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Organized 1783 Built 1796 Issue 8, Monday, 02-20-2017

Who Chose This Text?
A few weeks ago I commented in a sermon that the Bible text that was the focus of the sermon was not one I would have likely chosen, given a choice. Several of you picked up on that and asked what I meant. Great question!
Most Sundays the scripture readings we hear in worship come from the Revised Common Lectionary. From the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship:
The Lectionary is a three-year schedule of multiple scripture readings arranged for use in worship. It has been prepared by the Consultation on Common Texts, an ecumenical organization of scholars and denominational representatives. The Lectionary is structured with a three year cycle – Year A, Year B and Year C – each with four readings for every Sunday: an Old Testament reading; a Psalm reading, preferably sung; a reading from the New Testament epistles; and a Gospel Reading. Readings from the Gospel of John are found in all three years, Matthew is found in Year A, Mark in Year B, and Luke in Year C.
The Revised Common Lectionary is, in fact, commonly used. It’s why so many churches seem to focus on the same texts on the same day. It provides organization and a thorough way of looking at the Bible over several years.
The Revised Common Lectionary isn’t the only lectionary. There is a lectionary of daily readings. There is a Narrative Lectionary that many of my colleagues use. There’s also something called Lectio Continua, which Calvin used,where you work your way through an entire book of the Bible, a Sunday at a time.
I like using a lectionary because, particularly as I get to know this congregation, it provides a discipline. The texts you hear on Sunday aren’t the things I think people need to hear, they are texts chosen by a larger community. My task to wrestle with them and see what blessing they have to offer (See Genesis 32).
It also means I have to read and study texts I might otherwise avoid- such as ones that deal with difficult issues or seem out of touch with the 21st century. Even in those texts God has something to offer and say.
In the Reformed tradition we have a belief that we use the Bible to interpret the Bible, meaning that we use the totality of the text to understand single texts that seem contradictory. Paul might say that women should not speak in church, but the overwhelming testimony of the text includes Jesus (and even Paul) respecting women’s leadership and voices- we prioritize the larger message rather than the few excerpts.
But, having said all of this, the Lectionary (no lectionary) is perfect. There are times when I will not use the lectionary or will, instead preach a series on a topic. I’ll be sure to let you know when that is the plan. If you’d like to know more about this, there are some wonderful resources that can be helpful. Please ask!
Peace to you-
Rev. Anna


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Greetings from the Sunday School Class led by Chuck Lewis.
Thought for the week: The Bible teaches us by hindsight in order that we may live with foresight.
Last week's Genesis quiz was: Most people are familiar with Jacob (with the help of his mother) tricking Esau out of his blessing. Jacob left home to avoid Esau's revenge, went to live with Uncle Laban, and serve him in exchange for one of his daughters. What happened to that arrangement?
Answer: Jacob's bride was brought to him veiled at night and morning revealed it was Leah. Laban claimed it was customary that the older daughter had to marry first and gave Rachel to Jacob for another seven years service.
For our quiz this week: How many sons did Jacob have from these two marriages?
Last week Paul argued with Galatians that once a person tries to merit a right relationship with God by obeying the Jewish law they can get trapped in a legalism that is never able to pronounce a person good enough. The only thing that matters is faith working through love. This week our study of Galatians ends by comparing the works of the flesh with the fruits of the Spirit. Background scriptures come from Romans, Luke, 1 Peter, James, Matthew, 1 Corinthians, and Galatians. Please join us this Sunday at 10:00 AM in the Conference Room.

 

NURSERY ASSISTANTS
Feb. 26 Julia & Lauren Smith March 5 Suzanne Bicksler March 12 Brahm Kesterson

LAY READERS Feb. 26 John Hofmann March 5 Mary Adeline Bicksler March 12 Zoe Hinkey

ACOLYTE
Feb. 26 Sofie Kelso March 5 John Bicksler March 12 Beverly Kucera

GREETERS and FELLOWSHIP TIME HOSTS (please call the church office to sign up)
Feb. 26 Marcia and Jim Leitch
March 5 Available
March 12 Greeters: PYC PYC Luncheon following worship


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Prayer List 2-20-17

Keith Bashen Virginia Skaggs Ashley Walker
Leslie Weikle Don Brown Dexter Taylor
Jim Leitch Arlen Myers Jim Bower
Tate Hudson Richard Bicksler

Contact Paula McLaughlin 304-661-9866
paulajean@suddenlink.net

CONGRATULATIONS
Congratulations to Ves Burford and Stephanie Bachman on the arrival of grandson Alessandro Cortez Plummer on February 18, 2017. Allesandro is the son of Caroline La Boissiere Bachman and Alex Plummer and joins brother Julian Manuel.

