December 28th, 2014

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1st Sunday after Christmas Day
December 28, 2014
PRELUDE Joshua Mazur, Organist
RINGING OF THE BELL
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
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.”)
CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: The Word was made flesh.
People: Alleluia, Alleluia!
Leader: And dwelt among us,
People: Alleluia, Alleluia!
Leader: Jesus, Son of the living God, splendor of the Father, Light
eternal:
People: Glory to you, O Lord!
Leader: Jesus, King of glory, Sun of righteousness, born of the Virgin
Mary:
People: Glory to you, O Lord!
Leader: Jesus, Wonderful Counselor, mighty God, everlasting Lord:
People: 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
SPECIAL MUSIC
RESPONSIVE READING NO. 34, Psalm 148 Page 505
*HYMN NO. 167 – “Gentle Mary Laid Her Child”
GOSPEL LESSON- Luke 2:22-40. P.833
Minister: The Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.
SERMON – “New Year’s Resolutions” The Rev. Sandra Hedrick
*APOSTLES CREED
Let us confess the faith of our baptism, as we say:
I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living 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
*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: -Threefold Amen No.563
Amen, Amen, A—men
*POSTLUDE
Assisting in Worship – Liturgist –
*ALL WHO ARE ABLE MAY STAND

We welcome this morning as our guest minister The Rev. Sandra Hedrick, Stated Clerk of the Presbytery of St. Augustine.
Pastor- Dr. Don McGarity (352-374-8633)
Clerk – Shana Albert
Treasurer – Win Armstrong
Ministers – The Congregation
Organist – Joshua Mazur
Nursery Care-Janice Baldwin
A nursery is provided for infants through kindergartners during worship.
Office Manager- Win Armstrong

ANNOUNCEMENTS:for Week 12/28/14 904-964-7937
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 NEW YEAR’S EVE
THURSDAY NEW YEAR’S DAY!!

Next Sunday: 9:45-10:30 Sunday Church School; January 4 – The Epiphany of the Lord/Holy Communion

Next Sunday, January 4, Dr. McGarity will be teaching a 4 weeks course, Luke Chapter 1.Chapter 1:39 – 1:56
“Preparation for the Messiah: the Annunciation and Visitation”

CELEBRATIONS
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: 31 Melissa S
03 Donna J

*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
Please check out the great photos and information posted at www.starkepresbyterian.org
fpcstarke@gmail.com

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

December 21st, 2014

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FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT/SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
December 21, 2014
PRELUDE
RINGING OF THE BELL
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
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.”)
LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT CANDLE OF LOVE
Liturgist: We light this candle as a sign of the 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 Emmanuel (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
SPECIAL MUSIC
UNISON READING NO. 38 Isaiah, Page 509
*HYMN NO. 167 – “Gentle Mary Laid Her Child”
GOSPEL LESSON – Luke 1:26-38
Minister: The Gospel of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.
SERMON – “NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD” Dr. Don McGarity
THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM – JOHN EVANS
PRESENTATION THE PROFESSION OF FAITH RENUNCIATIONS
*APOSTLES CREED
With the whole church, let us confess our faith.
Minister: Do you believe in God, the Father almighty?
People: I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
Minister: Do you believe in Jesus Christ?
People: I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was
conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under
Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to
the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to
judge the living and the dead.
Minister: Do you believe in the Holy Spirit?
People: 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.
THANKSGIVING OVER THE WATER
THE BAPTISM
LAYING ON OF HANDS
WELCOME
OFFERING
OFFERTORY
*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 Jesus, our Lord. Amen.
*HYMN OF DEDICATION NO. 158 “Angels We Have Heard on High”
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
*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, A—-men
*POSTLUDE
Assisting in Worship – Liturgist – Ralph Moulder
*ALL WHO ARE ABLE MAY STAND

THE SESSION RECEIVED INTO THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE CHURCH THIS MORNING: Please Welcome Them Warmly
John (Profession of Faith and Baptism) and
Camilla Evans (Reaffirmation of Faith)
Lola Martin (Reaffirmation of Faith), Mother of John Evans
Jeff and Lindsey Atkinson, Transfer of Letter, Grace Presbyterian, Gainesville, FL

