Service For the Lord’s Day
First Presbyterian Church
February 25, 2018
(on the 2d Sunday in Lent) -
FPC Received into Central South Presbytery, EPC
Prelude Sing the Glad Song Ritter
Introit (11:00 – Chancel Choir, Jim Beaty Dir.)
*Call to Worship from Psalm 124 and Calvin’s Geneva Liturgy
Tate Ferguson: If it had not been for the LORD Who was on our side, let Israel now say –
All: Our help is in the Name of the LORD – Who made heaven and earth!
*Invocation and Praise
*Hymn 656 A Mighty Fortress Is Our God EIN FESTE BURG
*Prayers of Confession, Petition and Intercession
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.
Good News of God’s Grace
*Responsive Hymn 670 - The Gloria Patri
Anthem (Chancel Choir) I Will Sing Praise to the Lord
Good News for Young Disciples Martin Lifer
*Affirming Our Faith From the Westminster Larger Catechism Q. 43
Leader: How is Christ a prophet?
ALL: As a prophet, Christ reveals the complete will of God to his church about everything for the church’s edification and salvation. He does this throughout the ages in different ways by means of his Spirit and Word.
* Responsive Hymn 668 - The Doxology
*Giving to God: Tithes and Offerings
Invitation and Prayer Martin Lifer
Offertory I Know Whom I Have Believed arr. McDonald
*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 by a member of the congregation.
Deacon of the Month: Jason Ryder
Today’s Ushers: 8:30 Gary Bardwell; 11:00 – Lee Weiskopf
Today’s Greeters: 8:30 – Carolyn Coleman; 11:00 – Amy Weiskopf
God’s Word Proclaimed
Scripture Revelation 1:9-20 (ESV Pew Bible p. 960)
Sermon Transforming Vision Rev.Steve Burton
Installation of the FPC Session and of Pastor Martin Lifer
in Central South Presbytery (EPC)
Reception of First Presbyterian Church, Starkville
into the Central South Presbytery (EPC)
Introduction of the Commission and Summary of proceedings –
Chairman John Adamson
Constitutional Question to the Session – Teaching Elder Steve Burton
Constitutional Question to the Pastor – Ruling Elder Mike Matthews
Constitutional Questions to the Congregation – Ruling Elder Mike Matthews
Prayer of Installation – Teaching Elder Rev. Bob Wilbur
Charge to the Pastor, Session and Congregation – Ruling Elder Bill Cade
Declaration – Ruling Elder John Adamson
*+Hymn 443 Open My Eyes SCOTT
*Invitation and Benediction Martin Lifer
Choral Response (11:00 – Chancel Choir) Amen TRADITIONAL
Postlude The Call of the Trumpets Purcell Jennifer Blackbourn
*The congregation is invited to stand.
In addition to welcoming all guests and visiting worshipers with us today, we also extend special thanks to all of our brothers and sisters from the Central South Presbytery who are able to be with us today, including the following members of the commission who are formally receiving us into the presbytery and the Evangelical Presbyterian Church:
- Chairman John Adamson (Ruling Elder, 2d Presbyterian Church, Memphis)
- Steve Burton (Teaching Elder and Pastor, Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, Selma)
- Bill Cade (Ruling Elder, First Presbyterian Church, West Point)
- Mike Matthews (Ruling Elder, First Presbyterian Church, West Point)
- Robert (Bob) Wilbur (Teaching Elder and Recently Retired, Former Pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church, Columbus)
Further, we are blessed to have Rev. Burton preach God’s Word in this very special service today, and to have his wife, Cindy, join us today. Steve has led Cornerstone Church as pastor for over three years.
We invite all members and visitors with us to join us downstairs in the Fellowship Hall, following today’s worship service, for --
Fellowship Lunch For Reception Sunday
Visiting with Us?
We warmly welcome you to our worship of God. We hope you can visit our other ministries and be back in worship with us on upcoming Sundays. Please speak to Pastor Martin Lifer following today’s service (outside the front entrance), … or contact him at the church office or via email ( ). Let us know of any special prayer requests, and learn more about growing in your faith or, specifically, about joining our church family.
We also hope you will plan to be guests of Pastor and Nancy Lifer, together with other FPC members, for our
FIRST CONNECT Lunch & Learn Fellowship
NEXT Sunday, March 4, 12:10-1:15, p.m.
This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about being part of our church family and ministries. (We can provide childcare and lunch food for younger children whose parents will be with us. Please simply let Pastor, Nancy, or the Church Office know you are coming.)
DIAPERS & WIPES SHOWER NEXT Sunday, March 4
Please join us on March 4, during our Fellowship Gathering (10:30-10:50 a.m.) in Fellowship Hall for our Diapers & Wipes Shower for Zack and Hunter Harrington, and their expected son, Henry Harrington (due early April).
Make Your Reservations Today for
Friends & Family Fellowship Dinner
Wednesday, 5:15-5:45 p.m.
This Wednesday’s Dinner: Pulled Pork (with BBQ Sauce), Baked Beans, French Fries, Rolls, Sour Cream Cake. Adults may also choose a Chef Salad, … or, as always, children may have pizza – just let us know. Please complete your reservation card and place it in the Offering today, or call or send an email to the Church Office.
Children’s, SOS & Youth Ministries (5:50 -7 p.m.)
Adult Studies Wednesday Night (5:50 -7 p.m.):
Men's Bible Study (Johnson Room). A Life Beyond Amazing,
HOW TO BE FAITHFUL,TECH-Wise Christians and Families:
Dr. Lifer leads this small group study in the Chapel (5:50-7 p.m.).
Women’s Bible Study, led by Orly Hardin (in the Parlor) - We Saved You a Seat,
…ALSO, our Chancel Choir practices on Wednesdays at 6-7 p.m.
CASSEROLE KITCHEN MISSION MEAL HOSTS AT FPC THIS WEEK
Feb 27 – Rex Buffington Mar 1 – Loren Zimmerman
TEJERAS MEAL SPONSORS (Mission meal for children in Tejeras, Honduras)
If you would like to sponsor a Tejeras Meal in 2018, please send a check for $80 made out to Honduras Agape Foundation to Michele Rackley, PO Box 826, Starkville, MS 39760, or in the church office, or you may place your check in the Offering.
Week of February 25, 2018
SUNDAY: 8:30a.m. Worship Service
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: 5:15 p.m. Friends & Family Meal
5:50 p.m Children’s Choir, SOS, Youth Discipleship
6:00 p.m. Adult Choir Practice
THURSDAY: 6:00 p.m. Casserole Kitchen (Fellowship Hall)
SATURDAY: 12:00 pm Casserole Kitchen (Episcopal Church)
6:00 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous (Christian Education Bldg.)
Cynthia Ware, together with her parents, Donna and Herman Ware
Thomas Guest (Charlie and Rubye Guest’s grandson)
Gary and Janet Bardwell
Diane Daniels, together with her sister, Delores Irvin, and Sarah Helen McCloskey (Daniels’ family friend) -PA
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)
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
Thelma Gentry – Vicker’s Personal Care Home
Louise Haddiagan – The Claiborne
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
Elders Serving on Our Session
Elder Emeritus – Dero Ramsey
Dr. Martin Lifer, Moderator / Randell Foxworth, Clerk
The Session’s next Stated Meeting is March 25, 12:30 p.m.
Deacons Serving on Our Diaconate
FPC Women’s Ministry – Caitlin Rackley, Moderator
Circles, Meeting Places, and Leaders
Circles meet 2nd week of each month (7:00 pm Circle meets 3rd Monday)
Second Sunday, 8am, Parlor – Chairman Lynda Forbus
Second Monday, 1:30 pm, Parlor – Chairman Kay McReynolds
Second Tuesday, 6 pm, Location TBA – Chairman Orly Hardin
Third Monday, 7 pm, Location TBA – Chairman Amy Aarhus
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