December 24, 2017 Bulletin & Announcements

December 24, 2017—Christmas Eve

 

Prelude                                                O Holy Night                                       John Rutter     

 

Welcome

 

Call to Worship

A child has been born for us, whose name is called:
Wonderful Counselor—

Good Shepherd, Deliverer, The Word;

Mighty God—

First and Last, Author of Life, The Light;

Everlasting Father—

Bread of Life, Resurrection and Life, Light of the World;

Prince of Peace—

King of kings and Lord of lords.

He is Emmanuel, God with us.

Alleluia and Amen.

 

*Hymn of Praise                                 Go, Tell It on the Mountain                             #29

 

Lighting of the Advent Candle                                        Benton Fairchild & Jude Manning

Today, we light the candle of testimony.

For we have a story to tell. It is the best story in the history of stories. It is a story we do not fully understand, so great is its mystery. So great is its power.  Yet, we are called to tell it. To give others what we have—courage, hope and even discomfort. Let us pray together. 

As we await the birth of the Christ child, we pray for ways to tell the story. To tell the story of Emmanuel, fully human and fully God, born in a lowly manger, and to tell the story of what that means in our own lives. May we testify with our words and our deeds and our very lives to the miracle that is Christ Jesus. Amen.

 

Prayer of Confession

It’s Christmas Eve again, God.  We’re barely ready for it.

So much to do to get ready—

gifts to buy and wrap, parties to attend, trees to trim, houses to decorate.

We’re in a whirlwind of activity.

In the midst of the busyness we sometimes miss what it is all about—you coming to earth—Emmanuel, God-with-us.

Help us hear anew your promises of hope and salvation and love as we sing our familiar carols.  Forgive us for forgetting the true magic of this season, for focusing on ourselves and what we need to do instead of on the miracle of Jesus’ birth.  Rock us out of our complacency.  Let us hear angel voices, see shepherds hurrying to a stable, feel the baby’s soft breath on our cheeks, and ponder in our hearts what all this means for the world, and for us. 

 

Kyrie

Lord, have mercy upon us.

Christ, have mercy upon us.

Lord, have mercy upon us.

 

Assurance of Forgiveness

Hear the good news!

The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting.

I declare to you, in the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.

Thanks be to God!

 

*Gloria Patri                Hymn #579

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.

Amen. Amen.

 

Prayer for Illumination

 

Scripture Reading—John 1:1-18

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

Time for Young Disciples

 

Sermon

 

Prayers of the People

Holy God, Creator of the World and all that it is in it, it is in your hands that we live.  You are the one who has given us our breath, our bodies, and our dreams.  Open our eyes to the way you are cradling us every day.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

 

Jesus Christ, you are our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace.  You came to the world as a selfless child to illuminate the path of righteousness and mercy.  Open our hearts that your love would shine forth in us.

He was in the beginning with God.  All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being.

 

Holy Spirit, Mighty Comforter, through the gift of your presence we can hear the words of the angels: Do not be afraid, for I bring you Good News.  Open our mouths and hands that we would boldly proclaim the Good News of our salvation through our words and our deeds.

What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.

 

Holy Trinity, it is your wish that none of your children go hungry or thirsty; that all of your creation is warmly clothed with dignity and respect; that every captive find freedom.  May the light of God shine forth in this world, especially as we can see no paths forward, but only dead ends. 

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

 

Break forth, O light from heaven. Shine on us today.  Illumine your path, and give us courage to step courageously into the glorious kingdom you have created.

In Christ’s holy name we pray, Amen.

 

Offertory

 

*Doxology

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise God, all creatures here below.

Praise God above ye heavenly host; Creator, Christ, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

 

*Dedication Renewal

What is our mission?

To proclaim the saving gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ as it is understood and practiced in the reformed tradition.

Why do we come together as members of the faith?

To nurture, provide spiritual fellowship, maintain and promote worship, and strive to eliminate social injustice.

Together we work to exhibit the Kingdom of God

to our community

and the world beyond

by using the gifts God has so graciously given us.

 

Lighting of the Christ Candle                                           Benton Fairchild & Jude Manning

During this Advent season, we have lit four candles:

One for courage, ready to bear the light of Christ.

One for hope, knowing that God is making all things new.

One for discomfort, accepting that growing pains are a part of growing.

And one for testimony, empowering to tell the story. 

Today, we light one more candle, the Christ Candle.

We light this candle because of the birth of a small child that changed life as we know it.

We light this for the Savior who came to bring us courage to step out of our safety zones.

We light this for the Savior who brings us hope even in the darkest of nights.

