Service Bulletin

Sunday, September 18, 2022 at 10:15 a.m. Church Gathering with Dr. Keith Ray

Today’s service has THREE choices.  You may view the Live Stream on Facebook at this link:, hear it in the church parking lot at 107.1 FM, or join us in person inside (masking voluntary). 

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**Please note that Session has decided to let masking be a voluntary measure.**

Gathering Music         Sharon Fowler

Welcome and Announcements          Cynthia Warner     

Call to Worship           Dr. Keith Ray

One:   We gather to worship together,

All:    Different people, different lives, different histories,

One:   Yet all children of the same Parent,

All:    Created lovingly by the Source of all life!

One:   We gather to reconnect with one another,

All:    Different people, different lives, different histories,

One:   Yet all disciples of one Teacher.

All:  Jesus, the Word made flesh, dwelling among us.

One:   We gather with different joys and sorrows, different hopes and fears….

All:    Different people, different lives, different histories,

One:   Yet one people with one God, one faith, one baptism.

All:    Let us open ourselves to the presence of God at work in us, among us, and through us.

Opening Hymn     “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”       Hymnal #611

Words by Henry van Dyke; Music by Ludwig van Beethoven

1)  Joyful, joyful, we adore thee, God of glory, Lord of love!

Hearts unfold like flowers before thee, opening to the sun above.

Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; drive the dark of doubt away.

Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day.

2)  All thy words with joy surround thee; earth and heaven reflect thy rays;

stars and angels sing around thee, center of unbroken praise.

Field and forest, vale and mountain, flowery meadow, flashing sea,

chanting bird and flowing fountain, call us to rejoice in thee.

3)  Mortals, join the happy chorus which the morning stars began.

Love divine is reigning o’er us, joining all in heaven’s plan.

Ever singing, march we onward, victors in the midst of strife.

Joyful music leads us sunward in the triumph song of life.

Scripture Lesson Luke 16:1-13              Dr. Keith Ray

Message     “Lessons from a Dishonest Manager” Dr. Keith Ray

Prayer Concerns and Joys Cynthia Warner


Closing Hymn   “God, Be the Love to Search and Keep Me - O Christ, Surround Me”                         Words and Music by Richard Bruxvoort Colligan                               Hymnal #543

1)  God, be the love to search and keep me; God, be the prayer to move my voice;

God, be the strength to now uphold me:  O Christ, surround me; O Christ, surround me.

2)  Bind to myself the Name of Holy, great cloud of witnesses enfold;

prophets, apostles, angels witness:  O Christ, surround me; O Christ, surround me.

3)  Brightness of sun and glow of moonlight, flashing of lightning, strength of wind,

depth of the sea to soil of planet:  O Christ, surround me; O Christ, surround me.

4)  Walking behind to hem my journey, going ahead to light my way,

and from beneath, above, and all ways:  O Christ, surround me; O Christ, surround me.

5)  Christ in the eyes of all who see me, Christ in the ears that hear my voice,

Christ in the hearts of all who know me:  O Christ, surround me; O Christ, surround me.                  

Benediction                           Dr. Keith Ray




Calendar of Service

September 25 - Dr. Keith Ray

October 2 - Dr. Keith Ray

October 9 - Dr. Keith Ray  (Blessing of the Animals)  Woods stage

October 16 - TBD

October 23 - South Main Chapel and Mercy Center meal (Serving TBD)

October 30 - TBD


Market Theatre Dates to put in your calendar —

Thursday, October 6 at the Bleckley Station.  Arts for All Gala.  Join in for an evening to savor, celebrate, and support the arts!   Go to and click on Tickets.

October 27- November 14    “Rent”   Drew Whitley plays Tom Collins, Thor Raines is part of the ensemble, and Rosie Thompson is the Assistant Stage Manager.  Go to and click on Tickets.  These seats will sell out quickly!


Bible Study Resumes

If you think that God wrote (or dictated) the Bible, that it descended from heaven in Elizabethan English with Jesus speaking in red, and that it has some magical power, then this is probably not the study for you.  But if you recognize that the Bible contains the faith story of our ancient ancestors, including their ancient understandings of their experience of the divine (however wrong we might think their explanations are), then you might want to consider joining us at 6:00 Monday nights.  We meet by Zoom.

If interested, contact David Johnson ( or Cynthia Warner ( to be added to the email list. There is no charge and we won’t come knocking on your door to try to convert you.


Today!    September 18 at 4:00 PM in the Benson Room, Bleckley Inn

A 60+2 Year Anniversary Celebration and Commemoration of the Anderson Forum for Progressive Theology will host an Interactive Conversation with Panelists and the Audience on Sunday September 18, 2022, 4:00 PM in the Benson Room of the Bleckley Inn, 151 E.

Church Street, Anderson, SC.  Refreshments will be served.  No registration required — only an interest in progressive thought.

Featuring a Panel Presentation of Present and Past Board Members:  Betty Gable, Eugenia Hall, Tom Richie, Jim Ross, Stuart Sprague, and Steven Morgan, Moderator.


If you have not seen Rob Gentry’s anagama in action, you need to see this video that ETV made.  Congratulations, Rob!  It is all very impressive.


2022 Autumnal Equinox will be celebrated with a labyrinth walk on Wed., Sept. 21, at 6:00 PM.


South Carolina Botanical Garden’s Fall Plant Sale will happen on Friday, Sept. 23 from 2 - 6 PM for Friends of the Garden.  Then on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 9 AM - 1 PM for  the Public.  See the catalog of beautiful plants at the link above.



October 19 — Keenagers trip to Chattooga Belle in Long Creek; side tours of Ramsey Creek natural cemetery and Chau Ram County Park.  Meet at church at 11 AM to carpool.

Remember in prayer: Tim and Michael Little-Bell and family; Linda McFall; Mike Johnston; Shea Marsden; Taylor Bishop (Whitney’s niece); Family and Friends of Terry Ann Hayes; Jason Harding; Steve Hallowell; Pat Weddle; Glenn Burns; Jackie Moore; Whitney Bishop; Latha and Cheryl Semones; Immigrant families; Victims of all violence, oppression, and injustice; Victims of COVID-19; People of Ukraine;  Victims of mass shootings

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