Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Sunday's Minute for Mission - World Communion Sunday / Peace & Global Witness Offering

Every day we hear about the different crises around the world. Along the southern US border, hundreds of children are taking unfathomable risks by journeying—often alone—to reach our border. Central American families fear for their lives and the safety of their children, as many are targets of gang recruitment, violence, or both. Presbyterians are working with congregations along the border as they minister to the needs of these children and families. We are also collaborating with ecumenical and interfaith partners who have experience in working with refugees and immigrants and who are also responding to the growing crisis.
In South Sudan, violence levels are so extreme that many peace advocates have questioned whether working in the area is worth the effort. According to Nancy and Shelvis Smith-Mather, mission coworkers operating alongside RECONCILE Peace Institute (RPI), the hopelessness people feel in South Sudan is exactly why it is important to be there. “This is not the end of the story,” Shelvis says. “There is a chance for change.” RPI trains leaders to become peace builders in their communities. Since 2009 it has contributed to the healing process in areas experiencing severe violence. “It’s a country that has suffered great loss, hurt, and oppression,” Shelvis says, “but to see such faith in the midst of such pain is inspiring.”
In the Holy Land, the problems are complex—contested borders, occupation, blockades, security concerns, failed negotiations, terrorism, and refugees. We live in a critical time, as we are given the opportunity to heed the call for justice and peace. As Presbyterians, we will continue to engage in nonviolent actions to help bring about reconciliation.
God calls us to embrace nonviolence as our fundamental response to the challenges of violence, terror, and war; and to identify, explore, and nurture new approaches to active peacemaking. Your gift to the Peace & Global Witness Offering will help strengthen peacebuilding efforts around the world and bring witness through Jesus Christ in troubled places like Central America, South Sudan, and even the Holy Land. Please give generously.

Let us pray

Creator of peace, heal the conflicts that divide us, and bring us back into that unity of love that reflects your nature, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Happenings Around the Presbytery - September 30, 2015



Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery
907 National Road
Wheeling, WV  26003
304-232-3490

Office Hours: Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
In an emergency after office hours: Call 740-359-1813



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PLEASE CONTINUE TO KEEP IN YOUR PRAYERS:
Marie Luckhardt
Joe Byrne
Ed & Dorothy Mooney
Leura Nancy Macon
John Lewis
Lesley Shoup
Bruce & Carolyn Stevens
Lew Stevens
Domasi Presbytery
Dakota Presbytery
All our service men & women
Lt. Aaron Mistic (USAF)
Syrian Refugees
Bob Offerdahl


