Service For the Lord’s Day
First Presbyterian Church
November 12, 2017
Prelude The Call of the Trumpets Purcell
Jennifer Blackbourn, organ
Welcome; FPC Ministry Updates Martin Lifer
*Introit (11:00 – Chancel Choir, Craig Aarhus directing)
Call to Worship
Thanksgiving for Our Veterans and Praying for Current Military
*Hymn 646 (v. 4) My Country, ‘Tis of Thee AMERICA
*Sharing the Call of God’s Word: from John 13:34-35
Pastor: [Jesus said] “A new commandment I give to you –“
ALL: “That you love one another:”
Pastor: “Just as I have loved you, so you are to love one another.”
ALL: Jesus said that, by this, all people will know that we are his disciples: if we have love for one another.
Prayers of Invocation, Thanksgiving, Confession and Petition
*Hymn 385 (vv. 3-4) They’ll Know We Are Christians
Updates for Our Season of Thanksgiving and Commitment
*First Things First Hymn 524 Seek Ye First LAFFERTY
Anthem (11:00 – Chancel Choir) O, the Deep, Deep, Love of Jesus
+Good News for Young Children (11:00 –Amy Aarhus)
*Affirming Our Faith: The Apostles’ Creed (Unison)
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.
*Hymn 670 The Gloria Patri
Stewardship Sermon Series:
FIRST THINGS FIRST
Scripture Matthew 20:25-28; 1 Peter 4:8-11
[Ephesians 2:10; Colossians 3:17]
(ESV Pew Bible pp. 825, 1016, 976, and 984)
Sermon First Serve! Martin Lifer
Inviting Seekers to faith and Disciples to Bear The Fruit of Faithfulness
Time of Silent Prayers and Disciples’ Commitment to the Lord
* Responsive Hymn 668 - The Doxology
*Giving to God: Tithes, Offerings, and First Things First Pledges
Prayers of 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.
Offertory In the Name of the Lord arr. Ham
Jennifer Blackbourn, piano
*Hymn 596 A Charge to Keep I Have BOYLSTON
Choral Response God Be With You Until We Meet Again
Postlude Sing Praise arr. Ham
Jennifer Blackbourn, piano
*The congregation is invited to stand.
Deacon of the Week: Jason Ryder
Today’s Ushers: (8:30) – Barb Foster; (11:00) – Johnny Fair
Today’s Greeters: (8:30) - Carolyn Coleman; (11:00) – Maggie Fair.
The Sanctuary Flowers are given to the Glory of God by the Bennett family as a Veterans’ Day Memorial for USA Capt. Robert Bennett KIA 1970, USN Lt. Kenneth Seawright KIA 1958, George McKay USAF-NSA D 2017, and USA Lt. Bill Johnson KIA 1968.
+Reminder from Amy Aarhus: Participate in our collection of gift boxes for Samaritan’s Purse Mission organization’s Operation Christmas Child by picking up one or more unfilled box sets in the Fellowship Hall today, following the basic instructions for gifts for girls or boys of different ages, … and bringing your completed Christmas mission box(es) back to FPC on or before NEXT Sunday – which is also our STEWARDSHIP SEASON, First Things First, Commitment Sunday.
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.
FINAL Wednesday Night Friends & Family FOR 2017:
This week marks the final Wednesday night Friends & Family event in 2017. Join us again for a new season of friends & Family in 2018, beginning January 17, 2018.
This Wednesday’s Dinner: Hamburger Steak, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Fried Okra, Rolls, Chocolate Cake;… or, as always, children may have pizza – just let us know. If you have not already been able to do so, 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 Bible Study (5:50 -7 p.m., Fellowship Hall),
led by Pastor Lifer, continuing our fall Bible Study –
God Has a Word on How You Can Minister to Your Family!
…AND Chancel Choir Practice (Wednesday, 6-7:30 p.m.).
Invitation for Women from Orly Hardin: Join us beginning January 2018, on Wednesday nights after Friends and Family dinner in the Parlor for a 7-session DVD driven women’s 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. Nothing shapes us like the impact of a friend - it's how Jesus radically and intimately connects with us. So instead of chasing perfection, overcome your fear of being known and find the courage to connect. To sign up and order a workbook, please contact Orly Hardin
FIRST THINGS FIRST
NEXT WEEK, NOVEMBER 19!
Members and Friends of FPC:
Join Us in Worship a Week from Today –
as we Thank God and
Bring to God Our Commitments to
Put First Things First in 2018.
