The Church At Worship

September 16, 2018– 10 a.m.

 

 

GATHERING OF COMMUNITY

 

Worship Preparation                                                                                

As we prepare for worship, you are invited to silently commune with God.  Also, take this time to find the morning scripture lessons in a pew Bible or your own Bible. 

 

Prelude  

        

Announcements

 

Minute for Mission         _______________

 

Visitor Welcome                                                                    Bill Cosnett

 

Passing of the Peace

 

Introit  

 

PREPARING FOR THE WORD

 

Call to Worship (From Psalm 19)                                        Dave Wilson

                                                      

Leader:    The heavens are telling the glory of God,

People:   And the firmament proclaims God’s handiwork!

Leader:    Day to day pours forth speech; night to night reveals knowledge.

People:   The law of the Lord is perfect; the testimony of the Lord is sure.

All:   The precepts of the Lord are right; the judgment of the Lord is true.

         Let us worship our glorious God.

 

*Hymn of Praise                                                                    Hymnal, pg.

 

*Call to Confession

 

     (Silent Confession)

 

*Prayer of Confession (unison)

Lamb of God, we do not think of ourselves as sheep to be sacrificed for a cause.

We live as if we will never be called to make any sacrifice for You.

Why, we don’t even want to sacrifice our reputations.

We play it safe.

We let others share the good news about You.

 

We avoid those who do not fit our picture of who your children are.

Forgive our cowardice and our blindness.

Impel us into a life which takes risks for You and Your love.

We pray in the name of Jesus, who gave us His all.  Amen.

 

*Assurance of Pardon

 

Leader:    Hear the good news:   God created the whole world and loves each one in it.

People:   Believe the good news:  God loves and cares for us.

All:   Trust the good news:   In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven and made whole.

         Thanks be to God.

 

*Choral Response          Gloria Patri                                  Hymnal, pg. 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.”

       

HEARING THE WORD

 

Prayer of Illumination (From Psalm 19:14) (unison)

Let the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable

     in Thy sight, O Lord, our rock and our Redeemer.  Amen.

 

Gospel:   Mark 8:31-38                                                          Pew Bible, NT, pg.44  

                                                                                                                              

Anthem  

 

Youth Chat                                                                            

 

Epistle:   James 3:1-12                                                          Pew Bible, NT, pg. 230 

                                                                                              

*Hymn of Praise                                                                    Hymnal, pg.

 

Lesson from the Hebrew Scriptures:   Proverbs 1:20-33

                                                                                               Pew Bible, OT, pgs. 584-585                          

 

Meditation   “Wisdom Cries”                                                  Rev. Dr. Nancy W. Timothy

 

RESPONDING TO THE WORD

 

The Offering 

 

Offertory   

 

*Doxology                                                                                    Hymnal, pg. 592

 “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.”    

*Prayer of Dedication (unison)

Through our offerings, O God, we would help all who hunger and thirst.

We would embrace the lonely and lift the downtrodden.

May our gifts and our lives proclaim the good news of your love here

     and to the ends of the earth.  Amen.

 

Joys and Concerns

            Prayers of the Pastor and the People

         

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 of Praise                                                                    Hymnal, pg.

 

*Charge & Benediction

 

Postlude                                                                                                       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“GIVING IS NOT GOD’S WAY OF

RAISING MONEY.

IT’S GOD’S WAY OF

RAISING CHILDREN”

-- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

 

 

 

“WE MAKE A LIVING

BY WHAT WE GET,

BUT WE MAKE A LIFE

BY WHAT WE GIVE”

-- Winston Churchill

 

 

 

                             

 

                            

 

The First Presbyterian Church of Lansdowne

 

Sunday, September 16, 2018

 

STAFF

 

                        Rev. Dr. Nancy W. Timothy – Nancy.holt@rcn.com  Pastor                           

                       Mary Coladonato – FirstPresbyterian@rcn.com  Administrative Assistant 

                       Jason Noll – jnoll@verizon.net Director of Music/Organist

                      

                                Office Hours: Tuesday & Thursday – 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

                                                         Wednesday & Friday –   8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 

                      Phone (610) 622-0800   Fax (610) 622-0881

 

 

WEEKLY EVENTS

Sunday, September 16, 2018

10:00 a.m.                                                                                Worship Service – Sanctuary

                                                                                          Sermon Title – “Wisdom Cries....”

