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“A light by the lakeshore”
February 1, 2015 | Worship 9 and 11 a.m.
Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
The pictures in the bulletin this morning are courtesy of the first grade Sunday
school class. It is their interpretation of the 23rd Psalm.
Order of Service for the Worship of God
Go placidly amidst the noise and haste and remember what peace there is in silence.
Gathering Around the Word
*Please rise in body or spirit.
Prelude – Prelude on “Brother James’s Air”
Harold Darke
Welcome and Announcements
*Call to Worship
Leader: God so loved the world.
And sent Jesus to show it.
Leader: God still loves the world.
And sends the Spirit to show it.
Leader: Let us love the world,
for God sends us to do it.
*Opening Hymn – There Is Now a New Creation
Tune: Stuttgart
*Prayer of Confession and Silent Confession
Our prayer of confession is followed by a time of silent confession. That
period of silence will end with the word, “Amen,” spoken by the liturgist.
All: Loving God, we do not always love and live like you want
us to. Our words hurt, our thoughts sour our spirit, and
our inactions do not make the world any better. We’re
sorry. We want to do better. Forgive us and help us.
*Assurance of Pardon
Leader: There is good news. We say, “We’re sorry.” And God says,
“I forgive you. Try harder next time.”
All: In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven. Thanks be to God.
*Response of Praise – Holy, Holy, Holy
Tune: Nicaea
Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All thy works shall praise thy name, in earth and sky and sea;
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!
*Passing of the Peace
Leader: When you know God loves you, you can love other people.
May the peace of Jesus be with you.
And also with you.
While the Passing of the Peace often involves a handshake, this is not a
requirement. However you or your nearby worshipers exchange the peace, please
do not be offended if someone prefers something other than a handshake.
Anthem – Jesus Loves Me!
The Logos FISH Choir
William Bradbury
Let the Children Come (children ages 3 – 2nd grade)
Children will depart for the “Young Children and Worship” worship centers
(room 200/215) after the children’s sermon. At 10 a.m., our Sunday school
teachers come to the worship centers and take the children up to the third
floor to their Sunday school classrooms.
Where Children Belong
James Ritchie
Prayer for Illumination
All: We hear lots of voices, God. Some are helpful and many
are not. Help us to hear you through parents, family, and
our church. Amen.
Old Testament Reading – Deuteronomy 18:15-20
After each reading:
Leader: The Word of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God!
(O.T. p. 168)
Gospel Reading – John 3:1-21
(N.T. p. 88)
Sermon – Nick at Night
Peter Henry
Responding to the Word
Offering and Anthem – Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt Heinrich Schutz
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
That whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal
life. (John 3:16, sung in German)
The Grosse Pointe Memorial Choir
Sacrament of Holy Communion
According to Scripture, communion (also called the Lord’s Supper and the
Eucharist [from the Greek word for thanksgiving]), was celebrated weekly
by the disciples within weeks of Jesus’ death. We know from the writings
of Paul that some of the liturgy we use was in place by the 50s C.E.
The opening lines to the Great Prayer of Thanksgiving, often called the
sursum corda (which is Latin for “Lift up your hearts” and comes from
Scripture, specifically the Psalms), have been used for this purpose since at
least 215 C.E.
It is our custom at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church to receive communion together. After you take a piece of bread or a cup of juice from the
tray, please wait until all have been served. At a verbal cue from a worship
leader, we will all eat the bread or drink the juice together.
Great Prayer of Thanksgiving
Leader: The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Leader: Lift up your hearts.
All: We lift them to the Lord.
Leader: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
Leader: It is truly right and our greatest joy... who forever sing to the glory of your name.
James Biery
Sharing of the Bread and Cup
Music During Communion
Organ – Meditation on “Brother James’s Air”
Searle Wright
Choir – The King of Love My Shepherd Is
Gerald Near
The text may be found at Hymn 171, stanzas 1, 3, and 5.
