Watercolor painting by E. J. Kirsch

January 6, 2019

Jan 4, 2019

The Order for the Worship of God
Faith Presbyterian Church         9:30 a.m., January 6, 2019
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     Passacaglio, Dietrich Buxtehude

Welcome and Greeting

Hymn     # 361     Songs of Thankfulness and Praise
                                          (Gray Psalter Hymnal)

Prayer of Confession (Unison)
Almighty and merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you and one another in both our actions and our inactions. We recognize that in Jesus Christ our light has come, yet often we choose to walk in shadows and ignore the light. Gracious God, forgive our sins and remove from us the veil of darkness that shrouds our lives. Illumined by your Word and sacrament, may we rise to the radiance of Christ’s glory. Amen.


Assurance of Pardon (1 John 1:5-7)                Mike Bergmann
This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
Believe this word and be at peace.

Prayer for Illumination                                      Mike Bergmann           

First Lesson:     Proverbs 2:1-10     NRSV       Mike Bergmann
My child, if you accept my words
and treasure up my commandments within you,
2making your ear attentive to wisdom
and inclining your heart to understanding;
3if you indeed cry out for insight,
and raise your voice for understanding;
4if you seek it like silver,
and search for it as for hidden treasures—
5then you will understand the fear of the LORD
and find the knowledge of God.
6For the LORD gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;
7he stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
he is a shield to those who walk blamelessly,
8guarding the paths of justice
and preserving the way of his faithful ones.
9Then you will understand righteousness and justice
and equity, every good path;
10for wisdom will come into your heart,
and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;

Lector:     “This is the Word of God.”

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

Anthem     Sing a New Song to the Lord

Join to rejoice, lift up your voice,
Sing a new song to the Lord!
Harmonies fair, filling the air,
Sing a new song to the Lord!
Let one and all answer the call:
Music and melody raise;
God to adore forevermore
With joyful anthems of praise!

Come, chant with delight,
Canticles bright to God Almighty!
Sing songs of good cheer,
Echoing clear, to God the Lord!
Now instruments bring,
Trumpet and string, this day of days,
The Lord God to adore
Forevermore with songs of praise

In every land begin the song;
To every land the strains belong;
In cheerful sounds all voices raise
And fill the world with loudest praise.

Children’s Sermon

Hymn     # 170     O God, Our Help in Ages Past
                                      (Gray Psalter Hymnal)

Second Lesson:     Philippians 1:1-11     NRSV
Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons: 2Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3I thank my God every time I remember you, 4constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, 5because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. 6I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.
7It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because you hold me in your heart, for all of you share in God’s grace with me, both in my    imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. 8For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the compassion of Christ   Jesus.
9And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight 10to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, 11having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.

Sermon     “Sharers in God’s Grace”     Pastor Paul Copeland                         

Gathering of Tithes and Offering

Offertory     Once He Came in Blessing, Choral Prelude by Heinrich Buttstedt

Once He came in blessing,... Bore the Cross to save us,
Hope and freedom gave us

Response ( Gray Hymnal pg. 638)
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him, all creatures here below.
Praise him above, you heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Δ

Hymn     # 341     Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
                                         (Gray Psalter Hymnal)

Invitation to the Lord’s Supper

The Apostles’ Creed (Gray Psalter Hymnal p. 813)

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Words of Institution

Giving & Receiving the Bread and the Cup
            The inside cups are white grape juice;
                       the outer cups contain wine.

Thanksgiving and Intercession after Communion
* The Evangelistic Ministry of Leonard & Dewi Sidharta
* Greg & Faith Hurst-SIM
* Matrix Life Care Center
* Trinity Life Ministry

Hymn     # 630     Now Blessed Be the Lord Our God
                                           (Gray Psalter Hymnal)


Postlude     Fuga in D major, Johann Pachelbel

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: St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians   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 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


* The Greeters this Sunday are Morgan & Melissa Sparks.


* The Java Hero this Sunday is Dorothy Bethel.


* We will taking down the Christmas decorations this Sunday 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 this Sunday, 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.


* 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, January 7th  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. Join us for food, fun, and fellowship. 


* The ordination and installation of elders- and deacons-elect will take place during worship on Sunday, January 13, 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.


* Mission of the Month for January, 2019 is the Lafayette Urban Ministry Emergency Shelter for homeless people.

Wish list

  • Paper Supplies — Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Paper napkins, Facial Tissues (Kleenex), Paper plates, Disposable cups
  • Cleaning Supplies — Disinfectant Spray (Lysol), All Purpose   Cleaner (Simply Green), Bleach (Clorox), Laundry Detergent, Dishwashing Liquid, Dishwasher Detergent, Trash bags (13 gallon/tall kitchen draw-string)
  • Medical supplies — Band-Aids, Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Acetaminophen, Gauze pads, Neosporin, First Aid Antiseptic Spray
  • Personal Care — Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Tampons, Sanitary napkins, Foot powder, Disposable Razors, Combs, Nail Clippers, Pocket facial tissues, Liquid Hand Soap, Disinfecting Wipes (Clorox), Hand sanitizer
  • Food items — Peanut butter, Snack Bars (Granola Bars, Fruit Bars, Breakfast Bars, Cereal Bars, Rice Krispies Treats), Hot Cocoa – powdered mix
  • Coffee Set Up — Coffee (Caffeinated), Coffee filters, Sweetener packets (sugar, Splenda, Sweet’N Low, Equal), Powdered Creamer
  • Clothing — Socks, Underwear, Winter gloves, hats, socks, scarves (men’s & women’s)

Questions? Contact Dave Stith


Weekly Calendar for January 6, 2019

   9:30 a.m.    Worship (Communion)
 11:00 a.m.    Sunday School
   2:30 p.m.    St. Mary’s Worship
   6:30 p.m.    Sunday Evening Bible Study 
This Week:
Monday      11:30 a.m.     L2 Ladies 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 (Grieke Toebes)
Wednesday  6:30 p.m.     Adult Choir
Friday            7:30 a.m.     Men’s Breakfast