Watercolor painting by E. J. Kirsch

May 7, 2017 Bulletin

May 5, 2017

                              The Order for the Worship of God
               Faith Presbyterian Church         9:30 a.m., May 7, 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     Sing, Choirs of New Jerusalem (see Gray Hymnal pg. 404)

                    Hymn Tune Lyngham, Thomas Jarman

                    Prelude and Fugue in F-major     J. S. Bach


Hymn     # 438     When Moring Gilds the Sky (vs. 1-3)
                                     (Gray Psalter Hymnal)

Prayer of Confession – front of gray hymnal

Prayer for Illumination             Josh White       

First Lesson:     II  Chronicles 24:17-25     NRSV         Josh White
17Now after the death of Jehoiada the officials of Judah came and did obeisance to the king; then the king listened to them. 18They abandoned the house of the Lord, the God of their ancestors, and served the sacred poles and the idols. And wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem for this guilt of theirs. 19Yet he sent prophets among them to bring them back to the Lord; they testified against them, but they would not listen. 20Then the spirit of God took possession of Zechariah son of the priest Jehoiada; he stood above the people and said to them, “Thus says God: Why do you transgress the commandments of the Lord, so that you cannot prosper? Because you have forsaken the Lord, he has also forsaken you.”21But they conspired against him, and by command of the king they stoned him to death in the court of the house of the Lord. 22King Joash did not remember the kindness that Jehoiada, Zechariah’s father, had shown him, but killed his son. As he was dying, he said, “May the Lordsee and avenge!” 23At the end of the year the army of Aram came up against Joash. They came to Judah and Jerusalem, and destroyed all the officials of the people from among them, and sent all the booty they took to the king of Damascus. 24Although the army of Aram had come with few men, the Lord delivered into their hand a very great army, because they had abandoned the Lord, the God of their ancestors. Thus they executed   judgment on Joash. 25When they had withdrawn, leaving him severely wounded, his servants conspired against him because of the blood of the son of the priest Jehoiada, and they killed him on his bed. So he died; and they buried him in the city of David, but they did not bury him in the tombs of the kings.

Lector:     “This is the Word of God.”

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

Anthem     O Come and Sing Unto the Lord     Lani Smith

Oh come and sing unto the Lord, to Him our voices raise;
let us in our most joyful songs the Lord our Savior praise!

Before His presence let us come with praise and thankful voice;
let us sing psalms to Him with grace, with grateful heart rejoice!

The Lord our God is king of kings, above all gods His throne;
the depths, the depths of the earth, the mountains are His own.


Children’s Sermon

Hymn     # 530     I Love to Tell the Story
                               (Gray Psalter Hymnal)

Second Lesson:     Matthew 23:13-39     NRSV             
13“But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you lock people out of the kingdom of heaven. For you do not go in yourselves, and when others are going in, you stop them. 15Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cross sea and land to make a single convert, and you make the new convert twice as much a child of hell as yourselves. 16“Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘Whoever swears by the sanctuary is bound by nothing, but whoever swears by the gold of the sanctuary is bound by the oath.’ 17You blind fools! For which is greater, the gold or the sanctuary that has made the gold sacred? 18And you say, ‘Whoever swears by the altar is bound by nothing, but whoever swears by the gift that is on the altar is bound by the oath.’ 19How blind you are! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that makes the gift sacred? 20So whoever swears by the altar, swears by it and by everything on it; 21and whoever swears by the sanctuary, swears by it and by the one who dwells in it;22and whoever swears by heaven, swears by the throne of God and by the one who is seated upon it. 23“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint, dill, and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. It is these you ought to have practiced without neglecting the others. 24You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel! 25“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. 26You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup, so that the outside also may become clean. 27“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which on the outside look beautiful, but inside they are full of the bones of the dead and of all kinds of filth. 28So you also on the outside look righteous to others, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. 29“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous, 30and you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ 31Thus you testify against yourselves that you are descendants of those who murdered the prophets. 32Fill up, then, the measure of your ancestors. 33You snakes, you brood of vipers! How can you escape being sentenced to hell?
34Therefore I send you prophets, sages, and scribes, some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town, 35so that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar. 36Truly I tell you, all this will come upon this generation.37“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! 38See, your house is left to you, desolate. 39For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.’”

Sermon     “All the Righteous Blood Shed on Earth”    Pastor David Horner

Gathering of Tithes and Offering

Offertory     Lord Jesus Christ, Be Present Now     J. S. Bach


Response (p. 82 Supplemental)
I love you, Lord, and I lift my voice to worship You,
O my soul rejoice.
Take joy, my King, in what You hear,
May it be a sweet, sweet sound in Your ear.

Hymn     # 53     Behold the Lamb    
                        (Supplemental Hymnal)

  The Lord’s Supper
Words of Institution:     Luke 22: 14 & 19-20      In Unison  
14When the hour came, he took his place at the table, and the apostles with him. 19Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 20And he did the same with the cup after supper, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.”

