THE LORD'S DAY

The Twenty-Third Day of November, Two Thousand Eight MORNING WORSHIP Eight-Thirty and Eleven O'Clock Senior Minister — The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III Assisting Minister — The Reverend Mr. Nathan D. Shurden
Minister of Young Adults

EVENING WORSHIP
Six O’Clock Senior Minister — The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III Assisting Minister — The Reverend Mr. William F. Joseph III
Minister of Congregational Care

A Guide to the Evening Service
Sermon
While Derek is away, we pause in our study of Nehemiah to consider another great hymn of the faith. This study gives us the unique opportunity to become better acquainted with the hymns that we sing. The purpose of this study, though, is not simply more knowledge about the writer of the hymn and its background; it is our hope that this study will aid you in worshipping the living God.

A Guide to the Morning Service
Sermon
In case you were wondering, we did not accidentally skip Psalm 104 last week only to realize later that we had and make it up this week. Instead, Psalm 105 was very fitting with the sacrament of Baptism, while Psalm 104 is very appropriate with Thanksgiving coming around the corner.

The Announcements and Words of Preparation (5:50 p.m.) The Prelude — "As the Deer".........................................................Martin Nystorm
Yong Wook Kim, Flutist; Dr. David Snyder, Pianist

Old Testament Reading
We continue in this section of oracles of judgment on the nations surrounding Israel. The monotheism of Israel was radical in their day. Many believed that there were many gods, and in many cases those gods were thought to be sovereign over certain aspects of creation or over certain regions. One example of such a view among the nations comes from 1 Kings 20:23. Israel, led by King Ahab, had just defeated Ben-Hadad and the Syrians in battle, and the text says, "And the servants of the king of Syria said to him, 'Their gods are gods of the hills, and so they were stronger than we. But let us fight against them in the plain, and surely we shall be stronger than they.'" The Syrians, in this instance, evidence an inability to acknowledge the sovereignty of the Lord God of Israel, over all things. These oracles, then, remind us of a couple of things about the one true God. First, the Lord is sovereign over all the nations. He was not just God over the Israelites, but one of many gods when it came to the nations. No, He is God over all the nations. Secondly, this text reminds us that our God is a consuming fire. Sometimes the appropriate response to God is fear and awe.

At the time of the Greetings and Announcements, and during the Prelude, the congregation is invited to a season of silent and reverent preparation for corporate worship.

Hymns, Psalms and, Spiritual Songs
Abide with Me: Fast Falls the Eventide Written by Henry Lyte, this hymn has become one of the best-known hymns of all time. It expresses the Christian's hope and security in the face of life's hardships, most particularly that of death. Lyte died within three weeks of writing these words. In his final sermon, Lyte wrote: "O brethren, I stand here among you today, as alive from the dead, if I may hope to impress it upon you, and induce you to prepare for that solemn hour which must come to all, by a timely acquaintance with the death of Christ." Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder One of John Newton's fine hymns, put to the rousing tune of "All Saints Old." The whole focus is praise to God for the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ and for the varied implications and benefits of it. Each stanza begins "Let us" thus exhorting one another as believers to worship the Savior for His work. The first four stanzas are an exhortation from one believer to others to consider the gracious work of God and to respond accordingly. The first stanza calls on us to "love and sing and wonder" at the work of the Lord Jesus who has "hushed the law's loud thunder." That is, He has quenched the penalty of the Law, which we deserved, by His death on the cross. The final thought of this opening line is that Jesus "has brought us nigh to God"—a theme that will be repeated throughout the hymn in different language. The second stanza now takes up the first of stanza one's three imperatives: "Let us love." Here we are focused on the blessed task of displaying our love for Christ. Five things are then mentioned to supply clear motivation for our appreciation of him: (1) He pitied us when we were still His enemies [Romans 5:8]; (2) He graciously called us to salvation; (3) He taught us the truth, giving us the ability to understand; (4) He cleansed us by His blood; and (5) He "presents our souls to God." No doubt, each of these thoughts are suitable for kindling our love for Him. Stanza three picks up on the second imperative of the song: "Let us sing." This line asks us to sing to the Lord even in the midst of severe trials: "though fierce temptation threaten hard to bear us down." How can one sing at such a time? Newton has an answer! "For the Lord, our strong salvation, holds in view the conqu'ror's crown." Indeed, we must sing because Jesus "soon will bring us home to God." We, thus, persevere in our trials with joy and song because of the future grace of victory and nearness to the Lord. The fourth stanza then chimes in, calling on us to obey the third imperative: "Let us wonder." That is, "let your minds reflect upon God, His truth, and His plan of salvation and be in utter awe of what He has done." What thought provokes this awe? The thought that in God's way of redemption grace and justice work together to secure our salvation. God, in His grace, freely saves us by His mercy as we trust in Christ. Simultaneously, He saves us by His justice, in meting out upon His own beloved Son the precise punishment due to us. Hence, "when through grace in Christ our trust is, justice smiles and asks no more." What a phrase! This leads us to wonder at the awesome goodness and wisdom and love of the one who "has secured our way to God." Finally, in the fifth stanza, we begin with a new exhortation "Let us praise," but this stanza ends with a direct address to the Lord Jesus "You have washed us with Your blood; You are worthy, Lamb of God." Here Newton calls us to "join the chorus of the saints enthroned on high." Why? Because they trusted in Jesus here, before we ever arrived on the scene and now they are praising Him in heaven. Thus, they move us to hope for the day when we will join them, and to praise the Lord now in anticipation of that future blessing.

