Watercolor painting by E. J. Kirsch

January 21, 2018 Bulletin

Jan 19, 2018

The Order for the Worship of God
Faith Presbyterian Church         9:30 a.m., January 21, 2018
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         My Jesus, I Love Thee, Tune by Adoniram J. Gordon

                        Adoro Te Devote (Humbly I Adore Thee), by Robert Lau, Traditional French plainchant incorporating the Canon in D of Johann Pachelbel

Godhead here in hiding, whom I do adore,
Masked by these bare shadows, shape and nothing more,
See Lord, at thy service low lies here a heart lost,
all lost in wonder at the God thou art.

           (translation by Gerard Manley Hopkins of a hymn by Thomas Aquinas)


Hymn     # 471     All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name
                                        (Gray Psalter Hymnal)

Psalter:    Psalm 116    NRSV (read responsively)    Nancy Dunn                                                                          
1I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my supplications.
2Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
3The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish.
4Then I called on the name of the LORD: “O LORD, I pray, save my life!”
5Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; our God is merciful.
6The LORD protects the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me.
7Return, O my soul, to your rest, for the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.
8For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling.
9I walk before the LORD in the land of the living.
10I kept my faith, even when I said, “I am greatly afflicted”;
11I said in my consternation, “Everyone is a liar.”
12What shall I return to the LORD for all his bounty to me?
13I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD,
14I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people.
15Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his faithful ones.
16O LORD, I am your servant; I am your servant, the child of your serving girl. You have loosed my bonds.
17I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice and call on the name of the LORD.
18I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people,
19in the courts of the house of the LORD, in your midst, O Jerusalem. Praise the LORD!

Prayer for Illumination                             Nancy Dunn                          

First Lesson:     Matthew 5:33-37     NRSV               Nancy Dunn    
33“Again, you have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but carry out the vows you have made to the Lord.’ 34But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, 35or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. 37Let your word be ‘Yes, Yes’ or ‘No, No’; anything more than this comes from the evil one.

Lector:     “This is the Word of God.”

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

Anthem     Hiding in Thee     Lani Smith; Ira D Sankey

O safe to the Rock that is higher than I,
My soul in its conflicts and sorrows would fly'
So sinful, so weary, Thine own would I be;
Thou blest Rock of Ages, I'm hiding in Thee

In the calm of the noontide, in sorrows long hour,
In times when temptation casts o'er me its power
In the tempests of life, on its wide, heaving sea,
Thou blest Rock of Ages, I'm hiding in Thee

How oft in the conflict, when pressed by the foe,
I have fled to my refuge and breathed out my woe;
How often when trials like sea billow roll,
Have I hidden in Thee, O Thou Rock of my soul.

Hiding in Thee, Hiding in Thee,
Thou blest Rock of Ages, I'm hiding in Thee.

Children’s Sermon

Hymn     # 51     I Want to Walk
                      (Supplemental Hymnal)

Second Lesson:     1 Samuel 14:24-47     NRSV
24Now Saul committed a very rash act on that day. He had laid an oath on the troops, saying, “Cursed be anyone who eats food before it is evening and I have been avenged on my enemies.” So none of the troops tasted food. 25All the troops came upon a honeycomb; and there was honey on the ground. 26When the troops came upon the honeycomb, the honey was dripping out; but they did not put their hands to their mouths, for they feared the oath. 27But Jonathan had not heard his father charge the troops with the oath; so he extended the staff that was in his hand, and dipped the tip of it in the honeycomb, and put his hand to his mouth; and his eyes brightened. 28Then one of the soldiers said, “Your father strictly charged the troops with an oath, saying, ‘Cursed be anyone who eats food this day.’ And so the troops are faint.” 29Then Jonathan said, “My father has troubled the land; see how my eyes have brightened because I tasted a little of this honey. 30How much better if today the troops had eaten freely of the spoil taken from their enemies; for now the slaughter among the Philistines has not been great.” 31After they had struck down the Philistines that day from Michmash to Aijalon, the troops were very faint; 32so the troops flew upon the spoil, and took sheep and oxen and calves, and slaughtered them on the ground; and the troops ate them with the blood. 33Then it was reported to Saul, “Look, the troops are sinning against the LORD by eating with the blood.” And he said, “You have dealt treacherously; roll a large stone before me here.” 34Saul said, “Disperse yourselves among the troops, and say to them, ‘Let all bring their oxen or their sheep, and slaughter them here, and eat; and do not sin against the LORD by eating with the blood.’” So all of the troops brought their oxen with them that night, and slaughtered them there.35And Saul built an altar to the LORD; it was the first altar that he built to the LORD.
36Then Saul said, “Let us go down after the Philistines by night and despoil them until the morning light; let us not leave one of them.” They said, “Do whatever seems good to you.” But the priest said, “Let us draw near to God here.” 37So Saul inquired of God, “Shall I go down after the Philistines? Will you give them into the hand of Israel?” But he did not answer him that day. 38Saul said, “Come here, all you leaders of the people; and let us find out how this sin has arisen today. 39For as the LORD lives who saves Israel, even if it is in my son Jonathan, he shall surely die!” But there was no one among all the people who answered him. 40He said to all Israel, “You shall be on one side, and I and my son Jonathan will be on the other side.” The people said to Saul, “Do what seems good to you.” 41Then Saul said, “O LORD God of Israel, why have you not answered your servant today? If this guilt is in me or in my son Jonathan, O LORD God of Israel, give Urim; but if this guilt is in your people Israel, give Thummim.” And Jonathan and Saul were indicated by the lot, but the people were cleared. 42Then Saul said, “Cast the lot between me and my son Jonathan.” And Jonathan was taken. 43Then Saul said to Jonathan, “Tell me what you have done.” Jonathan told him, “I tasted a little honey with the tip of the staff that was in my hand; here I am, I will die.” 44Saul said, “God do so to me and more also; you shall surely die, Jonathan!” 45Then the people said to Saul, “Shall Jonathan die, who has accomplished this great victory in Israel? Far from it! As the LORD lives, not one hair of his head shall fall to the ground; for he has worked with God today.” So the people ransomed Jonathan, and he did not die. 46Then Saul withdrew from pursuing the Philistines; and the Philistines went to their own place.
47When Saul had taken the kingship over Israel, he fought against all his enemies on every side—against Moab, against the Ammonites, against Edom, against the kings of Zobah, and against the Philistines; wherever he turned he routed them.

