Byron Presbyterian Church
January 21, 2018 Season of Epiphany
Pastor James Renfrew Laurence Tallman, Organist Elizabeth Weber, Organist Emeritus
PRELUDE “Praludium” (J. Pachelbel)
INTROIT “Tell Me the Story of Jesus” (Traditional)
WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Which would you rather have? “Immediately” or “Later”?
It depends, of course. My allowance? Immediately, right
away! Chores? Later, I’ll do them eventually.
I’m talking about the Gospel, of course, not about your allowance or
chores. In Mark’s Gospel, Jesus says the Kingdom of God is at hand,
as if to say that everything we’ve ever hoped and dreamed for is
right in front of us.
OK, then, how about “immediately”? That’s the right answer?
The problem is that too many people of faith would rather turn
what Jesus offers right now into something “later”, “eventually”,
“down the road”, or “when we get around to it”.
Well, it does seem rather sudden. Can’t we have a more
gradual transition? This seems a little too unsettling, even
Is this what Jesus means when he says, “The right time has come,
the Kingdom of God is at hand, turn away from your sins and
believe in the Good News”?
It sounds like we have imposed our own timetable on God’s
plan. We better give Jesus another listen, take a second
look, at what Jesus is saying.
And that’s exactly why we’re here today; let’s gather together!
Ready and listening. Amen!
*HYMN: #175 “Seek Ye First”
PRAYER OF APPROACH
Dear God, forgive us for hesitating, for being too cautious, and for slamming on the brakes when we hear your Good News. You know why we do this, don’t you? We love your stories, we love your messages, and we love all of the things you promise. But then it sinks in, that for the things to happen that you’ve promised, some other things may have to change. And we’re
We have 200th Anniversary cookbooks or T-shirts. Please speak to Robin Glazier or Laura Bestehorn to get yours!
The 199th Annual Meeting of the Congregation and Corporation of the First Presbyterian Church of Byron will take place immediately following worship on Sunday, January 28. The purpose of the meeting is to engage all of the people of the church in important decisions about budgets and finances, election of church officers and Nominating Committee members, the work of boards and committees, to review the church Sexual Misconduct Policy and to act on any other matters that are properly brought forward to this meeting. Each committee is asked to submit a written report no later than Sunday, January 21st.
2018 Offering Envelopes have been distributed. If you would like a set of offering envelopes, please speak to Gwen George. Those who have submitted 2018 Estimates of Giving will receive periodic financial statements during the year, useful for record-keeping and tax purposes. If you would like to receive these financial statements, and you haven’t made a financial commitment for 2018, please speak to our Treasurer Robin Glazier during January, so she can keep track of your contributions during the coming year.
2018 Per Capita envelopes are included in each box of envelopes. “Per Capita” is much like organizational “dues”, each member’s fair share of denominational operations. We encourage you to submit these Per Capita envelopes during January, if possible, but we are happy to receive them throughout the year. If you do not use envelopes you may contribute Per Capita in your plate offering on any Sunday, but please mark them “Per Capita”. The Per Capita amount in 2018 is $31.26
Quilting Party! Faline Tyler is leading a project to make a 200th Anniversary Quilt for our church. The first gathering follows worship today. Skills or no skills are invited to participate!
Next week – Mark 1:21-28 – A big issue in Jesus’ day was uncleanliness. Not just washing the dishes or picking up clothes off the floor, it was all about spiritual cleanliness. What should we, what can we, clean up around here?
Prayers: Marian Shepard – Village Green, LeRoy, Jean Roda – Wedge-wood, Spencerport, Marsha Wenhold – doctor care, Nick Quilliam – recovery from surgery, Helen & Jim Moore – preparing to move at the end of the month, Olive Hockey (doctor care), Larry Tallman (the father!, doctor care), Roger (a hospitalized young relative of Tamara).
deeply invested in some of those other things, and when you get right down to it we’d be happier for things to stay the way they are. And it’s not just “things” that need changing, it’s “people”, and that means me and my friends sitting around me. So we hesitate a lot, but then we get frustrated that the world isn’t changing to our liking. This kind of thinking digs us deeper and deeper into a hole and before long we’re just plain stuck. So our prayer, God, is lift us out of this hole of hesitancy, and inspire us with your hope. Your hope is right in front of us and now is the right time! We’re praying Jesus’ name. Amen.
