Pentecost Sunday May 15, 2016
FAITH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Presbyterian Church in America 620 South Shirley Tacoma, Washington 98465 Ministers: Robert S. Rayburn, Richard H. DeMass, Steven A. Nicoletti 253-752-7601 [email protected]
Pentecost Sunday May 15, 2016 Upon entering the sanctuary please maintain silence for the sake of the congregation’s preparation for worship, and please make sure electronic devices are off or using silent mode.
Komm, Gott Schopfer, Heiliger Geist.............................. J. S. Bach / J. G. Walther (18th c.) Come, O Creator Spirit blest, And in our souls take up Thy rest; Come with Thy grace and heavenly aid To fill the hearts which Thou hast made.
Welcome and Announcements +Silent Prayer
Almighty and most merciful God, grant, we beg you, that by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, we may be enlightened and strengthened for your worship; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the same Spirit ever, one God, world without end.
Call to Worship *Hymn of Praise to God “For Your Gift of God the Spirit”
+Confession of Sin Silent Prayer Corporate Prayer
Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, both by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart. Too often we have failed to welcome into our hearts your quickening Spirit of love and power. Too often we have spurned the promptings of your Holy Spirit and ignored your presence by the Spirit. Too often we have grieved the Holy Spirit and have not kept in step with him. We are truly sorry and humbly repent. Wash away our sins; send rain on our dry ground; inflame our cold hearts; and direct our wandering feet into your ways. And all for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory. Ephesians 1:13-14 (ESV)
*Confession of Faith
Q. What do you believe concerning “the Holy Spirit”? A. First, he, as well as the Father and the Son, is eternal God. Second, he has been given to me personally, so that, by true faith, he makes me share in Christ and all his blessings, comforts me, and remains with me forever. Heidelberg Catechism No. 53.
*Hymn of Faith in God “This Day at Thy Creating Word”
Worship of God with Tithes and Offerings
“O Breath of Life” (Tune: Spiritus Vitae).....Mary J. Hammond (1878 - 1964) / R. J. Bechtel, arr.
O Lord of heaven, and earth, and sea, To thee all praise and glory be; How shall we show our love to thee, Giver of all? Thou didst not spare thine only Son, But gav’st him for a world undone, And freely with that Blessed One Thou givest all. Thou giv’st the Spirit’s blessed dower, Spirit of life, and love, and power, And dost his sevenfold graces shower Upon us all. We lose what on ourselves we spend, We have as treasure without end Whatever, Lord, to thee we lend, Who givest all. Amen.
*Congregational Petitions and the Lord’s Prayer
Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in 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. Matthew 6:9-13 (KJV)
Scripture Lesson Sermon
Acts 15:22–35 (ESV p. 924) “Love at Work”
The Lord’s Supper
The general order of communion will be back to front, with the balcony coming first. As the minister begins to serve those distributing the elements, that is your signal to come forward. However, individuals may commune at any time during the distribution of the elements. Wine will be found in the outside tray, grape juice in the inside tray. If you need to be served in your pew, please notify an elder or deacon. Gluten free bread is available upon request. You are welcome to participate in the Lord’s Supper if you are a baptized Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ, and a faithful member or adherent of this or some other congregation, recognized as belonging to the fellowship of Christian believers. If this does not describe you, we are glad you are here and commend to you this prayer for your use during the time of the Lord’s Supper.
Jesus, You claim to be the way, the truth, and the life. Grant that I might be undaunted by the cost of following You as I consider the reasons for doing so. Please guide me, teach me, and open to me the reality of who You are. Give me an understanding of You that is coherent, convincing, and that leads to the life that You promise. Amen. Draw us in the Spirit’s tether; For when humbly, in thy name, Two or three are met together, Thou art in the midst of them: Alleluya! Alleluya! Touch we now thy garment’s hem. As the brethren used to gather In the name of Christ to sup, Then with thanks to God the Father Break the bread and bless the cup, Alleluya! Alleluya! So knit thou our friendship up. All our meals and all our living Make as sacraments of thee, That by caring, helping, giving, We may true disciples be. Alleluya! Alleluya! We will serve thee faithfully. Harold W. Friedell
Hymn “O Spirit of the Living God” Reading of Scripture John 16:5–11, 12–15; 14: 25–28 (ESV p. 902 & 901) It is a new tradition here at Faith Presbyterian Church to sing on Pentecost Sunday hymns in a variety of languages.
