Welcome to First Presbyterian Church Of Ocala March 8, 2015 This Morning’s Sermon Lenten Give Ups and Start Ups 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 THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT March 8, 2015 8:15a.m. & 11:00 a.m. We Gather with Others in God’s House The Welcome and Announcements The Minute for Mission Fran Gilchrist, Gifts of Women Sunday The Ritual of Friendship (Thank you, if able, for standing and greeting your neighbors in worship today with the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ.) We Prepare Our Hearts and Minds for Worship The Chiming of the Hour The Prelude Gabriel’s Oboe from The Mission Ennio Morricone String Ensemble arr. Robert Longfield To meditate upon today during the prelude…… I have come to the mindset that Jesus doesn’t care about 40 days; He cares about your heart for a lifetime. Give something up, do something out of your comfort zone, but let’s not advertise what it is. Goodness, sometimes have some humility. Maybe during Lent, you practice humility to draw closer to faith. Or you accept your individual struggles with grace so you can be a stronger piece of your community. Perhaps you ditch social media so you aren’t distracted from nurturing meaningful relationships. The Call to Worship We give You thanks, O God, for You are good; Your steadfast love endures forever. When we cried to You with our troubles, O Lord, You saved us from our distress. We give You thanks, O God, for Your wonderful works to all of humanity. Hear now our offerings of praise and thanksgiving, as we tell of Your deeds with songs of joy. Let us worship God! We Give Praise and Adoration to God *The Hymn of Praise Open My Eyes That I May See #324 *The Re-Affirmation of Faith (Unison) As Christians, we affirm the life-giving, renewing work of Jesus Christ on our behalf. In Christ the past is past. It is gone. It no longer determines who we are or who we can become. Christ took care of all that so that we may look to Him for our identity and hope. We are reconciled to God through Christ. We are made new creatures. We receive the promise of God’s daily presence and mercy. We are God’s children! We affirm our choice to live as those whose inheritance is sure, whose joy is secure, and whose present and future are held in the loving hands of our gracious Lord and Savior. *If able, please stand *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 in the 11 O’clock service may now join Ms. Jacque Johnson for children’s church.) The Anthem (11:00) Take My Life and Let It Be Consecrated Frances Havergal arr. Mark Hayes Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee. Take my moments and my days let them flow in ceaseless praise. Take my hands and let them move at the impulse of Thy love. Take my feet and let them be swift and beautiful for Thee. Take my voice and let me sing always, only, for my King. Take my lips and let them be filled with messages from Thee. Take my will and make it Thine; it shall be no longer mine. Take my heart, it is thine own; it shall be thy royal throne. Take my love, my Lord, I pour at Thy feet its treasure store. Take myself and I will be ever, only, all for Thee. We Seek and Share God’s Forgiveness The Call to Confession The Prayer of Confession Gracious God, the journey of Lent comes to us as a gift. It is a reminder to us to slow down, unplug ourselves, and be still and quiet in Your presence. Lord, it takes discipline for us to do this because we are often addicted to instant success and immediate response. We are so used to being “on” that we sometimes lose sight of our need for rest, for renewal and especially for You. So, we thank You for the spiritual discipline of Lent. Encourage us this Lent to at times lay aside our calendars and “to do” lists and focus instead on Your gifts and blessings. Help us to stop long enough to say “thank you” instead of running hurriedly and unappreciatively through our day. We acknowledge the work of Your grace in our lives – and the reality that it is anything but “cheap.” And, we wait. We wait expectantly and patiently for You to speak and to make Yourself known to us in new and surprising ways. To this we commit ourselves this Resurrection day for the sake of Christ in whose name we pray, worship and serve. Amen. (A time for silent prayer and confession.) The Assurance of Pardon The Response (Seated and singing) Dear Lord and Father of Mankind Dear Lord and Father of mankind, Forgive our foolish ways; Reclothe us in our rightful mind, In purer lives Thy service, In deeper reverence, praise. #345 O Sabbath rest by Galilee, O calm of hills above, Where Jesus knelt to share with Thee The silence of eternity, Interpreted by love! We Give God His Tithes and our Offerings The Call to Offering The Offertory Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, Movement 2 *The Doxology 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. Mark 8:34 Johann S. Bach #592 *The Prayer of Consecration and the Lord’s Prayer (All singing) We Hear God’s Word Proclaimed The New Testament Scripture Mark 4:1-9 (N. T. Page 38) This is the Word of the Lord Thanks be to God The Sermon Pastor Raymond Guterman Lenten Give Ups and Start Ups We Depart to Live and Love as Christian Disciples *The Hymn of Dedication I Want Jesus to Walk with Me *The Charge and Benediction *The Congregational