December 30th, 2012


WORSHIP OF GOD
1st Sunday after Christmas Day
December 30, 2012
PRELUDE “Noel, Nouvelet” Traditional French Carol
Piano Direct Marjorie Feinberg, Primo: Dr. Don McGarity, Secondo
RINGING OF THE BELL
GREETING
Minister: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the
fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
People: And also with you.
Minister: Let us offer each other the peace of Christ.
People (Please greet your neighbor saying: “The peace of the
Lord be with you.”)
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
CALL TO WORSHIP
L: The Word was made flesh.
P: Alleluia, Alleluia!
L: and dwelt among us,
P: Alleluia, Alleluia!
L: Jesus, Son of the living God, splendor of the Father, Light eternal:
P: Glory to you, O Lord!
L: Jesus, King of glory, Sun of righteousness, born of the Virgin Mary:
P: Glory to you, O Lord!
L: Jesus, Wonderful Counselor, mighty God, everlasting Lord:
P: Glory to you, O Lord!

*HYMN OF PRAISE NO. 161 – “Joy to the World”

*CONFESSION OF SIN
O Lord God Almighty, Ruler of heaven and earth; we dare not lift our eyes into the brilliance of your holiness. Cover us, we pray, with the cloak of your mercy and the grace of Jesus Your Son. Then may we heartily turn from all that would keep us from your holy love and flee into your waiting arms for refuge and strength. Amen.

*DECLARATION OF PARDON
*GLORIA PATRI NO. 546
ANTHEM “Lo, How a Rose E’er Bloming” Joseph M. Martin

RESPONSIVE READING NO. 34, Psalm 148 Page 505
*HYMN NO. 155 – There’s a Song in the Air!
SCRIPTURE LESSON – Luke 2:22-40 p.832
Minister: The Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.

SERMON – “The Other Side of Christmas” Dr Don McGarity

*APOSTLES CREED
L: Christians, what do you believe?
P: I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty, from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & LORD’S PRAYER
OFFERING
OFFERTORY “He Shall Lead His Flock” Joseph M. Martin
Duet Mary Bridgman, Soprano: Jordan Harrell, Tenor
*DOXOLOGY
*OFFERTORY PRAYER (Unison) No offering, however costly O Lord, comes even close to what you have offered to us. Help and hope, life and joy, refuge and strength are ours in Christ. O may the gifts we bring help bring the love of Christmas to every waiting heart. Amen.

*HYMN OF DEDICATION NO. 165 – “Good Christian Men, Rejoice”
*BENEDICTION
Minister: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
Minister: May Almighty God bless you the Father, the Son and the Holy
Spirit.
People: Amen.
Minister: Go in peace.
People: Thanks be to God.
**CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE HYMN NO 161: “Joy to the World” 4th verse refrain
And wonders of His love, and wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders of His love.
POSTLUDE “The Birthday of the King” W.H. Neidlinger

Assisting in Worship – Liturgist – Ralph Moulder
*All Who Are Able May Stand

CONCERNS:

ALL MEMBERS of our ARMED FORCES

ANNOUNCEMENTS: for Week 12/30/12 904-964-7937
God’s mission through First Presbyterian Church of Starke, Florida, is to serve the needs of the community through faith in God’s grace and mercy.
TODAY: 9:45-10:30 Sunday Church School; Worship; AW, Soup/Sandwich
MONDAY 6, Weight-Watcher
FRIDAY 6:30-8:30pm Karate School @ Stump Hall

NEXT SUNDAY: 9:45-10:30, Sunday Church School; 11, Worship

CELEBRATIONS:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY 05 Pam

NOTE: Our new Sunday school Class staring January 6 for 3 Sundays on “What Presbyterians Believe” as part of the training course to prepare elders for ordination. Everyone in the congregation is encouraged to come especially if you have been wondering what Presbyterians believe. The class will be taught by the pastor and begins at 9:45

Presbyterian Women are still collecting Campbell Soup labels and box tops for the
Duval Home. Collection boxes for these are in Stump-Hall.
********************************************
Presbyterian Women will be setting up an emergency mini food basket program to assist families who come to us in need. We do not plan to usurp the Food Pantry but provide a small amount of food, a gas card, address and information about the Food Pantry, and our prayers. Ana will keep a list of names and dates so there hopefully will be no “abuse” of our generosity. Could you assist with a little bit of cash? Thank you all

Thanks to Steve Gay for his lawn maintenance ministry!

