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January 21, 2018 Bulletin

01.19.18 | Bulletins | by FPC Staff

January 21, 2018 Bulletin

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Service For the Lord’s Day

First Presbyterian Church

 Starkville, Mississippi

January 21, 2018


Prelude             Chorale       J.S. Bach                                                                             Jennifer Blackbourn                         


Introit (11:00 – Chancel Choir) 

*Call to Worship The Seventh and Concluding Essential in the “Essentials of Our Faith” of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church  (the “EPC”), including Biblical quotations from Matthew 28:19-20 and Ephesians 5:2 and 2:10, clarifies our mission.

ALL: The Lord Jesus Christ commands all believers to proclaim the gospel throughout the world and to make disciples of all nations. Obedience to the Great Commission requires total commitment to “Him who loved us and gave Himself for us.” He calls us to a life of self-denying love and service. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” 

*Invocation and Praise

 *Hymn 440           Here I Am, Lord                    HERE I AM, LORD


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.

Silent Prayers

*Hymn 670 The Gloria Patri

Anthem (11:00 –Chancel Choir)  

Prayer with Young Disciples  (11:00 - Ashleigh Murdock)


Affirmation of Faith from The (Westminster) Shorter Catechism

Pastor.  What is man’s primary purpose?

ALL: Man’s primary purpose is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.

Pastor: What authority from God directs us how to glorify and enjoy Him?

ALL: The only authority for glorifying Him is the Bible, which is the word of God and is made up of the Old and New Testaments.

Pastor: What makes the word effective for salvation?

ALL: The Spirit of God causes the reading and especially the preaching of the word to convince and convert sinners and to build them up in holiness and comfort through faith to salvation.

* Responsive Hymn 668 - The Doxology

*Giving to God: Tithes and Offerings

*Prayer of Thanksgiving and Dedication                                      

Offertory          Fairest Lord Jesus              arr. Lopez

                       Jennifer Blackbourn



Proclaiming God’s Word

Scripture           Proverbs 18:2; James 3:1-2; Hebrews 13:12-17                                                    (ESV Pew Bible p. 541, 1012, 1010)

 Sermon    Faithful Leadership in a Foolish Age      Martin Lifer      


Invitation to faith and Prayers of Trust in God’s Grace


Installing Officers of FPC Starkville as EPC Elders & Deacons: 

Ruling Elders Installed Today: Randell Foxworth, Dolph Bryan, Myles Carpenter, Harold Clark, Cecelia Cook, Bob Daniels, Jack Forbus, Orly Hardin, Jeff Foster, Carl Ivey, Allen Johnson, Peggy Johnson, Edward Kemp, Janice Kinard, and Perry Rackley.

Deacons Installed Today: Peggy Branch, Vivian Cade, Jay Cook, Joel Downey, Johnny Fair, Jimbo Hearnsberger, Tabor Mullen, Jeremy Murdock, Jason Ryder, and Kristen Skinner.

EPC Ordination and Installation Vows for Elders and Deacons 

  1. Do you reaffirm your faith in Jesus Christ as your own personal Lord and Savior?
  2. Do you believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God, totally trustworthy, fully inspired by the Holy Spirit, the supreme, final, and the only infallible rule of faith and practice?
  3. Do you sincerely receive and adopt the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Catechisms of this Church, as containing the system of doctrine taught in the Holy Scriptures?
  4. Do you promise that if at any time you find yourself out of accord with the system of doctrine as taught in the Scriptures and as contained in the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Catechisms of this Church you will, on your own initiative, make known to your Presbytery the change which has taken place in your views since the assumption of this ordination vow?
  5. Do you affirm and adopt the “Essentials of Our Faith” without exception?
  6. Do you subscribe to the government and discipline of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church?
  7. Do you promise subjection to your fellow presbyters in the Lord?
  8. Have you been induced, as far as you know your own heart, to seek the office of the holy Ministry from love to God and a sincere desire to promote His glory in the gospel of His Son?
  9. Do you promise to be zealous and faithful in promoting the truths of the gospel and the purity and peace of the Church, whatever persecution or opposition may arise unto you on that account?
  10. Will you seek to be faithful and diligent in the exercise of all your duties as a Christian and a Ruling Elder/Deacon, whether personal, or interpersonal, private or public; and to endeavor by the grace of God to adorn the profession of the gospel in your manner of life, and to walk with exemplary piety before the congregation of which God is making you overseer?
  11. Are you now willing to accept the call of this church as Pastor/Associate Pastor/Ruling Elder/Deacon, and, relying upon God for strength, promise to discharge to it the duties required of that office?

