Service Bulletin

Sunday, May 7, 2023 at 10:15 a.m. Church Gathering with Dr. Keith Ray

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           Polly Dunford


Welcome and Announcements          Bonnie Marsden                  

Call to Worship

This is a thin place

Where earth and heaven embrace

Where past interweaves with future

Where people gather expectantly.

This is a thin place

Where hopes are renewed

Where faith is restored

Where peace is revived

Where love is refreshed.

This is a thin place

Where fresh words are heard

Deep wisdom revealed

Daring promises proclaimed

This is a thin place

Where the God who shaped us

The Christ who remakes us

The Spirit who inspires us

Walk among us

Full of grace and truth.

God above us

God beside us

God within us

May we be open to see and hear

Your grace revealed

As we worship you this day.


Opening Hymn     “God of the Sparrow”                  Hymnal #22

1)  God of the sparrow   God of the whale   God of the swirling stars

How does the creature say Awe    How does the creature say Praise

2)  God of the earthquake   God of the storm   God of the trumpet blast

How does the creature cry Woe   How does the creature cry Save

3)  God of the rainbow   God of the cross   God of the empty grave

How does the creature say Grace   How does the creature say Thanks

4)  God of the hungry   God of the sick   God of the prodigal

How does the creature say Care   How does the creature say Life

5)  God of the neighbor   God of the foe   God of the pruning hook

How does the creature say Love   How does the creature say Peace

6)  God of the ages   God near at hand   God of the loving heart

How does the creature say Joy   How does the creature say Home  

Scripture Reading  John 14:1-14

Sermon      “Praying in Jesus’ Name”            Dr. Keith Ray

Theme: How do we, as progressives, claim the notion of praying in Jesus’ name?

What might that even mean for us?  Let’s consider the possibilities.

Prayers of the People

Closing Hymn/ Offertory          “There Is a Longing in Our Hearts” Hymnal #470

Refrain:  There is a longing in our hearts, O Lord, for you to reveal yourself to us. 

    There is a longing in our hearts for love we only find in you, our God.   

1)  For justice, for freedom, for mercy:  hear our prayer.

In sorrow, in grief:  be near; hear our prayer, O God. Refrain

2)  For wisdom, for courage, for comfort:  hear our prayer.

In weakness, in fear:  be near; hear our prayer, O God. Refrain

3)  For healing, for wholeness, for new life:  hear our prayer.

In sickness, in death:  be near; hear our prayer, O God. Refrain

4)  Lord save us, take pity, Light in our darkness.

We call you; we wait:  be near; hear our prayer, O God. 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

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Join us after worship service for our 1st Sunday Potluck meal.  

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Calendar of Service 

May 14 - Keith Ray; Session meets following worship service.

May 21 - Keith Ray

May 28 - Service and lunch at South Main Chapel and Mercy Center


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


The next meeting of Anderson County PFLAG group will be Thursday, May 11, at 7:00 pm.  All interested folks are invited to attend.


Don’t miss out on seeing Kinky Boots at the Market Theatre May 11-15. The show is co-directed by our very own Thor Raines and features Barb Barham and Bill Griffith! Tickets are available at


Outside Work at NACCP.  Our next Keenager Activity at NACCP will a Garden Party on Saturday morning 20 May.  As usual for NACCP events, this one will not be typical.  At this garden party, we will not serve drinks or hors d'oeurves; we will work in our gardens.  We have several types of gardens and thus many types of work will be available.  I hope everyone reading this will consider joining us.   You may arrive at whatever time fits your schedule. Some people will arrive early (by 7:30 or so) and others will not arrive until 9:30.  Come when you can; stay as long as you like.  Bring gloves and any tools that may be helpful. Pizza will be delivered for lunch.


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 are 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: Pat Bell; 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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