Oakhurst Presbyterian Church USA
Graduate Sunday, Commissioning, Centennial Focus
June 12, 2022
Order of Worship
Prelude Rev. Dr. Lisa Allen-McLaurin
Welcome and Announcements Rev. Amantha Barbee
Call to Worship Rev. Heather Chase
We come today, representing all the majesty of creation
Diverse and beautiful, blessed and beloved, all made in the image of the Creator of all things
We come today, called to this time and this place by an infinite God.
Who hears our cries and responds with love and mercy.
We come today: Transgender, Nonbinary, Bisexual, Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Intersex, Gay, Queer, Ally
We come today, knowing you will listen and answer our needs.
We come today to deliver our joined prayers of hope.
We come today, a people mourning still our losses, still recovering from the ravages of the Covid-19 pandemic and the pandemic of institutionalized racism that has plagued our world for too many centuries.
We come today, knowing you care for us
We come today, knowing that even when others reject us, your arms are open to offer comfort. We come. Declaring the Sanctity of Life and the Dignity of All
High School Senior Recognition Rev. Heather Chase
Opening Hymn Come, Christians, Join to Sing #267
100th Anniversary Focus Jackie Randolph
Remembering our Baptism & Confession of Sin Rev. Amantha Barbee
Siblings in Christ, our baptism is the sign and seal of our cleansing from sin, And of our being grafted into Christ. Through the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Christ, the power of sin was broken and God’s kingdom entered our world.
Through our baptism we were made citizens of God’s kingdom, and freed from the bondage of sin.
Let us celebrate that freedom and redemption through the renewal of the promises made at our baptism.
I ask you, therefore, once again to reject sin, to profess your faith in Christ Jesus, and to confess the faith of the church, the faith in which we were baptized.
In Baptism you called us to turn away from sin and to turn towards the cross of Jesus but we often stray and ignore your call.
Lord, in your mercy. We confess that we hold on to the past and allow it to be an idle god blocking what you are offering us new. It is easier for us to look back instead of trust forward.
In baptism you united us with all the baptized who confess your name;
but we foster division in the church. We refuse to live as one people,
and so fail to witness to your reconciling love before the world.
Lord, in your mercy. In baptism you call us to ministry in all realms of life,
but we refuse the struggle to know your will; we do not nurture the ways of peace;
we allow enmity and hatred to grow among us, putting neighbor against neighbor,
and nation against nation.
In baptism you gave us the Holy Spirit to teach and guide us, but we rely on ourselves,
and refuse to trust your direction. We spurn your eternal wisdom, preferring the luring ways of the world.
Lord, in your mercy. We willingly deny, ignore, mistrust, and divide people because you made us diverse and we refuse to accept that we are all made gay, straight, from different ethnic backgrounds, male, female, transgenger, and in your image. We have prefered to allow labels to define your magnificence. Forgive us for dishonoring your created ones by thought or by deed.
Have mercy upon us, O Lord and forgive us for our iniquities.
In Jesus’ name, Amen
Forgiveness of Sins
Passing of the Peace
Prayer of Illumination Jane Royall
Old Testament Reading: Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31
Anthem Speak to My Heart Donnie McClurkin
New Testament Reading: John 16:12-15 Rev. Amantha Barbee
Sermon: We Can’t Handle the Truth
IN RESPONSE TO THE WORD
Commissioning Youth Mission Trip Participants and Tim McNinch Rev. Amantha Barbee
Prayers of the People Text Your Prayer Requests to: 404-551-3791 Rev. Heather Chase
The Lord’s Prayer
Tithes and Offerings
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Song of Praise Completely Yes Andre Crouch
Doxology - Prayer of Thanksgiving
Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise Christ all people here below
Praise Holy Spirit ever more
Praise Triune God, whom we adore
Charge & Benediction
Sending Song Sweet, Sweet Spirit There's a sweet, sweet Spirit in this place,
And I know that it's the Spirit of the Lord;
There are sweet expressions on each face,
And I know they feel the presence of the Lord.
