Watercolor painting by E. J. Kirsch

April 23, 2017 Bulletin

Apr 17, 2017

                                The Order for the Worship of God
              Faith Presbyterian Church         9:30 a.m., April 23, 2017
 Let the first tone of the organ be a call to quiet meditation in which all
may become aware of God’s presence, and lift up a prayer for yourself
                                              and for Faith Church.

Prelude     Ye Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim     Raymond Haan


Hymn     # 396     Low in the Grave Christ Lay
                                    (Gray Psalter Hymnal)

Psalter:     Psalm 25     NRSV (read responsively)           Glenn Sparks             
1To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
2O my God, in you I trust; do not let me be put to shame; do not let my enemies exult over me.
3Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame; let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.
4Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths.
5Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.
6Be mindful of your mercy, O LORD, and of your steadfast love, for they have been from of old.
7Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for your goodness’ sake, O LORD!
8Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
9He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.
10All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his decrees.
11For your name’s sake, O LORD, pardon my guilt, for it is great.
12Who are they that fear the LORD? He will teach them the way that they should choose.
13They will abide in prosperity, and their children shall possess the land.
14The friendship of the LORD is for those who fear him, and he makes his covenant known to them.
15My eyes are ever toward the LORD, for he will pluck my feet out of the net.
16Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.
17Relieve the troubles of my heart, and bring me out of my distress.
18Consider my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins.
19Consider how many are my foes, and with what violent hatred they hate me.
20O guard my life, and deliver me; do not let me be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.
21May integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for you.
22Redeem Israel, O God, out of all its troubles.

Prayer for Illumination                               Glenn Sparks           

First Lesson:     Nehemiah 8:1-8     NRSV         Glenn Sparks
All the people gathered together into the square before the Water Gate. They told the scribe Ezra to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the Lord had given to Israel. 2Accordingly, the priest Ezra brought the law before the assembly, both men and women and all who could hear with understanding. This was on the first day of the seventh month.3He read from it facing the square before the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of the men and the women and those who could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive to the book of the law. 4The scribe Ezra stood on a wooden platform that had been made for the purpose; and beside him stood Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Uriah, Hilkiah, and Maaseiah on his right hand; and Pedaiah, Mishael, Malchijah, Hashum, Hash-baddanah, Zechariah, and Meshullam on his left hand. 5And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was standing above all the people; and when he opened it, all the people stood up. 6Then Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God, and all the people answered, “Amen, Amen,” lifting up their hands. Then they bowed their heads and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground. 7Also Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodiah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, the Levites, helped the people to understand the law, while the people remained in their places. 8So they read from the book, from the law of God, with interpretation. They gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading.

Lector:     “This is the Word of God.”

Congregation:     “Thanks be to God for His Word.”

Special Music

Children’s Sermon

Hymn     # 391     The Strife is O’er, the Battle Done    
                                        (Gray Psalter Hymnal)

Second Lesson:     Mathew 23:1-12     NRSV             
Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, 2“The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat; 3therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practice what they teach. 4They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on the shoulders of others; but they themselves are unwilling to lift a finger to move them. 5They do all their deeds to be seen by others; for they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long. 6They love to have the place of honor at banquets and the best seats in the synagogues, 7and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have people call them rabbi. 8But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all students. 9And call no one your father on earth, for you have one Father—the one in heaven. 10Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Messiah. 11The greatest among you will be your servant. 12All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted.

Sermon     “Moses’ Seat”    Pastor David Horner

Gathering of Tithes and Offering

Offertory     I Danced in the Morning     Emma Lou Diemer
                             (words in Supplemental Hymnal p. 43)

Response (p. 85 Supplemental)
Lift up your heads to the coming King.
Bow before Him and adore Him sing
To His Majesty, let your praises be
Pure and Holy giving Glory to the King of Kings. Δ

Prayer of Dedication   


Joys and Concerns 

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession
* The Evangelistic Ministry of Leonard & Dewi Sidharta
* Local Emergency Aid Program
* Lafayette Urban Ministry
* Jon & Kristi Nykamp

Hymn     # 405     I Serve a Risen Savior
                                (Gray Psalter Hymnal)


Postlude     Good Christian Men, Rejoice and Sing     Healey Willan
                                  (see Gray Hymnal p. 397)          (Canada, 1880-1968)

Δ©Steven Fry, ©1974 Birdwing Music (a div. of The Sparrow Corp.) and BMG Songs, Inc., and Cherry Lane Music Pub. Co., Inc.  Admin. by BMG Songs, Inc. CCLI# 387100


Guests please sign our guest book and join us in the Fellowship Hall after worship.
Childcare is available during worship for infants up to 2-1/2 years old in the room behind the balcony.
Children ages 2-1/2 through 5 will be in the Childcare room in the Education Wing during worship time.
School age children worship with their parents.
An usher will be glad to help you locate these rooms.