The Grosse Pointe Memorial Church Choir
Prayer after Communion
Taking the Word into the World
*Closing Hymn – O God, Who Gives Us Life
Tune: Noel
*Choral Amen
Postlude – Sortie in F
Cesar Franck
Copyright Acknowledgments: The following are used with permission, OneLicense.
net License No. 718520. All rights reserved. “There Is Now a New Creation” text by
David Gamrell © 2011 David Gambrell, admin. Presbyterian Publishing Corp. “Where
Children Belong” words and music by James Ritchie, © 1999 Abingdon Press “O God,
Who Gives Us Life” text by Carl P. Daw Jr. © 1990 Hope Publishing Co.
What’s Happening Today, February 1
Worship 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 5 p.m.
Pilgrimage Into The Last Third of Life 10:10 a.m.
PC(USA) Amendments, 10:15 a.m., Second Floor Lounge
Sunday School for all ages 10:10 a.m.
New Member Class 10:15 a.m.
New Officer Training 10:15 a.m.
Looking Ahead
February 8:
February 15:
Worship 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 5 p.m.
Sunday School for All Ages 10:10 a.m.
Congregational Meeting 10:15 a.m.
Worship 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 5 p.m.
No Sunday School
Tasty Treats 3 p.m.
Welcome to Grosse Pointe Memorial Church
About Worship at GPMC
We are a member of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and one of its growing congregations. As a multi-generational community of faith, we are
pleased to offer a host of ministries that respond to the varied interests
of our members and friends. We give thanks to God that you joined us
today and we pray you will receive a sense of God’s loving Spirit from
your time with us. No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here. Visitor packets are available at the Lakeshore
Drive and Reception Area entrances. To learn more about our active and
growing congregation, visit or take one of the booklets,
“Growing in Faith: Getting Involved at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church.”
Please join us for conversation and fairly-traded organically shade grown
coffee down in Fellowship Hall.
Children are always welcome in worship at Grosse Pointe Memorial
Church. An infant and toddler room (room 101) is available
during the services should you prefer to leave your child with our wonderful caregivers. Feel free to use the glider rocker located underneath the
side balcony at any time during the worship service with your child.
Worship kits for children to use during worship are in blue bags located
at each of the entrances and Listening Assisted Devices are available in the
Please list your email address on the fellowship pad at the end of the pew
if you would like to receive our weekly email. For time–sensitive updates,
subscribe to our Twitter feed: GPMCNews.
Cassette tapes and CDs of our worship services are available the week
following the service. Please request copies at the reception desk. You may
also watch or listen to sermons at
Looking to go green? Like your personal device? GPMC now has a mobile
site to bookmark on your iPad, Kindle, or any other handheld device.
Power it up when you get into the sanctuary, touch your icon, and then
call up a PDF of the bulletin. It’s that simple. The wireless network in the
Sanctuary is “gpmchurch” and the password is “[email protected]” The
address for the mobile page is
Leading and Assisting in Worship: Peter Henry, First Grade Sunday
School students; The Logos FISH Choir, Julie Huellmantel, director;
The Grosse Pointe Memorial Church Choir, James Biery, director and
Flowers for the sanctuary on Sunday mornings are provided by our
members in memory or in honor of a loved one. If you are interested in
providing flowers for a loved one, please contact Jan Arndt: 313.882.8587
or email: [email protected]
This morning’s music: The opening hymn centers around a reference
to the well-known parable of the Prodigal Son, and the fourth stanza
forms an effective bridge between that gospel story and the celebration
of Communion. The text was written by David Gambrell, who attends
Highland Presbyterian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, and is an Associate
for Worship for the PCUSA. Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672) set John 3:16 to
music as part of a collection of 29 choral pieces on biblical texts entitled
Geistliche Chormusik (Spiritual Choral Music), published in 1648. The
five independent voices offer a rich texture of overlapping text, coming
together and singing as one at key moments such as the ending: “but have
eternal life.” The motet is sung in German. We close worship this morning
with a hymn that draws on a variety of passages from the Old Testament
that call attention to God’s faithfulness toward the Chosen People and
the promise of a new covenant written on the heart. The hymn is sung
to music by Sir Arthur Sullivan. This hymn tune is commonly used in
England for “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear.”
