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Bible Study & Christian Education
Welcome to our guests!
Children’s Ministries
December Faith Journey Shakes It Up! We’re doing something “different” for the month of
December! Instead of our usual class rotations, we’ll do three large group activities, beginning
with Happy Birthday, Jesus! on the 6th. Children in first through fifth grade will spend their
Sunday School hour in the Great Hall each week. Sure, we’ll have lots of fun...but we’ll also be
sending a very deliberate message that this time of waiting is incredibly special! We’re not
recruiting teachers, but we welcome any adult volunteer who can assist with our activities on
December 6, 13 & 20. Please let Catherine Anne know if you can help!
Casting has now begun for the 5:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Family service. If you or anyone in
your family would like to play a role in this special service, please email Catherine Anne
([email protected]) ASAP.
We are delighted you are worshipping with us! As a guest, you are invited to:
1. During the Words of Welcome, please print the requested information on the
Friendship Pad and pass the Friendship Pad down the pew.
2. After the worship service, please join Deacon Mary Kent, Elder Ted Guerrant, and
one of our Ministers in the Narthex. They will answer questions and provide a Guest
Packet.
3. The next New Member classes will be held Sunday, February 21 and February 28, in
the Session Room, #109 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. For more information please contact
Bob Bullock at 770-393-1424 x 223 / [email protected]
Faithful Friends will resume next Sunday.
Youth Connection (SLYC)
Sundays:
9:30 a.m. in the Youth rooms 207 & 208 for Sunday School Check the blog for details:
www.stlukespres.blogspot.com
No Youth Connect or Youth Choir Practice today
Wednesdays: Will resume January 13
Young Adult Ministry (SLYAM)
1st Fridays ~ 7 p.m.: Pot Luck dinner at the Dills. Bring a salad, appetizer or dessert to share.
3rd Fridays ~ 7 p.m.: Faith & Film / Room 207. See Fellowship News for more information.
Info: Shannon, 770-393-1424 or e-mail [email protected]
Adult Sunday School ~ Next Sunday’s Info:
FINCH (Families in Christ)~Room 203: Bringing together parents and adults to learn and
grow in their own faith and their ability to share that faith with their families.
Kerygma Study of Acts~Room 232: Offering a thorough study of this New Testament
account of the early church and its message for the church today. No homework, but it is
discussion based and class participation is encouraged.
The Present Word~Room 145: The Lineage of David (Ruth 4:13-17; Matthew 1:1-6)
Seasons of the Spirit~Room 235: We take to heart the hope and challenge of John’s
prophetic message. (Luke 3:1-6)
Soul Food~Room 234: Finding Sustenance for Faithful Living: Fellowship, study and
discussion on a range of topics related to living in today’s world.
Men’s Bible Study
Fridays, 6:40 a.m. to 8 a.m., in the Parlor, Room 145: The men are studying 1 & 2 Timothy.
For more info or to sign up, contact Dave Elkins at [email protected] or 770-458-6415.
Mission & Outreach
Feather a Child’s Nest ~ P.W. asks you to please consider supporting our “adopted” child,
Ally Dombrowski & other Thornwell children by making a donation at one of the posters in the
main lobby, Narthex or Sheppard Hall, or you can place your donation in the Sunday morning
offering. The children can turn the “turkeys” they get in Sunday School into the collection box
in the Narthex. Please make your checks payable to SLPW and note “Thornwell” on the
memo line. Thanks for supporting this worthy cause…it means so much to the children.
FALL BALL is Here! ~ Saint’s Basketball Clinics have begun for boys & girls, ages 4-13.
Coached by Kim Hixon & Jennifer West, there are two Saturday sessions remaining,
December 12 & December 19. Information and registration forms may be found on our website: www.slpres.org or in the church lobby. Sign up now!
Fellowship ~ Come Join Us!
See the Highlights for more information on the following opportunities for fellowship
(Highlights are emailed to your home, or you may pick up a copy in the Narthex or Church Lobby):
R.O.C.K. (Reaching Out Through Crocheting & Knitting )
O.W.L.S. (Older, Wiser, Loving Seniors)
St. Luke’s Library ~ Men’s Breakfast ~ “Posture Perfect” Class
That All May Worship: Assistive hearing devices, large print hymnals, large print
bulletins and pew cushions are available. An usher will assist you.
Parents:
service.
If necessary, the parlor is a comfortable place to be with your child and still see the
St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church
1978 Mt. Vernon Rd. – Dunwoody, GA 30338-4617
770-393-1424 Fax 770-393-3278
http://www.slpres.org
8:30 a.m. Chapel Communion Service
9:30 Sunday School
11 a.m. Worship Service in the Sanctuary
(Nursery Provided for all services and Sunday School)
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
(After hours pastoral emergency, please call one of the pastors at home.)