Sermon     “A Religious Mistake”    Pastor David Horner                                 

Gathering of Tithes and Offering

Offertory         Arioso, David Paxton
Response ( Gray Hymnal pg. 638)
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him, all creatures here below.
Praise him above, you heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. 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     # 320     Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing
                                             (Gray Psalter Hymnal)


Postlude         Toccata, Gordon Young (1919-1998)

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 Kain Family.

* The flowers this Sunday are given by Jan Hem.


* The Java Heroes this Sunday are the Kucik Family.


* Ladies please join us this Sunday for a BABY SHOWER for Shana Cress at 2:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.


* The first Family Fellowship Dinner of the year will take place this Sunday night at 5:30 p.m. Don't forget to invite friends and neighbors!


* Sunday Evening Bible Study at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  Come join us for prayer, refreshments, engaging conversation, and meaningful fellowship. We close promptly at 8:00 p.m. See you there! 


* 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. 


* Deadline for February Newsletter submissions is Monday, January 29th. Please email them to Brenda at the church office.


* That Sam I am! That Sam I am! He's 18 years old, that Sam I am! Stop by and celebrate with Samuel! Open House on Saturday, February 3rd , 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. No gifts. Just bring yourself.


* The Women’s Group will be hosting a Souper-Bowl Sundae lunch on Sunday, February 4th after church at noon. Bring your favorite soup or bread. Sundaes will be the dessert.  A sign-up sheet is in the Fellowship Hall. Come in your favorite jersey and support your team! All are welcome!


* L2 Single Ladies Group is planning to have lunch at the Village Pub at Westminster Village Monday, February 5th at 11:30 a.m. All single women are invited to join our group. Questions? Contact Jean McCoy.


* Valentine Cookie Project — We need names and  addresses of all our college students. You can give those to LouAnn Johnston, Peggy Housley or Jean McCoy. We also need cookie bakers and packers. If you could, please bake two dozen cookies, pack them by twos into small plastic bags and deliver to the church by Sunday, February 11th.  We also need help to pack the boxes for mailing and delivery after church on February 11th. A sign-up sheet is in the Fellowship Hall.


* Mission of the Month — Our Mission of the Month for January will be Trinity Life Ministry. Trinity helps men with addictions of various types by helping them become disciples of Christ. The main location is in Crawfordsville but you probably know about their thrift store here in Lafayette.  The store here and the one in Crawfordsville help to fund the ministry and provide places for the guests to work in their spare time. 

The success rate of this ministry is amazing compared to most rehabilitation programs. Without question, there is power in including Christ in the program and letting Him lead the way for these men.

The needs for the new group are as follows: Twin sheet sets, Pillows, Pillow cases, Towels, Wash cloths, Laundry Baskets, Laundry Soap and Blankets.

The ministry likes to give each guest a new set of linens, etc. to signify their “New Beginning” but gently used items in great condition are also appreciated.


* Jessica Stewart, a “daughter” of Faith Presbyterian Church, is getting married! Many of you remember little Jessie Stewart, one of three Stewart girls to grow up in Faith Church. We supported her many mission trips over the years, and Jessie now practices medicine in Durham, NC.

Our little Jessie is getting married on February 10th to Garret Prestwood, another of God’s servants. Garret served as a church planter in Croatia for 11 years. To learn more about both Garret and Jessie, visit their wedding website: www.weddingwire.com/garretandjessie. It contains suggestions for donations you can make to their favorite missions instead of purchasing a gift. We wish God’s blessings on their union.


Music Notes

    Dr. Robert Lau is  Professor Emeritus of Music at Lebanon Valley College, PA. He has published over 400 choral and keyboard works and has served as organist and director of music in various denominations. [https://www.morningstarmusic.com/composers/l/lau]
    Dr. Gordon Young was an American organist and composer of organ and choral works who published over 800 works.


Weekly Calendar for January 21, 2018

  9:30 a.m.     Worship
11:00 a.m.     Sunday School
  2:00 p.m.     Baby Shower for Shana Cress
  3:00 p.m.     Cumberland Pointe (Nancy Dunn)
  5:30 p.m.     Family Fellowship Dinner 
  6:30 p.m.     Sunday Evening Bible Study

This Week:
Mon.,    6:30 p.m.     Deacon’s meeting
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
Wed.,    7:00 a.m.      Morning Prayers (Grieke)
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:
January    29           Deadline for February Newsletter Submissions
February    3           Open House for Samuel Trinkle’s 18th Birthday
February    4           Souper-Bowl Sundae Lunch
February    5           L2 Ladies Lunch at Westminster
February  11           Valentine Cookie Project