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December 3, 2017 Bulletin

Dec 1, 2017

The Order for the Worship of God
Faith Presbyterian Church         9:30 a.m., December 3, 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     Set on “Veni Emmanuel” by Edward Landin (b. 1988), adapted from a 15th Century Plainsong by Thomas Helmore
   
    
Welcome and Greeting     


Lighting of the Candle — The Kirby Family, candle lighters
The first candle, the prophets’ candle, reminds us that long before Jesus was born, the prophets of ancient Israel foretold His birth.


Prayer
God in heaven, as we begin this season of Advent, we pray that  you will teach us to wait with patience, endurance, and trust.  Holding to the eternal promises revealed to us through the power of your Word, we ask that you remind us of your everlasting  presence.  Amen.

 

Hymn     #1     Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus   
                                     (Christmas Songbook)

 

Prayer of Confession from the Gray Hymnal


Prayer for Illumination                 Glenn Sparks

          
First Lesson:     Isaiah 11:1-10     NRSV                Glenn Sparks    
A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. 2The spirit of the LORD shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. 3His delight shall be in the fear of the LORD. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear; 4but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. 5Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist, and faithfulness the belt around his loins. 6The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. 7The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den. 9They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain; for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.
10On that day the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples; the nations shall inquire of him, and his dwelling shall be glorious.


Lector:     “This is the Word of God.”


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


Anthem     Advent Hymn

Evening has come in shadows of gray,
And the winter wind blows bitter and cold.

All of the world in silence awaits,
The Child the prophets have foretold.

Let us now prepare our hearts to receive Him,
Filled with hope and free from fear.

Soon He will come to all who believe.
The true Messiah will soon appear.
Come, Thou long-expected Jesus,
Born to set Thy people free.

Through the power of love redeem us,
Let us find our rest in Thee.

Born Thy people to deliver,
Born a Child and yet a King,

Born to reign in us forever,
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring.
He will come to guide and teach us,
Sent to earth from heaven above.

Come, Thou long-expected Jesus,
Warm our hearts with peace and with love.


Children’s Sermon


Hymn     # 31     Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne (vs. 1&2)
                                     (Christmas Songbook)


Second Lesson:     1 John 1     NRSV
We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— 2this life was revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us— 3we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.
5This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. 6If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; 7but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
8If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.


Sermon     “We Declare...”     Pastor David Horner                                 


Gathering of Tithes and Offering


Offertory     Interpretation of “Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming”. Tune first published in Cologne, 1599.

Lo, how a rose e'er blooming from tender stem hath sprung.
Of Jesse's lineage coming as men of old have sung.


Response
Jesus, name above all names,
Beautiful Savior, glorious Lord.
Emmanuel, God is with us,
Blessed Redeemer, Living Word. (repeat) Δ


Hymn     # 31     Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne (vs. 3-5)
                                    (Christmas Songbook)


The Lord’s Supper
        Invitation 

Words of Institution:    Mark 14:22-24     NRSV       In Unison
22While they were eating, he took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” 23Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, and all of them drank from it. 24He said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.


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    #328     O Come, O Come, Immanuel   (vs. 1,5,6 &7)
                                    (Gray Psalter Hymnal)


Benediction     


Postlude     Zion Hears the Watchmen's Voices (Wake, Awake for Night is Flying), arranged by David Cherwien (b. 1957), based on the tune Wachet Auf attributed to Philipp Nicolai

The watchmen on the heights are crying: Awake, Jerusalem, at last! Midnight hears the welcome voices, And at the thrilling cry rejoices; Come forth you virgins, night is past! The Bridegroom comes; awake, Your lamps with gladness take; Alleluia! And for his marriage feast prepare, For you must go to meet him there.
         
Δ © Naida Heran, ©1974, 1978 and this arr. ©1986 by Scripture In Song. Admin. by Maranatha! Music.  CCLI# 387100
            


Guests please sign our guest book and join
us in the Fellowship Hall after worship.
Childcare is available during worship for
infants/toddlers in the nursery behind the balcony.
School age children worship with their parents.
Large print bulletins available on the table in the hallway.
An usher will be glad to help you with any questions.

 

Worship
…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

 

Welcome
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.