Christian Education
Elementary LOGOS is our Tuesday afternoon (4 –6:30 p.m. for grades
1–5 and 5:15 – 6:30 p.m. for Kindergarten) program for elementary
age children. It includes Bible study, music, recreation and dinner.
This Tuesday, February 3 (B) - Beach
9 Party Bingo! Wear your summer
Souper Bowl of Caring 2015 is back! Once again the children and youth
of GPMC are asking for your support as they collect nonperishable food
items and monetary donations to help our neighbors who are in need.
We’re already at 349 food items, crushing last years’ donation of 179
items! Now let’s see if we can make it to 500 items. Bring your donations
to Fellowship Hall and choose your Super Bowl 2015 winner by placing
them in your pick’s designated box. Right now we have 165 votes for the
Patriots and 110 votes for the Seahawks. Will GPMC pick this year’s Super
Bowl winner? Keep those donations coming! Even after the Super Bowl is
over, the Souper Bowl of Caring continues until February 22.
It’s time to get your act ready for our Third Annual GPMC Coffeehouse
on February 28. This year’s coffeehouse will support the 2015 TUXIS High
School Mission Trip to Chavies, Kentucky. Our youth will be partnering
with the Appalachian Service Project and will be helping families in
Kenucky. Questions? Please email Debbie Bellovich at [email protected]
Contact Information Needed for College Students. Spring is coming and
that means final exams, graduation, or just the end of another school
year! The Parish Life Council would like to reach out to GPMC’s college
students and let them know that we are thinking of them. If you have a
college student in your family, please send their name, college mailing
address, e-mail address, and year in school to Janet Ruthven at [email protected], or at 313.882.5330 ext. 123. We’d like to show them that
they are always in our hearts and prayers, no matter where they may be!
Youth Sunday is coming up soon. High school students are invited to
participate leading Youth Sunday services next week, February 8, at 9 a.m.,
11 a.m., and 5 p.m. We are practicing for the service during Middle Hour
today in the 3rd floor youth lounge. We’ll be practicing music for the
service this Tuesday from 6:30 - 7 p.m. in the choir room. Even if you
don’t usually come to Sunday School or to TUXIS, you are encouraged to
join in. The more, the merrier! If you have any questions, please contact
Sarah Godbehere at [email protected]
Registration is closed for the High School Mission Trip. All 25 spots are
filled for the 2015 high school mission trip to Chavies, KY! Stay tuned for
information about our upcoming fundraising events.
Do you like reading fiction? GPMC has two Faith and Literature groups:
one group reads short stories (Short Story Theology) and one reads novels
(The Novel as Theology). The next Novel as Theology group meeting is
on Wednesday, Feb. 25 from 7:30 - 9 p.m. The February novel is J.R.R.
Tolkien’s “The Hobbit.” The next Short Story Theology group meeting
is on Wednesday, Feb. 11 from 7:15 - 8:30 p.m. at the home of Peter
and Shawn Henry. The February short story is “When You’re Excused,
You’re Excused” by Bruce Jay Friedman.
Four Books, One Story – The next meeting is on Tuesday, February 24
(because Peter will in Honduras for our usual meeting) from 7 - 8 p.m.
This once-a-month, minimal homework study is a look at the story of Jesus through all four gospels. We will be comparing stories that appear in
all four texts, noting differences and similarities, and asking the question,
“Why are things different from one writer to the next?”
Adult Bible Study – If you’ve been considering joining a Bible study, this
is a good time to join the Adult Bible Study, which meets from 7:30 - 9
p.m., the first and third Wednesdays of the month. Last week, we began a
study of the Gospel of John. The next meeting is Feb. 4.
