Ardmore Moravian Church
Church Bulletin
 ARDMORE MORAVIAN CHURCH April 23, 2017 Second Sunday of Easter PRELUDE                         “Prelude in D Major”                             Franck             WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS RIGHT HAND OF FELLOWSHIP  REPARING OUR HEARTS Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By His great mercy He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 1 Peter 1:3 CALL TO WORSHIP       “Christ Is Here”            Houghton & Munizzi                             MORNING PRAYER HYMN AND PRAISE SONGS   “All Hail the Power of Jesus Name”  (MBW 403) All hail the pow’r of Jesus’ name! Let angels prostrate fall, Bring forth the royal diadem, and crown him Lord of all! Bring forth the royal diadem, and crown him Lord of all! O seed of Israel’s chosen race, now ransomed from the fall, Hail Him who saves you by His grace, and crown Him Lord of all! Hail Him who saves you by His grace, and crown Him Lord of all! Let ev’ry tongue and ev’ry tribe responsive to his call, To him all majesty ascribe and crown him Lord of all. To him all majesty ascribe and crown him Lord of all. O that with yonder sacred throng we at His feet may fall; We’ll join the everlasting song, and crown him Lord of all. We’ll join the everlasting song, and crown him Lord of all. “Knowing You” All I once held dear, built my life upon, all this world reveres, And wars to own, all I once though gain I have counted loss; Spent and worthless now, compared to this. Knowing you Jesus, knowing You, there is no greater thing. You’re my all, You’re the best, You’re my joy, my righteousness, And I love You, Lord. Now my heart’s desire is to know You more, to be found by You, And known as Yours, to possess by faith what I could not earn. All surpassing gift of righteousness. Knowing you Jesus, knowing You, there is no greater thing. You’re my all, You’re the best, You’re my joy, my righteousness, And I love You, Lord. Oh to know the pow’r of Your risen life, And to know You in Your Sufferings, to become like You in Your death, my Lord; So with You to live, and never die. Knowing you Jesus, knowing You, there is no greater thing. You’re my all, You’re the best, You’re my joy, my righteousness, You’re my all, You’re the best, You’re my joy, my righteousness And I love You, Lord, love You, Lord. THE WORD OF GOD                                                                Psalm 16                                                                                                  John 20:19-31 PREPARATION FOR CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER “Breathe on Me Breath of God”  (MBW 494) Breathe on me breath of God; fill me with life brand new. That I may love the things You love and do what You would do. Breathe on me breath of God, so shall I never die; but live with You the perfect life of Your eternity. CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER WORSHIP IN OUR GIVING OFFERTORY                                                                      arr. White         “My Faith Has Found A Resting Place”        SONG OF THANKS  Praise God from whom all blessings flow Praise Him all creatures here below. Alleluia, Alleluia! Praise Him above ye heavenly host Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Alleluia, Alleluia! Alleluia, Alleluia! Alleluia!   PRAYER ANTHEM                   “Jesus Is The Living Stone”                   McDonald      MESSAGE                 Experiencing Faith           The Rev. Arkon Stewart HYMN    735       “O Master, Let Me Walk With You”                          POSTLUDE                    The sanctuary flowers are given to the glory of God in honor of the Twenty-third Wedding anniversary of Catherine and Leonard Williams by their son Josh. Serving Today Elder Greeter: Janice Irwin            Trustee Greeter: Michael Gwyn             Elder Greeter for April 30th: Nancy Crouse            Trustee Greeter for April 30th: Jim Brookshire Nursery Workers for April 23rd: Tracie Marshall, Kristen Mabe Nursery Workers for April 30th: Kaye Brookshire Lauren Mabe People for Whom We are Praying  Members: Marie Adams; Amanda Bowles; Frances Collins; Jim Cranford; Cindy Culverhouse; Ruth Long; Alice Pierce; Caroline Woo   Members at home: Bertha Burge; Lisa Eaton; Peggy Gimmon Friends: Friend of Adam Lefevre battling cancer; Robert Bodenheimer, Pots Syndrome; Emily Burge; Jane Crouse; Stafford Givens, newborn son of Anna Austin Givens surgery; Josh Holden brain injury, Guest House; Joann Burge Long, Ken Burge’s sister; Marolyn Schauss cancer; Jake Williams, Donna Williams’s son Our Christian love and sympathy is expressed to Glenn Mabe and family in the death of Glenn’s sister. EXTRA! EXTRA! Read all about it! Your joint boards have been working very hard planning the future direction of our congregation. We continue our search for a new Pastor and will keep you up to date when we have information to share. We also want to make you aware of some exciting changes that will be coming soon. Some of those changes involve how we conduct our Sunday morning service, additional contemporary music, facility updates and expansion of our current programs. More information will be coming soon! Upcoming Teachings and Sermons May 7 Worship, Fellowship, Prayer Acts2 May 14 Witness to Our Faith Acts 7 May 21 Someone Cares John 14 May 28 He’s Coming Back Acts 1 Opportunities for the Week Wednesday, April 26 5:30 PM Prayer in Prayer Room    6:00 PM     Family “Oasis” Supper  6:30 PM   Handbell Choir  6:45 PM Video          7:30 PM Sanctuary Choir Third Sunday of Easter  