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Please sign the friendship pads and pass them along the row and back again.

Offertory Ubi Caritas Mark Burrows
++Doxology 592[PH] Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

Praise God, all creatures here below;

Praise God above, ye heavenly host;

Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.
++HYMN 536[PH] Lord, Make Us More Holy
++BLEST BE THE TIE THAT BINDS (Please join hands while the entire congregation sings)

Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love:

The fellowship of kindred minds is like to that above.




510 W. Ottawa Street Lansing, Michigan 48933

(517) 482-0668

Facebook – Lansing First Presbyterian

Church Office Hours (M-TH) 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 & 1:00 p.m. – 5:00

(Fridays) 8:00 a.m. – 12 & 1:00 p.m. – 4:00


May 10, 2015 10:00 a.m.

6th Sunday of Easter

WELCOME Rev. Stanley Jenkins

In order to maintain our worship environment, please turn your cell phone off.
PRELUDE Be Still and Know

Upper Elementary handbells

CALL TO WORSHIP Patrick Affholter

Leader: This is Christ’s new commandment:

People: to love one another as he loves us.

Leader: And there is no greater love than this:

People: to lay down one’s life for others.

Leader: Let us worship God.

++PROCESSIONAL HYMN  492[PH] Baptized in Water
++PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST / Greening of the Cross

Leader: May the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

People: And also with you.
Share the passing of the peace with those near you, including the children, age 4 years to 4th grade, as they come to the front of the sanctuary for a blessing upon their continuing worship upstairs.

Father Abraham

Jesus Loves Me

Lower Elementary children


Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession (unison)

God of all hope and joy, we confess that we continue to live in fear.
In Christ, you claim us as children, but we disobey your commands.

In Christ, you even call us friends, but we have not been faithful to you. Forgive us, God of grace. By the power of your Spirit help us to abide in your love and share that love with others; through Jesus Christ our Lord…(silent prayer)

++Indicates to stand in body or spirit 1

The Word of God’s Grace

++ Response to the Good News 579[PH] Gloria Patri
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.
EPISTLE LESSON I John 5: 1-6 pg 241, NT

Leader: The Word of the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God!
ANTHEM If Ye Love Me Thomas Tallis

GOSPEL LESSON John 15: 9-17 pg 109, NT
++HYMN 335[PH] Though I May Speak


One: The Lord be with you.

All: And also with you.

One: Lift up your hearts.

All: We lift them up to the Lord.

One: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

All: It is right to give thanks and praise.

(Intercessory prayer) Kathy Banghart

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.  Amen.



Sunday, May 10 Mother’s Day

10:00 a.m. Morning Worship

10:10 a.m. Children and Worship

11:00 a.m. Education for 4 yrs. thru 12th Grade- last class

Fellowship Hour – Litten Hall

11:20 a.m. Adult Education – Reception Room

Monday, May 11

10:00 a.m. Staff Meeting – Library

6:00 p.m. Mid-Michigan Photo Club Officers Meeting – Litten Hall

7:00 p.m. Deacons Meeting – Reception Room

Tuesday, May 12

9:00 a.m. Computer Skills for Refugees – Computer Lab

12:10 p.m. Yoga – Senior High Room

5:00 p.m. Highland Dance class – Litten Hall

5:30 p.m. Member Development Committee – Meeting Room

5:30 p.m. Worship Committee – Library

6:30 p.m. Bagpipers – Reception Room/Litten Hall

7:00 p.m. LanSingOut Rehearsal – Chapel

Wednesday, May 13

10:30 a.m. Lectionary Bible Study – Library

5:00 p.m. Global Institute of Lansing Board Meeting

6:00 p.m. Yoga- Senior High Room

Thursday, May 14

12:10 p.m. Yoga – Senior High Room

1:00 p.m. Tender Loving Care luncheon – Smokey Bones

6:00 p.m. Zumba – Senior High Room

7:00 p.m. Choir rehearsal- last for season

Friday, May 15

5:30 p.m. Wedding Rehearsal

6:00 p.m. Yoga- Senior High Room
Saturday, May 16

2:30 p.m. Wedding

Sunday, May 17

10:00 a.m. Morning Worship / 3rd grade Bibles presented / Participation awards /

Recognition of Graduates and 50 Year Members

10:10 a.m. Children and Worship

11:00 a.m. Ice Cream Social

Fellowship Hour – Litten Hall

11:30 a.m. Finance Committee– Library


Participants in this morning’s service:

Worship Leaders Patrick Affholter, Kathy Banghart

Organist Sergei Kvitko

Music Director Megan Higle

Duet Jessica Brancheau & Jordan Walling

Pastor Rev. Stanley Jenkins Videographer Rich Blankenship

Children and Worship Leader Joel Layne

Children and Worship Greeter Alissa Kuhn
Welcoming you at the entrances:

Chapel Kim Moore

Chestnut John and Elain Mackoul
Coffee Servers: JoAnn and Jim Hengstebeck

Concerns of the congregation:

In care facilities:

Russ Scovill (Whitehills Health Care Center)

Bob Sherwood (Sterling House of Delta)

Carolyn Stauffer (LifeHOUSE Prestige Way)

Marge Holmgren (New Life Assisted Living)


Del Rector (Munson Hospital, Traverse City)

CHANCEL FLOWERS TODAY are in memory of Adelaide Gould by Jackie & Rich Blankenship.

HEARING ASSISTANCE, LARGE PRINT AND BRAILLE BULLETINS AVAILABLE Please see one of the ushers if any of these aids to worship will enhance your participation in the service. If you would like a Braille bulletin, please let those in the church office know ahead of time.



