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FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH www.fpcnorfolk.org

SPECIAL PRAYERS THIS WEEK: Kenya Joy Home

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FPC Missionary: Sarah King, Serving in Israel/Palestine Maggie Waite, Serving in the Philippines Jim Wood & Bill Rawls, Serving in Kenya

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 MARCH 4, 2012

SEEKING CHRIST:

PEVA- The Rev. Glenn McDonald, author of The Disciplemaking Church: From Dry Bones to Spiritual Vitality, will lead the PEVA-wide 2012 Spring Leadership Summit.  $10 Program & Dinner! Sun., March 4 from 4-8 PM, here at FPC! Compassion Fatigue Class- The last class session will be held tonight, March 4 from 6-8pm. Wednesday I.D. (Institute of Discipleship) - Dinner is 5:30-6:15pm. Register Online or on the Connection Card. Cost: 6th grade to adult-$7.00; K to 5th-$5.00; Preschool is FREE! Max per family is $20.00. Adult class is Becoming a Contagious Christian with Jim Gates. 6:15-7:15pm. Morning Aside- Sat. March 10th; 9:00—12:00 noon.  Reflections on Repentance & Renewal. Come join us for guided contemplative and reflective prayer exercises as we prepare for Easter.  Facilitator:  Frank Drake, M.Div.  Family Worship- Sunday, March 11 will be a Family Worship Service; families will read scripture and the Cherub Choir will sing at 9:30. Join us at 9:30 and 11:00 in the Great Room (Old F.H.) and create a Resurrection Egg Basket for your family to take home. Our children will be baristas asking for donations in return for coffee with flavored creamers and hand decorated sleeves. All of their proceeds will benefit the Nazareth Joy Home.  Virginia Symphony Orchestra- Seniors First presents the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Sunday March 18 at 6:00pm here at FPC. Visit www.fpcnorfolk.org for more information. Lost Art Show- Lost Art show will begin Sunday March 25, please email Kristine Rand at Kristine@fpcnorfolk.org if you are interested in participating in the show! Underground Intercessory Prayer Experience-Guided Prayer Exercise to intercede for our family members, friends and coworkers who don't know Christ. Each Sunday in Lent from 9:30 to 12:30.

SHARING HIS LOVE:

Go 2 Blocks! -1 Block Sunday school +1 Block Worship; please park 2 blocks away to make room for visitors. Send Yourself to the Nations-Praise and Worship and Potluck- Sunday, March 11 at 5:30pm in First Hall. For additional information contact Sheryl@fpcnorfolk.org B90X- This week’s reading : Nehemiah 13:15 through Psalms 89:13. Part-Time Positions- We are seeking to hire a door warden and a coffee barista. Visit the About Us/Open Positions section of our website for position details. Add to the Community- Take the PRA•X•IS Evangelism challenge and pick up the materials in the Common! NEO Class- Join us in open discussion of our Christian Faith, in this non-threatening environment. Bring a friend from outside the church and enjoy this time of fellowship. Starts April 15. Visit www.fpcnorfolk.org. Hospitality Teams at FPC- We are currently seeking additional Greeters and Ushers for all services. Contact Jim Gates (JimGates@fpcnorfolk.org) or check the back of the Connection Card for more information.

First Time Guests -Stop by the Common for a free copy of Donald Miller’s Searching for God Knows What Free NIV Bibles- Are available in the Loft for anyone who would like one. 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 287 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

MARCH 4, 2012 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary

Second Sunday in Lent

(Please silence your cell phone.)

Voluntary

Welcome Call to Worship: Psalm 9:1-2 *Hymn - #263 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise Prayer of Confession We lay before you everything that keeps us from rising with Christ to new life in you. We confess the burden of our self-righteousness that keeps us from sharing the good news with people we judge unworthy. We confess the burden of our apathy that keeps us from lifting the burdens of others. We confess the burden of our anger that keeps us from acting as a people of peace. Enlighten our souls by the radiance of your Risen Son that we may let your light shine through us. 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 5:17 *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, designed especially to involve them in worship.


Old Testament Reading: Hosea 3:1-5, Page 836, O.T., NRSV

New Testament Reading: Luke 15, Page 78, N.T., NRSV The Preached Word

Jim Gates

Add to the Community

Presentation of our Gifts: Luke 15: 20 ...while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him.

Offertory Anthem

O Love How Deep

Everett Titcomb

*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.] Communion Music: Deck Yourself, My Soul with Gladness Prayer of Thanksgiving

*Hymn - #356 Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing *An Invitation to Christian Discipleship *Benediction and Congregational Response Amen, Amen, Amen

Flowers in the Sanctuary - The flowers in the Sanctuary are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Virginia and Lewis Webb, by their family.


CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP

MARCH 4, 2012 9:30 a.m. in First Hall

Second Sunday in Lent

(Please silence your cell phone.)

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

Be Welcome Here, Everlasting God

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:

Any Given Day, Stand In Awe

ENCOUNTERING THE WORD

Old Testament Reading: Hosea 3:1-5, Page 836, O.T., NRSV New Testament Reading: Luke 15, Page 78, N.T., NRSV

Gloria Patri

The Preached Word

Jim Gates

Add to the Community

ENGAGING THE WORD AND THE WORLD

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] [sung] Musical Offering Sharing the Elements Prayer of Thanksgiving Offering Our Gifts & Prayers: Luke 15: 20 ...while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him..

Doxology

Benediction and Song of Response:

Stand In Awe


SUNDAY MORNING CLASSES

MARCH 4, 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) B90X- Read or Review the Bible in 90Days (Northminster House) Covenant Class - Isaiah (The Center) 11:05 Holy Land Group - 2nd & 4th Sundays (The Center) Bible Study -Study of 1 John (The Center) B90X- Read or Review the Bible in 90Days (Northminster House)

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 Annie Blakey, Director of Youth Ministries - annie@fpcnorfolk.org



Bulletin March 4