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Eucharistic Prayer reprinted from Scottish Episcopal Prayer Book, copyright 1982. Liturgy from Sundays and Seasons.com. Copyright 2018 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #46420. Hymns from The Lutheran Book of Worship, copyright 1978 and Evangelical Lutheran Worship, copyright 2006. All rights reserved. Hymns reprinted by permission under OneLicense #A-722888. New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. Cover art features a photograph taken by Wikimedia Commons user C. Baile . This image was captured on June 4, 2015. The photographer has placed this work in the public domain. Colour correction and retouching by N. Sharer, June 2017.
WELCOME VISITORS We extend a warm welcome to all who are visiting with us today and hope you will return to worship with our community of faith again. If you would like to know more about our ministry in downtown and metropolitan Pittsburgh, please speak to a pastor, any of our members, or visit www.flcpittsburgh.org. Our liturgy incorporates historic practices of the Western Christian tradition, aspects of which may be unfamiliar to some. We hope this bulletin will serve to welcome our visitors and be an aid to those who seek to participate in our worship of God. Light refreshments are served after the 11:00 liturgy in the courtyard (weather permitting) or in the Parish House, accessible via the doors near the baptismal font. We encourage visitors to sign an Attendance Card and our Guest Book near the main entrance doors. PARKING is available on Sundays at Mellon Square and Smithfield/Liberty garage for $1.00. Tickets must be validated with a stamp located on the table at the rear of the nave. YOUNG CHILDREN Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me.” The presence of children in worship, even when they are wiggly and noisy, is a gift to the Church and a reminder that our parish is growing. You are welcome to sit toward the front where they can see more easily. Worship Tool Kits for little ones are available at the rear of the nave with some items to help them engage in worship. A family restroom and a nursery are available downstairs. Feel free to avail yourself of our nursery as needed, which is staffed for this morning’s liturgy. We encourage you to bring your children forward for a blessing at communion if they do not yet receive the Sacrament.
HOLY COMMUNION is offered by invitation of the Lord himself. All baptized believers who trust that Christ is present in the Eucharist, regardless of denomination, are invited to receive the Blessed Sacrament. To receive the Sacrament, come to the altar rail by way of the center aisle and return to your pew by the side aisles. The wine may be received by drinking directly from the chalice, by dipping the host in the chalice, or with an individual glass available on tables next to the front pews. Please indicate to the pastor if you need a gluten-free wafer. Those, who, for any reason, are unable to receive bread or wine, may be assured that they still receive the whole Christ by receiving only the bread or the wine. If you would like communion brought to you in your seat, please let an usher know. Those who choose not to commune may come forward and verbally request a blessing. If you are not yet baptized, the pastors would welcome conversations about the Sacrament.
+ ALTAR FLOWERS + THE CENTERPIECE is given in memory of Anthony Peter Schiavone by Buddy, Barbara, Rebecca, & Gregory Peter Schiavone . THE SIDE VASES are given in celebration of Howard & Helen Friday’s 50th wedding anniversary; and in honor of Mr. & Mrs. Edward E. Evans by their granddaughter, Roxie Stoudemire Fink BAPTISTRY FLOWERS are given in honor of the baptism of Dakota Jean Dubé by the Rev. and Mrs. S. Cyril Hurnyak. COLUMBARIUM FLOWERS are given in memory of The Rev. Paul Kane by his family.
+ SANCTUARY & VOTIVE LAMPS + THE SANCTUARY LAMP burns through November 25 in memory of Juanita Lynn Jones, given by Harold and Loretta Jones. THE VOTIVE LAMP burns through November 25 in memory of The Rev. Paul J, Kane, given by Beth Kane.
THE TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST November 18, 2018 — 8:30 & 11:00 AM Thank you for silencing your electronic devices. The people prepare for worship by silently praying the following prayer: (+) Bless me, O God, with a reverent sense of your presence, that in your glory I may be still and adore you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen Read Ps. 99, p. 262 THE PRELUDE
Wir danken dir, Herr Jesu Christ (We thank thee, Lord Jesus Christ) Es ist das Heil uns kommen her (Salvation unto us has come)
The people stand. THE CONFESSION OF SINS P In the name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit. C Amen P
Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
The people kneel or stand. A brief time is provided for self-examination. 5
Most merciful God, we confess that we are in bondage to sin and cannot free ourselves. We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name. Amen
Almighty God, in his mercy, has given his Son to die for us and, for his sake, forgives us all our sins. As a called and ordained minister of the Church of Christ, and by his authority, I therefore declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
The people stand and may turn in place to follow and bow as the cross passes. THE ENTRANCE HYMN All My Hope on God is Founded
Printed on the facing page.