Please keep us informed of any prayer concerns you may have.
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PRAYER FOR UOVP PASTORS: Select one of these pastors and remember him/her in your prayers this week: Steve Cramer, Rich Cunningham, David Demarest, Lorraine Dill, Brenda Dunlap.
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KEEP IN YOUR PRAYERS: Members of UOVP who are visiting Dakota Presbytery September 29 – October 5: Frank Lewis, Connie Quinn, Alcinda James, Kandy Dunn, and Bernadine Hartline.
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THANK YOU: “Rev. Dr. Rudiger and the Congregation of Cove Presbyterian Church, On behalf of the Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery, I thank you for opening up your church facilities to our Presbytery last Tuesday for our September Stated Meeting of Presbytery. Your hospitality was wonderful and so greatly appreciated. The meal was superb; the accom­modations were perfect; the arrangements were wonderful. Throughout the lengthy meeting, I found all of the people of Cove Presbyterian Church to have been most supportive, helpful, and encouraging. Thank you so much for opening your facilities to us. I know that hosting a presbytery event requires a lot of extra work for everyone. A great deal of additional time is spent in preparing, hosting, and cleaning up after our meetings. We appreciate you and all of your hard work which made our event so successful. Thanks, Rev. William Webster, Admin.”
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WOMEN'S FELLOWSHIP of First Presbyterian Church, 4100 Central Ave., Shadyside, OH, will sponsor a Rummage Sale and Bake Sale on Thursday, October 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the church fellowship hall. The Rummage Sale will continue on Friday, October 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For more info, call Mary Jane Brown 740-676-5352.
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TO ALL THE WOMEN IN MINISTRY: Mark your calendar for Tuesday, October 20thfrom 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Presbytery Office, Potter Chapel. There will be another gathering for all UOVP women in ministry. That will include teaching elders, CREs, retired pastors, those who are available to become commissioned ruling elders, and those who are student pastors. Please RSVP to the Presbytery Office by October 13. Lunch will be provided. Come and enjoy each other’s company.
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NEWS FROM THE PEACEMAKING COMMITTEE:
Ø  Available are offering envelopes, flyers, posters, and liturgies for World Communion Sunday, October 4th. If you need any of them, contact Ruthellen Bates ASAP - 304-737-3130.
Ø  Plan to come to the next Peacemaking Celtic Retreat. We will explore the prayer of Francis of Assisi, "Lord, Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace." The retreat will be held Saturday, October 31st, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Follansbee Presbyterian Church, Follansbee, WV. Cost is $10.00; includes continental breakfast and lunch. They have plenty of parking and their fellowship hall is readily accessible.
PEACEMAKING COMMITTEE will meet next Monday, Oct 5th, at 1:00 p.m. at the Presbytery Office.
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FIRST PRESBYTERIAN Church, 1307 Chapline St., Wheeling, WV, invites you to a Benefit Concert on Sunday, October 18 (please note date has been changed from 11th to 18th), at 3:00 p.m. Alex Gordon, our wonderful organist/pianist at FPC Wheeling, and some of his fellow students at West Liberty will present a concert for your enjoyment. A free-will offering will be taken to help these young musicians with the cost of their upcoming trip to Ireland next March with the West Liberty Choir. Come, be blessed by great music. Be a blessing with your gift in support. Stay for fellowship & refreshments afterwards. Spread the word. This is one you won't want to miss! For information, call Pastor Bob Willits at 304-312-5712.
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New DREAM Grant available for churches and presbyteries: A newly offered DREAM Grant (Developmental, Risky, Experimental, Adaptive Mission) is being offered by the Presbyterian Mission Agency. It is seeking entrepreneurs, church planters, and inventors. The grant supports people who are not afraid to fail and church cultures that will encourage people to risk failure in order to find new ways to succeed. To find out more and learn how to apply, click here. Your application must be submitted to the Presbytery Office by the end of October.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY:

Oct. 2  ~
Oct. 3  ~

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NEWS FROM LAUGHLIN CHAPEL: The afterschool program began September 21 and so far we have 79 children enrolled from Madison and Ritchie Elementary, Wheeling and Triadelphia Middle, and Wheeling Park High School this year. Thank God we now have a bus stop at Laughlin Memorial Chapel from Ritchie Elementary. We have hired a substitute bus driver to pick children up at the schools. His name is Pastor Don Marsh of the Ohio Valley Christian Center and has the proper qualifications. He and Tim Smith our other driver will work out a schedule for pickups after school since Tim only drives for Ohio County Schools in the morning. God is so good!! We also have the van from New Life Methodist Church when needed to transport children from Madison and our two vans if needed to pick children up. Triadelphia Middle School will be picked up by our bus or our vans.
We are partnering with Heart to Heart Ministries to do service projects at Peterson Nursing Facility beginning in October. There will be more information on dates when they are approved.
Nuns On The Bus 2015
arrived in Wheeling for a visit to Grow Ohio Valley and our Chapel. At 5:30 p.m. as they boarded their bus, the children of Laughlin Chapel were able to go outside to wish them farewell before they went to Wheeling Jesuit for a Town Meeting. 

