Welcome to First Presbyterian Church Of Ocala The Fourth Sunday of Advent December 21, 2014 This Morning’s Sermon Christmas Gifts That Always Fit 511 S.E. Third Street, Ocala, FL 34471 The Reverend Dr. Raymond Guterman, Pastor The Reverend Darren Bess, Associate Pastor The Rev. Dr. Ray C. Ruark, Jr., Pastor Emeritus Phone: (352) 629-7561 Fax: (352) 629-8066 www.fpcocala.org FAITHFULLY SERVING JESUS CHRIST IN MARION COUNTY AND THE WORLD SINCE 1857 AND STILL GROWING! TRADITIONAL WORSHIP THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT December 21, 2014 8:15a.m. & 11:00 a.m. We Gather with Others in God’s House The Welcome and Announcements The Ritual of Friendship (Thank you, if able, for standing and greeting your neighbors in worship today.) We Prepare Our Hearts and Minds for Worship The Chiming of the Hour The Prelude What Child is This? Alex Morin, Viola arr. A. Christopherson To meditate upon today during the prelude…… Lord Jesus, Master of both the light and the darkness, send Your Holy Spirit upon our final preparations for Christmas this year. We who have so much to do seek quiet spaces to hear Your voice each day. We who are anxious over many things look forward to Your coming among us. We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of Your kingdom. We whose hearts are heavy seek the comfort of Your presence. We are Your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light. To You we say, "Come Lord Jesus!” The Introit (11:00) We Have Come to Worship the Lord Charles Yannerella The Lighting of the Advent Candles ( 8:15) Tom Michael, Kristen Crawford and Michelle Michael ( 9:30) Stuart McElhaney and Family (11:00) John Bennett and Family Scripture: Isaiah 11:1-6 Leader: With the lighting of the Fourth Advent Candle, our circle of flames is now complete – God so loved the world that He gave His only Son. Let us sing aloud in celebration that God is with us in Jesus Christ. May the light from His coming as a holy child fill us with love today and throughout the coming year. Congregation in Unison: Come, Lord Jesus, we are waiting, Be our guest this Advent day. Our longing hearts await Your coming; Fill us with love, O God we pray. Amen. *If able, please stand We Give Praise and Adoration to God *The Hymn of Praise O Come, All Ye Faithful #41 *The Re-Affirmation of Faith A Christmas Creed We believe in Jesus Christ and His gospel, born to us all so long ago in Bethlehem of Judea. We believe in Him whose birth glorified Bethlehem, but for whom there was no room at the inn. We believe in Him whose guiding star brought together to His Manger the humble shepherds and the Wise Men. We believe in Him whose guiding Star can bring together in His Name the humble and the wise everywhere. We believe in Him who walked among the common people, and who was welcomed by those with open minds and yearning hearts, whom the poor, the oppressed, the discouraged, the sick and afflicted welcomed and accepted as their Lord and Savior. We believe in Him whose life changed the course of history, over whom kings had no power, whose life humbled the proud, toppled the mighty, and elevated those of low degree. We believe in Him whose love changed human hearts for the better and whose life and death on the Cross proved that it is more important to serve than to be served, and that the greatest are those who give their lives in service for justice and peace among all peoples, everywhere. We believe that the Christmas spirit…the spirit of Christ…is the spirit that can change us and the world for the better through the power of love, faith and hope. We believe, Lord, and pray that You will help our unbelief. Amen. *The Gloria Patri #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. (Children sitting with their parents may now join Ms. Jacque Johnson for children’s church.) The Anthem (11:00) In the Bleak Midwinter Christina Rosetti Arr. David L. Bedenbaugh In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan, earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone; snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow, in the bleak midwinter, long ago. Heaven cannot hold Him, nor earth sustain; Heaven and earth shall flee away when He comes to reign. In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed the Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ. Angels and archangels may have gathered there, cherubim and seraphim thronged the air; but His mother only, in her maiden bliss, worshipped the Beloved with a kiss. What can I bring Him, poor as I am? If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb; if I were a Wise Man, I would do my part; what I can I give Him: give my heart. We Seek and Share God’s Forgiveness The Call to Confession The Prayer of Confession (Unison) Lord God, who came to us that Holy Night, long ago, when Jesus was born in Bethlehem; and then in Him did walk among us in full humanity, yet full of divine grace and truth, come into our hearts anew this Christmas, we pray. Once again bring Your light to push back the darkness from us. Once again speak to aching hearts Your word of peace. Once again touch deeply in our souls that core of innocence, which gladly hears the angels sing; unashamedly adores the Christ; and eagerly commits itself once again, to the search of