We light this candle for our Savior who calls us to tell the world of his love.

We light this candle in celebration of a baby who changed everything. 

 

The Sacrament of Holy Communion

 

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. 

 

The Breaking of the Bread

 

The Prayer After Communion

 

*Hymn of Response                           Silent Night, Holy Night                      #60                 

 

*Charge

 

*Choral Benediction                                       

“O come let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him,

O come let us adore Him, Christ, the Lord!” 

 

Postlude

 

                                                    Announcements

                                                    December 24, 2017

       

We welcome Benton Fairchild and Jude Manning who will be lighting the Advent and the Christ Candle

 

 

We will be receiving “The Christmas Joy Offering” this morning Please use the special envelope that was handed to you and place in the offering plate. Thank you.

 

A sincere thanks to the Presbyterian Women for my Christmas gift I appreciate your thoughtfulness. Anne

 

 If you have not turned in your pledge card and time and talent sheet please take a moment to do so. Thank you, Admin & Stewardship.

 

Happy Birthday Dec 25 Mary Whipple, Dec 27 Michelle McDonnell

 

Communion Servers: William & Ruby Mertins, Ivell Bullock

                                 

Ushers:  William Mertins, Ivell Bullock

 

Dec 25 & 26 Church Office Closed

 

 

Merry Christmas to all.

 



December 17, 2017 Prayer Requests

Prayer List December 17, 2017

                                   

Church Members        *New Prayer Request  

         

John Hobgood

Dick Rudolph

Bobbi Jackson

Jesse Williams

 

 

Friends and Family

 

Dunham, Lindsey (Kathryn Halaby)

Family (of Amanda Matthews)

Fuller, Barbara (mother of Cindy)

Hammons, Anne (friend of Leah Sexton)

Jordan, John (brother of Anne Caver) 

Jordan, Terry (brother of Anne Caver)         

Sabin, Amy Crump (requested by the McKay family)

Stevens, Anna (granddaughter of Mac Tatman)

Van Zandt, Tommy (friends of the Tatmans)

Wilson, Roger (friend of Anne Caver)

Young, Sherry (stepmother of Amy Wilson)

 

Other Churches

 

Memorial Church, Atkins*

First Presbyterian Church, Walnut Ridge*

                        &

Victims of natural disasters, all military personnel,

and peacemakers around the world.



December 17, 2017 Bulletin

December 17, 2017—Advent 3

 

Prelude

 

Welcome

 

Call to Worship

O Key of David,

you open and no one can close and close the doors that no one can open.

Come set free the prisoners who live in darkness. 

Come, Lord Jesus.

O Radiant Dawn, O Sun of justice:

Come, shine on those who live in darkness and in the shadow of death.

Come, Lord Jesus.

O Ruler of the nations, you are the Cornerstone uniting all humanity:

Come, save us all.

Come, Lord Jesus.

O Immanuel,

desire of the nations and Savior of all: Come and save us, O Lord our God.

Come, Lord Jesus.

 

*Hymn of Praise                                #2                    Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

 

Lighting of the Advent Calendar

Today, we light the candle of discomfort …and that makes us uncomfortable. But we light it, nonetheless, to remind us that we will never grow in our faith if we insist on hunkering and bunkering down in places that make us feel safe, secure…and well, comfortable.  Let us pray together. 

As we await the one who reached out to those on the margins, those who didn’t belong, those who were feared and disliked, help us to live into our own discomfort.  To live lives that reach out, to have hearts that are ready to grow, to possess minds willing to expand and to create tables where there is always room for one more. Amen.

 

Prayer of Confession

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but only for some.  It is wonderful for those of us with warm homes full of food and love.  But it isn’t so happy for those people we tend to ignore on the streets and in the supermarkets.  It’s a wonderful time for those of us with friends and families to talk and listen to.  But it isn’t so great for those who are alone, who need just one person to offer a smile and a listening ear, who are longing for love from just one person.  Holy God, forgive us for walking past those who make us uncomfortable with their need and discomfort.  Move us out of our comfortable spaces towards the place we are called to minister and towards the people we are called to love.  Give us eyes to look past this wonderful season to see the pain and heartache of those around us.  Keep us from looking away ever again.     

 

Kyrie

Lord, have mercy upon us.

Christ, have mercy upon us.

Lord, have mercy upon us.

 

Assurance of Forgiveness

Friends, wherever we are, God is there.

Advent is a defiant stand against a world that claims we are lost, that all is lost.

Advent calls us to go out with joy and be led forth in peace.

I declare to you, by the saving mercy of our God, we have been forgiven.

