First Presbyterian Church of Byron -April 25, 2021
Worship Leader: Rev. James Renfrew Music Director: Laurence Tallman
“GOD IS GREATER THAN OUR HIGHS AND LOWS”
A SEASON OF RESURRECTION
PRELUDE ”Let Us With a Gladsome Mind” (J.B.Wilkes)
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
CALL TO WITNESS (I John 3:18-20, The Message)
My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love.
This is the only way we’ll know we’re living truly, living in God’s reality.
It’s also the way to shut down debilitating self-criticism, even when there is something to
For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do
APRIL THEME VERSE
“Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” (John 20 :29b)
VIRTUAL CONGREGATIONS INITIATIVE STORY TIME Elder Ruth Andes
HYMN OF PRAISE #52 “O God, Who Gives Us Life”
CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS
Dear God, you know that we are usually big talkers, often highly-opinionated, and
always self-appointed experts on all that matters. The reading from John’s Epistle
reminds us that words and speech only get us so far, and to reach a holy destination
we must put truth into action. It is not easy to do that, because squarely in the way
are our own selves, easily drawn into selfish schemes, unreliable friends, and twisted
hopes. Let John’s words inspire something new and exciting in each of us so we can
rise above the things that usually pull us down. Today, let the truth sing, and let our
bold actions reverberate!
The Good News is we have life, new life, new beginnings, new hope, and a community of
YOUTH MESSAGE ”Good Words”
SCRIPTURE I John 3:16-24
MESSAGE “God is Greater than Our Hearts”” Rev. James R. Renfrew
INTERLUDE “O God, in a Mysterious Way” (traditional Scottish)
WHAT WE BELIEVE
“This is our faith, that in Jesus we meet the God who makes peace with our
wayward and hurting world; and that by reconciling love we are moved to bridge the
chasms of fear and estrangement.” In Jesus’ name. Amen.
OFFERING & PRAYER OF DEDICATION
HYMN #467 “Give Us Light”
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE / THE LORD’S PRAYER
For those at home, prayers in Zoom Chat or text Eric
HYMN #104 ”O Lord, How Shall I meet You?”
BLESSING AND POSTLUDE ”Praise Ye the Lord, Almighty” (arr. L.Tallman)
BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK _______
22 Bethany Ezard
IN OUR PRAYERS ____
Jean Roda, Jack Hillabush, Jr., Gene Richenberg, Wendy Haywood. Danny Riner, Larry
Tallman, Sr., Faline Tyler, Darren Stamp, Seth Quilliam, Nancy Curran, families in
quarantine, and Janet Pike who now lives with her son in Henrietta.
Please send prayer requests to: Chrystal Britt
THIS WEEK _________________________________________________
Apr. 25 9:45 a.m. Live/virtual service
12:30 p.m. Neighborhood Mission Day
Apr. 27 7:00 p.m. Bible Study on Zoom
Apr. 28 5:00 p.m. T.O.P.S. Meeting
7:00 p.m. Choir
7:30 p.m. AA
The 2021 Byron Presbyterian Church Directory is now available in the sanctuary.
Contact Rev. Renfrew to obtain one by e-mail or by US Mail.
Neighborhood Mission Day for Genesee County Presbyterian churches, is today, April 25,
12:30 PM in the outdoor pavilion at nearby North Bergen Presbyterian Church. We will
assemble Dignity Bags for those being released from the Buffalo Detention Center in
Batavia as they make their journey home. Needed items: backpacks, warm clothes, snacks,
travel-size toiletries, flashlights, water bottles, large envelopes or folders, and $20 in cash.
The event is outdoors and follows COVID safety protocols.
Food Pantry at North Bergen Presbyterian Church will be open Wednesday, April 28, 6 – 8
p.m. Personal hygiene items are much needed.
Free Masks are available from Patty Iamon at email@example.com or call (585) 245-2918
with the following information: Size (adult, youth, child), gender (female, male, neutral),
name and address.
May – June Church Newsletter – Rev. Renfrew needs your submissions by Tuesday
Photos: (1) Jean Roda on a Spring outing with Rev. Renfrew and her niece Ann Van Horn
on April 8. (2) Cummins Family Baptism on April 11