Thanks to some fine work by Marty Genska, we have a new church web site. Please check out the great photos and information posted at www.starkepresbyterian.org

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.): www.PCUSA.org
Presbytery of St. Augustine: www.staugpres.org

Pastor- Dr. Don McGarity (352-374-8633)
Clerk – Pam Schafer
Treasurer – Gladys McRae
Ministers – The Congregation
Organist & Choir Director -Marjorie Feinberg
Nursery Care-Janice Baldwin
A nursery is provided for infants through kindergartners during worship.
Office Manager- Ana Browder (904-263-0165)

THE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
STARKE, FLORIDA
904-964-7937
www.starkepresbyterian.org

December 23rd, 2012


WORSHIP OF GOD

FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT
December 23, 2012
PRELUDE Medley- “How We Come A- Caroling and Caroling, Caroling” Old English Carol/Alfred Bur
Piano Duet: Marjorie Feinberg, Primo: Dr. Don McGarity, Secondo
RINGING OF THE BELL
GREETING
Minister: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the
fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
People: And also with you.
Minister: Let us offer each other the peace of Christ.
People: (Please greet your neighbor saying: “The peace of the Lord be
with you.”)
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT CANDLE OF LOVE
Liturgist: We light this candle as a sign of the coming
light of Christ.
Advent means coming.
We are preparing ourselves for the days
when the nations will beat their swords into plowshares,
And their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation,
Nor will they train for war anymore. —-Isaiah 2:4
PEOPLE: The wolf shall dwell with the lamb,
the leopard shall lie down with the kid,
the calf and the lion and the fatling together,
and a little child shall lead them. —-Isaiah 11:6
Liturgist: The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad,
the desert shall rejoice and blossom;
like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly,
and rejoice with joy and singing. —Isaiah 35:1
PEOPLE: The Lord will give you a sign.
Look, the virgin is with child
And shall bear a son,
And shall name him Immanuel (God with us).
ALL: Let us walk in the light of our Lord.
*HYMN OF PRAISE NO. 170 – “O Come All Ye Faithful”
*CONFESSION OF SIN
Almighty God, who does freely pardon all who repent and turn to Him, now fulfill in every contrite heart the promise of redeeming grace; forgiving all our sins, and cleansing us from an evil conscience; through the perfect sacrifice of
Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

*DECLARATION OF PARDON
*GLORIA PATRI NO. 546

ANTHEM “Carol of Light” Benjamin Harlan
UNISON READING NO. NO. 25 Psalm 103, Page 495
*HYMN NO. 159 – “What Child Is This”
GOSPEL LESSON – Matthew 1:18-25 p.783
Minister: The Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.
SERMON – “The Weight Of The World” Dr. Don McGarity
*APOSTLES CREED
L: Christians, what do you believe?
P: I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty, from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & LORD’S PRAYE
OFFERING
OFFERTORY “Lullaby to A Rose” Joseph M. Martin (Duet Barbra Martin, Alto: Jordon Harrell, Tenor)
DOXOLOGY
OFFERTORY PRAYER (Unison) We near the completion of our Advent journey, O Lord, with the awareness that no gift, at any time, in any place can compare with your gift to us. O use the gifts we bring to open our hearts more fully to that which is ours in Christ. Amen.
*HYMN OF DEDICATION NO. 158 “Angels We Have Heard on High” BENEDICTION
Minister: The Lord be with you
People: And also with you.
Minister: May Almighty God bless you the
Father the Son and the Holy Spirit.
People: Amen.
Minister: Go in peace.
People: Thanks be to God.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE HYMN NO 147 “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” (Refrain)
Rejoice, Rejoice Emmanuel Shall come to thee. O Israel
Rejoice, Rejoice Emmanuel Shall come to thee. O Israel

*POSTLUDE “”The Holly and The Ivy” Old English Carol
Assisting in Worship – Liturgist – Joyce Windgassen
*All Who Are Able May Stand

CONCERNS:
ALL MEMBERS of our ARMED FORCES

ANNOUNCEMENTS: for Week 12/23/12 904-964-7937
God’s mission through First Presbyterian Church of Starke, Florida, is to serve the needs of the community through faith in God’s grace and mercy.