11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.                                       Community Day & Health Fair – Front Lawn

11:15 a.m.                                                      Christian Education Committee Meeting – GR

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.                                                                            PresbyPlayers – WH

 

Monday, September 17, 2018

3:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.                                                   Inspire Me Learning Academy – FRC

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.                                                                       Cub Scout Meeting – IH

7:30 p.m.  – 9:00 p.m.                                                             Boy Scout Troop Meeting – IH

 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

3:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.                                                   Inspire Me Learning Academy – FRC

4:30 p.m.                                                                      Finance Committee Meeting – Manse

7:00 p.m.                                                                                                                    AA – IH

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.                                                            Girl Scout Troop Meeting – WH

7:30 p.m.                                                                                            Session Meeting – GR

 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

10:30 a.m.                                                                                   Women’s Bible Study – GR

3:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.                                                   Inspire Me Learning Academy – FRC

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.                                                          Daisies & Brownies Meeting – IH

 

Thursday, September 20, 2018

3:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.                                                   Inspire Me Learning Academy – FRC

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.                                                                          Bell Choir – Sanctuary

7:00 p.m.                                                                                                                    AA – IH

7:45 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.                                                                   Chancel Choir – Sanctuary

 

Friday, September 21, 2018

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.                                                                                                 NA – IH

7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.                                                   Girl Scout Troop 5242 Meeting – WH

 

Saturday, September 22, 2018

8:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.                                                   Inspire Me Learning Academy – FRC

 

Sunday, September 23, 2018

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.                                                                       Men’s Bible Study – WH

9:00 a.m.  – 9:50 a.m.                                               Adult Sunday School and Ichthus – GR

10:00 a.m.                                                                                Worship Service – Sanctuary 

                                                                Sermon Title – “There was no Phanatic in Galilee”

11:15 a.m.                                                                                                 Coffee Hour – WH

11:15 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.                                                            New Members Class – Manse

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.                                                                        PresbyPlayers – WH

 

WISDOM CRIES

 

Text:  Proverbs 1:20-33  Wisdom shouts in the streets wherever crowds gather. 

She shouts in the marketplaces and near the city gates.” 

 

I.  There are voices all around  us—some loud, some in our heads

     A.  Some try to sell us stuff—

     B.  Marketplaces tell us we desperately need everything

     C.  It helps to have someone guide us through unknown vendors

 

II.  Book of Proverbs—genre of wisdom literature  (Job, Ecclesiastes)

     A.  Cultural leaders:  prophets, priests, wise men

     B.  Wise men aimed to teach what the good life was

     C.  Today’s section of Proverbs:  “Wisdom proclaims a warning”

     D.  Verse 22:  three types of fools

     E.   Verse 23:  “Pay attention—I will help you understand!”

 

III.  Alas….many of us do not turn to Wisdom/God—that’s foolish

     A.  She tells us life is easier and better when we listen!

     B.  And so we ask:  DO we listen?   Then we ask:  To WHOM?

     C.  Sometimes it’s hard to tell if we listen to God….

 

IV.  Listening:  spending quiet time…..then with Bible and prayer

     A.  It takes a conscious effort—but it is well worth it!

     B.  Try SPACE FOR GOD—starts September 30

     C.  When we have a familiar helper, life is easier to navigate

     D.  God loves us enough to send Wisdom to be that helper!!

 

 

TODAY’S SERVICE

 

Our greeters/ushers this morning are Eleanor Irons, assisted by Andy Farquhar,               John Mansure, Lusana Reid and Margaret Stevens.

 

Our sound system operators are Bob Beach and/or Jim Klingler.

 

Our Counters of the day are Richard Smalley and Curtis Winston.

Our Counters for next week are Beatrice Bradford and E. J. Burke.

 

2018 CHANCEL FLOWERS

 

If you are interested in purchasing chancel flowers, please contact Linda MacAlister at 610-283-6019 or linmac426@aol.com.

 

CHURCH CONCERNS

 

Do you have updated information about members who have been hospitalized or who may have been transferred to another facility, or may be resting at home?  Please call the church office by Wednesday afternoon with any updated information.

