THE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN
CHURCH AT CALDWELL
To help all people build life-transforming relationships with God and each other.
The members and friends of FPC welcome people from all backgrounds - - people of faith from throughout the world, people who profess no faith, Christians of all denominations and those who are searching for religious and spiritual meaning.
May 14, 2017
5th Sunday of Easter
“A seed must fall to the earth and die before it can live to bear fruit.” — Jesus
arr. Douglas Wagner
Chancel Handbell Choir
CALL TO WORSHIP (from Psalm 66)
Come and hear, and I will tell what the Lord has done for me.
Truly God has listened and given heed to the words of my prayer.
You are blessed, O God, because you have not rejected my prayer, or removed your steadfast love from me.
I will come into your house with offerings and pay you my vows, those that my lips uttered and my mouth promised when I was in trouble.
*HYMN NO. 324
“For All The Faithful Women” Nyland
Lighting the candles today is Acolyte Charlene Pace
Hear the brokenness of our lives, Precious God. We cover our ears so we cannot hear the cries of those in need, or you urging us to respond. We rush together to defend every issue that matters to us, but quickly disperse when you would call us to be your holy people. We shout as loud as we can to cheer on our sports teams, but can manage only whispers when it comes to sharing the good news.
Forgive us, O God, and do not hold our sins against us. We lay the garments of our foolishness at your feet, so you might clothe us in grace and hope. We would feed on the spiritual food which flows from your heart so we might be strong enough to follow Jesus as he leads us in the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
Lord, strengthen our faithfulness.
ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS
...Friends, believe the good news.
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.
*RESPONSE OF PRAISE NO. 626
“As the Deer”
PROCLAIMING AND RESPONDING
“In the Little Bitty Words”, “When We All Live As One”,
“The Seed Song” and “I Love You, Mom”
Cherub Choir and Choir Helpers
TIME WITH THE CHILDREN
Please note: Children through 7th grade may leave the sanctuary for Sunday School following the Time with the Children. Please exit through the doors on either side of the Choir loft.
Members, friends and visitors, please sign the Friendship Pad in each pew and pass it to the person next to you. The last person will pass the pad back to the first person, who will then please place the sheet in the offering plate. Worshipers are invited to use the cards in the pew racks for prayer requests so we may share one another’s joys and concerns. The ushers will collect the cards during the hymn following the sermon and they will be offered during the Prayers of the People.
page 84, NT
SERMON “And We Rise!” Rev. Don Brown
*HYMN NO. 704
“To My Precious Lord”
To My Prescious Lord
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND 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.
OFFERTORY “Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing” arr. Daniel Musselman
Westminster & Pilgrim Choir
Katie Kreil, Piano
*RESPONSE OF THANKSGIVING
NO. 710 “We Lift Our Voices”
*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
NO. 175 “Seek Ye First”
The peace of Christ be with you.
And also with you.
Please exchange greetings of welcome and peace with your neighbor.
*Please rise in body or in spirit
†If you are new to the church...Welcome! We’re glad to have you here. Please ask an usher to direct you to Visitor packets at the rear of the church. They can be found on the table near the usher’s closet under the balcony stairs. After the 10:00am service today, we hope you will join us for Coffee Hour in Room 120.
†The flowers this morning are given to the glory of God…
...in memory of Carl’s & Jean’s parents by Jean Thyren
FLOWER DONORS for the sanctuary are needed for the following dates: May 21, July 2, 23 and 30, August 20, September 3 and 24, October 1, 22 and 29 and November 5. If you would like to donate flowers in memory or in honor of someone, please fill out a form and return to the office.
† Your prayers of intercession are requested for those members and friends known to be currently or recently hospitalized or who continue to need our prayers and support:
…Neil Aharrah, Harry Coppens, Bill Hayden, Edith Jipp, Christopher Kerwin, Barbara Piggery, Louise Ritscher, Emil Schnell, Laura Winter and Helena Wispelwey. The church office will be happy to verify their home addresses for you should you wish to send them words of encouragement or get well wishes.
THE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
326 Bloomfield Avenue
Caldwell, NJ 07006