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Decatur Presbyterian Church, p.c.a. a Community of Grace For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 2 Corinthians 4:5

The Worship of Father, Son & Holy Spirit October 30, 2011 The Lord’s Day Welcome in the name of the Lord Jesus! If you are a guest with us, please be sure to sign our Registry when it is passed before the service. Children are welcome in our worship. We have a nursery available for children 3 and under. Children 4 to 6 years of age may be dismissed to Godly Play prior to the sermon. Thank you for joining us today and may the Lord richly bless you.

Song of Assembly1 Lo, He Comes


Every eye shall now behold Him, robed in dreadful majesty. Those who set at naught and sold Him, pierced and nailed Him to the tree. Deeply wailing, deeply wailing, shall the true Messiah see. Lo! He comes with clouds descending, once for our salvation slain. Thousand, thousand saints attending, swell the triumph of His train. Alleluia! Alleluia! God appears on earth to reign. Lo! He comes in glory shining, saints arise and meet your King. Glorious captain of salvation, “welcome, welcome” hear them sing. Shouts of triumph, Shouts of triumph, make the heav’ns with echoes ring. Now redemption long expected, see in solemn pomp appear! All his saints by man rejected, now shall meet Him in the air. Alleluia! Alleluia! See the day of God appear. Yea amen let all adore Thee, high on thine eternal throne. Savior take the power and glory, claim the kingdom for thine own. O Come quickly, O come quickly, alleluia, come Lord, come!

Welcome and Preparation for Worship Imagine the Lord designs and manufactures all kinds of cars: a sports car that does 185 m.p.h., a muscular truck, a spacious van, and an efficient family sedan. The maker will not berate the van for failing to go 120 m.p.h. he does not blame the sports car for poor gas mileage. Each car is pleasing when it performs the task that suits its design. When the sports car flies, when the van carries seven passengers safely, when the truck hauls timber and boulders, when the sedan travels the miles efficiently, the designer is pleased. Raw power or productivity matters little. The Lord is pleased with us when we do what we can with the abilities he gives. ~ Daniel Doriani To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability.

~ The Lord Jesus

Is it not the number of our talents that matters; it is the use that we make of them. He does not expect as much from the man with two talents as from the one to whom he has given five; what he does expect is that they should both be faithful over the few things he has committed to their care. ~ C.H. Spurgeon 1

All songs used by permission or covered under CCLI license # 391165.


The Lord Gives Us His Presence Responsive Call to Worship2

Psalm 34:1, 3

I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!

Prayer of Adoration & Praise Hymn of Praise All Glory, Laud, and Honor


All glory, laud, and honor to Thee, Redeemer, King, To Whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring! Thou art the King of Israel, Thou David's royal Son, Who in the Lord's name comest, the King and blessed One! The people of the Hebrews with palms before Thee went; Our praise and prayer and anthems before Thee we present: To Thee, before Thy passion, they sang their hymns of praise; To Thee, now high exalted, our melody we raise. Thou didst accept their praises; accept the prayers we bring, Who in all good delightest, Thou good and gracious King! All glory, laud, and honor to Thee, Redeemer, King, To Whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring!

Epistle Reading: Gifts of Grace

Romans 12:3-8

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

The Lord Gives Us His Grace Call to Confession:

Psalm 51:1

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love.


We believe that God always initiates with sinners, so we begin worship with his invitation and command to us to gather in His name.


God, Be Merciful to Me


God, Be Merciful to me, on Thy grace I rest my plea; Plenteous in compassion Thou, blot out my transgressions now; Wash me, make me pure within, cleanse, O cleanse me from my sin. My transgressions I confess, grief and guilt my soul oppress; I have sinned against Thy grace and provoked Thee to Thy face. I confess Thy judgment just, speechless, I Thy mercy trust. I am evil, born in sin; Thou desirest truth within. Thou alone my Savior art, teach Thy wisdom to my heart; Make me pure, Thy grace bestow, wash me whiter than the snow. Gracious God, my heart renew, make my spirit right and true. Cast me not away from Thee, let Thy Spirit dwell in me. Thy salvation’s joy impart, steadfast make my willing heart.

