FPC Marietta Worship Bulletin

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Changing Lives with Faith, Hope, and Love SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2024 | 8:30AM & 11:00AM

WELCOME TO FPC MARIETTA This church welcomes you no matter who you are or from where you come. We are Christ’s people, and this is Christ’s place with its doors open wide. If you are passing through, Godspeed; if you are looking for a home, stay here; if you need instruction, we can learn together. We invite you to return often. FRIENDSHIP PAD Whether you are a member, a long-time visitor, or just passing by, please sign the friendship pad at the end of your row. CHILDREN IN WORSHIP The nursery is available for infants through 4-yr-olds from 9:30am12:15pm. Children are invited to pick up worship items from the blue cart at the entrance to the Sanctuary and Great Hall. Following the Children’s Time during the 11:00 service, children in 4yr Pre-K through 1st grade may go to Children’s Church. STEPHEN MINISTERS ON-CALL A Stephen Minister is on call each Sunday morning from 10:00am through 12:00pm. If you would like to speak with a Stephen Minister during that time, please see the front desk or one of the Deacons on duty, and they will locate them for you. Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2) CHANCEL FLOWERS The flowers today are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Mrs. Rose Wing, Mr. Steve Wing, Sr. and Dr. Steve Wing, Jr. by Rose Lee Wing. JOIN US New members are received each month in worship. If you are interested in joining, please contact Ken Farrar at kenfarrar@icloud.com. We welcome new members Stu & Megan Rubio and their son Evan.


GOD GATHERS HIS PEOPLE

The Season of Lent marks the forty days of preparation for Easter. During these forty days prepare your heart for the Resurrection through fasting and repentance as we remember the forty days that Jesus spent in the desert tempted by the devil fasting in the wilderness. Notice the purple vestments on the Communion Table, pulpit, and pastors’ robes that will remain until Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter.

WELCOME GATHERING MUSIC

Amazing Grace | Arr. Hustad

*CALL TO WORSHIP (Psalm 25) We gather to worship the God whom we trust, who will not let us be put to shame. God of our salvation, lead us in your truth and teach us. Remember today, that our God is merciful. The generations have told us of his steadfast love. Merciful Lord, we are ready to listen. Teach us the path of salvation. *HYMN OF PRAISE NO. 166

Lord, Who throughout These Forty Days

PRAYER OF CONFESSION Merciful Lord, forgive us, For while you are the Rock of our Salvation, We keep trying to save ourselves. In all the ups and downs of life, We long for control. We abandon our faith. We fear the night. In this silence, hear our confession, And lead us to new life. KYRIE NO. 575 Lord, Have Mercy Lord, have mercy upon us; Christ, have mercy upon us; Lord, Have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us; Christ, have mercy upon us; Lord, Have mercy upon us. ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning. Great is His faithfulness. In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Thanks be to God. Amen. Note: Leaders: regular font | People: bold font | *Those who are able, please stand.


*GLORIA PATRI NO. 582 Glory to God, Whose Goodness Shines on Me Glory to God, whose goodness shines on me, and to the Son, whose grace has pardoned me, and to the Spirit, whose love has set me free. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be. Amen. World without end, without end. Amen. World without end, without end. Amen. World without end, without end, Amen. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be. Amen. *GREETING ONE ANOTHER WITH THE PEACE OF CHRIST The peace of Christ be with you. | And also with you. (11:00am)

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE

*HYMN OF RESPONSE NO. 656

We’ve Come this Far by Faith

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE/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. ANTHEM

Lord, Hear My Prayer | Hogan

GOD SPEAKS TO HIS PEOPLE PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION SCRIPTURE READINGS (NRSV) Genesis 9: 8-17 Mark 1: 9-15 The Word of the Lord | Thanks be to God! SERMON The Water that Almost Drowned Us | The Rev. Joe Evans, Senior Pastor

