Worship Planning 2018-19

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)
  • Offertory: 
  • 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.
  • Scripture: Psalm 71:12-19, Mark 3:13-19
  • Sermon: The Great Ends of the Church – Proclaim the Gospel
  • First Sunday of Fall Choirs
  • Anthem:  A Jubilant Song - Allen Pote (#411)
  • Hymn of Affirmation: Lift High the Cross - #371
  • Offertory: 
  • Closing Hymn: O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing - #466 (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
  • Anthem:  The Lord Is My Shepherd - Daniel Burton (#533), with soloist Karen Rudin 
  • Offertory: 

September 23

  • Sermon: The Great Ends of the Church – Worship the Lord!
  • Anthem:  All God's Children Got Shoes - arr. Ken Berg (#718)
  • Offertory:  One Voice (Voice of Truth -  Mark Hall, Steven Curtis Chapman) 

September 30

  • Sermon: The Great Ends of the Church – Preserve the Truth
  • Anthem:  I Go to the Rock - Mary McDonald (NEW)
  • Offertory:  

2018 October

October 7

  • World Communion Sunday
  • Peace and Global Witness Offering Received
  • Sermon: The Great Ends of the Church: Promote Social Righteousness
  • Anthem: Lord, Listen to Your Children - Ken Medema, arr. Jack Schrader (#705)
  • Communion Music: 
  • Offertory: 

October 14

  • One Combined Worship Service at 9:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary.
  • Sermon: The Great Ends of the Church: Show the World the Kingdom of God
  • Organist: Barbara Walker
  • Director: Karen Rudin
  • Anthem: The King of Love My Shepherd Is - arr. Karen Buckwalter (#526)
  • Offertory: First Ringers (Our Lord and King Adore! - arr. Douglas Wagner)
  • Benediction Response: Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim Till all the world adore His sacred name. (#371 Chorus)

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
  • Anthem: The Old Hundredth Psalm Tune - Ralph Vaughn Williams (#215), with Congregation
  • Offertory: 

October 28

  • One Combined 10:00 a.m. Worship Service for Stewardship Dedication Sunday
  • Followed by a Celebration Luncheon (hosted by Fellowship Commission) with entertainment by the FPC Mesa Choir ("A Good Old Vaudeville Show")
  • Prelude: HolyGrounds Praise Set
  • Anthem: Hymn to Joy - Beethoven, arr. Edward Hodges (#502), with Dei Gloriam Handbell Choir
  • Song of Affirmation (Dedication): In the Garden - C. Austin Miles (Hearts Hands and Voices)
  • Offertory: Dei Gloriam Handbell Choir (You Raise Me Up - Brendan Graham, Rolf Lovland, arr. Joel Raney) 

2018 November

November 4

  • All Saints' Sunday
  • Opportunity during worship for people to light a candle in memory of a loved one
  • Moment with Young Disciples: Pure Praise Singers (Love is the Greatest Gift of All -  Peter and Hanneke Jacobs)
  • Anthem: Alleluia - Jane Marshall (#771)
  • Song of Affirmation: FPC Youth (I Choose to Follow You - Jeff Kennedy)
  • Offertory: One Voice (How Deep The Father's Love for Us - Stuart Townend)

November 11


November 18

  • Thanksgiving Sunday
  • Scripture: Mark 8:1-8
  • Sermon: Enough for Everyone!
  • Anthem: Canticle of Thanksgiving - Dale Wood (#304) 
  • Hymn of Affirmation: Give Thanks O Christian People - #552
  • Offertory: Now Thank We All Our God - David N. Johnson
  • Sending Hymn: Now Thank We All Our God - #555

November 21-22 No Choir Rehearsals: Happy Thanksgiving!