Thanks be to God, and Amen!

 

*Gloria Patri                Hymn #579

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.

Amen. Amen.

 

Prayer for Illumination

 

First Reading— John 4:13-14

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

*Reading the Psalm—Psalm 126:1-6

When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us, and we rejoiced.

Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like the watercourses in the Negeb.
May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy.
Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves.

 

*Psalm Prayer

 
 

Time for Young Disciples

 

Second Reading — Isaiah 55:1-13

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

Sermon                       

 

Baptism of Brooklyn Blair Sexton

Sentences of Scripture
 

Presentation—Mike Hardin, Clerk of Session

On behalf of the session, I present Brooklyn Blair Sexton, daughter of Clay and Leah, to receive the sacrament of Baptism.

 

And do you, as members of the church of Jesus Christ, promise to guide and nurture Brooklyn by word and deed, with love and prayer, encouraging her to know and follow Christ and to be a faithful member of this church?  (We do.)

 
Affirmation of Faith

I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

 

And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell.  On the third day he rose again from the dead and ascended into heaven.  He sitteth on the right hand of God the Father, Almighty. From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

 

I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

Prayer

 

The Baptism

 

Welcome

 

*Hymn of Proclamation          #504                Draw us in the Spirit’s Tether

 

Offertory

 

*Doxology

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise God, all creatures here below.

Praise God above ye heavenly host; Creator, Christ, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

 

*Dedication Renewal

What is our mission?

To proclaim the saving gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ as it is understood and practiced in the reformed tradition.

Why do we come together as members of the faith?

To nurture, provide spiritual fellowship, maintain and promote worship, and strive to eliminate social injustice.

Together we work to exhibit the Kingdom of God

to our community

and the world beyond

by using the gifts God has so graciously given us.

 

The Sacrament of Holy Communion

The Great Thanksgiving

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

 

It is truly right and our greatest joy…the birth of our savior.

 

(sung) O Come, O Come Emmanuel and ransom captive Israel.

That mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

 

You are the God of us all…we might have newness of life.

 

(sung) O come, Thou Key of David, come and open wide our heavenly home
Make safe the way that leads on high and close the path to misery

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel. 

 

Gracious God, pour out your Holy Spirit…follow your will every day of our lives.  

 

(sung) O come, Thou Wisdom from on high and order all things, far and nigh
To us the path of knowledge show and cause us in her ways to go.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel. 

 

Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor are yours, Almighty Father, now and forever.  Amen.

 

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. 

 

The Breaking of the Bread

 

The Prayer After Communion

 

*Hymn of Response                           #36                              In the Bleak Midwinter

 

*Charge

 

*Choral Benediction

            “Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!”

 

Postlude

 

   Announcements-Sunday, December 17

 

We welcome Emelyn, Huston and Hayden Hooten who will be lighting the Third Advent Candle.

 

Poinsettia Donations are $10.00 per entry and should be returned to the office no later than Tuesday, December 19. The names will be listed in a special insert in the Christmas Eve Bulletin.

 

 

Next Sunday we will collect The Christmas Joy Offering which supports a variety of education and assistance programs. Please give generously.

 

Following the service today we will hold The Annual Congregational Meeting

to elect new elders and review Rev. Elizabeth Gabbard’s term of call.

 

 

If you have not turned in your pledge card and time and talent sheet please take a moment to do so. Thank you, Admin. & Stewardship.

 

PWs Christmas Project is raising funds to support Angel Tree. You may contribute

by placing a check in the offering plate made out to PW with “Angel Tree” in the memo line.

 

Happy Birthday Dec 17 Amy Wilson, Dec 19 Bobbi Jackson, Dec 23 Carla McKay

                            Dec 25 Mary Whipple, Dec 27 Michelle McDonnell

 

 

Communion Servers: David & Deb Sesser, Sean & Adrienne Queen,

                                     Chris Mortenson

                                 

             Ushers: December 17 Scott Tatman

              December 24 Bob & Bobbi Jackson

 

Next Week

Dec 18 Bible Study Noon

Dec 24 Church Service 4th Sunday of Advent (Christmas Joy Offering)

Dec 25 & 26 Church Office Closed

 



December 10, 2017 Bulletin

December 10. 2017—Advent 2

A Service of Lessons & Carols

 

Prelude

 

Welcome

 

Call to Worship

As Sarah waited…

Ninety years for a son to fulfill God’s promise

We wait in hope for what we thought had been promised to us

 

As Moses waited…

40 years in the desert being prepared by God to lead his people

We wait for emptiness and humility; for bravado to wither

 

