Service Bulletin

Sunday, June 23, 2024 at 10:15 a.m. Church Gathering with Rev. Laura Collins

 Fifth Sunday after Pentecost 

Today’s service may be viewed on Facebook Live Stream at this link in the comfort of your home or in person in the sanctuary.  Join us!

The Worship Committee has decided to suspend outdoor services through August due to the heat, humidity, and air quality. 

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Gathering Music                                          Polly Dunford

Welcome and Announcements           Laurie Gentry                                                

Call to Worship    (based on J. Philip Newell prayer)

One:  For the morning light and its irresistible dawning,

Many:  We give you thanks, O God.

One:  Release in us the power of your Spirit

Many:  That our souls may be free and our spirits strong.

One:  Release in us the freedom of your Spirit

Many:  That we may be bridled by nothing but love

That we may be bridled only by love.  


Opening Hymn          “God We Praise You for the Morning”          Handout

Words by Jim and Jean Strathdee;  Music by Jim Strathdee

1985.  Desert Flower Music.  All Rights Reserved.


1)  God we praise you for the morning, Hope springs forth with each new day,

New beginnings, prayer and promise, Joy in work and in play.

2)  God we praise you for creation, Mountains, seas, and desert land.

Waking souls find joy and healing, In your bountiful hand.

3)  God we praise you for compassion, All the loving that you show.

Human touching, tears and laughter help your children to grow.

4)  God we praise you for your Spirit, Comforter and daily friend,

Restless searcher, gentle teacher, Strength and courage you send.

5)  God we praise you for the Savior, Come that we may know your ways.

In his loving, dying, rising Christ is Lord of our days.

6)  Alleluia, alleluia, Alleluia  Alleluia.  Alleluia, Alleluia!  Christ is Lord of our days.



It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.

The Tao, 15:3

Meditate on this: How does muddied water, when left alone, gradually clear?

Can we too practice clarity by stillness alone?

Can we too maintain our original nature of serenity and silence throughout life?

Follow Tao to remain empty but accepting, so even when ancient, one is never exhausted or unfulfilled.

Matthew 6:22-23

22 “The eye is the lamp of the body.  So if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light,  23 but if your eye is unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If, then, the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!”

Message           “Dancing with Integrity”       Rev. Laura Collins

Prayers of the People

Closing Hymn and Offertory                                                   Handout

“My Life Flows on in Endless Song” (How Can I Keep from Singing)

Anon. in Bright Jewels for the Sunday School, ed. Robert Lowry, 1869; alternate St. 3 by Doris Plenn, c. 1957. Tune is Endless Song, attributed to Robert Lowry in Bright Jewels for the Sunday School, New York, 1869.  All rights reserved.

In various 19th century hymnals this hymn was attributed to different poets, including Anna Warner.  The earliest published source credits Robert Lowry as the composer, although Silas Vail later claimed the music.  The third stanza was written by Doris Plenn in 1957 when her friends were imprisoned during the McCarthy era.  

1)  My life flows on in endless song; above earth’s lamentation.

I hear the sweet, though far-off hymn that hails a new creation.

Through all the tumult and the strife, I hear the music ringing;

It finds an echo in my soul — how can I keep from singing?

2)  What though my joys and comforts die? My Savior still is living.

What though the shadows gather ‘round? A new song Christ is giving.

No storm can shake my inmost calm, while to that Rock I’m clinging;

Since Love commands both heaven and earth, how can I keep from singing?

3)  When tyrants tremble, sick with fear, and hear their death knells ringing;

When friends rejoice both far and near, how can I keep from singing?

In prison cell and dungeon vile our thoughts to them are winging;

When friends by shame are undefiled, how can I keep from singing?

4)  I lift my eyes; the cloud grows thin; I see the blue above it;

And day by day this pathway smooths, since first I learned to love it.

The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart, a fountain ever springing;

All things are mine since I am Christ’s — how can I keep from singing?



Shalom       (“May you be well and whole and in communion with all creation.”)

Shalom, my friends, Shalom, my friends, Shalom, Shalom.

                            Till we meet again, Till we meet again, Shalom, Shalom.


Reprinted with permission under One License #A-625711.  All rights reserved.


Calendar of Service -

June 30 - Dr. Keith Ray

July 7 - Rev. Laura Collins

July 14 - Dr. Keith Ray

July 21 - Dr. Keith Ray

July 28 - Dr. Keith Ray


We received this message from Jackie Moore's "bonus daughter" Michelle early Wednesday morning, June 12, 2024:

"Thank you for your prayers. A few minutes before 4 am, Jackie ascended to reunite with family, friends, and pups. When her house sells, we will all come together for a celebration of life picnic dubbed "Cashmere, Cardigans, and Canine.”


We will continue our special offering through the month of June for Leadership Anderson 39’s project to help build transitional housing for The LOT Project. If you would like to contribute, write “The LOT Project” on the memo line of your check made out to NACCP.


If you would like to donate to the family of Eric Childs, who was tragically killed in a car accident, please use this link:  Eric’s wife Jessicka Spearman heads the PFLAG group that meets at NACCP.


New NACCP Website is now live. If you experience issues or would like to access the password-protected online church directory, please email Manella at


Don’t forget: Three Nights of Nature program to be held on July 23, 24, 25 at 7 p.m.


You may have noticed the new glass “tip jar” on the piano at church that serendipitously came about when someone didn’t claim a flower vase. Feel free to drop in a dollar or five when you like the music during the service. Dave and Polly will donate the “tips” to a cause related to music, such as bringing music to schools.
Women’s clothing is needed for women coming out of incarceration. Good, gently used items please. All sizes.
The Bible Study Group (BSG) meets Mondays at 6:30 pm via Zoom. If you’d like to be added to the Zoom invite list then contact Cynthia at We’d love to have newcomers!


Doug Booth encourages everyone to volunteer at PAWS – there is something for everyone, from socializing with the dogs on-site to taking a dog to lunch to hosting weekend visits. There are many dogs at the facility who crave human interaction.  Additionally, don’t forget to bring in any donations of blankets to the church.
Karen highlighted that the Prayer Tree has been moved into the sanctuary. If you have a prayer request to add to the tree, write it on one of the provided tags and hang it on a branch.
Joanne reminds us all to keep up the food donations for AIM (Anderson Interfaith Ministries)!  Bring your non-perishable items to the church.  This is an on-going need that can easily become part of everyone’s shopping routine.


Are you interested in becoming a member of NACCP?  Would you like to make this community your spiritual home?  Please contact Keith at or at 864-508-1530.


Remember in prayer:  Michael Little’s friend Becky; Shea Marsden; Linda McFall; Bonnie Marsden and son Michael; Glennie Burns; Mary Alice Mundy; Latha and Cheryl Semones; Immigrant families; Victims of all violence, oppression, and injustice; People of Ukraine; People of Israel and Palestine.
NACCP is an inclusive Faith Community that values questions
and the journey to the answers.
Ministry Leader: Dr. Keith Ray
Pianist and Choir Director: Polly Dunford
Mailing address: P.O. Box 4346, Anderson, SC 29622
Phone: 864-225-3575
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