Service For the Lord’s Day
First Presbyterian Church
October 1, 2017
Prelude (11:00 - Marquita Beaty) Be Thou My Vision arr. W. King
Welcome and FPC Ministry Updates Martin Lifer
*Call to Worship from Genesis 12:1-4a
Pastor: Now the LORD had said to Abram:
ALL: “Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and those who dishonor you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
Pastor Lifer: So Abram went, as the LORD had told him.
*Prayers of Praise
*Hymn 439 In Christ There Is No East or West ST. PETER
Good News for Young Children (11:00 -Ashleigh Murdock)
*Affirmation of Faith – from The (Westminster) Shorter Catechism, Q. 97
Pastor: What is required for the worthy receiving of the Lord's Supper?
ALL: It is required of them that would worthily partake of the Lord's
Supper, that they examine themselves
- of their knowledge to discern the Lord's body,
- of their faith to feed upon Him,
- of their repentance, love, and new obedience; lest, coming unworthily, they eat and drink judgment to themselves.
*Prayers of Confession and Petition
(Unison Prayer) Holy Lord, we confess that we have not loved You with all our hearts, thoughts, resources and actions. We also have not loved one another as You first loved us. Please forgive us. Deliver us from pride. Empower us by your Spirit to repent of serving our own preferences, and – instead – to come together with our brothers and sisters as your One Church.
Good news of God’s Grace in Jesus Christ
* Hymn 592 - The Doxology
*Call for God’s Tithe and Further Offerings
Prayer of Dedication
Offertory (11:00 - Marquita Beaty) Here at the Table arr. Bethel
Solo (11:00 - Glenda Clark, soprano) How Great Thou Art
Sermon Series: God Works through All Things
Scripture Genesis 15:1-6; Romans 4:1-13,18-25 & 8:28
Sermon Fear Not! Sola Fide in
The LORD Who Provides (Part 2) Martin Lifer
Celebrating 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
*Hymn 388 (vv. 1 & 3) O Jesus, I Have Promised ANGEL’S STORY
Postlude (11:00 - Marquita Beaty) Tell the Nations arr. R. Schram
*The congregation is invited to stand.
Deacon of the Month:
Today’s Head Usher: Zach Harrington (8:30) Scotty Crawford (11:00)
Today’s Greeters: Hunter Harrington (8:30) Amy Crawford (11:00)
The Sanctuary Flowers are given to the Glory of God by a thankful member.
Grow in Faith through Sunday School, 9:45-10:30 a.m.
Not in a Sunday School Class at FPC?
Join us as we begin a New Class this month that will meet in the Chapel,
Applying the Bible to Follow God’s Path for Our Lives.
Dr. Lifer will teach the group to start, and then Dr. Richard Blackbourn and other participants will also lead our discussions.
… OR visit one of our other ongoing Sunday School Groups, including:
The Crusader Class
(led by Jack Forbus and others – Fellowship Hall);
Discovery & Young Adult Class
(led by Bob Daniels – Johnson Room)
The Joy Class
(led by Phil Gruchy - Parlor);
The New Covenant Class
(led by Jim Beaty - in the room behind the Balcony);
WOMEN IN THE WORD
Nancy Lifer leads this new opportunity for women of all ages who are looking for a Sunday School Class that offers Bible Study and fellowship with other women. WOMEN IN THE WORD meets each Sunday in Room S-6 (on the main floor of the Sanctuary Bldg., just around the from the Chapel & Chancel entrance to the Sanctuary). The opening series is Keri Folmar’s JOY! A Bible Study on Philippians for Women.
Wednesday Night Friends & Family Activities:
This Wednesday’s Friends & Family Dinner Includes: Fried or Grilled Chicken Strips, Baked Potato, Green Beans, Rolls, Caramel Cake
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.
- Our Children’s, SOS & Youth Ministries will not be meeting this week (because of schools’ fall break) but will resume next Wednesday, Oct. 11.
Adult Bible Study (6-7 p.m.), led by Pastor Lifer, will meet this Wednesday, continuing our early fall Bible Study –
God Has a Word on
How You Can Minister to Your Family!
…OR join the Chancel Choir for practice (Wednesday, 6-7 p.m.).
Visiting with Us Today?
We warmly welcome you to our worship of God and to our other ministries, and we hope that you can be with us again on coming Sundays.
If you would like to learn more about growing in your faith, if you would like to learn about joining our church family, or if you have other prayer requests – then please speak to Pastor Martin Lifer following today’s service (outside the front entrance to our Sanctuary), … or contact Pastor Lifer this week at the church office or via email ( ).
To learn more specifically about being part of our church family and ministries, then also, specifically, then plan to join Pastor and Nancy Lifer, together with a few others from our church for:
FIRST CONNECT Lunch & Learn Fellowship on Sunday, November 5, 12:10-1:15, p.m. Nancy Lifer will prepare the lunch for this fall FIRST CONNECT gathering. Just let Pastor Lifer, Nancy, or the church office know that you are coming. (Also let us know whether you will have children who need childcare, and any special lunch needs for your children.)
SPECIAL MISSION GIVING 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.
Additional FPC MISSION & CHURCH FAMILY NOTES THIS WEEK
TEJERAS MEAL SPONSORS (Mission meal for children in Tejeras, Honduras)
October 4 – Supporter of mission outreach in Honduras
October 6 – Patsy & Sonny Stuart in honor of Thomas Stuart Ethridge.
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
October 3 – Loren Zimmerman October 5 – Billy Harrington
Pastoral-Privilege Notes: Happy Anniversary to FPC’s Elder Emeritus Dr. Dero Ramsey, Sr. and Adelaide Ramsey!
Thanksgiving for Beckie Miller’s service, and Welcoming Rita Usher as our new Pastoral Secretary and Office Administrator.
We give thanks for Beckie Miller’s service over the past year as our part-time, interim secretary. Tomorrow, we welcome Rita Usher as our new full-time Pastoral Secretary and Office Administrator.
Week of October 1, 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 and Catherine Saxon of Starkville
(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
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
Elder Emeritus – Dero Ramsey
The Session’s next Stated Meeting is October 22, 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 – Michele 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.