ANNOUNCEMENTS: For Week 12/21/14 904-964-7937
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
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE – WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 24th – 6:00 P.M. Please invite your friends to this moving and sacred service of Scripture, Carols, Holy Communion and Candles.
THURSDAY (Christmas Day) Merry Christmas!!!!!
Next Sunday: 9:45-10:30 Sunday Church School; Worship

CELEBRATIONS
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: 23 Sandra C
25 Ralph M

*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
Please check out the great photos and information posted at www.starkepresbyterian.org
fpcstarke@gmail.com

December 14th, 2014

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THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT
December 14, 2014
Nine Lessons and Carols
PRELUDE “O Come O Come Emmanuel” Joshua Mazur, Organist
RINGING OF THE BELL
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
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.”)
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 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 NO.462 – “Once in Royal David’s City”
*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, we are forgiven.
May the God of mercy, who forgives us all our sins,
strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy
Spirit keep us in eternal life.
ALL: Amen.
*GLORIA PATRI NO. 546

SPECIAL MUSIC – Sussex Carol
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
OFFERING – Offertorium #9
OFFERTORY (During the offering we invite you to fill out the Fellowship Pad found at the end of each pew. Please pass it down the pew and back making a note of our visitors.)
*DOXOLOGY
*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 gifts Lord Jesus and build us up in your holy love. Amen.

THE CAROLS OF THE AGES – THE SANCTUARY CHOIR
“Let All Mortal Flesh” Hymn No. 148
“Angels We Have Heard On High” Hymn No. 158
“What Child Is This” Hymn No. 159
“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” Hymn No.166
“Gentle Mary Laid Her Child” Hymn No. 167
“O Come All Ye Faithful” Hymn No. 170

THE APOSTLES CREED
Let us confess the faith of our baptism, as we say:
I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

*HYMN NO.160 – “It Came Upon the 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 – “Threefold Amen”
Amen, Amen, Amen.
*POSTLUDE “Come thou Long Expected Jesus
Assisting in Worship – Liturgist – Ralph Moulder
*ALL WHO ARE ABLE MAY STAND

We are grateful for everyone, especially the Float Committee, who had a part in making our Christmas entry into the parade such a tremendous success and a great outreach to community. WELL DONE!

December 7th, 2014

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SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT/HOLY COMMUNION
December 7, 2014
PRELUDE Joshua Mazur, Organist
RINGING OF THE BELL
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
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.”)
LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT CANDLE OF HOPE
Liturgist: We light this candle as a sign of the light of Christ. Advent means coming. We are preparing ourselves for the day 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.163 “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”
*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.
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 (SOLOIST)
OLD TESTAMENT LESSON – Isaiah 35:1-10 p.578
GOSPEL LESSON – Matthew 11:2-11 p.792
Minister: The Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.
SERMON – “Learning From a Little Child” 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(During the offering we invite you to fill out the Fellowship Pad found at the end of each pew. Please pass it down the pew and back making a note of our visitors.)
*OFFERTORY
*DOXOLOGY
*OFFERTORY PRAYER (Unison) Lord, may we always give our gifts to you as a thank offering for the magnificent gift of Jesus that you so generously gave to us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

HOLY COMMUNION (SEE INSERT)
*HYMN 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 -Threefold Amen No.563
Amen, Amen, A—men
*POSTLUDE

Assisting in Worship – Liturgist – Ralph Moulder
*ALL WHO ARE ABLE MAY STAND

HOLY COMMUNION

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

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

ANNOUNCEMENTS:for Week 12/07/14 904-964-7937
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
Choir Practice
MONDAY 6, Weight-Watcher
TUESDAY 11, PW and Men’s Group Meet
6:30-8:30pm Karate School @ Stump Hall
FRIDAY 12, Lunch Bunch
6:30-8:30pm Karate School @ Stump Hall
SATURDAY 6pm Christmas Parade

Next Sunday: 9:45-10:30 Sunday Church School; Worship.
NOTE: WE NEED YOUR VOICE! We will be having a short choir practice after worship today and the next few Sundays to prepare something for Christmas. Please help us.

NOTE: SUNDAY BIBLE CLASS – “Preparing for Advent” Luke Chapter One 9:45 Fellowship Hall – Dr. McGarity
CELEBRATIONS
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: 07 Frances B
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
Please check out the great photos and information posted at www.starkepresbyterian.org
fpcstarke@gmail.com