As Israel waited…

40 years in the desert, hungry, depressed, thirsting, unsure

We wait for things to move on and generations to pass

 

As the prophets waited…

1000 years of promises that God would raise up a Savior

We wait for things to change

 

As Mary waited…

9 months of her young life for the child of God

We feel the birth pangs yet fear for the child

 

So we wait for God’s time

Preparing the way, passing on the hope that the one who promised is faithful

and will come back

[adapted from “Waiting” in Alternative Worship (Baker, Gay, & Brown, 2003)]

 

*Hymn of Praise                                 #13                  Prepare the Way, O Zion

 

Lighting of the Advent Candle

Today, we light the candle of hope, for we are people of hope. The hope that the breath of God will inflate the deflated. That tired, old bones will get up and dance. That restlessness will be transformed into resolve.  The love will win out over hate and indifference. That life exists in places where we can see only death.  We remember that our hope is not in our own strength, cleverness or determination, but in Christ Jesus, whose birth we anxiously await.  Let us pray. 

As we await the one who brings new life, may we be people of hope. Not pie-in-the-sky, rose-colored-glass-wearing, glass-half-full positive thinkers, but people whose deep and abiding faith in the promises of God allow us to live abundantly. People whose trust in God far exceeds the trust in our own limited imaginations, knowing that even when we can see only death, our God can make all things new.  Amen

 

Time for Young Disciples                   The Decorating of the Chrismon Tree

 
 

Call to Confession

 

Prayer of Confession

God of our weary years, God of our silent tears, God of our dry, weary bones, hear us. Some days the world knocks the wind out of us and we feel that we cannot make it another step.  Breathe into us the breath of life so we may get up and walk again in your light.  Some days the doldrums of life still our sails and we feel that we are stuck.  Gently blow into our world the wind of hope so we may get on the move and live again in your light. Some days the weight of our own sin and the sins of the world crush our spirits and leave us feeling defeated.  Dwell in us with your Spirit of light and life so we may never grow weary but always stand for your truth and righteousness in this world. Amen.

 

Assurance of Pardon

Some days the weariness of the world bears down on us and the weight of our lives can seem too much to bear.  It is in those days, those moments, when the truth of God’s amazing love breathes life into us. 

God’s word is the word of life and hope and renewal.

Friends, we have been forgiven.  Let us be full of hope and new life.

Thanks be to God. Amen. 

 

*Gloria Patri                Hymn #579

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.

Amen. Amen.

 

Lessons and Carols

Reading 1—Luke 2:1-11        

*Hymn                                    Away in a Manger                                           #25

 

Reading 2—Luke 2:8-14

Hymn                                      Hark! The Herald Angels Sing                       #31     

                       

Reading 3—Luke 2:15-20                  

*Hymn                                    What Child is this, who laid to rest                 #53

 

Reading 4—Matthew 2:1-2                

Hymn                                      We three kings from Orient are                      #66

 

Reading 5—Matthew 2:3-6    

*Hymn                                    O little town of Bethlehem                               #44

 

Reading 6—Matthew 2:7-11 

 

The Sacrament of Holy Communion

The Great Thanksgiving

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

 

It is truly right and our greatest joy

to love and praise you, Lord, God of all the universe.

During this season of Advent, we cannot help but raise our voices in song and in prayer as we await once again, the birth of our savior.

 

(sung) O Come, O Come Emmanuel and ransom captive Israel.

That mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

 

You are the God of us all, loving us even when we turn from you.

You send not only the gift of your Son, but the gift of your Holy Spirit to provide us with love and cheer. 

We are grateful for the gift of your Son, the one who came that:

the prisoner might be freed from captivity;

the hungry are fed;

the lonely are comforted;

the sorrowfuls’ burdens will be shared.

We rejoice that through Jesus’s death and resurrection, we might have newness of life.

 

(sung) O come, Thou Key of David, come and open wide our heavenly home
Make safe the way that leads on high and close the path to misery

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel. 

 

Gracious God, pour out your Holy Spirit

upon these the gifts of bread and wine,

that they may be the communion of the body and blood of Christ.

Make us one with all the faithful in every time and place

as we seek to do follow your will every day of our lives.

 

(sung) O come, Thou Wisdom from on high and order all things, far and nigh
To us the path of knowledge show and cause us in her ways to go.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel. 

 

Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor are yours, Almighty Father, now and forever.  Amen.

 

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. 

 

The Breaking of the Bread

 

The Prayer After Communion

Lord of all,

we thank you that you have fed us with your Word and with your body,

reminding us that we are not alone, but we are united in our love and worship of you.