TODAY: 9:45-10:30 Sunday Church School; Worship
MONDAY 6:00 Christmas Eve Service (office closed)
TUESDAY CHRISTMAS DAY (office closed)
FRIDAY 6:30-8:30pm Karate School @ Stump Hall

NEXT SUNDAY: 9:45-10:30, Sunday Church School; 11, Worship

CELEBRATIONS:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY 23 Sandra Cox
25 Ralph Moulder
Happy Anniversary to Don and Bonnie McGarity on their 47th Wedding Anniversary. It was on December 17, 2012

NOTE: Tom and Bea Bement are celebrating their 70th year anniversary on December 31, 2012.
If you would like to send a card to them please mail it to:
Gary Bement
C/c Tom and Bea Bement
3561 Crest RD
Kingsport TN 37664

Presbyterian Women are still collecting Campbell Soup labels and box tops for the
Duval Home. Collection boxes for these are in Stump-Hall.
********************************************
Presbyterian Women will be setting up an emergency mini food basket program to assist families who come to us in need. We do not plan to usurp the Food Pantry but provide a small amount of food, a gas card, address and information about the Food Pantry, and our prayers. Ana will keep a list of names and dates so there hopefully will be no “abuse” of our generosity. Could you assist with a little bit of cash? Thank you all

Thanks to Steve Gay for his lawn maintenance ministry!

Thanks to some fine work by Marty Genska, we have a new church web site. Please check out the great photos and information posted at www.starkepresbyterian.org

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.): www.PCUSA.org
Presbytery of St. Augustine: www.staugpres.org

Pastor- Dr. Don McGarity (352-374-8633)
Clerk – Pam Schafer
Treasurer – Gladys McRae
Ministers – The Congregation
Organist & Choir Director -Marjorie Feinberg
Nursery Care-Janice Baldwin
A nursery is provided for infants through kindergartners during worship.
Office Manager- Ana Browder (904-263-0165)

December 16th,2012

THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT
December 16, 2012
Nine Lessons and Carols
PRELUDE “In The Bleak Midwinter” Gustav Theodore Holst
(Piano Duet: Marjorie Feinberg, Primo; Dr. Don McGarity, Secondo)
RINGING OF THE BELL
GREETING
Minister: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the
fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
People: And also with you.
Minister: Let us offer each other the peace of Christ.
People: (Please greet your neighbor saying: “The peace of the Lord be
with you.”)
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT CANDLE OF JOY
Liturgist: We light this candle as a sign of the coming
light of Christ. Advent means coming.
We are preparing ourselves for the days
when the nations will beat their swords into plowshares,
And their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation,
Nor will they train for war anymore. —-Isaiah 2:4
PEOPLE: The wolf shall dwell with the lamb,
the leopard shall lie down with the kid,
the calf and the lion and the fatling together,
and a little child shall lead them. —-Isaiah 11:6
Liturgist: The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad,
the desert shall rejoice and blossom;
like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly,
and rejoice with joy and singing. —Isaiah 35:1
ALL: Let us walk in the light of our Lord.

*HYMN OF PRAISE NO. 147 – “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”

*CONFESSION OF SIN AND DECLARATION OF PARDON
Minister: Lord Jesus, you came to reconcile us to one another and to the
Father: Lord, have mercy.
ALL: Lord, have mercy.
Minister: Lord Jesus, you heal the wounds of sin and division: Christ, have
mercy.
ALL: Christ, have mercy.
Minister: Lord Jesus, you intercede for us with your Father: Lord, have mercy.
ALL: Lord, have mercy.
Minister: The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting. I declare to
you, in the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.
May the God of mercy, who forgives you all your sins, strengthen
you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in
eternal life.
ALL: Amen.

*GLORIA PATRI NO. 546
*APOSTLES CREED
L: Christians, what do you believe?
P: I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty, from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen

OFFERING
OFFERTORY “Still, Still, Still” (Youth Choir) Traditional Austrian Carol
*DOXOLOGY# 544
*OFFERTORY PRAYER (Unison) The days draw ever closer to the celebration of your birth, O Lord. We have been gifted beyond all hope or expectation. Our hearts are full of your love. O bless these poor gifts Lord Jesus and build us up in your holy love. Amen.

“NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS” – Choir and Liturgists

*HYMN OF DEDICATION NO. 184 – “Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne”

BENEDICTION
Minister: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
Minister: May Almighty God bless you the Father,
the Son and the Holy Spirit.
People: Amen.
Minister: Go in peace.
People: Thanks be to God.
POSTLUDE: “The First Christmas” Lanai Smith
Assisting in Worship – Liturgist – Win Armstrong
*All Who Are Able May Stand

CONCERNS:
ALL MEMBERS of our ARMED FORCES

ANNOUNCEMENTS: for Week 12/16/12 904-964-7937
God’s mission through First Presbyterian Church of Starke, Florida, is to serve the needs of the community through faith in God’s grace and mercy.
TODAY: 9:45-10:30 Sunday Church School; Worship Nine Lessons and Carols
5-7 Youth Group
MONDAY 6:00 pm Weight-Watchers
TUESDAY 6:30-8:30pm Karate School @ Stump Hall
WEDNESDAY 6, Choir
FRIDAY 6:30-8:30pm Karate School @ Stump Hall

NEXT SUNDAY: 9:45-10:30, Sunday Church School; 11, Worship

CELEBRATIONS:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY 20 Buddy Browder

NOTE: Tom and Bea Bement are celebrating their 70th year anniversary on December 31, 2012. If you would like to send a card to them please mail it to:
Gary Bement
C/c Tom and Bea Bement
3561 Crest RD
Kingsport TN 37664

Presbyterian Women are still collecting Campbell Soup labels and box tops for the
Duval Home. Collection boxes for these are in Stump-Hall.
********************************************
Presbyterian Women will be setting up an emergency mini food basket program to assist families who come to us in need. We do not plan to usurp the Food Pantry but provide a small amount of food, a gas card, address and information about the Food Pantry, and our prayers. Ana will keep a list of names and dates so there hopefully will be no “abuse” of our generosity. Could you assist with a little bit of cash? Thank you all

Thanks to Steve Gay for his lawn maintenance ministry!

Thanks to some fine work by Marty Genska, we have a new church web site. Please check out the great photos and information posted at www.starkepresbyterian.org

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.): www.PCUSA.org
Presbytery of St. Augustine: www.staugpres.org

Pastor- Dr. Don McGarity (352-374-8633)
Clerk – Pam Schafer
Treasurer – Gladys McRae
Ministers – The Congregation
Organist & Choir Director -Marjorie Feinberg
Nursery Care-Janice Baldwin
A nursery is provided for infants through kindergartners during worship.
Office Manager- Ana Browder (904-263-0165)

THE ADVENT WREATH & CANDLES

Origin
It is not known when the first Advent Wreath was created. Pagan rituals often included lighting candles in a wreath to signify hope for the return of the sun in the midst of winter. In the Middle Ages, Christians borrowed this ancient custom and incorporated it into the celebration of Christmas. The Catholic and Lutheran religions were among the first to formally adopt the Advent Wreath. Today also every Protestant denomination uses the Advent Wreath with its 5 candles to point up the meaning of this season of the Church Year. Advent means “looking forward.” So, our Advent candles are looking forward to the celebration of the birth of the Promised Messiah.

Wreath
The Advent wreath is made of evergreen boughs, symbolizing everlasting life. The circle represents the continuous love of God, with no beginning and no end, as well as the soul’s immortality.

Candle Color
Each of the four colored candles in the Advent wreath represents a week leading to Christmas. Traditionally, three of the candles are purple, and one is pink. The final candle is white and is located in the center of the wreath. It is lit on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

Origin of the Pink Candle
It was once a tradition for the pope to give someone a rose on the fourth Sunday of Lent before Easter to “liven up” the somber tone of the season. Before the mass commercialization of Christmas, Advent was also a solemn time, as people fasted to prepare for the holiday. The rose custom became part of the third Sunday of Advent, which is called Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete means “rejoice” in Latin, and is the main call to action for that Sunday: “Rejoice! … the Lord is near,” which is based on Philippians 4:4.
So eventually, the third candle turned pink to represent the joy of the 3rd Sunday in Advent.