 

Please remember in your prayers and with cards and visits:   Jack Lyons as                   he continues treatment.  Julia Haas is at Chestnut Ridge Residences, 2700 Chestnut Street, Room 511, Chester, PA 19013.  Jean Moore is at Sunrise of Haverford, 217 West Montgomery Avenue, Haverford, PA 19041.  Bette Husson-Anderson is at Prospect Park Nursing & Rehab, 815 Chester Pike, Room #102, Prospect Park, PA 19076.

CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

CHILD CARE

 

Child care provided for children aged 6 years old and younger in the classroom next to the Garrett Room.  All older children remain in church for the worship service.

 

CHILDREN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL TODAY

 

Thanks to Rea Anderson, Judy Rickards and Darexa Cosnett for volunteering to teach Children’s Sunday School today.  Thanks to Art Tehson, Linda MacAlister and Bill Cosnett for volunteering to teach next week.                     

 

BOOK GROUP

 

Here are the upcoming selections for the LPC Book Group.  Happy Reading!  Rona

 

September 30 — Two Selections!  — Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

                            The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow

                            the Bible as Literally as Possible by A.J. Jacobs

October 21 — The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

November/December — A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

 

FELLOWSHIP

 

Coffee Hour will resume next Sunday, September 23.  We need hosts and donations.                   The sign-up sheet is in the kitchenette in Westminster Hall or see Lusana after church. 

 

NEW MEMBERS CLASS AND LUNCHEON

Sunday, September 23 (NEXT SUNDAY), after worship service at the Manse

 

We promise—no arm twisting—just come for a free lunch and learn about being Presbyterian….and we bet we can teach you some exciting new information.  Do you know it’s not our theology that makes Presbyterians distinct?  Do you know what it is that makes us “different” from other Protestant faiths????   COME and find out….make new friends, eat lunch, and have fun at the same time!!   We PROMISE to be done by 1:00 so you can be on your way!!

WEDNESDAY WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY

September 19, 10:30 A.M. in the Garrett Room

 

ANGELS:  What the Bible Teaches.  Karl Barth said that “Angelology must articulate what the scriptures offer or else it’s a weary shrug of the shoulders!”  Angels are mentioned hundreds of times in the Old and New Testaments—yet Christian beliefs run from absolute to nonexistent!!  Do YOU believe in angels?   Do YOU think people have guardian angels?  WHERE did you get those beliefs—are they Biblical?   All women are welcome to come and find out!!!

 

 

SPACE FOR GOD

 

SPACE FOR GOD begins September 30 at 11:30 in the Garrett Room.  This is an amazing opportunity to quiet our minds so that our hearts can really listen to God telling us how deeply loved we are!!   Are you looking for peace in your hectic life?   Do you yearn to have a closer relationship with God?  Come and join us—newcomers and refresher course folks are equally welcome in this amazing time.   We promise to end by 12:30. 

BILLS BOARD

 

2018

$1,762.70

2014-2018

$13,258.10

 

FINANCE

 

Income – July, 2018

$17,686.69

Expenses – July, 2018

$19,248.25

Net Income

-$ 1,562,01

 

DEACONS

 

On behalf of the Interfaith Food Cupboard, the Deacons request contributions to be CANNED CHICKEN for the month of September.

 

In addition to these food items, we happily welcome contributions of coffee and any other non-perishable food you’d like to donate at any time of the year.  Thank you all for your support of your many hungry and struggling neighbors.

 

Our FOOD CUPBOARD clients love coffee.....but we just can’t afford to purchase it for them.  Would you be willing to donate coffee....instant, freeze dried, regular.... to the food cupboard for them?   If so, you can purchase ANY size –     we will put it into zip lock bags to distribute in smaller quantities!!  

THANK YOU!!

MEN’S PRAYER LINE

 

In connection with Psalm 133:1 (“How wonderful it is when brothers dwell together in harmony”), Batu  Comgbaye has offered a contact for a Men’s Prayer Line.   It is open every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday between 1 and 2 am (Yep, that’s what he said!)   The prayer line number is 515-604-9053, with an access code of 444364.