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Rev. Cecelia (CC) Armstrong, Associate Pastor of St. James Presbyterian Church

“The Significance of the Soil”

 ORDER OF WORSHIP on the video ( or Facebook – Yeamans Park Presbyterian Church)


PRELUDE    Great Is Thy Faithfulness



SCRIPTURE   Matthew 13:1-9 and 18-23

13 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Let anyone with ears[a] listen!”

18 “Hear then the parable of the sower. 19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in the heart; this is what was sown on the path. 20 As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 yet such a person has no root, but endures only for a while, and when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, that person immediately falls away.[a] 22 As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the lure of wealth choke the word, and it yields nothing. 23 But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”



 HYMN       Just as I Am



O God, you are my God, and I will ever praise you.

O God, you are my God, and I will ever praise you.

I will seek you in the morning, and I will learn to walk in your ways.

And step by step you’ll lead me, and I will follow you all on my days.

Additional Worship elements:


 Lord, forgive us when we doubt your mercy and your love. We are so caught up in getting everything that we want; and we want it all right now. We have trouble waiting and remembering that it is in the waiting that we might hear your voice. It is difficult for us to believe that we can be fruitful, good soil for your words and work. We find excuses not to be attentive to you, but to focus instead on our own desires. Slow us down, Lord. Remind us again of your mercy and your love; for we offer this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN.


Anyone who is in Christ is a new creation.

The old life has gone; a new life has begun.

Know that you are forgiven and be at peace. Amen.

 HYMN   Glory to God, Whose Goodness Shines on Me

 Glory to God, whose goodness shines on me,

And to Son, whose grace has pardoned me,

And to the Spirit, whose love has set me free.

As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be. Amen.

 AFFIRMATION OF FAITH                          The Apostles’ Creed

 I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,

born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell;

the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;

from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints;

the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. AMEN.


HYMN   I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me      

I'm gonna live so God can use me anywhere, Lord, anytime!
I'm gonna live so God can use me anywhere, Lord, anytime!

I'm gonna work so God can use me anywhere, Lord, anytime!
I'm gonna work so God can use me anywhere, Lord, anytime!

I'm gonna pray so God can use me anywhere, Lord, anytime!
I'm gonna pray so God can use me anywhere, Lord, anytime!

I'm gonna sing so God can use me anywhere, Lord, anytime!
I'm gonna sing so God can use me anywhere, Lord, anytime!


Letter from the YPPC Clerk of Session follows:

Dear YPPC Family

 Here we are at the Fourth of July Weekend still isolated from each other.  Many of us are struggling a bit with wanting to gather with our families and our concern for safety as we are watching the Covid-19 numbers go up and up.  What we thought was going to be a few weeks of inconvenience as turned into a marathon and I have no idea where we are on the route.  Remember last year when we could gather any way we wanted and hug everyone?  Ah, those were the days! 

 From the Session:

The Session met via Zoom on Sunday and have deferred any decision about gathering for in-person worship until the July 19th Session meeting.  Also, we now have a church Zoom account so that the business of the church can be conducted safely.  Both the Session and the PNC are using this technology for meetings and it is working well.  This virus is forcing many of us to stretch our technology skills and to get out of our comfort zone.


  • This Sunday, the Presbytery has commissioned a service for all churches to share.  This service will contain liturgy, hymn singing, Prayer of Confession, and Communion in addition to the scripture and sermon.  I am attaching a copy of the bulletin, the hymn text, and a written copy of the sermon.  If you plan to participate in Communion, please take time to prepare your elements as we did for Maundy Thursday.  As always, the service will be available Sunday morning on Facebook and 
  • Remember, through these difficult times, God is with us and He will never abandon us.  We will continue to pray, stay in touch with each other, and love each other and we will be reunited when the time is right. Until we are together again.