FORGIVENESS AT THE TABLE
Every moment is God’s time. In any and every moment God’s work begins. You may have missed it once before, but today, this moment, is your new chance. Are you ready? Yes, yes, yes! Amen!
*GLORIA PATRI #581
TIME WITH CHILDREN Today’s Word: “Plan”
*SIGN OF PEACE We offer a sign of Christ’s peace.
*HYMN: #19 “God of Great and God of Small”
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE / THE LORD’S PRAYER
OFFERTORY “Poem” (J. George)
*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
Dear God, what can we say? We keep putting off your hopes, but you never put us off. You keep trying with us, even though we get stuck and slide backwards more than we care to admit. Though we often fall short, we ask your blessing upon our offerings. By your Spirit may they multiply and be fruitful in our church and community. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
SCRIPTURE Mark 1:14-20
Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”
MESSAGE “Our Agenda” Rev. James Renfrew
*WHAT WE BELIEVE
The star of divine promise shines before us still. Over a world of mute hopes, dim visions, dark fears, still the light shines. In a world shrouded by darkness both tragic and willful, still we proclaim: Our light has come. The glory of God shines upon us. As we receive the light and let it shine through us, it rises as a beacon for a darkened world. We believe that the peoples shall stream toward its promise, meek and mighty alike share in its dawning brightness. Then all shall say: Arise! The glory of the Lord is upon us! In Jesus; name. Amen. [Flames of the Spirit, p. 28-9]
SACRAMENT OF COMMUNION
Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. [Matthew 11:28,29]
I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry,
and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. [John 6:35]
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled. [Matthew 5:6]
This is the Lord’s table. Our savior invites those who trust him to share the feast which he has prepared. The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord. Let us give thanks to the Lord. It is right to give our thanks and praise.
Communion Music: “Castles in the Air” (L.F. Olsen)
*HYMN #767 “Together We Serve”
*POSTLUDE “Magnificat” (J. F. Dandrieu)
Today: 9:45 AM Worship and Communion
10:45 AM Quilting with Faline
Monday: 7:00 PM January Bible Study, Mark 1:21-28, How do
you experience the authority of Jesus Christ?
Wednesday: 10:00 AM Janet in Office, 7:00 PM Chorus
Next Sunday: 9:45 AM Worship
10:45 AM Annual Meeting
Session: Rev. James R. Renfrew, Moderator
Kim Dewey, Clerk of Session
Class of 2017 Class of 2018 Class of 2019
Kim Dewey Jim Moore Jim Welch
Mary Ann Blair Audrey Blount Laura Bestehorn
Luan Riner Shannon Thompson Lee Blair, Jr.
Doris Hillabush & Gwen George Co-Moderators
Hayley Stein, Treasurer
Janet Pike, Secretary
Class of 2017 Class of 2018 Class of 2018
Doris Hillabush Ruth McCracken Faline Tyler
Gwen George Hayley Stein Sara Geissler
Melanie Nesbitt Janet Pike Elizabeth Shuknecht
Trustees: Ron & Robin Glazier, Co-Chairs
Robin Shuknecht, Secretary
Class of 2017 Class of 2017 Class of 2018
Don Britt Robin Glazier Jeanie Sloat
Mark Dewey Ron Glazier Tom Nesbitt
Harlan George Robin Shuknecht Pam Lynch
Mission Associate: Jordan Sloat
The Nominating Committee is always looking for people who feel the call to serve in these important church leadership positions. If you would like to know more, please speak to Mary Ann Blair, the Nominating Committee Chair. Thank you!
Rest Rooms are just beyond the door next to the pulpit.
Hearing Loops are available at the rear of the church.
An elevator is located at the side entrance of the church.
Large Print bulletins are available at the rear of the church.
Byron Presbyterian Church
Byron, New York