FOOD PANTRY Our Food Pantry will be open on Monday evenings from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. starting TOMORROW, May 11.  Help is needed both in the pantry and at the desk. If you have some time available and are willing to learn, please contact Sallie Campbell, in the church office or Ron O'Connor.
REMINDER TO THE DEACONS: This month’s meeting has been changed to TOMORROW, Monday, May 11, at 7:00 p.m.

DEADLINE FOR THE NEXT FIRST EPISTLE IS FRIDAY, MAY 15. Note: This is a combined June/July issue.
PRESBYTERIAN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (PDA) is providing emergency aid in Nepal through our partnership with ACT Alliance. Members of ACT Alliance, which have been working in Nepal for several years, are on the ground and already working to assist many who have survived the quake, by distributing immediate life-saving supplies such as water, food, shelter and medication. Financial assistance will be needed to help with the response. If you wish to make a monetary donation to the situation in Nepal, please either contact Presbyterian Disaster Assistance by going to directly, or put “PDA-DR999999- Nepal” in the memo line of your check to First Presbyterian Church.              
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN MORE INFORMATION ABOUT BECOMING A MEMBER OF FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH AND WHAT THAT MEANS?  On May 17 there will be ice cream and cake during our fellowship time after worship.  Please come to the Adult Ed room (with your ice cream) to meet with others and hear more about membership.
ARAB AMERICAN MUSEUM IN DEARBORN A trip to the Arab American Museum is being organized for May 30. Reservations are required, as lunch will be included. Carpooling is being arranged. Please see your May Epistle for details and/or be in contact with Kathe Smith or Karen Wampler.


QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ALL-CHURCH GARAGE SALE ON JUNE 5 AND 6 Here is what we are accepting:  useful items,  such as housewares, table linens, furniture, tools, lawn care items, sporting goods, electronics in good working order, and clothing LIMITED TO business attire, outerwear, formal wear and dress shoes; treasures and antiques, such as jewelry, vintage clothing and linens, old photographs, picture frames, old furniture and more, and craft materials, such as old hard cover books, purses, belts, scarves, holiday items, fabric, leather, and other materials for craft projects never finished!  More details will be in the First Epistle.  For help with moving items, please call Sallie Campbell at the church.  If you have a vehicle or other valuable item you would like to donate, please call either Gwen (616-755-2221)  or Dusty (517-402-4166) with details.
LANSING LUGNUTS BASEBALL TICKETS Contact Brian Koon to purchase tickets ($11 each). Game date is Friday night, June 5.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!   A one week day-camp is being planned for July 27 - 31 for all school-age children and youth from this church and around the neighborhood. We will be "playing" with Music, Art, Dance and Drama. Megan Higle is leading the music portion, so you know it will be FUN!!!

$43,568.96 actual April 2015 income

$(35,106.40) actual April 2015 disbursements

$(44,838.74) actual total deficit carried forward to 2015

$(20,483.94) actual 2013 deficit carried forward

$ 725.00 pledges received in April 2015 to retire 3013 deficit

$ 2,648.40 pledges received in March 2015 to retire 2013 deficit

$ 4,482.92 pledges received in February 2015 to retire 2013 deficit

$ 6,125.00 pledges received in January 2015 to retire 2013 deficit

$ (6,502.62) current 2013 deficit carried forward

+$(24,354.80) actual 2014 deficit carried forward
$(30,857.42) remaining deficit

Adult Forum SPRING 2015

All are welcome to join in discussion of significant and timely topics.

We meet in the Reception Room (downstairs) 11:20-12:15

(Childcare is available through this time.)

TODAY – May 10

Curious about how our sanctuary organ works?  Wondering what the talk about “repairs needed” really means for our organ?  Brian Fowler will be giving an informational presentation and demonstration today after worship in the sanctuary. This should be informative, interesting and maybe even a little fun!  Join members of your music staff and worship committee to learn more about our beloved MÖller organ and what we can do to help maintain its wonderfulness!

This concludes Adult Forum for this program year.

See you at the Ice Cream Social on Sunday, May 17!

The Conversation on Race continues
Here at First in recent weeks we have had a series of timely and thought-provoking Forums on Race Relations in America. It has been excellent, but there is much more to learn about racism and our role in it.
To continue the Conversation, there will be a series of discussions, led by Pastor Stan and Valerie Smith (an earlier presenter in Adult Forum) on four consecutive Sundays after worship: May 31 through June 21.

The format will be:

  • Light meal following worship

  • Program (about 1½ hours)

  • Childcare provided

The goal of these gatherings is to create a safe environment where we can ask some soul-searching questions of ourselves. Do we personally harbor implicit racism? Do we wittingly or unwittingly promote systemic institutional racism? What is the relationship of sin and racism in its subtle and not-so-subtle forms?

Our aim is not to take on a load of guilt, but to use this opportunity to be transformed spiritually. The words of #335 in our Presbyterian Hymnal speak to us:

Come, Spirit, come, our hearts to control,

Our spirits long to be made whole.

Let inward love guide every deed,

By this we worship and are freed.

If you would like to join this Conversation, contact Pastor Stan, Sallie Campbell, Willye Bryan, or Shirley Herrick.


Pastor/ Head of Staff Rev. Stanley Jenkins

Parish Associate Rev. Charles Herrick

Pastoral Care Assistant Chris DeYonke

Director of Youth and Family Ministry Sallie Campbell

Director of Christian Education Kathleen Banghart

Church Administrator Tracy Weldon

Sexton Perry Black

Organist Sergei Kvitko

Director of Music Megan Higle

Bell Choir Director Shelia Conrad

Sunday Host Ben English

Child Caregiver Abigail Grill

Heather Pollok


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