November 25

  • Christ the King/Reign of Christ Sunday
  • Pastor: Rev. Paul F. Soderquist
  • Scripture: Revelation 1:4b-8
  • Sermon: Kingdom of Priests
  • Final Prelude: Praise The Day! - Michael Mazzatenta (Dei Gloriam Handbell Choir)
  • Anthem: Faith to Carry On - Don Besig/Nancy Price (NEW)
  • Offertory: Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) - Houston/Crocker/Ligthelm, arr. Ron Mallory (Dei Gloriam Handbell Choir)

2018 December

December 2

  • Advent 1
  • Anthem: God So Loved (with "God So Loved The World" and "The Love Of God") - John Stainer/Frederick Lehman, arr. John Purifoy (NEW)

December 9

  • Advent 2
  • Anthem: Christmas is Coming - Joel Raney (#624)
  • Offertory: Breath of Heaven - Chris Eaton (Heavenly Harmonies)

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

December 16

  • Advent 3
  • Music Sunday
  • Final Prelude: Silent Night - Grüber, arr. Arnold Sherman (#B-118)
  • Sanctuary Choir: Three Wise Men Traveling - Gordon Young (#275)
  • Dei Gloriam: Feliz Navidad - Hart Morris (#B-234)
  • First Ringers: Angels We Have Heard on High, arr. Jason Krug 

December 18 (Tuesday): Dei Gloriam Handbell Choir performing at Phoenix ZooLights, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

December 23

  • Advent 4
  • Prelude: Carillon on a Ukrainian Bell Carol - Gerald Near
  • Anthem (Jan Peterson, Soprano): Mary, Did You Know? - Lowry/Greene
  • Offertory (Sanctuary Choir): Ding! Dong! Merrily on High - arr. Howard Helvey (#757), Accompanied by Pianists Barb Walker and Bea Towe

December 24 Christmas Eve Worship

5:30 p.m.

  • Family Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service of Lessons & Carols 
  • Celebration of Gifts Prelude
  • Special Music: Pure Praise Singers

8:30 p.m.

  • Traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service of Lessons & Carols 
  • Pre-Prelude Carol Ring: Dei Gloriam Handbell Choir (8:10)
  • Prelude: Carillon on a Ukrainian Bell Carol - Gerald Near 
  • Anthem: Lullaby Medley - Mary Sallee (#629), for Women's Voices
  • Anthem: Sing We Noel - Gordon Young (#370)
  • Bell Anthem: Carol of the Bells - Leontovych, arr. Kevin McChesney
  • Bell Anthem: I Wonder as I Wander - Niles, arr. Peggy Bettcher

December 26 Sanctuary Choir No Rehearsal

December 27 Dei Gloriam Handbell Choir No Rehearsal

December 30

2019 January

January 2 Sanctuary Choir No Rehearsal

January 3 Dei Gloriam Handbell Choir No Rehearsal

January 6

  • Epiphany Sunday
  • Communion (Tentative: Intinction)
  • Sanctuary Choir Vacation Sunday
  • Anthem: One Voice
  • Offertory: One Voice (Your Love Awakens Me - Phil Wickham, Chris Quilala)


January 9-10 First Spring Rehearsals for Sanctuary Choir and Dei Gloriam Handbell Choir

January 13

January 20

Combined Grand Canyon and De Cristo Prestyteries at FPC (January 25-26)

January 25 (Friday), Time TBD

Worship Service, with FPC Choirs

Sanctuary Choir:  A Jubilant Song - Allen Pote (#411) 


January 26 (Saturday), Time TBD

Morning Worship

January 27

Anthem:  Make A Joyful Noise - David Childs (NEW) 

2019 February

February 3

  • Communion
  • Anthem: Lord, Help Us Be Your Children - Nancy Price, Don Besig (NEW)

February 10

  • Sermon: Artist Series - Mary Beth Carlson, Piano and Testimony
  • Sanctuary Choir Vacation Sunday


March 2019

March 3

  • Women's Sunday
  • Women's Choir
  • Organist: 
  • Director: 
  • Anthem: I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray - African-American Spiritual, arr. Karen Thomas (NEW)

2019 April

April 14

  • Palm Sunday
  • Anthem: The King's Majesty - Ed Hurd (#388 and #B-067), with Dei Gloriam Handbell Choir and Organ 

April 18

Maundy Thursday Service

Vigil of the Final Hours

April 21

  • Easter Sunday
  • Anthem:  
  • Offertory: Dei Gloriam Handbell Choir