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save the date

Sundays in February: We are collecting items for our


friends at Compassion Corner who are starting new
jobs. Please bring socks, underwear, or steel-toed
work boots in men's sizes 9, 10, 11, or 12. fpco.org/socks
TODAY: First Connections class begins. A great place
to get started and make new friends at First Pres.
Register at fpco.org/first.
Feburary 9: The Christ School's Open House. 7-11am.
Feburary 9: Strong & Weak with Andy Crouch, Heart of
the City Foundation Lecture Series, in partnership with
The Collaborative. fpco.org/strong
Feburary 15: Womens Cancer Support meets, 12pm-
1pm with a light lunch provided. RSVP to Maddy Vilar at
407.423.3441 x1159.
February 19: Hymn Sing. Request your favorites and
learn new hymns in this dedicated time of worship in
song. Join us from 1:30-3pm in the Sanctuary.

about communion
We believe in an open table. We invite every believer
who has publicly professed faith in Jesus to join us in this
celebration. We believe by the power of the Holy Spirit, that
the bread and the cup become for us the living presence
of the broken body and shed blood of Jesus. We do not
believe it becomes actual flesh and blood, but the spiritually
living presence of God through the Holy Spirit.
Presbyterian churches do not have altars like other
churches may. We have a table, symbolic of the Great Feast
of Thanksgiving we will one day enjoy with Jesus and the
heavenly host, as illustrated in Matthew 26:29 & Luke 22:16
18. We view the cross of Christ as the final and sufficient altar,
on which the ultimate sacrifice was made.
Suggestions for Celebrating Communion. Before serving
the bread and wine (non-alcoholic grape juice), the pastor
will lead the congregation in a time of prayer. During this
time, confess your sins to God; ways you have violated His
commandments; areas of your life where you are not living
by faith; things you do in an attempt to earn His favor.
While the bread is being served, meditate on what the
death of Jesus means for you; how the sins you confessed
were laid upon Him and paid for with His body. Rejoice that
you do not suffer Gods judgment because Christ suffered
this judgment on your behalf.
While the cup is being served, let it wash away your guilt,
much the way we are washed spiritually by the blood of the
Lamb (Jesus). One day, you will feast with God and all that
your heart desires will be fully satisfied. Take this time to
confess specific things that capture your heart more than
God (approval of others, success, your family, etc.).
Rest in His presence.
FEBRUARY 5, 2017

congregational care
As a caring body of believers, please remember in your
prayers those who have recently been hospitalized or are
recuperating at home: Roger Lee, Nancy McDonald, and
Olivia Geiger.
To be added to our prayer list call the Pastoral Care office
at 407.423.3441 x1455, or submit an online prayer request at
fpco.org/prayerrequest.

families at first pres


First Pres has three rooms to help young families on
Sunday mornings: one nursing room for mothers & infants,
next to the Prayer Room, between the Sanctuary and Lee
Fellowship Hall, and a second nursing room for mothers &
infants, on the 1st floor of Clayton Life Center next to the
elevators.
In addition, we have a Family Room for infants, children and
dads :-) , also on the first floor of Clayton Life Center.
All three rooms have a live television feed from the worship
services.

PARTICIPATION
generosity IN GIVING

Stewardship Report as of January 29, 2017. 36.3%


JANUARY 2017
Thank you for your faithful generosity.
Because we believe participation (and not a dollar amount)
is key in our giving, we are now reporting our churchs
giving participation percentage weekly.
Our financial numbers will appear on a monthly basis for
continued transparency in budgeting.
Give easily and securely online from your smartphone at
fpco.org/mobile.

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF ORLANDO


address 106 East Church St., Orlando Florida 32801
phone 407.423.3441
online fpco.org /firstpresorlando /fpcorlando
genesis
Welcome

Prayer for Illumination Dr. David Swanson


*Scripture Reading Genesis 1:1-5, 26-31; 3:6-7
pew bible p. 1 & 2
At the conclusion of our Scripture reading, the leader will
say, This is the word of the Lord. The congregation is
invited to respond, Thanks be to God.

Message How It All Started

Communion
 Invitation to the Table
Prayer of Consecration
Words of Institution
Serving of the Bread
Serving of the Cup

Assisting in Worship: Dr. Case Thorp and Wil Brown.

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notes
traditional
You have undoubtedly noticed that in most all of our
worship services there is a notation in the bulletin called
Ascription of Praise. The phrase tells us how that portion
of worship functions. In an ascription we are proclaiming
praiseworthy qualities directly to our God. One of the
definitions of worship is to ascribe ultimate worth to
a being or deity. In our case, it is God, the Creator of
all that is, seen and unseen. Youll also note that in this
particular prayer it is completely vertical in focus. It is a
one way prayer, if you will. The entire direction of the
prayer is Godward. Is, wes, and mes are absent from the
prayer. There are no requests or confessions; that prayer
comes later in the service. Psalm 8 is a classic example of
an ascription of praise to God; the creatures offer praise
to their Creator. Here is another significant example of
where the whole Body of Christ proclaims its worship
together. There is the corporate sound of the corporate
body of Christ coming together in active, conscious
participation in worshiping our great God. There is no
greater sound on earth...or in heaven. May our hearts and
minds be connected as, together, we ascribe worth to our
wonderful Lord. We are not simply saying words together
at the same time. We are expressing the community
heart. O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all
the earth! - Dr. Dan Sharp

(Please silence all phones and electronic devices.)

gathering
Prelude
Prayer of St. Gregory alan hovhaness
John Hietala, trumpet

Welcome

*Processional Hymn of Praise no. 23


All Creatures of Our God and King
lasst uns erfreuen

*Ascription of Praise Psalm 8

Pastoral Report
*Passing of the Peace

Call to Prayer
Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty
benjamin schmolck

Pastoral Prayer
The Sacrament of Baptism (8:15)
Victor Sancer Whittaker, born October 5, 2016,
S
son of Saruul Borjigan and Kipp Whittaker.

Charge to Congregation
Song of Commitment no. 466
Take His Life and Let It Be hendon

thanksgiving
Thanksgiving Through Tithes and Offerings

*Doxology no. 34
*Prayer of Commitment

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Anthem of Creation
The Heavens Declare franz joseph haydn
Chancel Choir, Steve Sweet,
Melissa Minyard and Mike Fitzgerald

proclamation of God's word


Prayer for Illumination Dr. David Swanson
*Scripture Reading Genesis 1:1-5, 26-31; 3:6-7
pew bible p. 1 & 2
At the conclusion of our Scripture reading, the leader will say,
This is the word of the Lord. The congregation is invited to
respond, Thanks be to God.

Message How It All Started


Communion
 Invitation to the Table
Prayer of Consecration
Words of Institution
Serving of the Bread
Serving of the Cup

response
*Hymn of Response no. 24
Hymn to Joy

*Invitation and Charge

*Benediction

*Choral Response
Chancel Amen sharp

Postlude (11:00)
Voluntary & Allegro boyce

* All who are able are invited to stand.

Assisting in Worship: Bret Allen, Dr. Daniel Sharp, organist


Josiah Armes.