NOVEMBER 10, 2019 | 11AM WELCOME TO
GOVERNMENT STREET PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH GATHERING
Please silence all cellular devices for the duration of the service.
CHIMING OF THE HOUR
indicates an invitation to
WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS
stand as you are able.
MINUTE FOR MISSION | STEWARDSHIP
THE HALE FAMILY
Please let us know you are
Voluntary in F major
here today by signing the Welcome Book located in the center of each pew. When finished, please pass the book toward the center aisles so we may call each other by name.
This very strong 17th-
from the psalm, especially Psalms 150 and 103:1-6. It did not receive an effective English translation until the mid-19th century, but has remained popular ever
since, thanks in part to its stirring tune.
REV. REBEKAH ABEL LAMAR
John Stanley (1712-1786)
CALL TO WORSHIP responsive
SUE KING, LITURGIST
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Break forth into joyous song and sing praises. With instruments of every kind, bring praises to the Lord. We will make a joyful noise before God! Come, let us worship the Lord! HYMN 35
Praise Ye the Lord, the Almighty LOBE DEN HERREN
century German hymn employs many phrases
PRAYER OF CONFESSION unison Holy God, we come before you as broken people in a broken world. We confess we have ignored your presence. We have forged our own paths and charted our own waters. In the name of independence, we have ignored your aid, your comfort, and your peace. Forgive us and redeem us so that we may do your will. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen. ASSURANCE OF PARDON
Give Thanks TRADITIONAL
Children ages three through six years are invited to Wee Worship
PROCLAIMING THE WORD
following the Children’s Choirs song. Wee Worship is held in the children’s classrooms
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION FIRST READING
Haggai 2:4b-9 Old Testament p. 827
located in the hall behind the sanctuary, and children
The Word of the Lord.
may be picked up there following worship.
Thanks be to God.
CHILDREN’S SERMON SECOND READING
II Thessalonians 2:13-17 New Testament p. 194
The text was written by a leading Chinese educator, author, and editor who
The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
chaired the commission that prepared an important ecumenical
For This Purpose
REV. REBEKAH ABEL LAMAR
Chinese hymnal, “Hymns of
Universal Praise” (1936). This familiar tune invites comparison of these words with its usual text (see no. 321).
O Christ, the Great Foundation TRADITIONAL
Confessions define what we as a community believe, affirming our beliefs about God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, and about humanity, the church and the world. The Apostles’ Creed affirms the historical nature of Jesus of Nazareth as the Christ and confirms the Trinitarian nature of God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
AFFIRMATION OF FAITH | 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. GLORIA | HYMN 581
Glory Be to the Father GLORIA PATRI
During the Prayer of Intercession, we pray silently for the petitions made known and for those of our own knowing.
PRAYER OF INTERCESSION
The Lord’s Prayer was prayed by Jesus to teach the disciples how to pray.
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. THE PEACE
The peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. And also with you. OFFERING CHORAL ANTHEM
The Love of God Lehman/D. Schwoebel
Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow OLD HUNDREDTH
PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING unison For the gifts offered this day and every day: we give you thanks, O God. Make us good stewards of all you have entrusted to our care. May these gifts be used to serve your beloved creation, to sustain your children in all they say and do, and to build up your kingdom throughout the earth. In the name of Christ we pray, Amen.
Sending—we are sent out to live the Gospel of the
Lord Jesus Christ. We
Go to the World! SIN NOMINE
further commit, as a congregation, to our
mission: “We are called by
the spirit to glorify God, so
Toccata from Suite Gothique Léon Boëllman (1862-1897)
that all may become joyful disciples of Jesus Christ.” Based on Christ’s great commission (Matthew 28:19-20), this text was written for a Convocation GOVERNMENT STREET PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 2020 STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN
of Emmanuel College in Toronto, the largest theological school of the
United Church of Canada, a denomination formed by the union of Methodists, Congregationalists, and Presbyterians.
New officer luncheon and training will be held following worship in the Fellowship Hall. WORSHIP VOLUNTEERS Usher Captain: Sunday Assistants: Nursery: Wee Worship:
Ashford Kettler Blair Schoenvogel Marcia Wyatt Jessica King Katherine Ogburn Abbie Bowron Beth Majure
LECTIONARY READINGS FOR NOVEMBER 17
Isaiah 65:17-25 Isaiah 12 II Thessalonians 3:6-13 Luke 21:5-19
Welcome to Government Street! Childcare is available in the nursery for infants to three-years-old. New members are welcomed by profession of faith, reaffirmation of faith, or transfer of membership. Please speak with the minister for further information.
PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10—SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1
Help make a child’s Christmas merry! Please choose a child’s name from the tree, and bring the unwrapped gifts to the church. The tree is displayed in the Jackson Street foyer through December 1.
THE SANCTUARY FLOWERS are given to the glory of God and in gratitude to HARRIETT FELIS BOSTER for her service to GSPC, on the occasion of her birthday, by her daughters, Janis, Kit, and Trisha, and their families. 300 Government Street Mobile, Alabama 36602 251.432.1749 | gspcmobile.org
Staff REV. REBEKAH ABEL LAMAR Pastor & Head of Staff email@example.com TOMMY WATTS Director of Music & Organist Communications firstname.lastname@example.org BARBARA WILLIAMS Office & Property Manager email@example.com SALLY ERICSON Interim Children’s Ministry Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
DAWN HEARN Bookkeeper email@example.com SHELIA SMITH Director of Food Services MARILYN MILLS Sexton For the latest calendar and announcements, please visit us online at www.gspcmobile.org @gspcmobile
CALENDAR Meals on Wheels | Monday—Friday 11:00a SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10 9:30a Sunday School (all ages) “Sticky Faith” SS Class | Fellowship Hall Cherubs’ & Children’s Choir Rehearsal 10:30a Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal 11:00a Worship Wee Worship 12:00p New Officer Lunch & Training | FH/Library MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11 | VETERAN’S DAY 5:30p Worship Committee | Library TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12 7:00a Bible Study | Home of Rudy Nordmann 7:45a Bible Study | Home of Ann Adams 10:00a Ladies’ Bible Study | Frist Room
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13 6:00p Men’s Disciple Class | Library 6:00p Handbell Rehearsal | Sanctuary 7:00p Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal | Choir Suite THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15 SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16 SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17 | STEWARSHIP SUNDAY 9:30a Sunday School (all ages) Cherubs’ & Children’s Choir Rehearsal 10:15a Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal 11:00a Worship Wee Worship 12:00p New Officer Lunch & Training | FH/Library