 

Awaken, Being Empowered by God’s Presence
A Women’s Retreat Hosted by Old Stone Presbyterian Church

Spring is a time of nourishing rains, fresh beginnings and new growth all around. What a great time for spiritual growth and for taking a fresh look at the presence of God in our lives. As spring approaches, Old Stone Presbyterian Church in Lewisburg invites the women of the Greenbrier Valley for a day of spiritual awakening with Tammy L. Jordan.
Tammy is the founder of Fruits of Labor, a company that marries her love of nature and agriculture with the culinary industry and serving others. The 15 year old company has expanded to include the Fruits of Labor Retreat Center, which offers renewal retreats and unique Farm-to-Table programs called “Seeds of Recovery” and “Seeds of Hope”. These nationally recognized programs are for individuals in recovery from addiction and for youth aging out of the Foster Care System respectively. Tammy is also the author of two books, including The Seed Sower, which received the national Silver Reader’s Choice Award.


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Tammy is bringing her inspirational message, “Awaken, Being Empowered by God’s Presence” to Old Stone Church. After sharing the story of how God’s calling has shaped her life, she will lead a fun and interactive session, where participants can create their own “Vision Board”. This activity encourages introspection and will help individuals identify what God is calling them to do. Each person’s unique vision board can continue to provide inspiration and serve as a reminder of God’s presence and empowering spirit long after the retreat ends.
Enjoy a day of fellowship and renewal at The Women’s Retreat on Saturday, March 25 from 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. The $15 fee includes a sandwich luncheon and vision board materials. Childcare will be provided. Visit www.oldstonechurchwv.com for more information including a registration form. Or call Amy at 304-676-1468 or Marcia at 304-466-0982.
Please register by March 5th so that all of the retreat materials can be prepared.

 

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February 26, 2017
The Transfiguration of the Lord
11:00 A.M.
(also broadcast over WRON ~ 1400 AM or 103.1 FM)

Prelude

Welcome, Announcements, and Call to Worship
(Please sign the friendship pad and pass it to your neighbor)

Minute for Mission, The Women’s Retreat
Striking of the Chimes
Introit “O Wondrous Sight, O Vision Fair”
Prayer of the Day (unison)
God of Moses and Elijah,
revealed in burning bush and chariot of fire;
you speak to us in freedom, your glory escapes our naming:
in your mery, dwell with us and lift us beyond
all fear and empty worship;
through Jesus Christ, the glory of the Father. Amen.

ôHymn #469 “Morning Has Broken” Bunessan
ôCall to Confession
ôPrayer of Confession (unison)
God of compassion, in Jesus Christ you reveal your glorious light,
but we turn away, distracted by our own plans.
We confess that we speak when we should listen,
and act when we should wait.
Forgive our aimless enthusiasms.
Grant us wisdom to live in your light
and to follow in the way of your beloved Son,
Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.

Declaration of Pardon
Leader: Hear and believe the good news of the gospel.
People: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.

Gloria Patri Hymn #579
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.

Time with the Young Church
(afterwards all children middle school and younger are dismissed for Sunday School)
Hymn #73 "Swiftly Pass the Clouds of Glory" Geneva


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Hebrew Bible Reading Exodus 24:12-18 page 87
Anthem "My Faith Looks Up to Thee"
Gospel Reading Matthew 17: 1 - 9 page 22

Sermon "And He Was Transfigured"

Musical Interlude (you are invited to use this time for prayer and personal reflection)
Affirmation of Faith A Declaration of Faith, 1977
We acknowledge one God alone, whose demands on us are absolute, whose help for us is sufficient. That One is the Lord, whom we worship, serve, and love.
God is greater than our understanding. We do not fully comprehend who God is or how he works. God's reality far exceeds all our words can say.?The Lord's requirements are not always what we think is best. The Lord's care for us is not always what we want. God comes to us on his own terms?and is able to do far more than we ask or think.
Jesus is Lord! He has been Lord from the beginning. He will be Lord at the end. Even now he is Lord. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The Giving of God's Tithes and Our Offerings
Offertory
Doxology Hymn #592
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
praise God, all creatures here below;
praise God above, ye heavenly host;
praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Call to Prayer "Seek Ye First"

Sharing of Concerns and Celebrations
Prayer of the People and the Lord's Prayer
…..Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.

Hymn #276 "Great Is They Faithfulness" Faithfulness

Benediction
Leader: The peace of Christ be with you.
People: And also with you

Benediction Response "God Be With You Till We Meet Again"
God be with you till we meet again;
By his counsels guide, uphold you;
With his sheep securely fold you.
God be with you till we meet again.


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