Prayer of Thanksgiving
       Giving and receiving of the Bread and Cup
                  The inside cups are white grape juice;
                               the outer cups contain wine.

Prayer of Consecration
Almighty Lord: we are thankful for all the benefits given us in this bread and wine, this body and blood.  As the grain was harvested and the grapes gathered for this food, so may your church in every place be gathered into your household. And as the grain was ground and the grapes crushed, so may our lives be spent in your service, until you return in triumph to gather to yourself the harvest and call us to the marriage feast of the lamb.  Amen.

Hymn     # 438     When Moring Gilds the Sky (vs. 4&5)
                                     (Gray Psalter Hymnal)


Postlude     Toccata     Johann Pachelbel


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 Java Hero this Sunday is Diane Horner.


* The flowers this Sunday are provided by Carol Gentry.


* Sunday evening Bible study at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Pastor Horner leads a study on the Book of Revelation. Join us for prayer, refreshments, engaging conversation, and meaningful fellowship. We close promptly at 8:00 p.m.  The last Sunday evening Bible study for the Spring Semester will be May 21st.


* 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. The last Thursday evening Bible study for the Spring Semester will be May 25th.


* 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. 


* May Hymn Sing — Come a few minutes early Sunday, May 14, to join us for our monthly hymn sing from 9:25-9:35 a.m.


* There will be no Youth Discipleship in May. But we will meet early (8:45 a.m.) on May 21st to finish up preparations for Youth Sunday. Please come early to discuss the service and pray. There will be donuts!


* May 21st will be the last regular meeting of Sunday School classes for Spring 2017. This year our Sunday School teachers included: Sophia Bergmann, Betsy Wagner, Pam Kirby, April Saputo, Kris Stith, Carol Goodrich, SueAnne Bergmann, Debbie Fleetham, Scott Cress, Pat Kain & Jurgen Honig. We thank God for our teachers - for their dedicated service, helping us to learn and grow in our knowledge and love of Christ. 


* GRADUATION 2017 — Come and honor our graduates on Youth Sunday, May 21 with a reception after morning worship.

Our graduates are: Alexeya Barr, Thomas Kennell, Katarina Clase & Mayfawny Bergmann.

Please contact Lou Ann Johnston if your graduate is not listed.


* Marilyn is Retiring! — After many years of faithful service and wonderful music, Marilyn Sameh is retiring and moving from the area.  Please come to a celebration of Marilyn’s years at Faith on May 28 after morning worship.  Join us for cake and a light repast.  A sign-up sheet for finger foods will be in the Fellowship Hall. A basket will be provided for cards for Marilyn.


* Mission of the Month — Our Mission of the Month for May will be Trinity Life Ministry. Trinity helps men with addictions of various types by helping them become disciples of Christ. The main location is in Crawfordsville but you probably know about their thrift store here in Lafayette.  The store here and the one in Crawfordsville help to fund the ministry and provide places for the guests to work in their spare time. 

They have doubled the number of groups they are working with and they need our help to provide for the influx of new guests.  The group starting in June looks to be the largest group ever to enroll.  The success rate of this ministry is amazing compared to most rehabilitation programs.   Without question, there is power in including Christ in the program and letting Him lead the way for these men.

The needs for the new group starting in June are as follows: Twin sheet sets, Pillows, Pillow cases, Towels, Wash cloths, Laundry Baskets, Laundry Soap and Blankets.

The ministry likes to give each guest a new set of linens, etc. to signify their “New Beginning” but gently used items in great condition are also appreciated.


* Lost and Found — There is a basket in the Fellowship Hall which contains lost items. Please check the basket if you are missing something!


* Calling All Piano Players!— Do you enjoy worshipping God through music? Do you love to play familiar hymns? Then please consider participating in our outreach mission at local nursing homes. Two to three Sundays a month, Faith Church leads worship at several nursing homes in Lafayette/West Lafayette. The residents respond well to singing familiar hymns. Our pool of pianists has dwindled due to moves and illnesses. Questions? Contact Lonni Kucik at 765-497-5696 if you are able to help. Many hands make “Light” work.


Weekly Calendar for May 7, 2017

  9:30 a.m.     Worship (Communion)
11:00 a.m.     Sunday School
  2:30 p.m.     St. Mary’s Worship (Grieke Toebes)    
  6:30 p.m.     Sunday Evening Bible Study, FH (Diane Horner)
This Week:
Mon.,   7:00 p.m.     Session
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 (Mary Lou Varys)
Wed.,    6:30 p.m.     Adult Choir
Thur.,    7:00 p.m.     Bible Study at the Horner’s
Fri.,        7:30 a.m.     Men’s Breakfast                   

Coming Weeks:
May 21           Youth Sunday
May 28           Retirement Celebration for Marilyn Sameh