Watercolor painting by E. J. Kirsch

December 10, 2017 Bulletin

Dec 8, 2017

The Order for the Worship of God
Faith Presbyterian Church         9:30 a.m., December 10, 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     From East to West, From Shore to Shore, A Solus Ortus Cardine, Arr. Richard Proulx

           Let ev'ry heart awake and sing the holy child whom Mary bore,
          The Christ the everlasting king.

                   From Heaven Above, Von Himmel hoch, Arr. Richard Proulx

          To earth I come to bear good news to ev'ry home;
          glad tidings of great joy I bring whereof I now will say and sing.

Welcome and Greeting    

Lighting of the Candle — The Saputo Family, candle lighters
The second candle, the Bethlehem candle, reminds us that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, where King David was born, as the prophet Micah foretold.

God in heaven, as we learn to wait in faith, help us now to watch  in expectation.  Open our eyes that we might see the ways you are  at work around us, within us and through us.   Amen.

Hymn     # 340     O Come, All Ye Faithful
                                (Gray Psalter Hymnal)

Psalter:     Psalm 85     NRSV (read responsively)    Sophia Bergmann
1LORD, you were favorable to your land; you restored the fortunes of    Jacob.
2You forgave the iniquity of your people; you pardoned all their sin.
3You withdrew all your wrath; you turned from your hot anger.
4Restore us again, O God of our salvation, and put away your indignation toward us.
5Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger to all generations?
6Will you not revive us again, so that your people may rejoice in you?
7Show us your steadfast love, O LORD, and grant us your salvation.
8Let me hear what God the LORD will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts.
9Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land.
10Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other.
11Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky.
12The LORD will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase.
13Righteousness will go before him, and will make a path for his steps.

Prayer for Illumination                        Sophia Bergmann           

First Lesson:     Isaiah 7:1-17     NRSV           Sophia Bergmann
In the days of Ahaz son of Jotham son of Uzziah, king of Judah, King Rezin of Aram and King Pekah son of Remaliah of Israel went up to    attack Jerusalem, but could not mount an attack against it. 2When the house of David heard that Aram had allied itself with Ephraim, the heart of Ahaz and the heart of his people shook as the trees of the forest shake before the wind. 3Then the LORD said to Isaiah, Go out to meet Ahaz, you and your son Shear-jashub, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool on the highway to the Fuller’s Field, 4and say to him, Take heed, be quiet, do not fear, and do not let your heart be faint because of these two smoldering stumps of firebrands, because of the fierce anger of Rezin and Aram and the son of Remaliah. 5Because Aram—with Ephraim and the son of Remaliah—has plotted evil against you, saying, 6Let us go up against Judah and cut off Jerusalem and conquer it for ourselves and make the son of Tabeel king in it; 7therefore thus says the Lord GOD: It shall not stand, and it shall not come to pass. 8For the head of Aram is Damascus, and the head of Damascus is Rezin. (Within sixty-five years Ephraim will be shattered, no longer a people.) 9The head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is the son of Remaliah. If you do not stand firm in faith, you shall not stand at all.
10Again the LORD spoke to Ahaz, saying, 11Ask a sign of the LORD your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven. 12But Ahaz said, I will not ask, and I will not put the LORD to the test. 13Then Isaiah said: “Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary mortals, that you weary my God also? 14Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel. 15He shall eat curds and honey by the time he knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good. 16For before the child knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land before whose two kings you are in dread will be deserted.
17The LORD will bring on you and on your people and on your ancestral house such days as have not come since the day that Ephraim departed from Judah—the king of Assyria.”

Lector:     “This is the Word of God.”

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

Anthem     Night of the Father's Love     Pepper Choplin

Of the Father’s love begotten, ere the worlds began to be,
He is Alpha and Omega, He the source, the ending He
Of the things that are, that have been, and that future years shall see
Evermore and evermore. 

Silent night! Holy night!
All is calm, all is bright ‘round young virgin mother and child. 
Holy infant so tender and mild, 
Sleep in heavenly peace. 

Will the congregation please join us for the following verse marked with asterisks:

* Silent night! Holy night!
All is calm, all is bright ‘round young virgin mother and child. 
Holy infant so tender and mild, 
Sleep in heavenly peace. 
Sleep in heavenly peace. *

Sleep in heavenly peace. 
Evermore and evermore. 

Children’s Sermon

Hymn     # 25     Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming
                                    (Christmas Songbook)

After the Hymn children may leave for the Children’s Christmas Program

Second Lesson:     Matthew 1:18-23     NRSV
18Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. 20But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”22All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: 23“Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.”

Sermon     “God is With Us”     Pastor David Horner

Gathering of Tithes and Offering

Offertory     Nun Komm, Der Heiden Heiland, J.S. Bach

       Savior of the heathen, come, Virgin's Son, here make Thy home;

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

Prayer of Dedication


Joys and Concerns  

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

Hymn     # 8     How Great Our Joy!
                         (Christmas Songbook)


Postlude     Postlude on “Gloria”, French Carol, Arr. Jason D. Payne

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.


…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.

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



* 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 the Kuciks.


* This Sunday the children of Faith Presbyterian will be presenting a Christmas program immediately after worship. We love to celebrate our children and celebrate God with them, and this is another fantastic opportunity to do so.


* 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!


* 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.


* Sunday School Schedule – There will be no Sunday School classes December 24th or December 31st.  Sunday School will resume on January 7th.


* Please join us for our Christmas Services.  Christmas Eve Service (A Festival of Lessons & Carols) will take place on Sunday, December 24th at 6:30 p.m. There will be a reception following this service. There is a sign-up sheet in Fellowship Hall. Please let us know what you will be bringing for planning purposes. Childcare will be provided for the Christmas Eve Service. Christmas Day service will take place on Monday, December 25th at 11:00 a.m.


* 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 to Diane Horner by Sunday, December 17th

There will be a sign-up sheet in Fellowship Hall


* Christmas poinsettias are available for purchase for $8.00 each. If you would like to place a plant in honor or in memory of a loved one please place your money in the Poinsettia envelope.  Please fill out the form on the envelope and the names will be printed in the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day bulletins. The envelopes are on the table in the hallway and can be placed on the church office desk when they are completed. The Poinsettias will be placed in the sanctuary during the Christmas season and you are welcome to take them home after Christmas.


Music Notes

Richard Proulx (1937-2010) was a composer of over three hundred works including congregational music, sacred and secular choral works, song cycles, two operas, as well as instrumental and organ music. [www.giamusic.com/bios/proulx_richard.cfm]

Jason D. Payne (b. 1980) is a graduate of Bob Jones University and currently is organist for Briarlake Baptist Church in Decatur, Georgia.


Weekly Calendar for December 10

  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 (Mary Lou Varys)

This Week:
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 (Dave & Kris)
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:
December   17            Open House at the Horner’s
December   24            Christmas Eve Service
December   25            Christmas Day Service
December   28            New Year’s Tea at Westminster