Watercolor painting by E. J. Kirsch

August 26, 2018 Bulletin

Aug 24, 2018

The Order for the Worship of God
Faith Presbyterian Church         9:30 a.m., August 26, 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.

Hymn Sing     Gray Psalter Hymnal 
                          # 431     All Creatures of Our God and King       
                          # 556     Great is Thy Faithfulness 

                           Will You Come and Follow Me (vs. 1, 2 times)

                           Supplemental Hymnal       
                           #   78     As the Deer   

Hymn     # 428     O Worship the King    
                               (Gray Psalter Hymnal)


Psalter:     Psalm 84     NRSV                      Ron Smith
1How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts!
2My soul longs, indeed it faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.
3Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O LORD of hosts, my King and my God.
4Happy are those who live in your house, ever singing your praise.
5Happy are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion.
6As they go through the valley of Baca they make it a place of springs; the early rain also covers it with pools.
7They go from strength to strength; the God of gods will be seen in Zion.
8O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob!
9Behold our shield, O God; look on the face of your anointed.
10For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than live in the tents of wickedness.
11For the LORD God is a sun and shield; he bestows favor and honor. No good thing does the LORD withhold from those who walk uprightly.
12O LORD of hosts, happy is everyone who trusts in you.

Prayer for Illumination                               Ron Smith

First Lesson:     Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18     NRSV            Ron Smith 
Then Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and summoned the elders, the heads, the judges, and the officers of Israel; and they presented themselves before God. 2And Joshua said to all the people, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel…”

 14“...Revere the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness; put away the gods that your ancestors served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD.
15Now if you are unwilling to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” 16Then the people answered, “Far be it from us that we should forsake the LORD to serve other gods; 17for it is the LORD our God who brought us and our ancestors up from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, and who did those great signs in our sight. He protected us along all the way that we went, and among all the peoples through whom we passed; 18and the LORD drove out before us all the peoples, the Amorites who lived in the land. Therefore we also will serve the LORD, for he is our God.”

Lector:     “This is the Word of God.”

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

Anthem     Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
Love divine, all loves excelling,
Joy of heaven to earth come down,
Fix in us thy humble dwelling;
All thy faithful mercies crown.
Jesus, Thou art all compassion,
Pure, unbounded love Thou art,
Visit us with thy salvation,
Enter every trembling heart.

Come, Almighty, to deliver,
Let us all thy grace receive;
Suddenly return and never,
Nevermore thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing,
Serve Thee as Thine hosts above;
Pray and praise Thee without ceasing,
Glory  in Thy perfect love.

Finish, then thy new creation,
Pure and spotless let us be;
Let us see thy great salvation
Perfectly restored in thee.
Changed from glory into glory,
Till in heaven we take our place;
Till we cast our crowns before thee,
Lost in wonder, love and praise!

Love divine, perfect love!

Children’s Sermon

Hymn     #  58     Before the Throne of God Above
                                      (Supplemental Hymnal)

Second Lesson:     John 6:60-69     NRSV
60When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This teaching is difficult; who can accept it?” 61But Jesus, being aware that his disciples were complaining about it, said to them, “Does this offend you? 62Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? 63It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 64But among you there are some who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the first who were the ones that did not believe, and who was the one that would betray him.65And he said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted by the Father.” 66Because of this many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him. 67So Jesus asked the twelve, “Do you also wish to go away?” 68Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”

Sermon     “Coming to Faith”    Pastor Paul Copeland

Gathering of Tithes and Offering

Offertory     improvisation on At The Name of Jesus, tune by R.V. Williams

    At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow,
    every tongue confess him King of glory now


Response (p. 288 vs. 4 Gray Psalter Hymnal)
Take my silver and my gold;
Not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect and use
Every power as thou shalt choose,
Every power as thou shalt choose. 


Prayer of Dedication  


Joys and Concerns

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession
* The Evangelistic Ministry of Leonard & Dewi Sidharta
* Local Emergency Aid Program
* Jon & Kristi Nykamp
* Greg & Faith Hurst-SIM

Hymn     # 90     Hear the Call of the Kingdom
                                  (Supplemental Hymnal)


Postlude     Hymn tune "All Saints New".   Tune by Henry S. Cutler (1824-1902), arranged by Healey Willan

 A noble army, men and boys, the matron and the maid
 Around the Savior's throne rejoice, in robes of light arrayed

Guests please sign our guest book and join
us in the Fellowship Hall after worship.
Childcare is available during worship for infants
up to 2-1/2 years old in the room behind the balcony.
School age children worship with their parents.
An usher will be glad to help you locate this room.


…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 to encourage each other in our faith.

Pre-School - Kindergarten     Sophia Bergmann & Betsy Wagner
Grades 1- 4                                                Carol Goodrich & Kris Stith
Grades 5 - 7                                              SueAnne & Mike Bergmann
Grades 8 - 12                                                              Debbie Fleetham 

Adult Classes and teachers

Biblical Greek                                                                   Jurgen Honig
Adult Class                                                          Pastor Paul Copeland



* If you need prayer or other help from the church or know of anyone else who does, please call Pastor Copeland or one of the elders or deacons.