Reel Theology meets the first Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the
Jordan Cinema Room (Third Floor). The February movie on Monday,
Feb. 2, is Girl Rising. Chronicling the lives of girls who have been freed
from domestic servitude, forced labor and worse. It is a documentary
about the importance of educating girls around the world.
The next concert in Music at Memorial’s “Songs of the Spirit” series is
on Sunday, February 15, at 3:00 in the afternoon. Our own Memorial
Church Staff Singers will present a program entitled “Tasty Treats.”
Sopranos Carol Ambrogio Wood, Sheena Law, mezzo-soprano Diane
Schoff, tenor Michael Fowler, and baritone Kenneth Shepherd offer an
afternoon of treats for the ears and the palate. Enjoy favorite opera arias,
art songs, songs from musical theater, and an afternoon tea in Barbour
Chapel. Due to limited seating, we ask you to reserve a seat in advance,
even if you are a season ticket holder. Please respond by February 8 to
[email protected] or call 313-882-5330.
“Little Dresses” for Malawi – This year’s winter project is waiting for
you to pick up in Fellowship Hall on Sunday, Feb. 1 and Feb. 8 during
Middle Hour. These dresses will go to the girls in Chaona Village where
a team of seven GPMC members joined others last October to build
classrooms there. Come see us in Fellowship Hall, pick up your dress
kit and join this mission effort. You are also welcome to contact Kathie
Morinelli (313.822.7666, [email protected]) or Jean Rudolph
(313.886.6158, [email protected]). Our project is called Martha Ny11
boer Memorial Dresses for Malawi. A donation in memory of Martha
Nyboer, Chair of PW/GPMC Sewing for many years, will fund this effort.
Thank you to the Nyboer family for making this project possible.
February 4th is the last Call for Donations going to Honduras! We’d
especially love to bring a few more scissors, vitamins, foot or antibiotic
creams, and serving utensils. If you have a kids book in Spanish, spare
(medium to large) crochet hooks, or a soccer ball, we’d bring those too!
The full list is on the collection bin by the Reception Area. Thank you to
the many people who have already donated!
Eastside Take Control Offers Resources and Support for Those in Career Transition – ETC is a team of representatives from 6 Grosse Pointe
area churches who have collaborated to provide a portfolio of resources
for people (church members or not) in job transition in order to equip,
encourage and empower them to move forward. We have experts willing
to offer free services in the areas of resume writing, interviewing skills, networking, job leads, spirituality, wellness, coaching, accountability, business
start-ups and more. Our Yahoo e-mail distribution group sends out regular
announcements on job openings and networking events. In addition, on
Wednesday mornings a small support group meets in our Church library
at 8:30 a.m. Also, Pastor Ben VanArragon of First Christian Reformed
Church at 1444 Maryland in Grosse Pointe Park, meets with job seekers
in his office by appointment for “Digging Deeper” into the spiritual and
emotional aspects of job loss. If you’re an employer with job opportunities, or a professional with advice or resources to share, please let us know.
For more information, or to discuss your specific needs and get directed
to appropriate resources, contact Mark Cory at 313-821-5060 or [email protected]
Grosse Pointe Memorial Church is celebrating 150 years in the community with the community. Our vision is to go big, really big, this year with
an amazing opportunity for our entire community and all generations to
partner with the Kids Against Hunger Coalition to pack food for the hungry. We will pack food for 150,000 people right here at GPMC. We need
your help! We are asking groups and individuals to give the gift of time
on March 7 and 21. The days will be divided in two hour shifts: 10 a.m.
- 12 p.m., 12 - 2 p.m., and 2 - 4 p.m. We need you and your family, and
your friends, and your scout troop, and your book club, and your council.
Please help us find groups in the church and in the community to join us.
Flyers to give your friends are in the lobby and on line. Sign up by emailing
[email protected] or in the church lobby.
