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JUNE 28, 2020

Worship Service

Humbly Following Jesus Christ

Come, Christians, Join to Sing



There Is a Redeemer



Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound 649



Fourth Sunday after Pentecost Prelude

Maya Parrish

Andante (from Flute Sonata No. 2) – Philippe Gaubert

Welcome and Announcements

Tony Sundermeier


Staff Singers

Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart – Frederick Atkinson

Call to Worship and Unison Prayer One: All: One: Hymn

Lord, we are here to worship, with all our faith and all our doubt, in all our strength and in all our weakness. We have come from different places, carrying different burdens, different expectations, different hopes, but together we pray: God of the road to Damascus, shatter our complacency, disturb our certainties and open our hearts to new possibilities and new truths, that the scales of our prejudices, dogmas and mistakes may fall away and, like Saul, we may become the people you truly made us to be. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen. This is the day the Lord has made! Let us rejoice and be glad in it! Friends, let us worship our God.

#267 Come, Christians, Join to Sing – madrid

Time of Confession

Rebekah LeMon

Assurance of Pardon Hymn of Response #443 There Is a Redeemer – green

MAYA PARRISH is a recipient of the Wirth Scholarship for Music 2019-2020 and studies here at the School of Fine Arts in the studio of Ricky Saucedo.


Anthem King David – Herbert Howells King David was a sorrowful man: No cause for his sorrow had he; And he called for the music of a hundred harps, To ease his melancholy.

They played till they all fell silent: Played and play sweet did they; But the sorrow that haunted the heart of King David They could not charm away.

He rose; and in his garden Walked by the moon alone, A nightingale hidden in a cypress tree, Jargoned on and on.

King David lifted his sad eyes Into the dark-boughed tree “Tell me, thou little bird that singest, Who taught my grief to thee?”

But the bird in no-wise heeded; And the king in the cool of the moon Hearkened to the nightingale's sorrowfulness, Till all his own was gone.


Acts 9:1-19

One: This is the Word of the Lord. All: Thanks be to God.


Second Wind, Second Light: The Conversion of Saul

Heather Witt

Affirmation of Faith (from the Confession of 1967)

God’s sovereign love is a mystery beyond the reach of the human mind. Human thought ascribes to God superlatives of power, wisdom, and goodness. But God reveals God’s love in Jesus Christ by showing power in the form of a servant, wisdom in the folly of the cross, and goodness in receiving sinful women and men. The power of God’s love in Christ to transform the world discloses that the Redeemer is the Lord and Creator who made all things to serve the purpose of God’s love. Amen.


Pastoral Prayer and The Lord’s Prayer


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 our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen. Passing of the Peace of Christ

Offertory Anthem

Staff Singers

Open My Eyes – K. Lee Scott Open my eyes and I shall see; incline my heart and I shall desire; Order my steps and I shall walk in the ways of your commandments. O God, be my only Lord, and beside you let there be none else with you. Teach me to worship you and serve you in all my undertakings with truth of spirit, With honor of body, with blessing of mouth both in public and private. Offertory Response #607 Doxology – old hundredth Prayer of Dedication Hymn

#649 Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound – amazing grace

Charge and Benediction Postlude


Toccata – Louis Vierne

Jens Korndörfer

Information • Worship Service, Livestream 11:00 a.m.


Rev. Rebekah Close LeMon, Executive Pastor

Ana Baida, Mezzo-Soprano

Maya Parrish, Flute, Wirth Scholarship for Music Recipient

Dr. Daniel Bara, Co-Director of the Choir and Orchestra Brendan Callahan-Fitzgerald, Tenor Dr. Deanna Joseph, Co-Director of the Choir and Orchestra

