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February Sermon Series
Sunday, February 24: "The Root of All Evil"

February Sermon Series

Into the Fray

SUNDAYS, 8:15, 9:30, 11 AM
 

Sometimes, it feels like what holds us together is unraveling. Divisive issues, tense and charged rhetoric, complex topics, the constant blurring and news and noise, strained relationships. In many ways, the ties that bind and unite us are frayed. How are we, as the Body of Christ, called to respond? Our faith calls us “into the fray” in ways that honor God and seek reconciliation with others.

This month, we are exploring what it means to be the church in troubled times. Join us for honest and authentic engagement with tough topics as we look to God’s word for signs of hope and promises of restoration.


FEBRUARY 3: “Sticks, Stones, Words” | PDF

"The tongue is placed among our members as a world of iniquity; it stains the whole body, sets on fire the cycle of nature, and is itself set on fire by hell.”  (James 3:6)

This week, we begin our series with a focus on the power of words. The scriptures of our faith challenge us to recognize and respect the impact that our words have on others, to speak wisely and to choose our words carefully. As we encounter rhetoric of division and despair, how might the words we speak offer a healing balm in the world?


FEBRUARY 10: “SBNR” | PDF

"Until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ.”  (Ephesians 4:13)

This Sunday, we’ll explore the role of the church in a time when many describe themselves as “spiritual, but not religious” (SBNR). The Christian movement has long struggled with temptation to seek a private spirituality that avoids the messiness of human community. But the message of the incarnation (the Word became flesh) calls us to a deeper commitment, more challenging, and, ultimately rewarding, life of faith in the real world. Join us this week for a challenging and nourishing message!


FEBRUARY 17: “Red God, Blue God” | PDF

“Then [Jesus] said to them, ‘Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.’” (Matthew 22:21) 

This Sunday, we continue our “Into the Fray” sermon series focused on complex questions facing people of faith. In Matthew 22, Jesus is asked whether it is right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar. It is a trick question, and Jesus evades the trap with a provocative response: “Give to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s and give to God the things that are God’s.” 

The proper intersection of Christian faith and political engagement is an area of disagreement and debate. How can we engage in significant conversations in the public square while honoring our Christian faith and those who disagree with us? What belongs to Caesar and what belongs to God?

Join us Sunday for an important and timely message.


FEBRUARY 24: “The Root of All Evil” | PDF

“ in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.”  (1 Timothy 6:10) 

This Sunday, we continue our “Into the Fray” sermon series focused on real world issues facing people of Christian faith. This week’s topic is the proper role of money and wealth in our lives. Jesus spoke often of the difficulty we humans have keeping God in the center of lives that are filled with possessions and minds that yearn for more. Our faith calls us to contentment with enough. Our faith invites us to the joy of generosity, which can transform our lives and open us to God’s presence in new and powerful ways. Join us Sunday for an inspiring message on a timely topic.


How to use playlist below: In the top left corner of the video, you can toggle between sermons. They are listed in chronological order.  


Sunday Bulletins
February 24, 2019
9:30, 11 AM & Together@5

 

Jump to Evening Service

February 24, 2019 – Seventh Sunday after Epiphany

 

February 24, 2019 – Seventh Sunday after Epiphany

                                         WE COME TOGETHER AS GOD’S PEOPLE

Prelude                             Cantilène (from Symphonie No. 3)                           Louis Vierne
                                             Dr. John Allegar, organ                                       (1870-1937)

+ Welcome                                                                                             Rev. Karen L. Lang

Call to Worship                                                                               Native American (Dakota)
                                  Many and Great, O God, Are Thy Works                          [Hymn #271]
                                                    Sanctuary Choir
                          Dr. Michelle Louer, Director of Music and Fine Arts

Many and great, O God, are Thy works,
Maker of earth and sky;
Thy hands have set the heavens with stars,
Thy fingers spread the mountains and plains.
Lo, at Thy word the waters were formed;
Deep seas obey Thy voice.

