Sunday Bulletin

First Presbyterian Church of Byron
November 11, 2018 Season After Pentecost
Rev. James R. Renfrew, Pastor Laurence Tallman, Music Director
Elizabeth Weber, Organist Emeritus

PRELUDE “Open the Eyes of My Heart” (P. Baloche)

WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS

CALL TO WORSHIP
It’s the second Sunday in November, but who cares?
We care! It’s another opportunity to sing praises and pray to
God!
It’s Caregiver Sunday, but who cares?
We care, for without the love and sacrifices of others, we
would not be able to live the lives of joy we are so blessed
with!
It’s Veterans Day, but who cares?
We care, for without the love and sacrifices of others, we
Would not be able to live the lives of freedom we are so
blessed with!
And how do we show we care?
Through our daily actions and deeds, through our songs and
prayers, and through the Living Word! Amen!

*LET’S SING! #753 “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace”

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Dear God, forgive us for those days when are hearts are of stone; when we feel uncaring or indifferent to the world around us. Oh God, we know this is not the way to live. Help us to have hearts that are abundant with empathy for all others, ears that are open to hear the prayers and needs of all those around us, and spirits overflowing with the need to care for all of creation. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

ABUNDANT GRACE (Psalm 131)
How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down upon the collar of his robes. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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*GLORIA PATRI #581

TIME WITH CHILDREN “Sharing is Caring”

*TIME FOR PEACE We share peaceful greetings in Jesus’ name.

*LET’S SING! “In the Garden”
I come to the garden alone,
While the dew is still on the roses,
And the voice I hear falling on my ear
The Son of God discloses.

Refrain:
And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.

He speaks, and the sound of His voice
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
And the melody that He gave to me
Within my heart is ringing.

I’d stay in the garden with Him,
Though the night around me be falling,
But He bids me go; through the voice of woe
His voice to me is calling.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE / THE LORD’S PRAYER
We share prayer concerns, please stand if you can, so people can hear you.

OFFERING & OFFERTORY “Pass It On” (M. McKee)
*DOXOLOGY #606

*WE THANK GOD
We seek your blessing upon our offerings, but, more than that, we seek your blessing for the love and care we demonstrate among ourselves and in the lives of people around us. So bless every kind and generous gesture that we offer today and in days to come. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

THE WORD Mark 12:28-34
One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?”
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MESSAGE “Who Cares?”
Laurence Tallman, Certified Episcopalian Lay Minister
Rev. Shari Schuck

*WHAT WE BELIEVE “Apostles Creed”, Hymnal p.35

*LET’S SING!
#300 “They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love”

*BLESSING
*RESPONSE “In the Garden” (refrain)
*POSTLUDE “Immortal, Invisible” (arr. L. Tallman)

THIS WEEK
Monday VETERANS DAY (Federal Holiday)
Tuesday 7:00 PM Stewardship & Finance Committee
Wednesday 6:30 PM Choir practice, 7:30 PM Trustees
Thursday 7:00 PM Session
Saturday 5:00 PM 200th Anniversary Dinner, at the South
Byron Fire Hall. Reservations are now past due.
Next Week: 9:00 AM Choir
9:45 AM 200th Anniversary Worship and Reception
• Our food donation box is in the rear of the sanctuary, or use the shopping cart in the side entryway. The Emergency Food program in Batavia tends to run short in the colder months. Thank you!
• Stewardship letters have been sent out to members and friends of the church. Please return your card as soon as possible. Thank you!
• Winter Clothing Drive, please bring in adult and child winter clothing items before Thanksgiving. Please place in the old nursery room under the sanctuary. Nick Quilliam will take all donations to Community Action of Genesee and Orleans.
• Laurence Tallman is our Music Director, serving here since 2017. He is a music instructor at Byron-Bergen Schools, work that includes directing the Spring Musical. He is also licensed as a lay preacher in the Episcopal Church. Larry and David reside in South Byron. Shari Schuck is a first year special education teacher at the Norman Howard School in Henrietta, having graduated from Brockport last Spring. She is also an ordained minister in the Southern Baptist Church with a special calling for youth ministry. Shari and John reside in Bergen with their children Alexandria and Brandon. Rev. Renfrew will return on Wednesday
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“In the Garden”

First Presbyterian Church
Byron, New York

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