Wade Thomas, Baritone Heather Witt-Owens, Mezzo-Soprano

Dr. Jens Korndörfer, Director of Worship & the Arts, Organist

Dr. Tony Sundermeier, Senior Pastor Dr. George B. Wirth, Pastor Emeritus PRAYERS FOR THOSE IN MILITARY SERVICE Lt. Karim Abu-Akel Captain Alexandria Miller-Anderson Lt. Col. Charles Ayers PVT Forrest “Woody” Bass Lt. Benjamin S. Bondurant Maj. Jamison Bowman, Chaplain ABE3 Gregory Bridges


USAF CAPT Steven Brinkley 1st LT. Ryan Dick Mason Fox-82nd Airborne AM3 Glenn Thomas Johnson HA Robert Louis Johnson Staff Sgt. Kevin Lee Lt. JG. Rachel Dudley McKenzie Lt. Troy McKenzie Lt. Wilson Mansfield McManus

USS Michael Murphy Maj. John Warren Robey Captain Gabriel Rulewicz Maj. General Russell Sanborn Captain Ryan Tewell Col. Roderick G. Turner III


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Founded in 1848, First Presbyterian is the Atlanta church known for balancing spiritual conviction and tangible compassion. Our sermons, Sunday school classes, small groups, and courses lead people to challenge assumptions and lean into their faith. At the same time, we deeply invest in and serve the members of our congregation, the Atlanta community and beyond. With robust and holistic ministries serving the poor and vulnerable of our city; with global partners in Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, and Kenya; and with spiritual formation opportunities for all ages, First Presbyterian Church’s purpose is to humbly follow Jesus Christ. Thank you for joining us in worship today! For more ways to connect, keep reading below. GET CONNECTED Sign Up for our Email Blast: Like us on Facebook: Pastoral Care: Rev. Rob Sparks, 404-228-7763 Membership: Stephanie Lane, 404-228-7757 How to Give: Peggy McCurdy, 404-228-7707 Children’s Ministry: Sarah Kate Bumgarner, 404-228-7709 Youth Ministry: Rachal Little, 404-228-7751 20s/30s Young Adult Ministry: Rev. Keith Thompson, 404-228-7719 Sunday School and Small Groups: Rev. Jamie Butcher, 404-228-7718 Senior Pastor’s Office: Matthew Pearson-Dawe, 404-228-7715 Arts & Music: Dr. Jens Korndoerfer, 404-228-7731 Community Ministries: Marie Wandera, 404-228-7746 Global Mission: Rev. Leigh Bonner, 404-228-7723 Epiphany/Social Ventures: Rev. Rebekah LeMon, 404-228-7714 JOINING The next new member class, On Ramp, is September 20, 2020. Contact Stephanie Lane at to register.


Announcements CARE Our team at the Samaritan Counseling Center continues to offer Clinical Mental Healthcare, Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Direction. Might this be a unique time where you can choose to invest in self-reflection, personal growth, and healing through counseling? Is this a time when anxiety, or other struggles, are making it difficult to get through your day? Through telemental health, we can support you at this time. Additionally, if you are finding this a difficult time to afford services, please contact us to discuss possibilities. Others have helped support our agency so that we can provide counseling to those in need of a reduced rate. You can find information about our team at or call 404-228-7777. Email our Clinical Director, Anna Ward Martin, ( or Executive Director, Katie Sundermeier, ( for more information and to help get you connected.

COMMUNITY MINISTRIES We have numerous opportunities in Community Ministries to help our most vulnerable neighbors. There are signups for volunteer shifts like mail sorting and working in the food pantry, providing lunch bags, or purchasing needed pantry items on Amazon. Details are in our weekly eblast or email Marie Wandera for more information

FAITH FORMATION The Book of Job: Seeking God in a Chaotic World World concludes Sunday, June 28 Watch all Office Hours at

MID-WEEK RECHARGE The Wisdom Collaborative Thursday, July 9th 6:45 – 7:15 p.m. Leaning into the Wisdom Literature of the Scriptures, this sermon series concludes with Joanna Adams on July 9 (no service on July 2). You can join us for worship by clicking on our livestream page



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