Our Church

Pastor.........………......…............Gary Panetta

Ministers…………....……....The Congregation

Church Treasurer……..……Dennis Bowman

Men’s Group Moderator……………………...Charlie Johnson

Financial Secretary……….……Dee Shepherd

Music Director & Organist…….Gloria Miner

Choir Director………………......……Pam Watts

 

Session Members and Duties

 

Nominating and Personnel….Liz Grissinger

Mission………………………….......Dee Shepherd

Christian Education……,,,,……..…..Erin Miner

Finance and Budget……...……..….Tom Miner

Clerk of Session………………….....Deb Connor

Church Growth…………………....Ann Leonard

Stewardship……………………....…Carol Canier

Parish Life……..………....……..Julane Bowman

Property………………….....…………Tom Hutton

Worship……………………....….........Pat Connor

Deacons

Dorothy LaShelle   Judy Klein  Deb Connor  

Myrna Sisler  Karen Hutton    Gail Bowman

Penny VonEssen Marie Lewter  Cindy Bulik

 

 

 

        

January 31st, 2016        10:30 A.M.

  

~ We Prepare to Worship ~

  

Welcome

 

Community Life and Announcements

 

Prelude and Lighting of the Candles

  

~ We Assemble in God’s Name ~

  

Call to Worship- (Psalm 71:1-6)
            One: In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame.
            All: In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; incline your ear to me and save me.

             One: Be to me a rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.

             All: Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of the unjust and cruel.

             One: For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O Lord, from my youth.

             All: Upon you I have leaned from my birth; it was you who took me from my mother's womb. My praise is continually of you.

             One: Come, let us worship God, our refuge, our rock, and our fortress. Let us raise our voices in praise.

  

Opening Prayer

  

* Hymn of Praise #300          “All Glory, Laud, and Honor”

 

* Call to Confession

  

* Prayer of Confession

 

            Merciful God, We confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart and mind and strength; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. In your mercy forgive what we have been, help us amend what we are, and direct what we shall be, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name. (Let each worshipper offer silent, personal prayers of Confession) Amen.

  

* Assurance of Pardon

  

* Sharing the Peace of Christ

             One: The peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

 

            All: And also with you.

  

*Gloria Patri (#813)

  

Children’s Sermon

  

~ We Proclaim God’s Word ~

  

Prayer for Illumination 

 

Scripture Readings-  1 Kings 1:8-16 (p. 324)

 

                                    2 Kings 5:1-14 (p. 336)

 

                                    Luke 4:21-30 (p. 61-62)

 

Sermon          “Jesus as Lord of our lives”

        

 

The Scots Confession (3.01): We confess and acknowledge one God alone, to whom alone we must cleave, whom alone we must serve, whom only we must worship, and in whom alone we put our trust. Who is eternal, infinite, immeasurable, incomprehensible, omnipotent, invisible; one in substance and yet distinct in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. By whom we confess and believe all things in heaven and earth, visible and invisible to have been created, to be retained in their being, and to be ruled and guided by his inscrutable providence by such end as his eternal wisdom, goodness, and justice have appointed, and to the manifestation of his glory. Amen.

  

Hymn # 599   “Jesus is Lord of All”

 

~ We Respond to God’s Word ~

  

Prayers of the People and The Lord’s Prayer

 

            Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed by 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. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, now and forever. Amen.

  

Offering of Our Time, Talents, and Treasures to God

 

Call to Offering

 

Offertory

  

* Doxology (#815)

 

* Prayer of Dedication

  

~ We Go in God’s Name ~

  

* Hymn of Celebration#43 “All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name”

  

* Charge and Benediction

 

* Postlude

 

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 ~ Announcements~~

 

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* Those who are able to stand may do so at this time

 

* If you are a guest, Welcome in the name of Christ. We hope you are blessed by today’s service and will come again soon. 

 

            Per Capita for the 2016 year is $35.66

 

Those serving us in Worship today are:

 

Pastor…………………………….......…..Pastor Gary Panetta

 

Liturgist/Elder-in-Charge……………………...Deb Connor

 

Acolyte………………………….

 

Greeters/Ushers………………

 

Bulletins…………………………………..Dorothy LaShelle

 

Deacon of the Month…………………............Deb Connor

 

Music……………………………………………Gloria Miner

 

HOW TO CONTACT PASTOR GARY: My family – Sara, Holly, and I – are delighted to worship and serve Christ with you. I can be reached by cell-phone at 815-590-1792 and by e-mail at gpanetta@dbq.edu. Feel free to send text messages as well.

