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Pra•x•is:The Experiment This year we are challenged to participate in an experiment called Pra•x•is, a Greek word meaning “practices.” Our hypothesis is simple; if we commit to five spiritual practices over the next year, our relationships with Jesus Christ and with one another will be radically transformed. The five practices are found in the word Pra•x•is: Pray for the entire world, Read through the entire Word, Add to the community, Invest in the Kingdom, and Send yourself to the nations. The X represents Christ (the Greek letter Chi, or X, is the first letter of Christ and an ancient symbol for Jesus) and reminds us that what we do only finds meaning if Jesus is at the center. If you are seeking purpose or meaning, if you want to know and grow closer to God, or if you want a deeper spiritual life, we invite you to join us this year and take the experiment!

Pastors at First Presbyterian Church: Jim Wood, Senior Pastor - Valena Hoy, Executive Associate Pastor- Jim Gates, Associate Pastor of Evangelism-



NOVEMBER 20, 2011

SEEKING CHRIST: Mission Market Dinner - Bring in the Christmas season with our fabulous mission market this evening at 5:00. Crafts, Christmas carols, gifts from around the world, and a delicious lasagna dinner. Register online or on the back of the Connection Card. Thanksgiving Eve Service - Wednesday, November 23, 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Together we will celebrate the bounty of our Lord’s blessings. For the entire family; dress is casual. FPC101 - Sunday, December 4, 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. If you would like to know more about the history of our church, our missions and our ministries, please join our pastors and staff for this class that includes introductions, discussion, and a meal. Childcare is provided. You may register 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. Thanksgiving Baskets - Due today! We are again teaming up with Ghent Area Ministries to provide holiday meals for the families of the working poor in our community. Pick up a Thanksgiving devotional at the Welcome Desk for all details. Baskets should be brought to the old Fellowship Hall. N.E.S.T. Hygiene Kits - If you would like to create a Norfolk Emergency Shelter Team Hygiene Kit for Christmas guests. Place the following items in a plastic grocery bag and put it in the crate with the coats in The Common: Travel size shaving cream, shampoo, toothpaste and deodorant; white tube socks.

Flowers: If you would like to provide flowers for the Sanctuary on Sunday, December 4, please call Shirley Roberts, 428-0726. Christmas Poinsettias: You may give a poinsettia in honor or in loving memory of someone this Christmas Season. $25/each. Please fill out the Connection Card to request your Christmas Poinsettia. The Red Roses - The roses celebrate the arrival of two new babies in our FPC family. Marguerite Ann Meyers, born November 13th, 2011, the daughter of Mimi and Matt Meyers. Commitment Update - 2012 Commitment Cards returned as of Nov. 13-223; Amount Pledged: $1,749,926. Visitor’s Cross - A handmade cross will be added to the new Pra•x•is cross in The Common each time the Lord blesses us with a first-time visitor. We celebrate that 115 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


NOVEMBER 20, 2011 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary

(Please silence your cell phone.)

Organ prelude

"Christ, The King"

by Paul Benoit

Welcome Call to Worship: Psalm 115:1 *Hymn - #341 Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine! Prayer of Confession Righteous God, You have crowned Jesus Christ as Lord of All. We Confess that we have not bowed before Him and are slow to acknowledge His rule. We give allegiance to the power of this world, and fail to be governed by justice and love. In Your mercy, forgive us. Raise us to acclaim Him as ruler of all, that we may be loyal ambassadors, obeying the command of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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

Assurance of Pardon: Hebrews 10:19-23 *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, designed especially to involve them in worship.

Sacrament of Baptism

Children of the Covenant: William Douglas Johnson, son of Leslie and Doug Johnson Patricia Riqqiyah Lausier and Charles Scott Lausier, children of Kirsten and Kevin Lausier Choral Response : All who drink the water I give will never thirst, The Water I give will be a fountain within you, giving you life.



Jesus is a Rock in a Weary Land

Thomas Keesecker

Old Testament Reading: Numbers 20:2-13, Page 138, O.T., NRSV New Testament Reading: John 17:24-26, Page 111, N.T., NRSV The Preached Word

Jim Wood

The Power of Prayer: Christ in Us

Presentation of our Gifts: John 15:5 I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.

Organ Offertory: “The Church’s One Foundation”

Calvin Hampton

*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 - #369 I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me *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 Richard Baylor, given by his family.


NOVEMBER 20, 2011 9:30 in First Hall

(Please silence your cell phone.)

ENTERING INTO THE WORD Songs of Praise and Prayer:

We Are the Generation Children of God

Greeting & Prayers Children in grades K-2 are dismissed for Worship First. Children through grade 5 are invited to come forward to receive Worship Packets & a RADICOL Kid’s bulletin, designed to involve them in worship.


You Are the One What Joy is Found

ENCOUNTERING THE WORD Old Testament Reading: Numbers 20:2-13, Page 138, O.T., NRSV New Testament Reading: John 17:24-26, Page 111, N.T., NRSV The Preached Word

Jim Wood The Power of Prayer: Christ in Us

ENGAGING THE WORD AND THE WORLD Offering Our Gifts & Prayers: John 15:5 I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. The Lord’s Prayer [in unison] Benediction and Song of Response:

Rising Up To Heaven


NOVEMBER 20, 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 & 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 & Spiritual Growth 2nd Floor) Holy Land Group - 2nd & 4th Sundays (The Center for Prayer & Spiritual Growth 2nd Floor) The Four Loves - Study of C.S. Lewis’ book (The Center for Prayer & Spiritual Growth 1st Floor) 20-Something Couples Bible Study -1st & 3rd Sun. (The Center for Prayer & Spiritual Growth 2nd Floor) Young Adults - The Life You’ve Always Wanted (The Center for Prayer & Spiritual Growth 1st Floor)

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 - Sheryl Wood, Mission Outreach Coordinator -

Bulletin 11.20.2011  
Bulletin 11.20.2011  

November 20 bulletin