Be with us as we go from this place,

that our lives would proclaim your glory,

and our mouths would sing your praise.

We pray these things in the name of Jesus, who is the Christ. Amen. 

 

*Hymn of Response               #20                  Watchmen, Tell Us of the Night         

 

*Charge

 

*Choral Benediction

            “Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!”

 

Postlude                                 

 

 



August 27, 2017 Prayer List

Prayer List August 27, 2017

                                   

Church Members        *New Prayer Request

  

         

John Hobgood

Dick Rudolph

Bobbi Jackson

Jesse Williams

Leah Sexton

 

 

Friends and Family

 

Dunham, Lindsey (Kathryn Halaby)

Fuller, Barbara (mother of Cindy)

Hammons, Anne (friend of Leah Sexton)

Jordan, John (brother of Anne Caver)

Matthews, Jimmy (father of Amanda)

Moerland, Heath (brother-in-law of Amanda Matthews)            

Sabin, Amy Crump (requested by the McKay family)

Stevens, Anna (granddaughter of Mac Tatman)

Van Zandt, Tommy (friends of the Tatmans)

Wilson, Roger (friend of Anne Caver)

Young, Sherry (stepmother of Amy Wilson)

 

Other Churches

 

Wynne Presbyterian Church*

Commissioned Ruling Elders*

First Baptist Church, Arkadelphia*

                        &

Victims of natural disasters, all military personnel,

and peacemakers around the world.

                      



August 27, 2017–Bulletin & Announcements

August 27, 2017

 

Prelude

 

Welcome

 

Call to Worship

(from Psalm 124)

If it had not been the Lord who was on our side—let the people now say,

If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, when our enemies attacked us,

the flood would have swept us away; the torrent would have gone over us.

We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowlers.

Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

Let us worship God!

 

*Hymn of Praise                                 Come Sing, O Church, in Joy!
                        #430

 

Prayer of Confession

Gracious God, forgive us for allowing our lives to become fouled with sin.  There are times when we blame you for all our troubles, and cast upon you the waste in our lives.  Our wants grow larger and larger even as we continue to misuse your gracious gift of mercy.  We let our faith become stagnant, and our new life in you cannot flourish.  Cleanse us through Christ, in whose name we confess to you, and bathe us with mercy to give us fresh hope.

 

Kyrie

Lord, have mercy upon us.

Christ, have mercy upon us.

Lord, have mercy upon us.

 

Assurance of Forgiveness

Hear the good news!

The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting.

I declare to you, in the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.

Thanks be to God!

 

*Gloria Patri
                Hymn #579

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.

Amen. Amen.

 

Prayer for Illumination

 

First Reading—Romans 12:1-8

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

*Reading the Psalm—Psalm 65

Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion; and to you shall vows be performed.

O you who answer prayer!  To you all flesh shall come.

When deeds of iniquity overwhelm us, you forgive our transgressions.

Happy are those whom you choose and bring near to live in your courts.

We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, your holy temple.

By awesome deeds you answer us with deliverance, O God of our salvation; you are the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas.

By your strength you established the mountains; you are girded with might.

You silence the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, the tumult of the peoples.

Those who live at earth’s farthest bounds are awed by your signs; you make the gateways of the morning and the evening shout for joy.

You visit the earth and water it, you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water;

you provide the people with grain, for so you have prepared it.

You water its furrows abundantly, settling its ridges, softening it with showers, and blessing it with growth.

You crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks overflow with richness.

The pastures of the wilderness overflow, the hills gird themselves with joy, the meadows clothe themselves with flocks,

the valleys deck themselves with grain, they shout and sing together for joy.

 

*Psalm Prayer

 

Time for Young Disciples

 

Second Reading—Matthew 26:17-35

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

Sermon

 

Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant

Presentation of New Member—Deborah Nolan

Profession of Faith

Affirmation of Faith—The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. 

I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

  

Prayer

Offertory

 

*Doxology

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise God, all creatures here below.

Praise God above ye heavenly host; Creator, Christ, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

 

*Dedication Renewal

What is our mission?

To proclaim the saving gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ as it is understood and practiced in the reformed tradition.

Why do we come together as members of the faith?

To nurture, provide spiritual fellowship, maintain and promote worship, and strive to eliminate social injustice.

Together we work to exhibit the Kingdom of God

to our community

and the world beyond

by using the gifts God has so graciously given us.

 

Prayers of the People & 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. 

 

*Hymn of Response               Lord, You Give the Great Commission
          #429

 

*Charge

 

*Choral Benediction                                        Amen
                           #586

Amen.  Amen.  Amen. 

