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.
2018 Ten o’clock
23rd Sunday after Pentecost
“If you are a chef, no matter how good a chef you are, it's not good cooking for yourself; the joy is in cooking for others - it's the same with music.”
"Allegro" from WATER MUSIC SUITE
G. F. Handel, arr. Michael Keller
First Church Ringers
Call to Worship Psalm 1 Liturgist: Kathy Pace, Elder
Happy are those who take delight in the law of the Lord.
They are like trees planted by streams of water. In all that they do they prosper.
For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous.
May God number us with the righteous as we worship the Lord.
All: Let us worship God!
*HYMN NO. 275
“A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”
EIN’ FESTE BURG
Serving as Acolyte today is Grace Hemesath
UNISON PRAYER OF FORGIVENESS
All wise and understanding God, hear our prayer as we confess our sin. Have mercy upon us, for we are deceitful and foolish. Ambition controls our relations with others; cheating and lying help us gain more control. We are surrounded by values that bring disorder. We are victims of selfishness that distorts your truth. Save us from boasting and serving unworthy ends; save us for Christ, in whom alone abides peace.
In the name of Jesus, we pray.
ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS
...Friends, believe the good news.
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.
*RESPONSE OF PRAISE 581
“Lord, show me the way" Taizé Chant
O Lord, show me the way, and make me ready to follow it. Lord, show me the way. Give my heart peace.
PROCLAIMING AND RESPONDING
"We're the Image of God's Smile" Allen Pote Midweek Children's Program
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.
MINUTE FOR MISSION Stewardship
Carol DeFrance, Elder/Deacon
Paul Califf, Deacon
“A Mighty Fortress is Our God"
arr. Dan Forrest
*RESPONSE OF THANKSGIVING NO. 607 “Doxology” One 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.
*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
Page 186, NT
Fruit of the Spirit– Joy
Rev. Don Brown
*HYMN NO. 372
“O For A World”
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.
*HYMN NO. 100
“My Soul Cries Out with a Joyful Shout”
Star of the County Down
*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE NO. 750
“Goodness is Stronger Than Evil”
Goodness is Stronger
Goodness is stronger than evil; love is stronger than hate; Light is stronger than darkness; life is stronger than death. Victory is ours; victory is ours through God who loves us. Us. Oh, victory is ours; victory is ours through God who love us.
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!
†You are respectfully requested to silence all cell phones. Our church is equipped with a hearing assistance system. Please ask the usher for a receiver.
† The flowers this morning, are given to the glory of God… ...In memory of Michael LaBrunda, Sr. 10/27/1915-08/22/2018, Husband, Dad, Grandpa, Great Grandpa…...by the LaBrunda family
† There is an Urgent Need for Usher Volunteers, please see the insert for more details!
† 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, Harry Coppens, Ray Corbin, Jay Courter, Sandra Harvey, Bill Hayden, Edith Jipp, Christopher Kerwin, Edna Lawshe, Dottie Leonard, Barbara Piggery, Mimi Reed, Louise Ritscher, Richard Rose, Edwin Rosin, Marge Rosin, Bob Scarrillo, Rick Sommers, Debbie Wefferling, 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