Sunday, June 11, 2023



Kim Peeples


Rev. Dr. Diane Bales

Our Father, who art in Heaven. Hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day, our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the Kingdom, and the power and the glory, forever. Amen!

MUSIC MEDLEY (words on screen)

  • They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love
  • Peace Like a River
  • Sanctuary


Libby Ballew


Elders: Connie Thompson and Lee Thompson

Deacons: Jeanie Morgan and Dorrie Toth


SPECIAL MUSIC: “Rise and Shine!”

Campers, Counselors, and Congregation

SCRIPTURE READING: Matthew 9: 9 – 13, 18 – 26

Elizabeth Anders

SERMON: “The Gift of Mercy”

Rev. Dr. Diane Bales

IHYMN OF COMMITMENT: “Seek Ye First” (words on screen)


Rev. Dr. Diane Bales


Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.


Rev. Dr. Diane Bales


Rev. Dr. Diane Bales

CLOSING CHORUS: “Wherever You Go”


Kim Peeples


Sunday, June 11
9 am: Choir Rehearsal
10 am:  Sunday School
11:00 am: Worship (Rev. Dr. Diane Bales preaching)

Tuesday, June 20
6:30 pm: Let’s Eat! at Papi’s Cuban & Caribbean Grill

Sunday, June 18 – Father’s Day
9 am: Choir Rehearsal
10 am:  Sunday School
11:00 am: Worship (Rev. Kyle Ermoian preaching)
12 pm: Called Congregational Meeting


CALLED CONGREGATIONAL MEETING ON JUNE 18: We will hold a called congregational meeting immediately after worship on Sunday, June 18 to vote on calling Teresa Bensch as co-minister. Please plan to be present for this important meeting!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE CO-OP FOOD BANK: We still have spaces for about 4 more people to volunteer at the Lawrenceville Co-op food bank from 9 am – noon on Saturday, June 17. If you’re willing to join us, please contact Rod at or 404-273-1444.

SEND A NOTE TO CAMP: Our campers (and counselors and directors) love mail! If you would like to send notes to camp along with other notes from other church members and friends, please bring your notes to church and put them in the labeled envelope by the beginning day of the camp. There’s a list of dates and those attending in the weekly e-gram and on the table in the gathering space.

WEEKLY CALL TO PRAYER FOR OUR CHURCH: During this time of transition for LFCC, the Pulpit Committee invites all of us to a time of intentional prayer for our congregation. Each Wednesday at 7 pm, you are encouraged to pause for a few minutes to pray for God’s guidance as we continue the work of discerning God’s path for our church. You can pray wherever you are, in whatever way feels most comfortable for you. If you are not able to pause and pray Wednesdays at 7 pm, please choose a different time to set aside for intentional prayer for LFCC. We need all of our prayers to guide our church forward. 


Matthew 9: 9 – 13, 18 – 26

As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, ‘Follow me.’ And he got up and followed him.
And as he sat at dinner in the house, many tax-collectors and sinners came and were sitting with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, ‘Why does your teacher eat with tax-collectors and sinners?’ But when he heard this, he said, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.” For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.’

While he was saying these things to them, suddenly a leader of the synagogue came in and knelt before him, saying, ‘My daughter has just died; but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.’ And Jesus got up and followed him, with his disciples. Then suddenly a woman who had been suffering from haemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his cloak, for she said to herself, ‘If I only touch his cloak, I will be made well.’ Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, ‘Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.’ And instantly the woman was made well. When Jesus came to the leader’s house and saw the flute-players and the crowd making a commotion, he said, ‘Go away; for the girl is not dead but sleeping.’ And they laughed at him. But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl got up. And the report of this spread throughout that district.