The Sinner’s Boast

Galatians 6:14

Far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Worship with Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs Indescribable From the highest of heights to the depths of the sea, Creation’s revealing your majesty. From the colors of fall to the fragrance of spring, Every creature unique in the song that it sings; All exclaiming, Indescribable, uncontainable, You placed the stars in the sky and you know them by name. You are amazing God! All powerful, untamable, Awestruck we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim, You are amazing God! Who has told every lightning bolt where it should go? Or seen Heavenly storehouses laden with snow? Who imagined the sun and gives source to its light, Yet conceals it to bring us the coolness of night? None can fathom, Incomparable, unchangeable, You know the depths of my heart and you love me the same. You are amazing God! You are amazing God! 3


Lord for Your Glory


Lord for your glory we sing Your praises. We magnify Your holy name. All for Your glory, Lord we bring blessing. We seek to honor You all of our days. We lift our hands, we lift our praise to You. We worship all You are in spirit and truth. We give our hearts, we give our lives to You We offer all we are for the glory of You. Almighty Father, we are Your children. You have been faithful to Your own. Lord, for Your glory we have been chosen. We lay down all we have here at Your throne! We offer all we are, we offer all we have, We offer all our lives for the glory of You. For the glory of You!

I Need Thee Every Hour


I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord No tender voice like Thine, can peace afford. I need Thee every hour, stay Thou near by, Temptations lose their power, when Thou art nigh. I need Thee, O I need Thee, O I need Thee, every hour I need you Lord, O bless me now, my Savior, I come to Thee. I need Thee every hour, in joy or pain. Come quickly and abide, or life is vain. I need Thee every hour, teach me Thy will And Thy rich promises, in me fulfill. I need Thee every hour, Most Holy One. O make me Thine indeed, Thou blessed Son.

Prayers of Thanksgiving & Petition

Pastor Brad Eades

His Tithes & Our Offerings Anthem

A Mighty Fortress 4

Worship Choir

The Lord Gives Us His Word Sermon3

Pastor Tommy Lee Series: “Come to me… and I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11:28) XCVIII. On Doing Something Courageous and Epic Matthew 25:14-30

We Respond

The Apostles’ Creed4

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

The Lord Gives Us His Sacrament The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper Communion, also called The Lord’s Supper or Eucharist, is the family meal of Christians. We invite all committed followers of Jesus Christ to share in this sacrament: those who are baptized members of a congregation that proclaims the gospel, who are at peace with God and their neighbor, and who seek strength to live in a deeper communion with Jesus. If you are not a Christian, or you are not prepared to share in this meal, we encourage you to spend this time in prayer. We hope that this time is helpful to you as you consider your relationship with Jesus Christ and with his people, the Church.



All my life long I had panted for a drink from some cool spring That I hoped would quench the burning of the thirst I felt within. Hallelujah! He has found me, the One my soul so long has craved! Jesus satisfies all my longings through his blood I now am saved. Feeding on the filth around me ’till my strength was almost gone; Longed my soul for something better, only still to hunger on. Poor I was and sought for riches, something that would satisfy; But the dust I gathered ’round me only mocked my soul’s sad cry. Well of water ever springing, Bread of Life so rich and free; Untold wealth that never faileth, my Redeemer is to me. 4, 5, & 6 year-old children may be dismissed before the sermon to Godly Play in room 173. Although not written by the apostles, the Apostles’ Creed is a concise summary of their teachings. It originated as a baptismal confession, probably in the second century, and developed into its present form by the sixth or seventh century. 3



The Lord Gives Us His Blessing Benediction5

Ephesians 2:8-10

By grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For you are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that you should walk in them. Go in peace.

Blessed Be the Lord God Almighty


Blessed be the Lord God Almighty, Who was, and is, and is to come. Blessed be the Lord God Almighty, Who reigns forevermore.