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Letter from Rev. Dr. Donnie R. Woods Follows:
Dear Session and Members:
On behalf of Charleston Atlantic Presbytery, I write to offer our
sincere gratitude and deep appreciation for the service and ministry
of your pastor, Rev. Dr. Chip Summers, who entered the Church
Triumphant on May 10, 2020. It was a great joy to know Chip and
Lynne and their love for YPPC. I join with all the churches of CAP in
offering our sympathy and condolences to Lynne and family. You
will be in our thoughts and prayers during the days and months
The Commission on Ministry has assigned Dr. Al Eads to serve as
your temporary moderator of session. One of my primary
responsibilities as you General Presbyter is to be with you during
these times of change, and help the session develop a plan for
moving forward into a new future. I will also need to get on the
schedule to preach and talk with the congregation about next steps
for short- and long-term leadership. I will be in communication with
your Clerk of Session and Moderator in this regard. We will walk
through this valley together seeking to strengthen the ties that bind
us in Christian love.
Chip often reminded me and COM that his primary goal was to
lead the session and congregation through the process of preparing
to call your next installed pastor. All indications suggest that he
prepared you to do just that. It was his hope that you would be
prepared to elect a Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) to begin
the search in May or June of this year. COM will assign me to lead
you through the process when the session is ready to begin.
I am grateful for the session’s leadership through the CoVid-19
Pandemic and for guiding the congregation in worship, while
practicing social distancing;  in addition to developing a plan for the
congregation to safely re-enter the buildings when the way is clear
to do so. The stated clerk and I will continue to share helpful
information as it become available.
The Apostle Paul reminds us in I Cor. 4 that we are engaged in
this ministry together, and therefore, let us not lose heart. We are
a connectional church and presbytery and YPPC will never walk
alone. God walks with us at all times: to bless, strengthen, and guide
us in this ministry, by the power of the Holy Spirit at work in us.

    `                                                         Sincerely yours,
                                                               Rev. Dr. Donnie R. Woods
                                                              General Presbyter/Pastor to Pastors
                                                               Charleston Atlantic Presbytery

The Following is in Memory of
Rev. Dr. William F. (Chip) Summers, Pastor

Dr.  Summers went to be with his Lord Sunday, May 10, 2020.  We are reminded of a story that Chip told from the pulpit about a woman with advanced illness who said she was assured that God would heal her, she just didn't know if it would be on this side or the other side.  We know that Chip is now healed, just not on the side we wanted.   Please join us in praying for his entire family. 
Chip was a wonderful Pastor at YPPC and is missed very much by our church family.



Care of the Congregation:

The Shepherding teams are mobilized to stay in contact with  members.  Notify your shepherd if you have needs.  Emails and correspondence will be sent to members, as needed.  Voicemail on the church telephone will be checked  regularly. Another source of YPPC information is Facebook.

 Church Employees:  Will be working from home.

 Building Facilities:  Are closed until further notice including the Sanctuary.

 Meetings:  All meetings at the church have been suspended until further notice. 

 Food Pantry:   if food is needed call the church telephone number and leave a voice mail message.


Methods of Giving
By Mail:
You can mail your checks directly to the Pledge Secretary (Preferred) or directly to the church.

Through your bank:
If you have online banking, you can make Yeamans Park Presbyterian Church
the Payee and a check will be sent to the church. Contact your bank for more

Online giving:
YPPC now has a new option for giving.  We have been piloting an online giving
program powered by the Presbyterian Foundation for the last several months. 
The process is as simple as installing the Giveplus+ app, selecting the church,
and then entering your information.  You can donate to YPPC using a debit or
credit card. It is important to note that there is a 2% fee charged to the church
for using Giveplus+ and they give you the option to absorb that fee.  Contact the
Session Secretary if you have questions.



Welcome to YPPC!
5931 North Murray Dr.
Hanahan, SC  29410
Telephone # (843) 744-2268


ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS - Meets at 9:45am each Sunday. 
(Sunday School temporarily cancelled)  


Three new members have joined YPPC in 2020.