peace on earth, and goodwill among all peoples, through Christ we worship and pray. Amen. (A time for silent prayer and confession.) The Assurance of Pardon The Response (singing) Angels We Have Heard on High Come to Bethlehem and see Him whose birth the angels sing; Come, adore on bended knee Christ, the Lord, the Newborn King. #23 [Refrain] Gloria in excelsis Deo; Gloria in excelsis Deo; We Give God His Tithes and our Offerings The Call to Offering The Offertory Hymn to the Holy Child *The Doxology Franz Liszt 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. #592 *The Prayer of Consecration and the Lord’s Prayer (all singing) We Hear God’s Word Proclaimed The New Testament Scripture Matthew 2: 7-12 (N. T. Page 2) This is the Word of the Lord Thanks be to God The Sermon Christmas Gifts That Always Fit We Depart to Live and Love as Christian Disciples *The Hymn of Dedication We Three Kings of Orient Are *The Charge and Benediction *The Choral Response (11:00) Three-Fold Amen *The Postlude Fantasia on O Come, Emmanuel Pastor Raymond Guterman #66 Danish Heathcote Statham Serving Our Lord Today at First Presbyterian Church of Ocala Greeters/Ushers 8:15 a.m. Ella Charnley, Mary Lou Ellis and Garris and Nancy Graham Greeters 11:00 a.m. Tom and Evelyn Weaver Ushers 11:00 a.m. John Reiss, Captain; Savannah Bennett, Pat Bishop, Bill Bowen, Hank Fleming, Mikey Kelly, Bob Timmer, Roxanne Schwaller and Ted Waln TODAY’S ANNOUNCEMENTS Welcome to all who worship with us on this fourth Sunday of Advent! We are delighted that you are here with us and especially welcome all newcomers. Thank you for signing and passing the Friendship Pad on the pews. If you’re new today, please give us your address and phone number. If you are looking for a new church home, we trust that the service today will be a blessing to you and that you will continue to worship and serve the Lord with us! New members are received into our church by either transfer from a previous church or by profession or reaffirmation of faith. Inquirers’ Luncheons are held every other month on Sundays from noon to 2:00 p.m. in which newcomers can learn more about Christianity, the Presbyterian Church and membership at First Presbyterian Church of Ocala. Please speak with one of our pastors after the service if you have questions or pastoral concerns, and again, welcome to our First family of faith! Large print hymnals and hearing aids are available for your convenience from the ushers. If any hearing aid does not work, please see an usher for a replacement. Parents, please be sure to get today’s worship bulletin for your children with activities for them on the ushers’ table in the narthex. Ask an usher for information. Our 2015 Contribution Envelopes are in the Narthex today. If you have chosen to have envelopes this year, they are in alphabetical order. If you don’t see your name and would like to have envelopes, please call Pam Steiner in the church office (629-7561) or email [email protected] Welcome to our Christmas Eve Services at 5:00 and 7:00 p.m.! At 5, there will be a Contemporary Worship Service of Music, Carols and Communion, featuring Cross & Crowns and our children and youth choirs in Fellowship Hall. At 7 we’ll have a traditional Christmas Eve worship service with Carols, Communion and Candlelight in the Sanctuary. Invite and bring family, neighbors and friends! Our Out-to-Dinner Fellowship will meet next on Thursday, January 15 at 5:30 p.m. at Blanca’s Café (Ocala Palms - 5160 NW 26th St.). Call Cathy Taylor (671-3730) by Monday, January 12 if you’re planning to attend. Newcomers are always welcome! We Remember This Week in Prayer Janice Schafer and Doris Steinhardt (Emeritus East), David Owen (Gene and Dee Owen’s son), J. R. Blackwell (Mary Kauffman’s nephew), Carl Jackson (Veta Jackson’s son), Tineke (Grietje Lewis’ sister), Lucille Griggs (Genesis), Helen Hayes Marion Thomas’ sister), Noel Trentham Hutcheson (Brooke Cole's sister) Sue Murphy, Maria Myers (Hampton Manor), Karen Reiss (the Reiss’ daughter-in-law) and our men and women serving in the armed forces and their families. January Inquirers’ Luncheon – Welcome Newcomers! Our next Inquirers’ Luncheon will be on Sunday, January 25. Join us from noon to 2:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall if you have been worshipping regularly with us and want to learn more about FPC. Please complete the form below and place it in the offering plate today, send it to the church office, or call 629-7561 to make a reservation. ---------------------------------------------------- (Tear Off) --------------------------------------------------------------I’m/we’re interested in the Inquirers’ Luncheon on Sunday, January 25, 2014 Name(s): ____________________________________________________ Need Childcare: _______ Address:_____________________________________________________ Phone: ________________ Are you looking for a last minute stocking stuffer or something for someone who has “everything”? Give them a copy of In-Spired Delights, our church’s first cookbook. Purchase copies in the church office during the week—Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and until 12:30 p.m. on Friday. The cost is $8 … Or give copies of some of Pastor Raymond’s books at a cost of only $5 each – A Quote a