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May 16, 2019

Do not be afraid: I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. [Matthew 28:5-6]

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Dear Friends,
    What does it mean that God freely chooses to "dwell" with us? What is the "new Jerusalem"? How does God "make all things new"? These are the questions posed by our reading for Sunday from the Book of Revelation. If you believe that the Bible ends with a great Rapture, it doesn't. The Bible concludes with life.
             In Christ,


You can listen to an online audio recording of our Easter Worship Service here.

Registration is now open for summer camp at NaCoMe. There are week-long options for rising 3rd through 12th graders and 3-day long camps for rising 2nd through 5th graders. On-line registration is available at nacome.org.

blank The VanGoes June trip will be to Franklin, Tennessee, to either the Carter House or Carnton Plantation. The date has yet to be decided. Watch this space.

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The next time you are at the church, take a moment to look at the display cabinet in the front hallway that is filled with Boy Scout memorabilia including items involving members of the church.

FPC has two ongoing collections benefiting the following organizations:
1. Wilson County Schools Family Resource Center. We collect food and personal hygiene items for students whose families are struggling. Donations can be left in the plastic tub in the back hallway.
2. Wilson County Community Help Center.
Monetary donations are used to purchase food items for the Help Center. Write Help Center on your check.

Upcoming at FPC
June 24-26
Vacation Bible School, 5:30 - 8:00 pm

There are a few openings for Lay Readers for the Sanctuary Service. If you are interested please contact Kristy in the church office.

FPC Sermons Online
An archive of sermons and bulletins
(audio and text) can be viewed here.

  May 19 - New Heaven, New Earth text | audio
  May 12 - Works of God text | audio
  May 5 - The Light of Christ text | audio
  Apr 28 - Peace Be with You text | audio
  Apr 21 - Life in Christ: Life in Joy text | audio
  Apr 14 - Life in Christ: Life in Humility text | audio
  Apr 7 - Life in Christ: Life in Abundance text | audio
  Mar 31 - Life in Christ: Life in New Creation text | audio
  Mar 24 - Life in Christ: Life in Lavish Devotion text | audio
  Mar 17 - Life in Christ: Life in Covenant text | audio

          ...more sermons

Scripture - Revelation 21:1-6
1     Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.
2     And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3     And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them as their God; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them;
4     he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away."
5     And the one who was seated on the throne said, "See, I am making all things new." Also he said, "Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true."
6     Then he said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life.

Prayer of Confession
Creator of life: we find it hard to accept that you truly reside among us and with us. We refuse to recognize your presence in our world and prefer to hold on to that which brings despair. We accept cruelty as normal. Forgive us and inspire us to embrace your blessed kingdom in this world. Make us new and help us become faith-filled citizens of your holy city. Amen.

JDs Music Corner PRELUDE:
Secondary Theme from Alleluias! - Simon Preston
Jesus Christ Our Lord Redeemer - J.S. Bach
Primary Theme from Alleluias - Simon Preston

Saturday, May 18 - 3rd Annual Dream Riders Benefit Motorcycle Ride to benefit Empower Me Center. More information.

May 19

Fifth Sunday of Easter
8:45 am - Chapel Worship
11:00 am - Sanctuary Worship
12:15 pm - Session mtg

Scripture Text
Revelation 21:1-6
New Heaven, New Earth

Kathy Adams - 5/16
Rex Bouton - 5/16
Kristen Frye - 5/18
Rachel McVicker-Falin - 5/18
Seth Landers - 5/20
James Peyton - 5/21
Erin Taylor-Rheinscheld - 5/23
Lee Lyle - 5/26
Bruce Taylor - 5/27
Sandra Weatherford - 5/27
Betty Clay - 5/29
John Foutch - 5/31
Dot Foutch - 5/31

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First Presbyterian Church
304 West Main Street
Lebanon, TN 37087
(615) 444-1360
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Sherard Edington, Pastor

Kristy Vincent,
Administrative Assistant

Sunday School Offerings

Each Sunday the following classes meet—

Faith Builders: A Journey for the 30s and 40s meets upstairs. 
Westminster Class meets in the Sanctuary. Led by Wayne Patton, this class is studying the book of James. 8-10 people.
Atypical Adult Research Bible Class meets upstairs. Led by Brenda Thaxton, this class is reading the book Convictions: How I Learned What Matters Most by Marcus J. Borg. 8-10 people.
Women’s Class meets in the Session Room. This female class is studying various subjects. 5-10 people.
Cross Roads Class in the Library. Studying the book Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande. 12-17 people.

Preschool - First Grade (ages 4 - 6 years) uses the Growing in Grace and Gratitude curriculum and is led by Barbara Howell.
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 and is taught by John Foutch.
High School Class

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