PARTICIPATING IN WORSHIP TODAY Rev. Dr. John Powell, Senior Pastor Rev. Karla Shaw Don Brenneman, Minister of Music & Business Administrator Karen Connor, , Director of Children’s Discipleship Elder Gordy Lutes New Covenant Choir, Don Brenneman, director Bryan Verhoye, Pianist and Music Associate Worship Band: Bob Giesick, David Held, David Zedaker, Jr. Deacon Greeters: 8:30 Lynn Reed; 10:15 Joanne Simmons Ushers for March: Amy Adams, Ben Adams, Carolyn Griesemer, Al Walter, Ellen Anderson, Carol Leimbach, John Leimbach and Lou Ray Checkert. Media Ministries : Pat Ogle, Tyler Cramer, and Jim Hervey PRAYER is a powerful source of comfort and healing. We invite you to bring to our attention those in need by contacting the church office, or noting your prayer request on a Visitor Welcome Card. Place the card in the offering or hand to an usher. TODAY’S FLOWERS are given in loving memory of Dr. Bob Mayo by his family. The flowers are also given in loving memory of “my precious Tillie,” by her husband Charles Cheyney. Maureen Blackhall created the floral arrangements. PRAYER QUILT MINISTRY: Prayer Quilts are gifts of love and prayers for someone in special need. Today’s quilts are for Sara Tripp, Connie Helmich, and Andy Blue. To request a prayer quilt, please contact Louise Lucas at [email protected]
, or Joanne Albrecht (619) 2221585. PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR MILITARY AND THEIR FAMILIES: James Watts, Rick Nestor, Scott Castlen, Greg White, Jim Kelley, Zack Flynn, Tom Daggett, Nathan Schnaible, Will Scarle, Alex Hydrean, Rebecca Bennett, Stephen Campbell, Eli Owre, and Peter Mantz and the crew of the USS Essex. To express appreciation and prayers to any of these service personnel, contact Tom and Julie Gadzala for addresses at [email protected]
LIFE EVENTS Barbara Preece passed away on March 15, 2015. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 1:00 pm with Rev. Dr. John Powell officiating.
The Rev. Dr. John Powell, Senior Pastor The Rev. Karla Shaw, Associate Pastor Point Loma Community Presbyterian Church 2128 Chatsworth Blvd., San Diego, CA 92107 ■ 619.223.1633 ■ pointlomachurch.org
A Service of Worship March 22, 2015
Fifth Sunday in Lent
Classic Worship 8:30 & 10:15 am ~ Sanctuary Café Service 10:15 am ~ Family Life Center
Experience Jesus Strengthen Christ’s Church Journey into Deeper Faith Transform Our World
Sacrament of Baptism (8:30) Atlas Wilder Owre Atticus Hendrix Owre Parents: Jackie and Eli Owre
Fifth Sunday in Lent Order of Worship Please remember to silence your cell phones and refrain from flash photography. Prelude
What a Friend We Have in Jesus Bryan Verhoye, pianist
Welcome and Call to Worship *Hymns of Praise
Our Great Savior Holy Is the Lord
*Invocation Ministry of Music
No. 89 (1,2,5) (8:30) Rev. Karla Shaw
Let All the People Say “Amen” New Covenant Choir Stephen Ott, soloist Don Brenneman, director
New Testament Reading Elder Gordy Lutes The Story, Chap. 25, pages 357-358 “The Light of the World” Prayer of Confession (in unison, followed by silent prayer) Father, we thank you for planting your holy name within our hearts. Knowledge and faith and life immortal Jesus your Son to us imparts. You Lord, have made all for your pleasure, you give us food for all our days, Giving in Christ the bread eternal; Yours is the power and yours the praise. Watch over your church, O Lord, in mercy, Save it from evil, guard it still, Perfect it in your love, unite it, Cleansed and conformed unto your will. As grain, once scattered on the hillsides, Was in this broken bread made one, So from all lands, may your church be gathered into your kingdom by your Son. --from The Glenstal Book of Prayer, 118-119, in the Didache,
Affirmation of Grace *Apostles’ Creed
Layla Elizabeth Mamikonian Parents: Adrian and Alexander Mamikonian
arr. Bruce Greer Rev. Dr. John Powell
Pastor Karla Elder Sally West
*Response Your Grace Is Enough (Children come forward) Children’s Sermon (Children to Sunday School)
