Sunday, October 4: World Communion Sunday

This Sunday’s service included the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. The congregation was invited to join in this celebration of Holy Communion by breaking bread and drinking the cup in their homes, trusting in the power of the Holy Spirit to join us as one with the body of Christ.

The bright and beautiful sunflowers in the sanctuary today were presented to the glory of God by Betty Fisher in loving memory of her father and younger brother, James H. and Jim Crawford, Jr.

This morning’s Prelude was a special treat: an incredibly moving and beautiful video instrumental piece by members of the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School Orchestra. The group performed an arrangement by Sharon Wilson of “Abide With Me” written by William Henry Monk. Allegra Burgess conducts the orchestra.

Marty Boone and Gerri Tulley participated in the worship service by offering the Welcome and Call to Worship, the Prayer of Confession, and Passing of the Peace.

Pastor Curtis preached on a reading from Philippians 3:7-16. The passage, and Curtis’ sermon, “Pressing Forward” urge us to consider what is of value in our lives, and, leaving the past behind, to press on toward the goal of “the prize for which God has called us heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

Our morning’s Musical Offering was taken from the December 1, 2019 worship service, in which Chancel Choir member Carol Grantham sang a lovely rendition of “Let Us Break Bread Together” arranged by Moses Hogan. Carol was accompanied by Angie Jenkins on piano. We are very grateful to Carol and Angie for this marvelous addition to our service.

Curtis introduced the sacrament of Communion with the Prayer of Great Thanksgiving and the Lord’s Prayer, encouraging all to join in taking the bread and cup of salvation.

Angie played the Benediction hymn, “God Be With You Til We Meet Again” and the Postlude, “O Lord, You Are My God and King” by Hubert H. Parry, on the pipe organ.

A reminder: Next Sunday at 12 Noon there will be a virtual Congregational Meeting via Zoom, to approve the nominations for the Elder Class of 2023. An email will be sent out to all members of the congregation with the names to be placed in nomination and instructions for participating in the meeting.

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