Service Bulletin

Sunday, September 4, 2022 at 10:15 a.m. Church Gathering with Rev. Lucy Youngblood

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 preferred). 

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Gathering Music                     Polly Dunford

Welcome and Announcements                   Manella Calhoun     

Call to Worship (Psalm 121, NRSV)       Rev. Lucy Youngblood

One:  I lift up my eyes to the hills — from where will my help come?

All:  My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

One:  He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.

All:  He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

One:  The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade at your right hand.

All:  The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.

One:  The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.

All:  The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore.

Opening Hymn       “O God, in a Mysterious Way”                  Hymnal #30

  Words by William Cowper; Music is a Scottish Psalter.

1)  O God, in a mysterious way great wonders you perform.

You plant your footsteps in the sea and ride upon the storm.

2)  Deep in unfathomable mines of never failing skill,

you treasure up your bright designs and work your sovereign will.

3)  O fearful saints, fresh courage take.  The clouds you so much dread

are big with mercy and shall break in blessings on your head.

4)  Our unbelief is sure to err and scan your work in vain.

You are your own interpreter, and you will make it plain.

Scripture Readings Matthew 20: 1-16                Rev. Lucy Youngblood

I Kings 3: 16-28

Message     “What Is That To You?”        Rev. Lucy Youngblood

Communion                        Rev. Lucy Youngblood

Prayer Concerns and Joys                         Manella Calhoun

Closing Hymn   “The Steadfast Love of the Lord”               Hymnal #59

                    Words and Music by Edith McNeill

Refrain:  The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; God’s mercies never come to an end.

  They are new every morning, new every morning; 

  great is your faithfulness, O Lord, great is your faithfulness.

Sing the refrain three times.

Benediction                           Rev. Lucy Youngblood



Please join us for 1st Sunday Potluck meal after worship service.


Calendar of Service


September 11 - Rev. Keith Ray   (Session meets at 12:30 pm.)

September 18 - Rev. Keith Ray

September 25 - Rev. Keith Ray

Church Clean-up on Saturday, September 10, at 9:30 AM.  Those signed up to help are Lin, Sharon, Rosie, Drew, Laurie and Peggy.


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, starting September 12.  We have moved the time from 6:30 to 6:00.  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.

On Monday, September 12, at 6:00 PM, see “At The River”, a feature-length documentary about a certain time and place in the deep south, at Fourth Presbyterian Church, 703 E. Washington Street, Greenville.  In the Civil Rights era of the 50s and 60s, most Presbyterian ministers stood on the banks of the cultural river of segregation and white supremacy. Some opted not to stir the waters in their congregations and communities by speaking out. However, a few young southern Presbyterian ministers braved those currents through their sermons, community organizing, and participating in marches and protests. They faced dangerous, hate-filled consequences for these actions. "At The River" chronicles their lives and their decisions, as well as director Carolyn Crowder’s firsthand experience as a young white southern girl from Montgomery, Alabama. During those mean and turbulent times these ministers, through their love and example, had a huge impact on her life in helping her overcome her southern racist brainwashing.   

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.



Plans are being made for a recognition of the 2022 Autumnal Equinox.  This year it   occurs at 9:03 pm in the Northern Hemisphere on Thursday, September 22.  Stay tuned.


Remember in prayer: Bonnie Marsden; 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; Tim and Michael Little-Bell and family; 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