Grow Ohio Valley will start classes with the children of the Chapel. The goal is to get a grant for the 18th Street Outdoor Learning Center. Laughlin Chapel, Catholic Charities Neighborhood Center, Marion House, and Northwood Health Systems will partner with Grow Ohio Valley to beautify the street.
We have four afterschool educators this year for the Chapel programs, and over 60 college student volunteers. The classroom educators are: Grades K-2 - Mrs. Ricki Williams; Grades 3-4-5 - Ms. Elizabeth Nowrocki; Middle School - Ms. Monica Manns; High School - Ms. Mellissa Rodgers.
We have several enrichment activities for elementary students grades K-5 such as: Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Girls Club, Young Lions Drum Core, Wheeling Symphony (starting in January, 2016, Stifel Arts center), homework help, Skilled Tutoring Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and Harambee Worship Service every Thursday.
Programs for middle school and high school students are: Homework Tutoring from 3:30 pm-5 pm, Girls Club, Sex education classes, Cooking classes, Circle-Mondays Faith day, Drama classes, Physical education, Grow Ohio Valley (Business Opportunities),Soup Kitchen (service projects), Hagar House (service projects),Heart to Heart Ministries (Service projects), and Nursing Home visits (service projects).
Please keep us in your prayers as we continue to be the hands that reach out and touch in our community. In His Service, Rev. Marcia Allen, Executive Director
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Chilean Presbyterian World Mission partners ask for prayers after earthquakeOne million evacuated from coastal communities, 13 reported dead.
Presbyterian Mission Agency Board approves revised 2016 mission budgetFinance Committee creates subcommittee to develop strategy on unrestricted reserves
Celebrating the gifts of Native Americans to the churchNative American Day celebrated at PC(USA) Center chapel.
2015 Advent Devotional: Reflections on the Belhar Confession‘Proclaiming the Good News of God’s Peace’ now available for pre-order.
Study on the Status of Women consultation set for Oct. 1– 3Leadership discussion, resource development for women in the church.
International Peacemakers prepare to spread word on peace and justice issuesLouisville gathering precedes month-long itinerary to more than 40 U.S. presbyteries.
Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice announces 2016 conference theme‘Lift Every Voice! – Racism, Class and Power’ to guide gathering.
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SPIRITUAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY: The Soul’s Story ~ A weekend facilitated by Susan Yanos will be held October 9-11, 2015, at the Friends Retreat Center, Barnesville, OH. The weekend begins at 6:00 p.m. Friday through Sunday noon. Sunday includes breakfast, closing session, worship at Stillwater Friends Meeting, and lunch (pastors and those with church commitments may choose to miss the Sunday session). Some scholarships are available. Fee: $170 includes two night’s lodging, 6 meals. Cost less overnights & breakfast - $125. Directions: ohioyearlymeeting.org click Stillwater, Barnesville. Call 740 425 - 1248 or 740 338-7123.
Writing is a powerful tool within the faith life and can serve many purposes, both in ministry to others and for oneself. During this weekend, we will focus on spiritual autobiography, a genre often employed by early Friends as testimony to the Holy Spirit’s movements in their lives. Writing a spiritual autobiography is to undertake a pilgrimage in search of the source of your faith and to see your experiences in relation to that search. It is, in fact, to write the soul’s story. We will explore some of the reasons why the process of writing personal stories has tremendous potential for facilitating spiritual growth and try exercises designed to unlock memory, record experience, and envision a life’s experiences within the framework of a spiritual journey. We will also look briefly at what religious writers, including Thomas Kelly and Richard Foster, have said that may prove useful to you as you write, and at how you can experiment with those ideas to deepen the spiritual significance of your own work. Susan Yanos has been a pastoral minister in the Catholic Church, a professor of writing and literature, and for several years the director of the Ministry of Writing Program at Earlham School of Religion. She wrote “Woman, You Are Free: A Spirituality for Women in Luke,” co-edited, “Emerging from the Vineyard: Essays by Lay Ecclesial Ministers,” and is working on a book about the themes of suffering, silence, and failure within Mark’s Gospel. She has published several stories, essays, and poems. Susan is also a certified spiritual director. Besides conducting writing workshops, she presents programs on Scripture, forgiveness, and other spiritual topics. She holds degrees in biology, literature, and pastoral theology. She and her husband live on a farm in Indiana and are the parents of two daughters.
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CRESTFIELD CAMP is offering 'A Faithful Response to Bullying & Suicide' retreats. Our Middle School Retreats are coming up. We are hosting the same retreat twice — because we think it’s an important topic.
     Broken: A Faithful Response to Bullying & Suicide
     November 13-15th and 20-22nd
We believe this retreat is the wider church doing what Christ calls us to do: to lead from the front, be pro-active and offer the tangible love of Jesus Christ in meaningful ways. Middle School Retreat (MSR) 2015 will respond in a Christ-centered way to the issue that is destroying our youth, their families and any hope many have for the future. We are not seeking to give answers, but in tangible ways offer information, support and a real and relevant view on how much Christ cares for our youth. We expect this retreat to fill up (two times over) as it's being pitched to all of you in our Synod — The Synod of the Trinity. So check out Crestfield's website here on how to register and for more detailed information on what great healing and wholeness we are prayerfully trying to do with this retreat. The Synod also wrote a story on the retreat and explains a little more about what is being planned. You can read it by clicking here. Check out Crestfield Camp on Twitter (@crestfieldcamp) as we get closer to the dates. If you have any questions, contact Paul Humphreys, Program Director for Outreach & Disciple-Making, Crestfield Camp & Conference Center; Ph: (412) 327-1598, paul@crestfield.net; Web:www.crestfield.net.