Just as God called us into His presence at the beginning, so now He commands His blessing upon us as we depart. We look up and extend our hands in a posture of thanksgiving as we receive this great gift. Our final response to God’s assurance of His peace and presence upon those who are in Christ is a chorus of joyful song. 5


“Come to me… and I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11:28) XCVIII. On Doing Something Courageous and Epic Matthew 25:14-30 Pastor Tommy Lee

1. Stay Awake! Watch! Be Ready! Okay... but what does that mean?

2. Playing It Safe (which is neither courageous nor epic... just lazy, selfish, & fearful)

3. Your “Talents”/Gifts: Use Them or Lose Them

4. Conclusion: An Honest Recommendation from a 7 Year Old

Sermons are available at the church web site


TODAY 5:00pm

Temple/Walraven Care Group @ Silvestris’


YBR @ the Schmidts’

THIS WEEK Tuesday, 6:30am 9:30am Wednesday, 11:30am 5:30pm 6:00pm

Iron Men Bible Study @ DPC Fall Ladies Bible Study (nursery provided)


Men’s Bible Study @ ADTRAN Dinner / Guests Welcome Kid's Choirs: 5 Year Olds - 2nd Grade / Kids of the King 3rd Grade - 8th Grade / Dare 2 Declare YBR Small Groups (9th - 12th Grade) Midweek Bible Study Worship Choir Practice 4 Year Olds & Kindergarten / Kid's Quest 1st -2nd Grade / Discovery Club 3rd -5th Grade / Discovery Club Stampede (6th - 8th Grade) Praise Band Practice

Thursday, 12:00pm

Women’s Bible Study @ Neighborhood Christian Center

6:15pm 6:30pm

Friday, 6:30am

Men’s Bible Study @ Temple, Inc.


DPC Breakfast Story

November 6

Night of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

November 10

Quinn/Schieler Care Group Bonfire

November 13

Ever After: Building Stronger Marriages

November 19

DPC Ladies’ Day Out in Birmingham

December 1

DPC Ladies’ Christmas Event

December 3

Children’s Advent Workshop

December 11

Christmas Music Program

December 24

Christmas Eve Service

February 3-4, 2012 March 2-3, 2012

Common Ground Marriage Weekend Iron Men Retreat (held right here at DPC)


DPC ANNOUNCEMENTS Ladies’ Day Out in Birmingham

A BIG Thank You to ALL who helped with the Fall Festival! What a fabulous time we had with our Covenant Family and our guests! May the Lord receive the glory for the fun Fall fellowship we shared. May we prepare our hearts for this season of Thanksgiving! In Christian Love, Lovey

All DPC ladies are invited to a Ladies Day Out in Birmingham. We are planning to shop in the Homewood area and have lunch together. We will meet at the church at 9:00 am and be home by late afternoon. Please let Elizabeth Lee know if you would like to come (and if you are willing to drive) so we can make transportation arrangements. Iron Men Bible Study: Men, come join us on Tuesday mornings at 6:30 a.m. as we revel in the goodness of the gospel, as it’s celebrated in the book of Galatians. We finish promptly at 7:30 am. Invite a friend!

Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body. ~ Hebrews 13:3

Iron Men moment: “The gospel in the Old Testament is the promise of God’s kingdom, that would bring blessing to the world (Gen. 12:1-3). This kingdom would be established by a great divine King. The Old Testament prophets talked of how this great King would save people from all nations from God’s judgment for a new life of freedom in a renewed Creation (see Isaiah 40:9-11; 52:7-10; 61:1-4). The followers of this King must patiently wait through suffering and persecution, until the King returns to welcome his people into his paradise kingdom.” ~ Richard Coekin

Stay tuned for more information.

Temple/Walraven Care Group The next Temple/Walraven Care Group Meeting will be today at 5:00pm at the Silvestri home. If you are a visitor to DPC, we want to invite you to join us! See Blake Temple or Chip Walraven for more information.

Quinn/Schieler Care Group The Quinn/Schieler Care Group will have a bonfire on November 10th at 6:30pm at the Quinn home. If you are a visitor to DPC, we want to invite you to join us! See Kent Quinn or Stu Schieler for more information.

