Today’s guest speaker is CRE Jack Snodgrass.
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Gathering Around the Word
Prelude Music today by Aleta Starkey
Music Director Bob Senay
CALL TO WORSHIP: Responsive Reading Isaiah 66: 1-2
1: Thus says the Lord:
“Heaven is My throne. and earth is My footstool.
Where is the house that you will build Me?
And where is the place of My rest?
2: For all those things My hand has made, and all those things exist,”
Says the Lord. “But on this one will I look:
On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word.”
HYMN: “ My Country,Tis of Thee” 337
PRAYER OF CONFESSION: (in unison)
Gracious God, since You are light, never but in unapproachable light, my darkened heart and sinful nature are revealed to you in stark detail. Your anger pierces the armor of unfaithfulness and hubris as my shame precedes me. Your son, Jesus Christ, essence of Your light but approachable light shines in the darkness of my soul, ridding me of dark thoughts, doubts, and rancorous rebellion. By His faithful guidance and the Holy Spirit’s encouragement I might yet attain Thy Grace and become pleasing in your eye. Amen.
In our moments of honest reflection, we realize how often we fall short of our goals to follow you. In that knowledge, let us confess our shortcomings to God.
Time of Silent Prayer
ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Inasmuch as the sacrifice of Jesus Christ ushered in a covenant so our hearts are sealed with pardon and salvation.
People: In Christ Jesus we are forgiven!
Rejoice! In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven. Thanks be to God!
Passing of the peace
L: The peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be w you.
P: And also, with you.
Response – Gloria Patri
PRAYER OF ILLUMINATIOIN
Scripture reading Luke 9: 51-62
Sermon “Keep your hands on that plow, hold on”
HYMN: “Mine Eyes Have Seen The Glory” 354
*Apostles Creed (page 35 in front of hymnal)
Presentation of tithes and offering
Offertory Aleta Starkey
Doxology (Hymnal page (606)
Prayer of dedication
Concerns and Celebrations
Prayers of the People
The Lord’s Prayer
HYMN: “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” 834
BIRTHDAYS Kathy Gibson, Bob Moore, Donna West, Rosemarie Cole
ANNIVERSARIES Tom & April Waltz
JOYS AND CONCERNS
Prayers for all our soldiers and those that have been deployed to help overseas.
Prayers for the Pulpit Nominating Committee (PNC) as they search for the appropriate person to serve our church.
Sympathy to the Mable Hull Family.
Added to the prayer list is Tyler Bedillion and Mary Tonic.
The Church would like to thank Aleta Starkey for being our guest musician today. We sure do appreciate her being here today.
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.
Vacation Bible School – “ Rocky Railway” July 11th – 15th. VBS will be held in the evening 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. There is a sign-up sheet on the back table for helpers and anyone willing to bring snacks – fruit, cheese, chips, cookies, etc. Please see Mary Hathaway or Lois Miller if you have any questions.
Don’t forget to mark your calendars for our second annual church picnic August 28th, located at the Thomson Hill Park, West Middletown. Church service will be held there at 11:00 AM. Come for the service and stay for the food, games and fellowship.
Time for another picnic!!
Join your Washington Presbytery community for a time of fellowship, worship, and a great meal on July 12th starting at 4:30 p.m. at Thomson Hill Park. Guests and children are welcome and there will be fun for all ages. Please RSVP by July 5th.
Just to let you know!!
There will be a trial emergency evacuation on Sunday, July 24th after church services. Bob Fisher will do the instructions with the help of Dr. Renny Domske. There are instructions on the table as you come in the side door.
Continuing Prayer List
Melissa Pedigo, Aaron Blake, Chuck Dicks, June & Keith McGill, Tim Knabenshue, Frank Huffman, Tom Westfall, Elaine Belcascro, Sandy Stone, Matt Petrola, Laura Davis, Nancy Hepinger, Betsy Martin, Ed Horne, Sarah Wilson, Bill Poland, Amy Ward, The Warlow Family, Pat Haggerty, Carl Weber, Jimmy Svetz, Haley Diedier, Fred Wilkinson, Wendy Liggett, Betty Fisher, Ina and Dave Henderson, Evelyn Wood, Brandon Bell, Frank Riggle, Sarah Racco, Betty Anderson, Marilyn Ward, Nelson Huffman, Doug Ward, Ed Caffrey, Tyler Bedillion and Mary Tonic.
JUNE 13 SESSION MEETING
At the June 13th session meeting, clerk of session, Don Hanes reported that we had received documentation from the state verifying our corporate status is intact and up to date. The congregation also held a special meeting June 19th to approve our church’s new bylaws retroactively. Don explained at that meeting that state approval of our corporation is important for maintaining our name and our tax-exempt status. The church has already received the final signed contract for rehabilitation of the stained-glass windows. Session also voted to institute a policy that donors will be recognized at the time of gifts but plaques will only be used to remember a member’s service to the church at the time of their passing.
North Buffalo Church, in coordination with Upper Buffalo Church, will host the July 12th presbytery picnic at Thompson Hill, Cross Creek Park. The picnic will run from 4:30 to 6:45 p.m. A devotional, music, games and a report of happenings at the General Assembly. Deadline for reservations is July 5th and the churches will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, drinks, plates and napkins. The presbytery will reimburse the churches for most of the expenses. Nellie Baker will represent North Buffalo at the picnic. This also will be a fun way to fulfill our responsibility to host a presbytery meeting.
Vacation Bible School will resume this summer with a program from 6 to 8 p.m., July 11th to the 15th. The theme will be “Rocky Railroad.” Organizers are looking for leaders and people to contribute snacks
Because it would have conflicted with the VBS, the next session meeting will be held after church on Sunday, July 10.
The session also voted to have the choir take the summer off and resume in September.
We are a small, rural Presbyterian church in southwestern Pennsylvania.