Candle Symbolism
The candles are traditionally lit in the following order: purple, (representing royalty as well penitence and preparation), purple, pink, purple, white (representing purity.) The first is called the “Candle of Hope.” It symbolizes faith in God keeping his promises to humanity. The second is called the “Candle of Preparation,” reminding Christians to “get ready” to receive God. The third candle is the “Candle of Joy.” It recalls the angels joyfully singing about the birth of Christ. The fourth candle, the “Candle of Love,” reminds Christians that God loves them enough to send his only Son to Earth. The “Christ Candle,” the white candle in the center, stands for Jesus Christ himself. In all traditions, the symbolism is steeped in the Christian Faith.

Let us make this Advent Season a time of joyous anticipation of the birthday of our Lord as well as a time of sincere repentance and preparation.

NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS

1st Presbyterian Sanctuary Choir
Marjorie Feinberg, Organist/Choir Director

Prologue
Anthem: “Advent Message” Martin How

First Lesson: Isaiah 7:14
Anthem: “Before the Marvel of this Night” Carl Shalk

Second Lesson: Isaiah 11
Anthem: “Christmas Grace” Ruth Elaine Schram

Third Lesson: Isaiah 9
Anthem: “In The Bleak Midwinter” Harold Darke

Fourth Lesson: Micah 5
Anthem: “Breath Of Heaven” Chris Eaton and Amy Grant

Fifth Lesson: Luke 1
Anthem: “He Is Born” French Carol

Sixth Lesson: Luke 2:1-7
Anthem: To Hear The Angels Sing Jay Althouse

Seventh Lesson: Luke 2:8-11
Anthem: Hurry, Shepherds, Run Douglas E. Wagner

Eighth Lesson: Matthew 2
Anthem: Star-Led And Wonderbound Mary Kay Beall

*Ninth Lesson: John 1 (Congregation Stands)

December 9th, 2012


WORSHIP OF GOD

SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT
December 9, 2012
PRELUDE “Joy to the World” George F. Handel
(Dawn Altman, Clarinet)
RINGING OF THE BELL

GREETING
Minister: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the
fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
People: And also with you.
Minister: Let us offer each other the peace of Christ.
People: (Please greet your neighbor saying: “The peace of the Lord be with you.”)

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT CANDLE OF PREPRATION
Liturgist: We light this candle as a sign of the coming
light of Christ.
Advent means coming.
We are preparing ourselves for the days
when the nations will beat their swords into plowshares,
And their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation,
Nor will they train for war anymore. —-Isaiah 2:4
PEOPLE: The wolf shall dwell with the lamb,
the leopard shall lie down with the kid,
the calf and the lion and the fatling together,
and a little child shall lead them. —-Isaiah 11:6
ALL: Let us walk in the light of our Lord.

*HYMN OF PRAISE NO. No. 163 – “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”

*CONFESSION OF SIN
Thank you Lord, for loving us before we ever dreamed of bringing gifts to you. We pray that in the ministry made possible by these gifts, the world might come to know the blessings you have given to us. Amen.

*DECLARATION OF PARDON
*GLORIA PATRI NO. 546
ANTHEM “Good Christian Men, Rejoice” 14th Century Latin Carol
RESPONSIVE READING NO. 22- Psalm 95, Page 492
*HYMN NO. 157 – “Away in a Manager”
LESSON Luke 2:8-14 p.832
Minister: The Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.

SERMON – “The 1st Christmas Carol” Dr. Don McGarity

*APOSTLES CREED
L: Christians, what do you believe?
P: I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty, from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & LORD’S PRAYER
OFFERING
OFFERTORY “I Wonder As I Wander” Appalachian Carol
*DOXOLOGY OFFERTORY PRAYER (Unison) Thank you Lord, for loving us before we ever dreamed of bringing gifts to you. We pray that in the ministry made possible by these gifts, the world might come to know the blessings you have given to us. Amen.
*HYMN OF DEDICATION NO.151 2nd tune
*BENEDICTION
Minister: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
Minister: May Almighty God bless you the Father,
The Son and the Holy Spirit.
People: Amen.
Minister: Go in peace.
People: Thanks be to God.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE HYMN NO 147 “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” (Refrain)
Rejoice, Rejoice Emmanuel Shall come to thee. O Israel
Rejoice, Rejoice Emmanuel Shall come to thee. O Israel
POSTLUDE “How Brightly Beams the Morning Star” Phillip Nicolai
(Harmonies in part by Johann Sebastian Bach and Felix Mendelssohn)
Assisting in Worship – Liturgist – Ralph Moulder
*All Who Are Able May Stand