 

THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE CONGREGATION takes place immediately after worship on Feb. 21. Your voice in the ministry of First Presbyterian Church is crucial to our faithful following of Jesus Christ.

 

LENTEN OBSERVANCES: First Presbyterian Church will share Lenten worship in rotation with a number of other churches in Savanna. All services except for Good Friday will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesdays with a 6 p.m. soup supper. This year's theme: Christ's last words from the cross. The schedule is as follows:

 

  • Ash Wednesday: Feb. 10 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Preacher: Pastor Gary Panetta
  • Feb. 17: First Presbyterian Church. Father Bob North.
  • Feb. 24: UCC Community Church. Preacher: Pastor Jang.
  • March 2: United Methodist Church. Preacher: Pastor Alvelo.
  • March 9: UCC Community Church. Preacher: Father Schaller.
  • March 16: First Presbyterian Church. Pastor Niel Shoffner
  • March 25 - noon Good Friday. St. Paul's Episcopal Church. All clergy participates.

 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO FOLLOW JESUS? WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE PRESBYTERIAN?

 

There are several opportunities coming in the next few weeks to delve more deeply into these questions:

 

  •  "Being Presbyterian: Foundations of Presbyterian Discipleship" is the topic of the Men's Group, which meets 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29 at a location to be announced. Lesson 2 is "Wicked Bad." Why do we talk about sin and evil? Are we saying that we are wicked bad -- the worst of the worst? Please call Pastor Gary at (815) 590-1792 for more information. If there is also interest in exploring this series in a women's group or another venue, please let Pastor Gary know.
  • "What do deacons do?" Being a deacon is more than sending a card to a sick parishioner; it is really about serving as the hands and feet of Christ for a congregation. A short class exploring what deacons do will take place 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, in Fellowship Hall. Consider attending in order to learn more about the possibilities of this vital ministry for the church whether or not you are a deacon.
  • Who are ruling elders and deacons? What do they do? What is the Book of Order and the Book of Confessions all about? How does the church work? How does all of this help us serve Jesus Christ and engage in Christ's mission in the community? To find out, please attend the "Ordered Ministry Series" to be held after worship at the church on Feb. 7, 14, and 28. The first topic is "Ordered Ministry." Please RSVP to Pastor Gary at (815) 590-1792 so enough worksheets can be made available.
  • Learn the Scripture. Our exploration of the New Testament continues 7-8 p.m. each Thursday in the old Fellowship Hall. Everyone is welcome.

 

THE FOOD PANTRY continues to accept donations. Please leave them in the large container by the stairs. Thank you so much to all of those who have donated food over the past few months. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

 

SUPPLIES NEED FOR CHURCH

 s your parish life elder, Julane Bowman, I would like to thank everyone who has hosted our fellowship time or donated supplies. If you are unable to take a turn providing food items there are still ways you can help: donate supplies, or help clean up. Here is a List of supplies:

 

Coffee              Coffee  Creamer             Juice or Punch

 

Napkins                        Disposable Plates          Ziplock Bags

 

** If you have any announcement or time changes for events, please email me at kjhartman71@yahoo.com or you can call/text me on my cell 815-275-1207. Information needs to be to me no later than Thursday morning. Thanks, Kandra

 

Our Church

 

Pastor………………………………………………......….Gary Panetta

 

Ministers………………………………………......The Congregation

 

Church Treasurer…………………………………Dennis Bowman

 

Men’s Group Moderator……………………….Charlie Johnson

 

Financial Secretary…………………………………Dee Shepherd

 

Music Director and Organist………………….….Gloria Miner

 

Choir Director……………………………………..………Pam Watts

 

Session Members and Duties

 

Nominating and Personnel………………………….Liz Grissinger

 

Mission……………………………………………….........Dee Shepherd

 

Christian Education…………………………….…….........Erin Miner

 

Finance and Budget…………………………………….....Tom Miner

 

Clerk of Session………………………………………......Deb Connor

 

Church Growth………………………………….....…….Ann Leonard

 

Stewardship…………………………………......…………Carol Canier

 

Parish Life…………………………..………….....…..Julane Bowman

 

Property……………………………………………......……Tom Hutton

 

Worship……………………………………………..............Pat Connor

 

Deacons

 

Pam Watts                 Judy Klein                  Deb Connor  

 

Myrna Sisler               Karen Hutton             Gail Bowman

 

Cindi Bulik                  Penny VonEssen      Marie Lewter