Stone Chippings
Organized 1783 Built 1796 Issue 16, Tuesday, 04-18-2017

For the next couple of weeks I won’t be in the office.

This week, my family will be in Charleston, South Carolina spending some time with family. Next week I will be in Richmond, Virginia for the annual gathering of “The Well,” the ninth gathering of these colleagues for study and worship.

If there is something you need, please call the church office and Debbie Reed will do her best to help you. If your need is more urgent, please call my cell phone.

Peace to you-
And Christ is Risen!

Rev. Anna

“Hope Weed”
Our Christian symbols seem, at times, not quite
appropriate to the meaning that they bear.
For instance, take the Easter lily, white and
fragile sign of resurrection. Rare, its graceful
silent trumpet greets the light of March and April,
only under glare of florists’ lamps, unnaturally
bright. You never find them in the open air
before July. A better flower for Easter Day
would be, as every angry gardener knows,
the dandelion, seeded by the gay abandoned
wind that, as it listeth, blows. No matter how
we weed out every stray, digging as deep, the
root still deeper goes. And when, at last, we
quit and go away the rain falls, and a host of
fresh bright foes stands resurrected,
and the garden glows.


Shepherd, J. Barrie. Faces at the Cross. Nashvbille: Upper Room Books, l995.


Stone Chippings
Organized 1783 Built 1796 Issue 16, Tuesday, 04-18-2017

Greetings from the Sunday School Class led by Chuck Lewis.

Thought for the week: It is a change, not time, that turns fools into wise people and sinners into saints.
Last 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?
Answer: God instructed Moses to have people kill a lamb, put some of the blood on the house and the death plague of the first born would pass over the house. The same night Jesus was betrayed the Passover meal had been eaten which we know today as our Lord's Supper.
This week's New Testament Quiz: On Easter Day two disciples were walking to a village some distance from Jerusalem and were joined by a stranger. Who was that stranger?
Last week various ways were discussed to effectively tell the Good News of an Eternal Life. This week our lesson will identify many familiar feelings of separation and loneliness and how we can not only cope but overcome these feelings. Our background scriptures come from Romans and 2 Corinthians. You are welcome to join us this Sunday at 10:00 AM in the Conference Room.

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, Wilson Bland
Contact Paula McLaughlin 304-661-9866
paulajean@suddenlink.net

 

NURSERY ASSISTANTS
April 23 Cora Kesterson April 30 Marley Kesterson May 7 Megan Hofmann

LAY READERS
April 23 Lauren Rodgers April 30 Peter Gonzalez May 7 Anna Ahern

ACOLYTE
April 23 K.K. Long April 30 Thomas Gonzalez May 7 Beverly Kucera

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

April 23 Greeters: Available Fellowship Time: Available
April 30 Greeters: Available Fellowship Time: Jerri Gillespie
May 7 Greeters & Fellowship Hosts: Presbyterian Women


Stone Chippings
Organized 1783 Built 1796 Issue 16, Tuesday, 04-18-2017

AMERICANA WORKERS NEEDED FOR 10:00 A.M. TO 1:00 P.M.
Friday, June 16, 23 & 30
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

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.

APRIL 30
On Sunday, April 30 we will recognize our high school seniors and confirmands during worship.

 

Stone Chippings
Organized 1783 Built 1796 Issue 16, Tuesday, 04-18-2017

April 23, 2017
The Second Sunday of Easter
11:00 A.M.
(also broadcast over WRON ~ 1400 AM or 103.1 FM)

Striking of the Chimes
Prelude

Welcome, Announcements, and Call to Worship
(Please sign the friendship pad and pass it to your neighbor)

Introit “Good Christians All, Rejoice and Sing!”

Prayer of the Day (unison)
Almighty and eternal God,
the strength of those who believe and the hope of those who doubt,
may we embrace the faith of those who have seen, receive, and witness to the love of Jesus Christ who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever. Amen.


Hymn #113 “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” Llamfair

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession (unison)
Living God, we confess that we look for the living among the dead.
We want to receive forgiveness, but we are not ready to forgive.
We want to see Jesus’ wounds, but we ignore the wounds of others.
Forgive us; give us new life!
Embrace us in Christ’s body so that we may embody for the world
the life that death cannot destroy;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. 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)

Hymn #111 "Good Christians All, Rejoice and Sing!" Gelobt Sei Gott


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Organized 1783 Built 1796 Issue 16, Tuesday, 04-18-2017

Gospel Reading John 20: 19 - 31 page 141

Anthem "All in the April Evening"

New Testament Reading Acts 2:14a, 22-32 page 144

Sermon "Be a Witness"

Musical Interlude (you are invited to use this time for prayer and personal reflection)

Affirmation of Faith Confession of 1967
The church gathers to praise God, to hear God's word for humankind, to baptize and to join in the Lord's Supper, to pray for and present the world to God in worship, to enjoy fellowship, to receive instruction, strength, and comfort, to order and organize its own corporate life, to be tested, renewed, and reformed, and to speak and act in the world's affairs as may be appropriate to the needs of the time.
The church disperses to serve God wherever its members are, at work or play, in private or in the life of society. Their prayer and Bible study are part of the church's worship and theological reflection. Their witness is the church 's evangelism. Their daily action in the world is the church in mission to the world. The quality of their relation with other persons is the measure of the church's fidelity.

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 #105 "Because You Live, O Christ" Vruechten

Benediction
Leader: The peace of Christ be with you.
People: And also with you

Benediction Response "God Be With You Till We Meet Again"
God be with you till we meet again; By his counsels guide, uphold you;
With his sheep securely fold you. God be with you till we meet again.


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