Sunday Schedule
8:30 AM: Outdoor Worship

(Please bring a chair and a mask. Some folding chairs are available if you need one. We are broadcasting the service for those who would prefer to remain in your car in the parking lot. Just tune into 96.9 FM. Be sure to bring your smartphone or print email to follow along as bulletins are not provided.)

9:15 AM: Outdoor Sunday School Options
9:30 AM: Virtual Common Grounds Zoom
10:00 AM: Zoom Sunday School Classes (click each graphic for Zoom link here)
11:00 AM: Live Stream Worship (watch directly from our website
Order of Worship: Sunday, October 18, 2020

We have provided the written copy of the sermon (by clicking the sermon title) for those who would like to follow along during the service. To read past sermons, click here.

Pouring the Water 

Welcome and Announcements

Prelude: (11 AM) Tarleton’s Resurrection (John Johns, guitar) John Dowland

Call to Worship:
We are made in the image of God.
              We belong to God.
In this time of worship, let us render to God what belongs to God.
              We will worship God with heart and mind,
              and offer our sacrifice of praise.

Prayer of the Day:
Holy God,
you have made us in your image
and we belong to you alone.
Therefore we offer ourselves to you,
in service, love, and praise.
Use us for the glory of your kingdom
and the good of your people;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hymn 667: When Morning Gilds the Skies (Verses 1 and 4)

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession:
Sovereign God, we confess
that we are not ready for your holy realm.
We worship wealth and power,
forgetting that all things belong to you.
We seek places of honor and glory,
forgetting that glory is yours alone.
Forgive us, merciful God,
so that we may return to your fold
and rejoice in your presence;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Assurance of Forgiveness

Hymn of Praise: Glory be to the Father
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Amen.

Time with the Young Church: Children's Bulletin

Prayer for Illumination:
Lord, open our hearts and minds
by the power of your Holy Spirit,
that as the scriptures are read
and your Word is proclaimed,
we may hear with joy what you say to us today. Amen.
New Testament Reading: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Gospel Reading: Matthew 22:15-22 
Sermon: The Coin Speaks - Chris Joiner

Affirmation of Faith:
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 Ghost, 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 Ghost; 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 in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.
The Lord’s Prayer:
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.

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Hymn 716: God Whose Giving Knows No Ending (Verses 1 and 3)


Postlude: Alleluia! Sing to Jesus Henry Coleman

The Nominating Committee of FPC is excited to present the nominees for the Session, Class of 2023, and asks for a called congregational meeting. The following persons are nominated:

Christi Granstaff
Rich Johnson
Heather Reimer
Andrew Stevens
Bruce Tarkington

Thank you to the Nominating Committee for their faithful work.

The congregational meeting will be conducted via Zoom on Sunday, November 1, at 12:00 Noon. Here is the link:
Prayer Requests
For the full list, click here.

John and Sarah Korab’s son, Sam Korab
Alex Brydon’s mother, Denise Brydon
Jean Acklin’s nephew, Steve Prouty
Anne Keener’s friend, Tonja Fox

Jean Acklin’s nephew’s wife, Linda Prouty, September 26, 2020

Thelma Byrd
Susan Haws
Stephanie Lampley
JR Russell

In Memory of:
Robert Beisecker, October 17, 2007
William Costen, October 17, 1995
Jayme Burns, October 20, 2016
Nick Fender, October 22, 2010