July 12, 2018
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth if full of God's glory.
This week I will start a seven-week sermon series on the books of
Ezra and Nehemiah. The reading for Sunday is Ezra chapter 1 but I would
encourage you to read all of chapters 1-3. These two books tell part of
the story of the Jews being allowed to return to Jerusalem from
captivity in Babylon. If you can't be here on Sunday, I encourage you to
do your homework and listen to the sermon recording that we post on the
I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday.
While the Choir is taking
their summer sabbatical, our music this Sunday for the Sanctuary Service will be
provided by Jonathan Snow (piano) and Chris Fullen (violin).
FPC has an urgent need for adults to lead children's Sunday School
classes. If you would like to serve in this important ministry please contact Wayne Patton or the church office.
We need teachers for two classes: Pre-school through 1st grade and for 2nd
through 5th grade.
CHURCH TRIP TO DAYTON
FOR SCOPES TRIAL
On Saturday, July 21, we'll be loading up the church van to travel to Dayton,
Tennessee, to attend a reenactment of the famous Scopes Monkey Trial
in the County Courthouse.
We'll depart at 7:30 am and return about 6:00 pm.
Reserved tickets are a bargain at just $15.
If you would like to attend, please contact the church office by Monday, June 25.
Trip to Dayton for Scopes Trial
There are a few openings for Lay Readers for the Sanctuary Service. If you are interested please contact Kristy in the church office.
An archive of sermons and bulletins
(audio and text) can be viewed here
We are presently taking food donations to the Timberline Campground. When our food arrives, the shelves almost always bare. We have seen people waiting for our food deliveries.
It is easy to forget the need that exists in our own backyard. PLEASE remember to bring canned food donations each Sunday and place them in the boxes in the hallway.
Items that fly off the shelves
Items that remain
- #1 by far - Meals-in-a-can (spaghetti, ravioli, heat & serve shelf meals, soup with meat such as chicken noodle soup, stews, chili)
- Peanut butter
- Peanut butter & jelly mixed
- Canned corn and green beans
- Canned fruit
- Juice boxes
- Packages of crackers, snacks, raisons
- Boxed mac & cheese
- Ramen Noodles
- Individual cereal boxes
- Breakfast bars
- No one likes peas!
- Dried legumes are left alone (bags of various types of beans)
- Anything the least bit strange or holiday specific seems to remain (cranberry sauce, canned pumpkin, artichoke hearts)
- Foods that take significant preparation time (pie fillings, cornbread mix)
- Fresh fruit (apples, bananas)
- Personal hygiene items
Each Sunday the following classes meet—
Faith Builders: A Journey for the 30s and 40s meets upstairs. Led by Jeff and Alice Gossage.
Westminster Class meets in the Sanctuary. Led by Sheridan Henson, this class follows The Present Word curriculum. 8-10 people.
Atypical Adult Research Bible Class meets upstairs. Led by Brenda Thaxton, this class is reading
watching the Thoughtful DVD Series called A Story of God. It is
perfect summertime study with no reading. 8-10 people.
Women’s Class meets in the Session Room. This female class is reading Ignatiian Examen by Mark Thibodeaux. 12-15 people.
Cross Roads Class in the Library. Led by George Gebhardt. Studying the book If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat, by John Ortberg. 12-15 people.
Preschool - First Grade (ages 4 - 6 years) uses the Growing in Grace and Gratitude curriculum and is led by John Foutch and Debbie Harlan.
Elementary Class (2nd grade - 4th grade) uses the Growing in Grace and Gratitude ; Led by Marty Bone and Barbara Howell. Through Biblical stories shared in a variety of ways, children learn in a setting that stimulates their imagination and encourages class participation.
Middle School Class Uses the Connect curriculum.
High School Class
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Scripture - Ezra 1:1-11
1 In the first year of King Cyrus of Persia, in order that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished, the Lord stirred up the spirit of King Cyrus of Persia so that he sent a herald throughout all his kingdom, and also in a written edict declared:
2 “Thus says King Cyrus of Persia: The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and he has charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem in Judah.
3 Any of those among you who are of his people—may their God be with them! —are now permitted to go up to Jerusalem in Judah, and rebuild the house of the Lord, the God of Israel—he is the God who is in Jerusalem;
4 and let all survivors, in whatever place they reside, be assisted by the people of their place with silver and gold, with goods and with animals, besides freewill offerings for the house of God in Jerusalem.”
5 The heads of the families of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and the Levites—everyone whose spirit God had stirred—got ready to go up and rebuild the house of the Lord in Jerusalem.
6 All their neighbors aided them with silver vessels, with gold, with goods, with animals, and with valuable gifts, besides all that was freely offered.
7 King Cyrus himself brought out the vessels of the house of the Lord that Nebuchadnezzar had carried away from Jerusalem and placed in the house of his gods.
8 King Cyrus of Persia had them released into the charge of Mithredath the treasurer, who counted them out to Sheshbazzar the prince of Judah.
9 And this was the inventory: gold basins, thirty; silver basins, one thousand; knives, twenty-nine;
10 gold bowls, thirty; other silver bowls, four hundred ten; other vessels, one thousand;
11 the total of the gold and silver vessels was five thousand four hundred. All these Sheshbazzar brought up, when the exiles were brought up from Babylonia to Jerusalem.
Prayer of Confession
Merciful Lord, you are our God.
When we feel lost you seek us out.
When we are broken you offer words of healing.
When we feel forgotten you stir our spirits with your love.
Despite your never-ending grace, we confess that we don’t always listen to your voice. We turn our back to your presence and reject your guidance.
Forgive us for not putting our whole trust in you. Deliver us, we pray. Amen.
Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
8:45 am - Chapel Worship
11:00 am - Sanctuary Worship
Building God's House
1. Cyrus Stirred
Richard Bouton – 7/13
Sara Hay – 7/13
Jessica Fain – 7/14
Jason Hall – 7/21
Caroline Walker – 7/21
Marilyn Burchett – 7/23
Henry Rheinscheld – 7/24
Bob Orewiler – 7/29
Frank Reeves - 8/5
Maggie Sloane - 8/8
Quinn Welser - 8/8
Sondra Bishop - 8/11
Chase Williams - 8/12
Brenda Thaxton - 8/13
Gordon Carroll - 8/14
Mimi Lineberger - 8/14
George Gebhardt - 8/21
Carol Benson - 8/24
Loyce Bradshaw - 8/24
Maria Cargill - 8/24
Mary M. Farris - 8/27
Charles Bradshaw - 8/30
Stefanie Thaxton - 8/31
Middle Tenn Presbytery
First Presbyterian Church
304 West Main Street
Lebanon, TN 37087
Sherard Edington, Pastor