The spectacular flower arrangement in the sanctuary this morning was given by Betty Fisher to the glory of God and in loving memory of Don Fisher upon the first anniversary of his death.
The morning’s Prelude was a beautiful arrangement by Karl Weinland of “My Jesus, I Love Thee” offered by Jillionna Bailey-Plemmons, Harpist, and provided on video.
Pastor Curtis Fussell gave the Welcome to Worship and the Assurance of Pardon. John and Jennifer Martin came into the sanctuary to offer the Opening Litany, the Prayer of Confession and the Passing of the Peace. The worship service was greatly enhanced by John and Jennifer’s very meaningful liturgy, and we truly appreciate their participation.
We were delighted this morning to observe our first Sacrament of Baptism since before the beginning of the pandemic. Lauren and Ryan Kenyon brought their infant son, McClain George Kenyon, into the church along with family members for the joyful ceremony. Ann Sullivan, Elder for Children’s Education, assisted Pastor Emily in conducting the sacrament and presented the family with a Children’s Bible.
The morning‘s Anthem was “You Will I Love” by Kevin Hildebrand—a recording taken from the October 29, 2017 worship service, sung by the Chancel Choir under direction of Dr. Michael Lancaster, with Angie Jenkins accompanying on pipe organ.
The Scripture reading was John 15:9-17, in which Jesus issues God’s command to his followers to “love one another as I have loved you.” Curtis stressed the value and joy of friendship with Jesus: the attending to, commitment to, and nurturing of our relationship with God through Christ. This relationship by its nature extends to love for our neighbor—a deep phileo love that involves our entire being, and stems from our abiding in Christ.
Emily offered the Prayers of God’s People and led the congregation in The Lord’s Prayer and the Offertory Prayer.
Following the Benediction hymn, “God Be With You Til We Meet Again,” Angie’s Postlude on the pipe organ was a beautiful arrangement of “Lift High the Cross” by Lani Smith.