call to Prayer “The Strife is O’er”

Prayer of the People and the Lord’s Prayer
…..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.

Hymn #104 “Christ Is Risen! Shout Hosanna!” Hymn to Joy
Benediction
Leader: The peace of Christ be with you.
People: And also with you

Benediction Response “God Be With You Till We Meet Again”


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