Service For the Lord’s Day
First Presbyterian Church
Christ the King Sunday
November 26, 2017
Prelude Crown Him with Many Crowns DIADEMATA
Jennifer Blackbourn, organ
Welcome; FPC Ministry Updates Martin Lifer
*Introit (11:00 – Chancel Choir, Craig Aarhus directing)
*Call to Worship
Sharing the Call of God’s Word: from Philippians 2:5-11
Pastor: Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,
Who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a
thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself –
taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being
found in human form, He humbled himself by becoming obedient to the
point of death, even death on a cross.
ALL: Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the
name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of
God the Father.
Prayers of Invocation and Praise
*Hymn of Praise 311 All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name DIADEM
Prayers of Confession and Petition
(Unison Prayer) Holy Father, we have failed to put Christ our King first with our time, thoughts, words, and actions. Have mercy on us. Lord Jesus, by your Spirit, lead us into true repentant faith. Let us know the blessings of making faithful promises to You for the year ahead, and sanctify us to receive from your Table today as those who will soon share with You in Heaven.
Good News of God’s Grace
* Responsive Hymn 668 - The Doxology
*Giving to God: Tithes, Offerings, and First Things First Pledges
*Prayer of Thanksgiving and Dedication
Offertory Anthem (11:00 – Chancel Choir)
Open My Eyes, Spirit Divine
Prayer with Young Disciples Ashleigh Murdock (11:00)
*Affirming Our Faith from The (Westminster) Shorter Catechism Q. 26
Pastor: How is Christ a king?
ALL: As a king, Christ brings us under his power,
rules and defends us, and
restrains and conquers all his and our enemies.
*Hymn 670 The Gloria Patri
*The congregation is invited to stand.
Deacon of the Week: Wesley Ferguson
Today’s Ushers: (8:30) – Jeff Foster; (11:00) – Johnny Fair and Wallace Cade
Today’s Greeters: (8:30) – Barb Foster & Carolyn Coleman; (11:00) – Gloria Cade
The Proclamation of God’s Word
Scripture Revelation 19:11-16; 1:4-7; [5:9-10]
(ESV Pew Bible pp. 1040, 1028; )
Sermon King of Kings Martin Lifer
The Covenant Seal of God’s Word:
The Sacrament of Holy Communion
Invitation to the Lord’s Table for Baptized Believers
The Lord’s Words of Institution
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Consecration
The Lord’s Prayer (Unison)
Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.
Sharing the Bread and then the Cup
Prayer of Dedication - for Recipients as Christ’s Witnesses
*+Closing Hymn 578 Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart MARION
Choral Response God Be With You Until We Meet Again
Postlude The King is Coming arr. Bock
Jennifer Blackbourn, piano
*The congregation is invited to stand.
+We invite you to place in one of the baskets at the front of the Chancel – during the closing hymn or following the service – your Two-Cents-a-Meal Special Offering for this month –
to be used to (1) defray FPC’s costs in hosting the Casserole Kitchen Mission on Tuesday and Thursday nights AND (2) support for FPC’s other benevolence missions.
The Sanctuary Flowers are given to the Glory of God and in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Wade for their 45th Wedding Anniversary by their children and grandchildren - Rebecca, Simon, and Davis Banzhaf, and Mr. and Mrs. Floyd (Buck) Wade, III and Mary Lindsey Wade
Visiting with Us?
We warmly welcome you to our worship of God and to our other ministries. Please speak to Pastor Martin Lifer following today’s service (outside the front entrance), … or contact him this week at the church office or via email ( ), and let us know of any special prayer requests, or if you would like to learn more about growing in your faith or, specifically, about joining our church family.
NEXT SUNDAY, December 3 (1st Sunday of Advent), join us for our
ONE, UNIFIED 11 a.m. Christmas Missions Blessings Service
Featuring the FPC Chancel Choir singing
Were You There on That Christmas Night?
A Christmas musical by Lloyd Larson
Please see bulletin insert for our further
FPC Advent & Christmas Calendar and a Poinsettia Order form.
EARLY CHRISTMAS HAPPENINGS THIS WEEK & NEXT SUNDAY!
