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On Sunday, I asked us all to consider what is found in their own wilderness. We live in a world that places such a high value on confidence- being sure of who you are and the choices you make- that it can be a challenge to admit vulnerability, even to yourself. It's just one reason why this season is so important.

What is in your wilderness? Is this the year that you will face it? Or is this a year when the need for grace outweighs the need for exploration?

Peace to you-
Rev. Anna

"Lent is the most important time of the year to nurture our inner life. It is the time during which we not only prepare ourselves to celebrate the mystery of the death and resurrection of Jesus, but also the death and resurrection that constantly takes place within us. Life is a continuing process of the death of the old and the familiar, and being reborn again into a new hope, a new trust, and a new love. The death and resurrection of Jesus therefore is not just an historical event that took place a long time ago, but an inner event that takes place in our heart when we are willing to be attentive to it....

Lent offers a beautiful opportunity to discover the mystery of Christ within us. It is a gentle but also demanding time. It is a time of solitude but also community, it is a time of listening to the voice within, but also a time of paying attention to other people's needs. It is a time to continuously make the passage to new inner life as well as to life with those around us.

When we live Lent attentively and gently, then Easter can truly be a celebration during which the full proclamation of the risen Christ will reverberate into the deepest place of our being."

~Henri Nouwen


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Greetings from the Sunday School Class led by Chuck Lewis.

Thought for the week: There is no substitute for study, accumulated experience, and prayer for discernment.
Last week our quiz from Genesis was name the twelve sons of Jacob and identify which one was the favorite.
Answer: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph, and Benjamin. Joseph was Jacob's favorite, was hated by his brothers, and sold into slavery by them.
This week's quiz is where did Joseph next show up and what bad thing happened?
Last week our lesson gave us clues on how God's love frees us from becoming a slave to this world and be at peace with ourselves. In response to God's love for us, we should show patience, kindness, and thoughtfulness to others. This week we discuss the many temptations of this world and ways to actually free ourselves from them and help others do the same. Our background scriptures come from Luke, Romans, 1 Corinthians, and Ephesians. Come learn with us this Sunday at 10:00 AM in the Conference Room.

 

NURSERY ASSISTANTS
March 12 Brahm Kesterson March 19 Lawson Hamilton March 26 To Be Announced

LAY READERS
March 12 Zoe Hinkey March 19 Megan Hofmann March 26 Youth Sunday

ACOLYTE
March 12 Beverly Kucera March 19 Ashley Meadows March 26 Kate Lehman

GREETERS and FELLOWSHIP TIME HOSTS (please call the church office to sign up)
March 12 Greeters: Members of PYC Fellowship Time: PYC Gourmet Hot Dog Luncheon
March 19 Greeter and Fellowship Time Host: Jerri Gillespie
March 26 Greeters: Available Fellowship Time: Brenda and Larry Jones


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Prayer List 2-6-17
Keith Bashen, Virginia Skaggs, Ashley Walker,
Leslie Weikle, Don Brown, Jim Leitch,
Tate Hudson, Richard Bicksler, Dexter Taylor,
Sonny Bennett
Contact Paula McLaughlin 304-661-9866
paulajean@suddenlink.net

AMERICANA WORKERS NEEDED FOR 10:00 A.M. TO 1:00 P.M.
Friday, March 17 & 24

Friday, April 21 & 28

Friday, May 19 & 26

Friday, June 2, 16, 23 & 30

Friday, July 7, 21 & 28

Friday, August 4, 18 & 25

If you can work any of these days, please contact Lynn Weikle at 304-647-5713 or 304-661-0926

IN SYMPATHY
The church office received word this morning that Ed Stalnaker has died in Memphis, TN on February 21. Ed and his wife, Eddie who died in 2011, were very familiar faces at Old Stone in years past. Condolences can be sent to their daughter, Karen Haynes, 2975 Honey Tree Drive, Germantown, TN 38138 or at karenhayneshoney@bellsouth.net

 

Pew Bibles were given:
By the Mareneck Family
In memory of Ruth and Howard Coleman by Karen Lee and Mike McClung
In honor of the Old Stone Choir by Doris Ann Taylor, Director of Music
By Mary Scarborough
In memory of Bill Feyh by his family
In honor of Stuart, Amy, Nixon, Jeb, Grace and Asa Brown by Dee and Don Brown
In memory of William S. Ramey by Sue and Ed Rock
In memory of Nancy and William Coleman by their daughter, Jane
In loving memory of Charles W. Lewis, Jr. by Ben, Pam, and Megan Lewis
In loving memory of Margaret Mary Lewis by Ben, Pam, and Megan Lewis
In loving memory of Cynde Lewis Kish by Ben, Pam, and Megan Lewis
In memory of Phil Fife by Bridgett and Matt Edwards
In honor of Marcia Leitch by Jim Leitch
In honor of my beloved husband, the Rev. James D. Leitch, and his ministry and service by his wife, Marcia Brandt Leitch
In honor of Alma Crosier Campbell, member of Old Stone Presbyterian Church since 1954, and former Director of Christian Education, by Thomas W. and Susan Sharp Campbell
In memory of Bob and Mamie Pfrangle, MInistry team (1953-1971) and life-long Influence, by Thomas W. and Susan Sharp Campbell

In memory of Newton W. Campbell, Treasurer of for 20 years (1956-1975),by Thomas W. and Susan Sharp Campbell
In memory of John Fleshman and Edith Rothwell Montgomery by their family
In memory of Roland Layton by Frances Layton
In memory of Ann Turner Jones by Larry and Brenda Jones
In memory of Louise T. Mashburn (1930-2009)


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LOGOS PARENTS
Please bring your children to the choir room at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. We will practice our song, “Father Abraham Had Many Sons”, for the service at 11:00 a.m. Thank you.
Doris Ann Taylor

PYC FUND-RAISER

Gourmet Hot Dogs
Join us in Fellowship Hall following church this Sunday, March 12.
This fund-raiser will help PYC with their Mission Trip expenses. Come join us for fellowship, wonderful food and help support our youth.

SESSION MEETING

The Stated Meeting of the Session will be held on Wednesday, March 22 at 7:00 p.m. (Please note the date change)

 

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March 12, 2017
The Second Sunday in Lent
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)

Striking of the Chimes

Introit “All Glory to Our Lord and God ”

Prayer of the Day (unison)
Come among us, Jesus, you whom the angels worship
and children welcome. Come, Jesus, and meet us here.
Come among us, Jesus, you who hurled the stars into space
and shaped the spider’s weaving. Come, Jesus, and meet us here.
Come among us, Jesus, you who walked the long road to Bethlehem
and lit a flame that dances forever.
Come, Jesus, and meet us here. Amen.

Hymn #87 “The Glory of These Forty Days” Erhalt Uns, Herr

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession (unison)
Merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you
in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart and mind and strength.
We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
In your mercy forgive what we have been, amend what we are,
direct what we shall be, so that we may delight in your will
and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name. 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.


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Logos Choir “Father Abraham Had Many Sons”
Time with the Young Church
(afterwards all children middle school and younger are dismissed for Sunday School)

Hymn #85 “What Wondrous Love is This”

Hebrew Bible Reading Psalm 121 page 702

Anthem “O Sacred Head Now Wounded ” Stephanie Bachman, Soloist

Gospel Reading John 3: 1 - 17 page 114

Sermon “Night Class”

Musical Interlude
(you are invited to use this time for prayer and personal reflection)

Affirmation of Faith The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. 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 “In the Cross of Christ I Glory”

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 “Open My Eyes That I May See” Open My Eyes

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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