Service Bulletin

Sunday, January 15, 2023 at 10:15 a.m. Church Gathering with Rev. Lucy Youngblood

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. 


Gathering Music                         Polly Dunford                

Welcome and Announcements                                       Lin Hagen

Call to Worship         Psalm 150     Praise for God’s Surpassing Greatness

Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty firmament!
Praise him for his mighty deeds;
praise him according to his surpassing greatness!

Praise him with trumpet sound;
praise him with lute and harp!
Praise him with tambourine and dance;
praise him with strings and pipe!
Praise him with clanging cymbals;
praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!

Opening Hymn           “Here in This Place: Gather Us In”          Hymnal #401

    Words and Music by Marty Haugen

     1)  Here in this place the new light is streaming; now is the darkness vanished away;

     see in this space our fears and our dreamings brought here to you in the light of this day.

     Gather us in, the lost and forsaken; gather us in, the blind and the lame;

     call to us now, and we shall awaken; we shall arise at the sound of our name.

2)  We are the young, our lives are a mystery.  We are the old who yearn for your face.

We have been sung throughout all of history, called to be light to the whole human race.

Gather us in, the rich and the haughty; gather us in, the proud and the strong;

give us a heart, so meek and so lowly; give us the courage to enter the song.

3)  Here we will take the wine and the water; here we will take the bread of new birth.

Here you shall call your sons and your daughters, call us anew to be salt for the earth.

Give us to drink the wine of compassion; give us to eat the bread that is you;

nourish us well, and teach us to fashion lives that are holy and hearts that are true.

4)  Not in the dark of buildings confining, not in some heaven, light years away:

here in this place the new light is shining; now is the kingdom, and now is the day.

Gather us in and hold us forever; gather us in and make us your own;

gather us in, all peoples together, fire of love in our flesh and our bone.

Scripture Lesson     Exodus 17:8-13

Sermon         Rev. Lucy Youngblood

Theme:  Leadership and Ordination

Installation of New Elders

Prayers of the People

Closing Hymn/ Offertory     “Lord, You Give the Great Commission”       Hymnal #298

    Words by Jeffery W. Rowthorn; Music by Cyril Vincent Taylor

1)  Lord, you give the great commission:  “Heal the sick and preach the word.”

Lest the church neglect its mission, and the gospel go unheard,

help us witness to your purpose with renewed integrity:

with the Spirit’s gifts empower us for the work on ministry.

2)  Lord, you call us to your service:  “In my name baptize and teach.”

That the world may trust your promise, life abundant meant for each,

give us all new fervor, draw us closer in community:

with the Spirit’s gifts empower us for the work on ministry.

3)  Lord, you make the common holy:  “This, my body; this, my blood.”

Let us all, for earth’s true glory, daily lift life heavenward,

asking that the world around us share your children’s liberty:

with the Spirit’s gifts empower us for the work on ministry.

4)  Lord, you show us love’s true measure:  “Father, what they do, forgive.”

Yet we hoard as private treasure all that you so freely give.

May your care and mercy lead us to a just society:

with the Spirit’s gifts empower us for the work on ministry.

5)  Lord, you bless with words assuring:  “I am with you to the end.”

Faith and hope and love restoring, may we serve as you intend,

and, amid the cares that claim us, hold in mind eternity:

with the Spirit’s gifts empower us for the work on ministry.




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.

        ******************************************************************************************************** Calendar of Service  

January 22 - Keith Ray

January 29 - Keith Ray


Keenagers Activity -  On Wednesday, January 18, we will be offering a gourd painting opportunity.  Anyone interested can make their own gourd birdhouse to hang in your yard or in the woods near church. Gourds and paints will be provided, along with ideas and coaching, if desired. Please bring a sack lunch and small painting brushes to participate. In order to ensure we have enough gourds, please RSVP to Vicki at 585-781-4620.  Lunch at 11:30; Painting at noon. 


Upcoming Red Cross Blood Drive - Those of you able to give blood, please put Thursday, January 19, from 1-6 PM.  Go to to register. Click on “Give Blood”, then “Find a Blood Drive” and type in 29621 to go to the NACCP location.  Thanks for making a donation.


It’s time for Undie Sundays! We will begin collecting socks, men’s and women’s underwear and bras of all sizes for South Main chapel and Mercy Center. Bring your items between now and May 28th when we have our next turn serving lunch at South Main.


Lillian Sanchez is in an upcoming production at Southwood Academy of the Arts.  She will portray the Empress in a production of Anastasia for the first two weekends in February (3rd-5th and 9th-12th).  Evening performances are at 7 pm and matinees are at 3 pm.


A screening of At the River: Struggle and Grace in the Segregated South followed by group discussion will be held at Fort Hill Presbyterian Church in Clemson on Monday, February 6th, 2023 at 6:00 PM in the Fort Hill Sanctuary.


Anderson Forum for Progressive Theology is presenting a Zoom Only event on February 12, 2023, at 3:00-4:15 PM.  Rev. Traci D. Blackmon, RN, MDiv will be the speaker.  Click here to register .

Rev. Traci Blackmon, Associate General Minister of Justice and Local Church Ministries of the UCC.  She is the former senior pastor of Christ the King United Church of Christ, Florissant, Missouri and the leading voice of frontline spiritual leaders influential in leading prayer vigils and engaging in peaceful protests during the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri after the murder of Michael Brown in 2014.


Remember in prayer: Michael Little-Bell and Family; Violet Taylor (Kristin Cascio’s granddaughter); Glennie Burns; Mary Alice Mundy; Tawny Booth (friend of Vicki Conrad-Wright); Sharon Fowler; Jason Harding; Linda McFall; Mike Johnston; Whitney and Taylor Bishop (Whitney’s niece); Pat Weddle; 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 29621


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