HELP Decorate FPC for Advent and Christmas – TOMORROW MORNING! Join us at 8:30 am tomorrow (Monday), to help us get the church ready for the wonderful Advent & Christmas season!
Parade Float Build TODAY – Volunteers needed!
Today (Sunday), 3:00 pm (Note time change)
Meet in west parking lot, covered drop-off.
Then join us for the Starkville Christmas Parade
Tomorrow, November 27, 6 pm (“A Charlie Brown Christmas”)
Church Family Advent Night
NEXT SUNDAY December 3, 5 pm, Fellowship Hall.
Families with children, come join us for some fun and Christmas crafts for children.
MISSION HELP NEEDED
BE AN ANGEL THIS CHRISTMAS! Buy gifts for our FPC Child Care Center workers’ dependent children. Tags with suggested gifts and sizes are on the Angel Christmas Tree in the Fellowship Hall. Please take one or more of these tags from the tree, buy and wrap the gifts, and then bring the wrapped gifts (tags attached) to the church office by Tuesday, December 19. The gifts will be distributed to the FPC Child Care Center workers December 21.
Help us Ring the Red Kettle Christmas Bell to Raise Funds for the Salvation Army Mission Campaign!
“Ring the Bell” outside the Starkville Kroger main entrance on Saturday, December 23 (9am to noon, 2-7 pm). Please – individually or with family members or friends – sign up for one-hour slots on the sheets posted on the chalkboard in the Fellowship Hall.
MSSAS Prison Book Drive
Do you have books you would like to donate? Bring them to the church office to put in the donation box.
Book drive ends this Tuesday, November 28.
TEJERAS MEAL SPONSORS (Mission meal for children in Tejeras, Honduras)
November 29 – Friend-Supporter of Mission Outreach in Honduras
December 1 – In Honor of the Joy class by Dero and Adelaide Ramsey
CASSEROLE KITCHEN MISSION MEAL HOSTS AT FPC THIS WEEK
Nov 28 – Rex BuffingtonNov. 30 – Loren Zimmerman
FPC’s Mission for Local Congregations’ Right to Be Faithful in Mississippi:
Hearing Before the MS Supreme Court on December 13: Earlier this fall, the Mississippi Supreme Court (MSC) granted the request by attorneys representing FPC Starkville for oral arguments in the MSC’s review of the case of Presbytery of St. Andrew v. FPC Starkville and of the Chancery Court decisions in favor of FPC — scheduling to hear oral arguments on Wednesday, December 13, at 10:30 a.m. Remember to mark your calendar, pray for God’s continued wisdom, help, and grace in this process of faithful stewardship, and — if you can — join elders, deacons, and other members to attend the hearing at the MSC. [The hearing will be in the MSC Chambers on the second floor of the Gartin Justice Building, 450 High St., Jackson.]
Week of November 26, 2017
9:45 a.m.Sunday School
10:30 a.m.Fellowship Gathering (Fellowship Hall)
11:00 a.m.Worship Service
MONDAY:7:00 p.m.Boy Scouts (Boy Scouts Building)
8:00 p.m.Narcotics Anonymous, also on T, W, & F (Ed. Bldg)
TUESDAY:7:00 a.m.Men’s Prayer Breakfast (Parlor)
6:00 p.m.Casserole Kitchen (Fellowship Hall)
WEDNESDAY:7:30 a.m.No Friends & Family until Jan 17, 2018
THURSDAY:6:00 p.m.Casserole Kitchen (Fellowship Hall)
SATURDAY: 6:00 p.m.Narcotics Anonymous (Christian Education Bldg.)