* For those wishing a visit at any time by Pastor Copeland please be sure you let Brenda know you are interested. Pastor Copeland’s office hours are Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and by appointment.


* The flowers this Sunday are given by the Elliott Family.


* The Greeters this Sunday are the White Family.


* The Java Heroes this Sunday are the Elliott Family.


* Pastor Paul Copeland will be teaching the Adult Sunday School Class through September 23rd — Come, Let Us Worship and Bow Down. Perspectives on the Theology and Practice of Corporate Worship. This class will consider some of the theological, historical and cultural factors that have influenced the practice of corporate worship in North America. The purpose is to help us attain greater clarity about the way worship forms, empower and sends us a disciple community into God’s world. The first line of Faith Presbyterian Church’s purpose or mission statement is “We seek to worship God in spirit and truth…”. The hope is that this class will stimulate reflection on this statement of purpose and, in particular, on its relationship to the rest of the purpose-namely, to “grow personally and corporately in grace and in the knowledge of Jesus” and to “obey Jesus’ command to extend the Gospel.”


* The Sunday Evening Bible Study will resume this Sunday. We gather in the Fellowship Hall at 6:30 p.m. for light refreshment and conversation, then promptly at 6:45 p.m. begin with prayer followed by study. We end promptly at 8:00 p.m. We will continue in John's Gospel, starting at Chapter 9, led by David Moore.


* Deadline for September Newsletter submissions is Tuesday, August 28th. Please email them to Brenda.


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


* 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. 


* Faith Presbyterian Mission of the Month for August is the Local Emergency Aid Program (LEAP). This is our outreach program to local residents who need a assistance with utilities or rent. We like to give each family a “Goody Bag” every other month when “Goodies” are available. This is run at Faith Presbyterian by Faith Presbyterian members, so it is your chance to help out neighbors and locals who have fallen on hard times. We are asking for donations of Shampoo, Toothpaste, Tooth Brushes, Soap and Toilet Paper (preferably 4 packs for ease of distribution) Questions? Please contact Dave Stith.


* Dear Faith Folks, Are you ready for the monthly Faith Fellowship Dinners? It was great to have couples, families, individuals and guests come together Sunday evenings to share a prepared meal. We’d like to continue this fellowship event.

Please contact the church office or call 743-3683 and let us know the day and time you prefer — Sunday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. like last year, OR Friday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. or 6:00-7:00 p.m.

We hope to get a good group attending again this year – and it would be great time to invite friends to “break bread with us”. Questions? Please see Lonni Kucik or Kris Stith.


* L2 Single Ladies Group is planning to have lunch at the Village Pub at Westminster Village Tuesday, September 4th  at 11:30 a.m. All single women are invited to join our group. Questions?  Contact Jean McCoy.


* The Session has approved the hiring of a Building and Grounds Custodian - Please help advertise this position

Preservation and appearance of church physical assets is on-going responsibility. Care and maintenance of the building and grounds has    historically been accomplished by volunteers. Volunteerism fluctuates, often leaving excessive work to be performed by those attending the task. To provide aesthetic care, preventive maintenance, minor repairs, and knowledge of church physical assets, a paid position has been authorized.

Position classification:

  • Part-time Flexible working hours up to 20 hours per week

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Minor repairs of physical facilities
  • Preventive maintenance in coordination with electrical, mechanical and plumbing contractors
  • Snow removal from sidewalks and spreading thawing materials as needed
  • Organization and safekeeping of tools, supplies and equipment
  • Purchase building maintenance supplies and materials as needed
  • Some specific janitorial tasks 
  • Other appropriate assignments from the building and grounds committee


  • Physically able to perform stated duties and responsibilities
  • Basic knowledge of plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and mechanical systems
  • Valid driver’s license and a vehicle to safely haul materials as needed

Applicants are expected to submit a statement of work experience, relevant skills and contact information to: Office, Faith Presbyterian Church, 3318 State Road 26 West, West Lafayette, Indiana 47906; for questions or information call Chair of Personnel Committee, 765-497-2627.


* We are mowing and trimming the church property for the rest of the season and perhaps beyond. If you are willing and able to help with mowing or trimming, please contact Dave Stith


Weekly Calendar for August 26, 2018

   9:30 a.m.     Worship
 11:00 a.m.     Sunday School
   6:30 p.m.     Sunday Evening Bible Study (FH)    

This Week:
Tues.,                         Deadline for September Newsletter Submissions
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 (Nancy Moore)
Wed.,     6:30 p.m.     Adult Choir
Fri.          7:30 a.m.     Men’s Breakfast

Coming Weeks:
September 4th           L2 Ladies Group Lunch at Westminster