Watercolor painting by E. J. Kirsch

December 30, 2018 Bulletin

Dec 28, 2018

The Order for the Worship of God
Faith Presbyterian Church         9:30 a.m., December 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     Christmas Songbook
                          #   24  God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen
                          #   32  I Cannot Tell

                         Gray Psalter Hymnal   
                          # 354  Angels from the Realms of Glory 
                          Jesus, Joy of the Highest Heaven 


Hymn     # 12     Gentle Mary Laid Her Child         
                                   (Christmas Songbook)

Psalter:     Psalm 36:1-12     NRSV (read responsively)    Bert Chapman    
1Transgression speaks to the wicked deep in their hearts; there is no fear of God before their eyes.
2For they flatter themselves in their own eyes that their iniquity cannot be found out and hated.
3The words of their mouths are mischief and deceit; they have ceased to act wisely and do good.
4They plot mischief while on their beds; they are set on a way that is not good; they do not reject evil.
5Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.
6Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your judgments are like the great deep; you save humans and animals alike, O LORD.
7How precious is your steadfast love, O God! All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
8They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
9For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.
10O continue your steadfast love to those who know you, and your salvation to the upright of heart!
11Do not let the foot of the arrogant tread on me, or the hand of the wicked drive me away.
12There the evildoers lie prostrate; they are thrust down, unable to rise.

Prayer for Illumination             Bert Chapman         

First Lesson:     II Corinthians 4:1-6     NRSV       Bert Chapman
Therefore, since it is by God’s mercy that we are engaged in this ministry, we do not lose heart. 2We have renounced the shameful things that one hides; we refuse to practice cunning or to falsify God’s word; but by the open statement of the truth we commend ourselves to the conscience of everyone in the sight of God. 3And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. 6For it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Lector:     “This is the Word of God.”

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

Special Music     Cantique de Noël or O Holy Night

                                           Soloist — Dave Stith  

Children’s Sermon

Hymn     # 17     In the Bleak Midwinter    
                             (Christmas Songbook)

Second Lesson:     John 3:16-21     NRSV
16“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.17“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. 20For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. 21But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.”

Sermon     “Seeing the Light”     Pastor Paul Copeland                         

Gathering of Tithes and Offering

Offertory     Herr Christ, Der Ein'ge Gottes Sohn, J.S. Bach

O Thou, of God the Father, ... Thou art the bright and morning star

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
* Hope 61
* Lafayette Urban Ministry
* Jon & Kristi Nykamp

Hymn     # 31     Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne    
                                    (Christmas Songbook)


Postlude     People, Look East, James Mansfield, based on the French melody Besançon

People, look east. The time is near,
of the crowning of the year...
Love, the guest, is on the way

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.


* 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 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


* The Greeters this Sunday are Mary Ann Combs & Barbara Knox.


* The Java Heroes this Sunday are Jane & Terry Stewart.


* Sunday School will resume on January 6th.


* Sunday Evening Bible Study will resume Sunday, 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.


* 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. Join us for food, fun, and fellowship. 


* We will taking down the Christmas decorations Sunday, January 6th after the Worship Service, except for the Poinsettias. So have some coffee, then help us to un-green the church and pack up everything. Many hands make light work.


* Beginning January 6th, 2019, Pastor Copeland will begin a sermon series on St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians.  He will also begin an adult Sunday School class that will explore the preaching text in greater detail, particularly in relation to the theme of congregational life and leadership.  The series through Philippians will run from January 6th though April 7th, the last Sunday in Lent.  Please contact Pastor Copeland for further information.


* 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.


* The ordination and installation of elders- and deacons-elect will take place during worship on Sunday, January 13th, 2019.  Jan Hem, Jean McCoy, and Steve Varys will be installed to serve as Ruling Elders in the Class of 2021.  Rob Donaldson, Deb Johnson and Jerry Matthews will be ordained to the office of Deacon and installed to serve in the Class of 2021.  Please remember these brothers and sisters in prayer as they prepare for this important day.


Weekly Calendar for December 30, 2018

9:30 a.m.    Worship
This Week:
Tuesday                           Office Closed   
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:
January 6th                      Ungreening the Church
January 7th                      L2 Ladies Lunch at Westminster