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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-




JANUARY 8, 2012

Wednesday I.D. (Institute of Discipleship) - Dinner is 5:30-6:15pm. Visit the Welcome Desk for more info. Cost: 6th grade to adult-$7.00; K to 5th-$5.00; Preschool is FREE! Max per family is $20.00 Classes Include:

K-5th-Grade 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. Our students will develop their music skills, worship leadership skills and create multi-media art for the upcoming church wide art exhibit called "Lost.” 6-8th Grade- C.O.R.E.: Creating Our Rewards Eternally – Arts program for Grades 6-8 begins after dinner at 6:15 – 7:15, Lead by local artist and FPC member, Peggy Mackey, middle school students (grades 6-8) will explore various art mediums, as they create mixed-media collage. Artwork created during this session will be on display at the church-wide art show called "Lost" on March 25. Register Online! For more information please contact: Hunter Johnston, Children's Ministries Coordinator or 757.625.1697 ext. 324 Adult- I.D. Classes beginning January 11, 2012 Choose a class that will challenge and nurture you. For more information visit, or visit the Welcome Desk. Parenting with Jeffrey Olrick B90X prep with Jim Gates Managing Our Finances God’s Way with Andrew Callan

Women’s Bible Study-Women’s Bible Study – Wednesday mornings: 9:30 – 11:30 am. January 11 – April 11 (Childcare provided) Come join us for this intergenerational Bible Study which meets in the main church building. We will be studying the Spiritual Gifts. Women’s Retreat- February 24-26th, Our speaker, Julie Courtney, head of women’s ministry at See Jesus Ministries, she will be sharing insights into the story of Ruth. Visit the Welcome Desk for more information.


Go 2 Blocks! -1 Block Sunday school +1 Block Worship; please park 2 blocks away to make room for visitors. Invest in the Kingdom- Consider whether you might commit to the Four-Month Tithe Challenge and test and see God’s response to your faithfulness! Reception for Jean Thiel- Sunday, Jan 15th at 12:15 in the Common. Join us in celebrating Jean and her gift of beautiful music with the organ. She has been a tremendous asset to our staff, choir and congregation; help us send her off to a new mission field! Martin Luther King Jr Service- A worship service commemorating the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. with massed choir will be held on Sunday Jan. 15th, 4:00pm in First Hall. An Evening of Worship- Friday, Jan. 27th With Award-Winning Artists, Tommy Walker, David M.Edwards, Phil Sillas and the FPC Children's Choir in First Hall at 7:00pm. Presented by Regent University's International Center for Worship. 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 201 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


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

Baptism of the Lord

(Please silence your cell phone.)


Welcome Call to Worship: Psalm 96: 1-4a *Hymn - #142 All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name Prayer of Confession

Merciful God, forgive us when we invest our energies into increasing our personal prosperity rather than enriching people’s lives with the good news of Jesus Christ and when we squander our gifts by failing to use them to build people up. Forgive us when we conceal the wideness of your mercy by our lack of compassionate behavior. Increase our capacity to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ in word and deed.  This we pray in Jesus’ 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 5:8 *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 [with 5-Cents-A-Meal Offering] [Half the proceeds benefits local, national and global hunger programs, and half supports our FPC Soup Kitchen.]

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.

Rejoice, the Lord is King


Malcom Archer

Old Testament Reading: Leviticus 27:30-34, Page 116, O.T., NRSV

New Testament Reading: Luke 16: 1-15, Page 79, N.T., NRSV Jim Wood

Debt-Free Living

The Preached Word

Presentation of our Gifts: Leviticus 27:30 All tithes from the land, whether the seed from the ground or the fruit from the tree, are the Lord’s; they are holy in the Lord. Arise, Shine, For They Light is Come


Healey Willan

*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

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 Lordʼs 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 - #145 Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart *An Invitation to Christian Discipleship *Benediction and Congregational Response Celtic Alleluia: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia

Flowers in the Sanctuary - The flowers are given in honor of Luke Hartman and in loving memory of Ken and Dot Hartman and Louis and Eunice Kirby, by Sally and Ronald Hartman.


JANUARY 8, 2012 9:30 a.m. in First Hall

Baptism of the Lord

(Please silence your cell phone.)

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

King Of Love How Deep the Father’s Love

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.


Rising Up to Heaven Heaven’s Prince of Peace

5-Cents-A-Meal Offering


Old Testament Reading: Leviticus 27:30-34, Page 116, O.T., NRSV

New Testament Reading: Luke 16: 1-15, Page 79, N.T., NRSV

The Preached Word

Jim Wood

Debt-Free Living


Offering Our Gifts & Prayers: Leviticus 27:30 All tithes from the land, whether the seed from the ground or the fruit from the tree, are the Lord’s; they are holy in the Lord. Benediction and Song of Response:

Rising Up To Heaven


JANUARY 8, 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 the Epistles of Paul (Rabbi Room) Seekers Class - The Book of the Bible (2nd Floor Conference Room) Covenant Class - Isaiah (The Center for Prayer & Spiritual Growth 2nd floor) 11:05 Young Couples Small Group Epistles of John 2nd & 4th Sundays (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) Seekers Class- Discussion of the Generosity Ladder (Rabbi Room)

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 Jan 08, 2012  
Bulletin Jan 08, 2012  

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