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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: Don't miss our Christmas Concert today at
4pm, in the Sanctuary. It's free, so bring a friend!
• TODAY: Sign up today to receive daily meditations
delivered to your email. fpco.org/advent
• TODAY: Today is the last day to pick up a Giving Tree
tag(s) and return your gift(s) by Sunday, December 17.
• December 15: the deadline to register for the
Journey of Generosity on January 12 & 13.
fpco.org/calendar
• December 20: Women’s Cancer Support meets,
12pm-1pm with a light lunch provided. RSVP to Maddy
Vilar at 407.423.3441 x1159.
• December 21: Join our Prayer Team at Blue
Christmas from 6-7pm, in Reformation Chapel for a
time of peace and prayer during this holiday season.
• December 24: 11am Traditional Advent worship;
Christmas Eve Family worship at 2:30pm & 4:00pm;
Christmas Eve Traditional worship at 6:00pm &
8:00pm; Christmas Eve Genesis worship at 10:00pm.
• December 24: Are you friendly and love God's
people? We're looking for Usher/Greeter volunteers
for Christmas Eve. Please contact Lori Needham at
x1463 for details and to help out.
• December 25 & 26: Church offices closed!
• December 31: Lessons & Carols 11:00am only, in the
Sanctuary. No SHINE or childcare.
• January 1: Church offices closed.
• January 7: Ordination of New Elders & Deacons,
11am.
• January 14: Year of the Book sermon series and
church-wide reading plan begins! fpco.org/year
DECEMBER 10, 2017

Reminders for Year-End Charitable Giving
• First Presbyterian Church of Orlando will be closed
Monday, December 25 and Tuesday, December 26 for
the Christmas holiday, and January 1, 2018 for the New
Year's holiday.
• Delivered gifts received on or before 12/31 will be
recorded as a 2017 contribution.
• Mailed gifts with a postmark of 12/31 or earlier will be
treated as a 2017 contribution regardless of the delivery
date.
• Online gifts initiated prior to midnight 12/31 will be
recorded as a 2017 contribution.
If you prefer to donate an asset, like appreciated stock
or mutual funds, try to plan a little ahead of prior
years and make your donation by 12/29/17. Brokerages
are closed on the weekend, and any giving transfer on
12/31/2017 might be recorded on the next business day, or
a 2018 tax date.
If you are considering giving appreciated stock or mutual
funds, a direct charitable IRA distribution, or appreciated
real estate, please contact Tom Levesque, Director
of Finance at 407.423.3441 so that we can ensure it is
processed properly and send you a tax receipt in a timely
manner.

CONGREGATIONAL CARE
As a caring body of believers, please remember in your
prayers those who have recently been hospitalized or are
recuperating at home: Catie Cook and Claire Beemer.
Our sympathy to Scott and Cara Batterson on the death
of his mom, Judy Batterson, November 28, 2017. Judy was
grandmother to Kate and Mac Batterson.
Also, Judy Callahan on the death of her husband,
Dr. Sid Callahan, November 30, 2017.
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.

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF ORLANDO
address 106 East Church St., Orlando Florida 32801
phone 407.423.3441
online fpco.org /firstpresorlando /fpcorlando
GENESIS WORSHIP

WELCOME
Lighting of the Bethlehem Candle responsive reading
Jamie and Ryan Smith (9:45)
Taylor and Cameron Hughes (11:00)

Reception of New Members (11:00)

Prayer for Illumination Dr. Case Thorp
*Scripture Reading John 1:1-5; 14-18
pew bible p. 750

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 The Wonder of God Become Man

Assisting in Worship: Tanner Fox and Wil Brown.
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* All who are able are invited to stand.

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.

PARTICIPATION
IN GIVING

39.1%
GENEROSITY NOVEMBER 2017

Stewardship Report as of December 3, 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 church’s
giving participation percentage weekly. ö
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.
TRADITIONAL WORSHIP

Generally speaking, we try to chose the carols that
speak more specifically of the birth of Christ in the last
two Sundays of Advent as we get closer to Christmas
Day. O Come, All Ye Faithful is one of those. However,
with today’s Wonder of Christmas turning our attention
to the Incarnation, our opening carol is O Come, All
Ye Faithful. Of particular note is the second verse,
which is one of the strongest incarnational texts of
all the Christmas carols. The opening lines are almost
verbatim of the Nicene Creed. (This creed is number
15 in our new hymnal.) As for the closing carol, when
was the last time you learned a new Christmas carol?
The text for Long Ago, Prophets Knew was written in
1970. The tune comes from the 16th century and may
be somewhat familiar. Like the opening carol, the
second verse points to the wonder of the incarnation.
Advent is a season about waiting, waiting for the birth
on one hand, and the return of the Lord in the bigger
picture. But the last line of each verse points to the
Lord’s waiting. Who will make Him welcome? We live
in a world that has largely rejected Him, yet the Lord
has welcomed us to worship this day and as the Body of
Christ. He is present among us.
-Dr. Dan Sharp

(Please silence all phones and electronic devices)

GATHERING
Prelude
Impromptu arnold cooke
Voluntary on Besancon glen olsen

Welcome

Call to Worship
O Come, O Come Emmanuel daniel sharp

*Processional Hymn of the Incarnation no. 173
O Come, All Ye Faithful adeste fidelis

*Ascription of Praise

Lighting of the Bethlehem Candle responsive reading
Ann Trovillion-Timm and Larry Timm (8:15)
Elena and Bill Kunneke (11:00)
Reader:
On this second Sunday in Advent our attention is turned
toward the wonder of the Incarnation. How is it that the
Creator of the universe would take on human flesh and be
born in an obscure village in Israel?

Reader:
But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah (pronounced
Eh-fruh-thuh), though you are small among the clans of Judah,
out of you will come for me, one who will be ruler over Israel
whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.

Congregation:
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots
a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him.

Sung Refrain, All:
“Come, thou long-expected Jesus,
Born to set thy people free;
From our sins and fears release us;
Let us find our rest in thee.”

Pastoral Report

Reception of New Members (11:00)

*Passing of the Peace

Call to Prayer
O Little Town of Bethlehem no. 154, verse 4

Pastoral Prayer

Confession of Faith (8:15) no. 15
nicene creed

Hymn of Wonder no. 150
What Child Is This? greensleeves

THANKSGIVING
Thanksgiving Through Tithes and Offerings

*Gloria in Excelsis no. 152, refrain
*Prayer of Commitment

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Anthem of Joy
A Christmas Canticle arr. tom fettke
The Chancel Choir

PROCLAMATION OF GOD’S WORD
Prayer for Illumination Dr. Case Thorp
*Scripture Reading John 1:1-5; 14-18
pew bible p. 750
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 The Wonder of God Become Man

RESPONSE
*Hymn of the Incarnation no. 142
Long Ago, Prophets Knew personent hodie

*Invitation and Charge

*Benediction

*Choral Response
Rejoice, Rejoice, O Israel daniel sharp

Postlude
Concerto in G Minor karl heinrich graun

* All who are able are invited to stand.

Assisting in Worship: Rev. Jack Peebles, Dr. Daniel Sharp,
and interim organist, Dr. Glen Olsen.