THE ENTRANCE HYMN All My Hope on God is Founded
THE APOSTOLIC GREETING P The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. C And also with you. 7
THE HYMN OF PRAISE
THE PRAYER OF THE DAY P Let us pray. Lord God, so rule and govern our hearts and minds by your Holy Spirit that, always keeping in mind the end of all things and the day of judgment, we may be stirred up to holiness of life here and may live with you forever in the world to come, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. C Amen The people are seated. THE FIRST LESSON—Daniel 12:1-3 1 “At that time Michael, the great prince, the protector of your people, shall arise. There shall be a time of anguish, such as has never occurred since nations first came into existence. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone who is found written in the book. 2Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 3Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.” L C
The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
THE PSALMODY—Psalm 16 8:30 AM Sung antiphonally, Men / Women
LBW Tone 9
Protect me, O God, for I take ref- | uge in you;* I have said to the LORD, "You are my Lord, my good a- | bove all other." 2 All my delight is upon the godly that are | in the land,* upon those who are noble a- | mong the people. 3 But those who run after | other gods* shall have their troubles | multiplied. 4 Their libations of blood I | will not offer,* nor take the names of their gods up- | on my lips. 5 O LORD, you are my portion | and my cup;* it is you who up- | hold my lot. 6 My boundaries enclose a | pleasant land;* indeed, I have a | goodly heritage. 7 I will bless the LORD who | gives me counsel;* my heart teaches me night | after night. 8 I have set the LORD al- | ways before me;* because he is at my right hand, I | shall not fall. 9 My heart, therefore, is glad, and my spir- | it rejoices;* my body also shall | rest in hope. 10 For you will not abandon me | to the grave,* nor let your holy one | see the pit. 11 You will show me the | path of life;* in your presence there is fullness of joy, and in your right hand are pleasures for- | evermore. 11:00 AM
Plainsong Tone VIII.1 Sung by the Choir
THE SECOND LESSON—Hebrews 10:11-25 11 Every priest stands day after day at his service, offering again and again the same sacrifices that can never take away sins. 12But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, “he sat down at the right hand of God,” 13and since then has been waiting “until his enemies would be made a footstool for his feet.” 14For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are sanctified. [15And the Holy Spirit also testifies to us, for after saying, 16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds,” 17 he also adds, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.” 18 Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.] 19
Therefore, my friends, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, 20by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain (that is, through his flesh), 21and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. 24And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, 25not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching. L The Word of the Lord. C Thanks be to God. The people stand. The choir/soloist introduces the Alleluia the first time. THE VERSE
Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to stand before the Son of Man. 11
THE HOLY GOSPEL—Saint Mark 13:1-8 P The Holy Gospel according to Saint Mark, the thirteenth chapter.
As [Jesus] came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what large stones and what large buildings!” 2Then Jesus asked him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.”3When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him privately, 4“Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign that all these things are about to be accomplished?” 5Then Jesus began to say to them, “Beware that no one leads you astray. 6Many will come in my name and say, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray. 7When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed; this must take place, but the end is still to come. 8For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. This is but the beginning of the birth pangs.” P
The Gospel of the Lord.
The people are seated. THE SERMON
The Rev. Jennifer Peters McCurry
Following the Sermon, the people stand for the Hymn of the Day.
THE HYMN OF THE DAY
The Day is Surely Drawing Near
The people remain standing. The 11:00 AM liturgy continues with the Sacrament of Baptism on p. 16. THE APOSTLES’ CREED I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen THE PRAYERS A Let us kneel to pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs. The people kneel. A C
...Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Into your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
The people stand. THE EXCHANGE OF PEACE P The peace of the Lord be with you always. C And also with you. The people offer one another the sign of peace, saying, “Peace be with you.” The people are seated as the gifts are brought forward. THE OFFERING OF OUR GIFTS MUSIC AT THE OFFERING Those Who Are Wise Carl Schalk Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. (Daniel 12:3) The people stand. THE OFFERTORY PRAYER A Let us pray. Blessed are you, C O Lord our God, maker of all things. Through your goodness you have blessed us with these gifts. With them we offer ourselves to your service and dedicate our lives to the care and redemption of all that you have made, for the sake of him who gave himself for us, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
The 8:30 AM liturgy continues with the Great Thanksgiving on p. 21
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY BAPTISM The Presentation P In Holy Baptism our gracious heavenly Father liberates us from sin and death by joining us to the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are born children of a fallen humanity; in the waters of Baptism we are reborn children of God and inheritors of eternal life. By water and the Holy Spirit we are made members of the Church which is the body of Christ. As we live with him and with his people, we grow in faith, love, and obedience to the will of God. Sponsor: I present Dakota Jean Dubé to receive the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. P
As you bring Dakota to receive the gift of baptism, you are entrusted with responsibilities: to live with her among God's faithful people, bring her to the Lord’s Supper, teach her the Lord's Prayer, the Creed, and the Ten Commandments, place in her hands the Holy Scriptures, and nurture her in faith and prayer, so that she may learn to trust God, proclaim Christ through word and deed, care for others and the world God made, and work for justice and peace.