Grant unto us communion with Thee,
Thou star-abiding One;
Come unto us and dwell with us:
With Thee are found the gifts of life.
Bless us with life that has no end,
Eternal life with Thee.

One: Long before the dawn and as the first light shines,

All: Praise the Lord.

One: Throughout the day and in every season,

All: Praise the Lord.

One: As dusk approaches and well into the night,

All: Praise the Lord.

One: Sisters and brothers, praise the Lord!

All: The Lord’s name be praised.

One: Let us worship God.

Prayer of Adoration

*+Processional Hymn #375                        Lord of All Good                                TOULON

Call to Confession

Silent Confession

Prayer of Confession

O God, we are reluctant to call ourselves sinners. We prefer to think that we have flaws and imperfections. We hide behind the belief that “nobody’s perfect.” We now confess that we have many needs. We have an abundance of goods but lack true fulfillment. We have many pleasures but lack contentment. We are rich in things but poor in soul.

We come before you praying, “Lord, have mercy.” Forgive our sins. Invigorate our lives with the fresh air of your Spirit. Then let us hear your word of pardon and receive the gift of your peace, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon

Response of Praise                         The God of All Glory and Grace                 arr. Brad Nix
                                                          Cherub and Carol Choirs
                                                   Brianna Holt & Carol Baker, directors
                                             Thomas Ristine, guitar; Caleb Meadows, piano

*+Passing of the Peace

* Hymn #339                                      Be Thou My Vision                                        SLANE

Ritual of Friendship and the Concerns of the Church                              Jasiel Hernandez

                                                  WE EXPERIENCE GOD’S WORD

Time with Children (11:00)

Prayer of Illumination                                                                       William Boswell (9:30)
                                                                                                        Jake Poindexter (11:00)

First Lesson                                           Luke 18:18-23                                          (p. 956)

Anthem                                                Pilgrims’ Hymn                                  Stephen Paulus
                                           (from the opera The Three Hermits)                          (1949-2014)

Even before we call on Your name                                            Glory to the Father,
To ask You, O God,                                                                 and to the Son,
When we seek for the words to glorify You,                               And to the Holy Spirit.
You hear our prayer;
Unceasing love, O unceasing love,
Surpassing all we know.

Even with darkness sealing us in,                                             Both now and forever,
We breathe Your name,                                                           And unto ages and ages,
And through all the days that follow so fast,                               Amen.
We trust in You;
Endless Your grace, O endless Your grace,
Beyond all mortal dream.

                                     --Michael Dennis Browne

Second Lesson                                      1 Timothy 6:6-11                                    (p. 1083)

Response

Leader: This is the word of the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God.

Sermon                                                                                       Rev. Christopher A. Henry

                                               “Into the Fray: The Root of All Evil”
                    “In their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith
                                           and pierced themselves with many pains.”

                                                           (1 Timothy 6:10)

                                                      WE GIVE THANKS TO GOD

* Affirmation of Faith                (from A Brief Statement of Faith)                            (PCUSA)

In life and in death we belong to God.
Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Spirit,
we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel,
whom alone we worship and serve.
In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit,
we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks
and to live holy and joyful lives,
even as we watch for God’s new heaven and 
new earth,
praying, “Come, Lord Jesus!”
With believers in every time and place,
we rejoice that nothing in life or in death
can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer

Offertory                                    I’d Rather Have Jesus                         George Beverly Shea
                                                                                                     arr. Kay Hawkes Goodyear
                                                                                                            (1909-2013; b. 1951)
                                     Erin Benedict, Kate Hamori, Mitzi Westra,
                                          John Brewer, Samuel Spade, soloists

I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold. I’d rather be His than have riches untold.
I’d rather have Jesus than houses or land. I’d rather be true to His nail-pierced hand;
Than to be the king of a vast domain, And be held in sin’s dread sway.
I’d rather have Jesus than anything This world affords today.

I’d rather have Jesus than men’s applause. I’d rather be faithful to His dear cause.
I’d rather have Jesus than worldwide fame. I’d rather be true to His holy name.
Than to be the king of a vast domain, And be held in sin’s dread sway.
I’d rather have Jesus than anything this world affords today.