Day to Keep the Devil Away, Road to Healing, The ABC’s of Christianity and The Choice or Pastor Darren’s book Exponential Grace. Contact the church office to have the books personalized for someone special. January Training for Youth volunteers! Anyone interested in becoming a part of our KidsKram Youth Volunteer Team, we’ll be holding another training session on Thursday, January 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Also, any middle or high school youth who wish to serve as leaders in our KidsKram Children’s Church, you are invited to attend the required training. Please contact Mrs. Jacque at the church (629-7561) or [email protected] Our Church mission is to worship God and to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are called to serve and to demonstrate God’s message of love to all. Calling All FPC Men! Presbyterian Men will meet next on Thursday, January 29 at 6:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Great meal - Great price ($6.00) - Our speaker will be Pat Mcginnis, missionary in Africa and former FPC member! Plan to be here and bring friends. For reservations, please designate on the Friendship Pad or put this form in the offering plate today or call the Church Office (629-7561) by Tuesday, January 26 or email at fpcocala.org. Call Ron McMillin (629-2119) for information. (Tear Off Below) Presbyterian Men – Reservation Form Thursday, January 29 Name(s):__________________________________ Phone #:_______________# Attending:____ This Week’s Calendar December 21 – December 27 SUN December 21 8:15 a.m. – Noon 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 11:15 a.m. - Noon 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. MON TUES WED 5:30 p.m. December 22 8:30 a.m. 5:30 p.m. December 23 5:30 p.m. December 24 Nursery: newborns – 3 year olds - Nursery Children’s Church: KidsKram (3 years – 5th Grade) – Room 26 Children’s Church: KidsKram (3 years – 5th Grade) – Room 26 Adult Christian Education: Science and Religion - Nita Williams - Parlor Christians Through the Ages - The Crusades – Beth Whelan – Room 1, Education Building The Blakely Class – Sustaining Hope – David Arango-Palencia / Jean Morse – Room 2, Education Building. Kaleo Youth Christmas Party – Thomas Drake’s Home Steeple Committee Meeting – Room 1, Education Building String Ensemble Rehearsal - 3224 SE 13th Street (Helen Lawton, 694-2280) Cross & Crowns Rehearsal – Fellowship Hall Christmas Eve Services 5:00 p.m. A Contemporary Worship Service of Music, Carols and Communion, featuring Cross & Crowns and our Children and Youth Choirs – Fellowship Hall 7:00 p.m. A Traditional Service of Carols, Communion and Candlelight - Sanctuary This Week’s Daily Bible Readings God’s Word: Offering Us True Joy Wednesday December24 Thursday December 25 Friday December 26 Saturday December 27 The Fourth Sunday of Advent Sunday December 21 Luke 1:1-25 Monday December 22 Luke 1:26-56 Tuesday December 23 Luke 1:57-80 Luke 2:1-20 John 1:1-18 John 1:19-34 Luke 2:21-40 GIVE THANKS AND PRAY FOR OUR CHURCH’S 2014 BENEVOLENCES Presbytery, Synod, General Assembly, PC(USA) General Assembly Per Capita Jamaica Medical Mission Florida Presbyterian Pilgrimage, Inc. (FLPP) Ocala Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Center Marion Senior Services (Meals on Wheels) Skilled Day Center, Inc. Thornwell Home and School for Children Duvall Presbyterian Home, DeLand Marion County Fellowship of Christian Athletes Evangelism/Outreach/Advertising Miscellaneous Mission Projects Habitat for Humanity of Marion County, Inc. Marion County Project HOPE Grace Place, Ocala, FL PC(USA) Missionary Support (four families) Staff & Commissioners' Expenses and Transportation Women's Pregnancy Center Interfaith Emergency Services Our Boy Scout Troop Marion County Florida Center for the Blind Set Free Prison Ministry Marion County PACE Center for Girls Marion County Christian 12-Step Ministry Helping Hands Take Stock in Children PC(USA) Theological Education Fund Seminary Student Allowance (Madison Munoz) Campus Crusade for Christ (Straub's daughter) International Mission Trip First Presbyterian Church of Ocala Connection Card NAME:___________________________________ EMAIL:_____________________________________ Newcomer nd 2 time Newcomer Regular Attender Member If 1st or 2nd time newcomer, how did you hear about First Presbyterian Church of Ocala? _________________________________________________________________________ (Name of person who invited you, web, Facebook, etc.) Address ______________________________________________________________________________________ Best Contact Phone Number______________________________________________________________________ I/We’d like to receive more information about: Bible Study Sunday School Presbyterian Women Small Groups Children’s Ministry Youth Ministry Music Ministries Serving on a Committee Mission Projects Joining our telephone or e-mail Prayer Chain How to join the church Other __________________________________________________________________________ Comments / Prayer Requests ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ Thank you for placing this form in the offering plate when it is passed today. We’re glad you’re here and God is too!
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