Service For the Lord’s Day
First Presbyterian Church
September 24, 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 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 488 The God of Abraham of Praise LEONI
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 Martin Lifer
*Affirmation of Faith – from The (Westminster) Larger Catechism, Q. 18
Pastor: What are God’s works of providence?
ALL: God’s works of providence are his completely holy, wise, and powerful preserving and governing [of] every creature and every action – ordering them all to his own glory.
* 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 Genesis 15:1-6; Romans 4:18-25 & 8:28
Sermon Fear Not! Sola Fide in The LORD Who Provides (Part 1)
Invitation to Faith and to Spiritual Growth in Christ
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Petition
*+Hymn 281 Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah WER NUR DEN LIEBEN GOTT
Postlude Stand up, Stand Up for Jesus. arr. Swann Scarlatti
Jennifer Blackbourn, organ
*The congregation is invited to stand.
+We invite you to place in one of the baskets at the front of the Chancel – during the closing hymn or following the service – your Two-Cents-a-Meal Special Offering for this month. This special offering will be used, first, to defray FPC’s costs in hosting the Casserole Kitchen Mission on Tuesday and Thursday nights, and, second, any amounts unneeded for that purpose to be used toward FPC’s other benevolence missions.
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 Jack and Missy Walters to the Glory of God and in loving memory of her parents Milton Pitts & Sue Pitts.
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 ( ).
Sunday School classes at FPC meet Sundays, 9:45-10:30 a.m.
Not in a Sunday School Class at FPC?
We are beginning a New Class NEXT SUNDAY, Oct. 1, in the Chapel.
Dr. Lifer will begin teaching the group, and then Dr. Richard Blackbourn and other participants will also lead our discussions:
Applying the Bible to Follow God’s Path for Our Lives.
Visit that New Class next Sunday, or visit one of our other
ongoing Sunday School Groups, including:
(led by Jack Forbus and others – Fellowship Hall);
Discovery & Young Adult Class
(led by Bob Daniels – Johnson Room)
(led by Phil Gruchy - Parlor);
New Covenant Class
(led by Jim Beaty - in the room behind the Balcony); and
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, 9:45-10:30 a.m., 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.
Members and Baptized, Affirming Guests:
We will celebrate Worldwide Communion Sunday next week, October 1, by sharing the Lord’s Supper at each of our morning worship services (8:30 & 11:00 a.m.). We invite you to prepare spiritually for -- and then join us at the Lord’s Table for – Holy Communion.
Join Us THIS Wednesday for:
- Friends & Family Wednesday Dinners –
This Wednesday’s Dinner Includes: Chicken spaghetti, green beans, corn nuggets, rolls, sour cream 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 (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.).
Also, the Thursday Women's Bible Study holds its fall introductory session this Thursday, 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
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 in Florida and in the Caribbean 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.
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.
Further EPC Planning New Response –
Working with the Presbytery of Florida & the Caribbean –
to Help Victims of Hurricane Maria. We will provide updated information this week on this additional opportunity.
Additional FPC MISSION & CHURCH FAMILY NOTES THIS WEEK
TEJERAS MEAL SPONSORS (Mission meal for children in Tejeras, Honduras)
September 27 – Supporter of mission outreach in Honduras
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 26– Rex Buffington September 28 – Richard & Jennifer Blackbourn
Week of September 24, 2017
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:5:15 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 – 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
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.