Worship Planning 2018

2018 January

January 7

  • Epiphany Sunday
  • Communion Sunday (Intinction)
  • Call to Worship: Come With Singing (One Voice)
  • Sanctuary Choir Vacation Sunday
  • Anthem: Standing on the Promise's (One Voice)
  • Offertory: The Time Has Come (One Voice)

1/11 (Thursday), Dei Gloriam Handbell Choir ringing at Phoenix Zoolights, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

January 14

January 21

We move into a sermon series focused on the newness offered to us in Christ Jesus. We are each given the opportunity to put on Christ and be a new person, to belong to a new community, and to become a new creation! We’ll consider what implications this has for the way we live out our lives. 

January 28

  • Scripture:  1 Corinthians 12:14-20,27  
  • Sermon: A New Year ~ A New Community
  • Children's Sermon: That's What Your Gift Is For - Peter and Hanneke Jacobs (Choristers and Soloists Melody Bilko, Evie Couillard, Sophia Letizia, Grace Martin, Poppy Sitzler, Ivy Wilhelm)
  • Anthem: Ev'rybody Praise The Lord - David Michaels (#345)
  • Offertory

February 2-4

Friday-Sunday

Sanctuary Choir Retreat, Sedona

2018 February

February 4

  • Scout Sunday
  • Souper Bowl of Caring
  • Communion Sunday
  • Organist: Alice Edwards
  • Scripture: Isaiah 2: 1-4
  • Sermon: A New Year ~ A New Creation!  
  • Opening Hymn: Come Sing, O Church, in Joy! - #430
  • Anthem: Soloist
  • Offertory: Organ
  • Doxology: #592
  • Communion Music: Organ
  • Closing Hymn: In Christ There Is No East or West - #439
  • Benediction Response: #371 (Lift High the Cross - chorus only)

February 11

  • Day of Prayer for Healing and Wholeness
  • Combined Worship Service with FPC & Iglesia de Dios El Gran Pastor, 11:00 a.m.
  • Anthem: Three Songs of World Praise - Allen Pote (#519) - Songs from Peru, Brazil, and South Africa
  • Offertory

We will gather with the congregation of Iglesia de Dios El Gran Pastor for a combined worship service of praise and prayer! This Hispanic congregation worships in our chapel every Sunday and holds classes and music lessons there during the week. Worshiping God together will give us an opportunity to get to know one another better and experience worship in a different form and language (both English and Spanish)!


February 14

Ash Wednesday Service, 7-7:30PM in Fox Chapel

Meditation: "Cleaning out the Clutter”

Opening Hymn: Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days - #81

Closing Hymn: Sign Us with Ashes, vss. 1,2,3,6 - Bringle/Rowan (GIA, used by permission)

February 18

  • Lent I
  • Scripture: Psalm 25:1-7
  • Sermon: A Prayer for Lent
  • Call to Worship: As the Deer
  • Opening Hymn: 10,000 Reasons (Allan Schultz, Guitar Accompanist)
  • Anthem: At The Cross - Ralph Hudson (#692)
  • Offertory: Dei Gloriam Handbell Choir
  • Hymn of Affirmation: Lord, Listen to your Children Praying
  • Closing Hymn: What a Friend We Have in Jesus - #403

February 25

  • Lent II
  • Scripture: Psalm 19
  • Sermon: A Practice for Lent
  • Call to Worship: One Voice
  • Moment with Young Disciples: Choristers - Family of God, accompanied by First Ringers
  • Anthem: Give Thanks to the Lord - Dave and Jean Perry (#710)
  • Offertory: First Ringers
  • Chili Cook-off and Annual Meeting. 5:00 p.m.