Iron Men of DPC Forged by God; Sharpened by Brothers Iron sharpens Iron, and one man sharpens another. ~ Proverbs 27:17

Smith/Eades Care Group The Smith-Eades care group invites all church visitors and newcomers to join us for fellowship, cookout and a bonfire at John and Deanna Lyon’s family cabin on the Tennessee River on Saturday November 19th at 5:00pm. If you have any questions or need directions please call or see John Lyons at 256-6868216 or 256-565-6376 or email

DPC 101 If you're interested in exploring membership at DPC, please see Tommy. 9

YBR (9th - 12th Grade)

Tonight 7:00pm @ the Schmidts’

OFFICER ELECTIONS Today, immediately following the morning worship service, we will hold a congregational meeting for officer elections. Please be in prayer for our church and these nominees as we enter into this moment together! You may vote for all the men you would like. If you have any questions about the process, see Steve or Tommy or one of your current elders. FOR THE OFFICE OF ELDER Mike McMahan - for ordination to the office of elder Stuart Smith - for ordination to the office of elder Jay Suggs - for ordination to the office of elder Skip Thompson - for re-installation to the session after a sabbatical Chip Walraven - for ordination to the office of elder FOR THE OFFICE OF DEACON David Adams - for ordination to the office of deacon James Fudge - an ordained deacon; for installation to our diaconate at DPC Chris Johnston - an ordained deacon; for installation to our diaconate at DPC David Whitcomb - for ordination to the office of deacon “Therefore... pick out from among you... men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty.” Acts 6:3

Judy and Joel Linton have spent time in the mission field of Taiwan since 2002. Currently they are supported financially at $600 per month by Faith Promise and Decatur Presbyterian Church. Originally affiliated with Mission to the World, the Lintons are now affiliated with Mission Sending Service. The Lintons have four daughters, Faith, Charis, Ashlyn, and Saorsa, and currently reside in North Alabama while in the USA. They anticipate returning to Taiwan in the 2012. Their mailing address is 610 County RD 33, Killen, AL 35645. View more information at their website: DPC BREAKFAST STORY Next Sunday morning, November 6, no Adult Christian Education nor Children's Sunday School classes will meet. Instead, we'll have a church-wide breakfast beginning at 9:30 am. After breakfast, we’ll hear from Dale Ellison (Tommy’s college roommate), who will tell us something of the story of God’s kingdom in Peru.

Meatloaf / Fried Okra Butter Peas / Rolls Tea & Lemonade Kids: Nuggets Tear here and place in the offering plate

Please e-mail your dinner reservations and/or changes to or call the church office @ 351-6010 ext. 2. Name: ________________________________________ No. of meals: Adult _________ Kids ________ Name: ________________________________________ Date: _________________________________________ No. of meals: Adult __________ Kids ________


DPC UPDATE: DPC MUSIC MINISTRY DPC Praise and Worship Night - Thank you! We had an incredible night of praise and worship to our awesome God! Hosted by the DPC Praise Band, this event was held in late August and gave our church family and friends the opportunity to praise the Lord thru song. Thank you for coming out!

DPC Christmas Special - December 11th 6 p.m. We will again host an evening of music this time celebrating the incarnation of our Savior, Jesus Christ. This event will be hosted by the DPC Choirs and will be a lovely time to invite a guest to hear the joyous message of Christmas! Both Kids of the King and Dare to Declare will join the Worship Choir in sharing The Majesty and Glory of Christmas. You won't want to miss it! Look for printed invitations coming soon so that you can share this blessing with your neighbors!

DPC Sound / A/V Team We have been and are currently upgrading our A/V equipment and would like to increase the size of our Sound / AV Team. I would like to invite anyone who is interested in being a part of this team to talk to Stu or Steve Sasser!

Wednesday Night Rehearsals - come join us! Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into His presence with singing! Psalm 100:1-2 We are always welcoming new members! Come use your talents to serve the Lord through music. Kids of the King


ages 5 thru second grade

Dare to Declare


third grade thru eighth grade

Worship Choir


senior high thru adults

Praise Band


senior high thru adults

DPC Bulletin - October 30, 2011  

Decatur Presbyterian Church, PCA - Decatur, AL

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