Response (8:15) Three-fold Amen *The Choral Response (11:00) Glory Be to the Father *The Postlude Hymn-Prelude: Old Hundredth #363 #585 Rick Tyson Healey Willan Greeters & Ushers Greeters Ushers Serving Our Lord Today at First Presbyterian Church of Ocala 8:15 a.m. Paul and Betty Haupt, Ted Low and Betty Williams 9:30 a.m. Randy Freise and Frankie Misiano 11:00 a.m. Gus and Alta Gustafson 11:00 a.m. John Reiss, Captain; Savannah Bennett, Pat Bishop, Bill Bowen, Hank Fleming, Joe Fleming, Mikey Kelly, Bob Timmer, Roxanne Schwaller, Ted Waln and Dan Woerner We Remember This Week in Prayer Janice Schafer (Palm Garden), Luella Nazaruk (Chambrel), Gera Fleming, Bob Wilton, David Demarest, Lucille Griggs (Oakhurst), Helen Hayes, Veta Jackson and Ginny Magruder (Life Care), Maria Myers (Hampton Manor), Betty Jean Spencer (Ocala Regional), our men and women serving in the armed forces and their families, and growth and renewal in our and all churches during Lent this year. TODAY’S ANNOUNCEMENTS Welcome to all who worship with us today! 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 1:30 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 friendly, caring and mission-minded 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. Spring String Fling is today at 3:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Come hear our fantastic string ensemble’s annual spring concert. The concert will feature classics, such as Bach's Brandenburg Concerto and Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nacht Music, as well as themes from popular movies and TV productions. The group will also feature breakout performances by several members, including the director’s world premier viola performance of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” The performance has something for everyone, so make plans to attend and invite your family, friends and neighbors! There’ll be no Wednesday Night Live supper and program this week due to our yard sale preparation. Our 2015 church-wide yard sale for missions starts this Thursday, March 12 (FPC members only from 4-6 p.m.), and Friday and Saturday, March 13 and 14 from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Tell all your friends and neighbors! Thanks for gathering up, boxing and bringing your donations to Fellowship Hall now, neatly placing them on the sides near the front. Thanks for not bringing older model TVs or computer monitors. Call Lannie Mercer (629-3354) to volunteer, for information or to have items picked up. We need a lot more “unpackers and pricers” for this week as well as lots of plastic grocery bags. All proceeds will help our youth group and advisors participate in a summer 2015 mission week in Georgia and a group of adults who’ll spend a mission week in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Our Out-to-Dinner Fellowship will meet next on Thursday, March 19 at 5:30 p.m. at Carrabba’s (2370 SW College Road). Call Donna Guterman (351-9398) by Monday, March 17 if you’re planning to attend. Newcomers are always welcome! Our March Young Adults Luncheon will take place on Sunday, March 29 at 12:30 p.m. Contact David Bedenbaugh for details at 282-7318 or [email protected] March Inquirers’ Luncheon – Welcome Newcomers! Our next Inquirers’ Luncheon will be on Sunday, March 22. Join us from noon to 1:30 p.m. in 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 6297561 to make a reservation. ---------------------------------------------------- (Tear Off) --------------------------------------------------------------I’m/we’re interested in the Inquirers’ Luncheon on Sunday, March 22, 2015 Name(s): ____________________________________________________ Need Childcare: _______ Address:_____________________________________________________ Phone: ________________ Wednesday Night Live Solidarity Meal – March 25, 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall where we’ll gather for our last Mid-Week dinner for the season. Join us in a solidarity meal for those who have little or nothing to eat. We will gather and have a very humble meal consisting of rice and beans (still more than many will eat that day). Half of the proceeds from the cost of the meal will be donated to Interfaith. We also request that you bring a canned or boxed food item which will also be given to Interfaith Emergency Services here in Ocala. We hope you will accept this invitation to deny ourselves so others may have even a little on our last Mid-Week gathering this spring. Following dinner on March 25 we invite anyone who may wish to join us in the sanctuary for a time of prayer and a service of healing and wholeness. Please invite a friend or co-worker to join us in this evening of fellowship and to raise additional resources for the least among us. Please make your reservations on the Friendship Pad today or call the church office (629-7561). Free sketching and art classes at FPC! Contact Phyllis Craggs for more information (816-1030) or call the church office (629-7561) to sign up. The class is open to all adults. Interfaith needs for March are Canned fruit, rice, pasta and pasta sauce. Thanks for placing your donations in the Narthex or at the back of Fellowship Hall on Sundays or bring them to the church office during the week. 2015 FPC Concert Series Date Day March 8 Sunday March 29 Palm Sunday Concerts May 16 September TBD Time Series 3:00 p.m. Spring String Fling, FPC String Orchestra 8:15 & 11 Chancel Choir Cantata 9:30 Cross & Crowns Musical Saturday 6:30 p.m. Saturday 6:30 p.m. Cross & Crown CD Release Concert New Missionary Baptist Church Women of Worship Gospel Choir October 18 Sunday 4:00 p.m. Josiah Armes (FPC Orlando) Organ Recital November 1 Sunday 3:00 p.m. Marion Chorale Patriotic Concert December 6 Sunday 3:00 p.m. Marion Chorale Holiday Concert Calling All FPC Men! Presbyterian Men will meet this Thursday, March 26 at 6:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Great meal - Great price ($6.00) - Menu: Lasagna, Italian salad, garlic bread and dessert. 