Service Bulletin

Sunday, August 20 at 10:15 a.m. Church Gathering with Dr. Keith Ray

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

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Gathering Music                  Polly Dunford          

Welcome and Announcements            Andi Nelson        

Call to Worship 

One:  O God Embodied, the one made flesh who dwelt among us, help us to arrive this morning with a “yes.”  A “yes” to our faith that says our bodies are good and holy, just as and however they are.

All:  A “yes” to show up here, even if our minds may be in other places at times.

One:  A “yes” to believing enough in you, this community, and our own call to know this is where we need to be in this moment.

All:  A “yes” to bringing all that comes from and through our hearts to you, O Heart-maker.

One:  Come, let us bring ourselves to God’s table of plenty,

All:  With our inherent worth and dignity to guide us.  Amen.

Opening Hymn              “Lord, Prepare Me”                           Hymnal #701

Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true.

With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living sanctuary for you.

Scripture    Matthew 15:21-28


Sermon        “Rule Breaking Jesus” Dr. Keith Ray

Question to ponder:  When are we called to break the rules (or laws)?

Prayers of the People

Closing Hymn/Offertory        “Walls Mark Our Bound’ries”        Handout

      Words by Ruth Duck; Music by Jim Strathdee

Words - 1996.  The Pilgrim Press.  Music - 1997.  The Pilgrim Press.  All rights reserved.

1)  Walls mark our bound’ries and keep us apart;

walls keep the world from our eyes and our heart.

Tables are round making room for one more,

welcoming friends we had not known before.

So build us a table and tear down the wall!

Christ is our host.  There is room for us all!

2)  Walls make us sure who is in and who’s out;

walls keep us safe from all question and doubt,

but at a table in open exchange

new ties are formed as our lives rearrange.

So build us a table and tear down the wall!

Christ is our host.  There is room for us all!

3)  Once we were strangers, divided, alone.

Hate and distrust built a wall stone by stone.

Now at a table the bread that we share

joins us to Christ in a circle of care.

So build us a table and tear down the wall!

Christ is our host.  There is room for us all!



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.

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Calendar of Service 

August 27 - Dr. Keith Ray - Outdoors

Laurie’s Peanut Butter Whiskey Band will be performing at Jocassee Valley Brewing on Saturday, August 19 at 6:30 pm. Don’t miss it!


New Foundations Home for Children is seeking school supplies. Please bring your donations to the church by Sunday, August 27. Copies of the list of needed items are in the church.


The Keenagers are still finalizing their upcoming schedule of activities so stay tuned! In the meantime, mark your calendars for Wednesday, August 30 for an afternoon of games and (homemade) ice cream from 1 to 4 pm!


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 should become part of everyone’s shopping routine.


Auditions are happening now for the GAMAC-sponsored Anderson Children’s Choir for the 2023-2024 school year. Boys and girls ages 8-10 (grades 3-5) are invited to try out.  Rehearsals will be held on Thursdays from 5:00-6:30 at St. John’s United Methodist Church and will begin this Thursday, August 24.  Call (864) 231-6147 or visit for more information.


The Youth Choir for the Concert of Hope and Remembrance will begin practicing on Tuesday, August 22 at 6:00 at Boulevard Baptist Church in Anderson. Boys and girls who are rising third graders through early teens are invited to join the choir. Boys whose voices are beginning to change are welcome to attend. There is no audition. The concert will be on Saturday, October 14 at the same location.


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.


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.


Remember in prayer: Linda McFall; Patti Pitts; Bonnie Marsden and son Michael; Glennie Burns; Mary Alice Mundy; Jason Harding; 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. 

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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