Christmas Missions Blessings
Service for the Lord’s Day
First Presbyterian Church
First Sunday of Advent
December 3, 2017
Prelude What Child is this? / Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring arr. McDonald
Jennifer Blackbourn, piano
Welcome, Sharing of Friendship Register, And Ministry Invitations Martin Lifer
Call to Worship Lighting the Candle for the First Sunday of Advent The Will and Meredith Martin Family
* Advent Hymn 175: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel VENI EMMANUEL Welcoming New Members of Our Church Family
Prayer with Young Disciples Ashleigh Murdock
Prayers of Thanksgiving, Confession, Petition, and Intercession Martin Lifer
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.
*The congregation is invited to stand.
Deacon of the Week: Peggy Branch
Today’s Ushers: (11:00) – Ross Collins
Today’s Greeters: (11:00) – Carolyn Coleman
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.
+The Christmas Missions Blessings Special Offering
Once again, the Christmas Missions Blessings Offering will be directed toward additional FPC support of the following missions and missionaries that our church has supported through the years: Starkville Habitat for Humanity; Helping Hands (of Starkville/Oktibbeha County); the Palmer Home Mission; as well as two “Children of the Church” working overseas – Aretta Zitta (Director of Young Life/Club Beyond Ministry to children living on US military bases and housing in Europe and parts of the Middle East) and Chip Bobbitt.
Today and throughout December, feel free to give – above and separately from your regular tithe and offerings – to this special offering. Checks should be made to FPC Starkville, but please designate in the check’s Memo line “Christmas Blessings Mission Offering” or simply “Christmas Blessings.”
We welcome today as members of our church family:
Shane and Merzamie Clark;
Peyton and Catherine Fandel;
Malcolm and Gloria Gentry;
Derick and Pam Metts; and
Lee and Amy Weiskopf, together with their daughter, Julia Weiskopf.
*Doxology Hymn 592
*Call to Bring God’s Tithe and Our Further Offerings –
including The Christmas Missions Blessings Special Offering+
Offertory Coventry Carol arr. Berry
Marquita Beaty and Jennifer Blackbourn
Christmas Missions Blessings Sunday
Musical Offering to God
The First Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir Presents
Were You There on that Christmas Night?
A Christmas Musical
By Lloyd Larson
Introduction Dr. Craig Aarhus, FPC Music Director
A Great Light
Jack Aarhus, soloist
All is Well
Sing We Now of Christmas
Welcome to Our World
Thomas and Margaret Pound, duet
Were You There on That Christmas Night
Glory to the Newborn King!
Invitation to Faith and Discipleship
Postlude Christmas Joy! arr. McDonald
Jennifer Blackbourn, piano
*The congregation is invited to stand.
We give thanks to God for Craig Aarhus, Jennifer Blackbourn, our guest musicians, and, most certainly, all of the members of our Chancel Choir for their ministry to the Lord and for the Lord here at FPC. We specifically give thanks for these faithful members’ many hours of musical practices and spiritual preparation for this musical offering to Christ our Lord on this Christmas Missions Blessing Sunday.
FPC Chancel Choir
Music Director: Craig Aarhus
Accompanist/Organist: Jennifer Blackbourn
Guest Musicians: Ellen Moore, Flute; Michaela Dubose-Schmitt, Oboe; Seth Abernathy, Clarinet;
Brian Harris, Bassoon; Trenton Brown, Percussion
Narrators: Bill and Susan Gamel
Soprano: Glenda Clark; Vivien Miller; Margaret Pound; Michele Rackley; Patsy Randle; Lynn Zimmerman
Alto: Amy Aarhus; Marquita Beaty; Vivian Cade; Paula Ivey; Nancy Lifer; Peggy Moore
Tenor: Richard Blackbourn; Matt McAfee; Thomas Pound
Bass: Jim Beaty; Randell Foxworth; Charlie Guest; Phil Hubbard; Martin Lifer
CHRISTMAS HAPPENINGS THIS WEEK & NEXT SUNDAY!
Church Family Advent Night
TONIGHT, 5 pm, Fellowship Hall
Families with children, come join us for some fun and Christmas crafts for children.
Children’s Christmas Musical Drama
This Wednesday, December 6, 6 pm, Sanctuary Church-wide Pizza Fellowship follows at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall
Parent’s Morning Out
This Saturday, December 9, 10am-12:30pm, Fellowship Hall
Drop off the kids at the Fellowship Hall for pizza and Christmas fun, so you can get some shopping done!
Next Sunday, December 10, 4:30 pm, City Hall Plaza
Celebrate Christmas with your friends from all over Starkville!
Hosted by participating Starkville churches, including FPC!
4:30 Refreshments; Program begins at 5:00
Includes: Welcome from the Mayor, Christmas Carol Sing-a-Long, Multi-church Choir presentation with narration (including our own, Pastor Martin Lifer), Scripture reading, Live Nativity
Next Sunday, December 10 (2nd Sunday of Advent)
Two Services 8:30 and 11 a.m.
11 am Service will include Children’s Choir Christmas music.
Thomas Guest (Charlie and Rubye Guest’s grandson)
Mary Jo Wallace and Family
Diane Daniels, together with her sister, Delores Irvin, and Sarah Helen McCloskey (Daniels’ family friend) -PA
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
Additional FPC Mission Notes:
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.
TEJERAS MEAL SPONSORS (Mission meal for children in Tejeras, Honduras)
December 6 – In Honor of Faithful Workers at FPC by Dero and Adelaide Ramsey
CASSEROLE KITCHEN MISSION MEAL HOSTS AT FPC THIS WEEK
Dec 5 – Loren Zimmerman Dec 7 – Billy Harrington
FPC Hearing Before the MS Supreme Court December 13, 10:30 am, MSC Chambers on the second floor of the Gartin Justice Building, 450 High St., Jackson.