Sunday Bulletin

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)





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”



     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.



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”




OFFERTORY                “Poem”  (J. George)


*DOXOLOGY             #606   



     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




     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]



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)


This Week

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




Church Leaders


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


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