THE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN

CHURCH AT CALDWELL

 

Our Purpose:

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.

Welcome!

 

January 26, 2020

9:30 AM

3rd Sunday after Epiphany

 

GATHERING

 

REFLECTION

“You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. “

-Mark Twain

 

PRELUDE

“A New Hallelujah”

arr. Philip Kevern

 

Call to Worship (Psalm 19)

Liturgist: Nancy Hauser, Elder

The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the decrees of the Lord are sure, making wise the

simple.

People: The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is clear, enlightening the eyes.

The fear of the Lord is sure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous

altogether.

Let the words of my mouth and meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

All: Let us worship God!

 

OPENING PRAYER

 

*HYMN NO. 687

“Our God, Our Help in Ages Past”

St. Anne

Serving as Acolyte today is Madison Reis

 

CONFESSION

CORPORATE PRAYER

O God, have mercy upon us, and through Christ forgive our sin. He called the church to be one body with parts to make it function. We sever that one body through suspicion and hostility; we cannot dine around one common table. We divide into separate bodies and pretend to be the church. We take from one another what belongs to us all. By your grace make us one in Christ.

 

PERSONAL CONFESSION

God, you are the beginning and the end, the journey and our home. Praise be to you.

Amen.

 

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS

...Friends, believe the good news.

In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.

 

*RESPONSE OF PRAISE NO. 447

“We Are Forgiven”

We Are Forgiven

We are forgiven. We are forgiven.

Thanks be to God. Thanks be to God.

We are forgiven. We are forgiven.

Thanks be to God. Thanks be to God.

 

PROCLAIMING AND RESPONDING

 

ANTHEM

 

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.

 

PARISH LIFE

Members, friends and visitors, please sign the Friendship Pad in each pew and pass it to the person

next to you, 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.

 

SCRIPTURE

Matthew 4:18-22

Page 03, NT

Matthew 25:31-46

Page 26, NT

 

SERMON

“The Real World”

Rev. Don Brown

 

*HYMN NO. 749

“Come! Live in the Light!”

We Are Called

 

OFFERING

OFFERTORY

“Prophet's Song”

Jane Marshall

Chancel Choir (1924-2019)

To sing when fleeting breath and truant hope forbid, to stand when gusts of fear at cyclone strength prevail, to act, when blanket heavy apathy surrounds, to roar, when falsehood, clothed in silence overwhelms; this then is faith; 'the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.' And in God's good grace to sing, to stand, to act, to roar. We are called to live this faith.

Text by Rev. John Thornburg

 

*RESPONSE OF PRAISE NO.607

“Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow”

Old Hundredth

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

Praise Christ, all people here below;

Praise Holy Spirit evermore;

Praise Triune God, whom we adore.

Amen.

 

GOING FORTH

 

HYMN NO. 821

“My Life Flows On”

How Can I Keep From Singing

 

*BENEDICTION

 

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE NO. 466

“Come and Fill Our Hearts”

Confitemini Dominio

Come and fill our hearts with your peace. You alone, O Lord, are holy. Come and fill our hearts with your peace. Alleluia!

 

*THE PEACE

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

 

† We are glad you have chosen to worship here today! Please come again!

 

† 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:

...Maggie Bischoff, Alice Brackmann, Harry Coppens, Jay Courter, Catherine Fleming, Neil Garland,

Diane Hanley, Sandra Harvey, Bill Hayden, Ann Hicock, Brian Johnson, Sandy Johnson, Edna Lawshe,

Marge Lucas, Al Olsen, Fred Page, Mimi Page, Kaye Prasad, Louise Ritscher, Richard Rose, Ginny

Schmidt, Lydia Spinelli, Marlene Todd, and Debbie Wefferling.

The church office will be happy to verify their home addresses for should you wish to send them

words of encouragement or get well wishes.

 

†The flowers this morning, are given to the glory of God...

....in memory of Richard Harvery on what would have been his 85th birthday, by his wife Ruth

 

†The red rose this morning celebrates the birth of...

....Nico Marshall Spinelli on January 17, 2020 to Matthew and Ashley Spinelli, grandson of

Lydia and Walter Spinelli

 

†For more information about our church, please visit our website: www.firstprescaldwell.org. An

information packet is available at the rear of the sanctuary and an Usher or one of the Greeters that

you met as you came in will be glad to provide you with more information.

 

STEPHEN MINISTERS are confidential caregivers available in times of need. For more information about Stephen Ministry call 973-228-0310 Ext. 235.

 

†Order your Flower Memorials for 2020! Please Call or email us. 973.228.0310 - fpc@firstprescaldwell.org