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Worship: Participating in worship today are Pastor Steve Schorr, Pastor Shannon Weisenfels and Sara Huffstetler. The Sanctuary Flowers are given today in loving memory of Mr. and Mrs. John Walker Starr by the Boldrick Family. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” Pslam 116:15 With joy and thanksgiving, the Sacrament of Baptism will be received today by Hunt Walker Pfluger, son of Cecilie and Karl Pfluger; grandson of Sheryl and Walter Pfluger and Retha and John Fortenberry. Prayers of Intercession are requested for Cris Kelly, Decker Dawson, Paul Dowling, Jack Armstrong, Herb Ware, Rose Ann Hughston, Sarah Gulick, Emily Gulick, Edith Wisehart, Ralph Green, Sally Green, Meg Branson, Charlotte Seay, Terry Hall, Tim Thompson, Fred Westmoreland, and Bob Billhimer. 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, Jonathan Marshall, Matthew Welsh, Capt. Michael Moore, Capt. Drew Schildwachter, 1st Lt. Alex Bablich, Lt. Cory Sheeron, Gary Smith, Lt. Chuck Jansen, Lt. Michael Porcelli, and Taylor Franklin. 2015 Uganda Mission Trip. Our 2015 Uganda Mission Trip is June 18-30. Applications are available online at www.fpcmid.org/outreach/missions and at the front desk by the gym and are due by February 8. We will be partnering again with the Presbyterian Church of Uganda to plant a new church in Eastern Uganda. Please see the application packet or contact Pastor Walter, 684-7821, for details. Invite: Annual Congregational Meeting: Please join us today, Sunday, February 8, 12:15 p.m. in the Gym for our Annual Congregational Meeting. We will enjoy Lyle’s delicious meal, elect our new class of Elders and Deacons and our new Nominating Ministry, honor our retiring officers and discuss the progress of our Common Ground Building Project. Tours of the Common Ground Project will follow the meeting. If you would like a tour, please meet at the East Trancept of the Sanctuary. You must have on closed toe shoes to go on the tour. The General Assembly Moderator, Heath Rada, will be here Wednesday, February 11. Dinner will be at 5:15 p.m. in Lynn Hall. Worship and a Q&A session will be in the Sanctuary at 6:00 p.m. 2015 Midland Prayer Breakfast: Please join us Tuesday, February 17 at 7:00 a.m. at the Midland Center to hear featured speaker Frank Wolf, former Congressional Representative, author of the International Religious Freedom Act., co-founder of the Lantos Human Rights Commission and senior fellow, 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative. Monday and Tuesday Bible Studies continue on Mondays at 10:00 a.m. in the Parlor, led by Shannon Wiesenfels, and Tuesdays at 6:30 a.m. in the Koinonia Room, led by Steve Schorr.

FPC’s Men’s Retreat is February 20-22, 2015 at Warren Ranch, Coleman, Texas. Matt Heard is our speaker. We will be using his book, Life with a Capital L. His website is www.mattheard.org. Registrations forms are available at the reception desk at the Family Life Center. Please be looking for your invitation to a Parish Life gathering in your neighborhood. The purpose of these gatherings is to (1) better inform you about how the Session arrived at the decision to recommend that the congregation enter the discernment process with Tres Rios Presbytery; and (2) to explain the discernment process and respond to your thoughts and questions. We plan to hold all the gatherings before the congregational meeting on March 1st. These matters concerning the denominational issues and our church’s response are important. We value your participation. Please make every effort to attend!

Loving and leading all people to deeper life in Jesus Christ

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 Minister of Music Music Associate 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 Gregory Pysh Rebecca Sawyer Mac McCoy Susie Mauldin Chrissie Mee Taresa Kellogg 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

Detail from The Wall Project Austin, a mural by James Janknegt depicting scenes of Jesus healing

February 8, 2015 11:00 a.m.

February 18: Please join us for Ash Wednesday Services at noon and 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

“Into the Mess”

Service for the Lord’s Day February 8, 2015 11:00 a.m. 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 O loving God, to turn away from you is to fall, to turn toward you is to rise, and to stand before you is to abide forever.