                                             Text: Rhea Miller (1894-1966)

* Doxology                                                                                                 (Hymn #592)

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

* Prayer of Thanksgiving

                                                        WE GO FORTH TO SERVE

* Closing Hymn #354                    Guide My Feet                        African-American Spiritual

* Charge and Benediction

* Benediction Response                     Heleluyan                      Native American (Muscogee)
                                                                                                                        [Hymn #595]

* Postlude                                    Tuba Tune in D Major                                       C.S. Lang
                                                                                                                        (1891-1971)

Together@5 - Sundays at 5 p.m.
February 24, 2019 - Come to the Water: The Waters of Cleansing

 

WORSHIP LEADERS
Chris Henry, preacher
Anna Stubbs, worship leader
Caroline Dennis, liturgist
Kat Barden, children’s leader
Meagan Findeiss, children’s leader
Brianna Holt, music leader
Rebecca Edie, piano
 
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

John 13:3-5, 12-15

Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.

GATHERING
 

Congregational Songs                Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Come, Thou Fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet, sun by flaming tongues above;
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it, mount of God’s unchanging love!

O to grace how great a debtor daily I’m constrained to be!
Let that grace now, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to Thee:
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it, seal it for Thy courts above.

Wash, O God, Your Sons and Daughters
 

Wash, O God, your sons and daughters,
newborn creatures of your womb.
Number them among your people,
raised like Christ from death and tomb.
Weave them garments bright and sparkling;
compass them with love and light.
Fill, anoint them; send your Spirit, holy dove and heart’s delight.

Every day we need your nurture; by your milk may we be fed.
Let us join your feast, partaking cup of blessing, living bread.
God, renew us; guide our footsteps; free from sin and all its snares,
One with Christ in living, dying, by your Spirit, children, heirs.

O how deep your holy wisdom! Unimagined, all your ways!
To your name be glory, honor! With our lives we worship, praise!
We your people stand before you, water-washed and Spirit-born.
By your grace, our lives we offer. Recreate us; God, transform!

Centering Prayer and Song               Down to the River to Pray

As I went down to the river to pray
Studying about that good old way
And who shall wear the starry crown
Good Lord, show me the way

O sinners, let’s go down,
Let’s go down, come on down
O sinners, let’s go down,
Down to the river to pray

LISTENING
 

Scripture Reading                                    John 13

Reflection                                    The Waters of Cleansing

RESPONDING
 

Musical Meditation                           The Servant Song

Give Us Clean Hands


Sacrament of Communion

Closing Song                              I’ve Got Peace Like a River

I’ve got peace like a river, I’ve got peace like a river,
I’ve got peace like a river in-a my soul.

I’ve got joy like a fountain, I’ve got joy like a fountain,
I’ve got joy like a fountain in-a my soul.

I’ve got love like an ocean, I’ve got love like an ocean,
I’ve got love like an ocean in-a my soul.

Words of Blessing

You are a beloved child of God. Live your life in the sure knowledge that you have been claimed by God’s grace and wrapped in God’s love.

A Word of Invitation for the Week to Come:

For many of us, it is more difficult to receive than to give. We are committed to serving others in many different ways, but when it comes to accepting the love of others, we can be as resistant as Peter. This week, as you are caring for other people, also look for ways to be a gracious and grateful recipient of the love and care that those in your life want to offer you. We all need the gift of grace…even you!


This week's worship schedule

This week's worship schedule

Upcoming Events

Feb
24
8:15 Worship Service
8:15 AM — 9:00 AM

8:15 Worship Service

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Date: Sunday, February 24, 2019

Time: 8:15 AM — 9:00 AM

8:15 Worship in the Chapel. Traditional worship without choir.