CONCERNS:
ALL MEMBERS of our ARMED FORCES
CELEBRATIONS
Donna B. has joined our church family. We welcome her.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: for Week 12/09/12 904-964-7937
God’s mission through First Presbyterian Church of Starke, Florida, is to serve the needs of the community through faith in God’s grace and mercy.
TODAY: 9:45-10:30 Sunday Church School; Worship
5-7 Youth Group
MONDAY 6:00 pm Weight-Watchers
TUESDAY 11:00 PW Circle meet
6:30-8:30pm Karate School @ Stump Hall
WEDNESDAY 6, Choir

THURSDAY 12:00 YO 50 Lunch @ Mama Mia in Starke
FRIDAY 12:00 Lunch Bunch
6:30-8:30pm Karate School @ Stump Hall

NEXT SUNDAY: 9:45-10:30, Sunday Church School; 11, Worship

Presbyterian Women are still collecting Campbell Soup labels and box tops for the
Duval Home. Collection boxes for these are in Stump-Hall.
********************************************
Presbyterian Women will be setting up an emergency mini food basket program to assist families who come to us in need. We do not plan to usurp the Food Pantry but provide a small amount of food, a gas card, address and information about the Food Pantry, and our prayers. Ana will keep a list of names and dates so there hopefully will be no “abuse” of our generosity. Could you assist with a little bit of cash? Thank you all

Thanks to Steve Gay for his lawn maintenance ministry!

Thanks to some fine work by Marty Genska, we have a new church web site. Please check out the great photos and information posted at www.starkepresbyterian.org

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.): www.PCUSA.org
Presbytery of St. Augustine: www.staugpres.org

Pastor- Dr. Don McGarity (352-374-8633)
Clerk – Pam Schafer
Treasurer – Gladys McRae
Ministers – The Congregation
Organist & Choir Director -Marjorie Feinberg
Nursery Care-Janice Baldwin
A nursery is provided for infants through kindergartners during worship.
Office Manager- Ana Browder (904-263-0165)

THE ADVENT WREATH & CANDLES

Origin
It is not known when the first Advent Wreath was created. Pagan rituals often included lighting candles in a wreath to signify hope for the return of the sun in the midst of winter. In the Middle Ages, Christians borrowed this ancient custom and incorporated it into the celebration of Christmas. The Catholic and Lutheran religions were among the first to formally adopt the Advent Wreath. Today also every Protestant denomination uses the Advent Wreath with its 5 candles to point up the meaning of this season of the Church Year. Advent means “looking forward.” So, our Advent candles are looking forward to the celebration of the birth of the Promised Messiah.

Wreath
The Advent wreath is made of evergreen boughs, symbolizing everlasting life. The circle represents the continuous love of God, with no beginning and no end, as well as the soul’s immortality.

Candle Color
Each of the four colored candles in the Advent wreath represents a week leading to Christmas. Traditionally, three of the candles are purple, and one is pink. The final candle is white and is located in the center of the wreath. It is lit on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

Origin of the Pink Candle
It was once a tradition for the pope to give someone a rose on the fourth Sunday of Lent before Easter to “liven up” the somber tone of the season. Before the mass commercialization of Christmas, Advent was also a solemn time, as people fasted to prepare for the holiday. The rose custom became part of the third Sunday of Advent, which is called Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete means “rejoice” in Latin, and is the main call to action for that Sunday: “Rejoice! … the Lord is near,” which is based on Philippians 4:4.
So eventually, the third candle turned pink to represent the joy of the 3rd Sunday in Advent.

Candle Symbolism
The candles are traditionally lit in the following order: purple, (representing royalty as well penitence and preparation), purple, pink, purple, white (representing purity.) The first is called the “Candle of Hope.” It symbolizes faith in God keeping his promises to humanity. The second is called the “Candle of Preparation,” reminding Christians to “get ready” to receive God. The third candle is the “Candle of Joy.” It recalls the angels joyfully singing about the birth of Christ. The fourth candle, the “Candle of Love,” reminds Christians that God loves them enough to send his only Son to Earth. The “Christ Candle,” the white candle in the center, stands for Jesus Christ himself.
In all traditions, the symbolism is steeped in the Christian Faith.