Faith Communities Coalition (FCC), a community of Eastside Churches
who want to help with Foster Care in Michigan, will have their quarterly
meeting at GPMC next Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 6:30 p.m. Michelle Kuhar,
Community Relations Director for Covenant House Michigan, will be our
featured speaker and will discuss homeless youth in Detroit and how so
many foster kids end up on the street. Want to learn more? This meeting
is open to all!
And More ...
The Session of Grosse Pointe Memorial Church has called a
congregational meeting for Sunday, February 8, at 10:15 a.m. in
Fellowship Hall. This is one of our two annual meetings and is for the
purpose of receiving the annual report, receiving a report on the annual
budget, and acting on proposed changes to the terms of call for Peter
Henry. Copies of the report will be available online beginning Feb. 9.
On Thursday, February 26 from 6:15-8:30, GPMC will be hosting an
event for The Family Center of Grosse Pointe & Harper Woods titled
“Drugs and Alcohol: What Parents and Professionals Need to Know.”
The event will kick off with a keynote address by national lecturer, author,
interventionist, and Oprah Winfrey Show veteran, Debra Jay called
“Confronting Realities, Preventing Tragedies” and will also include
breakout sessions related to how to have cooperative conversations with
youth, what are the drugs out there today - from prescription to harder
“street” drugs, and legal consequences stemming from substance issues.
Please contact The Family Center at 313-432-3832, or register online at
OWLS presents Theology in Light and Color: The Stunning Stained
Glass Windows of Grosse Pointe Memorial Church on Thursday, Feb.
12, 12 - 2 p.m. in room 209. GPMC’s very own Rev. Dr. Lynne Alcott
Kogel, author of “Christianity in Stained Glass,” will be speaking. If your
last name begins with A-I, please bring a dessert, fruit or cheese-n-crackers;
J-R, please a casserole, sandwiches or soup; S-Z, please bring a salad or
vegetable (hot or cold). All are welcome!
Ushers: If you are willing to help usher (hand out bulletins and collect the
offering) on a particular Sunday or whenever needed, please contact Dave
Litchfield at [email protected]
The May 6-19 trip to Israel now has an itinerary and process for
registration. The forms are available in information racks around the
church, as well as on the website. Registration forms must be received by
today, Feb. 1 or there will be a late fee.
Invest in your marriage! Dr. Gary Chapman, best-selling author of The
Five Love Languages, is coming to GPMC on Saturday, April 18 from 9
a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Tickets for the marriage seminar are available at www. Tickets are $50/couple, $25/individual.
Praying for Others
Prayer is such an important part of the caring life of GPMC. If you know
of anyone who would like pastoral care, is in the hospital or would like to
be added to our prayer list, please contact Carol Marks at 313.882.5330,
ext. 127 or [email protected] On Feb. 22, we will begin a new
prayer list, if you would like your loved one to remain on the list, please
contact Carol Marks.
RECENT PRAYER REQUESTS: Tom Bejin (Matt Bejin’s father),
Joan Coyle, Emma Edwards, Steven Erskine (friend of Lynne Bacon),
Melanie Flynn (Flo Stahl’s daughter-in-law), Barbara Higginbottom,
Linda Robinson (sister of Ann Willet), Kim Rousek, Pastor Ken Smith
and Katherine Wright (friends of Pauline Lackey), Margaret Smith, David
Thompson (Katie Coyle’s father), Bruce Westervelt, Jack Wittwer.
SERVICE PERSONS DEPLOYED: Major David Feltner, Afghanistan
(Brother-in-law and brother of Amanda Litchfield Spacil and Michael
Spacil); 1st Lt. Theo Moran USAF, Middle East (Dan McCrary’s sonin-law); Marine L.Cpl. Derek Roy and Marine L.Cpl. Alex Roy (Roger
VanDerKar’s grandsons); Marine Captain Chuck Smith, aboard the
U.S.S. Iwo Jima; Commander Florencio Yuzon (son-in-law of Val and Pat
Moran), US Navy JAG Corps, Manama, Bahrain.