9:00 AM Prayer in Prayer Room  9:15 AM Joyful Voices  9:30 AM Sunday School        10:30 AM Morning Worship  3:00 PM “Unity and Diversity”, Bethania Moravian Church   New Addresses: Amanda Bowles, 104 Sparger Springs Lane, Durham, NC 27705. Amanda would love to have cards. Jim Cranford, Bermuda Commons Rm 203, 316 NC Highway 801 Advance, NC 27006. Jim would love to have cards and some visits. He is there for some Rehab. Easter Flowers in God’s Acre If you wish to keep the Easter flowers you placed on graves in God’s Acre they need to be picked up Today. Moravian Church in America Southern Province ‘Tis a Pleasant Thing to See: Fostering Respectful Conversation about Homosexuality and the Church You are warmly invited to attend a service of worship and prayer, focusing on our unity and diversity in the Moravian Church, planned and led by Bishops Graham Rights, Wayne Burkette, Sam Gray, and Lane Sapp. This service will be held on Sunday, April 30, at 3:00 p.m., at Bethania Moravian Church. This is one of a series of services sponsored by the Resolution 12 Steering Committee; others were held last September 25 and January 22. These services do not specifically address homosexuality, but rather are opportunities for worship and prayer together, seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit in all things. We seek to rejoice together in the things that bind us together as brothers and sisters in Christ, serving Christ and the world through the Moravian Church; we seek to worship our faithful, loving, and gracious Triune God; and we seek the wisdom, grace, and peace to know and follow God’s will for the Moravian Church in all things. Southern Province Synod Resolution 12 called for the province to “provide leadership, resources, and a process for a conversation about homosexuality in the church that includes diverse viewpoints, and opportunities for open and honest discussion, study and discernment. This process of dialogue and discernment should take into account similar efforts made, and decisions that have been or may be reached by our sister provinces within the Unity, as well as any actions of the 2014 Unity Board and 2016 Unity Synod.” Fulfilling that mandate of Synod, the Provincial Elders Conference appointed a Steering Committee in the summer of 2014, which has been studying, praying, and working actively ever since. What is the purpose or “agenda” of the Resolution 12 Steering Committee? Given the directive of Synod, we have determined that Our agenda is to encourage dialogue and provide new opportunities for the people of the Southern Province to discern more of the leadership of the Holy Spirit in our continued differences concerning homosexuality in the church. We believe through the study of scripture, the discipline of prayer, and the faith sharing of believers the Holy Spirit can provide each of us greater insight and clarity moving each of us to a deeper relationship with our Savior. In our deeper relationship with the Savior unity grows within our Province and our differences become smaller. In this task, we remember the words of Zinzendorf: “the nearer each one comes in knowing the Savior, the more enriched, more glad of heart, and more unwavering grows the communion among his members.” Other ongoing activities relating to Resolution 12 are … 1.   Meetings with RCC’s. The Resolution 12 Steering Committee would like to meet with Regional Conferences of Churches to talk about what we’ve been doing and what the next steps in our process will be. Each RCC can determine whether we meet only with the congregational representatives or with members of the congregations in a larger gathering. This won’t be a discussion about what we feel about homosexuality, but rather a chance to bring everyone up to date and hear one another’s questions and concerns as we move forward. 2.   Preparation of a multi-part study/conversation guide for congrega-tions and groups. Several of these sessions will include a 25-30-minute video with questions for discussion, and for the final session there will be questions for conversations. The first three of these are already available at series/ We invite you to continue in prayer, that we all may be open and receptive to the presence and guidance of our Lord, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as we work together as brothers and sisters in God’s Moravian Church, Southern Province. Services of Worship and Prayer Sponsored by the Resolution 12 Steering Committee September 25, 2016 “The Call of Christ” January 22, 2017 “Prayer and Discernment” April 30, 2017 “Unity and Diversity” 3:00 p.m., Bethania Moravian Church July 9, 2017 “Holy Scripture” 3:00 p.m., Friedberg Moravian Church October 8, 2017 “Our Call to Mission and Service” 3:00 p.m., Friedland Moravian Church God’s Word for Today John 20:19-31  19 So when it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and when the doors were shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.”20 And when He had said this, He showed them both His hands and His side. The disciples then rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” 22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they have been retained.” 24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples were saying to him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” 26 After eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then He said to Thomas, “Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing.” 28 Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.” 30 Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.