   …is the quickening of conscience by God’s holiness;
               the nourishment of mind with His truth;
            the purifying of imagination by His beauty;
                   the opening of the heart to His love;
               the surrender of the will to His purpose;
              and all of this gathered up in adoration—
the most selfless emotion of which our nature is capable,
and therefore the chief remedy for that self-centeredness
which is our original sin and the source of all actual sin.”                   
                                   -William Temple



     To all who are weary and seek rest; to all who mourn and
       long for comfort; to all who struggle and desire victory;
   to all who sin and need a Savior; to all who are idle and look
   for service; to all who are strangers and want fellowship; to
all who hunger and thirst after righteousness; and to whosoever
    will come--this church opens wide her doors and offers her
               welcome in the name of Jesus Christ her Lord.



                        Join Us for Sunday School at 11:00 a.m.
  Classes for children from toddler age to high school, and for adults. 
Sunday School is a good opportunity for us to grow in our knowledge
of God, and to enjoy fellowship and encourage each other in our faith.

Toddler Playschool             Sophia Bergmann & Betsy Wagner
Pre-K– Kindergarten         Pam Kirby, April Saputo & Kris Stith
Grades 1 - 5                                                              Carol Goodrich
Grades 6 - 8                                                     SueAnne Bergmann
Grades 9 - 12                                                        Debbie Fleetham
Themes in Christian Worship               Scott Cress & Pat Kain
Biblical Greek                                                             Jurgen Honig




* If you need prayer or other help from the church or know of anyone else who does, please call Pastor Horner or one of the elders or deacons.


* For those wishing a visit at any time by Pastor Horner please be sure you let Brenda know you are interested. Pastor Horner’s office hours are Monday -Thursday 9:30 a.m.– 1:30 p.m. or by appointment.


* The Greeters this Sunday are Steve & Mary Lou Varys.


* The Java Heroes this Sunday are Frank & April Saputo.


* Join us for our next Family Fellowship Dinner today at 5:30 p.m. After the meal hang around for the adult Bible study or a brief visitor Q&A with Scott. If you are new to our church, this is a great way to get connected. This is also a great opportunity to bring a friend.


* Sunday Evening Bible Study at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Pastor Horner leads a study on the Book of Revelation. Come join us for prayer, refreshments, engaging conversation, and meaningful fellowship. We close promptly at 8:00 p.m.  See you there! 


* Deadline for May Newsletter submissions is Wednesday,  April 26th. Please email them to Brenda at the church office.


* Adult Choir practice on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00 p.m.


* Thursday evening Bible study at 7:00 p.m. at the Horner’s. We are studying the book of 1 Peter. All are welcome to join us.


* Men’s breakfast Fridays, 7:30 a.m. at Christos New City Grill West Side. All men are invited to join us for food, fun, and fellowship. 


* Sunday, April 30th is our 2017 Mission Fair — Immediately after Worship, you will find our Fellowship Hall transformed by our Deacons into a Mission Fair. Each of the Missions which are supported by Faith Presbyterian Church will be represented. Please come to the fellowship hall, grab a cup of coffee, and see some great people and groups that the Lord has allowed us to assist.


* All teenagers are invited to attend Youth Discipleship April 30th. Meetings take place 4:30-6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.


* Our Faith Presbyterian Mission of the Month for April will be the Local Emergency Aid Program (LEAP).  This program aids families who need temporary financial support. The program is run here at Faith Presbyterian. The administrators also like to distribute personal care supplies when they are available. We will be collecting items through the month of April. Please consider donating again to this VERY WORTHWHILE cause.

Items they need are: Shampoo, Conditioner, Tooth-Brushes, Toothpaste, Deodorant, Soap and Toilet Paper (preferably 4 packs for ease of distribution)

Questions? Contact Dave Stith.


* E-Mail List Update — Are you receiving the e-mails you’d like to receive from Faith Church?

Here are the options:

1. Morning Prayers list: a daily prayer sent Monday - Friday with    birthdays & anniversaries for the following week included on Fridays.

2. Congregational list: current event announcements and reminders, news about health situations, hospitalizations, and so on.

3. Faith monthly newsletter

To add or remove your name from any/all of these lists, email Brenda or call 743-3683.

Thank You!


Weekly Calendar for April 23, 2017

  9:30 a.m.     Worship
11:00 a.m.     Sunday School
  5:30 p.m.     Family Fellowship Dinner
  6:30 p.m.     Sunday Evening Bible Study, FH
This Week:
Tues.,  10:00 a.m.     Local Emergency Aid Program
Tues.,    7:00 p.m.     Boy Scouts #338
Tues.,    7:30 p.m.     Bible Study at Tippecanoe Co. Jail
Wed.,     7:00 a.m.     Morning Prayers (Jan Hem)
Wed.,     6:30 p.m.     Adult Choir
Wed.,                           Deadline for May Newsletter Submissions
Thur.,    7:00 p.m.      Bible Study at the Horner’s
Fri.,        7:30 a.m.      Men’s Breakfast                   

Coming Weeks:
Sunday, April 30                            Mission Fair
Sunday, April 30       4:30 p.m.    Youth Discipleship