Pre and School age Classes and their teachers

Pre-School                                    Sophia Bergmann & Betsy Wagner
Kindergarten - 1                        Pam Kirby, April Saputo & Kris Stith
Grades 2 - 4                                                                     Carol Goodrich
Grades 5 - 7                                               SueAnne & Mike Bergmann
Grades 8 - 12                                                                Debbie Fleetham 

Adult Classes and their teachers

Adult Class                                                                             Scott Cress
Biblical Greek                                                                    Jurgen Honig

 

 

Announcements

* 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 Don & Carol Gentry.

 

* The Java Heroes this Sunday are Jerry & Emily Matthews.

 

* Attention Parents! December 10th, the children of Faith Presbyterian will be presenting a Christmas program immediately after worship. Please make plans so that your child can participate. Sunday, December 3rd we will do a “dress rehearsal” after the worship service during coffee hour that will run through around 11:15ish. We love to celebrate our children and celebrate God with them, and this is another fantastic opportunity to do so. Questions?   Contact Erin .

 

* Sunday Evening Bible Study at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. In honor and celebration of the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation, we are studying a book on the reformation.  We will close promptly at 8:00 p.m.  We hope you will join us!

 

* L2 Single Ladies Group is planning to have lunch at the Village Pub at Westminster Village Monday, December 4th at 11:30 a.m. All single women are invited to join our group. Questions? Contact Jean McCoy.

 

* Adult Choir practice 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 Epistles of John. 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, December 17th, The Horner’s are having a holiday open house from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.  The lights will be lit, the trains will be running, and music will be playing.  Please stop in for a few minutes or longer, if you can.

 

* Ladies… Please join me for a New Year’s Tea

with our members & friends of Westminster Village.

When:  Thursday, December 28th
2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.

Where:  Cardinal Room
Westminster Village

Please  RSVP by Dec. 17th to Diane Horner

There will be a sign-up sheet in Fellowship Hall

 

* Jubilee Christmas – Saturday, December 9th

We will be hosting 16 families this year. The parents will be invited to select gifts for their children, so they can be the “heroes” on Christmas morning. We will be celebrating Jubilee Christmas on Saturday, December 9th at 10 a.m. Breakfast will be served at 9:00 a.m. for guests and hosts, and all helpers are invited.

Here's how you can help:

Pray.  That it will be a day filled with love and blessings.

1.  Toys — There is a Christmas tree in the fellowship hall with tags representing large gifts ($25-$30 each). If the toy requires batteries please include 2 sets. There's also a bowl with tags for stocking stuffers ($1-$5 each). Attach the tag to the unwrapped gift and place it in the box in the fellowship hall no later than Sunday, December 3rd.

2. Cookies and Refreshments*

3. Family Gifts* — Things like laundry detergent and paper products.

4. Volunteers*
a. Each family needs a host.
b. Setup, cleanup, and general help

5. Money — This helps us to pay for the hams and gift certificates provided by LUM, a hat and mittens for each child, and a gift for each family, as well as purchase any last-minute toys or supplies.  Place your gift in the morning offering or in the donations box in the fellowship hall.

*Signup sheets for these are in the fellowship hall.

Through Jubilee Christmas, we not only serve others in the community, but also grow as a community of believers in the Lord.  We appreciate and eagerly anticipate your help – Thank you! Questions? Carol Goodrich or Ron Smith

 

* Christmas poinsettias are available for purchase for $8.00 each. If you are interested in purchasing a poinsettia, please leave your money and name in an envelope on the church office desk with any information you would like included in the bulletin if you wish to note they are in memory or honor of someone. They will be placed in the sanctuary during the Christmas season and you are welcome to take them home after Christmas.

 

* CHRISTMAS is coming! - A beautiful tradition at Faith Presbyterian Church is our Christmas Eve service of Lessons and Carols. Hopefully you’re planning to come and bring your family and friends.

AFTER the service, we also enjoy another tradition: A bountiful buffet of good things to eat!

Sign-up sheet will be in Fellowship Hall. 

Please let us know what you will be bringing for planning purposes.

Thank you bakers, cooks, candy-makers, and also, those of you who eat it all.

Season’s Greetings!
Congregational Life Committee

 

Weekly Calendar for December 3, 2017

Today:
  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 (Horner’s)

This Week:
Mon.,   11:30 a.m.     L2 Ladies Luncheon at Westminster    
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
Fri.,                               Set-up for Jubilee Christmas
Fri.          4:00 p.m.     Wedding Rehearsal
Sat.,        9:00 a.m.     Jubilee Christmas
Sat.,        4:00 p.m.     Wedding