Let us make this Advent Season a time of joyous anticipation of the birthday of our Lord as well as a time of sincere repentance and preparation.

December 2nd, 2012


WORSHIP OF GOD
FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT/HOLY COMMUNION
December 2, 2012
PRELUDE: Prelude of “Picardy” Traditional French Tune
RINGING OF THE BELL
GREETING
Minister: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy
Spirit be with you all.
People: And also with you.
Minister: Let us offer each other the peace of Christ.
People: (Please greet your neighbor saying: “The peace of the Lord be with you.”)
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT CANDLE OF HOPE
Minister: We light this candle as a sign of the coming light of Christ. Advent means coming. We are preparing ourselves for the days
when the nations will beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nations will not take up sword against nation,
Nor will they train for war anymore. —-Isaiah 2:4
ALL: Let us walk in the light of our Lord.
*HYMN OF PRAISE NO. 147 – “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”

*CONFESSION & PARDON
Minister: Lord Jesus, you came to reveal God’s light to the whole world:
Lord, have mercy.
ALL: Lord, have mercy.
Minister: Lord Jesus, you come in Word and Sacrament to strengthen us
in holiness: Christ, have mercy.
ALL: Christ, have mercy.
Minister: Lord Jesus, you will come in glory with salvation for your
people: Lord, have mercy.
ALL: Lord, have mercy. (Silent Personal Confession.)
Minister: May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and
bring us to everlasting life..
ALL: Amen.

*GLORIA PATRI NO. 546
ANTHEM “O Come Immanuel” John Purifoy

GOSPEL LESSON – Matthew 24:36-44 p.806
Minister: The Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.

SERMON – “A Time For Hope” Dr. Don McGarity

*APOSTLES CREED
L: Christians, what do you believe?
P: I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty, from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen

OFFERING
OFFERTORY HYMN NO. 148 – “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”
*DOXOLOGY
*OFFERTORY PRAYER (Unison) Receive these gifts we bring, O Lord. We wrap them in our praise to you. Enlarge our hearts to reach out with love and hope to the broken world that surrounds us. May we give ourselves to you in a way, that your Holy Spirit can make of us, an outpost of your kingdom’s love. Amen.

INVITATION TO THE LORD’S TABLE
GREAT THANKSGIVING
Minister: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
Minister: Lift up your hearts.
People: We lift them up to the Lord.
Minister: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People: It is right to give our thanks and praise.
COMMUNION PRAYER
Minister: Father, it is our duty and our salvation……….
…………..And so we join the angels and the saints in proclaiming your glory as we say:

ALL: Holy, holy, holy, Lord,
God of power and might.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest

BREAKING OF THE BREAD

Minister: Let us proclaim the mystery of our faith.
ALL: Christ has died, Christ is risen,
Christ will come again.
Minister: Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor
is yours, almighty Father, now and forever.
ALL: AMEN
THE LORD’S PRAYER COMMUNION OF THE PEOPLE
Minister: This is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Happy are those who
are called to his supper.
ALL: Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word, and I shall be healed.

COMMUNION OF THE PEOPLE
PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
*HYMN OF DEDICATION NO. 151 – “Come, Thou Long-expected Jesus”
*BENEDICTION
Minister: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
Minister: May Almighty God bless you the Father,
the Son and the Holy Spirit.
People: Amen.
Minister: Go in peace.
People: Thanks be to God.
*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE HYMN NO 147 “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” (Refrain)
Rejoice, Rejoice Emmanuel Shall come to the. O Israel
Rejoice, Rejoice Emmanuel Shall come to the. O Israel

POSTLUDE “Divinum Mysterium” 13th Century Plainsong
Assisting in Worship – Liturgist – Dan Wells
*All Who Are Able May Stand

