Watercolor painting by E. J. Kirsch

December 17, 2017 Bulletin

Dec 14, 2017

The Order for the Worship of God
Faith Presbyterian Church         9:30 a.m., December 17, 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     The “Waits” Carol, based on a traditional English carol “Past Three O'Clock”, arr. Gilbert M. Martin

                    Sing We All at Christmas, Robert A. Roesch
Welcome and Greeting  

Lighting of the Candle — The Van Cott Family, candle lighters
The third candle, the Shepherds’ candle, symbolizes the important part the shepherds played in the story of Jesus’ birth.  They, who were the humblest of people, were the first to know Jesus was born.

God in heaven, as we continue our Advent journey, help us to be  people who wait for you, watch for you, and through your Spirit  be prepared for you.  Continue to shine your light in our lives as  we look at all you have done, all you are doing, and all you will  do.  Amen.

Hymn     # 347    Angels We Have Heard on High  
                                       (Gray Psalter Hymnal)


Psalter:     Psalm 98     NRSV (read responsively)     Debbie Fleetham
1O sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things. His right hand and his holy arm have gotten him victory.
2The LORD has made known his victory; he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations.
3He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.
4Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises.
5Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody.
6With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the LORD.
7Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who live in it.
8Let the floods clap their hands; let the hills sing together for joy
9at the presence of the LORD, for he is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity.

Prayer for Illumination              Debbie Fleetham

First Lesson:     Genesis 1:1-5 KJV, Genesis 2:4-7 NRSV       Debbie Fleetham
1In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

4These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created. In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,5when no plant of the field was yet in the earth and no herb of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was no one to till the ground; 6but a stream would rise from the earth, and water the whole face of the ground— 7then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being.

Lector:     “This is the Word of God.”

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

Anthem     Christ the Babe is Lord of All     Victor C Johnson   

His parents poor in earthly store to entertain a stranger,
They found no bed to lay His head, but in a lowly manger.
No royal things as used by kings were seen by those who found Him,
But in the hay the stranger lay with swaddling bands around Him. 

Infant holy, infant lowly, for His bed a cattle stall;
Oxen lowing, little knowing Christ the babe is Lord of all. 
Swift are winging angels singing,
Bells are ringing, tidings bringing;
Christ the babe is Lord of all!

On that same night a glorious light to shepherds there appeared,
Bright angels came in shining flame, they saw and greatly feared. 

Flocks were sleeping, shepherds keeping vigil til the morning new
Saw the glory, heard the story, tidings of a gospel true. 
Thus rejoicing, free from sorrow
Praises voicing, greet the morrow;
Christ the babe was born for you!

Christ was born for you. 

Children’s Sermon

Hymn     # 12     Gentle Mary Laid Her Child
                                   (Christmas Songbook)

Second Lesson:     John 1:1-18     NRSV
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.
5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. 8He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. 9The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. 10He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. 11He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. 12But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, 13who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God. 14And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.
15(John testified to him and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’”)16From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17The law   indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.

Sermon     “The Spokesman”      Pastor David Horner                                 

Ordination & Installation of Ruling Elders and Deacons

Gathering of Tithes and Offering

Offertory     What Wondrous Love is This, setting by Paul Manz

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
* Hope 61
* Lafayette Urban Ministry
* Jon & Kristi Nykamp

Hymn     # 22b     All Praise to Thee
                            (Christmas Songbook)


Postlude     Fugue on Noel Nouvelet, Richard Hudson

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 the Saputo Family.


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


* During Worship Sunday, we will ordain and install our new officers. Those being installed as Ruling Elders will be: Carol Goodrich, Kris Stith, and Josh White. Those being installed as Deacons will be Ann Freeman, Emily Matthews, Dave Stith and Jennifer White.


* The Horner’s are having a holiday open house today 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.


* There will be no Sunday Evening Bible Study for the rest of the year.


* 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 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.


* Deadline for January Newsletter submissions is Tuesday, December 26th. Please email them to Brenda at the church office.


* 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

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. This Sunday is the last day for orders. The Poinsettias will be placed in the sanctuary during the Christmas season and you are welcome to take them home after Christmas.


Music Notes


Gilbert Martin, born 1941 in Southbridge, MA, is currently a freelance composer and editor of choral music based in Dayton, OH. He received a B. Mus. from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, N.J. He was recently honored at Westminster as a distinguished composer and graduate. [https://www.selahpub.com/SelahPeople/Martin.html]

Robert A. Roesch, 1944-2009, was an educator, church organist, composer, and arranger in Pocono Pines, New Jersey. Robert received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education at West Chester University. [http://www.poconorecord.com/article/20090924/NEWS07/909240316]

Paul Manz, 1919-2009, was an American recitalist, composer, teacher, and worship leader in the Lutheran church, established the Paul Manz Institute of Church Music, and was Professor Emeritus at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. [https://www.morningstarmusic.com/composers/m/manz]

Richard Hudson, born 1924, is Emeritus Professor of Musicology at UCLA he originally earned his Ph.D. degree majoring in historical musicology.


Weekly Calendar for December 17

  9:30 a.m.     Worship
11:00 a.m.     Sunday School
  2:00 p.m.     Holiday Open House at the Horner’s
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 (Communion)(Grieke Toebes)
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   24           Christmas Eve Service
December   25           Christmas Day Service
December   26           Deadline for January Newsletter Submissions
December   28           New Year’s Tea at Westminster