Hymn “Uyai Mose” (Choir) and “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” Uyai mose, tina mate Mwari, Uyai mose Zvino. Come, all you people, come and praise the Most High; Come now and worship the Lord. Come, all you people, come and praise the Savior; Come now and worship the Lord. Come, all you people, come and praise the Spirit; Come now and worship the Lord. Alexander Gondo (Zimbabwe)
*Congregation sings verse one. Verse Two (Choir) Lobe den Herren der alles so herrlich regieret, Der dich auf Adelers Fittichen sicher, Dich sicher gefüret, Der dich erhält, wie es dir selber gefällt; Hast du nicht dieses verspüret? Joachim Neander, arr. Hugo Distler (1933) Congregation sings verses three, four and five.
*Benediction +Silent Prayer
Send, we beg you, Almighty God, your Holy Spirit into our hearts, that he may direct and rule us according to your will, comfort us in all our afflictions, defend us from all error, and lead us into all truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the same Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, world without end. Amen. Come, gracious Spirit, heavenly Dove, Our light and comfort from above. Be Thou our guardian, Thou our Guide Over every thought and step preside. Lead us to Christ, the living Way, Nor let us from His precepts stray. Lead us to holiness, the road That we must take to dwell with God. The light of Truth to us display, And make us know and choose the Way. Plant holy fear in every heart, That we from Thee may never depart. Lead us to Heaven that we may share Fullness of joy forever there. Lead us to God, our final rest, To be with Him forever blest. Come, gracious Spirit, heavenly Dove, Our light and comfort from above. Words by Simon Browne (1680-1732)/John Purifoy
Postlude *Congregation standing +The congregation is invited to kneel CCLI License #751114
Pentecost Sunday – May 15 Morning Worship Sunday School Choir Rehearsal Evening Service
8:15 am & 11:00 am 9:45 am 4:45 pm 6:00 pm
Welcome & Announcement Elders Ryan Gross Jerry Savage
8:15 am 11:00 am
Congregational Petitions Leaders John Pulliam Dale Woodard
8:15 am 11:00 am
Nursery Schedule Dolly & Ruthie Larson 7th & 8th grade girls Sunday School Class Evangeline DeGraaf & Laurie O’Ban Miriam Shelden & Christina Sullivan Coffee/Tea Hosts Zach & Katie Raines Margo & Aspen Kelly Robert & Kathy Case Church Library Brandon Welch Building Monitors Colin James Jonathan Nichols Monday – May 16 - Better English on Sixth - Session Meeting, Science Lab Room 101 Tuesday – May 17 - Ladies’ Bible Study, WIC Room 117 - Samson Society, WIC Room 117
8:15 am Nursery Sunday School 11:00 am Combined Nursery 6:00 pm 8:15 am Prep for 11:00 Service 11:00 am 9:40 – 10:50 am 11:00 am 6:00 pm 6:30 – 8:30 pm 6:30 9:30 am – 12:00 pm 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Wednesday – May 18 - Prayer Meeting, 7:00 pm, Sanctuary, Blake Purcell speaking. “There is nothing that tells the truth about us as Christians so much as our prayer life.” --D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones - Jr. High Youth Group 7:00 – 8:30 pm - Sr. High Youth Group 7:00 – 8:30 pm -Choristers 7:00 – 8:15 pm Thursday – May 19 - Knitting Friendships, WIC Room 117 - Presbytery of the Pacific Northwest Meeting
1:00 – 3:00 pm 5:00 – 9:30
Friday – May 20 - Presbytery of the Pacific Northwest Meeting
9:00 – 5:00 pm
Saturday – May 21 - Men of Faith Spring Breakfast, DeSoto Hall - ACM Workshop & Piano Recital
8:00 am – 12:00 pm 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sunday – May 22 Morning Worship Sunday School Choir Rehearsal Evening Service
8:15 am & 11:00 am 9:45 am 4:45 pm 6:00 pm
Welcome & Announcement Elders Mike Pfefferle Phil German
8:15 am 11:00 am
Congregational Petitions Leaders Andrew Milton Andrew Lee
8:15 am 11:00 am