The Greetings and Announcements (8:20 and 10:50 a.m.) The Prelude — "Give Thanks" .........................................................arr. Tom Fettke
Shellie Brown, Violinist; Connie Wadsworth, Organist

The Mission Report — Don Ethridge, New Life Ministries The Call to Worship ‡ The Hymn of Praise No. 363 — "We Gather Together" ‡ The Invocation The Evening Hymn No. 402 — "Abide with Me: Fast Falls the Eventide" * The Greetings The Evening Prayer — Ruling Elder Jim Moore The Presentation of God's Tithes and Our Offerings

The Introit — "Who Is on the Lord's Side?"................................Carradog Roberts The Call to Worship ‡ The Psalm of Praise No. 2 — "O Worship the King" (Based on Psalm 104) ‡ The Prayer of Adoration and Invocation The Old Testament Reading — Isaiah 15 (Pew Bible Page 579) * The Welcome The Morning Prayer and the Lord's Prayer ‡ The Hymn No. 715 — "Come, Ye Thankful People, Come" The Presentation of God's Tithes and Our Offerings The Anthem — "The Eyes of All Wait upon Thee"...............................Jean Berger
"The eyes of all wait upon Thee; And Thou givest them their meat in due season. Thou openest Thine hand, And satisfiest the desire of every living thing. The eyes of all wait upon Thee; And Thou givest them their meat in due season." OneLicense.net #A-713437

The Offertory — Larry Edwards, Soloist The Young Children's Devotional The Hymn No. 219 — "All Praise to Thee, Eternal Lord" (Stanza 1) The Children's Catechism No. 53 Q. "How did Christ live on earth?" A. "He was poor and suffered." The Scripture — Isaiah 53; Matthew 6:19-21; Mark 8:34; Luke 2:22-24, 9:58; James 4:13-14 The Meditation ...............................Mr. Brett Clifton, Student Ministry Assistant The Prayer ...........................................(The children dismissed following the prayer) ‡ The Hymn No. 172 — "Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder" (Stanzas 1-4) The Reading of Holy Scripture — Revelation 1:5-6 (Pew Bible Page 1028) The Sermon — "The Hymns of the Faith (6): Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder"............................Dr. Duncan ‡ The Benediction and Response No. 172 — "Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder"
(Stanza 5) Let us praise, and join the chorus of the saints enthroned on high; here they trusted Him before us, now their praises fill the sky: "You have washed us with Your blood; You are worthy, Lamb of God!"

