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FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH www.fpcnorfolk.org

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 - jim@fpcnorfolk.org Valena Hoy, Executive Associate Pastor- valena@fpcnorfolk.org Jim Gates, Associate Pastor of Evangelism- jimgates@fpcnorfolk.org


FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH www.fpcnorfolk.org

THIS WEEK AT FIRST

SEEKING CHRIST:

JANUARY 1, 2012

Wednesday I.D. (Institute of Discipleship) - Come gain more insight in how to be a better disciple of Jesus Christ and enjoy great fellowship with your FPC Family. We have a special Arts program for our children and youth, and Adult Classes begin at 6:15pm and end promptly at 7:15 5:30 Meal in First Hall with great fellowship for the whole FPC Family Cost: 6th grade – adult $7.00 K-5th   $5.00 Preschool free Max per family   $20.00 CKC – Creative Kids for Christ is a Christian Arts based program for K – 5th grade that begins at 4:30. CKC then join their families for dinner at 5:30 and return to their activities at 6:00 and end at 7:15. CORE – Arts program for Grades 6-8 begins after dinner at 6:15 – 7:15 I.D. Classes beginning January 11, 2012 Choose a class that will challenge and nurture you. For more information visit www.fpcnorfolk.org, or visit the Welcome Desk. Parenting with Jeffrey Olrick (3 week class) B 90X prep with Jim Gates (3 weeks class) Managing Our Finances God’s Way with Andrew Callan (6 week class)

SHARING HIS LOVE:

Go 2 Blocks! -1 Block Sunday school + 1 Block Worship; please park 2 blocks away to make room for visitors. Invest in the Kingdom- Jan 1-22 How are we called to steward our financial resources for the expansion of Christ’s Kingdom on earth? Consider whether you might commit to the Four-Month Tithe Challenge and test and see God’s response to your faithfulness!

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 175 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

JANUARY 1, 2012 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary

First Sunday after Christmas

(Please silence your cell phone.)

Voluntary

Welcome Call to Worship: Psalm 100 *Hymn- 210 Our God, Our Help in Ages Past Prayer of Confession We pause O God to look over the past year - a year in which you were with us - but we were not always with you. Merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. Forgive us Lord and lead us into the new year in holiness and righteousness. We ask this that we might be a people pleasing unto you, a people who allow your light to shine in the darkness and who bring praise and glory unto your name. Amen

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

Assurance of Pardon: Romans 5:1-2 *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.


Old Testament Reading: Genesis 28: 10-22, Page 25, O.T., NRSV

New Testament Reading: Timothy 6: 6-10, Page 210, N.T., NRSV The Preached Word

In God we Trust

Jim Wood

Presentation of our Gifts: Corinthians 9:7-8 "So let each one gives as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work."

Offertory Anthem *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.

The Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ The table of our Lord is at the center of life as a Christian community and stands as an invitation to the fullness of life that God intends for each of us. At the table we celebrate the promises of our baptism, that Christ can be alive in us and we in Him. Our Lord invites all of God’s baptized to His table regardless of age, denominational connection or social status. The choice to commune at this particular table is yours; however, please do not feel obligated.

Invitation to The Lord’s Table Words of Institution Prayer of Consecration The Lord’s Prayer [in unison] [sung] Sharing the Elements [Partake of the elements when you are served.] Prayer of Thanksgiving

*Hymn - #155 Rejoice, the Lord is King *An Invitation to Christian Discipleship *Benediction and Congregational Response Celtic Alleluia: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia

Flowers in the Sanctuary -


CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP

JANUARY 1, 2012 9:30 a.m. in First Hall

First Sunday after Christmas

(Please silence your cell phone.)

ENTERING INTO THE WORD Songs of Praise and Prayer: Greeting & Prayers

All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name, Rising Up to Heaven

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.

Songs:

Hungry, Create in Me

ENCOUNTERING THE WORD

Old Testament Reading: Genesis 28: 10-22, Page 25, O.T., NRSV

New Testament Reading: Timothy 6: 6-10, Page 210, N.T., NRSV

The Preached Word

In God we Trust

ENGAGING THE WORD AND THE WORLD

Jim Wood

The Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ

The table of our Lord is at the center of life as a Christian community and stands as an invitation to the fullness of life that God intends for each of us. At the table we celebrate the promises of our baptism, that Christ can be alive in us and we in Him. Our Lord invites all of God’s baptized to His table regardless of age, denominational connection or social status. The choice to commune at this particular table is yours; however, please do not feel obligated.

Words of Institution Prayer of Consecration The Lord’s Prayer [in unison] Musical Offering: Thank You for the Cross Sharing the Elements Prayer of Thanksgiving Offering Our Gifts & Prayers: Corinthians 9:7-8 "So let each one gives as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work." Doxology

Benediction and Song of Response:

I Let Go


SUNDAY MORNING CLASSES

JANUARY 1, 2012

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 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 - Studying Books of the Bible (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) 11:05 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) 20-Something Couples Bible Study - 2nd & 4th Sunday starting in Jan. (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 - andrew@fpcnorfolk.org Lucy Gates, Director of Family & Children’s Ministries - lucy@fpcnorfolk.org Hunter Mackey Johnston, Children’s Ministry Coordinator - hunter@fpcnorfolk.org Kristine Rand, Director of Prayer & Spiritual Growth - kristine@fpcnorfolk.org Josh Whitaker, Director of Youth & Young Adults - josh@fpcnorfolk.org Sheryl Wood, Mission Outreach Coordinator - sheryl@fpcnorfolk.org


Bulletin Jan 01, 2012  

Bulletin Jan 01, 2012

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