Departments: Worship

Contact: Erica Hewitt
317-253-6461
ehewitt@secondchurch.org

Rooms: Chapel, Chapel Narthex

Feb
24
9:30 a.m. Worship Service
9:30 AM — 10:30 AM

9:30 a.m. Worship Service

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Date: Sunday, February 24, 2019

Time: 9:30 AM — 10:30 AM

The traditional sanctuary services abound with praise to God through liturgy, music, prayers, Scripture, and the preached word. These services follow a Reformed form of worship, which allows creative use of liturgical elements such as sung response, spoken creeds and confessions.

Departments: Worship

Contact: Erica Hewitt
317-253-6461
ehewitt@secondchurch.org

Rooms: Sanctuary, Sanctuary Narthex

Feb
24
Service of Wholeness & Communion
10:35 AM — 11:00 AM

Service of Wholeness & Communion

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Date: Sunday, February 24, 2019

Time: 10:35 AM — 11:00 AM

Held each Sunday in Milner Chapel for those who would like to receive the Lord's Supper and join in a reflective time of prayer. This service is led by one of the pastors, as well as one of our deacons or elders, who together invite those who desire to be anointed and prayed for to come forward.

Departments: Worship

Contact: Erica Hewitt
317-253-6461
ehewitt@secondchurch.org

Rooms: Chapel

Feb
24
11:00 Worship Service
11:00 AM — 12:00 PM

11:00 Worship Service

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Date: Sunday, February 24, 2019

Time: 11:00 AM — 12:00 PM

The traditional sanctuary services abound with praise to God through liturgy, music, prayers, Scripture, and the preached word. These services follow a Reformed form of worship, which allows creative use of liturgical elements such as sung response, spoken creeds and confessions.

Departments: Worship

Contact: Erica Hewitt
317-253-6461
ehewitt@secondchurch.org

Rooms: Sanctuary, Sanctuary Narthex

Feb
25
Worship Ministry Team Meeting
5:00 PM — 6:15 PM

Worship Ministry Team Meeting

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Date: Monday, February 25, 2019

Time: 5:00 PM — 6:15 PM

Quarterly meeting for members of the Worship Ministry Team to discuss what is happening in each of the ministries and plan future events.

Departments: Worship

Contact: Erica Hewitt
317-253-6461
ehewitt@secondchurch.org

Rooms: Common Room (231)

Mar
3
8:15 Worship Service
8:15 AM — 9:00 AM

8:15 Worship Service

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Date: Sunday, March 3, 2019

Time: 8:15 AM — 9:00 AM

8:15 Worship in the Chapel. Traditional worship without choir.

Departments: Worship

Contact: Erica Hewitt
317-253-6461
ehewitt@secondchurch.org

Rooms: Chapel, Chapel Narthex


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Children's Sunday School

Children's Sunday School

 

The Children and Family Ministry of Second Presbyterian Church seeks through worship, study, fellowship and service to support families as they grow in faith.

Bring your children to Second on Sunday!

Register your children here.


Wintermission
Sundays, 10:30 a.m.

Wintermission
Meet us in McFarland Hall.

FALL THROUGH SPRING, 10:30 AM, MCFARLAND HALL

Parents visit; children gather. Join hands in service to God and BE SECOND to the world.

Comfy corner seating at low tables offer child forward mission activities and parent gathering spots during the 10:30-11 a.m. morning fellowship time.

Please join us!


Service of Holy Communion & Wholeness
10:35 a.m., Milner Chapel

Service of Holy Communion & Wholeness


Piecing Together Something Beautiful

SUNDAYS, 10:35 AM, MILNER CHAPEL

The Service of Holy Communion and Wholeness is held every Sunday for those who would like to receive the Lord’s Supper and join in a reflective time of prayer. This service is led by one of the pastors, as well as one of our deacons or elders, who together invite forward those who desire to be anointed and prayed for. This brief service allows any and all who are seeking the comfort of a quiet place to rest in God’s presence. We invite you to come as you prepare for and give thanks for an upcoming life event such as birth as a child, upcoming surgery or seek peace following the death of a loved one.

Please come and be attended to by the spirit, as well as a caring pastor and deacon or elder.