Watercolor painting by E. J. Kirsch

September 30, 2018 Bulletin

Sep 28, 2018

The Order for the Worship of God
Faith Presbyterian Church         9:30 a.m., September 30, 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 
                          # 253     Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

                          Glory Be to God the Father  
                          Supplemental Hymnal       
                          #     4     Be Still My Soul
                          #   75     Jesus, Name Above All Names  


Hymn     # 438     When Morning Gilds the Sky
                                      (Gray Psalter Hymnal)

Psalter:     Psalm 19:1-6     NRSV                Steve Varys      
1The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
2Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.
3There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard;
4yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun,
5which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy, and like a strong man runs its course with joy.
6Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them; and nothing is hid from its heat.

Prayer for Illumination                 Steve Varys

First Lesson:     James 5:13-20     NRSV     Steve Varys
13Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. 14Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. 16Therefore confess your sins to one   another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective. 17Elijah was a human being like us, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. 18Then he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain and the earth yielded its harvest. 19My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and is brought back by another, 20you should know that whoever brings back a sinner from wandering will save the sinner’s soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

Lector:     “This is the Word of God.”

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

Anthem     In Christ Alone     Getty/Townend 

In Christ Alone my hope is found. 
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm. 
What heights of love, what depths peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease. 
My comforter, my all in all,
Here in the love of Christ I stand. 

In Christ alone, who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe. 
This gift if live and righteousness 
Scorned by the ones He came to save. 
Til on that cross, as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied.
For every sin in Him was laid,
Here in the death of Christ I live. 

There in the ground, His body lay. 
Light of the world by darkness slain. 
Then bursting forth in glorious day,
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory,
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me;
For I am His and He is mine,
Bought with the precious blood of Christ. 

No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me. 
From life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny. 
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand. 
Til he returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I sand!


Children’s Sermon

Hymn     # 427     Dwell in Me, O Blessed Spirit
                                       (Gray Psalter Hymnal)

Second Lesson:     Mark 9:38-50     NRSV
38John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.”39But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. 40Whoever is not against us is for us. 41For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward.
42“If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea. 43If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. 45And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and to be thrown into hell. 47And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into hell, 48where their worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched.
49“For everyone will be salted with fire. 50Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”

Sermon     “Salty Salt”     Pastor Paul Copeland

Gathering of Tithes and Offering

Offertory     Voluntary from "  Twelve Pieces"   by Samuel Wesley     

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  


Ordination and Installation of Melissa Sparks to the Office of Deacon
The Vows
Ordination Prayer

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession
* The Evangelistic Ministry of Leonard & Dewi Sidharta
* Matrix Life Care Center
* Trinity Life Ministry
* Jack & Mary Ann Voelkel-IVCF

Hymn     Will You Come and Follow Me 


Postlude     Trumpet Piece, 2nd movement from Voluntary in C by William Boyce

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 Lou Ann Johnston.


* The Greeters this Sunday are Karen Gilliom & Deb Johnson.


* The Java Heroes this Sunday are Jim & Susie Marshall.


* The ordination and installation of Melissa Sparks to the office of deacon will take place during worship this Sunday.


* There will be an open house in the Fellowship Hall this Sunday 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.


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


* 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.


* 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. 


* 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


* Save-the-date! Trunk-or-Treat will take place on Sunday, October 28th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  More details coming soon!


Weekly Calendar for September 30, 2018

   9:30 a.m.    Worship
 11:00 a.m.    Sunday School
   3:00 p.m.    Open House for  John & Kathy Skene
   6:30 p.m.    Sunday Evening Bible Study (FH) (Jan Hem & Peggy Housley)   

This Week:
Monday      11:30 a.m.     L2 Ladies Group Lunch at Westminster
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 (Dave & Kris Stith)
Wednesday  6:30 p.m.     Adult Choir
Friday            7:30 a.m.     Men’s Breakfast

Coming Weeks:
Saturday, October 27th   Mini Retreat for Church Elders
Sunday, October 28th      Trunk or Treat