Watercolor painting by E. J. Kirsch

May 14, 2017 Bulletin

May 12, 2017

                             The Order for the Worship of God
              Faith Presbyterian Church         9:30 a.m., May 14, 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.

Hymn Sing     Supplemental Hymnal

                         # 38     The Solid Rock
                         # 68     O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus
                         # 90     Hear the Call of the Kingdom       
                         # 65     We Will Glorify


Hymn     # 432     For the Beauty of the Earth
                                    (Gray Psalter Hymnal)

Psalter:     Psalm 40:1-8     NRSV (read responsively)             Chase Kirby
1I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry.
2He drew me up from the desolate pit, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.
3He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD.
4Happy are those who make the LORD their trust, who do not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after false gods.
5You have multiplied, O LORD my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you. Were I to proclaim and tell of them, they would be more than can be counted.
6Sacrifice and offering you do not desire, but you have given me an open ear. Burnt offering and sin offering you have not required.
7Then I said, “Here I am; in the scroll of the book it is written of me.
8I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.”

Prayer for Illumination                      Chase Kirby       

First Lesson:     Ephesians 2:12-22     NRSV          Chase Kirby
12remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
14For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. 15He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, 16and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it. 17So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; 18for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God,20built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. 21In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; 22in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God.

Lector:     “This is the Word of God.”

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

Special Music     How Great Thou Art    

Children’s Sermon

Hymn     #586     In Our Households, Heavenly Father
                                          (Gray Psalter Hymnal)

Second Lesson:     1 Samuel 5:1-6:9     NRSV             
When the Philistines captured the ark of God, they brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod; 2then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it into the house of Dagon and placed it beside Dagon. 3When the people of Ashdod rose early the next day, there was Dagon, fallen on his face to the ground before the ark of the LORD. So they took Dagon and put him back in his place. 4But when they rose early on the next morning, Dagon had fallen on his face to the ground before the ark of the LORD, and the head of Dagon and both his hands were lying cut off upon the threshold; only the trunk of Dagon was left to him. 5This is why the priests of Dagon and all who enter the house of Dagon do not step on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod to this day.
6The hand of the LORD was heavy upon the people of Ashdod, and he terrified and struck them with tumors, both in Ashdod and in its territory.7And when the inhabitants of Ashdod saw how things were, they said, “The ark of the God of Israel must not remain with us; for his hand is heavy on us and on our god Dagon.” 8So they sent and gathered together all the lords of the Philistines, and said, “What shall we do with the ark of the God of Israel?” The inhabitants of Gath replied, “Let the ark of God be moved on to us.” So they moved the ark of the God of   Israel to Gath.9But after they had brought it to Gath, the hand of the LORD was against the city, causing a very great panic; he struck the inhabitants of the city, both young and old, so that tumors broke out on them. 10So they sent the ark of the God of Israel to Ekron. But when the ark of God came to Ekron, the people of Ekron cried out, “Why have they brought around to us the ark of the God of Israel to kill us and our people?” 11They sent therefore and gathered together all the lords of the Philistines, and said, “Send away the ark of the God of Israel, and let it return to its own place, that it may not kill us and our people.” For there was a deathly panic throughout the whole city. The hand of God was very heavy there;12those who did not die were stricken with tumors, and the cry of the city went up to heaven.

6The ark of the LORD was in the country of the Philistines seven months.2Then the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners and said, “What shall we do with the ark of the LORD? Tell us what we should send with it to its place.” 3They said, “If you send away the ark of the God of Israel, do not send it empty, but by all means return him a guilt offering. Then you will be healed and will be ransomed; will not his hand then turn from you?” 4And they said, “What is the guilt offering that we shall return to him?” They answered, “Five gold tumors and five gold mice, according to the number of the lords of the Philistines; for the same plague was upon all of you and upon your lords. 5So you must make images of your tumors and images of your mice that ravage the land, and give glory to the God of Israel; perhaps he will lighten his hand on you and your gods and your land. 6Why should you harden your hearts as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts? After he had made fools of them, did they not let the people go, and they departed? 7Now then, get ready a new cart and two milch cows that have never borne a yoke, and yoke the cows to the cart, but take their calves home, away from them. 8Take the ark of the LORD and place it on the cart, and put in a box at its side the figures of gold, which you are returning to him as a guilt offering. Then send it off, and let it go its way. 9And watch; if it goes up on the way to its own land, to Beth-shemesh, then it is he who has done us this great harm; but if not, then we shall know that it is not his hand that struck us; it happened to us by chance.”

Sermon     “What a Great Opportunity”    Pastor David Horner

Gathering of Tithes and Offering

Offertory     It Is Well With My Soul     arr. John Innes
                           Myra Leap, piano

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.

Prayer of Dedication       


Joys and Concerns  

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession
* The Evangelistic Ministry of Leonard & Dewi Sidharta
* Jack & Mary Ann Voelkel-IVCF
* ECHO (Education Concerns for Hunger Organization)
* Hope 61

Hymn     # 505     For All the Saints (vs. 1,2,4&7)
                           (Gray Psalter Hymnal)


Postlude     Toccata For a Joyful Day     Emma Lou Diemer


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 Heroes this Sunday are Terry & Jane Stewart.


* The flowers this Sunday are provided by Brenda Hardesty.


* The Greeters this Sunday are Don & 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.


* 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. 


* 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 21st 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.  Come help us celebrate Marilyn’s years at Faith on May 28th 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.


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


* Mitford Tea Ladies get your hats, it’s time for the   Mitford Tea. Ahem, the honor of the presence of the ladies of Faith Church and their friends are requested for high tea on June 11th at two in the afternoon.  Join in with the theme of an international tea and be prepared to enjoy our speaker Kathleen Kirsch as she discusses the embroidered pulpit falls that we enjoy throughout the year. Kathleen is a thoughtful woman and a delightful speaker who puts great artistry into her work. Your assistance with food preparation is requested via a sign-up sheet with recipes provided. Hostesses for the day will also be needed for each table. Please see Lou Ann Johnston for questions or see one of the church ladies.


* 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.


* 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 or 765-497-5696 if you are able to help. Many hands make “Light” work.


Weekly Calendar for May 14, 2017

  9:30 a.m.     Worship
11:00 a.m.     Sunday School
  1:30 p.m.     Tippecanoe Villa Worship
  3:00 p.m.     Friendship House (Donna Lofgren)    
  6:30 p.m.     Sunday Evening Bible Study, FH

This Week:
Mon.,     6:30 p.m.     Deacon’s Meeting
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 (Communion) (Dave & Kris Stith)
Thur.,    7:00 p.m.     Bible Study at the Horner’s
Fri.,        7:30 a.m.     Men’s Breakfast    
Fri.,        5:00 p.m.     Varys/Seele Wedding Rehearsal
Sat.,       3:00 p.m.     Varys/Seele Wedding              

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