Mary Jo Wallace and Family
Diane Daniels, together with her sister, Delores Irvin, and Sarah Helen McCloskey
(Daniels’ family friend) – Pennsylvania
Cynthia Ware, together with her parents, Donna and Herman Ware
Eleisha G. Reynolds (Anita Reynolds’ daughter-in-law) Montrose, CO
Marie Tubb and John Gassaway (Anna Ray Gasaway’s sister-in-law & brother-in-law)
Dawn Allen (Nell Hartness’ granddaughter) - Starkville
Billy and Brenda Harrington
Carol Clark (Albert Clark’s sister)
Brenda Pratt, Cheryl Kay Linder (Beth Ann Dunlap’s stepmother & sister)
Mae Glass (Vivien Miller’s mother)
Carl Ivey, Sr. – Dukedom, Kentucky
Anderson Ivey (Carl and Paula Ivey’s grandson) – Birmingham, Alabama
Marshall McReynolds (Sherylan Webb’s nephew) – Tupelo
Craig Wolf (Paula Elliott’s son-in-law) – Huntsville, Alabama
Danny Carlisle (Loren Zimmerman’s friend)
Frances Ellis, Christopher A. Cook, and Brett Horton (Ellen Mauldin’s sister, grandson – U.S. Army-Poland – and her brother Leslie’s grandson)
Billy Ray Ball (Dolph Bryan’s Uncle) – Tuscaloosa
Madeline Bell (Greta Bryan’s great niece) – Vienna, Virginia
Jack Boren & family, Ryan Carrithers, Tonia McLendon, and Sue Salley (friends of Dolph & Greta Bryan)
Health Care / Assisted Living Prayer List
Jane Lusk – The Claiborne
Jetta Kuykendall – The Grove, Columbia
Kathleen Smithson Lawson – Vicker’s Personal Care Home
Lu Graham (Jane Zitta’s sister) – The Hermitage, Richmond, Virginia
Frances Oakley – Sunnybrook Estates, Madison
Marie Tramel – Beau Ridge, Ridgeland
Maxine Eastland – Franklin, TN
Elizabeth Duffey – Presbyterian Village, GA
Jewel Jacobs (Cindy Walker’s mother) – Montgomery Garden
Thelma Gentry – Vicker’s Personal Care Home
Elder Emeritus – Dero Ramsey
The Session’s next Stated Meeting is December 17, 12:30 p.m. / Dr. Martin Lifer, Moderator / Randell Foxworth, Clerk
The Diaconate meets Sunday, Dec 10, 12:15 p.m. / Wesley Ferguson, Chair / Joel Downey, Secretary
Session and Diaconate Ministry Committees
(*Current Elder, **Current Deacon)
Worship & Music
*Larry Anthony, Chair
Fellowship & Hospitality
**Jay Cook, **Joel Downey,
**Jason Ryder, Co-Chairs
Adult Discipleship Education
*Allen Johnson, Chair
*Dolph Bryan, *Loren
Communications & Outreach
*Orly Hardin, Nancy Lifer,
Childcare Board of Directors
Zack Harrington (Chairman)
*Orly Hardin, Co-Chairs
Budget & Finance
*Bob Daniels, Chair
*Jim Beaty, Treasurer
*Perry Rackley, Chair
*Edward Kemp Co-Chairs
FPC Women’s Ministry – Caitlin Rackley, Moderator
Circles meet 2nd week of each month (7:00 pm Circle meets 3rd Monday)
Circles, Meeting Places, and Leaders
Sunday 8:00 am, Parlor –
Tuesday 6:00 pm, location TBA –
Monday 1:30 pm, Parlor–
Monday 7:00 pm, location TBA –
Men of the Church (MOC) Officers – Andrew Fountain, President,
Will Rackley, Vice President, Charlie Weatherly, Treasurer
The Ministry of Music
On Wednesdays - Chancel Choir, 6:00 p.m/. Children’s Choirs at 5:50 p.m.
FPC and FPCCC Ministry Team
Rev. Dr. Martin Lifer, Pastor
Rita Usher, Pastoral Secretary
Ashleigh Murdock, Children’s Ministry Coordinator
Dr. Craig Aarhus, Music Director
Jennifer Blackbourn, Organist
Kathy McGill, Children’s Choir Director
Alexis Thibodeaux, Student Assistant for Youth Ministry
Ellen Mauldin, Church Librarian
Amanda Corley, Child Care Director
A Congregation in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church –
A Global Movement of Evangelical Christians
November 26, 2017
Christ the King Sunday
Worship Service | 8:30 a.m.
Sunday School | 9:45 a.m.
Fellowship Gathering | 10:30 a.m.
Worship Service | 11:00 a.m.
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