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Did you know? The first General Assembly was formed in 1788. It met in Philadelphia in 1789 at which time four Synods were named: Philadelphia, New York and New Jersey, Virginia, and the Carolinas. There were 16 total presbyteries, which ironically is the same number of presbyteries in the Synod of the Trinity today.
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THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY RUN:
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OCTOBER PRAYER REQUESTS can be found on our website www.uovpresby.org under “Spotlight” and in the calendar.
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WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY is October 4. Please pray for our partnership with Domasi Presbytery. If you have a partner church please lift them up in prayer during your World Communion Sunday celebrations. If you do not have a partner church, please consider doing so. Contact Steve Cramer at 330-921-1115 or trinitypastor@trinityelo.org with any questions you might have.
World Communion Sunday would be a perfect time to invite folks to the Malawian dinner on Sunday, October 18, at 5 p.m. at Stone Presbyterian Church, Wheeling, WV. It is a covered dish dinner and we will share ways to strengthen your own congregation’s worship life by fulfilling the command of Jesus to take the gospel to "the ends of the earth."
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THE MALAWI TASK FORCE will have a covered dish dinner at Stone Presbyterian Church, 25 East Cove Ave., Wheeling, WV, on Sunday, October 18, at 5:00 p.m. Some traditional Malawian food will be available, as well. There will be a time for sharing of stories of the benefits of partnership. We will show pictures, display artifacts, and share resources for program. Ideas will be provided to help strengthen the bonds of partner churches. Please consider joining us to discover ways to increase excitement and interest in your partnership.
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YOU ARE INVITED to attend the West Virginia Council of Churches 134th Annual Assembly October 18 – 19, 2015, and the Public Policy Forum October 20th. For more info, speakers, times, registration, etc., go to www.wvcc.org.
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PRESBYTERIAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY Newsletter September, 2015, can be found on our website www.uovpresby.orgunder “Items of Interest.”
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CHANGE REQUIRES ACTION. Opening a package is an excellent start. Supporting the good work of Presbyterians all over the world takes active involvement from congregations just like yours. The first step is easy: Just open your Christmas Joy Offering (CJO) standing order when it arrives and take out this year's Presbyterian Giving Catalog Activation Kit. If you aren't scheduled to receive a CJO standing order, call PDS (800-524-2612) and ask for item 12112-15-975 to request the holiday Activation Kit or, simply click the button below to place your order. Inside the Activation Kit, you'll find a selection of promotional materials to use. We've included catalogs, posters, and Tree of Hope materials. Be sure to check out the Leader Resource Guide for steps and tips for using these materials. Plus, NEW for 2015 – 2016 you'll find Stories of Impact, which illustrate how gifts through the Presbyterian Giving Catalog are creating real change for people around the world. We've also created a new bulletin insert you can use to help inspire giving in your congregation.
Order your Activation Kit today!  https://www.presbyterianmission.org/site_media/media/uploads/newsletters/special_offerings_images/presbyterian_giving_catalog/images/2015_pgw_rallyemail_062215_button.jpg
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RESPONDING TO THE SYRIAN CRISIS: Many Presbyterians have inquired about how the Peace & Global Witness Offering might be used to help Syrian refugees. Part of this year’s offering will be used to support Syrians displaced by violence. In order to help you interpret this work in your congregation, we are providing a minute for mission and bulletin insert specifically lifting up these efforts. These materials can be accessed here. During this Season of Peace, the Syrian refugee crisis has provided a striking example of the need for Christ’s peace in the world. If you need additional information or materials for the Peace & Global Witness Offering, call 800-524-2612 or email. In addition, if your congregation is so moved by the tragedy of the Syrian crisis, the 25 percent of this offering that is traditionally retained by the congregation can be contributed to our shared witness to Christ’s peace among Syrians displaced by violence by including it when you remit your gift. Thank you for your support of the Peace & Global Witness Offering.
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Advent Calendar 2015 cover
2015 ADVENT CALENDAR from Presbyterians Today ~ It’s time to order your Presbyterians Today 2015 Advent Calendar,Rediscovering AdventFor some people, Advent is little more than a chocolaty countdown to Christmas. For others, the
promises and stories of Advent have become so familiar that they’ve lost some of their mystery and power. Rachel Srubas—pastor, spiritual director, and author—has put together a collection of daily poetic reflections and prayers to reawaken the beauty and spirituality of Advent. Roy DeLeon’s vivid watercolors add to the contemplative power of this year’s Advent Calendar. Perfect for congregations, families, and individuals, Rediscovering Advent provides a Scripture reading, meditation, and prayer for each day of Advent.