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. Richard Chitty (a friend of Harold Plumley), one of the founders of Lexus will be our speaker this month. (Tear Off Below Presbyterian Men – Reservation Form - Thursday, March 26 Name(s):__________________________________ Phone #:_______________# Attending:____ Our KidsKram Annual Easter Egg Hunt is planned for Saturday, April 4 at 10:00 a.m. on the Athletic Field. VBS 2015 “Journey Off the Map” – Prayerfully consider becoming a volunteer. It is time to begin thinking about Vacation Bible School which will be June 22-26. Parents, mark your calendars and be sure to stay tuned for how you can register your child. Contact Jacque Johnson at [email protected] or the church office (629-7561) with any questions, concerns you may have. Get connected! Visit us online at www.fpcocala.org for more information and news about what’s happening at FPC. You can also access Facebook right from our website! Are you on our e-mail list? FPC sends noteworthy information and updates right to your inbox. E-mail the church office at [email protected] to get on our e-mail list. Like us on Facebook! Search for FPC Ocala, FL to find our page. Click the like button to connect. Session Diaconate Darren Bess, Moderator Class of 2015 Wilma Andrews Mark Brinker Valeria Curry Janice Kelly Roxanne Schwaller Sunday Monday Tuesday Class of 2016 Liz Dickmann Brenda Dauner Rosie Gee Ann McCoy Sue Murphy Class of 2017 Esther Arango-Palencia Nancy Drum Vicky Honkus Ellen Matthews Raymond Guterman and Darren Bess, Moderators Tom Weaver, Clerk Class of 2015 Class of 2016 Kent Adams John Hagood Susie Huffines Marta Steve Vincent Howell Winfree, III Julia Wirono Jeff Baker Elaine Cox Christina Diuguid Rod Reimer Marion Thomas Sara Wood This Week’s Daily Bible Readings God Prayerful Word Wednesday March 11 The Third Sunday in Lent Thursday March 8 Nehemiah 9:1-38 March 12 Friday March 9 Daniel 9:1-19 March 13 Saturday March 10 1 Samuel 1:1-28 March 14 Class of 2017 Carly Albright Stephany Gladdin Mike Kaufman Tom Michael Ann O’Hart Becky Schatt Don Slone 1 Samuel 2:1-11 Psalm 4 Psalm 5 Paslm 11 This Week’s Calendar March 8 – March 14 SUN March 8 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 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. 4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. March 9 4:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. March 10 10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 2:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. March 11 10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. THURS FRI SAT 6:00 p.m. March 12 10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. March 13 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 12:30 p.m. March 14 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 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: Beautiful Outlaw (the Life of Jesus) – Nita Williams - Parlor Christians Through the Ages - – Beth Whelan – Room 1, Education Building The Blakely Class – Sustaining Hope – David Arango-Palencia / Jean Morse – Room 2, Education Building. Confirmation Class – Youth Lounge & Café (Rooms 20-22) Ed. Building Kaleo Youth Service – Youth Lounge & Café (Rooms 20-22) Ed. Building Worship Committee Meeting – Conference Room String Ensemble Rehearsal - 3224 SE 13th Street (Helen Lawton, 694-2280) Building & Grounds Committee Meeting – Conference Room Circle 9 – 4295 NE 25th Loop (Crys Bishop, 622-1434) Disciple II – Parlor (Elaine Cox) Circle 5 – Room 1, Ed. Building ( Esther Arango-Palencia, 732-6626) Circle 7 – Choir Room (Fran Gilchrist, 454-3155) Circle 1 – Conference Room (Renie Clark, 351-4694) Circle 8 – 2147 NE 7th Street (Gera Fleming, 629-6065) Cross & Crowns Rehearsal – Fellowship Hall Circle 4 – Choir Room (Sue Brawner, 875-4608) Disciple V – The Gospels – Luke –Parlor (Steve Vincent) Disciple IX – Room 2, Education Building (Jeanne Vincent) Disciple X – Philippians – Room 1, Education Building (Jean Morse) Chancel Choir Rehearsal – Newcomers are always welcome! – Choir Room Kids Klub (3 yrs to 5th Grade) Music, Bible Study and Crafts – Room 26, Education Building Middle School and High School DiscipleNow – Youth Lounge & Café (Rooms 20-22), Education Building Handbells Practice – Bell Tower Disciple 1 – Room 1, Education Building (Pastor Raymond) Disciple IV – Conference Room (Sara Wood and Fran Gilchrist) Annual Yard Sale open to members only – Fellowship Hall Annual Yard Sale open to the public – Fellowship Hall Faith Friends Bible Study Annual Yard Sale open to the public – Fellowship Hall 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.
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