Hymns, Psalms and, Spiritual Songs
Psalm 104 (selected) from Sing Psalms (as modified by Ligon Duncan) [Tune: #196, "Hyfrydol"] Stanza One 1 Praise the LORD, my soul, O praise Him! LORD my God, You are so great! 2 Wrapped in light as with a garment, clothed in majesty and state. 3 He makes clouds of heav'n His chariot; on the wings of wind He rides. 4 He makes flames of fire His servants; winds obey what He decides. Stanza Two 24 LORD, how many are Your wonders! Wisely You have made them all. Earth is full of all Your creatures, living things, both great and small. 27 All Your creatures look to-wards You for their food to be supplied. 28 What You give to them they gather, with Your goodness satisfied. Stanza Three 31 May the LORD's majestic glory always last and never fade; May the LORD rejoice and triumph in the works that He has made. 32 When He gazes on creation, earth begins to shake in fear. At His touch the mountains tremble; smoke and flames of fire appear. Stanza Four 33 To the LORD throughout my lifetime, to my God I will sing praise. 34 May my meditation please Him, as to Him my song I raise. 35 But may unrepentant sinners -all the wicked- be no more 36 Praise be to the LORD Almighty; O my soul, the LORD adore!

The Reading of Holy Scripture — Psalm 104 (Pew Bible Pages 502-503) The Sermon — "The Eyes of All Hope in Thee" ...................................Dr. Duncan ‡ The Psalm of Response — Psalm 104 (See Guide) ‡ The Benediction The Response — "Gloria and Amen" ...........................................Stanley Marchant The Postlude — "Now Thank We All Our God" .........................Sigfrid Karg Elert *The ushers may seat latecomers ‡Congregation standing

The Postlude — "O for a Heart to Praise My God" ........................Henry Coleman *The ushers may seat latecomers ‡Congregation standing

Welcome Visitors

We are delighted to have you in our worship. May we heartily worship and praise God together! If you would like information about joining this church, we cordially invite you to an informal meeting in the Session Room following the 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. worship services.

FPC THIS WEEK
SUNDAY • November 23, 2008
Sunday
Pre-Service Announcements — 8:20 a.m. in the Sanctuary Hymns of the Faith Radio Program — 9:00 a.m. on WJNT 1180 AM Prayer for Worship Service — 9:00 a.m. and 10:50 a.m. in M133 Sunday School — 9:40 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. in various locations Inquirers Class — 9:40 a.m. in M133 Pre-Service Announcements — 10:50 a.m. in the Sanctuary Officers Installation Class — 4:30 p.m. in PH Young Adults Prayer Time — 5:00 p.m. in YH WIC Prayer Group — 5:00 p.m. in the Parlor Pre-Service Announcements — 5:50 p.m. in the Sanctuary First - Third Grade Catechism Class — 6:30 p.m. (dismissed from Sanctuary to M133) Four- and Five-Year-Olds Scripture Memory Class — 6:30 p.m. (dismissed from Sanctuary to M135) Senior High Insight — 7:30 p.m. in the Youth House

THE CHURCH DIRECTORY

ANNOUNCEMENTS
II THESSALONIANS 3:1 "Finally, brethren, pray for us...." — Our FPC missionary for today to lift up in prayer: Chris McCune, Denver, CO, MNA, Church Plant, 495 N. Patterson Avenue, Oxford, OH 45056. Email address: chris.mccune@mac.com FLOWERS The flowers in the sanctuary are from the wedding of Angela Arnold and Davidson Forester and are given by Robert and Vicki Arnold in loving memory of Mr. and Mrs. Fred A. Abraham, grandparents of the bride.

Church Offices: 1390 N. State Street, Jackson, Mississippi 39202 601-353-8316 • FAX 601-973-9119

