Service Bulletin

Sunday, December 31 at 10:15 a.m. Church Gathering with Rev. Dr. Steve Morgan

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       Bonnie Marsden

                             Shea Marsden

Call to Reflection - Insights by a Friend

Who am I?

A link between generations,

The two that went before

And two that will come after.

Child – a mother

Begetter and begot.

But more than that

Tenuous generations bind me to many generations past

And many in the future

Will hold a feel of me within their personal ties. 

I am strengthened or reduced

By what has gone before

And will, in turn, fortify or weaken

Those who follow on.

Still more than this

I do not walk alone.

Many, in my three score years and ten

Will tread the way beside me,

The web of life joining my life with theirs.

Maybe just for a moment our lives are one

And I can build or weaken that beside me

As they do that to me

And enhance or detract from the whole of humankind.

And if I choose to live just for myself

What strength am I withholding from my fellow man.

And more besides,

Somehow, I am linked

With worlds I cannot see – but only feel.

And do these other worlds suffer or rejoice because of me.

We like to think we are autonomous,

That we can live just as we like,

But are we, by our refusal to hold hands with our fellow man -

Behind, beside, around

Making many holes in the web of life

And threatening to bring the whole lot down.

A child - an adult

Or eternally a child until I learn the secret of the universe

And uncomplainingly fill my place within it

Giving and receiving, constructively reacting with all around me.

Opening Hymn              “Spirit of Life”                   Handout

Words and Music by Carolyn McDade; Harmony by Grace Lewis-McLaren

Words and Music-1981. Carolyn McDade. All rights reserved.

Harmony-1992. Unitarian Universalist Association. All rights reserved.

Spirit of Life, come unto me.

Sing in my heart all the stirrings of compassion.

Blow in the wind, rise in the sea;

move in the hand, giving life the shape of justice.

Roots hold me close; wings set me free;

Spirit of Life, come to me, come to me.

Scripture                     Matthew 4:23-25

Sermon   “Thoughts on Facing the Storm”                   Rev. Dr. Steve Morgan


Prayers of the People

Closing Hymn and Offertory           “We’ll Build a Land”                  Handout

Words by Barbara Zanotti; Music by Carolyn McDade

Arranged by Betsy Jo Angebranndt

Words and Music - 1979. Surtsey Publishing Co. All rights reserved.

Arrangement - 1992. Unitarian Universalist Association. All rights reserved.

1)  We’ll build a land where we bind up the broken.

We’ll build a land where the captives go free,

where the oil of gladness dissolves all mourning.

Oh, we’ll build a promised land that can be.

Refrain:  Come build a land where sisters and brothers, anointed by God,

may then create peace: where justice shall roll down like waters,

and peace like an ever flowing stream.

2)  We’ll build a land where we bring the good tidings

to all the afflicted and all those who mourn.

And we’ll give them garlands instead of ashes.

Oh, we’ll build a land where peace is born. Refrain

3)  We’ll be a land building up ancient cities,

raising up devastations from old;

restoring ruins of generations.

Oh, we’ll build a land of people so bold. Refrain

4)  Come, build a land where the mantles of praises

resound from spirits once faint and once weak;

where like oaks of righteousness stand her people.

Oh, come build the land, my people we seek. Refrain


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.


Please stay after worship service to help undecorate the church.


Calendar of Service -

January 7 - Dr. Keith Ray — Epiphany Stars; 1st Sunday Potluck meal

January 14 – Dr. Keith Ray — New Elder ordination and installation; Session meeting


January 14 - Potluck Hymn Sunday - Pick a hymn, write its name and number on the paper provided, and put your completed paper in the basket on the Communion table before Jan. 14.


PAWS is currently in need of blankets.  Please bring them to church if you have donations.


The Bible Study Group (BSG) meets Mondays at 6:30 pm via Zoom. Dave Johnson is guiding us through the book of Exodus. If you’d like to be added to the Zoom invite list then contact Cynthia at We’d love to have newcomers!


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.


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:  Ann Blackwood; Linda McFall; Bonnie Marsden and son Michael; Jackie Moore; Glennie Burns; Mary Alice Mundy; Jason Harding; Madison Bishop (Whitney’s niece); 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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