Jean and Lydia, parents of this child, do you promise to fulfill these obligations for Dakota and to continue in the covenant God made with each of you in Holy Baptism? I do.
Sponsors, do you promise to nurture Dakota in the Christian faith and to help her live in the covenant of Baptism and in communion with the Church? I do.
People of God, do you promise to support Dakota and pray for her in her new life in Christ? We do.
The people remain standing. 16
THE PRAYERS A Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs. C P
...Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer Into your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Thanksgiving over the Water P The Lord be with you. C And also with you. P C
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give him thanks and praise.
Holy God, mighty Lord, gracious Father: We give you thanks, for in the beginning your Spirit moved over the waters and by your Word you created the world, calling forth life in which you took delight. Through the waters of the flood you delivered Noah and his family, and through the sea you led your people Israel from slavery into freedom. At the river your Son was baptized by John and anointed with the Holy Spirit. By the baptism of Jesus' death and resurrection you set us free from the power of sin and death and raise us up to live in you.
Pour out your Holy Spirit upon this water, the power of your living Word, that she who is washed in the waters of Baptism may be given new life. To you be given honor and praise through Jesus Christ our Lord, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen
The Profession of Faith P I ask you to profess your faith in Christ Jesus, reject sin, and confess the faith of the church. P Response:
Do you renounce the devil and all the forces that defy God? I renounce them.
Do you renounce the powers of this world that rebel against God? I renounce them.
Do you renounce the ways of sin that draw you from God? I renounce them.
Do you believe in God the Father? I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God? I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit? I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen
The people are seated. 18
The Baptism P Dakota Jean, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. C Amen The Laying on of Hands P Let us pray. God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we give you thanks for freeing your sons and daughters from the power of sin and for raising them up to a new life through this holy sacrament. Pour your Holy Spirit upon Dakota: the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord, the spirit of joy in your presence. C Amen The Signing with the Cross P Dakota Jean, child of God, you have been sealed by the Holy Spirit and marked with the cross of Christ forever. C Amen The Giving of Light A Let your light so shine before others that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. The Prayer for Parents P O God, the giver of all life, look with kindness upon Jean and Lydia, parents of this child. Let them ever rejoice in the gift you have given them. Make them teachers and examples of righteousness for their children. Strengthen them in their own Baptism so they may share eternally with her the salvation you have given them, through Jesus Christ our Lord. C Amen
The people stand. 19
The Welcome P Let us welcome the newly baptized. C We welcome you into the Lord’s family. We receive you as a fellow member of the body of Christ, a child of the same heavenly Father, and a worker with us in the kingdom of God. THE EXCHANGE OF PEACE P The peace of the Lord be with you always. C And also with you. The people offer one another the sign of peace, saying, “Peace be with you.” The people are seated as the gifts are brought forward. THE OFFERING OF OUR GIFTS MUSIC AT THE OFFERING Those Who Are Wise Carl Schalk Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. (Daniel 12:3) The people stand. THE OFFERTORY PRAYER A Let us pray. Blessed are you, C O Lord our God, maker of all things. Through your goodness you have blessed us with these gifts. With them we offer ourselves to your service and dedicate our lives to the care and redemption of all that you have made, for the sake of him who gave himself for us, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
THE GREAT THANKSGIVING
THE PREFACE P It is indeed right and salutary that we should at all times and in all places offer thanks and praise to you, O Lord, Holy Father, through Christ our Lord; who on this day overcame death and the grave, and by his glorious resurrection opened to us the way of everlasting life. And so, with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:
THE EUCHARISTIC PRAYER P Glory and thanksgiving be to you, most loving Father, for the gift of your Son born in human flesh. He is the Word existing beyond time, both source and final purpose, bringing to wholeness all that is made. Obedient to your will he died upon the Cross. By your power you raised him from the dead. He broke the bonds of evil and set your people free to be his Body in the world. In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to his disciples saying: Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me. Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying: This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me. 22
Let us proclaim the mystery of faith. Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again
We now obey your Son’s command. We recall his blessed passion and death, his glorious resurrection and ascension; and we look for the coming of his kingdom. Made one with him, we offer you these gifts and with them ourselves, a single, holy, living sacrifice. Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
Hear us, most merciful Father, and send your Holy Spirit upon this + bread and this + wine, that, overshadowed by his life-giving power, they may be the Body and Blood of your Son, and we may be kindled with the fire of your love and renewed for the service of your kingdom. Amen. Come, Holy Spirit. Help us, who are baptized into the fellowship of Christ’s Body, to live and work to your praise and glory; may we grow together in unity and love until at last, in your new creation, we enter into our heritage in the company of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the prophets and apostles, and all of our brothers and sisters living and departed. Join our prayers with those of your servants of every time and every place, and unite them with the ceaseless petitions of our great high priest until he comes as victorious Lord of all.