Sweet Holy Spirit. Sweet heavenly dove.
Stay right here with us, filling us with your love.
And for these blessings, we lift our hearts in praise.
Without a doubt we’ll know that we have been revived
When we shall leave this place.
Worship Leaders today include: Rev. Amantha Barbee; Rev. Heather Chase, Associate Pastor;
Rev. Dr. Lisa Allen McLaurin, Musician; Jacqueline Randolph and Jane Royall, Liturgists
Special guests today include:
- Derek W. Bottoms is the grandson of Dr. Lawrence W. Bottoms. He is married to Keisha Lance Bottoms, the former mayor of Atlanta, GA. They are parents of four children. Derek is Vice President of employment practices and Chief Officer of Diversity for Home Depot, after previously having worked for a law firm.
- Charis Andrews Hanberry is the daughter of Elizabeth and Jim Andrews. Charis and her husband Dwayne Hanberry were married here in 1990. Their Decatur son, David, is with them today. And long-time OPC members will also remember Charis' brother, Bryan Andrews.
Presbyterians describe baptism as a sign and seal of the covenant of grace made by God through Jesus and extended to us. Baptism is one of two sacraments practiced by Presbyterians; Communion is the other. Today we are using the baptismal fonts that were gifts of the Andrews and Bottoms families to this church. In so doing, we remember the deep faith of these pivotal Saints, James Andrews and Lawrence Bottoms and we affirm that God’s Spirit will enable us to carry forward God’s will for the future of this congregation.
Recognizing current members who joined the church in the 1970s: Christine Callier, Harry Jefferson, Cheryl McKinzie, Mary Smarr, Ethel Steverson, Jackie Randolph, Elizabeth Wilson
We recognize our graduating high school seniors for their accomplishments
And pray the best for them in their next steps to achieve their goals and dreams.
Lilly Ashe Miriam Green Ian McNinch Tony Travillion Anisa Travillion
Please pray for our Middle School Youth & Chaperones
As they travel to Asheville, NC today for a week of service.
Benjamin Patton Kate Kochel Tadesse Owens Erin Myers-Beck Johnny Ashe Jake Evans
Elinor McNinch Lydia Green Meredith Gordon
Special Commissioning for Tim McNinch
Asst Professor of Hebrew Bible at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis
Oakhurst Presbyterian Church (USA)
118 Second Ave, Decatur, GA 30030
Happening this week at Oakhurst Presbyterian Church:
From Friday, June 17 through June 24th, Cheryl Hartman, Office Manager, will be out of the office attending the PCUSA General Assembly with very limited contact. Rev. Barbee is serving as a Resource Person for the General Assembly Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations and will be attending virtually. Please be patient with our communication during this time.
Sunday, June 12 High School Senior Recognition & Middle School Mission Trip Commissioning
12:30 pm Reparations Working Group
Monday, June 13 Middle School Mission Trip to Asheville
6:00 pm Rev. Barbee’s Monday Night Class - Antiracist Leadership - 6 pm on Mondays Zoom Meeting
Tuesday, June 14 Middle School Mission Trip to Asheville
6:00 pm Gospel Choir - Contact Rev. Dr. Lisa Allen-McLaurin
Wednesday, June 15 Middle School Mission Trip to Asheville
4:30-5:30 pm Racial Justice Vigil - Stand with others who know Black Lives Matter
7:30 pm Chancel Choir - Contact Matthew Wauchope
Thursday, June 16 Middle School Mission Trip to Asheville
10:30 am Prayer Group - Contact Rev. Heather Chase for more information
4:30 pm Racial Justice Vigil
6:00 pm Worship Committee
Friday, June 17 Middle School Mission Trip to Asheville
Saturday, June 18 Middle School Mission Trip to Asheville
10-11:00 am Racial Justice Vigil - Stand with others who believe Black Lives Matter
Sunday, June 19 Juneteenth
9:45 am Well Chosen Words Class (info)
11:00 am Worship
2:00 pm New Members Class - contact Rev. Chase at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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