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WE RESPOND TO GOD *AFFIRMATION OF FAITH (The Apostles’ Creed) 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. OFFERING/OFFERTORY Deeper and Deeper | Arr. Smith To sign up for Holy Week lunches, contact to Denise Lobodinski at lobodrake@aol.com or go to fpcmarietta.org/lent. *DOXOLOGY 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. *PRAYER OF DEDICATION

GOD SENDS HIS PEOPLE *SENDING HYMN NO. 353

My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less

*CHARGE AND BENEDICTION *CHORAL BENEDICTION

Total Praise | Smallwood

*SENDING MUSIC

Christ, Lamb of God, BWV 619 | Bach Today’s Worship Leaders

The Rev. Joe Evans, Senior Pastor The Rev. Cassie Waits, Associate Pastor The Rev. Dr. Paul Sherwood, Parish Associate Catherine Breed, Director of Children & Youth Faith Formation Linda Bush, 8:30am Beadle | Jeff Byrd, 11:00am Beadle Gabriel Eidelwein, 11:00am Acolyte | Dr. Jeffrey Meeks, Director of Music & Fine Arts Chohee Kim, Principal Organist | Chancel Choir


Next Sunday, February 25

Sunday Morning 8:30am Worship in the Sanctuary 11:00am Worship in the Great Hall Lenten Bible Study: Finding God in the Wilderness with Dr. Brennan Breed Sundays, February 25 and March 10-24 9:45am-10:45am | Great Hall | Livestream available Children & Youth Sunday School Classes (9:45-10:45am) 2-3yr Sunday School in Nursery Room | PreK - Grade 1 in Room 206 Grades 2-5 in Room 216 Journey Room (Upper Level) | Youth Grades 6-12 Lower Level Confirmation Class - Room 231 Fellowship Breakfast on Sunday, February 25 9:15-10:30am | Holland Hall | $5/person or $20/family max French Toast Casserole, Fruit, Bacon We need volunteers to help make breakfast each week! This is a fun kitchen environment and a great place to get to know other FPC members! Sign up at fpcmarietta.org/upcoming-events Journey and Youth Group 4-6pm at FPC Dinner Menu: Hot Dogs, salad bar, chips & chocolate chip cookies


Stephen Ministry Lenten Devotional A new Stephen Ministry Lenten Devotional is available in the Gathering Space and online at fpcmarietta. org/lent. This compilation of devotionals for each day of Lent 2024 was lovingly and prayerfully written by FPC Stephen Ministers, both past and present. Through these writings, they share God’s love and the hope of the scriptures. 40 for 40 Food Drive In observance of the Lenten Season, many people choose to “give up” something they enjoy as they enter a period of reflection. An alternative is to “give” to someone who needs what you take for granted. Please consider donating shelf stable items to The Pantry on Church. You and your family may: donate an item per day, as indicated below, one item per week, or have your children choose their favorite item to contribute. A flyer with weekly lists is available in the Gathering Space and online at fpcmarietta.org/ lent. Lenten Bible Study: Finding God in the Wilderness with Dr. Brennan Breed Sundays, February 25 and March 10-24 | 9:45am-10:45am | Great Hall | Livestream available In the Bible, the wilderness is a space of deprivation and danger. Wilderness is a space where people experience their fragility, mortality, limitations, and failures. Yet the Bible also presents the wilderness as a special place of God’s presence and creative power to re-make people and communities––and so wilderness stories celebrate God’s provision, transformative power, and renewal. The liturgical season of Lent lasts forty days in order to mark Jesus’ time in the wilderness, and this Lenten season we will explore the ways that the wilderness experiences of our own lives bring us to recognize both our limitations and God’s salvation. Music & Arts Aspiring artists, hobbyists, phone photographers, have you taken a great photo you could share? We invite you to find out more about FPC’s first ever Photography Show on exhibit during Holy Week. We will display photographs that honor God’s creation, take us on a journey into a story, or create a beautiful moment to celebrate the creativity God has given us. Find out more by emailing ginlea@me.com. Easter Lilies If you would like to dedicate a lily in honor or in memory of a loved one this season, please complete a form in the Gathering Space and return it and a check to Sandra Varnum, Finance Associate. Forms and payment information can also be found online at fpcmarietta.org/lent. Forms are due Monday, March 25. A list of dedications will be available on Easter Sunday.


