Sunday Bulletin

First Presbyterian Church of Byron
March 18, 2018 5th Sunday in the Season of Lent
James Renfrew, Pastor Laurence Tallman, Organist Elizabeth Weber, Organist Emeritus

PRELUDE Irish Fiddle Medley Rev. Jim Renfrew
INTROIT “First Loss” (R.Schumann)


INVITATION John 12:20-26 The Message
There were some Greeks in town who had come up to worship at the Feast. They approached Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee:
“Sir, we want to see Jesus. Can you help us?”
Philip went and told Andrew. Andrew and Philip together told Jesus.
Jesus answered, “Time’s up. The time has come for the Son of
Man to be glorified.
“Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat.
But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times
over. In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as it is
destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love,
you’ll have it forever, real and eternal.
“If any of you wants to serve me, then follow me. Then you’ll be where I am, ready to serve at a moment’s notice. Amen!

HYMN: #357 “The Days Are Surely Coming”

Our perception of God’s timeline is that eventually we’ll get ourselves to the right place with Jesus. We will slowly learn from our mistakes and rely on Jesus’ endless patience to get us there. In today’s reading, Jesus says “time’s up!”, sending a shock wave through us! “Time’s up!” means it’s too late to change anything, and we are what we are. But such a blunt expression is not meant to produce fear, it’s to emphasize that in Jesus God is no longer saying anything like “in the sweet by-and-by everything will work out just fine”. In fact, God is eager to move forward with us in the present moment, even though we’re not ready and the world is not ready. So our confession is that we have convinced ourselves that God promises, but never acts. Today, O God, give us your conviction to live into the story of resurrection hope. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Palm Sunday, March 25, 9:45 AM – Hosanna!
Bible Study, March 27, 7:00 PM – Mark 16:1-8(9-20).
Maundy Thursday, March 29, 6:30 PM – Please bring a dish to share, or just come directly from work and enjoy the meal!
Good Friday, March 30, 7:00 PM – North Bergen Presbyterian Church. Please note the 7:00 PM time.
Easter Sunday Celebration, April 1, 9:45 AM – Followed by an Easter Egg Hunt for young children on the church lawn.
We invite people to support “March for Our Lives”, a student-led rally against gun violence, Saturday March 24, 3-5 PM, Washington Square Park in Rochester (adjacent to the GeVa Theater). This is being held on the same day as a large student-led rally in Washington, DC, and in many other localities across the nation, on the same day. Let Rev. Bill Hockey know of your interest so that car-pooling can be arranged and driving/parking information shared.
Mission Committee meets on Monday, March 19, 7:30 PM, at the church. We will discuss the following: Neighborhood Mission Day in Batavia on Saturday, April 28, the status of the Backpack Project, One Great Hour of Sharing, and other ideas for continuing and new mission. It’s been a while since we last met, so let’s gather to move forward in mission! Visitors to the committee are always welcome!
Have you missed a recent Sunday? Sermons are posted each week on the church website:
Are you interested in scheduling a baptism, a wedding, or have a difficult situation to discuss? Please contact Rev. Jim Renfrew at 813-2934 or by e-mail at
The next Quilting Party will be Sunday, April 15, following worship. Meanwhile, check in with Faline Tyler about the quilt piece designs that are being worked on.
Deacons will be delivering Easter baskets on Palm Sunday and before Easter. Please speak to Janet Pike if you have a recipient to suggest.

Not just one grain of wheat. The scale of our hope is grains of wheat beyond measure, growing in every heart, far and wide, wheat to feed the hungry, wheat to lovingly bake the bread of heaven and to share it in hope. Amen.


TIME WITH CHILDREN Today’s Word: “Grain”

*SIGN OF PEACE We offer a sign of Christ’s peace.

*HYMN: #506 “Look Who Gathers at Christ’s Table

Please stand so we can hear your prayer, please!

OFFERTORY “Chorale” (R.Schumann)


Bless these gifts, large and small, for the hope they build in us, and through us for the hope of the world. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

SCRIPTURE John 12:20-33
Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground,
dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat.

MESSAGE “Dead and Buried” Rev. James Renfrew

*WHAT WE BELIEVE “The Apostles Creed” p. 35

BREAD & CUP Communion Music “Blessed are the Dead” (Anon)
O God, in this world where many hunger and thirst, we are thankful for the humblest bread and the simplest drink, shared from this table of love in action.
Yet this bread and drink are so much more! They are the reminder of your Son’s death, and of the words of promise he spoke to his disciples, “Abide in me and I shall abide in you.”
Let the words come alive for us once more, and let Christ be present in our midst. Help us to taste, to hear, and to see in this bread and cup words of everlasting life and comfort, spoken to our restless hearts.
We lift our thanksgiving for this table and its place in our lives. Forgive our sins and gather us together here as a family is gathered at the meal.
Touch with rest and peace those who are troubled. Bind up the wounds of those who are hurting. Give love to those who feel estranged or bitter. Make us attentive to the world of needs around us.
And let Christ be the head of the table and the head of our lives, this day and forever. Amen.

*HYMN #767 “Together We Serve”

*RESPONSE #2 “Come, Thou Almighty King”, vs. 1 & 4

*POSTLUDE “Andantino” (S.Paraire)

This Week at the Church:
Today – 9:45 AM Worship and Communion
Monday – 7:30 PM Mission Committee meets at the church
Wednesday – 10:00 AM Janet in the Office, 5:00 PM T.O.P.S.,
7:00 PM Choir, 7:30 PM AA
Next Sunday – 9:45 AM Palm Sunday Worship

Please remember that we collect food items for the emergency Food Shelf of Genesee County Churches United at the Salvation Army in Batavia. Food items may be left in the sanctuary or in the grocery cart at the side entrance.
Accessibility Options: Reserved parking spaces near the side entrance, Elevator at the side entrance serves three levels, Large-print worship bulletins, Pew space for a wheelchair, Hearing loops available, Service animals very welcome, Please let us know what else we can do to include all of our friends in church life.

One Great of Sharing: JOIN WITH PRESBYTERIANS WORLDWIDE in sharing God’s love with our neighbors-in-need around the world by providing relief from natural and human-caused disasters, food for the hungry, and support for the poor and oppressed.
This Lenten season, please give generously to One Great Hour of Sharing. This program of the Presbyterian Church (USA) supports projects in over 100 countries. If we all do a little, it adds up to a lot!
OGHS offering envelopes for adults, and coin banks for children, are available beginning this Sunday. Please return them by Easter.

Please return One Great Hour of Sharing Fish Banks and special offering envelopes by Easter. Thank you!

“A Grain
of Wheat”

Byron Presbyterian Church
Byron, New York


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