Joys and Concerns Minute for Mission: Mark Olcott Hymn of Preparation Shine, Jesus Shine
No. 721 (1)
“Jesus, Son of God” Part B The Story—Chapter 25
Call to Prayer
Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee
No. 112 (1)
Pastoral Prayer and 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 Invitation to Christian Stewardship Offertory
I Call to Thee, Lord Jesus Christ Alicia McMillan, organist
*Doxology with Alleluias *Prayer of Dedication Closing Hymn
Shine, Jesus, Shine
No. 721 (1-3)
Lift High the Cross
arr. Carolyn Hamlin
Adult Discipleship Sunday Scripture Group — 10 am, Parlor. Today we begin Dr. Ken Bailey’s series The Parables of Jesus in Luke. We’ll examine Jesus’ personal instructions to His disciples with the help of this internationally recognized authority. All are welcome. Contact: Bob Simoneau [email protected]
Young Mom’s Bible Study—Mondays, 9:15-10:30 am, Parlor. For moms of kids elementary age and younger led by Pastor Karla. We are into The Story. Contact: [email protected]
For free childcare, contact [email protected]
No meeting on April 6. DAYBREAK—Tuesdays at 6:40 am in the Chapel with Pastor John. March 24 is Chapter 26 of The Story. Contact: [email protected]
Tuesday Morning Women’s Bible Study—9:00 am, Parlor, led by Pastor Karla. We are studying portions of the book of John. Contact: Clara Blenis at (619) 223-5950. No meeting March 31. [email protected]
—Wednesdays at 8:30 am in the Library. We meet with coffee and discussion of The Story with Pastor John, and then work on various church projects. Contact: Don Griffith at [email protected]
Wednesday Men’s Bible Study—5:00 pm in the Parlor with Pastor John. March 25, we’ll be on chapter 26 of The Story. Casual Bible Study—Every other Wednesday in the church Library from 6-7 pm. This fun group is led by Pastor Karla using The Story. Next meeting is March 25. Contact: [email protected]
Wednesday Refresh—7 to 8:30 pm on 1st and 3rd Weds. Home of Bob & Ginny Edwards, 2125 Locust St. 92106 (619) 222-4262. We are studying the Psalms. Singles, couples—all are welcome. Contact: [email protected]
Friday—The Bridge—6:30-8 pm. This adult group (20s/40s) meets every other Friday for fellowship. We are studying How (Not) to Speak of God by Peter Rollins. Next meeting is April 3 in the Library. Childcare available at a small cost. Contact: [email protected]
Children’s Discipleship Karen Connor, Director ([email protected]
) SUNDAY SCHOOL At both the 8:30 and 10:15 hours we will be doing an overview of the Bible using videos, games, music and crafts. Our program is synchronized with the weekly sermon and adult studies. Children are to attend first part of the service with their parents. Kids Club (4 years-6th grade), Thursdays, Family Life Center 4-4:55pm- 2nd-6th grade; 5-5:45pm-4 years to 1st grade 3/26 Easter “Peep” Houses 4/ 2 Cherry Blossom Trees 4/ 9 Painted Pasta Kites 4/16 Earth Day Craft ROUTE 56 (5th-6th grade) Fridays, 5-7pm, Family Life Center. Enjoy a meal, play fun games and discuss relevant topics with friends. Friends always welcome! April dates: 10 & 24, and Soup Kitchen on 4/29. EASTER FEST is on Palm Sunday, March 29, 9:30-11:30 on the Plaza. Come enjoy a petting zoo, bounce house, games and Easter crafts. Invite your friends and neighbors! It’s free! Youth and adult volunteers are needed. VBS 2015 “Everest” Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power Vacation Bible School is set for July 20-24. This will be a funfilled week for ages 4 years through 6th grade with active games, Bible stories, science experiments, crafts, music and more. Registration is coming soon! Youth and adult volunteers are needed. Easter Sunday—April 5 Join us for services in the sanctuary at 8, 9:30, or 11 am. Children will attend the first part of the service with their parents. There will be no Sunday School. Children ages 3 yrs-6th grade will be dismissed, if they wish, to join Maggie and Karen for a Rice Bowl Breaking Party in the Family Life Center. Youth and adult volunteers needed.