Church Staff
Interim Senior Pastor, Dr. Bob Bullock
Associate Pastor of Educational Ministries, Rev. Shannon Dill
Associate Pastor of Youth Ministry, Rev. Phil Brown
Pastor Emeritus, Dr. E. Moss Robertson
Director of Children’s Ministries, Catherine Anne Thomas
Intern, Youth & Children’s Ministries, Kelly Fitzgerald
Director of Music & Organist, Clair Maxwell
Director of St. Luke’s Little Saints Preschool & Kindergarten, Carol Perry
Facilities Manager, Roby Price
Administrative Assistants, Shirley Carrier & Liz Catlett
Receptionists, Sally Hawkins & Lolly Ross
Treasurer, Gary Phipps
Pastoral Counseling
St. Luke’s Perimeter Counseling Center, Georgia C. Griffin, J.D., M. Div., Director,
Perimeter Center, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist/Mediator 404-636-1457, ext. 452.
11 a.m. ~ November 29, 2009
First Sunday of Advent
Elders
Steve Cashwell, Clerk of Session Class of 2010: Rosemary Armstrong Burton, Karen McAlarney, Nael
McCarty, Alan Miller, Andrea Price, Ross Thomas, Steve Thornton, Miles Young. Class of 2011: Ken
Barton, Jan Billions, Steve Cashwell, Doug Chipman, Steve Klein, Kay Loerch, Bob Smallwood. Class
of 2012: Bona Allen, John Bradley, Ted Guerrant, Ellie Moorhead, Julie Pile, Laura Strange, Beth
Underhill.
Deacons
Mark Mason, Moderator Class of 2010: Mary Louise Connor, John Eagar, Ellie Goodwin, Mark
Mason, Cathy Ray, Lisa Reeves, Scott Rice, Stanton Thomas, Ron Valdes. Class of 2011: Carol
Ciepluch, Susan Crawford, Mark McCann, Janine McKenney, Lisa Meyers, Yvonne Miller, Josh
Nunez, Ashley Owens, Ellen Womack. Class of 2012: Jean Cronan, Beth Eisenmesser, Andrew
Grinnell, Glenda Gray, Mary Kent, Wayne Radloff, Steve Vail, Ginger Williams.
St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church
The Church of the Word & Sacraments
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Liturgical Color: Purple
Our Mission
Responding to God’s call and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we invite all to
join us in knowing, serving, and sharing Jesus Christ here and around the world.
Our Vision
Last Sunday’s Attendance: 310 Last Sunday’s Tithes & Offerings: $14,905
Financial reports are available online.
To be a beacon of faith, hope, and love ~ every member
an active disciple in Christ’s ministry.
Assemble in God’s Name
Tell Us Our Story
In Preparation for Worship
“Give me, O my Lord, that purity of conscience which alone can receive your
inspirations. My ears are dull, so that I cannot hear your voice. My eyes are dim, so
that I cannot see the signs of your presence. You alone can quicken my hearing and
purge my sight, and cleanse and renew my heart. Teach me to sit at your feet and to
hear your word.
Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961)
Gathering Prayer
Prelude
*Call to Worship
Leader:
People:
Leader:
People:
Leader:
All:
O Come, Emmanuel
Daniel Pinkham
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Celebration of Community
Advent Wreath-Candle of Hope
Response
He Came Down
Parents of children through age 4 may take them to the nursery. Faithful Friends will resume next week.
Morning Prayer and The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father who are in heaven, hallowed by 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.
Old Testament Reading
Jeremiah 33:14-16
Gretchen Keyser
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Reader: The Word of the Lord.
Response: Thanks be to God.
New Testament Reading
Revelation 1:9-20
Bob Bullock
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Reader: The Word of the Lord.
Response: Thanks be to God.
VENI EMMANUEL
Susan & Dohrm Crawford
Cameroon
Choir & Congregation: He came down that we may have hope, he came down that
we may have hope, He came down that we may hope. Hallelujah forevermore.
Arr. John Bell
*Call to Prayer and Prayer of Confession
Leader:
The Lord be with you.
Response: And also with you.
Leader:
Let us pray.
Sermon
“Surprised by Hope”
*The Apostles’ Creed (in unison)
Bob Bullock
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.
Respond to God’s Word
Forgive us our sins, O Lord. Forgive us the sins of our youth and the sins of our
age, the sins of our soul and the sins of our body, our secret and our whispering
sins, our presumptuous and our careless sins, the sins we have done to please
ourselves, and the sins we have done to please others. Forgive us the sins that we
know, and the sins that we know not; forgive them, O Lord, forgive them all
because of your great goodness, mercy, and grace. Through Jesus Christ, our
Lord. Amen.