2018 March

March 4

  • Lent III
  • Scripture: Exodus 1:8-22
  • Sermon: Leading with Love
  • Women's Sunday
  • Communion Sunday
  • Organist: Bea Towe
  • Director: Karen Rudin
  • Prelude: In Christ Alone - arr. Carol Tornquist
  • Call to Worship: spoken
  • Opening Hymn: For All the Faithful Women - Finish Folk Song, Stuempfle/Evans (GIA, used by permission)
  • Anthem: In Paradisum, from Requiem - Gabriel Fauré (#561)
  • Offertory: Solitude - arr. Gail Smith  
  • Doxology: We Are An Offering, with leader Karen Rudin 
  • Communion Music: Bread of Heaven - Marc Jordan (Pianist Bea Towe)
  • Closing Hymn: I Come with Joy - #507, Vss. 1,3,5 
  • Benediction Response: Glory to God, Whose Goodness Shines on Me - Paul Vasile (used by permission)
  • Postlude: Postlude Fantasia - Robert Thygerson

March 11

  • Lent IV
  • Scripture: Psalm 107 (as Children's Sermon - green mic)
  • Sermon: A Parable for Lent
  • Anthem: And The Father Will Dance - Mark Hayes (#744) (Sanctuary Choir, Pianist Bea Towe)
  • Offertory: This is the Life - Craig/Ahlstrom (One Voice, Soloist John Couillard - green mic)
  • Hymn of Affirmation: Give Thanks, O Christian People - #552
  • Sending Hymn: To God Be the Glory - #485

March 18

  • Lent V
  • Scripture: Psalm 51 (selected verses)
  • Sermon: A Purging for Lent
  • Anthem: Via Dolorosa - Billy Sprague, Niles Borop (Soprano Jan Peterson)
  • Offertory: Come, Teach Us, Spirit of God - Anna Laura Page (#585) (Sanctuary Choir, Dei Gloriam Handbell Choir) -  with divided choir
  • Hymn of Affirmation: Forgive Our Sins as We Forgive - #347
  • Sending Hymn: Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound - #280
  • Benediction Response: A Gaelic Blessing - John Rutter (#92)

March 21 No Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal

March 22 No One Voice nor Dei Gloriam Handbell Choir Rehearsal


March 23-25

(Friday-Sunday)

First Players Theater Production

Disney's Beauty and the Beast

March 25

  • Lent VI (Palm/Passion Sunday)
  • Welcoming New Members!
  • Call to Worship - spoken
  • Processional Hymn: Hosanna, Loud Hosanna - #89
  • Moment for Young Disciples: Bless the Lord - Peter and Hanneke Jacobs (Choristers)
  • Scripture: Matthew 21:1-11
  • Sermon: A Passionate Palm Parade
  • Anthem: Lift Up Your Heads and Sing! - Douglas Wagner (#664)
  • Offertory

March 29

Maundy Thursday Service

Communion

Anthem/Service Music: Tenebrae - Hal Hopson (#C-027)

    1. Prelude

    2. O Sacred Head, Now Wounded

    3. All Who Pass This Way

    4. The Cup of Love

    5. Could You Not Watch

    6. Ah, Holy Jesus

    7. Crucify Him!

    8. When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

    9. Ah, Holy Jesus

2018 April

April 1

  • Easter Sunday
  • Communion Sunday
  • Moment for Young Disciples: Unending Love - Peter and Hanneke Jacobs (Choristers)
  • Anthem: Christ Is Risen Today - Diane Lokensgard (#706)
  • Offertory: Dei Gloriam Handbell Choir
  • Postlude: Toccata on "Easter Hymn" - Diane Bish

April 8

April 15

April 22

April 29

  • Youth Sunday
  • Confirmation Sunday
  • One Service at 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary

2018 May

May 6

  • Communion Sunday
  • Anthem: We Are Children of Our God - Michael Jothen (#596), Sanctuary Choir and Dei Gloriam Handbell Choir 
  • Communion Music: By the Lakeside - Michael Helman (Dei Gloriam Handbell Choir)
  • Offertory: Entrada - Michael Mazzatenta (Dei Gloriam Handbell Choir)
  • Sending Hymn: We Come as Guests Invited - #517
  • Benediction Response: When the Saints Go Marching In - Arnold Sherman (Accompanied by Organ and Handbells)

May 13

  • Mother's Day
  • Ordination/Installation of Officers 
  • Anthem: The Lord Is My Shepherd - Daniel Burton (#533), with soloist Karen Rudin
  • Offertory: Kindred Spirits - Phil Coulter (Soprano Jan Peterson, Piano Mark Ramsey)

