Watercolor painting by E. J. Kirsch

December 23, 2018 Bulletin

Dec 21, 2018

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

Prelude     Wie Schön Leuchtet Der Morgenstern, Dietrich Buxtehude

How beautiful the morning star, Shines from the firmament afar!
Welcome and Greeting

Lighting of the Candle — The Ward Family, candle lighters
Reader 1: This is the fourth Sunday of Advent.
The light of these candles, flickering in the sanctuary,
tells us of the coming of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Reader 2: And the Word became flesh and lived among us,
and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father's only son,
full of grace and truth.
Reader 3: From his fullness we have all received grace upon grace.
Reader 4: The one who testifies to these things says,
"Surely I am coming soon."
All: Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

Candle lighting Prayer (based on Isaiah 40)
Through humble people, prepare your world, O God. Let the mountains be leveled off! Let the crooked be made straight! Let the rough be made smooth! Forgive our sin, and pardon our wrongdoing; defeat evil and overcome the power of death. Help us grow in understanding, and give us wisdom to discern that which is good and true. For the sake of Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.
All: Amen.

Hymn     # 337     Joy to the World!    
                           (Gray Psalter Hymnal)

Psalter:     Psalm 24:1-10     NRSV (read responsively)   Dorothy Bethel    
1The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it;
2for he has founded it on the seas, and established it on the rivers.
3Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place?
4Those who have clean hands and pure hearts, who do not lift up their souls to what is false, and do not swear deceitfully.
5They will receive blessing from the LORD, and vindication from the God of their salvation.
6Such is the company of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob.
7Lift up your heads, O gates! and be lifted up, O ancient doors! that the King of glory may come in.
8Who is the King of glory? The LORD, strong and mighty, the LORD, mighty in battle.
9Lift up your heads, O gates! and be lifted up, O ancient doors! that the King of glory may come in.
10Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory.

Prayer for Illumination                  Dorothy Bethel         

First Lesson:     Isaiah 60:1-5a, 19-20     NRSV     Dorothy Bethel                   
Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. 2For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the   peoples; but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you. 3Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. 4Lift up your eyes and look around; they all gather together, they come to you; your sons shall come from far away, and your daughters shall be carried on their nurses’ arms. 5Then you shall see and be radiant; your heart shall thrill and rejoice…                                    
19The sun shall no longer be your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you by night; but the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. 20Your sun shall no more go down, or your moon withdraw itself; for the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your days of mourning shall be ended.

Lector:     “This is the Word of God.”

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

Anthem     Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming

Lo, how a Rose e'er blooming
From tender stem hath sprung!
Of Jesse's lineage coming
As men of old have sung.
It came, a flower bright,
Amid the cold of winter
When half-spent was the night.

Isaiah 'twas foretold it,
The Rose I have in mind:
With Mary we behold it,
The virgin mother kind.
To show God's love aright
She bore to men a Savior
When half-spent was the night.

This Flower, whose fragrance tender
With sweetness fills the air,
Dispels in glorious splendor
The darkness everywhere.
True man, yet very God,
From sin and death He saves us
And lightens every load. 

Children’s Sermon

Hymn     # 353     Infant Holy, Infant Lowly    
                                  (Gray Psalter Hymnal)

Second Lesson:     John 1:1-18     NRSV
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things came   into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.
5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. 8He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. 9The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. 10He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. 11He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. 12But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, 13who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God. 14And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.
15(John testified to him and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’”)16From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.

Sermon     “The Glory of the Only-Begotten God”    Pastor Paul Copeland                         

Gathering of Tithes and Offering

Offertory     Prelude on "  Veni Emmanuel,"  Stephen Burtonwood, based on the plainsong tune

Oh come, oh come, Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel
Response (pg. 75 Supplemental Hymnal)
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
* Local Emergency Aid Program
* Jack & Mary Ann Voelkel-IVCF
* ECHO (Education Concerns for Hunger Organization)

Hymn     # 23     There’s a Song in the Air    
                                (Christmas Songbook)



Postlude     Trumpet Tune on "  Venez divin Messie",  David Lasky on the French carol

O come, Divine Messiah, The world in silence waits the day
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
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: The Prophet Micah                       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.


* The Greeters this Sunday are Kevin & Lou Ann Johnston.


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


* There will be no Sunday Evening Bible Study December 23rd or December 30th. We will resume Sunday evening, January 6th.


* Please join us for our Christmas Services.  Christmas Eve Service (A Festival of Lessons & Carols) will take place Monday, December 24th at 6:30 p.m. There will be a reception following this service. There is a sign-up sheet in Fellowship Hall. Please let us know what you will be bringing for planning purposes. Childcare will be provided for the Christmas Eve Service. Christmas Day service will take place on Tuesday, December 25th at 11:00 a.m.


* Deadline for January Newsletter submissions is Wednesday, December 26th. Please email them to Brenda.


* Men’s breakfast Fridays, 7:30 a.m. at Christos New City Grill West Side. Join us for food, fun, and fellowship. 


* December 27th & 28th we will have a great opportunity to continue our holiday giving!!   Our church is responsible for helping at the Tippecanoe County/Church Women United Food Pantry on Thursday December 27th from 3:45-6:15 p.m. and on Friday the 28th from 11:45-3:00 p.m., we need three volunteers each day.  The pantry is located at 1320 Tippecanoe Street.  Questions? Call Marilyn Hinze 620-0056.


* The congregation is invited to attend Everett Johnson's  Eagle Scout Ceremony. It will take place from 2-5 p.m. on December 29 at Cary Camp.  The entrance to Cary Camp is located on the north side of SR26 and is just west of the intersection with McCarty Lane.  The court of honor will be held in the Heritage Hall of the McAllister Scouting Center (http://www.carycamp.com/facilities/mcallister.php). It will be directly in front of you as you drive into the camp.


* Sunday School Schedule – There will be no Sunday School classes December 30th.  Sunday School will resume on January 6th.


* Please keep in mind, all charitable giving must be postmarked by December 31st. Any envelopes that come into the office after January 1, 2019 and have a postmark prior to December 31st, 2018 will be considered in the 2018 giving year. If you have any questions, please call the office.


* L2 Single Ladies Group is planning to have lunch at the Village Pub at Westminster Village Monday, January 7th  at 11:30 a.m. All single women are invited to join our group. Questions?  Contact Jean McCoy.


Weekly Calendar for December 23, 2018

  9:30 a.m.    Worship
11:00 a.m.    Sunday School
This Week:
Monday       6:30 p.m.   Christmas Eve Service
Tuesday     11:00 a.m.   Christmas Day Service   
Wednesday 7:00 a.m.   Morning Prayers (Grieke Toebes)
Friday           7:30 a.m.   Men’s Breakfast

Coming Weeks:
January 7th                     L2 Ladies Group Lunch at Westminster