 

Postlude

 

 

Announcements

                                          August 27, 2017

 

 

Time for Young Disciples

led by Rev. Elizabeth Gabbard, welcomes all young children to come forward.

 

Coffee Talk – We meet at 10:00 am

. in the Adult Classroom. If you have

any topics you would like discussed please let us know.

 

Noon Bible study announcement:

Bible Study will resume in September.

We will be studying the travels and writings of Paul.

 

We are still collecting

goodies for Jesse if you have something you would like to send him

please drop it off at the church. Thank you.

 

Evangelism & Service Committee

will be hosting our 3rd annual End of Summer
Ice Cream Social today

at 4:00pm.

 

Please bring your favorite ice cream or toppings.

 

FPC will celebrate the beginning of the school year on Rally Day, September 10th.

 A potluck breakfast will begin at

10am that Sundaya signup sheet for food dishes can be found in the narthex.

 This school year, we will have one adult class, meeting in the usual classroom.  One children’s class will meet upstairs; Lacy Wolfe will organize and teach the course so that it caters to multiple ages.  If regular attendance outpaces that of last year, then the Christian Ed. Committee will consider adding a second class for the youngsters.

The nursery will be available on Sundays, but there will be no attendant on duty.

 

 

 

August 27        Ice Cream Social 4:00 p.m.

September 4   Labor Day-Church Office Closed

September 6   Committee Meetings 5:00 p.m.

                        Pot Luck Supper 6:00 p.m. (Hosted by Worship Committee)

  

                              

Ushers:  August 27. Cindy Fuller, John Schaefer

 

 

Web Site: firstpresarkadelphia

 



August 20, 2017–Bulletin & Announcements

August 20, 2017

 

Prelude                        Great is thy Faithfulness    

Arr. Cindy Berry

 

Welcome

 

Call to Worship

(from Psalm 133)

How very good and pleasant it is when families live together in unity!

It is like precious oil on the head, running down upon the beard of Aaron.

It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion.

For the Lord ordained the blessing upon us, life forevermore.

Let us worship God!

 

*Hymn of Praise                                 We Gather Together
                           #559

 

Prayer of Confession

Jesus Christ, our source of deliverance, you call us to faith while we continue to seek our own security.  You teach us to trust you, yet we don’t take that risk.  You expect total commitment, and we think in terms of percentage.  Time after time, we turn our back on your grace, serving our idols and forsaking Christ.  O God, in Christ, have mercy upon us and forgive us our sins.  Turn our hearts and minds to your path of righteousness that we would never stray again.

 

Kyrie

Lord, have mercy upon us.

Christ, have mercy upon us.

Lord, have mercy upon us.

 

Assurance of Forgiveness

Hear the good news!

The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting.

I declare to you, in the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.

Thanks be to God!

 

*Gloria Patri
                Hymn #579

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.

Amen. Amen.

 

Prayer for Illumination

 

First Reading—Genesis 45:1-15

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

*Reading the Psalm—Psalm 84

How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts!

My soul longs, indeed it faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.

Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself,

where she may lay her young, at your altars, O LORD of hosts, my King and my God.

Happy are those who live in your house, ever singing your praise.

Happy are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion.

As they go through the valley of Baca they make it a place of springs; the early rain also covers it with pools.

They go from strength to strength; the God of gods will be seen in Zion.

O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob!

Behold our shield, O God; look on the face of your anointed.

For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. 

I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than live in the tents of wickedness.

For the LORD God is a sun and shield; he bestows favor and honor

No good thing does the LORD withhold from those who walk uprightly.

O LORD of hosts, happy is everyone who trusts in you. 

 

*Psalm Prayer

 

Time for Young Disciples

 

Second Reading—Romans 6:1-11

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

Sermon

 

Affirmation of Faith—The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. 

I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

Offertory

 

Choral Anthem

 

*Doxology

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise God, all creatures here below.

Praise God above ye heavenly host; Creator, Christ, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

 

*Dedication Renewal

What is our mission?

To proclaim the saving gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ as it is understood and practiced in the reformed tradition.

Why do we come together as members of the faith?

To nurture, provide spiritual fellowship, maintain and promote worship, and strive to eliminate social injustice.

Together we work to exhibit the Kingdom of God

to our community

and the world beyond

by using the gifts God has so graciously given us.

 

Prayers of the People & 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. 

 

*Hymn of Response                           Take My Life
                           #391

 

*Charge
 
*Choral Benediction                                        Amen
                           #586

Amen.  Amen.  Amen. 

