Today’s guest speaker is Rev. Dave Mason.
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Gathering Around the Word
Prelude Music Director Robert Senay
CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: Faded Photographs,
People: Distant memories of special times. Of painful news.
Leader: Family and friends,
People: Saddened by death.
Leader: Anguished by loss,
People: Conflicted over wars.
Leader: Yet we are not alone,
People: We are surrounded by the saints.
Leader: And forever remembered by God,
People: Forever held by God, forever given reason to sing
Leader : For God’s love is stronger than death.
People: And the Spirit gives wings to new hope.
INVOCATION Rev. Mason
HYMN: “God of our Fathers” 687
CALL TO CONFESSION
PRAYER OF CONFESSION (UNISON)
Merciful Savior, out of your great love you willingly laid down your life so that we might be reconciled to you. We are awe-struck by the extravagance of your gift and humbled by the magnitude of your love. We confess that we have failed to “go and do likewise.” We have failed to love our neighbor. We have failed to be salt and light, instead of what you would have us do and be. We have failed to trust you. Forgive us,Lord.
Forgive our forgetfulness, and redeem us, as we graciously
Accept your forgiveness, AMEN
ASSURANCE OF PARDON
The good news is this: Jesus Christ came into the world to redeem sinners. Hear it and believe – in Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Amen
*Time of silent prayer
* Response – Gloria Patri
*Passing of the Peace
L: The peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
P: And also, with you.
Prayer for Illumination
Scripture reading Acts 16: 16-34
Paul and Silas in Prison
L: The Word of the Lord
P: Thanks be to God!
SERMON: “DISRUPTIVE INFORMATION”
HYMN; “America the Beautiful” 690
*Apostles Creed (found in back cover of the hymnal)
Presentation of our tithes and offering
Offertory Bob Senay
Doxology (Hymnal page 382)
Prayer of dedication
Concerns and Celebrations
Prayer of the people Rev. Mason
The Lord’s Prayer
HYMN: “The Battle Hymn pf the Republic” 692
BIRTHDAYS Blake Lindley, Adam Gill, Sarah Moore
ANNIVERSARIES Bob & Betty Fisher, William & Beverly Calhoun
JOYS AND CONCERNS
Debbie Mary’s Dad is added to our prayer chain as he was in the hospital but now is home doing much better. Mary says thank you all for the prayers.
Prayers for our soldiers and those that have been deployed to help overseas and pray for the Ukraine people.
Prayers for the Pulpit Nominating Committee (PNC) as they search for the appropriate person to serve our church.
Prayers for James O’Hara as he recovers from his surgery on Thursday.
Prayers that Marty and Cheryl have a fun and safe trip going and coming back from up north.
We are adding Evelyn Wood to our prayer list this week. She is experiencing trouble going up and down stairs.
SYMPATHY To the Family of John Rugg
To the Family of John Lesneski
Remember our Food Collection. And Jesus said “you give them something to eat.” Mark 6: 37. Please let Betty Fisher know if you are aware of anyone within the community that may be in need at this time.
Due to the increase of continuing prayer list, it is now on a separate sheet of paper. New prayer concerns will be added to the joys and concerns sheet and then moved to the continuing prayer list.
Remember the congregational meeting was moved to June 19th. As many members as possible should plan to attend this meeting, which is to discuss North Buffalo’s governing system and to discuss moving from bicameral to unicameral.
“CONGREGATIONAL MEETING June 19”
After worship on June 19, North Buffalo Church will hold a Congregational meeting to examine our form of government and to bring our church into compliance with state law. The most pressing issue is to present our new corporate bylaws.
However, another issue that needs to be resolved as soon as possible is whether our church should move from a bicameral system to a unicameral system. In recent years, it has become increasingly difficult for the nominating committee to fill all of the 18 positions on the session and trustees, especially as many of our members have gotten older.
Anecdotal evidence suggest that most congregations of the Presbyterian Church (USA) have adopted a unicameral system instead of a bicameral system. This is necessary for smaller congregations that have a much more limited number of eligible officers, but many larger churches have preferred it as well.
At our 2021 congregational meeting, Rev. Mason made a presentation on the advantages of a unicameral system.
He said that unicameral boards have been in existence since the 1960’s and constitute the majority of successful congregations. The presentation was given without discussion, but session was to consider it later. We believe that time has arrived. Some of the benefits he pointed out were as follows.
Under a unicameral system, elders serve as chair and co-chair of the building and grounds committee, which would handle all matters that are currently the responsibility of the trustees. The building and grounds committee, like all other committees of session, would include members of the congregation that are not on session. Instead of meeting at the same time as session, the building and grounds committee would meet on another day of the month and the chair of that committee would make his or her report at the monthly session meeting.
We are a small, rural Presbyterian church in southwestern Pennsylvania.