Presbyterians celebrate an “open communion.” All professing Christians who have been baptized “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” are encouraged to partake of this Holy Sacrament.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: for Week 12/02/12 904-964-7937
God’s mission through First Presbyterian Church of Starke, Florida, is to serve the needs of the community through faith in God’s grace and mercy.
TODAY: 9:45-10:30,Hanging of the Greens; Worship
Communion
PW, Session meeting
MONDAY 6:00 pm Weight-Watchers
TUESDAY 6:30-8:30pm Karate School @ Stump Hall
WEDNESDAY 6, Choir
FRIDAY 6:30-8:30pm Karate School @ Stump Hall
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NEXT SUNDAY: 9:45-10:30, Sunday Church School; 11, Worship

Presbyterian Women are still collecting Campbell Soup labels and box tops for the
Duval Home. Collection boxes for these are in Stump-Hall.
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Presbyterian Women will be setting up an emergency mini food basket program to assist families who come to us in need. We do not plan to usurp the Food Pantry but provide a small amount of food, a gas card, address and information about the Food Pantry, and our prayers. Ana will keep a list of names and dates so there hopefully will be no “abuse” of our generosity. Could you assist with a little bit of cash? Thank you all

Thanks to Steve Gay for his lawn maintenance ministry!

Thanks to some fine work by Marty Genska, we have a new church web site. Please check out the great photos and information posted at www.starkepresbyterian.org

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.): www.PCUSA.org
Presbytery of St. Augustine: www.staugpres.org

CONCERNS: ALL MEMBERS of our ARMED FORCES

THE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
STARKE, FLORIDA
904-964-7937
www.starkepresbyterian.org

November 25th, 2012


WORSHIP OF GOD
November 25, 2012
CHRIST THE KING SUNDAY
PRELUDE “Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above” From the Bohemian Kirchengesange, 1566
RINGING OF THE BELL
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: This is the day that the LORD has made;
People: Let us rejoice and be glad in it!
Leader: Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the LORD.
People: Let us rejoice and celebrate for Jesus Christ is Lord!
Leader: O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
People: For his steadfast love endures forever. Amen! Halleluiah! Amen!

*HYMN OF PRAISE NO. 140 – “Rejoice, the Lord Is King”

*CONFESSION OF SIN
Eternal God our precious heavenly Father, you have crowned Jesus Christ as Lord of all. We confess that we have not bowed before him, and are slow to acknowledge his rule. We give allegiance to the powers of this world, and fail to be governed by justice and love.
In your mercy, forgive us. Raise us to acclaim him as ruler of all, that we may be loyal ambassadors, obeying the commands of our Lord Jesus Christ.

*DECLARATION OF PARDON
*GLORIA PATRI NO. 546

ANTHEM “From All the Blessings of the Year” OLDBRIDGE- Robert N. Quaile
*PASSING OF THE PEACE

RESPONSIVE READING NO. 6 Psalm 24, Page 473
*HYMN NO. 143 – “At the Name of Jesus”
NEW TESTAMENT LESSON – Colossians 1:13-20 p.956
Minister: The Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.

SERMON – “Christ The King” Dr. Don McGarity
*APOSTLES CREED
L: Christians, what do you believe?
P: I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty, from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & LORD’S PRAYER
OFFERING
OFFERTORY “Intermezzo on LYONS” melody from Johann M. Haydn
*DOXOLOGY
*OFFERTORY PRAYER (Unison)
The amazing trust you have placed in us is almost more than we can fathom, O Lord. That You should build the Kingdom of the love of Your Son through the gifts we bring, is a mystery to our minds, but joy to our hearts. Receive these gifts, we pray and lead us ever deeper into the fulfillment of faithfulness. Amen.

*HYMN OF DEDICATION NO. 489 – “Christ for the World We Sing”

*BENEDICTION
Minister: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
Minister: May Almighty God bless you the Father,
the Son and the Holy Spirit.
People: Amen.
Minister: Go in peace.
People: Thanks be to God.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE HYMN NO. 473 “Blest Be The Tie That Binds” (1st Stanza Only)
Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love:
The fellowship of kindred minds is like to that above. Amen.
POSTLUDE “Lead On, O King Eternal” Based on the tune Lancshire by Henry T. Smart
Assisting in Worship – Liturgist –
*All Who Are Able May Stand

CONCERNS:
Military ALL MEMBERS of our ARMED FORCES

THE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
STARKE, FLORIDA
904-964-7937
www.starkepresbyterian.org