 

Postlude                                  Allegretto

    L.V. Beethoven (1770-1827)

 

Announcements

                                          August 20, 2017

 

 

Time for Young Disciples

led by Rev. Elizabeth Gabbard, welcomes all young children to come forward.

 

Coffee Talk

– We meet at 10:00 am. in the Adult Classroom. If you have

any topics you would like discussed please let us know.

 

Noon Bible study announcement:

Bible Study will resume in September.

We will be studying the travels and writings of Paul.

 

We are still collecting

goodies for Jesse if you have something you would like to send him

please drop it off at the church. Thank you.

 

Evangelism & Service Committee

will be hosting our 3rd annual End of Summer
Ice Cream Social on

Sunday, August 27th at 4:00pm.

 

Please bring your favorite ice cream or toppings.

 

FPC will celebrate the beginning of the school year on Rally Day, September 10th.

 A potluck breakfast will begin at 10am that Sunday; 

a signup sheet for food dishes can be found in the narthex.

 This school year, we will have one adult class, meeting in the usual classroom.  One children’s class will meet upstairs; Lacy Wolfe will organize and teach the course so that it caters to multiple ages.  If regular attendance outpaces that of last year, then the Christian Ed. Committee will consider adding a second class for the youngsters.

The nursery will be available on Sundays, but there will be no attendant on duty.

 

 

August 27 Coffee Talk 10:00 a.m.

                  Church Service 11:00 a.m.

                  Ice Cream Social 4:00 p.m.

 

Birthdays: August 22 Emelyn Hooten, August 26 John Schaefer

  

                              

Ushers: August 20, Blake & Vanessa Rodgers, August 27. Cindy Fuller, Joh Schaefer

 

 

 



August 20, 2017–Prayer List

Prayer List August 20, 2017

                                   

Church Members        *New Prayer Request

  

         

John Hobgood

Dick Rudolph

Bobbi Jackson

Jesse Williams

Leah Sexton

 

 

Friends and Family

 

Dunham, Lindsey (Kathryn Halaby)

Fuller, Barbara (mother of Cindy)

Hammons, Anne (friend of Leah Sexton)

Jordan, John (brother of Anne Caver)

Matthews, Jimmy (father of Amanda)

Moerland, Heath (brother-in-law of Amanda Matthews)            

Sabin, Amy Crump (requested by the McKay family)

Stevens, Anna (granddaughter of Mac Tatman)

Van Zandt, Tommy (friends of the Tatmans)

Wilson, Roger (friend of Anne Caver)

Young, Sherry (stepmother of Amy Wilson)

 

Other Churches

 

First Presbyterian, Morrilton*

First Presbyterian, Springdale*

First Memorial Church of God in Christ, Arkadelphia*

                        &

Victims of natural disasters, all military personnel,

and peacemakers around the world.



August 6, 2017–Bulletin & Announcements

August 6, 2017

 

Prelude                                    There Will Be Rest

                               Frank Ticheli

 

Welcome

 

Call to Worship

O sing to the Lord a new song;

sing to the Lord, all the earth.

Sing, and give praises to God’s name;

tell the glad news of salvation from day to day.

 

*Hymn of Praise                    O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
                 #466

 

Prayer of Confession

Merciful God, you pardon all who repent and turn to you.  We have not loved you with a pure heart, nor have we loved our neighbor as ourselves.  Have mercy on us, O God, in your loving kindness.  In your great compassion cleanse us from our sin.  Create in us a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within us.  Do not cast us from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from us.  Restore to us the joy of your salvation and sustain us with your bountiful Spirit. 

 

Kyrie

Lord, have mercy upon us.

Christ, have mercy upon us.

Lord, have mercy upon us.

 

Assurance of Forgiveness

Hear the good news!

The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting.

I declare to you, in the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.

Thanks be to God!

 

*Gloria Patri
                Hymn #579

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.

Amen. Amen.

 

Prayer for Illumination

 

First Reading–Matthew 10:28-31

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

*Reading the Psalm—Psalm 17

Hear a just cause, O LORD; attend to my cry; give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit.

From you let my vindication come; let your eyes see the right.

If you try my heart, if you visit me by night, if you test me, you will find no wickedness in me; my mouth does not transgress.

As for what others do, by the word of your lips I have avoided the ways of the violent.

My steps have held fast to your paths; my feet have not slipped.

I call upon you; for you will answer me, O God; incline your ear to me, hear my words.

Wondrously show your steadfast love, O savior of those who seek refuge from their adversaries at your right hand.