Prayer Vigil “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3 God hears and answers our prayers—whether eloquent, or faltering, memorized or spontaneous, aloud or silently, in joy or in sorrow—He is waiting and wants to hear from you. Participate in the Prayer Vigil in the Chapel from 9:00 pm, Thursday, April 2, to noon, Good Friday, April 3. Signups are on the Plaza or in the church office.
Week of Sunday, March 22, 2015
8:30 am Classic Worship, Sanctuary 9:30 am Women Connecting Meeting, Room S1 10:00 am Scripture Study Group, Parlor 10:15 am Classic Worship, Sanctuary 10:15 am Café Service, Family Life Center Monday, March 23 9:00 am Ageless Fitness, Family Life Center 9:15 am Young Moms Bible Study, Parlor Tuesday, March 24 6:40 am Daybreak, Chapel 9:00 am Tuesday Women’s Bible Study, Parlor 10:00 am Red Brick Seniors, Family Life Center 1:00 pm Presbytery COM, Library 1:30 pm Ministry Staff Meeting, Parlor 7:00 pm Deacons’ Meeting, Library 7:00 pm Boy Scout Troop 24, Youth Center 7:00 pm Ringers ReJOYce!, Family Life Center 7:15 pm Overeaters Anonymous, Room 8 Wednesday March 25 7:00 am YMCA Board Meeting, Family Life Center 8:30 am Men @ Work, Library 9:00 am Ageless Fitness, Family Life Center 1:00 pm Prayer Quilt Workshop, Library 5:00 pm Men’s Bible Study, Parlor 6:00 pm Casual Bible Study, Library 6:30 pm Session Meeting, Family Life Center 6:30 pm Women’s AA, Room 8 7:30 pm Senior High Youth, Youth Center Thursday, March 26 6:30 am Men’s Covenant Groups, Various 9:30 am CBS Classes, Campus-wide 1:00 pm Preece Memorial Service, Sanctuary 4:00 pm Kids Club & Cherub Choir, Choir Room 5:00 pm Joyful Praise Choir, Choir Room 6:00 pm Junior High Youth, Youth Center 6:30 pm Café Band, Family Life Center 6:30 pm Men’s AA, Sanctuary Room 1 7:15 pm New Covenant Choir, Choir Room Friday, March 27 9:00 am Ageless Fitness, Family Life Center 3:00 pm Presbytery, Library 5:00 pm Rt. 56, Family Life Center Saturday, March 28 8:00 am No Man Left Behind, Family Life Center
Deacons Lenten Food Drive Just one more week to collect food, checks and gift cards for PUM, Loaves & Fishes and OB Community Dinners. Drop of your goods on the Plaza on Sundays, or in collection boxes around the campus. Suggested items: tuna, chicken, vegetables, fruit, soup; beans, peanut butter, mac & cheese, pasta and cereal. Contact person is Kathy Zorn Dees (619) 224-2177.
Senior Adult Discipleship RSVP to Leslie Hanna for ALL activities: (619) 223-1633 x210 Redbrick Senior Center—10 am to 1 pm Mar. 24 Easter Celebration with the Ratz Pack. Lunch: Ham, scalloped potatoes, vegetables, salad, rolls and carrot cake. April 1
Reflective Art Experience During Holy Week, on Tuesday, March 31, from 10 am to 12:30 pm, join with others to reflect and discuss art on the Passion of the Christ at the San Diego Museum of Art. The experience will be led by Pastor Karla and Leslie Hanna. Cost is $5, plus lunch (eat there or bring your own). Sign up with Karla or Leslie (619) 223-1633.