2015 Advent Calendar discount pricing: 1 copy, $4 • 2–9 copies, $3.00 each • 10–99 copies, $2.00 each • 100+ copies, $1.50 each. Shipping: 10% of order, $5.25 minimum. Order by phone at 800-524-2612 and ask for PDS 17116-15-009.
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A PODCAST OF MARY MCELROY’S memories of Malawi: http://covepresbyterian.podbean.com/e/memories-from-malawi-mary-mcelroy/?token=6adcdc1f01c9857065a8cfaf793b35f6It is also posted on our website. Click on the Mission sidebar, then Domasi Presbytery Partnership.
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COURAGEOUS CONVERSATIONS ~ Join Presbyterians in launching Courageous Conversations this October to address violence against women and children and, in particular, to stop sexual violence. A sermon, an educational hour, a service of healing, could save lives.
·        30% of women who have been in a relationship report that they have experienced physical or sexual violence by their partner.
·        Approximately 20% of women and 5% to 10% of men report being victims of sexual violence as children. [World Health Organization, 2013]
·        74% of pastors underestimate the prevalence of sexual and domestic violence in their congregations. [Broken Silence Report, 2014]
For more information, ideas, support, and resources, visit www.pcusa.org/courageousconversations.
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PITTSBURGH THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY continuing education: [For more info: www.pts.edu/CE or 412-924-1345.]
Investigating and Exploring Spiritual Connection in Daily LifeLynn UnderwoodOct. 29-30, 2015Read More
Languages over Lunch; Mondays: Hebrew; Wednesdays: Greek; Jim Durlesser; Terms 1-3 2015-2016. Read More
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https://gallery.mailchimp.com/7cd4cf3f8e262e23f778f9fde/images/0ad3f942-7dae-4ac6-b402-793b32fab0bd.pngWEE KIRK of Northeast PA Conference is October 12-14, 2015, at the Laurelville Mennonite Church Center, Mt. Pleasant, PA. Wee Kirk’s purpose is to inspire, motivate, and encourage small Presbyterian churches and to provide rest and refreshment for the clergy and lay leaders of those churches. Download a brochure on our website under “Items of Interest.” Register for the conference here: REGISTERFor more info, call Helen Kester at 724-980-9565. (Please note: There are no Synod scholarships available.)

