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Pastors at First Presbyterian Church:

Jim Wood, Senior Pastor - Valena Hoy, Executive Associate Pastor- Jim Gates, Associate Pastor of Evangelism-



OCTOBER 30, 2011


Wednesday I.D. (Institute of Discipleship) - Fall classes have begun. See website for all details and to register online. You may sign up for the meal on our website or on the back of the Connection Card. Dinner at 5:30-6:15. Adult Class: Imagination and Faith - 6:15-7:15. Core: Middle School Arts Program, 6:00 - 7:00. Creative Kids for Christ, 4:30-7:15.

Ghent Area Ministries Coat Drive - Beginning today, we will collect coats for those in our community who cannot afford to keep warm. As you clean out your closets, bring your coats to the crate in The Common. Writers’ Symposium: Inspiration, Flow and Publication - Today, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m., an informal symposium with Cindy Peak, author of The Little Star that Shines for Jesus. Understanding the Economic Climate Seminar: Planning Considerations for 2012 - Sunday, November 6, 12:15 p.m. Complimentary lunch and childcare are provided. Please register on the back of the Connection Card or online.


Go 2 Blocks! -1 Block Sunday school + 1 Block Worship; please park 2 blocks away to make room for visitors.

Pray for the Entire World 35-Day Prayer Guide - Please join us as we pray for the world as a family of faith. You can pick up a world map for your family at the Welcome Desk. The prayer guide may be purchased for $5 at the Welcome Desk or downloaded from our website free of charge. Today is Commitment Sunday - You will be asked to bring your pledge cards forward after the offering. Extra cards are available in the pew backs at 8:30 and 11:00; ushers will be handing out pledge cards at 9:30.

The Red Rose - The rose celebrates the arrival of Caroline Emma Labows October 13, 2011. She is the daughter of Emily and Greg Labows. Cross in The Common - A handmade cross will be added to the Pra•x•is cross in The Common each time the Lord blesses us with a first-time guest. We celebrate that 81 first-time visitors have been with us in worship since 9.11.2011. Please remember to invite your friends to church. “...and day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.” Acts 2:47

SERVICE FOR THE LORD’S DAY Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

OCTOBER 30, 2011 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary

(Please silence your cell phone.)


Welcome Call to Worship: Psalm 95:1-2 *Hymn - #473 For the Beauty of the Earth Prayer of Confession

Gracious God, Lord of life; You know each of us better than we know ourselves. You see our strengths and weaknesses; You know our joys, sorrows, and fears. You know how we struggle to break free from sin’s powers. We cannot escape the desire to run our own lives. Our only hope is in You, who can heal every wound and repair every heart. Wipe away our sin, remake us into new people, and give us the vision and strength to live for You each day as a soldier for Christ Jesus. In His name we pray.

Silent Confession Confessional Response - Kyrie Kyrie eleison; Christe eleison; Kyrie eleison. Translation: Lord have mercy; Christ have mercy; Lord have mercy.

Assurance of Pardon: 1 Timothy 1:15-17 *Congregational Response to God’s Grace: Gloria Patri

Hymn 579

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen, Amen.

Greeting and Connecting !

Children through grade 5 are invited to come forward to receive Worship Packets & a RADICOL Kid’s bulletin if you did not receive one at the door.

Children’s Message (11:00 a.m.) Solo

It is Well with My Soul

Cindy Peak

Old Testament Reading: Exodus 3:1-15, Page 50, O.T., NRSV

New Testament Reading: John 17:6-13, Page 111, N.T., NRSV Scripture is read today by the Acra family at 8:30 and the Weaver family at 11:00.

The Preached Word

The Method of Prayer: To Know and Be Known

Jim Gates

Presentation of our Gifts: II Corinthians 9:11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

Offertory Anthem

Be Thou a Smooth Way

Ralph M. Johnson

*Doxology and Prayer of Dedication

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow, Praise Him, all creatures here below, Praise Him above, ye heavenly host, Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

*Affirmation of Faith! !



The Apostles‘ Creed, Page 14 Hymnal

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.

Concerns and Prayers of Our Church Family


The Lord’s Prayer [in 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 us our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and power, and glory, forever.

*Hymn - #260 A Mighty Fortress is Our God *An Invitation to Christian Discipleship *Benediction and Congregational Response Celtic Alleluia: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia

Flowers in the Sanctuary - The flowers in the Sanctuary are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of J. Carlisle and Gay Slaughter and John and Odell Carr, given by the James H. Slaughter family.


OCTOBER 30, 2011 9:30 a.m. in First Hall

Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

(Please silence your cell phone.)

ENTERING INTO THE WORD Songs of Praise and Prayer:!


Everlasting God Jesus You Reign

Greeting & Prayer !

Lord’s Prayer !

Creative Kids for Christ


Reading for the Children

My Brightest Star

Cindy Peak


Songs:! !


Thank You for the Cross The Poor and The Powerless

! !



Old Testament Reading: Exodus 3:1-15, Page 50, O.T., NRSV

New Testament Reading: John 17:6-13, Page 111, N.T., NRSV Scripture is read today by the Sznoluch family. !

The Preached Word

The Method of Prayer: To Know and Be Known


Jim Gates

Offering Our Gifts & Prayers: II Corinthians 9:11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

Benediction and Song of Response:

Stand in Awe


OCTOBER 30, 2011

For help finding a class for yourself or your child, please stop by the Welcome Center.

Children and Youth Sunday School

Bethlehem Babies Nursery Birth -23 months ~ 8:20 - 12:10 p.m. Check your child in at the Nursery Area. Little Lambs Sunday School 2-4 years old ~ 9:30 & 11 a.m. Check your child in at computers outside the children’s wing. R.A.D.I.C.O.L Sunday School (Raising Awesome Disciples in Christ Our Lord) K-5th grade 8:30 a.m. ~ Worship with your family 9:30 & 11 a.m. Check in at computers outside the children’s wing Jr. High Sunday School Grades 6-8 ~ 9:30 & 11 a.m. in the Catacombs Sr. High Sunday School Grades 9-12 ~ 9:30 in Youth Director’s Office on Staff Square; 11 a.m. in the Catacombs

Adult Sunday School 9:30 Basic Bible Class - II Corinthians (Rabbi Room) Seekers Class - The Book of Acts (Part 2) (2nd Floor Conference Room) Covenant Class - Early Church History (The Center for Prayer and Spiritual Growth 2nd floor) Marriage by the Book-God’s perspective on marriage. (The Center for Prayer & Spiritual Growth 2nd floor) 11:05 Alpha Express - Introduction to Christian Theology (Northminster House Parlor) Young Couples Small Group (The Center for Prayer and Spiritual Growth 2nd Floor) Holy Land Group - 2nd & 4th Sundays (The Center for Prayer and Spiritual Growth 2nd Floor) The Four Loves - Study of C.S. Lewis’ book (The Center for Prayer and Spiritual Growth 1st Floor) Twenty Something Bible Study Group - 1st and 3rd Sundays beginning Nov. 7

In The Common:

Free Bibles in The Loft & Sermon DVDs, free for visitors. A Special Gift for Visitors: First-time visitors receive a copy of Donald Miller’s book, Searching for God Knows What, found on the table in The Common.

Program Staff: Andrew Callan, Minister of Administration - Lucy Gates, Director of Family & Children’s Ministries - Hunter Mackey Johnston, Children’s Ministry Coordinator - Kristine Rand, Director of Prayer & Spiritual Growth - Josh Whitaker, Director of Youth & Young Adults -

Bulletin 10.30.2011  

FPC Bulletin

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