Maundy Thursday — April 2—6 pm Sign up now for the Maundy Thursday dinner in the Family Life Center. We’ll hear the New Covenant Choir and Ringers ReJOYce! along with a message from Pastor John. No cost, but sign up to bring soup ingredients, or bread, cheese or fruit. Join us as we commemorate Christ’s last meal with his disciples. Children’s program for 4 yrs.—6th grade. Nursery care available. Sign up on Sundays or in the church office.
Women Connecting Dinner Reservations are being accepted for this April 14 event. Complete a form online or in the church office. Cost is $25 by April 4, and $30 after that. Invite someone you’d like to know better. Go to www.pointlomachurch.org and click on the Ministries tab, or contact Marty Smith at (619) 326-8894, or [email protected]
Please check the Lost & Found shelf in the church office if you think you might have lost an item here. We just might have it!
Movie Day: Unbroken—11 am
Ageless Fitness: M/W/F, 9-10 am, Family Life Center, $2/session. Contact: Fran Styles (619) 223-8204. No meeting March 18.
Coming Events / Save the Dates Mar. 29 Palm Sunday & Easter Fest Mar. 31 Reflective Art Experience Apr. 2 Maundy Thursday Dinner, 6 pm Apr. 2 Prayer Vigil, 9 pm to noon Apr. 3 Apr. 3 Good Friday Service, noon, Chapel Apr. 5 Easter Sunday 8:00, 9:30, 11:00 am Apr. 11 Young Organists Competition 12:45 Apr. 12 Youth Sunday Apr. 14 Women Connecting Dinner 5:30 pm Apr. 25-26: Men’s Retreat, Pastor John speaking May 1 Movie Day Unbroken May 1-3: 3-day work/service at Rancho Genesis May 2 Day of Service May 3 Organ Concert 4 pm, Alison Luedecke
POINT LOMA COMMUNITY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 2128 CHATSWORTH BLVD. SAN DIEGO, CA 92107 619.223.1633 POINTLOMACHURCH.ORG AT PLCPC WE SEEK TO EXPERIENCE JESUS, STRENGTHEN CHRIST’S CHURCH, JOURNEY INTO DEEPER FAITH, AND TRANSFORM OUR WORLD.
Pointing Ahead—March 22, 2015 Fifth Sunday in Lent Friends, welcome to worship. The plot thickens. The Story tells in this Gospel section of more and more of the resistance and obstacles put in front of Jesus as we draw near to the Holy Week showdown. Yet Scripture will speak of how Jesus ‘set His face’ to head up to Jerusalem. Here was a confrontation, a power encounter, a contest of wills, a showdown you might say, that showed them up and showed Him off. Both sadly and boldly, it showed Jesus off on the Cross of Calvary, didn’t it? Yet, and here is the good news, it was precisely there that Jesus was ‘manifest’ to the world as God’s only begotten Son, given as gift, raised as savior of all the world. Our Catholic sisters and brothers do well to remind us Protestants that we must not neglect or cover up or mask over that Crucifix. We tend to forget the costliness of God’s Grace, don’t we? We fail to realize that God’s Grace is free, but it is not cheap. How I treasure one of the Lord’s faithful martyrs, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who wrote about the great difference between Cheap Grace and Costly Grace. And Jesus today underlines the tension underneath and behind His suffering on the Cross for us, as we would ‘deny ourselves, take up our own cross daily, and follow Him. And often, for many of us, we stay away because we also don’t realize that our sin is not so much breaking God’s laws, as breaking God’s heart. So whether out of active resistance or passive indifference, we find ourselves too easily and too often most like the scribes and Pharisees, who want our ‘religion’ more than we want Him. Yet, our ‘religion’ is that setting, that nest, that home whereby we find our faith planted, nurtured, exercised and expressed. We guard and keep and treasure it, but we know that ‘without Him, we are nothing.’ (John 15 on the Vine and the branches.) Make these next days a place for YOU to gather at the foot of Christ’s Cross. Indeed, many only discover then that the ground is very level...at the foot of the Cross. Yours and His, Pastor John