web site - www.fpcjackson.org “Hymns of the Faith” WJNT 1180AM Talk Radio 9:00 a.m. Sunday WWSL FM102.3 11:00 a.m. Sunday WLBT TV3 10:00 a.m. Sunday CHURCH STAFF The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III — Senior Minister Jeremy H. Smith, Senior Assistant Minister William C. Hughes, Executive Minister Emeritus STUDENTS: Justin Pillsbury, Director Brett Clifton, Assistant Heather Shaw, Administrative Assistant Richard Owens, Intern Sarah Sullivan, Intern Elisabeth Sandlin, Intern YOUNG ADULTS: Nathan D. Shurden, Minister of Young Adults Shannon Craft, Administrative Assistant Stephen Smith, Career Intern Brian Sorgenfrei, College Coordinator David Felker, Assistant College Men's Coordinator BUSINESS OFFICE: Earl Davis, Business Administrator Jimmi Phillips, Financial Associate Barbara Eichelberger, Administrative Assistant Laura Estrada, Receptionist Bob Stoll, Security Director David Acker, Security Bill Batia, Security Larry Hammond, Security Don Rosamond, Security Dan Still, Security FACILITIES: Tim Derrick, Maintenance Manager Claude Lawson CUSTODIAL: Jim Williams, Jr., Supervisor LeeFlora Bell Moses Blockson William Brown Edward Brooks Travis Caldwell Aaron Hicks Clarence Travis Tyrone Weathersby FOOD SERVICE Sue Warren, Hostess Daisy Brown Mary Carson Mamie Gilkey Laura Jackson Lorene Kelly

IN MEMORIAM Kathleen (Katie) Peart — November 10, 2008

Monday Tuesday

MNA Committee — 12:00 p.m. in MH

BAPTISM Last Sunday, the sacrament of covenant baptism was adminstered to the following children: Emerson Alexander Boyd, Owen Tison Brown, Elizabeth McCarty Bryant, Stewart Prather Russ, Reynolds Hunt Smith, Amelia Jane Squires, and Grace Elizabeth Watkins. MEN OF THE COVENANT December 4 — 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in Miller Hall Men, join us for our Men of the Covenant Luncheon featuring Dr. A. Joseph Wheat, Senior Pastor of Highlands Presbyterian Church. Dr. Wheat came to Highlands in July of 2005. Prior to this he was the Senior Pastor of Village Seven Presbyterian Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was the founding pastor of Trinity Presbyterian in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Dr. Wheat began his ordained pastoral career at First Presbyterian of Augusta, Georgia, as an assistant pastor. He is a 1984 graduate of Auburn University, where he received a BS in Economics and graduated in 1987 from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson with a Master of Divinity Degree. Dr. Wheat also received a Doctor of Divinity (honorary) from New Geneva Theological Seminary in 2006. He and his wife, Gina, have two daughters. Reservations are not required and the cost of lunch is $5.00. Please contact Shannon Craft in Discipleship if you have any questions at 601-326-9243 or ShannonC@fpcjackson.org. TALENT BANK SURVEYS Stewardship isn't just about your money. It is also about your abilities and interests. The Talent Bank is a wonderful way to serve others here at FPC. This survey helps us to know your abilities and interests so that we can match them to someone in the church with that type of need. You will find the bright yellow brochures in the entrances to the Sanctuary. Take one and fill it out if you are interested in serving others in need at FPC. WOMEN'S SPRING BIBLE STUDY REGISTRATION If you are interested in joining MOMS in January, please call Laura Barbour (601-366-3073) by December 31. This spring, our study will be "Happily Ever After?: Families in the Bible" and will be taught by Shirley Windham. Nursery spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so call soon to reserve your spot. The "War of Words" Book Study by Paul David Tripp, will meet on Thursday mornings, from 9:30 - 11:00, in the Study Center. This small group format is an excellent study that gets to the heart of our struggle with words in conversations and in relationships. All ladies are welcome to join and should contact Ashley Hall (601-973-9118) by December 31 to reserve your spot and your book.

Staff Meeting — 9:00 a.m. in HC Twin Lakes Board Meeting — 12:00 p.m. in MH Family Night Supper — 5:00 p.m. in MH Junior High Small Groups — 5:00 p.m. in YH Children's Activities — 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the Gym The Choir — 5:50 p.m. in MS Cub Scouts — 6:00 p.m. in MH Mid-Week Bible Study and Prayer Meeting — 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary Discipleship Groups — 6:30 p.m. in SC/WH/PH The Gospel Course (Evangelism Training) — 6:30 p.m. in LH Senior High Small Groups — 7:00 p.m. in HC

