Watercolor painting by E. J. Kirsch

September 23, 2018 Bulletin

Sep 21, 2018

The Order for the Worship of God
Faith Presbyterian Church         9:30 a.m., September 23, 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     # 460     Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
                                           (Gray Psalter Hymnal)


Psalter:     Psalm  54     NRSV                Nancy Dunn              
1Save me, O God, by your name, and vindicate me by your might.
2Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth.
3For the insolent have risen against me, the ruthless seek my life; they do not set God before them.
4But surely, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life.
5He will repay my enemies for their evil. In your faithfulness, put an end to them.
6With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you; I will give thanks to your name, O LORD, for it is good.
7For he has delivered me from every trouble, and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies.

Prayer for Illumination                 Nancy Dunn         

First Lesson:     Jeremiah 11:9-11, 18-20     NRSV        Nancy Dunn
9And the LORD said to me: Conspiracy exists among the people of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 10They have turned back to the iniquities of their ancestors of old, who refused to heed my words; they have gone after other gods to serve them; the house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken the covenant that I made with their ancestors.
11Therefore, thus says the LORD, assuredly I am going to bring disaster upon them that they cannot escape; though they cry out to me, I will not listen to them. 

18It was the Lord who made it known to me, and I knew; then you showed me their evil deeds. 19But I was like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter. And I did not know it was against me that they devised schemes, saying, “Let us destroy the tree with its fruit, let us cut him off from the land of the living, so that his name will no longer be remembered!” 20But you, O Lord of hosts, who judge righteously, who try the heart and the mind, let me see your retribution upon them, for to you I have committed my cause.

Lector:     “This is the Word of God.”

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

Anthem     Ascribe to the Lord     Dan R Edwards

Ascribe to the Lord all honor and glory
Ascribe to the Lord all worship and praise
Ascribe to the Lord all mercy and blessing
Worship the Lord and sing praise to his name.
Singing alle, alleluia.
Oh bow down before him; his greatness proclaim.
Singing alle, alleluia.
Rejoice and give thanks to his holy name!

The voice of the Lord God Almighty
Resounds in the midst of the sea
With echoes so glorious proclaiming in chorus
The Lord's great majesty.
The Lord will give strength to his people,
And bless them with peace all their days.
O let us rejoice, lifting one mighty voice
To his glory always!


Children’s Sermon

Hymn     # 27     What a Friend We Have in Jesus
                                     (Supplemental Hymnal)

Second Lesson:     Mark 9:30-37     NRSV
30They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; 31for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.” 32But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him.
33Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” 34But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest. 35He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” 36Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, 37“Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”

Sermon     “Wanting to Be First”      Pastor Paul Copeland

Gathering of Tithes and Offering

Offertory     Aria     Eugene Butler     
Response (p. 632 Gray Psalter Hymnal)
To God be the glory,
to God be the glory,
to God be the glory
for the things He has done.
With His blood He has saved me;
with His power He has raised me.
To God be the glory
for the things He has done.

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     Will You Come and Follow Me 


Postlude     The Church's One Foundation, setting by David Cherwien

The Church's one Foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord;
she is His new creation, by water and the Word;
from heav'n He came and sought her to be His holy bride;
with His own blood He bought her, and for her life He died.


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 this week are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and Wednesday evening from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. and by appointment.


* The flowers this Sunday are given by Holly Donaldson.


* The Greeters this Sunday are Frank Saputo & Steve Varys.


* The Java Heroes this Sunday are Dave & Kris Stith.


* The Sunday evening Bible study will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. All are welcome.


* 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. 


* Matrix LifeCare Center Super Hero 5K Run/Walk — Timed 5K run, 3k walk, kids' fun run, costume contest, games and a pancake breakfast on Saturday, September 29 at Jenks Rest, Columbian Park. Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. or online at www.LafayetteHeroRun.com. Funds raised by this event go towards providing life-saving services in our community. 


* The ordination and installation of Melissa Sparks to the office of deacon will take place during worship Sunday, September 30th.


* There will be an open house in the Fellowship Hall Sunday, September 30th celebrating John and Kathy Skene's 50th wedding anniversary.  Friends of John and Kathy are invited to come by between 3:00 and 5:30 p.m. to help them celebrate this landmark.  No gifts please, but cards and notes will be appreciated!  If you are unable to attend and wish to send a greeting, you may leave cards at the church office or send them in care of the Stiths at 2671 State Rd 26W, West Lafayette, 47906.


* L2 Single Ladies Group is planning to have lunch at the Village Pub at Westminster Village Monday, October 1st  at 11:30 a.m. All single women are invited to join our group. Questions?  Contact Jean McCoy


* Our Faith Presbyterian September Mission of the Month is the LUM After School Program. The program serves up to 80 children from all elementary & middle schools in Tippecanoe County for three hours each school-day afternoon. The program is staffed by a professionally trained educator, teacher’s aides, interns and volunteers. Needs are listed below:

Personal Care — Liquid Hand Soap, Disinfecting Wipes (Clorox), Hand sanitizer 

Cleaning Supplies — Disinfectant Spray (Lysol), Dishwasher Detergent, Trash bags (30 gallon), Trash bags (13 gallon/tall kitchen draw-string)

Drinks — 100% Fruit Juice, Bottled water, Milk
Healthy Snacks — Peanut butter, Fresh fruit, Carrots (snack size), Raisins, Yogurt cups, Applesauce cups, Fruit cups, Pudding cups, Gelatin cups (Jello)
Snack Bars — Granola Bars, Fruit Bars, Breakfast Bars, Cereal Bars, Rice Krispie Treats
Paper Supplies — Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Paper napkins, Facial Tissues (Kleenex), Paper plates, Disposable cups, Ziploc bags


* In a couple of weeks we will be sending you our annual pledge letter to let you help determine the future of Faith Presbyterian Church. In preparation for that letter, we would ask for your prayers for the future of our church and our congregation. Please give prayerful consideration to your pledge and how best you can serve our church.    

Carol Gentry


Weekly Calendar for September 23, 2018

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

This Week:
Tuesday                             Deadline for October Newsletter Submissions
Tuesday      10:00 a.m.     Local Emergency Aid Program
Tuesday        7:00 p.m.     Boy Scouts #338
Tuesday        7:30 p.m.     Bible Study at Tippecanoe Co. Jail
Wednesday  7:00 a.m.     Morning Prayers (Mary Lou Varys)
Wednesday  6:30 p.m.     Adult Choir
Friday            7:30 a.m.     Men’s Breakfast
Saturday       8:00 a.m.     Matrix LifeCare Super Hero 5K Run/Walk

Coming Weeks:
Sunday, September 30th  Open House for  John & Kathy Skene
Monday, October 1st         L2 Ladies Group Lunch at Westminster