Nursery Schedule Mandie, Victoria & Julia Lenzo Leanne Van Gilder Kathy Lewis & Becky Wilson Beth James & Lilias Tamminga Coffee/Tea Hosts Andrew Flanagan Nancy Rowan Robert & Kathryn Schuster Church Library Patsi Arkin Building Monitors Dale Woodard Craig Jimmink
8:15 am Nursery Sunday School 11:00 am Combined Nursery 6:00 pm 8:15 am Prep for 11:00 Service 11:00 am 9:40 – 10:50 am 11:00 am 6:00 pm
Upcoming Events May 22 – FPC Anniversary Sunday May 27 – Covenant High School Commencement May 28 – Crystal Comis Baby Shower May 30 – Church Office Closed (Memorial Day Observed) Jun 18-25 – Sacred Road Youth Group Mission Trip Jun 20-24 – General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America in Mobile, Alabama This Evening Tonight we will have our second lesson in congregational singing: the beauty and importance of harmony! We continue our newly begun series on Christian Doubts with the first of
several sermons on “The Punishment of the Unbelieving.” We will also hear a report from a representative of The Gideons International. Softball Update The men’s softball team continued the winning streak last week with solid offense. Come join us we continue to strive for 1st place Monday, May 16th at 7:20pm. The team plays at SERA fields in Tacoma. We will be on the Blue field. A Reminder about Parking As a courtesy to our neighbors, please do not park on the south side of South 8th Street. Also, please do not park where the curb is painted yellow. Thank you. Graduation 2016 It is that time of year already! We would like to acknowledge Faith Presbyterian graduates for 2016. Please let us know who is graduating from high school, college, and graduate studies. Please contact the church office. Baby Shower for Crystal Comis Ladies, don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate the newest daughter of the Comis family! A shower is planned for Saturday, May 28th, 10:00 am in DeSoto Hall. Contributions to the group gift may be placed in the box in the narthex (please use the envelopes provided, marked Comis) or given to Tina LeFebvre. Please make checks payable to Tina. There are cards located on the box for you to share a prayer or a verse with Crystal to read in the wee hours with her new little one; you may put it in an envelope or bring it with you to the shower. Crystal is registered at Target and Amazon. A Long Distance Baby Shower for Laura (Cassis) Frick Let’s shower our love on Laura Frick! She is expecting a baby boy in June. Currently they live in South Bend, Indiana where her husband is pursuing his Ph.D. at Notre Dame. There will be a box in the narthex if you would like to contribute to the group gift. Ruth Ann will be traveling to be with Laura on May 26. She would like to take a suitcase full of small wrapped gifts to cheer Laura’s heart, as she is far from her home. Please give your gifts directly to Bonnie McCoy or Stacie Aown. Faith Presbyterian Church – New Directory You will find the directory pages displayed in the Narthex again today for changes, additions and corrections. Please take a moment to review your information; we want it to be as accurate as possible. Note that birthdays are listed on the last several pages; we work our way through this list, adding new names for prayer each week to our Wednesday prayer meeting handout. You may also contact the church office with directory changes.
Explanation of the Cover Symbol In the Greek language of the early Christian era abbreviations were typically the first and last letters of words, often with a superscription to indicate the missing letters. IC is a standard abbreviation of IHCOYC, the Greek “Jesus,” XC the abbreviation of XPICTOC, “Christ;” NIKA means “He conquers.” The symbol then reads “Jesus Christ Conquers by the Cross” or “Jesus Christ Victor.”
