First Presbyterian Church of Byron
Pastor: Rev. James R. Renfrew Music Director: Laurence Tallman
TREASURES IN CLAY JARS
P RELUDE “Let Beauty Awake” (R. Vaughn Williams)
W ELCOME AND A NNOUNCEMENTS
J UNE T HEME V ERSE “The love of Christ urges us on” 2 Corinthians 5:14
C ALL T O L IFE
Friends, this morning we gather to receive treasures from God!
Oooooh! I love treasures! Valuable coins, beautiful bracelets, fancy rings! I can’t wait!
Do you really think that those are the treasures God is giving out today?
You’re right, there are treasures much more valuable than these!
Love, joy, mercy and peace, with new life the most important of all! All here, for you, this morning!
We can’t wait! Amen!
H YMN OF P RAISE #373 “O Day of Peace”
C ONFESSION & F ORGIVENESS
Dear God, we hear that you are distributing treasures to all of us today. What good news! But,
to be honest, we’re not so sure that we deserve any treasures at all. Just look at us, we’re hardly
exemplary, and, in fact, we often let you down. We are drawn to violence, participate in injustice,
demonstrate intolerance, and mostly think only of ourselves. How could you reward us for that?
But God’s treasures are not a reward for the perfect; God’s treasures are not based on what we have
done, but upon what we need! This is the grace of God: mighty gifts for the undeserving. In this way
God breaks the cycles of fear, hatred, and greed that dominate our lives. The question is not
whether we deserve the treasures, but will we receive them with open hearts! Today, we are
ready! In Jesus, name. Amen!
Y OUTH M ESSAGE ”Where to Put the Treasure?”
S CRIPTURE I Corinthians 4:5-12
M ESSAGE “Jars of Clay” Rev. James Renfrew
M USICAL I NTERLUDE “My Lord! What a Morning! (traditional)
W HAT W E B ELIEVE
We believe in God’s grace, the undeserved and unexpected love of God. Some think of God
as angry and judgmental, holding us to account by discipline and fear. A graceful God is
nothing like that, seeking to transform each one of us and the entire world through love –
undeserved and unexpected. The Bible is filled with story after story of people who were
surprised by this grace, undeserved and unexpected – and their lives became so much more.
As we receive the same gifts of grace, the treasures of faith, we hope and pray that our lives
will become so much more, too! These are the miracles of faith, unlikely and flawed people
becoming ambassadors for Christ in a troubled world. Wow! (which means “Amen!”).
O FFERING AND P RAYER OF D EDICATION
H YMN #376 “When All is Ended”
P RAYERS OF THE P EOPLE /T HE L ORD ’ S P RAYER
H YMN #157 “I Danced in the Morning”
P OSTLUDE ”Jerusalem” (C.Hubert / H.Perry)
T HIS W EEK ______________________________________
Today 9:45 a.m. Sundaorship
11:00 a.m. Sunday Worship on Zoom (ID 773 728 758, no password,
Wednesday 5:00 p.m. TOPS, 7:00 p.m. Choir, 7:30 p.m. AA
Next Sunday 9:45 a.m. Children’s Sunday Worship and Communion
11:00 a.m. Sunday Worship on Zoom
ANNO UNCEMENTS __________________________________________________
In light of recently announced health safety guidelines issued by the Center for Disease
Control, ALL pews are now available for seating. We continue to encourage common sense safety
measures because they have worked for us, such as getting vaccinated, signing in when you arrive,
spreading out when you can, staying at home if you are not feeling well, and wearing masks while
singing or speaking during the service.
We are no longer sending the weekly bulletin US Mail or e-mail. From now on, look for the latest
church information in our newsletter, Web page or Facebook page.
Children’s Sunday, June 13 will be a short service at 9:45 a.m., with children’s games (and prizes!)
on the lawn immediately following. Ice cream sandwiches, too. Mrs. Tyler has announced a “rodeo”
theme, so cowboy and cowgirl boots are encouraged, spurs and lariats if you have them!
Patty Iamon has recently concluded her mask-making operation havg produced over 2,000
marks for church and community. Thank you, Patty, for this extraordinary effort.
Food Pantry at North Bergen Presbyterian Church is distributing food Wed., June 16, 6-8 p.m. and
Saturday, June 19, 9:00 a.m. until Noon. Personal hygiene items are needed.
Camp Whitman Scholarships available! If your child would like to attend the Presbytery’s
summer camp program on Seneca Lake, the Christian Education/Worship Committee is offering
$100 scholarships to children from our church. Interested? Find out more from Rev. Renfrew.
Baccalaureate: On June 20 th we will be honoring this year’s graduates from high schools, colleges
and graduate programs. Please give names to Rev. Renfrew.
On-line Giving – go to the “DONATE” tab on our Byron Presbyterian Church website, and follow
prompts. Donations made in this way will be included in quarterly financial statements from
the church. Any questions, please speak to the church Treasurer.