May 20

  • Pastor: Rev. Paul Soderquist
  • Pentecost Sunday
  • Call to Worship: One Voice
  • Anthem: Alleluia - Jane Marshall (#771)
  • Hymn of Affirmation: O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing - #466
  • Offertory: One Voice

May 27

  • One Service at 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary
  • Pastor: Rev. Jennifer Fraser 
  • Memorial Day Sunday
  • First Sunday of Summer Choirs
  • Summer Choir: First Ringers
  • Anthem: Praise for the Morning - Michael Akers (First Players)
  • Offertory: Happy the Home When God Is There - Jason Krug (First Ringers)

2018 June

June 3

  • Regular two-service schedule
  • Rehearsal at 8:00 a.m.
  • Scripture: Isaiah 43: 1-7
  • Sermon: The Church: Those Named and Claimed
  • Communion: The Lord Is My Shepherd - Daniel Burton (Soprano Carol Strouse)
  • Summer Choir: Women's Ensemble (Carol Gerlach, Ellen Gillespie, Ann Harbin, Kay Herrera, Kristen Hull, Flinn Lund, Yvonne Oliver, Jane Potyka, Charlene Raikes, Anita Ramsey, Karen Rudin, Erin Skarphol, Carol Strouse, Joan White)
  • Anthem: Do Lord! - African-American Spiritual, arr. Ruth Artman (CH-057)
  • Offertory: I Feel the Spirit - Traditional Spiritual, arr. Don Besig (Soprano Joan White, Tenor Mark Ramsey)

June 10

  • Regular two-service schedule
  • Rehearsals beginning at 8:00 a.m.
  • Scripture: Acts 2: 37-47
  • Sermon: The Church: Belonging to a Beloved Community 
  • Summer Choir: Sunday of Soloists
  • Opening Song: Amazed - Jared Anderson (Erin Skarphol, Alto) 
  • Anthem: I Will Trust In You - Lauren Daigle (Karen Rudin, Soprano)
  • Offertory: You Raise Me Up - Rolf Løvland/Brendan Graham (Jan Peterson, Soprano)

June 17

  • Father's Day
  • One Service at 10:00 a.m. in Fellowship Hall
  • Scripture verses for each day of VBS
  • VBS highlights! 
  • Summer Choir: Vacation Bible School Singers
  • Anthem: VBS Singers
  • Offertory: Cortney Bever, Solo 

June 24

  • One Service at 10:00 a.m. in Fellowship Hall
  • Scripture: Acts 6: 1-7
  • Sermon: The Church: Gathered and Sent
  • Summer Choir: HolyGrounds Praise Band (Meet at 9:00 a.m.)

2018 July

July 1

  • One Service at 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary
  • Independence Sunday
  • Sermon: The Church Universal: The Cosmic Scope of Communion 
  • Organist: Barb Walker 
  • Communion: Organ
  • Summer Choir: Keyboard Sunday
  • Call to Worship: Jan Peterson, Piano (Surely the Presence - Lanny Wolfe)
  • Anthem: Bea Towe, Piano  (Open Our Eyes, with Be Thou My Vision - arr. Mark Hayes)
  • Offertory: Barb Walker, Organ
  • Benediction Response: O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain, For purple mountain majesties above the fruited plain! America! America! God shed His grace on thee, And crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea! (#564, Vs. 1)

July 8

  • One Service at 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary
  • Pastor:  Dr. Edward E. Spence 
  • Organist: Barb Walker 
  • Director: Karen Rudin 
  • Summer Choir: Summer Ensemble (Dick Baird, Holton Falk, Carol Gerlach, Ellen Gillespie, Kay Herrera, Gordon Letizia, Jane Potyka, Charlene Raikes, Nate Robinson, Allan Schultz, Joan White)
  • Call to Worship (Spoken)
  • Anthem: Holy, Holy, Holy, We Worship You - arr. Benjamin Harlan (#537)
  • Offertory: Organ
  • Benediction Response: Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim Till all the world adore His sacred name. (#371 Chorus)

