December 29th, 2013

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WORSHIP OF GOD
1st Sunday after Christmas Day
December 29, 2013
PRELUDE “Good Christian Men Rejoice” 14th Century Latin Carol
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
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. 156 – “The First Noel”

*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 “What Child Is This?” Traditional English Carol
Dawn Altman, Clarinet; Joan Dreher, Flute
RESPONSIVE READING NO. 33, Psalm 145 Page 504
*HYMN NO. 155 – There’s a Song in the Air!

SOLO “Gesu, Bambino” W.H.-Neidlinger Jordan Harrell, Tenor
SCRIPTURE LESSON – John 3:16-21 p.864
Minister: The Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.

SERMON – “My Happiest Christmas Ever” Elder Ralph Moulder

*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 “Ding Dong Merrily-He is Born” Trad. Carol Joan Dreher, Flute
*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. 160 – “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”
*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
POSTLUDE “The First Christmas” Lani Smith
Assisting in Worship – Liturgist – Win Armstrong
*All Who Are Able May Stand

ALL MEMBERS of our ARMED FORCES
ANNOUNCEMENTS: for Week 12/29/13 904-964-7937
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, Weight-Watcher

WEDNESDAY Happy New Years! (Office Closed)
FRIDAY 6:30-8:30pm Karate School @ Stump Hall

Next Sunday: 9:45-10:30 Sunday Church School; Worship

CELEBRATIONS
Happy Birthday to: 31 Melissa S

*Adult Class meets at 9:45 each Sunday in the Session room in the Educational Bldg.
*The Young people continue the Awesome Adventures in the Middle School Room
*Middle and High School meets each Sunday at 5pm. Contact Kristi Wells and Melissa Srivibul for details
*Women’s Bible Study and Men’s Fellowship meet at 11AM second Tuesday of each month. Come and be a part of the groups

Presbyterian Women are still collecting Campbell Soup labels and box tops for the Duval Home. Collection boxes for these are in Stump-Hall.

Thanks to Steve Gay for his lawn maintenance ministry!
Please check out the great photos and information posted at www.starkepresbyterian.org

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

December 8th, 2013

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SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT
December 8, 2013
PRELUDE “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence” Traditional French
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. 31 – “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” (Blue Hymnal)

*CONFESSION OF SIN
Be gracious to us today our Lord, for we are in need of your mercy. We are often quick to doubt and slow to pray. We are tempted to let go of faith when we need to hang on. We are discouraged by wrong when we need to be encouraged by your Spirit. O God, our loving Lord, give us strength to trust in you all the days of our lives. Amen.
*DECLARATION OF PARDON
*GLORIA PATRI NO. 546
ANTHEM “Come, Jesus, Holy Son Of God” G.F. Handel
RESPONSIVE Psalm 95, Pew Bibles, Page 479
*HYMN NO. 30 – “Born in the Night, Mary’s Child” (Blue Hymnal)
GOSPEL LESSON – Luke 1:26-35 p.831
Minister: The Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.

SERMON – “THE VIRGIN BIRTH” Dr. Don McGarity

*APOSTLES CREED
Let us affirm those things which are most assuredly believed among us:
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 arose 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 (Soloist) Jordan Harrell
*DOXOLOGY 542
*OFFERTORY PRAYER (Unison) Thank you God, 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 through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
*HYMN OF DEDICATION NO. 29 “Go Tell It On The Mountain” (Blue Hymnal)
*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 – “Threefold Amen”
Amen, Amen, Amen
POSTLUDE “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus” Rowland Pritchard
Assisting in Worship – Liturgist-
*ALL WHO ARE ABLE MAY STAND

ALL MEMBERS of our ARMED FORCES

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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: for Week 12/08/13 904-964-7937
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, Weight-Watcher
TUESDAY 11, Presbytery meets in the Sanctuary
11, PW Circle meets
11, Men Group meets
6:30-8:30pm Karate School @ Stump Hall
WEDNESDAY 6, CHOIR
FRIDAY 12, Lunch Bunch
6:30-8:30pm Karate School @ Stump Hall
SATURDAY 1:00 Meet at the Church to Decorate the float and the van. If you are planning to ride on the float or
the Van please wear an ugly Christmas sweater or shirt.
6:00 CHRISTMAS PARADE
Next Sunday: 9:45-10:30 Sunday Church School; Worship

Note: Please put Candy donations for the parade in the box in the Narthex. Thank You.

Note: On Saturday, December 20, its time to pick oranges at Marjorie Rawlings State Park, we need help please. Meet at the Church at 9:00 Thanks

CELEBRATIONS
Happy Birthday to: 08 Wyatt A

*Adult Class meets at 9:45 each Sunday in the Session room in the Educational Bldg.
*The Young people continue the Awesome Adventures in the Middle School Room
*Middle and High School meets each Sunday at 5pm. Contact Kristi Wells and Melissa Srivibul for details
*Women’s Bible Study and Men’s Fellowship meet at 11AM second Tuesday of each month. Come and be a part of the groups

Thanks to Win A for the blowing and cleaning of the parking lot. Looks great
Thanks to Steve G for his lawn maintenance ministry!

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

December 1st, 2013

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FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT/HOLY COMMUNION
December 1, 2013
PRELUDE “Lovely Appear” (from “The Redemption”) Charles F. Gound
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
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
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 “Advent Message” Martin How
GOSPEL LESSON – Matthew 24: 36-44 pew bible p805
Minister: The Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.
SERMON – LIVING IN ANTICIPATION Dr. Don McGarity

*NICENE CREED
Let us affirm those things which are most assuredly believed among us:
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, one in Being with the Father. Through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation, he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he was born of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered, died, and was buried. On the third day he rose again in fulfillment of the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. 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.
POSTLUDE “Break Forth, O Beauteous Light” Choral by Johann Schop
Assisting in Worship – Liturgist- Shana Albert
*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.

CONCERNS

ALL MEMBERS of our ARMED FORCES

Our Christian Sympathy goes to the Family of Bea B. She passed away November 21, 2013. She was a long time member of the church. A memorial Service was held on November 24, 2013 in the activities room on Preston Place Suites in Kingsport, TN
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ANNOUNCEMENTS: for Week 12/01/13 904-964-7937
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, Weight-Watcher
TUESDAY 6:30-8:30pm Karate School @ Stump Hall
WEDNESDAY 6, CHOIR
FRIDAY 6:30-8:30pm Karate School @ Stump Hall

Mark Calendars Now!!! Salvation Army Bell Ringing (Wed/Thurs/Friday)
DECEMBER 4th, 5th, and 6th @ Wal-Mart North Door x
Next Sunday: 9:45-10:30 Sunday Church School; Worship
Float meeting after church in the adult Sunday school room
Note: Please put Candy donations for the parade in the box in the Narthex. Thank You.
CELEBRATIONS
Happy Birthday to: 02 Daniel Baldwin
05 Joe B
07 Frances B
Happy Anniversary to: 02 John and Judy O (1981)

*Adult Class meets at 9:45 each Sunday in the Session room in the Educational Bldg.
*The Young people continue the Awesome Adventures in the Middle School Room
*Middle and High School meet each Sunday at 5pm. Contact Kristi Wells and Melissa Srivibul for details
*Women’s Bible Study and Men’s Fellowship meet at 11AM second Tuesday of each month. Come and be a part of the groups

Note: Jordan H has been given a one year Music Scholarship by our church of $150 per month. Those who want to make a contribution to this Fund make checks payable to FPC and make a note on check Music Scholarship Fund.

Thanks to Steve Gay for his lawn maintenance ministry!