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Control+click: 'GO' is the focus for 2016 Presbyterian Youth Triennium ~ To prepare 5,000+ young people to 'take their next steps of faith' when they GO home. More info can be found on our website under “Items of Interest.”
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PLEASE SEND US a photo of your congregation’s ministry so we can share it with others on our website slideshow. E-mail your pics (landscape view is easier to post) with a brief description to pattyuov@uovpresby.org.
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The Questions of Faith – What’s the relationship between science and religion?

Growing in Grace: The Questions of Faith – What’s the relationship b...: Below are the notes from the first session of a study entitled “The Questions of Faith.” This 15-session series attempts to answer some of t...

Cove's Worship Service – Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22)

Below is a copy of the service I led in Cove Presbyterian Church, Weirton, West Virginia, on Sunday, September 27, 2015. You can also find a podcast of this service at The Cove Podbean page.

If you found this service meaningful, please consider sending an offering directly to Cove Presbyterian Church, 3404 Main Street, Weirton, West Virginia or through PayPal.




The Order of Worship
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost – September 27, 2015


Enter Worship with Praise

Entry of the Word: “This is the Day that the Lord Has Made”

Praising God Through Song
Hymn: “Eternal Father, Strong to Save”
Hymn: “Isn't He?”
Song for the Children: “There's No One Exactly Like Me”


Approach God with Humility and Thanks

A Special Time for Children

The Choir Offering Praise thru Music: “Love Through Me”

Our Congregational Prayer, followed by 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.
Our Song Glorifying God: Gloria Patri

Giving Back to God: “Fantasy in G”

Song of Praise: Doxology

Our Prayer of Thanks and Dedication

Stating Our Faith: From The Second Helvetic Confession
We believe and teach that God is one in essence or nature, subsisting in himself, all sufficient in himself, invisible, incorporeal, immense, eternal, Creator of all things both visible and invisible, the greatest good, living, quickening and preserving all things, omnipotent and supremely wise, kind and merciful, just and true.  Truly we detest many gods because it is expressly written: “The Lord your God is one Lord.” “I am the Lord your God. You shall have no other gods before me.” “I am the Lord, and there is no other god besides me.  Am I not the Lord, and there is no other God beside me?  A righteous God and a Savior; there is none besides me.” “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.” 


Hear the Word with Understanding

The Word Read: Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22
So the king and Haman went in to feast with Queen Esther. On the second day, as they were drinking wine, the king again said to Esther, "What is your petition, Queen Esther? It shall be granted you. And what is your request? Even to the half of my kingdom, it shall be fulfilled."Then Queen Esther answered, "If I have won your favor, O king, and if it pleases the king, let my life be given me-that is my petition-and the lives of my people-that is my request. For we have been sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be killed, and to be annihilated. If we had been sold merely as slaves, men and women, I would have held my peace; but no enemy can compensate for this damage to the king."Then King Ahasuerus said to Queen Esther, "Who is he, and where is he, who has presumed to do this?" Esther said, "A foe and enemy, this wicked Haman!" Then Haman was terrified before the king and the queen. Then Harbona, one of the eunuchs in attendance on the king, said, "Look, the very gallows that Haman has prepared for Mordecai, whose word saved the king, stands at Haman's house, fifty cubits high." And the king said, "Hang him on that." So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then the anger of the king abated.
Mordecai recorded these things, and sent letters to all the Jews who were in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus, both near and far, enjoining them that they should keep the fourteenth day of the month Adar and also the fifteenth day of the same month, year by year, as the days on which the Jews gained relief from their enemies, and as the month that had been turned for them from sorrow into gladness and from mourning into a holiday; that they should make them days of feasting and gladness, days for sending gifts of food to one another and presents to the poor.

The Word Proclaimed: Behind a Hot Mess


Leave Worship with Joy

Hymn: “I Know Who Holds Tomorrow”

Charge and Blessing

Congregational Response


Postlude: “Postlude in C”