ON–GOING PRAYER REQUESTS: Barnes family (friends of Lynne
Bacon), David Bell (nephew of Margaret Smith), The Brooks family
(friends of Alex Piku), Jane Clark (Sally Van Dusen’s friend), Donna
Dennis (Lauren Dennis’ mother), Carol Eich (Warren Eich’s sister-in-law),
Warren Eich, Jessica Fowler (newborn daughter of Michael Fowler), The
Gadzinski Family, Bill Harbert, Pat Hentgen (cousin of Jack Thomas),
Casey and Paula Hess (Roma and Thomas’ son and daughter-in-law), Gerald
Kopasz (Michael Kopasz’s father), Dennis Martell (Jane Burkey’s friend),
Gladys Meier (Jan Arndt’s mother), Joni Neveux, Rick Ouellette (dear
friend of Jean Carmichael), Pat Palm, Jim Schroth, Cyndi Singelyn, Evan
Steiner (grandson of Mary and Bill Steiner), Lucy Stemmler’s family:
Adam, Aimee, Joey and Kate, Bob Trapp (friend of Judy Masserang),
Teddy and Walt Vieweg (newborn twins of Julia and Andrew Vieweg), Bill
Wagoner (brother and sister-in-law of Dennis and Nancy Anderson).
This Week at Memorial
Sun., February 1:
Worship 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 5 p.m.
Sunday School for all ages 10:10 a.m.
Middle Hour 10:10 a.m.
New Officer Training 10:15 a.m.
New Member Class 10:15 a.m.
Mon., February 2:
Mornings at Memorial 9 a.m. - Noon
Preacher’s Workshop 10 - 11 a.m.
Reel Theology 7 - 9 p.m.
Scouts 7 - 9 p.m.
Tues., February 3: Women’s Bible Study 7 - 8 a.m.
Stephen Ministry Training Class 9 a.m. - Noon
Wonder Group 9 - 10:30 a.m.
Mornings at Memorial 9 a.m. - Noon
Knitting and Sewing 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Senior Yoga 10 - 11 a.m.
Elementary Logos 4 - 6:30 p.m.
LIFE/TUXIS 6 - 8 p.m.
Alanon 7:30 - 9 p.m.
AA 8 - 9 p.m.
Wed., February 4:
Men’s Bible Study 7 - 7:45 a.m.
ETC 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Mornings at Memorial 9 a.m. - Noon
Faith Community Coalition 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Habitat for Humanity 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Honduras Meeting 7 - 8 p.m.
Adult Bible Study 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Thurs., February 5: Women’s Connection 8:15 - 10 a.m.
Mornings at Memorial 9 a.m. - Noon
Senior Yoga 10 - 11 a.m.
Memorial Ringers 6 - 7 p.m.
Adult Choir 7:15 - 9:15 p.m.
Fri., February 6:
Men’s Breakfast 7:15 - 8:15 a.m.
Mornings at Memorial 9 a.m. - Noon
AA 8 - 9 p.m.
Sun., February 8:
Worship 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 5 p.m.
Sunday School for all ages 10:10 - 11 a.m.
Congregational Meeting 10:15 a.m.
Pastoral and Program Staff
The Reverend Dr. Peter J.M. Henry, Pastor
Susan Acton, Coordinator of Outreach Ministries
James Biery, Minister of Music and Organist
The Reverend Sarah Godbehere, Associate Pastor
Carol Beltz Marks, Director of Pastoral Ministries
The Reverend Susan Mozena, Coordinator of Adult Ed.
Lisa Turner, Director of Children’s Ministries
Administrative Staff
Dan Aggas, Head Sexton
Phyllis May, Finance Secretary
Jim Schultz, Director of Finance and Operations
Office Hours
Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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