July 15

  • One Service at 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary
  • Pastor: Rev. Leslie Vogel
  • Organist: Larry Lathom
  • Director: Bea Towe
  • Summer Choir: Summer Bells (Terry Baxter-Potter, Sandra Clark, Carol Gerlach, Ann Harbin, Kristen Hull, Mary Jean Maedche, Chuck Michel, Jan Peterson, Jennifer Towe)
  • Call to Worship (Spoken)
  • Anthem: Celebration #1, from Five Easy Celebrations - Michael Keller (B-173)
  • Offertory: Organ
  • Benediction Response: Lead on, O King eternal: we follow, not with fears; For gladness breaks like morning where'er Thy face appears; Thy cross is lifted o'er us; we journey in its light: The crown awaits the conquest; lead on, O God of might. (#447, Vs. 3)

July 22

  • One Service at 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary
  • Organist: Larry Lathom
  • Director: Karen Rudin 
  • Scripture: Ruth 1:16-22
  • Sermon: Beyond the Call of Duty ~ Hesed
  • Summer Choir: Summer Ensemble (Holton Falk, Carol Gerlach, Ellen Gillespie, Kay Herrera, Gordon Letizia, Jane Potyka, Charlene Raikes, Nate Robinson, Allan Schultz)
  • Call to Worship (Spoken)
  • Anthem: Peace Like a River, Kum Ba Yah - African-American Spirituals, arr. Jean Anne Shafferman
  • Offertory: Organ
  • Benediction Response: Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?
    I have heard you calling in the night.
    I will go, Lord, if you lead me.
    I will hold your people in my heart. (#525 Chorus)

July 29

  • One Service at 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary
  • Pastor: Rev. Gordon Letizia 
  • Organist: Barb Walker
  • Scripture: Jeremiah 22:1-5; Ephesians 3:14-21; Luke 19:41-42
  • Sermon: Make Jesus Smile (Not Weep!) Over Jerusalem
  • Call to Worship (Spoken)
  • Summer Choir: Sunday of Instrumentalists
  • Anthem: I Want Jesus to Walk with Me – African-American Spiritual (Robert Harding, Solo, Accompanied on Ukulele)
  • Offertory: Organ
  • Benediction Response: Amazing grace! How sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found, Was blind, but now I see. (#280, Vs. 1)

2018 August

August 5

  • One Service at 10:00 a.m. in Fellowship Hall
  • Communion
  • Scripture: Psalm 103:1-5,8-12; John 20:19-23
  • Sermon: Breathing Christ, Blessing All
  • Pastor: Rev. Brad Munroe, Presbytery Pastor, Grand Canyon and De Cristo Presbyteries
  • Summer Choir: HolyGrounds Praise Band (Meet at 9:00 a.m.)

August 12

  • One Service at 10:00 a.m. in Fellowship Hall
  • Mission Trip Highlights!
  • Summer Choir: HolyGrounds Praise Band (Meet at 9:00 a.m.)

August 19

  • Regular two-service schedule
  • Rehearsal at 8:00 a.m.
  • Scripture:  Ruth 2:8-13  
  • Sermon: This is my Father's World
  • Summer Choir: Tenor-Bass Ensemble (Dick Baird, Holton Falk, Paul Green, Ian Harding, Robert Harding, Brooks Newbry, Nate Robinson, Allan Schultz, Stan Snitzer)
  • Anthem: Gonna Be a Great Day - African-American Spiritual, arr. Joseph Martin
  • Offertory: Cortney Bever, Solo (Praise Ye The Lord, The Almighty - Joachim Neander)

August 26

  • Regular two-service schedule
  • Rehearsal at 8:00 a.m.
  • Scripture: Ruth 3-4 (selected verses)
  • Sermon: Close Encounters and Redemption
  • Summer Choir: One Voice
  • Anthem: One Voice
  • Offertory: One Voice

August 29 Wednesday Wrap Begins!