*Questions to, and Affirmations of, Congregation and Each Member 

  1. Are you, the members of this congregation ready to receive as officers of the church each ruling elder and deacon being installed today?
  2. Do you promise to submit to your pastor and ruling elders in matters of spiritual discipline, and to receive with humility and love the word of truth?
  3. Do you promise to support each ruling elder and each deacon with your prayers, to give encouragement and assistance to them in every way, as they seek to instruct you in the things of the Lord and to lead you in the building of the Kingdom of God in this place?

 Prayers of Ordination and Installation


*Hymn 391 (vv. 1-2)      

        We Are Called to Be God’s People            AUSTRIAN HYMN



Choral Response (11:00 – Chancel Choir)   

Postlude                                                                                                Jennifer Blackbourn


*The congregation is invited to stand.


Deacon of the Month: Joel Downey

Today’s Ushers: 8:30 – Charlie Weatherly; 11:00 – Wallace Cade

Today’s Greeters: 8:30 – Bill Crumpton; 11:00 – Gloria Cade


The Sanctuary Flowers are given to the Glory of God by Billy and Brenda Harrington in memory of their son, Kirk.


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.




Our New Semester of Wednesday Night Friends & Family

Begins this Week!

This Wednesday’s Dinner: Hamburger Steak, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Fried Okra, 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.)

This Semester’s Adult Studies Wednesday Night:

The Men's Bible Study in the Johnson Room. A Life Beyond Amazing by Dr. David Jeremiah, covers nine decisions That Will Transform Your Life Today.  



Practical Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Places in Our Lives

Dr. Lifer will lead this small group study in the Chapel (5:50-7 p.m.).


AND, An Invitation for Women: Tired of Chasing Perfection? Turn to Jesus!

Join us in the Parlor for a 7-session DVD driven Bible study focused on increasing our capacity for meaningful friendships with other women. We Saved You a Seat is a study by Lisa-Jo Baker and friends from (in)courage, that explores our relationship with Jesus as the ultimate model for authentic friendship.


…ALSO, our Chancel Choir will resume practice on Wednesdays at 6-7 p.m..



Thursday Women’s Bible Study - Love, Loss and Legacy

Ladies, please join us for a study of the book of Ruth by Kelly Minter.  There will be 7 sessions, beginning January 25 and ending March 8.  We will meet in the Parlor at 1 pm each Thursday.  If you plan on attending, please contact Susan Gamel (662-312-6052, ) so she can reserve your book for you ($15). 



New Church Pictorial Directory!

A professional photographer will begin taking professional family portraits for the directory on March 1-3 at our church. You can sign up online by using the link below. If you do not have access to a computer, you can call the church office 323-1994 or call The Portrait Cafe @ 1-877-896-9667 extension 325.



TEJERAS MEAL SPONSORS (Mission meal for children in Tejeras, Honduras)

January 24 AND 26 – Anonymous Supporters: For the Glory of God and in Honor of our new Church Officers



Jan 9 – Rex Buffington                       Jan 11 – Richard and Jennifer Blackbourn


Week of January 21, 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.)


Prayer List

Robert McDavid

Thomas Guest (Charlie and Rubye Guest’s grandson)

Mary Jo Wallace and Family

Rusty Bouchillon

Rev. Scott Griffin’s father, Rev. Griffin

Diane Daniels, together with her sister, Delores Irvin, and Sarah Helen McCloskey  (Daniels’ family friend) -PA

Jane Zitta

Sylvia Love

Marjorie Malone

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

Cattie Taylor

Carol Clark (Albert Clark’s sister)

Brenda Pratt, Cheryl Kay Linder (Beth Ann Dunlap’s stepmother & sister)

Bessie Montgomery

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