Serving the Lord for over 186 years

 

March 12, 2017

10:00 AM

2nd Sunday in Lent

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PRELUDE & QUIET MEDITATION  [Congregational Responses are in BOLD]

What does it really mean when Jesus tells Nicodemus that he must be born from above?  How do we understand what it means to be “born again”?

GATHERING AROUND THE WORD

PRELUDE

"Variations for Kind Maker of the World"  

--  Claude Balbastre  

GREETING & ANNOUNCEMENTS

PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST  [Congregational Responses are in BOLD] 

The Peace of Christ be with you.

And also with you. 

Let us extend the right hand of Christian fellowship to our neighbors. 

*HYMN #81

"Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days"

*CALL TO WORSHIP  [Psalm 121] 

From where will my help come?   

Our help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.     

Who is our keeper? 

The Lord is our keeper, by day and by night.

How long will God protect us?

God will keep our going out and our coming in from this time on and forevermore.      

Let us worship our God.

THE PRAYER OF CONFESSION 

Gracious God, we come before you in need of forgiveness and grace.  You call us to trust you completely, but we do not.  We are timid and fearful as we follow your lead.  We justify our actions and words, though we know that they are not what you require.

We struggle to understand the new life Christ offers, preferring old habits to risky change.  Forgive us, we pray.  Help us to be born again into the life of Christ, trusting that you have included us by grace into the family of faith.  In Christ’s name we pray.  Amen.

[Followed by a moment of silent prayer.]

   

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS  [John 3:16-17] 

Friends, God is for us and not against us!  For that very reason, God sent his Son into the world not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.  Believe in the Good News, in the name of Jesus Christ we are forgiven.

In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.  Let us forgive one another.  Amen.

*HYMN  #579

"Glory Be to the Father"

PROCLAIMING THE WORD

CHILDREN'S MESSAGE

SCRIPTURE

Genesis 12:1-4a;

Romans 4:1-5, 13-17;

John 3:1-17

[Page  9-10; 146-147; 91 --  in the red RSV Bible in each pew]

SERMON

"Above & Beyond" 

Rev. Joe Fields

RESPONDING TO THE WORD

*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH ["The Nicene Creed“]

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, 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, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made.  For us and for our Salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became truly human.  For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.  On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures;  he  ascended  into  heaven and is seated  on  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, who with the Father and the Son  is  worshiped  and   glorified,    who  has  spoken  through  the

prophets.  We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.  We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.  Amen. 

HYMN  #85

"What Wondrous Love Is This?" 

PASTORAL PRAYER       

OUR LORD’S PRAYER  [Matthew 6:9-13]

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.

TIME OF OFFERING & SHARING OF GIFTS

OFFERTORY

"By the Babylonian Rivers" 

--  arr.   Robert A. Hobby  

 

* RESPONSE  #592

"Doxology"

OFFERTORY PRAYER

TAKING THE WORD INTO THE WORLD

*HYMN  #281

"Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah"  

*BENEDICTION  

  

POSTLUDE

"Beneath the Cross of Jesus"

--  arr.  David Paxton

 

LENT is a season of forty weekdays and six Sunday, beginning on Ash Wednesday and culminating in Holy Week.  During this season, the church, in joy and sorrow, proclaims, remembers, and responds to the atoning death of Christ.

 

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* Please stand as you are able.

Reid's Nursery is located on this level, opposite the Sanctuary. 

Following Worship, please join us for a reception in the Social Hall / Great Room.

    

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Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church

1004 North "A" Street Richmond, IN  47374-3153

Church Office:  765-966-7618.

Pastor:  The Rev. Joseph T. Fields, Jr., M.Div.

Office Administrator/Secretary: Linda Morris

E-mail: office@reidpres.com

Web Site: www.reidpres.com

 

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THOSE SERVING TODAY

Pastor:  The Rev. Joseph T. Fields, Jr., M.Div.

Organist:  Joan Martin

Bulletin & PowerPoint (On Screen):  Linda Morris

Nursery Care Provider:  Debra Hunt

Acolytes:  Mitchell Hickel; Skylar Hickel; Natalie Wood

Bible Bearer: Justin Hickel 

 

SESSION

Class of 2017

Linda James

Connie Wood

Class of 2018

Sharon Pinson

Evelyn Sommer

Class of 2019

Sue King

Joe Rush

Sue King, Clerk of Session

 

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Welcome

If  you are visiting with us this morning we are glad  you are here, and extend to you a warm welcome.  We invite you to come and be a part of our Church Family.  If you are not involved in a local congregation, perhaps Reid Church is a place where you can worship, learn and find fellowship, and serve.  We receive members by profession of faith in Jesus Christ, by transfer of membership from another church, or by reaffirmation of faith that you have professed in another church.  Indicate your interest to the Pastor or any Elder or member and you will be contacted.

Children

Children are invited to please remain in the Sanctuary until the Children's Sermon is over.  Thank you.

Communion -- Is  The 1st  Sunday of  Every  Month

Celebration of the Lord's Supper is usually the first Sunday of every month.  Communion in the Presbyterian Church is open to one and all (children, youth, and adults) who profess Jesus as Lord and Savior.

2017 Weekly Statistics

Last week's  3/5/17) Attendance:  20. 

Whitewater Valley Presbytery Per Capita Information 

2017 = $38.55

Each Presbyterian church member pays the Per Capita once a year.

The Food Pantry Items for 2017

Food supplies and varieties vary from week to week.  Suggestions: Any foods that require only water to prepare, such as: pancake mix, grits, hot cocoa, soup, etc.  They also need: peanut butter, canned spaghetti with sauce, and cans of salmon, canned potatoes, canned meats, rice dishes, and saltine crackers.  These are good for both Seniors and Families. Any, and all, contributions are welcome. Reminder:  Cash donations are particularly important to this program, as well as your donated items.  Please make your check out to Reid Church with a memo "For Food Pantry", and then you can put it in the offering plate.  Those doing our Church Finances , will see that it is sent to the Food Pantry. 

Sanctuary Flowers for the glory of God

If you would like to give Flowers in Memory of, or in Honor of, someone please call the Church Office (966-7618).

 

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