Service Bulletin

Easter Sunday, April 9, 2023, at 10:15 a.m. Church Gathering with Dr. Keith Ray

Gather Inside due to Chilly Temperatures

Today’s service may be viewed on Facebook Live Stream at this link:

hear it in the church parking lot at 107.1 FM, or join us in person. 

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Gathering Music Laurie Gentry

Welcome and Announcements    Rosie Thompson              

Call to Worship

One:  Give thanks to our Good God whose unfailing love lasts forever!

Many:  Give thanks to our God whose unfailing love lives forever!

One:  We gather together in the dawn of a new day.  We look toward the tomb to seek the Enfleshed Word.

Many:  The stone has been rolled away.  The tomb is empty!  Alleluia!

One:  We find God alive in the searching, in the garden, in our hope-filled spaces.

Many:  Alleluia.  Christ lives and finds us with unfailing love!

Opening Hymn “Morning Has Broken”  Hymnal #664

       Words by Eleanor Farjeon; Music is a Gaelic melody arranged by Cat Stevens

Morning has broken like the first morning;

blackbird has spoken like the first bird.

Praise for the singing! Praise for the morning!

Praise for them, springing fresh from the Word!

Sweet the rain’s new fall sunlit from heaven,

like the first dewfall on the first grass.

Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden,

sprung in completeness where God’s feet pass.

Mine is the sunlight!  Mine is the morning,

born of the one light Eden saw play!

Praise with elation; praise every morning,

God’s recreation of the new day!

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Resurrected God, you are the God of new beginnings, of new dawns and new mercies. Enter into our presence again. When we move toward the tomb, remind us that you come with life. When we despair at the world unfolding around us, assure us of your redemptive power. When we long for your voice, speak a word of hope, encouragement, and peace. May we reflect your image as resurrection people in covenant with you. Amen.

Scripture Lesson  Mark 16:1-8

Sermon     “Is That All?”               Dr. Keith Ray

Theme - We gather this Easter morning to proclaim a mystery and mysteries can be unsettling. Mark reminds us that whatever the new reality of Easter is, it left the disciples frightened.

But a healthy measure of fear may mean that the mystery we proclaim is serious business.

So let’s proclaim Easter and, if we dare, live as Easter people!

Hymn/ Offertory              “I Danced in the Morning”            Hymnal #157

   Words by Sydney Carter; Music based on a Shaker tune

1)  I danced in the morning when the world was begun,

and I danced in the moon and the stars and the sun,

and I came down from heaven and I danced on the earth.

At Bethlehem I had my birth.

(Refrain)  Dance, then, wherever you may be;

I am the Lord of the Dance, said he,

and I’ll lead you all, wherever you may be,

and I’ll lead you all in the dance, said he.

2)  I danced for the scribe and the Pharisee,

but they would not dance and they would not follow me.

I danced for the fishermen, for James and John.

They came with me and the dance went on. Refrain

3)  I danced on the Sabbath and I cured the lame.

The holy people said it was a shame.

They whipped and the stripped and they hung me high,

and left me there on a cross to die. Refrain

4)  I danced on a Friday when the sky turned black.

It’s hard to dance with the devil on your back.

They buried my body and they thought I’d gone,

but I am the dance and I still go on. Refrain

5)  They cut me down and I leapt up high.

I am the life that will never, never die.

I’ll live in you if you’ll live in me,

I am the Lord of the Dance, said he. Refrain

Prayers of the People



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

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Egg Hunt planned for OUTSIDE after the service.  Participants should bring a basket.  

Join us for a Continental Brunch of Finger Foods after service.  

Juice and Coffee provided.

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Calendar of Service

April 16 - Steve Morgan

April 23 - Keith Ray

April 30 - Sarah Woodard from Center for Development in Central America (CDCA)


The next Keenager event will be on April 12th to visit the native plant garden of Jane Bauer in Easley, followed by lunch at a nearby Mexican restaurant. Be ready to leave the church promptly at 9:15 am for a 10 am arrival at 112 Woodward Way, Easley.


Make a joyful noise – the CHOIR is back!  Choir practice will be April 16 and April 23 from 9:25-9:55 am in the choir room. Experienced and new members welcome! Call or text Polly Dunford with questions at 864-940-0640.


Great news! NACCP has been recertified as an Earth Care Congregation by the Presbyterian Hunger Program for our environmental stewardship achievements in worship, education, facilities and outreach actions in the life of the church. Many thanks to our Earth Care Committee (Cynthia Warner, DuPre Calhoun, Helen Garcia, Karen Manley, Manella Calhoun, Scott Finley, Sharon Fowler, Thor Raines) for their hard work in getting us recertified!


Vicki Wright is looking for volunteers to do activities with children at the Anderson Soiree on Saturday, April 29th at 11:30 am. Text or call Vicki at 585-781-4620 if you are interested.


The next event for the Anderson Forum for Progressive Theology on April 30th will be in partnership with First Baptist Church, Greenville featuring Amanda Tyler, executive director of BJC (Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty).  She leads the organization as it upholds the historic Baptist principle of religious liberty, defending the free exercise of religion and protecting against its establishment by government.  Her presentation is entitled “How Christian Nationalism Threatens Democracy & Christianity.”  It will be held at First Baptist Church at 847 Cleveland St. in Greenville (and live-streamed) at 3 pm.  Additionally, Tyler will be preaching the worship service sermon at Boulevard Baptist Church in Anderson at 10:30 am on April 30th. Visit for more information.

World Labyrinth Day is May 6.  Come out to Walk as One at 1.


Save the date! May 20th at 9:30 am will be an outdoor clean-up day at the church. Bring your gloves and gardening tools. If you love to garden and play in the dirt, this one’s for you!


A kitchen table and chairs and a sofa are needed by Kristin Cascio’s daughter, Elizabeth. Please text Kristin at 607-427-7371 if you can help.


Ann Blackwood needs shoeboxes for a project with children at the New Foundations Home for Children. Please bring in any empty shoeboxes you have by late April.


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.


If you are interested in a class on Advanced Directives and/or the “Stop the Bleed” program, let Barb Barham know so that she and Rosie Thompson can plan accordingly for future programming.


It’s time for Undie Sundays! We are collecting socks, men’s underwear (great need for Small men’s underwear) and women’s underwear and bras of all sizes for South Main Chapel and Mercy Center.  Bring your items between now and May 28 when we have our next turn serving lunch at South Main.

Additionally, South Main is currently experiencing a bottled water shortage. Donations welcomed at the South Main facility!


Sarah Shumpert shared the Westside Community Center needs a new roof. They are asking folks to donate $40 in honor of the 40th anniversary of Martin Luther King Day being signed into legislation as a national holiday. Donations can be made online through the United Way of Anderson County.  Use the “Donation Description” box to designate your donation for the Westside Community Center roof.


Several of the church hymnals seem to have left the building. If you took a hymnal home for a walk (since they don’t have legs of their own), don’t forget to walk it back to church!


Remember in prayer: Chris Criswell; Patti Pitts; Bonnie Marsden and son Michael; Glennie Burns; Mary Alice Mundy; Jason Harding; Linda McFall; Mike Johnston; Madison Bishop (Whitney’s niece); Jackie Moore; Latha and Cheryl Semones; Immigrant families; Victims of all violence, oppression, and injustice; People of Ukraine; Victims of earthquakes in Turkey and Syria; Victims of tornadoes.

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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