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T H E B I B L E I N A Y E A R

WELCOME
Thank you for coming to First Presbyterian Church of
Orlando this morning! We worship together as a church
family in four services on Sundays: Traditional worship in
the Sanctuary at 8:15am and 11am, and Genesis worship
in the Sanctuary at 9:45am and in Lee Fellowship Hall at
11:00am.
Check in and let us know you’re here: visit our Legacy
Room for a cup of coffee and say hello, or text “FPCO” to
the number 313131.

SAVE THE DATE


• TODAY: Join us at 12:15, in King Parlor, adjacent to
the Edington Ministry Center lobby, for a welcome
reception in honor of our new organist, Steve Strite
and his family.
• February 21: Women's Cancer Support meets,
12pm-1pm with a light lunch provided. RSVP to Maddy
Vilar at 407.423.3441 x1159.
• February 25: Heart of the City Foundation's
lecture Series 2018 welcomes Dr. John Lennox,
world-renowned speaker & intellectual defender of
Christianity. Complimentary ticket at fpco.org/lecture.
• March 2: Young at Heart Heritage Celebration,
hosted by Heart of the City Foundation. RSVP to
Maddy Vilar at 407.423.3441 x1159.
• March 9: Young at Heart? Join The Collaborative
for a field trip to Florida Southern College where
we'll tour the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright.
Details at collaborativeorlando.com/events.

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.
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF ORLANDO
1 06 E AST CH UR CH STREET, ORLAN DO, FL 32 8 01
407.423.3441 | FPC O.ORG | EST. 1 8 7 6

FEBRUARY 18, 2018

CONGREGATIONAL CARE
As a caring body of believers, please remember in your
prayers those who have recently been hospitalized, are
recuperating at home: Audrea Born and Marlyce Mulder
Our sympathy to Brenda Borders on the death of her
mother, Jeanette Boals, February 4.
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.

PARTICIPATION
IN GIVING

38.3%
GENEROSITY JANUARY 2018

Stewardship Report as of February 11, 2018.


Thank you for your faithful generosity.

Tithes & Offerings This/Last Week Fiscal YTD


Budgeted $108,859 $4,864,649
Received $88,167 $5,024,790
Surplus/(Deficit) ($20,692) $160,141
ARISE AND BUILD Capital Campaign Update
Funds Given $6.5 Million
Remaining to Give $1.2 Million
Tithed to Mission $655,000
Give easily and securely online from your smartphone at
fpco.org/mobile.
Genesis Worship
(Please silence all phones and electronic devices.)

WELCOME
The Sacrament of Baptism (9:45)
S Frances Claire Gaylord, born August 28, 2007,
daughter of Meredith and Scott Gaylord.

Charge to Congregation
Song of Commitment
Take Her Life and Let It Be hendon

Bible Project Video Leviticus

Prayer for Illumination Dr. David Swanson


*Scripture Reading Leviticus 23:9-14
pew bible p. 88

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 First Things First

Assisting in Worship: Scarlett Broughton and Wil Brown.


* All who are able are invited to stand.

Give securely on your smartphone at fpco.org/mobile.

Our Genesis services utilize an environmental lighting effect


called haze, a theatrical humidifier to thicken the air to enhance
lighting. Both Lee Fellowship Hall and Sanctuary hazers are
water-based and safe.

NOTES
Traditional Worship
You will notice the presence of the large cross at
the front of the Sanctuary as we have entered the
season of Lent. Fasting and prayers have long been
a part of the Church. There are multiple references
to such throughout the Scriptures. Certain days
of the week were fast days as a part of spiritual
discipline. About the fourth century we see the first
references to the “forty,” a forty day time period
of fasting and prayer commemorating Jesus’ forty
days in the wilderness. The churches observed this
period of time as preparation leading up to Easter.
It also marked the conclusion of a two to three
year study of those wishing to become Christians
in preparation for their baptisms at the Easter
Vigil, a few hours before sunrise Easter morning.
As part of our preparation for Easter Sunday, each
week we’ll be adding another element to the cross
visually reminding us of various aspects of the most
signficant event in the world’s history. Today you
see the money bag, speaking to us of Judas’ betrayal
of the Savior for thirty pieces of silver.
-Dr. Dan Sharp

(Please silence all phones and electronic devices.)

GATHERING
Prelude
Little Bells gaul

Welcome

*Processional Hymn of Praise no. 39


God, We Praise You! Rustington

*Ascription of Praise

Organ Praise (8:15)

Pastoral Report

*Passing of the Peace (8:15)

Call to Prayer (8:15)


I Need Thee arr. daniel sharp

Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer


The Sacrament of Baptism (11:00)
S Ruth Bridges Sutton, born August 4, 2017,
daughter of Kathryn and Tom Sutton.

Charge to Congregation
Song of Commitment
Take Her Life and Let It Be hendon

THANKSGIVING
Thanksgiving Through Tithes and Offerings

*Great Is Thy Faithfulness Refrain no. 60


*Prayer of Commitment

(Give securely on your smartphone at fpco.org/mobile)

Anthem of Devotion
Cantique de Racine gabriel fauré
Chancel Choir
Sara Hietala, clarinet

PROCLAMATION OF GOD’S WORD


Bible Project Video Leviticus

Prayer for Illumination Dr. David Swanson


*Scripture Reading Leviticus 23:9-14
pew bible p. 88

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 First Things First

RESPONSE
*Hymn of Response no. 649
We Give Thee But Thine Own schumann

*Invitation and Charge

*Benediction

*Choral Response
Omega Amen daniel sharp
Postlude
Rigaudon campra
* All who are able are invited to stand.

Assisting in Worship: Dr. Case Thorp, Dr. Daniel Sharp, and


Steve Strite, organist.

YEAR OF THE BOOK!


THIS WEEK'S DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
1. What is the most valuable (monetary or sentimental)
item you have ever given away? How difficult was it
to let it go and give that item to someone else?
2. The concept of "first fruits" may sound foreign to us
today, depending on where we live and whether
or not we live in an agricultural-based economy.
Nevertheless, the expectation that we offer our first
and best to God is clear. Why do you think God
requires our first fruits?
3. In the same way that obedience and worship are
intertwined in the story of Abraham and Isaac (please
see week 2), the giving of our first fruits is also
intertwined with worship. What is the connection
between giving and worship?
4. Last week, we examined the Ten Commandments
and even explored Jesus' summation of the
commandments (Matt. 22:36-40) in that we are
to love God and love neighbors. Do you see a
connection between the Ten Commandments and
this command on first fruits? How can giving God our
first fruits help us to better love Him and neighbors?
5. Not only is giving an act of worship, but it is also a
way through which we help our community. Giving to
those in need is assumed by Jesus in His Sermon on
the Mount in Matt. 6:1-4. Why do you think Christians
should join together in their giving efforts to those in
need?
6. What kind of impact should our larger congregation
have in helping the greater Orlando community?
7. When it comes to your own giving, what is one
action you can take this week to better foster a spirit
of generosity?
BRING US
THE COFFEE

Every Sunday in February, we are


collecting items in support of our
ministry to the homeless community at
Compassion Corner.
You can drop off donations in one of the
collection bins, available in the Welcome
Center, on the first floor of the Edington
Ministry Center, or under the Angel Wing,
between the Sanctuary and Allen Hall.
Below is a list of items needed by
Compassion Corner:

• Coffee
• Sugar or sugar packets
• Stir sticks
• Non-perishable creamer
• Socks