Men of Faith Spring Breakfast We are pleased to have Dr. C. John “Jack” Collins address us at our annual men’s breakfast Saturday May 21st at 8 am. Dr. Collins is a professor of Old Testament at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He once was an intern here at FPC during his seminary days. He also served on the translation committee for the English Standard Version and will speak to us on that subject. Please sign up in the narthex so we know how much food to buy and prepare. The cost is $8. Adult Sunday School • The Women of Faith Class I (WIC Room 117) We are reading Sensei, by Russell Hitt. This fascinating biography is about Irene Webster-Smith, an Irish woman born in 1888, who became a missionary to Japan, rescuing prostitutes and geisha girls and leading them to Christ. Join us in the WIC room if you’d like to read and discuss this book together. • The Women of Faith Class II (Room 301) We are studying together the book of Luke. • The Word of Faith Class (Sanctuary) We are watching a DVD series entitled “Only Two Religions”. Dr. Peter Jones examines the worldview and fundamental religious convictions that drive modern culture. He demonstrates that in the final analysis, there can be only two religions – worship of the Creator or worship of creation. Elder Paul Darby leads our discussion. • High School Sunday School (North Half of DeSoto Hall) The high school class continues in its series on a Christian understanding of gender and sexual identity. • Better English on Sixth ESL Sunday School (Room 304) This class led by Tim Bentson and Andrew Milton is going through What Christians Believe, an ESL Bible study by J. Wesley Eby. Music Ministry: Choristers Choristers is FPC’s children’s vocal ensemble program that provides musical training for treble voices. Participants must be able to read simple English and be responsive to general classroom expectations. They meet each Wednesday evening, 7:00 – 8:15, in the Choir Room. Commonly they are preparing for singing periodically in FPC’s worship services. For more information, contact Choristers Director Melissa McMillan. Music Ministry: Free Recital This Saturday, 2:00 pm Make Saturday, May 21, 2:00 p.m. an artistic afternoon for you, your family, and friends. Sydney Jarrard, daughter of former FPC members Jamie and Rebecca Jarrard, will play a piano recital in the sanctuary. Sydney is an excellent musician, dedicated church musician, and student at the University of North Carolina (Greensboro). The recital is free and open to the public. Donation accepted at the door for the Alliance of Christian Musicians. Music Ministry: Summer Singing Camp Registration will soon be open for the ACM Children’s (ages 5 +) Summer Singing Camp directed by Melissa McMillan, July 11-15, 9:30-11:30 a.m., at FPC. Sonia King from Pilgrim Bible Church will assist in the camp’s leadership. The camp will conclude with a final concert on Friday, July 15, 7:00 p.m. Register online at acmusicians.org.
College & Career Group Our college & career group meets at the Aown’s home on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month: once for a social gathering and once for a small-group-style gathering. Our current upcoming schedule is: • May 28: Small Group Gathering, 7:30 pm • June 11: Social Gathering, 7:30 pm For more information, and to receive last minute updates and announcements, please contact Pastor Nicoletti to be added to our Facebook group or email list. Men of Faith, Morning Prayer Meetings There are opportunities to meet with fellow Men of Faith for prayer each week: • Wednesday morning with Phil Perkins: We meet at Treos Cafe in Old Town Tacoma, 2312 North 30th at 6:00 am. This meeting, which originated six years ago has continuously focused on the Psalms. • Thursday morning with Thom Wilson at 6:30 am at the church. We are reading and praying through Ian Hamilton’s book The Faith Shaped Life. Nursing Mothers In addition to the nursery rooms, Room #117 – the Women in the Church room, is open and available for your convenience during all Worship Services. The service can be seen and heard in the WIC room. God’s Breadbasket Ministry The purpose of God’s Breadbasket is to provide meals for those families needing extra help due to illness, death in the family, or the arrival of newborns. If you know of a need, please contact Kathy Haass, Alisha Bennett or the church office. More participants are needed. If you would like to serve in this ministry (usually no more than one or two times per year) please contact Kathy or Alisha to be added to the roster. Thank you! Women to Women Ministry There is a ministry of mentoring by women to women here at Faith. If you would like to meet with a woman for this purpose, you may contact Debbie Mellott and she will put you in touch with one of the women providing this ministry. Hearing Assistance If you would like a device to help with hearing the worship service, please see a Deacon in the Narthex.