*Declaration of Pardon
†*Gloria Patri
I Wonder As I Wander
Appalachian Carol
Chancel Choir ~ Wendy Moreland, solo
arr. John Rutter
I wonder as I wander out under the sky, how Jesus the Savior did come for to die. For
poor ornery people like you and like I: I wonder as I wander out under the sky. When
Mary birthed Jesus 'twas in a cow's stall, with wise men and farmers and shepherds
and all. But high from God's heaven a star's light did fall, and the promise of ages it
then did recall. If Jesus had wanted for any wee thing, a star in the sky, or a bird on
the wing, Or all of God's angels in heav'n for to sing, He surely could have it, 'cause
he was the King.
*Doxology
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.
Wade Allen Romhilt
As we welcome Wade, these additional guests are also present for this special occasion:
Great Grandmother ~ Mildred Kaleida; Grandparents ~ Ferebee & Bob Kaleida; Great
Uncle ~ Owen Johnson; Uncle ~ David Kaleida; Aunt ~ Katie Kaleida; Cousin ~ Kristen
Johnson.
Service Notes
The word “advent” means the coming of promise. The season of Advent, a period of four
Sundays, mark the beginning of the Christian year. Traditionally the church has used the
season of Advent to anticipate Christ’s return. It is about looking forward to the ultimate
fulfillment of Jesus’ promise to liberate us and usher in a brand new heaven and earth.
Seasons of waiting and preparation are built into the church calendar to help us realize the
truth that much of the Christian life is about living in the tension of anticipation: Christ has
come, but we wait for Him to come again; we have been redeemed, but we long for
complete redemption; we live between what has already happened in the life, death,
resurrection and ascension of Jesus and what will happen when He returns. As a church
family and individually, during this Advent season, let us focus our hope to enable us to
live confidently – even though we live in the midst of this tension. Let us wait for birth.
Let us wait for new life. And this year, as we wait, let us anticipate the new things that
God will be birthing in us and through us in the lives of others.
Serving Today
Acolytes: Crucifer - Ann-Marie Sills; Candle Lighter - Callie Dill;
Bible Bearer - Reagan McGurk; Water Bearer - Laura Eager;
Bell Ringer - Ellie Eisenmesser;
Bread for Guests: John Eagar
Chancel Guild: Amy & George Stewart
Continental Breakfast: Rosemary Armstrong-Burton
Greeters: Betsy Giesler, Steve Vail
Nursery Supervisor: Kari Young
Nursery Volunteers: Monica & Tom McGurk
Open/Close: Steve Klein
Offering & Offertory
*Prayer of Confession (in unison)
Baptism
Baptism Response
Catherine Anne Thomas
Revelation 4:8 and 11
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,
Who was, and is, and is to come.
You are worthy, our Lord and God,
To receive glory and honor and power,
For you created all things,
and by your will they were created and have their being.
†*Processional Hymn #9
Baptism of Wade Allen Romhilt, son of Elizabeth & David Romhilt
Proclaim God’s Word
Shannon Dill
(As ushers reach chancel steps, please stand.)
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. Amen.
*Prayer of Dedication
Poinsettias ~ Help purchase poinsettias for our sanctuary! Donation envelopes are in the pew
boxes. Cost $15 per plant. These may be given in memory or honor of someone. Names of
those honored or remembered will be listed in the bulletin of December 20. After worship on
January 3, you may take your donated poinsettias home to enjoy.
PATH ~ Remember, November is Presbyterian’s Answer To Hunger Offering Month. Please
use the envelopes in the pew and give!
Save the Date ~ December 13 St. Luke’s Endowment Committee will be sponsoring a book
signing by our own Tony Barnhart. Don’t miss this opportunity! See the Highlights for more info.
Stephen Ministries ~ Georgia Griffin, of our Pastoral Counseling Center, has been helping us
learn of the varied resources available in our community. Grieving Through the Holidays is a
seminar offered at First Baptist of Roswell, December 2, 9, 16. For info, call 770-915-2537.
Go in God’s Name
*Closing Hymn #8 Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates
*Invitation to Discipleship
*Benediction
*Postlude
Veni, Emmanuel
Congregational News
TRURO
Music Ministry
Wednesday Nights ~ There will be NO REHEARSALS on November 25.
Robert J. Powell
The Baptism Response words are by Shirley Erena (Matt.2:1-12),
music by Carlton R. Young ~ STAR CHILD ~ 1994 Hope Publishing Co.
Music and words printed with permission by copyright license CCLI #290966
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*congregation standing, who are able; † seating of worshippers.
Flower Ministry
2010 Flowers ~ To give flowers in memory or in honor of someone, or for a special event, sign
up now on the calendar (main lobby bulletin board!) Cost is $80. You may also call Faye
Cashwell, 770-409-1960.
Drawing on the cover by Marjorie Starling