2018 September

September 2

  • One Service at 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary
  • Rehearsal at 8:30 a.m.
  • Labor Day Sunday
  • Communion
  • Summer Choir: Hymnfest with Dei Gloriam Handbell Choir, Organ, and Song Leader
  • Prelude: Hymn-Sing
  • Call to Worship: Entrada - Michael Mazzatenta (Dei Gloriam Handbell Choir)
  • Benediction Response: When the Saints Go Marching In - Arnold Sherman (Accompanied by Organ, Handbells, Percussion) 

September 5 First Fall Rehearsals for First Ringers and Sanctuary Choir

September 6 First Fall Rehearsals for One Voice and Dei Gloriam Handbell Choir

September 9

  • Regular two-service schedule
  • Rehearsal at 8:20 a.m.
  • Sermon: The Great Ends of the Church – Proclaim the Gospel
  • First Sunday of Fall Choirs
  • Closing Hymn accompanied by Dei Gloriam Handbell Choir
  • Benediction Response:  Glory to God, Whose Goodness Shines on Me - Paul Vasile

September 16

  • Sermon: The Great Ends of the Church – Shelter, Nurture, and Spiritual Fellowship

September 23

  • Sermon: The Great Ends of the Church – Worship the Lord!

September 30

  • Sermon: The Great Ends of the Church – Preserve the Truth

2018 October

October 7

  • World Communion Sunday
  • Peace and Global Witness Offering Received
  • Sermon: The Great Ends of the Church: Promote Social Righteousness
  • Anthem: The King's Majesty - Ed Hurd (#B-067), with Dei Gloriam Handbell Choir and Organ
  • Offertory or Communion: Dei Gloriam Handbell Choir

October 14

  • Sermon: The Great Ends of the Church: Show the World the Kingdom of God
  • Organist: Barbara Walker
  • Director: Karen Rudin
  • Anthem:
  • Offertory:

October 17 (Wednesday) 

Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal

Director: Karen Rudin

Accompanist:  Barb Walker

October 21

  • Ministry Fair
  • Sermon: Having a Servant’s Heart: Highlights of FPC Ministries
  • Bea Vacation Sunday

October 28

  • ONE 10:00 Worship Service for Dedication Sunday
  • Followed by a Celebration Luncheon (hosted by Fellowship Commission) with entertainment by the FPC Mesa Choir ("A Good Old Vaudeville Show")

2018 November

November 4

  • All Saints' Sunday
  • Opportunity during worship for people to light a candle in memory of a loved one

November 11

  • Anthem: Faith to Carry On - Don Besig/Nancy Price (NEW)

November 18

  • Thanksgiving Sunday
  • Offertory: Praise The Day! - Michael Mazzatenta (Dei Gloriam Handbell Choir)
  • Postlude: Now Thank We All Our God - David N. Johnson

November 25

  • Christ the King/Reign of Christ Sunday
  • Pastor: Rev. Paul F. Soderquist
  • Anthem: Make A Joyful Noise - David Childs (NEW) 

2018 December

December 2

  • Advent 1
  • Anthem: God So Loved (with "God So Loved The World" And "The Love Of God") - John Purifoy (NEW)

December 9

  • Advent 2


December 12 (Wednesday), Music Sunday Rehearsal,  6:00-7:00 p.m., Sanctuary, followed by Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal in the Choir Room. 

December 16

  • Advent 3
  • Music Sunday

December 18 (Tuesday): Dei Gloriam Handbell Choir performing at Phoenix ZooLights

December 23

  • Advent 4
  • Prelude: Carillon on a Ukrainian Bell Carol - Gerald Near


December 24 Christmas Eve Worship

5:30 p.m.

  • Family Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service of Lessons & Carols 
  • Celebration of Gifts Prelude

8:30 p.m.

  • Traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service of Lessons & Carols 
  • Prelude: Carillon on a Ukrainian Bell Carol - Gerald Near 
  • Anthem: Lullaby Medley - Mary Sallee (#629), for Women's Voices
  • Anthem:
  • Bell Anthem: 
  • Bell Anthem: 

December 26 Sanctuary Choir No Rehearsal

December 27 Dei Gloriam Handbell Choir No Rehearsal

December 30

Sanctuary Choir Vacation Sunday

Anthem: 

Offertory: