Worship: Participating in worship today are Pastor Mary Beth Anton, Pastor Shannon Weisenfels, and Emily Goodfellow. The Sanctuary Flowers are given today in loving memory of Mrs. Mary Frances “Chan” Driscoll on her birthday on April 20th, from her sons T. Edgar Paup and Henry B. Paup, Fort Worth, Texas. With joy and thanksgiving, the Sacrament of Baptism will be received today by Ryan Daniel Rowzee, son of Elizabeth and Miles Hartman and Daniel Rowzee; grandson of Doris and John Braun and Martha Rankin and Danny Rowzee; nephew of Nikki and John Braun. Sunday, April 19, at the 8:15 Sanctuary Service we will commission our very own Dr. Greg Bartha as a missionary to Uganda. Dr. Bartha has been instrumental in starting The Cross Emergency Medical Clinic in eastern Uganda and God has called him to move there as a missionary to use his gifts as he has done so well here in Midland. He plans to leave April 29. In addition to the commissioning on April 19, there will also be a reception for Dr. Bartha during the coffee fellowship that morning. If you’d like to help support Dr. Bartha’s ministry financially, the church is accepting gifts and will send them on for use in the field. Serve: Prayers of Intercession are requested for Cris Kelly, Paul Dowling, Jack Armstrong, Herb Ware, Rose Ann Hughston, Meg Branson, Charlotte Seay, Mary Garay, Judy Warren, Randy Storie, and Sue Kerr. Please pray for military personnel deployed for Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan): Michael, Casey, Carlos, Megan, Drew McKelwaith, Chris Miles, David Thornhill, Hank Hortenstine, Tom Wolters, Mike Neu, Hunter D. Martin, Damon Darnell, Steven Castellon, Kyle Humphries, Justin Robinson, Capt. Andrew Plucker, Members of 3rd Battalion 5th Marines, Alan Austin, Jr., Jake Dement, Clayton and Jason Slover, Sloan Kelly, Devin Mata, James Evetts Haley, IV, David Bell, Capt. Cam Moury, Adam Weathers, Matthew Welsh, Capt. Michael Moore, Capt. Drew Schildwachter, 1st Lt. Alex Bablich, Lt. Cory Sheeron, Gary Smith, Lt. Chuck Jansen, Lt. Michael Porcelli, Taylor Franklin, and Dr. David Shepherd. Christmas in Action April 17-19: Work begins at 8:30 a.m. at 4005 Tanner Drive. No skills or tools required. We really need your help with construction or hospitality by providing meals and snacks. Please contact Sally Agar, 432-553-7040, for more information. FPC is excited to announce that Arlene Reynosa has taken over as Director of Nursery Ministry. Arlene has been with the FPC nursery for 16 years, has served the last many years as Assistant Nursery Director, and is affectionately known by parents as a “baby whisperer.” Taresa Kellogg, our former Director, is still at FPC but is taking on full-time responsibility for membership. We are grateful for all she gave to the FPC Nursery over the past 18 years and look forward to sharing ministry with her in a new position. Taresa can be reached at 684-7821 ext 137 or tkellogg at fpcmid.org. Arlene can be reached for any of your nursery concerns at 684-7821 ext. 162 or by email at [email protected]
Please pray for Ramon and Bob Billhimer as they travel to Uganda April 11-23 to visit some of the water wells that have been constructed through FPC’s Water Well Ministry. They will also be visiting some new sites that have need for clean water as well as an orphanage where a deep well was drilled. As you pray for the Billhimer’s safety and success, please also give God thanks for providing clean water to 350,000 people in Uganda since 2007 through this ministry.
A Brief Update on the Discernment Process with Tres Rios Presbytery: Both FPC and Tres Rios have selected their “discernment teams.” FPC Rick Davis Carolyn Price Glenn Rogers Steve Schorr
Tres Rios Rev. Craig Holstedt (Big Spring) Rev. Tracy Spencer Brown (Andrews) Elder Mark Morgan (Big Spring) Elder Jeanie Holbrook (First, Odessa)
Loving and leading all people to deeper life in Jesus Christ
Please pray for us by name as well as for the process. The next steps involve the selection of a facilitator and important discussions about how we communicate with and involve you, the congregation. We plan to provide you with more information about the process along with scheduling of information events, speakers, and discussions as soon as they become available. We appreciate your patience and covet your prayers! Invite: FPC Child Development Center is currently hiring for a full-time Director and a part-time Assistant Director. If you or someone you know has related experience and would be interested in applying, please submit a resume to Rachal at the reception desk at the Family Life Center Illinois Street entrance or by email to [email protected]
fpcmid.org. If you have questions about the positions contact Shannon Weisenfels, 684-7821. We will be accepting applications until April 29th. The Prayer and Spirituality Ministry invites you to join in church wide PRAYER every Sunday from 10:30-10:50 a.m. in the Parlor beginning today, April 12. “But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33
Welcome to First Presbyterian Church 800 W. Texas Midland, Texas 79701 (432) 684-7821 Web Site: www.fpcmid.org Sunday Worship 8:15 a.m. – Sanctuary 9:30 a.m. – Sunday School 11:00 a.m. – Sanctuary 11:00 a.m. – The Bridge in Lynn Hall Senior Pastor Associate Pastor of Christian Nurture and Family Ministry Associate Pastor of Mission and Evangelism Associate Pastor of Administration Youth Program Coordinator Youth Ministry Staff Minister of Music Director of Student Ministries and Bridge Music Director of Older Adult Ministry Director of Children’s Ministry Director of Nursery Ministry Director of Recreational Ministry Director of Operations
Steve Schorr Shannon Weisenfels Walter Thompson Mary Beth Anton Becky Holmes Joey Willis Gregory Pysh Mac McCoy Susie Mauldin Chrissie Mee Arlene Reynosa Scott Kain Jeremy Olive
Additional information and audio and video sermons may be found on our web site: www.fpcmid.org Sermon CDs or DVDs may be ordered by filling out an envelope in the pew or calling the church office. Radio Ministry: KMCM-97 Gold (FM 96.9) at 11:00 a.m. Watch the 11:00 a.m. Sanctuary worship service live at www.fpcmid.org
Washing of the Feet by Ghislaine Howard, 2004
April 12, 2015 8:15 a.m. “Alive!”
Service for the Lord’s Day April 12, 2015 8:15 a.m.
Time with Children First Reading of Scripture
Welcome! We are glad you are here! Loving and Leading all people to deeper life in Jesus Christ is the mission of FPC. We trust during this time of worship you will sense God’s presence. May the praise, the prayers, the music, and the Word of God give you Joy and confidence during the week ahead! Preparation for Worship The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, generous inside and out, true from start to finish. John 1:14, The Message Jesus Christ is the hope of God’s world. In his death, the justice of God is established; forgiveness of sin is proclaimed. On the day of resurrection, the tomb was empty; his disciples saw him; death was defeated; new life had come. God’s purpose for the world was sealed. from Our Song of Hope, Reformed Church in America Entrance Voluntary
Meditation on “Hyfrydol” Gregory Pysh, piano
Welcome and Parish Concerns *Hymn No. 113
“Christ the Lord Is Risen Today!”
*Responsive Prayer for Eastertide O Christ, in your resurrection, The heavens and the earth rejoice. Alleluia! By your resurrection you broke open the gates of hell, And destroyed sin and death. Keep us victorious over sin.
Second Reading of Scripture Sermon
Offering Musical Offering
Colossians 3:12-17, The Message John 13:3-17 “Alive!”
Pg. 107 Pastor Mary Beth Anton
*Affirmation of Faith from Our World Belongs to God: A Contemporary Testimony As followers of Jesus Christ, living in this world— which some seek to control, and others view with despair— We declare with joy and trust: Our world belongs to God! The Spirit gathers people from every tongue, tribe, and nation into the unity of the body of Christ. Anointed and sent by the Spirit, the church is thrust into the world, ambassadors of God’s peace, announcing forgiveness and reconciliation, proclaiming the good news of grace. Going before them and with them, the Spirit convinces the world of sin and pleads the cause of Christ. Men and women, impelled by the Spirit, go next door and far away into science and art, media and marketplace— every area of life, pointing to the reign of God with what they do and say. We declare with joy and trust: Our world belongs to God! Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer “Christ Be Our Light” Please sing twice.
By your resurrection you raised the dead, And brought us from death to life. Guide us in the way of eternal life.
Domine Deus, Rex coelestis, Deus Pater omnipotens. Lord God, King of Heaven, God the Father omnipotent. “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow”
Lasst uns erfreuen
Praise God from whom all blessings flow; Praise Him all creatures here below; Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise Him above ye heavenly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! *Prayer of Thanksgiving *Hymn No. 108
“Christ Is Alive!”
*Charge and Benediction *Response in Song “On Eagle’s Wings” And He will raise you up on eagle’s wings, Bear you on the breath of dawn, Make you to shine like the sun, And hold you in the palm of His hand. *Closing Voluntary *If able, please stand.
“Improvisation on ‘Nicaea’”
Worship Note: Today concludes our sermon series: Streams of Living Water. Our focus in the service is The Incarnational Tradition: Discovering the Sacramental Life. If you have not yet read Richard J. Foster’s Streams of Living Water: Essential Practices from Six Great Traditions of the Christian Faith, we encourage you to do so as it challenges us to fully live into our discipleship, daily following Jesus where he leads.
By your resurrection you confounded your guards and executioners, And filled the disciples with joy. Give us joy in your service. By your resurrection you proclaimed good news to the women and apostles, And brought salvation to the whole world. Direct our lives as your new creation. God of mercy, We no longer look for Jesus among the dead, for he is alive and has become the Lord of life. From the waters of death you raise us with him and renew your gift of life within us. Increase in our minds and hearts the risen life we share with Jesus, and help us to grow as your people toward the fullness of eternal life with you, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
“Domine Deus” from “Gloria, RV 588” Antonio Vivialdi, ed. G. Pysh Collie Roland, tenor
The Affirmation of Faith comes from Our World Belongs to God: A Contemporary Testimony, 2008, which is a statement of faith of the Christian Reformed Church in America. Prayers for the Church, The World, and Those in Need 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.