Guard me as the apple of the eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings,

from the wicked who despoil me, my deadly enemies who surround me.

They close their hearts to pity; with their mouths they speak arrogantly.

They track me down; now they surround me; they set their eyes to cast me to the ground.

They are like a lion eager to tear, like a young lion lurking in ambush.

Rise up, O LORD, confront them, overthrow them! By your sword deliver my life from the wicked,

from mortals—by your hand, O LORD—from mortals whose portion in life is in this world.

May their bellies be filled with what you have in store for them; may their children have more than enough; may they leave something over to their little ones.

As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake I shall be satisfied, beholding your likeness. 

 

*Psalm Prayer

 

Time for Young Disciples

 

Second Reading—Ephesians 6:10-20

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

Sermon

                       

 

Affirmation of Faith—The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. 

I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

*Hymn of Proclamation                      Great is Thy Faithfulness
                    #276

 

Offertory

 

*Doxology

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise God, all creatures here below.

Praise God above ye heavenly host; Creator, Christ, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

 

*Dedication Renewal

What is our mission?

To proclaim the saving gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ as it is understood and practiced in the reformed tradition.

Why do we come together as members of the faith?

To nurture, provide spiritual fellowship, maintain and promote worship, and strive to eliminate social injustice.

Together we work to exhibit the Kingdom of God

to our community

and the world beyond

by using the gifts God has so graciously given us.

 

The Sacrament of Holy Communion

The Great Thanksgiving

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

 

It is truly right and our greatest joy…therefore we praise you, joining our voices with angels and archangels and with all the faithful of ever time and place who forever sing to the glory of your name:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,

Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

 

You are holy, O God of majesty…Great is the mystery of faith.

Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

 

Gracious God, pour out your Holy Spirit…Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor are yours, Almighty Father, now and forever. 

Amen.

 

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. 

 

The Breaking of the Bread

 

The Prayer After Communion

 

*Hymn of Response                           O For a World
                                    #386

 

*Charge

 

*Choral Benediction                                        Amen
                           #586

Amen.  Amen.  Amen. 

 

Postlude                                  Sometimes I Feel

                                 Alice Parker

 

Announcements

                                                        August 6, 2017

 

 

Time for Young Disciples led by Rev. Elizabeth Gabbard welcomes all young children to come forward.

 

Many thanks for the wonderful response to Christmas in July for the school children of Arkadelphia.

 

Coffee Talk – We meet at 10:00 am in the Adult Classroom. If you have any topics you would like discussed please let us know.

 

We will be hosting our 3rd annual End of Summer Ice Cream Social on SundayAugust 27th at 4:00pm.  Please bring your favorite ice cream or toppings.

Evangelism & Service Committee.

 

Noon Bible study announcement:

Bible Study will resume in September.

We will be studying the travels and writings of Paul.

 

Goodies for Jesse are still being collected. If you have something you would like to send to him, please drop it off at the office. He does so much enjoy receiving the surprise packages. Thank you

 

August 13 Coffee Talk 10:00a.m.

                  Church Service 11:00a.m

                          

Happy Birthday: August 8 Jane Daugherty

 

Happy Anniversary: Mike & Diane Hardin

                                                       

Ushers:  August 6 Ivell Bullock, August 13, Sean & Adrienne Queen

 

Communion Servers: Chris Mortenson, David Sesser

 

 

Web Site: firstpresarkadelphia.com

 



August 6, 2017–Prayer Requests

Church Members        *New Prayer Request  
         
John Hobgood
Dick Rudolph
Bobbi Jackson
Jesse Williams
Leah Sexton
 
 
Friends and Family
 
Family of Ben & Lezlee Bailey (friends of Leah Sexton)
Dunham, Lindsey (Kathryn Halaby)
Fuller, Barbara (mother of Cindy)
Hammons, Anne (friend of Leah Sexton)
Jordan, John (brother of Anne Caver)
Matthews, Jimmy (father of Amanda)
Moerland, Heath (brother-in-law of Amanda Matthews)             
Mortenson, Kobey (brother of Chris Mortenson)
Sabin, Amy Crump (requested by the McKay family)
Stevens, Anna (granddaughter of Mac Tatman)
Van Zandt, Tommy (friends of the Tatmans)
Wilson, Roger (friend of Anne Caver)
Young, Sherry (stepmother of Amy Wilson)
 
Other Churches
 
First Presbyterian, Bentonville*
Westminster Presbyterian, Little Rock*
Second Baptist Church, Arkadelphia*
                        &
Victims of natural disasters, all military personnel,
and peacemakers around the world.