MINISTERS OFFICE: Derek W. H. Thomas, Minister of Teaching Missye Rhee Breazeale, Executive Assistant Marie Phillips, Administrative Assistant Kim Wynne, Administrative Assistant Jason Grabulis, Senior Minister's Intern Nick Reid, Senior Minister's Intern Lauren Smith, Strategic Planning Project Manager CHRISTIAN EDUCATION: Donna Dobbs, Director of Christian Education Weezie Polk, Children's Ministry Director Barbara Porter, Children's Ministry Associate Director Douglas McCullough, Director, Learning Resource Center Ashley Hall, Women's Ministries Assoc. Dir. Janet Quayle, Nursery Coordinator Hellen Powell, Asst. Nursery Coordinator Linell Corban, Librarian Bethany Anderson, Bookstore Assistant (part-time) Omega Stephens, Administrative Assistant Josh Rieger, Intern DISCIPLESHIP: Shannon Craft, Administrative Assistant Brad Mills, Intern MUSIC & MEDIA: William Wymond, Minister of Music and Media Willard Harrell, Music Assistant Connie Wadsworth, Organist Emily Whitaker, Children's Choirs Director Sarah Jones, Asst. Children's Choirs Director Yong Wook Kim, Music Intern John McElrath, Assistant TV Production Tian Teh, Assistant TV Production Brent Rhodes, Sanctuary Sound Technician (part-time) Ginny Warren, Administrative Assistant OUTREACH: Marcia Smith, Administrative Assistant Peter Anderson, Intern PASTORAL & CONGREGATIONAL CARE: Brister H. Ware, Minister of Pastoral Care William F. Joseph III, Minister of Congregational Care Janet Quayle, Associate Shannon Craft, Administrative Assistant Brad Irick, Intern Betsy McCullough, Editor of The First Epistle Ruth Smith, Wedding Coordinator Sandi Tucker, Transcriber TWIN LAKES CAMP & CONFERENCE CENTER www.twinlakescamp.org Florence, MS (601) 845-8537 Mark Magee, Executive Director Matthew Nasekos, Camp Director Andrew Vincent, Asst. Camp Director Tuan La, Guests Service Director Lisa Smith, Camp Registrar Warner Mitchell, Maintenance Superintendent Brock Hauser, Brad Palmer and Robby Roberson, Maintenance Bobbie Godbey, Food Services Director

The First Presbyterian Church of Jackson

Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

No Activities Scheduled

THE DAY SCHOOL www.fpds.org (601) 355-1731 FAX (601) 355-1739 Gary Herring, Headmaster Tasha Holliday, Assistant Principal Carolyn Wilkinson, Administrative Assistant Brandie Ducrest, Front Desk Cheryl Gibbs, Bookkeeper Jeannie Vickers, Asst. Bookkeeper

Church Offices Closed Thanksgiving Worship Service — 8:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary

Church Offices Closed

Men's Prayer Breakfast — 7:30 a.m. in MH

CH - College House LH - Lowe Hall M - Main Floor MCR - Ministers’ Conference Room

MH - Miller Hall MS - Music Suite PH - Patterson Hall YH - Youth House SC - Study Center

WH - Westminster Hall HC - Hutton Chapel

MINISTRIES SUPPORTED BY THE CHURCH (Benevolence Committee) DENOMINATIONAL Jackson Youth for Christ PCA Christian Education Committee Gateway Rescue Mission PCA General Administration Committee Mustard Seed Mississippi Valley Presbytery Neighborhood Christian Center New Life Christian Ministries INSTITUTIONAL Pioneer Ministries Belhaven College Salvation Army Chamberlain Hunt Academy Voice of Calvary Covenant College Young Life First Presbyterian Day School French Camp Academy OUTREACH John Reed Miller Lecture Series Fellowship of Christian Athletes Palmer Home Mission Mississippi Reformed Theological Seminary Pastor’s Special Fund Radio Ministry MISSION TO JACKSON Reformed University Ministries Beginning Again in Christ Television Ministry Bethany Christian Services Young Business Leaders Center for Pregnancy Choices Child Evangelism Fellowship Deacons / MTJ Special Fund Friends of Alcoholics

“To Glorify God, And Enjoy Him Forever”