Watercolor painting by E. J. Kirsch

December 31, 2017 Bulletin

Dec 29, 2017

The Order for the Worship of God
Faith Presbyterian Church         9:30 a.m., December 31, 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     Christmas Songbook   
                          # 10 Once in Royal David’s City (vs. 1,2,4) 
                          # 11 O Little Town of Bethlehem  
                          # 13 I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
                          #   1 Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus    

Hymn     # 354     Angels from the Realms of Glory (vs. 1-4)
                                         (Gray Psalter Hymnal)

Psalter:     Psalm 65     NRSV (read responsively)      Betsy Wagner
1Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion; and to you shall vows be performed,
2O you who answer prayer! To you all flesh shall come.
3When deeds of iniquity overwhelm us, you forgive our transgressions.
4Happy are those whom you choose and bring near to live in your courts. We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, your holy temple.
5By awesome deeds you answer us with deliverance, O God of our salvation; you are the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas.
6By your strength you established the mountains; you are girded with might.
7You silence the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, the tumult of the peoples.
8Those who live at earth’s farthest bounds are awed by your signs; you make the gateways of the morning and the evening shout for joy.
9You visit the earth and water it, you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; you provide the people with grain, for so you have prepared it.
10You water its furrows abundantly, settling its ridges, softening it with showers, and blessing its growth.
11You crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks overflow with richness.
12The pastures of the wilderness overflow, the hills gird themselves with joy,
13the meadows clothe themselves with flocks, the valleys deck themselves with grain, they shout and sing together for joy.

Prayer for Illumination              Betsy Wagner  

First Lesson:     Isaiah 53:7-12     NRSV           Betsy Wagner
7He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. 8By a perversion of justice he was taken away. Who could have imagined his future? For he was cut off from the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people. 9They made his grave with the wicked and his tomb with the rich, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.
10Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him with pain. When you make his life an offering for sin, he shall see his offspring, and shall prolong his days; through him the will of the LORD shall prosper. 11Out of his anguish he shall see light; he shall find satisfaction through his knowledge. The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities. 12Therefore I will allot him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he poured out himself to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Lector:     “This is the Word of God.”

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

Anthem     A Joyful Nowell     Victor C. Johnson

The first Nowell, the angel did say,
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay;
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep,
On a cold winter's night that was so deep.

Nowell! Born is the King of Israel.

And let us now, with hearts full of cheer,
Bow down to the Child born so meek and so dear;
To the newborn babe, a song we sing,
To proclaim our joy and declare Him King.

Nowell! Born is the King of Israel!
Children’s Sermon

Hymn     # 22a     Ah, Dearest Jesus, Holy Child
                                      (Christmas Songbook)

Second Lesson:     Matthew 27:57-66     NRSV
57When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus. 58He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. 59So Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth 60and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock. He then rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb and went away. 61Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb. 62The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate 63and said, “Sir, we remember what that impostor said while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ 64Therefore command the tomb to be made secure until the third day; otherwise his disciples may go and steal him away, and tell the people, ‘He has been raised from the dead,’ and the last deception would be worse than the first.” 65Pilate said to them, “You have a guard of soldiers; go, make it as secure as you can.” 66So they went with the guard and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone.

Sermon     “Preparations for A New Year”     Pastor David Horner                                 

Gathering of Tithes and Offering

Offertory     Lully, Lullay, Thou Little Tiny Child, by Kevin Uppercue based on the tune Coventry Carol

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     # 334     The Prophets Came to Israel (vs. 1-4)
                                      (Gray Psalter Hymnal)


Postlude     Good Christian Men, Rejoice, by Charles Sergisson, based on the carol “In Dulci Jubilo”

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 Wagner Family.


* The Java Heroes this Sunday are Scott & Shana Cress.


* Sunday School Schedule – There will be no Sunday School classes this Sunday.  Sunday School will resume on January 7th.


* 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.


* 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. 


* 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. 


Music Notes

Kevin Uppercue, based in St. Louis, is an editor for Morningstar Music Publishers and ECS Publishing. He is an active composer of organ, choral, and instrumental works.

Weekly Calendar for December 31

  9:30 a.m.     Worship

This Week:
Mon.,                          Office Closed
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