Watercolor painting by E. J. Kirsch

December 24, 2017 Bulletin

Dec 22, 2017

The Order for the Worship of God
Faith Presbyterian Church         9:30 a.m., December 24, 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         O Hail This Brightest Day of Days, J. S. Bach

For Christ is come upon our ways, Ring it from the steeple!
Of maiden pure He is the Son; Forever shall Thy praise be sung.

Welcome and Greeting     

Lighting of the Candle — The White Family, candle lighters
The fourth candle, the Angels’ candle, reminds us that angels not only announced that Jesus would be born to the Virgin Mary, but they were the first to announce His birth after Jesus was born.

God in heaven, we look to you amidst a world filled with darkness.  Help us to seek the light of your truth, as we remember your promises and offer our praise to you.  Amen.

Hymn     # 23     There’s a Song in the Air
                                    (Christmas Book)

Psalter:     Psalm 110     NRSV (read responsively)        Ron Smith
1The LORD says to my lord, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool.”
2The LORD sends out from Zion your mighty scepter. Rule in the midst of your foes.
3Your people will offer themselves willingly on the day you lead your forces on the holy mountains. From the womb of the morning, like dew, your youth will come to you.
4The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind, “You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.”
5The Lord is at your right hand; he will shatter kings on the day of his wrath.
6He will execute judgment among the nations, filling them with corpses; he will shatter heads over the wide earth.
7He will drink from the stream by the path; therefore he will lift up his head.

Prayer for Illumination                           Ron Smith  

First Lesson:     Zechariah 2:1-13, 3:8-10     NRSV         Ron Smith
I looked up and saw a man with a measuring line in his hand. 2Then I asked, “Where are you going?” He answered me, “To measure Jerusalem, to see what is its width and what is its length.” 3Then the angel who talked with me came forward, and another angel came forward to meet him, 4and said to him, “Run, say to that young man: Jerusalem shall be inhabited like villages without walls, because of the multitude of people and animals in it. 5For I will be a wall of fire all around it, says the LORD, and I will be the glory within it.”
6Up, up! Flee from the land of the north, says the LORD; for I have spread you abroad like the four winds of heaven, says the LORD. 7Up! Escape to Zion, you that live with daughter Babylon. 8For thus said the LORD of hosts (after his glory sent me) regarding the nations that plundered you: Truly, one who touches you touches the apple of my eye. 9See now, I am going to raise my hand against them, and they shall become plunder for their own slaves. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent me.
10Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion! For lo, I will come and dwell in    your midst, says the LORD. 11Many nations shall join themselves to the LORD on that day, and shall be my people; and I will dwell in your midst. And you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you. 12The LORD will inherit Judah as his portion in the holy land, and will again choose Jerusalem. 13Be silent, all people, before the LORD; for he has roused himself from his holy dwelling.
8Now listen, Joshua, high priest, you and your colleagues who sit before you! For they are an omen of things to come: I am going to bring my servant the Branch. 9For on the stone that I have set before Joshua, on a single stone with seven facets, I will engrave its inscription, says the Lord of hosts, and I will remove the guilt of this land in a single day. 10On that day, says the Lord of hosts, you shall invite each other to come under your vine and fig tree.”

Lector:     “This is the Word of God.”

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

Anthem     Glorious Light by Keith & Kristyn Getty & Ian Hannah, arr. by Larry Shackley

Glorious light, see the dawn of salvation,
Angels in white fill the skies with their wondrous song,
Awakening earth with news of his birth,
Join the hymn of the highest heavens.

Glory to God in the highest!
Peace to men on earth.
Come and adore Him with wonder;
Christ, Lord of heaven and earth.

Long has the world fought the song of the angels;
Heavenly music is drowned by a warring world;
Yet hope burns a light that shatters the night;
turn your heart to the call of glory!

Angels, from the realms of glory, wing your flight o'er all the earth.
Ye who sang creation's story, now proclaim Messiah's birth.
Come and worship, Glory to God on high!
Come and worship, Come and adore Him,
Worship Christ the newborn King!

Peace to men on earth.
Come and adore Him with wonder,
Christ, Lord of heaven and earth.
Worship Christ, the newborn King!

Children’s Sermon

Hymn     # 345     Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
                                      (Gray Psalter Hymnal)

Second Lesson:     Luke 2:21-38     NRSV
21After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb. 22When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23(as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord”), 24and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”
25Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. 26It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, 28Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying,29“Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; 30for my eyes have seen your salvation, 31which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 32a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.” 33And the child’s   father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. 34Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed 35so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.” 36There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped there with fasting and prayer night and day. 38At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.

Sermon     “What Are You Waiting For?”    Pastor Scott Cress                                 

Gathering of Tithes and Offering

Offertory     O Little Town of Bethlehem, Arr. Austin C. Lovelace

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
* Local Emergency Aid Program
* Greg & Faith Hurst-SIM
* Matrix Life Care Center

Hymn     # 356     Go, Tell It on the Mountain
                                    (Gray Psalter Hymnal)


Postlude     Fantasy on Il est né, le Divin Enfant, Richard Hudson

                              He is born the Infant King!
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.




* 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 Kirby Family.


* Sunday School Schedule – There will be no Sunday School classes today 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 Sunday, December 24th at 6:30 p.m. There will be a reception following this service. Childcare will be provided for the Christmas Eve Service. Christmas Day service will take place 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.


* Adult Choir practice Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00 p.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


* There will be no Thursday evening Bible study this week.


* 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. 


* Please keep in mind, all charitable giving must be postmarked December 31st. Any envelopes that come into the office after January 1, 2018 and have a postmark prior to December 31, 2017 will be considered in the 2017 giving year. If you have any questions, please call the office.


* We will taking down the Christmas decorations Sunday, January 7th after the Worship Service, except for the Poinsettias. So have some coffee, then help us to un-green the church and pack up everything. Many hands make light work.


* If you have had a recent change in contact information (address, phone, email, etc.) please notify the church office or 743-3683. Thank You!


* Facebook Alert! — If you use Facebook and you haven't yet visited our church Facebook page, you may want to start checking in — and be sure to "LIKE" the page. Hopefully, you'll find this to be an interesting site — featuring reminders of upcoming events, interesting links, and comments from folks who check in and post. If you're not a Facebook user, consider becoming one and check out what you're missing. You can also share our posts with your other Facebook friends and help to spread our “reach” in the world of    social media. 


Weekly Calendar for December 24

  9:30 a.m.     Worship
  6:30 p.m.     Christmas Eve Service

This Week:
Mon.,  11:00 a.m.     Christmas Day Service
Mon.,                          Office Closed
Tues.,  10:00 a.m.     Local Emergency Aid Program
Tues.,    7:00 p.m.     Boy Scouts #338
Tues.,    7:30 p.m.     Bible Study at Tippecanoe Co. Jail
Tues.,                          Deadline for January Newsletter Submissions
Wed.,     7:00 a.m.     Morning Prayers (Dave & Kris Stith)
Wed.,     6:30 p.m.     Adult Choir
Thur.,     2:00 p.m.     New Year’s Tea at Westminster
Fri.,         7:30 a.m.     Men’s Breakfast

Coming Weeks:
January 1                    Office Closed