Service For the Lord’s Day
First Presbyterian Church
September 17, 2017
Prelude Invention in C Minor Joel Jennifer Blackbourn, organ
Welcome and FPC Ministry Updates Martin Lifer
Introit (11:00 – Chancel Choir
*Call to Worship 1 Timothy 1:15-17
Pastor: “Here is a trustworthy statement, deserving [our] full acceptance:”
ALL: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners!”
Pastor Lifer: "Among whom, I am the worst. But for that very reason, I was shown mercy, so that – in me, the worst of sinners – Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience, as an example to those who would believe on Him and receive eternal life.And now to [Him:]”
ALL: “To the King eternal – immortal, invisible, the only God – be honor and glory forever and ever, Amen!”
*Prayers of Praise
*Hymn 210 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise ST. DENIO
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 in Jesus Christ
*Hymn 579 - The Gloria Patri
Anthem (11:00 – Chancel Choir)
Good News for Young Children Ashleigh Murdock (11:00)
*Affirmation of 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 592 - The Doxology
*Call for God’s Tithe and Further Offerings
Prayer of Dedication
Offertory I Need Thee Every Hour arr. McDonald
Jennifer Blackbourn, piano
Sermon Series: God Works through All Things
Scripture Romans 8:18 & 8:28;
Sermon The Road to Heaven Is Paved with Bad Intentions
Invitation to Faith and to Spiritual Growth in Christ
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Petition
*Hymn 339 Be Thou My Vision SLANE
Postlude Stand up, Stand Up for Jesus arr. Swann Scarlatti
Jennifer Blackbourn, organ
*The congregation is invited to stand.
Deacon of the Month: Wesley Ferguson
Today’s Head Usher: Bill Crumpton (8:30) John Rush (11:00)
Today’s Greeters: Janet Bardwell (8:30) Jack Cook (11:00)
The Sanctuary Flowers are given today by Janet Jackson to the Glory of God, and in loving memory of Clyde H. Jackson.
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 through participation in 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 ( ).
UPDATE on SPECIAL MISSION GIVING Opportunities through FPC:
(A) In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma:
(1) Support the EPC Hurricane-Relief Mission Fund of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) - for Direct Aid to congregations and church members who have suffered damage from Irma and need our help. Please indicate on the Memo line of a check to FPC – or otherwise clearly indicate in connection with other means of giving to FPC – “EPC Hurricane Irma 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 the aftermath of Hurricane Irma – working not only in Florida but also in the Caribbean.
In addition to your regular tithe or offering, write a check to FPC with the following on the Memo line: “Samaritan’s Purse – Irma Relief” – or otherwise clearly indicate that in connection with other means of giving to FPC. If you would like to give to help both EPC and Samaritan's Purse equally, you may simply make one special gift under the designation "Mission Relief - Irma," and our finance office will send half of what you have given to each mission organization.
Ongoing Mission Response for Mission Work in Texas following Harvey: You certainly may also still continue to give through FPC toward the EPC and/or Samaritan’s Purse relief efforts in Texas – in the aftermath of the unprecedented hurricane and flood devastation and damage to much of the coastal areas of East Texas, as well as to Houston, from Hurricane Harvey. Simply indicate on the Memo line of you check to FPC “EPC – Hurricane Harvey Relief” or “Samaritan’s Purse - Hurricane Harvey Relief.
Join Us THIS Wednesday for:
- Friends & Family Wednesday Dinners – resuming this Wednesday, September 20.
This Wednesday’s Dinner Includes: Pulled Pork, baked beans, potato salad, rolls, and banana pudding.
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 this week. If you would like to volunteer to help, please contact Peggy Branch via the Church Office.
- Children’s, SOS & Youth Ministries (5:50-7 p.m.),
Adult Bible Study (6-7 p.m.), led by Pastor Lifer –
God Has a Word
On How You Can Minister to Your Family!
…AND Chancel Choir Practice (Wednesday, 6-7 p.m.).
Did you know that Steve Harvey, Tyler Perry, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, and Andy Griffith all sang in church choir? Add your name to this list by joining us on Wednesday nights at 6:00 for choir rehearsal, and you’ll probably be famous one day too!
Women of All Ages, Members & Guests – You are Invited:
THE TOTAL YOU
The Fall Women’s Retreat hosted by the FPC Women’s Ministry will be this Friday night and Saturday morning (September 22-23). We will begin Friday at 6:30 P.M. and meet back at the FPC Fellowship Hall Saturday at 8:30 until noon. Our theme focuses on wellness of your mind, body and spirit. The retreat is $10 and includes the presenters, meals and fellowship. Register by dropping a check in the offering plate and putting in the memo section “Women’s Retreat.”
Our New Sunday Morning Women’s Fellowship & Bible Study
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 will meet each Sunday (beginning this Sunday), 9:45-10:30 a.m., in Sanctuary Building Room 8 (on the main floor of the Sanctuary Bldg., just around the from the Chapel & Chancel entrance to the Sanctuary). The opening Bible Study Series for WOMEN IN THE WORD is Keri Folmar’s JOY! A Bible Study on Philippians for Women.
The Thursday Women's Bible Study will hold its fall introductory session next Thursday, September 28, at 1:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Our study this year is Steadfast Love by Lauren Chandler - an in-depth look at Psalm 107. We will meet each Thursday, from 1:00-2:30 p.m., through November 9. To sign up, contact Peggy Johnson at or at 323-8765.
ADDITIONAL FPC MISSION & CHURCH FAMILY NOTES THIS WEEK
TEJERAS MEAL SPONSORS (Mission meal for children in Tejeras, Honduras)
September 20 & 22: Open dates; we need sponsors!
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
September 19 – Paula Ivey September 21 – Bob Boyd
Week of September 17, 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
5:00 p.m. Covered Dish Fellowship Supper
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: 5:50 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: 6:00 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous (Christian Education Bldg.)
Eleisha G. Reynolds (Anita Reynolds’ daughter-in-law – married to Anita & Sam’s son, Hill Reynolds) 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
Liz Hood Blinn (daughter of Bill & Billie Lane Hood and friends of Paula Ivey)
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 today (Sept. 17) 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
Faith & Denominational Task Force
*Charlie Guest, 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.