Guest Speaker: Terri Wetherell, Associate for Faith Formation & Care, Palmetto Presbyterian Church
Sermon Title:  “On the Question of ‘Why?’”

YPPC Worship, Sunday, October 18, 2020

                       ORDER OF WORSHIP




 Praise be to God, who has brought us here this day.
Praise and thanks to God for all the blessings we have received.
What joy we have in God’s presence!
What peace is brought to us in God’s house!
This is truly the day that the Lord has made!
Let us rejoice and be glad in it! AMEN.



 God of mercy, in our impatience for answers, we sometimes turn to idols of our own making and forget our covenant with you. Passionate for what is right, we wrong those with whom we differ. Pleased at the invitation to your banquet, we fail to arrive with humility and thanksgiving. Forgive us when our faith is weak and our zeal too strong. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.



 SPECIAL MUSIC    Air from Overture in D          Bach


 Exodus  32:1-14

 When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.” Aaron answered them, “Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and your daughters are wearing, and bring them to me.” So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, “These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.” When Aaron saw this, he built an altar in front of the calf and announced, “Tomorrow there will be a festival to the Lord.” So the next day the people rose early and sacrificed burnt offerings and presented fellowship offerings. Afterward they sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go down, because your people, whom you brought up out of Egypt, have become corrupt. They have been quick to turn away from what I commanded them and have made themselves an idol cast in the shape of a calf. They have bowed down to it and sacrificed to it and have said, ‘These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.’ “I have seen these people,” the Lord said to Moses, “and they are a stiff-necked people. 10 Now leave me alone so that my anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them. Then I will make you into a great nation.” 11 But Moses sought the favor of the Lord his God. “Lord,” he said, “why should your anger burn against your people, whom you brought out of Egypt with great power and a mighty hand? 12 Why should the Egyptians say, ‘It was with evil intent that he brought them out, to kill them in the mountains and to wipe them off the face of the earth’? Turn from your fierce anger; relent and do not bring disaster on your people. 13 Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel, to whom you swore by your own self: ‘I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and I will give your descendants all this land I promised them, and it will be their inheritance forever.’” 14 Then the Lord relented and did not bring on his people the disaster he had threatened.

 Psalm 106:1-6

   Praise the Lord.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    his love endures forever.

Who can proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord
    or fully declare his praise?
Blessed are those who act justly,
    who always do what is right.

Remember me, Lord, when you show favor to your people,
    come to my aid when you save them,
that I may enjoy the prosperity of your chosen ones,
    that I may share in the joy of your nation
    and join your inheritance in giving praise.

We have sinned, even as our ancestors did;
    we have done wrong and acted wickedly.

SERMON   “On the Question of ‘Why?’”


 INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC   I Give My Life to Thee

 AFFRIMATION 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 life everlasting. AMEN.


 RESPONSE TO THE BENEDICTION   Go, My Children. with My Blessing


Dear YPPC Family, 


How wonderful it was to worship with members of my YPPC family last Sunday.  It was far from normal, but it was a step in that direction and everyone was very cooperative with the new protocols for safety.  Finally, a taste of the familiar.  Then, today I was watching one of the morning shows and they announced that we had only 70 days until Christmas.  Seriously?  How did we get here?  What happened to all of that time?  Time that would have been filled with Summer gatherings, Hands of Christ preparations and distribution, patriotic celebrations, etc…  This year has been the longest blur.  What about the church?  If Christmas is in 70 days, then we are only 43 days from Advent.  We are back to in-person worship, but everything is different.  What about our traditions?  What about the Christmas Carols?  As I have gotten older, I have realized that the old hymns and carols are a major part of the tapestry of my faith, but we can’t sing the carols in church.  This has definitely been the year of change and getting out of our comfort zones.  I guess we will have to approach the Advent season the same way we have handled the past 7 months – being flexible and creative.  Maybe this is good.  Maybe we get so caught up with the traditions that we lose some of the meaning.  Maybe this will make us more mindful the season and the wonder of Christ’s birth.  Or, maybe I am just trying to make lemonade from lemons.  I do know that God works through all things and he is with us now. 


Return to Worship: 

In person worship will continue on October 18th with Terri Wetherell with the same safely protocols in place.  Online worship will continue for those who choose to worship at home, but since we are recording the Sunday morning in person worship service, it will not be available until Sunday afternoon and will also be on FaceBook.  I will make it available as soon as I possibly can, but please be patient as I work out the kinks in this “new normal” process.  My hope is that it will be “up” by 1:00 if not before.  Please make the choice (online or in-person) that is comfortable for you during this uncertain time.   


Congregational Meeting: 

We will have a congregational meeting on October 25th for the purpose of affirming the PNC nominations/election that we conducted via mail, phone and email; and to nominate and elect Elders for the class of 2023.  According to our bi-laws we must have a quorum (20% of our membership) to have an official meeting.  If you are comfortable and feel safe attending in-person worship, please attend so we can take care of this important business in accordance with the Book of Order.


As always, I long for the day when we all can be together again.  Until then, please continue to stay in touch with each other, love each other, and pray. 


In Christ,



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.


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