Mark 1:21-28

Pg. 35

Sermon

“Into the Mess”

Pastor Steve Schorr

*Sung Response

“As the Deer”

As the deer pants for the water, so my soul longs after you; You alone are my heart’s desire and I long to worship you. You alone are my strength, my shield, to you alone may my spirit yield; You alone are my heart’s desire and I long to worship you! Offering Musical Offering

Grant us, dear God, in all our duties your help; in all our uncertainties your guidance; in all our dangers your protection; and in all our sorrows your peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Augustine of Hippo (354-430)

Entrance Voluntary

Scripture Reading

“Variations on ‘Holy, Holy, Holy’” Rebecca Sawyer, organ

“How Can I Keep From Singing” Sanctuary Choir; Gregory Pysh, conductor John Madura, Alexander Norris, violins Melissa Madura, viola; Amy Huzjak, cello

Charles Callahan

*Call to Worship

“Come, All You Servants of the Lord” Tristan Davis

O come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. “Praise Ye the Lord, the Almighty”

*Hymn No. 482 Anthem

“Did You Ever Talk to God Above?” Celestial, Cherub, Carol, Elementary, and Junior Choirs Carolyn Price, director; Rebecca Sawyer, accompanist

Rath

Time with Children

Four and five year olds may join the adult leader on the Lectern side following a Time with Children to go up to Children’s Church. Parents, after church please come to Room 102 to pick up your children. Children will be released only to their parents.

Sacrament of Holy Baptism Baptismal Hymn “These Treasured Children”

Puer Nobis Nascitur

These treasured children present now are bound to us by sacred vow: with love, we make a heartfelt claim to welcome them in Jesus’ name. Our ancient story we shall tell, till these our children know it well within their souls and minds and hearts, for this is where their journey starts. Come, Holy Spirit, help us be a nurturing community; empower us to realize God’s kingdom through our children’s eyes.

The Lord’s Supper *Hymn of Invitation

K. Lee Scott

Gracious Spirit, help us summon other guests to share that feast Where triumphant Love will welcome those who had been last and least. There no more will envy blind us nor will pride our peace destroy, As we join with saints and angels to repeat the sounding joy. Carl P. Daw, Jr.

In prison cells and dungeon vile, Our thoughts to them are winging; When friends by shame are undefiled, How can I keep from singing? Robert Lowry, alt. “Come to the Table”



Turn our worship into witness in the sacrament of life; Send us forth to love and serve You, Bringing peace where there is strife. Give us, Christ, Your great compassion to forgive as You forgave; May we still behold Your image in the world You died to save.

When tyrants tremble, sick with fear, And hear their death-knell ringing, When friends rejoice both far and near, How can I keep from singing?

Lobe Den Herren

Breaking of the Bread and Sharing of the Cup We serve one another the bread and grape juice. Take a piece of bread; eat it remembering that Christ knows your name. Take a cup and hold it until all are served; We drink together remembering that we are one in Christ.

As we gather at Your Table, as we listen to Your Word, Help us know, O God, Your presence: Let our hearts and minds be stirred. Nourish us with sacred story till we claim it as our own; Teach us through this holy banquet How to make Love’s victory known.

What though the tempest loudly roars I hear the truth, it liveth. And though the darkness round me close, Songs in the night it giveth. No storm can shake my inmost calm, While to that rock I’m clinging; Since Love is Lord of heaven and earth. How can I keep from singing?

Psalm 95:1-3

Words of Institution

Communion Anthem “As We Gather” Sanctuary Choir and Instrumentalists

My life flows on in endless song: Above earth’s lamentation, I hear the real, tho’ far-off hymn That hails a new creation. Through all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul- How can I keep from singing?

Welcome and Parish Concerns Musical Call to Worship

arr. Taylor Davis

Table 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.

Bunnesan

Come to the table, all you who praise God. Laid in a stable, God’s gift of love: Jesus our Savior poured out his life’s blood. Our sins forgiven, God’s gift of love. Come eat this bread now, my broken body. My vow remember: I am your Lord. Drink of this wine, the cup of salvation, for you are mine, and I am your Lord. All is now ready, like the first table. Pray for the Spirit; lift up your hearts. Christ has arisen, our Lord and Savior. With great thanksgiving, lift up your hearts.

*Hymn No. 423 “Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun” *Charge and Benediction



Duke Street

*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.

“Toccata on ‘Jesus Shall Reign’”

David H. Hegarty