Watercolor painting by E. J. Kirsch

January 20, 2019

Jan 18, 2019

The Order for the Worship of God
Faith Presbyterian Church         9:30 a.m., January 20, 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     Psalm Prelude (Psalm 84:1-4) by Stephen Burtonwood

How lovely is Your tabernacle, O Lord of hosts!

Welcome and Greeting

Hymn     # 26     Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
                                          (Supplemental Hymnal)

Psalter:     Psalm 31:9-16     NRSV (read responsively)    Nancy Dunn            
9Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; my eye wastes away from grief, my soul and body also.
10For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my misery, and my bones waste away.
11I am the scorn of all my adversaries, a horror to my neighbors, an object of dread to my acquaintances; those who see me in the street flee from me.
12I have passed out of mind like one who is dead; I have become like a broken vessel.
13For I hear the whispering of many— terror all around!— as they scheme together against me, as they plot to take my life.
14But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, “You are my God.”
15My times are in your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.
16Let your face shine upon your servant; save me in your steadfast love.

Prayer for Illumination                 Nancy Dunn                                         

First Lesson:     Proverbs 6:6-19     NRSV          Nancy Dunn
6Go to the ant, you lazybones;
consider its ways, and be wise.
7Without having any chief
or officer or ruler,
8it prepares its food in summer,
and gathers its sustenance in harvest.
9How long will you lie there, O lazybones?
When will you rise from your sleep?
10A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest,
11and poverty will come upon you like a robber,
and want, like an armed warrior. 
12A scoundrel and a villain goes around with crooked speech,
13winking the eyes, shuffling the feet,
pointing the fingers,
14with perverted mind devising evil,
continually sowing discord;
15on such a one calamity will descend suddenly;
in a moment, damage beyond repair. 
16There are six things that the LORD hates,
seven that are an abomination to him:
17haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
and hands that shed innocent blood,
18a heart that devises wicked plans,
feet that hurry to run to evil,
19a lying witness who testifies falsely,
and one who sows discord in a family.

Lector:     “This is the Word of God.”

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

Anthem     How Firm a Foundation

Children’s Sermon

Hymn     # 184     Lord, You Have Searched Me
                                      (Gray Psalter Hymnal)

Second Lesson:     Philippians 1:18b-26     NRSV
18 Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, 19for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance. 20It is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be put to shame in any way, but that by my speaking with all boldness, Christ will be exalted now as always in my body, whether by life or by death.
21For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain. 22If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which I prefer.23I am hard pressed between the two: my desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better; 24but to remain in the flesh is more necessary for you. 25Since I am convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for your progress and joy in faith,26so that I may share abundantly in your boasting in Christ Jesus when I come to you again.

Sermon     “By Life or by Death”     Pastor Paul Copeland                         

Gathering of Tithes and Offering

Offertory     Come, People of the Risen King

                               Soloist — Anna Johnson         

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

Prayer of Dedication  


Joys and Concerns  

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession
* The Evangelistic Ministry of Leonard & Dewi Sidharta
* Lafayette Urban Ministry
* Greg & Faith Hurst-SIM

Hymn     # 618     Jerusalem the Golden
                               (Gray Psalter Hymnal)


Postlude     Joyful Praise by Eugene Butler


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 Gayle Weast & Karen Gilliom.


* The Java Heroes this Sunday are David & Diane Horner.


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


* Deadline for February Newsletter submissions is Tuesday, January 29th. Please email them to the church office.


* The Women’s Group will be hosting a Souper-Bowl Sundae lunch on Sunday, February 3rd after church at noon. Bring your favorite soup or bread. Sundaes will be the dessert.  A sign-up sheet is in the Fellowship Hall. Come in your favorite jersey and support your team! All are welcome!


* Valentine Cookie Project — SAVE THOSE BOXES! The women of Faith Church have been sending valentine cookies for many years. Boxes have been limited as of late, so we ask you to save your shoe boxes. We’d rather not fill your boot box or your son’s gigantic sneaker box, please bring us your sturdy, average sized, shoe boxes. We need names and addresses of all our college students. Please plan on delivering cookies to local students. Please give names to LouAnn Johnston or Jean McCoy. We also need cookie bakers and packers. Please bake two dozen cookies, pack them by twos in small plastic bags and deliver to the church by Sunday, February 10th.  A sign-up sheet is in the Fellowship Hall for baking or packing the boxes for mailing or delivery on Sunday, February 10th. 


* Mission of the Month for January is the LUM Emergency Shelter for homeless people. Items needed are below:

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


* Session Highlights January 14, 2019 — Following up on priorities that emerged from a retreat held last fall, Session agreed to use whatever time remains in this pastoral transition to explore ways to shift the role of ruling elders more in the direction of “shepherding” the flock.  Most of the time was taken up looking at examples of what other Presbyterian Churches have done to develop a culture that prizes the shepherding role of ruling elders.  On the administrative side, Session agreed to consolidate the oversight areas from four to eight.  This consolidation is on a trial basis as Session considers whether there may be wisdom in reducing the number of ruling elders in future years.  The four oversight areas for this coming year are as follows:

Administration – (Oversees the “trustee” responsibilities of Session, especially finances and property)

Spiritual Formation – (With the pastor, provides strategic planning for Worship and Christian Education; encourages development of small groups)

Community Engagement – (Partners with Spiritual Formation to equip members to share their faith in a secular culture; partners with the Deacons to encourage and equip members to participate in existing local mission opportunities and, as appropriate, to develop or identify new opportunities)

Coordination – (Tracks the “big picture” of congregational life; assists other ministry groups in the congregation with planning and carrying through activities based in the church building; develops effective communication systems for a multi-generational, small church)

Elder assignments for these oversight areas will be listed in next week’s bulletin.


Weekly Calendar for January 20, 2019

   9:30 a.m.    Worship
 11:00 a.m.    Sunday School
   6:30 p.m.    Sunday Evening Bible Study (FH)
This Week:

Monday                             Office Closed
Monday       6:30 p.m.     Deacon’s Meeting   
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 (Ron & Carol)
Wednesday  6:30 p.m.     Adult Choir
Friday            7:30 a.m.     Men’s Breakfast

Coming Weeks:
February 3rd                      Souper-Bowl Sundae Lunch
February 4th                      L2 Ladies Lunch at Westminster
February 10th                    Valentine Cookie Project