Worship: Participating in worship today are Pastor Steve Schorr and Barbara Slaton. The Sanctuary Flowers are given today by Roxane and Ben Strickling. “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21 The rosebud on the Communion Table is in celebration of the birth of Caley Jude Laufer, born to Courtney and Jake Laufer on January 9, 2015; granddaughter of Chris and Jeff Laufer; great granddaughter of Sylvia and Walt Laufer. Serve: Prayers of Intercession are requested for Cris Kelly, Decker Dawson, Paul Dowling, Jack Armstrong, Herb Ware, Jackie Rendall, Rose Ann Hughston, Tanya Godfrey, Mary Lou Hall, Sarah Gulick, Emily Gulick, Edith Wisehart, Ralph Green, Sally Green, Meg Branson, Charlotte Seay, Terry Hall, Tim Thompson, Jane Moore, and Julie Edwards. 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. Family Promise: FPC will host Family Promise January 18-25, 2015. Please see the signup board in Lynn Hall for details to participate in this wonderful ministry of outreach and service. We need your input! Our Session has created a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document and a Survey regarding what is going on with our denomination and what FPC’s respone needs to be. The goal is to have as many of you as possible fill out the survey to give the Session good information to consider at their retreat January 24. The FAQs are accessible from our website home page at www.fpcmid. org After reading the FAQs, please take the survey online by going to https://www. research.net/s/fpcmidland. If you are unable to access these documents online, please contact the church office (432-684-7821) for paper copies. The deadline for taking the survey online is January 20 (January 18 for paper copies). For more information, please call the church office to contact a pastor or member of Session. The Women’s Retreat participants are requesting donations of any denim items of clothing, new or used. Please drop off the donations on Pam Timmon’s front porch, 1900 North “H” St. For more information please contact Pam at 559-8508. Invite: Discover First Classes: Please join us Sundays at 9:30 a.m. in the Gym Conference Room for our Discover First classes, a four-week series of classes for new members, guests, and those who may be interested in joining First Presbyterian. The goal of this class is to acquaint people with our church and introduce the variety of ministries and mission opportunities at First Presbyterian Church. We look forward to seeing you!
Save the Date: Monday and Tuesday Bibles Studies will begin Monday, January 26, at 10:00 a.m. in the Parlor, led by Shannon Weisenfels, and Tuesday, January 27, at 6:30 a.m. in the Koinonia Room, led by Steve Schorr. Save the Date: 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. Registration will begin later in January.
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
Nathaniel and the Fig Tree, Chartres Cathedral, detail
January 18, 2015 8:15 a.m.
The FPC Men’s Chorus will lead worship on Sunday, January 25. Rehearsal will be at 7:30 p.m. on January 21 in the choir room (224). For more information please contact Greg at [email protected]
“Come and See”
Service for the Lord’s Day January 18, 2015 8:15 a.m.
Offering Musical Offering
“Lord, Here Am I” Collie Roland, tenor
John Ness Beck
Master, Thou callest, I gladly obey; Only direct me, and I’ll find Thy way. Teach me the mission appointed for me, What is my labor, and where it shall be.
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!
Master, Thou callest, and this I reply, “Ready and willing, Lord, here am I.” “My Jesus, I Love Thee, with ‘Meditation’ from the opera,Thais” LuAnn Lane, piano
Master, Thou callest, and this I reply, “Ready and willing, Lord, here am I.” “Behold the Lamb”
Living, or dying I still would be Thine; Yet I am mortal while Thou art divine. Pardon, whenever I turn from the right; Pity, and bring me again to the light.
*Prayer of Invocation *Hymn No. 356 “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” *Prayer of Confession
*Hymn of Praise
Ever-seeking, ever-speaking God,
All the sins I have committed to my Savior now I bring. I bow down with tears of anguish; Christ forgives and so I sing: Jesus Christ, how much I love You! Jesus Christ, You save from sin! How I love You! Look upon me, Love me still and cleanse within.
Will you love the “you” you hide if I but call your name? Will you quell the fear inside and never be the same? Will you use the faith you’ve found to re-shape the world around, Through my sight and touch and sound in you and you in me? Lord, your summons echoes true when you but call my name. Let me turn and follow you and never be the same. In your company I’ll go where your love and footsteps show. Thus I’ll move and live and grow in you and you in me. *Charge and Benediction
Time with the Children
*Assurance of Forgiveness “Hear the Good News of Salvation”
“Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow”
*Prayer of Thanksgiving
And so, O God, we seek to turn our ear to you, that we may find meaning and direction for our lives. Forgive us for permitting distractions and fears to interfere. Forgive our reluctance to invite others to come and see what we have found in Jesus Christ. Amen.
Will you let the blinded see if I but call your name? Will you set the prisoners free and never be the same? Will you kiss the leper clean, and do such as this unseen, And admit to what I mean in you and you in me?
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.
We confess that our conversation with you is often one-sided. We are so eager to speak, to tell you of our wants and our needs. We expect you to listen to us, while we are such poor listeners. Our lives are diminished when we fail to wait upon you, to listen for your life-giving, life-directing word.
Master, Thou callest, and this I reply, “Ready and willing, Lord, here am I.” Fanny Crosby
Invitation to the Table 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. Breaking of the Bread and Sharing of the Cup We will receive the elements by intinction. Please come forward by the center aisle, take a piece of bread and dip it in the cup. If you prefer, you may take a piece of bread and an individual cup. Please return to your pew by the outside aisle. If someone sitting near you is unable to come forward, please let the servers know, and it will be brought to them where they are seated.
Willing, my Savior, to take up the cross; Willing to suffer reproaches and loss. Willing to follow, if Thou will but lead; Only support me with grace in my need.
Welcome and Parish Concerns
The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper
First Reading of Scripture
1 Samuel 3:1-10
Second Reading of Scripture
“Come and See”
Pastor Steve Schorr
Will you come and follow me if I but call your name? Will you go where you don’t know and never be the same? Will you let my love be shown, will you let my name be known, Will you let my life be grown in you and you in me? Will you leave yourself behind if I but call your name? Will you care for cruel and kind and never be the same? Will you risk the hostile stare should your life attract or scare? Will you let me answer prayer in you and you in me?
*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.
“A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”
arr. Tedd Smith