Service Bulletin

Sunday, July 16 at 10:15 a.m. Church Gathering with Dr. Keith Ray

Today’s service may be viewed on Facebook Live Stream at this link, or join us in person indoors in the sanctuary. 

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Gathering Music                 Polly Dunford          

Welcome and Announcements         David Lollis

Special Music “The Prayer of St. Patrick”

  Words by St. Patrick, Music by William M. Schoenfeld


Call to Worship

Leader:  The world cries to us in its distress. How shall we answer?

People:  We cannot pass by as though nothing is wrong.

Leader:  How shall we answer?

People:  We cannot become so focused on ourselves that others mean nothing to us.

Leader:  How shall we answer?

People:  We shall be the neighbor in service, reconciliation and compassion wherever we can. This is our calling. This is our purpose. 

Opening Hymn                 “Morning Has Broken”              Hymnal #664

Words by Eleanor Farjeon; Music is a Gaelic melody

      1)  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!

    2)  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.

     3)  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!

Scripture          Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

 Sermon         Why Bother?   Dr. Keith Ray

Question to Ponder: Is the love ethic of Jesus simply a pie-in-the-sky dream?

Does it really have relevance?

Prayers of the People

Closing Hymn/Offertory               “Turning of the World”      Handout

          Words and Music by Ruth Pelham

1982. Ruth Pelham  (ASCAP). All rights reserved.

1)   Let us sing this song for the *turning* of the world,

That we may *turn* as one.  With ev‘ry voice, with ev’ry song,

we will move this world along and our lives will feel the echoes of our *turning*

With ev’ry voice, with ev’ry song!  We will move this world along.

With ev’ry voice, with ev’ry song, we will move this world along

and our lives will feel the echoes of our *turning*.

2) Substitute *healing* for *turning*.

3) Substitute *loving* for *turning*.



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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Calendar of Service 

July 23 - Dr. Elaine Nocks; Outdoor service

July 30 - Dr. Keith Ray; Outdoor service

August 6 - Dr. Keith Ray; Indoor service.  1st Sunday Potluck meal

August 13 - Rev. Dr. Tom Richie; Outdoor service; Communion

August 20 - Dr. Keith Ray; Indoor service

August 27 - TBD


To current and potential choir members from Polly Dunford: Choir practice on Sunday, July 16 at 9:25 am in the choir room. We have a short anthem to learn (for some, review) and then sing during the service. Call or text Polly at 864-940-0640 with any questions.
The Board of the Anderson Forum for Progressive Theology (AFPT) invites NACCP members and friends to attend an informal conversation with Rob Gentry on July 16 from 2 – 3:30 pm at the home of Bitsy Pickens (405 Boulevard, Anderson). Rob will share the story of his visit to a holy man in India where he experienced unexplainable miracles. Please note that this is not an official AFPT event and will not be publicized as such; however, all interested parties are welcome to attend.
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. Call (864) 231-6147 or visit for more information.


There will be a Keenagers planning meeting on July 26th at 11 am. Bring your own lunch, ideas, and willingness to be an event coordinator!


Our very own Thor Raines will be featured in the Summer Breezin’ original rock show at Centre Stage in Greenville. The show runs July 13 – August 6. Visit for more info and tickets.
Congratulations to our very own Rosie Thompson for being cast as the lead in Market Theatre’s production of She Kills Monsters! The show will run in November, so stay tuned for more details.

A TV monitor will be set up inside the sanctuary to display the Facebook Live stream on Sundays when the service is conducted at the outdoor stage. Given this change, we will be eliminating the 107.1 FM radio broadcast.


Thanks to the Clean Up Crew last Saturday for making the building sparkle and finishing putting “footies” on all the sanctuary chairs to prevent marks on the new floors!
Thanks to Manella for coordinating with a local Boy Scout who is rebuilding benches in our Labyrinth as his Eagle Scout project.  16 new benches are planned!

Food donations continue to be needed for AIM (Anderson Interfaith Ministries). They are especially in need of peanut butter and jelly but don’t forget to keep re-filling our basket designated for the AIM pantry to cover all of their needed items.

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.


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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