Service For the Lord’s Day
First Presbyterian Church
October 8, 2017
Prelude Praise Him! Praise Him! arr. Leatherman
Jennifer Blackbourn, organ
Welcome and FPC Ministry Updates Martin Lifer
Introit (11:00 – Chancel Choir, Vivien Miller directing) Sing and Rejoice
*Call to Worship from Romans 4:11-12; Galatians 3:27-29; and Acts 2:39
Pastor: Now Abram received the sign of circumcision – a seal of the righteousness of the faith he had while not yet circumcised – so that he might be the father of all who believe without being circumcised (that righteousness might be reckoned to them) and the father of circumcision to those who not only are circumcised but also follow in the steps of the faith of our father Abraham, which faith he had while uncircumcised.
For all you who are baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
ALL: There is neither Jew nor Greek, neither slave nor free, neither male nor female; for we are all one in Christ Jesus.
Pastor: And if we all [baptized into Him] belong to Christ, then
ALL: We all are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the covenant.
Pastor: “For the promise is to you and your children, and for all who are far away: as many as the Lord our God shall call to Himself.”
*Prayers of Praise
*Hymn 488 The God of Abraham of Praise LEONI
Celebrating the Sacrament of Baptism (11:00)
Eleanor Jane Myers, daughter of Sam and Ashley Myers
The Parents’ Professions of Faith and Dedication of Eleanor Unto God
*The Congregation’s Covenantal Commitment and Affirmation of Faith
*The Apostles’ Creed (Unison) Elder-Sponsor Edward Kemp
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.
*Baptismal Affirmation from the Liturgy of the French Reformed Church
Eleanor Jane, for you Jesus Christ came into the world. For you He went through the agony of Gethsemane and the darkness of Calvary; for you He triumphed over death; for you, little child, even though you did not know it. But this is what we believe: “We love God, because He first loved us.” So welcome to the family of faith!
Baptism and Blessing
*Congregational Responsive Song (Unison)
Child of promise, God claims you. God helps you, protects you and loves you too. We are here to say this day that we will help you on your way. Child of promise, God claims you. God helps you, protects you and loves you too.
Anthem (11:00 – Chancel Choir) Abide with Me traditional
Prayer with Young Children (11:00 -Ashleigh Murdock)
*The congregation is invited to stand.
Today’s Head Ushers: Bob Boyd (8:30); Scotty Crawford & Zack Harrington (11:00)
Today’s Greeters: Priscilla Boyd (8:30); Hunter Harrington & Amy Crawford (11:00)
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.
*Gospel Affirmation from John 3:16
ALL: For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, Pastor: that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
*Assurance of God’s Grace in Jesus Christ
* The Doxology - Hymn 592
*Giving to God: Tithes and Offerings
*Prayer of Dedication
Offertory God of Grace and God of Glory arr. McDonald
Jennifer Blackbourn, piano
Sermon Series: God Works through All Things
Scripture Genesis 22:1-18; John 8:56; and Romans 8:28,32
Sermon Fear Not! Sola Fide in
The LORD Who Provides (Part 3) Martin Lifer
Invitation to faith; Prayers of Trust in God’s Grace
*Hymn 485 To God Be the Glory TO GOD BE THE GLORY
Choral Response Amen traditional
Postlude Reformation Fanfare: A Mighty Fortress arr. Groden
Jennifer Blackbourn, organ
*The congregation is invited to stand.
The Sanctuary Flowers are given to the Glory of God by a thankful member.
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.)
Not in a Sunday School Class at FPC?
Join us as we begin a New Class this month meeting 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.
Wednesday Night Friends & Family
This Wednesday’s Dinner Includes: Pot Roast, Rice & Gravy, Lima Beans, Rolls, Chocolate 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.
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 early fall Bible Study –
God Has a Word on
How You Can Minister to Your Family!
…AND Chancel Choir Practice (Wednesday, 6-7 p.m.).
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 11 – Sara Wilson
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 10 – Caitlin Rackley October 12 – Ross Collins
HELP PROVIDE THE NEW WORSHIP HYMNAL FOR FPC - TO THE GLORY OF GOD. At the request of our music leaders and our Worship Committee, the Session has unanimously approved providing to FPC The Worship Hymnal to enhance our worship of God. We invite you to help provide the new hymnals to the Glory of God – by making a dedicated donation of $25 per hymnal. All dedications will be “to the glory of God,” but we welcome you to add an in-honorarium or an in-memorial note with each hymnal.
Please complete the information below, tear off this portion of the bulletin, and place your information, together with a check, in the offering plate, or mail your information and check to the church office. Check s should be payable to First Presbyterian Church (write “hymnals” on the Memo line),
Name __________________________ or (circle) “member of FPC” or “friend of FPC.”
No. of Hymnals______ Amount Paid ________
NAME(S) FOR HONOR OR MEMORY:
Week of October 8, 2017
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.mChildren’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
Thelma Gentry – Vicker’s Personal Care Home
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 – 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.
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
Ellen Mauldin, Church Librarian
Amanda Corley, Child Care Director
A Congregation in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church –
A Global Movement of Evangelical Christians –
Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of
Our Protestant Reformation
October 8, 2017
Worship Service | 8:30 a.m.
Sunday School | 9:45 a.m.
Fellowship Gathering | 10:30 a.m.
Worship Service | 11:00 a.m.
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307 University Drive
Starkville, Mississippi 39759
Phone | 662-323-1994
Fax | 662-323-1999
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