Worship Service July 26, 2015 - Gerald Barbour Chairman, Board of Deacons Eleanor E. Olive Chair, Board

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  • Worship Service July 26, 2015

    Baptism – 11:00 AM

    “To all those who enter here, be thoughtful, be silent, be reverent. Before the service, speak to

    God. During the service, let God speak to you. After the service, speak to others.”

    9:00 AM

    11:00 AM Reverend Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III


    9:00 AM Roy Jennings, Organist

    11:00 AM James Davis Jr., Organist

    Call to Worship

    Leader: God saves, God redeems, and God calls.

    People: God called Moses in the wilderness, the prophets in the hills, and

    the disciples in the cities.

    Leader: Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside

    every weight and the sin that so easily beset us.

    All: Let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us looking

    to Jesus, the author and the finisher of our faith. AMEN.

    The Lord’s Prayer


    “”Wash, O God, Our Sons and Daughters” #674

    Invocation and Chant

    Responsive Reading

    “Baptism” #59

    Gloria Patri Prayer and Choral Response


    9:00 AM

    11:00 AM The Total Praise Ensemble

    "O Give Thanks” Composed by Craig Hayes

    Pastoral Emphasis


  • Meditation 9:00 AM

    11:00 AM The Total Praise Ensemble "Soon As I Get Home”

    Composed by Thomas Whitfield

    Sermon and Invitation Invitational


    9:00 AM

    11:00 AM Offertory Sentences & Selections

    The Total Praise Ensemble

    "Let the Redeemed Say So" Composed by Ricky Dillard

    Soloist: Susann Miles-Westbrook, Soprano

    Doxology Offertory Prayer


    Recessional “Just a Closer Walk With Thee” #455

    Benediction and Amen



    Sunday Morning Praying Band assembles Sunday mornings at 7:00 AM.

    Sunday Morning Bible Study meets at 8:45 AM.

    Mid-Week Manna Worship Service - Wednesday evenings 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


    Send a Postcard—and your Tithes and Offerings!

    When God has blessed Abyssinians enabling them to take wonderful and

    well-deserved vacations, we love to hear about them. Wherever your

    travels take you this summer, drop us a line, send us a postcard—and

    we hope you’ll remember to keep paying your tithes and offerings too!

    You can drop them in the mail (with your postcard) or pay them online

    at Abyssinian.org.

    Our Website is More Secure

    Abyssinian has partnered with Sucuri.net to make our website more

    secure. Sucuri is protecting abyssinian.org from hackers, malware and

    other brute force attacks. Your financial data has always been

    protected and encrypted by our SSL (secure socket layer) certificate.

    We continue to identify ways to enhance our web security.

    Online Giving Upgrade in the Works

    In an effort to keep up with technology and provide a viable and

    current online giving platform, Abyssinian is actively searching for a

    new, secure, user-friendly, and scalable online giving solution that can

    grow with us to meet our current and future needs. We will keep you

    posted regarding upcoming changes. If you experience any issues or

    challenges as we select and migrate to a new online giving platform, we

    encourage you to make our webmasters aware so they can address

    them quickly. They can be reached at webmaster@abyssinian.org.

    When a decision is made on a new provider, you will be the first to

    know. We look forward to getting your feedback.

    Abyssinians, wherever your summer travels

    take you, remember that God loves you and so

    do we!

    http://www.sucuri.net/ mailto:webmaster@abyssinian.org?subject=Website%20Issue



    Our Sunday Worship Service schedule will be adjusted

    for the month of August and the first Sunday of

    September only. Sunday Worship Service will take

    place at 10:00 AM on:

    Sunday, August 2

    Sunday, August 9

    Sunday, August 16

    Sunday, August 23

    Sunday, August 30

    Sunday, September 6

    Sunday Worship Services return to 9:00 AM and 11:00

    AM on Homecoming Sunday, September 13, 2015.

    Have a safe, enjoyable summer, and remember to

    Keep the Faith!



    Many thanks to all those who attended

    the listening sessions. We greatly

    appreciate all the feedback we received

    and have formulated a strategic plan of

    action that is centered around the

    following six foci:


    Deal with the Cultural Shift in the

    “expectation of” and “relationship to”

    LEADERSHIP through clarification and

    communication of roles and expectations.


    Design EDUCATION goals and

    strategies across Christian, Cultural, Social and Leadership Development lines.


    Increase greater COORDINATION across ministries, members, services, and

    Aby affiliates.


    Improve communication internally and externally.


    Become intentional about strategic ENGAGEMENT of the members in the

    local, global, and social media community.


    Foster FELLOWSHIP opportunities that allow relationship building across

    every demographic and meet our member’s needs.

    In the upcoming weeks we will make great strides in the execution of our

    strategic plan. We invite you to join us on Tuesday, August 4th at 7:00 PM

    in the Vestry as we discuss our implementation process.


    Are you in the Media/Marketing field and looking for ways to get invlolved here

    at Abyssinian? We seek volunteers who are willing to use their talents to help

    Aby transition into its next era of digital greatness. Some of our immediate

    needs include:

    Visual and Graphic Design


    Social Media

    Video Editing (Adobe Audition)

    Join us for a human resource assessment and planning meeting on Monday,

    August 10th at 7:00 PM in the Vestry. For more information contact

    Reverend Reginald L. Bachus at rlbachus@abyssinian.org or 212.862.7474, ext.




  • Westward, Ho! – AbyWEST Campaign Moves Forward The AbyWEST -- 3.0 in 24 Mo!

    Campaign is well underway. We are

    very grateful to the membership for

    their support of our effort to build a

    $12MM educational center. Following

    our initial appeal, more than 40% of

    our members responded to the plea

    to make a supporting pledge. We are

    making progress toward the

    achievement of our goal to raise

    $3mm in 24months. Thanks to your

    generous support we are one-third of

    the way there.

    Heed the Call – Make Your Pledge Today!

    100 Percent Member Participation Requested

    For those who have not made a pledge, there is

    no time like the present. Our goal is to attain

    100% participation from our members. Pledge

    cards are available in the church elevator lobby

    and at Abyssinian.org via the “AbyWEST” icon.

    Your completed pledge card can be left at the

    front desk in the Trustee mailbox. With your help

    our goal to raise $3mm in 24 months will be


    Thank you for your continued support!

    Dedicated to “the Worship of God and the

    Service of Humanity”…

  • NEW MEMBERS CLASS SCHEDULE – Classes meet at 8:30 AM in Blue Room

    Class #1 At the Cross: Jesus and Salvation - Sunday, September 6th

    Class #2 Faith Foundations: Baptist Polity and Practices - Sunday, September 13th

    Class #3 The Abyssinian Baptist Church: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow - Sunday, September 20th

    Class #4 Giving God Our Best: Worship & Stewardship - Sunday, September 27th

    Note: New Members Classes are not offered in the month of August. Classes resume on

    Sunday, September 6, 2015.

    The Abyssinian Baptist Church Federal Credit Union is asking the following Credit Union members to call or stop by

    the Credit Union office as soon as possible:

    Olivia Jones | William Carter | John Norville

    Mabel Richardson | Melissa Gibbs | Lawrence Jenkins

    The Credit Union is located in the rear of the 1st Floor Conference Room

    Sundays after the 9:00 AM & 11:00 AM Worship Services

    Wednesdays, 6:30PM – 8:00 PM

    (212) 862-5959 | creditunion@abyssinian.org


    Sundays in August – After 10:00 AM Worship Service – 2:00