Holy Week Mid-Day Worship & Lunch Monday, March 25-Friday, March 29 | 11:50am Join us for daily devotionals led by pastors from downtown Marietta churches All are welcome to a soup and sandwich lunch in the Great Hall following the devotionals. Sign up to volunteer at fpcmarietta.org. Questions? Contact Denise Lobodinski at lobodrake@aol.com. Maundy Thursday Thursday, March 28 | 7pm | Sanctuary On this day we remember how Jesus, at table with his disciples, took the bread and the cup and issued this mandate: “Do this in remembrance of me.” Good Friday Friday, March 29 | 7pm | Sanctuary Seven different preachers will offer a brief homily based on one of the seven last words that Jesus uttered before he breathed his last. Easter Sunday We celebrate the resurrection of our Lord. Join us! Sunday, March 31 | Worship at 8:30am and 11:00am in the Great Hall | Sunday School Hour: 9:45am On Easter Sunday, we will adorn a cross with fresh flowers. You are encouraged to bring fresh blooms (purchased or from your yard) to celebrate our risen Lord. One Great Hour of Sharing - Special Easter Offering Millions of people lack access to sustainable food sources, clean water, sanitation, education, and opportunity. The three programs supported by One Great Hour of Sharing - Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self-Development of People - all work in different ways to serve individuals and communities in need. From initial disaster response to ongoing community development, their work fits together to provide people with safety, sustenance, and hope. For updates or to learn more, visit fpcmarietta.org/lent.

FPC OPPORTUNITIES Spring Concert Series Free Admission | Details at fpcmarietta.org/upcoming-events Tuesday, February 27 | 7pm | Sanctuary Tiffany Uzoije, Soprano Tuesday, March 26 | 7pm | Sanctuary Summit Trio: Robert Henry, Piano; Helen Kim, Violin; Charae Krueger, Cello Monday Men’s Group Upcoming Dates: February 26, March 25, and April 22 | 6pm | Study: The life of David. For more information, contact John Knox at jdknox162@gmail.com.


New Tuesday Ladies Bible Study Tuesdays, 9:30am-12:00pm beginning March 19 | Room 055 The Gospel on the Ground: The Grit & Glory of the Early Church in Acts by Kristi McLelland Come along with biblical culturalist Kristi McLelland as she unpacks the life of the early church in the book of Acts and shows us that the kingdom of God is always on the move. We have refreshments, workbook discussion time, and a 30 min video Workbooks available from Amazon, Christianbook.com, Lifeway.com , ISBN13# 9781087748245 Questions? Linda Bush 770-856-8443 newbush@comcast.net Elevator Modernization Update! FPC Staff, along with the Property Committee, is working to temporarily move event locations to accommodate members and guests. Becca Yan, Congregational Care Coordinator, will contact event and ministry leaders regarding any necessary location changes. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Kirk Maassen at Kirkfm@bellsouth.net. Thank you all for your coordination, patience and flexibility. ChurchWide Retreat at Montreat! We have a few more rooms available for our Churchwide Retreat March 1-3, 2024 in beautiful Montreat, NC! Reserve your room today by filling out the registration form at fpcmarietta.org/upcoming-events or https://forms.gle/BWGkA6uc3BriyXd49. Questions? Email MeriKateMarcum@fpcmarietta.org Calling VBS Volunteers! We need your help to guide our children through Jesus’ hometown of Nazareth - June 10-13! We’re looking for all manner of help. Interested in helping? Email MeriKateMarcum@fpcmarietta.org. My Handy Friend Ministry The purpose of this ministry is to provide a service to our members who are in need of assistance with tasks that they may no longer be comfortable doing. If you would like to have help, please fill out the form at fpcmarietta.org/my-handy-friend, and someone will call you to understand your need and let you know if this is something we can do for you. If you have skills to share, please fill out the same form.

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