Remember, also, to Join Us at Our
Commitment Sunday Fellowship Brunch
on the East Courtyard, 10:25-10:50 a.m.
A message from our
Fellowship Team to FPC members and friends:
Please bring a dish for the Fellowship Brunch next Sunday!
If you are coming first to Sunday School before the brunch, please simply go ahead and bring your dish to the Fellowship Hall Kitchen.
SPECIAL MISSION GIVING & SERVING Opportunities through FPC:
In addition to your regular tithe or offering, Help Christian Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico and throughout the Caribbean in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria:
(1) Support the EPC Hurricane-Relief Mission Fund of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) - for Direct Aid to and through Puerto Rican & Caribbean congregations and the Presbytery of Florida & the Caribbean. Please indicate on the Memo line of a check to FPC – “EPC – Maria Relief.”
(2) Support Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse mission organization, helping many in greatest need with emergency supplies together with the Good News of Jesus Christ, while also providing chaplaincy and pastoral ministry. In your check or other means of giving to FPC, indicate the following on the Memo line of a check or other means of giving “Samaritan’s Purse – Maria Relief.”
(3) If you would like to give to help both the EPC’s and Samaritan's Purse’s efforts equally, you may simply make one special gift under the designation "Mission Relief – Maria;” we will send half of your gift to each organization.
TEJERAS MEAL SPONSORS (Mission meal for children in Tejeras, Honduras)
November 15 – Friend-Supporter of Mission Outreach in Honduras
November 17 – Michele and Perry Rackley in honor of James Rackley’s 6th birthday
If you would like to sponsor a Tejeras Meal in 2017, there are some additional dates available. 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.
CASSEROLE KITCHEN MISSION MEAL HOSTS AT FPC THIS WEEK
Nov 14 – Caitlin Rackley Nov. 16 – Bob Boyd
Week of November 12, 2017
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,Th & 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
7:00 p.m. Adult Choir Practice
THURSDAY: 6:00 p.m. Casserole Kitchen (Fellowship Hall)
SATURDAY: 6:00 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous (Christian Education Bldg.)
Eleisha G. Reynolds (Anita Reynolds’ daughter-in-law) Montrose, CO
Marie Tubb (Anna Ray Gasaway’s sister in law) Amory, MS
Ryan Carrithers (son of a friend of Dolph Bryan’s) – Columbus, MS
Dawn Allen (Nell Hartness’ granddaughter) - Starkville
Donna and Herman Ware (Cynthia Ware’s parents)
Billy and Brenda Harrington
Patti Drane – (Ellen Mauldin’s sister in law) - Atlanta
Carol Clark (Albert Clark’s sister)
Brenda Pratt (Beth Ann Dunlap’s stepmother)
Cheryl Kay Linder (Beth Ann Dunlap’s sister)
Mason Saxon, 4-year-old son of Donald & Catherine Saxon (friends of Nancy Lifer)
Brett Horton (Ellen Mauldin’s Brother Leslie’s grandson) – Marietta, GA
Mae Glass (Vivien Miller’s mother)
Carl Ivey, Sr. – Dukedom, Kentucky
Sue Salley (Dolph Bryan family friend) – Eupora
Anderson Ivey (Carl and Paula Ivey’s grandson) – Birmingham, Alabama
Billy Ray Ball (Dolph Bryan’s Uncle) – Tuscaloosa
Tonia McLendon (friend of Greta Bryan)
Madeline Bell (Greta Bryan’s great niece) – Vienna, Virginia
John Gassaway (Anna Ray Gassaway’s brother-in-law)
Marshall McReynolds (Sherylan Webb’s nephew) – Tupelo
Delores Irvin (Diane Daniels’ sister) – Pennsylvania
Sarah Helen McCloskey (Daniels’ family friend) – Pennsylvania
Frances Ellis (Ellen Mauldin’s sister) – Mayhew
Craig Wolf (Paula Elliott’s son-in-law) – Huntsville, Alabama
Danny Carlisle (Loren Zimmerman’s friend)
Jack Boren and family (Dolph and Greta Bryan’s friends) – Bartlett, TN
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 November 19, 12:30 p.m. / Dr. Martin Lifer, Moderator / Randell Foxworth, Clerk
The Diaconate meets 1st Sunday, 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 – Michelle 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 –
Orly Hardin – TBA
Monday 1:30 pm, Parlor–
Monday 7:00 pm –
Caitlin Rackley - 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.