THE LORD’S PRAYER P Let us pray with confidence to the Father in the words our Savior gave us: C Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen THE FRACTION P Our Lord Jesus says, "Whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst." C Lord, give us this bread always. The people are seated. AGNUS DEI
THE COMMUNION OF THE FAITHFUL We welcome all baptized believers who trust that Christ is present in the Eucharist to receive the Blessed Sacrament, regardless of denomination. Come by way of the center aisle. Return to your pew by the side aisles. Further instructions are at the front of the bulletin. MUSIC AT THE DISTRIBUTION HYMN Judge Eternal, Throned in Splendor
Chief of Sinners Though I Be
When all have communed, the people stand. 26
THE POST-COMMUNION BLESSING P The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in his grace. C Amen THE POST-COMMUNION PRAYER A Let us pray. Pour out upon us the spirit of your love, O Lord, and unite the wills of those whom you have fed with one heavenly food; through Jesus Christ our Lord. C Amen THE BLESSING
The people may turn in place to follow the cross and bow as we are sent out to serve. THE HYMN TO CLOSE
Lead On, O King Eternal
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THE HYMN TO CLOSE
Lead On, O King Eternal
THE DISMISSAL A Go in peace. Serve the Lord. C Thanks be to God. THE POSTLUDE
Toccata and Fugue in F-Major
ADULT EDUCATION FORUM, our traditional lecture based adult Sunday Church School class in Holy Cross Hall. This morning we will reflect with Pastor McCurry on the last few weeks of presenters who spoke on Pittsburgh’s affordable housing crisis. Join us to help discern together how First might faithfully serve its neighbors in need in a new way. TABLE TALK, our informal discussion group style adult class, continues to explore the Gospel of Saint Luke on the mezzanine. Table Talk will be led by Pastor Hanssen.
ANNOUNCEMENTS THIS MORNING’S MUSIC: Music for the prelude and postlude is by DanishGerman organist and composer Dietrich Buxthude (1637-1707). He wrote in a wide variety of vocal and instrumental idioms, and his style strongly influence many, including Johann Sebastian Bach. He continued the series Abendmusik at the Marienkirche in Lubeck, which attracted musicians from far and near. LITURGICAL CALENDARS ARE NOW AVAILABLE for $2.00 at the reception desk. LUTHER STATUES AVAILABLE: First Church has available several replicas of the new 10-foot sculpture of Martin Luther by Timothy P. Schmalz that now stands in front of Historic Trinity Lutheran in Detroit. The sculpture commemorates the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his Ninety-Five Theses on the door of the All Saints Church in Wittenberg, Germany. The cost is $40 and they may be acquired at the church office. ACOLYTE TRAINING TODAY: There will be an Acolyte Training/Review session led by Mimi Pasternak, Acolyte Coordinator, today, between the services. If your child is interested in becoming an acolyte, or just needs a refresher, please come! We are in particular need of new acolytes for the 11:00 AM service. WALK-IN MINISTRY: First Church completes a week of walk-in service today. Saint Mary of Mercy Roman Catholic Parish will be duty beginning Monday, November 19. Those seeking crisis counseling may be directed accordingly. CHORAL COMPLINE WILL BE SUNG this evening at Heinz Chapel on the University of Pittsburgh campus under the direction of Dr. Mark A. Boyle. This evening’s guest organist will be Ms. Colleen Lissy. First Church is a sponsor of the Pittsburgh Compline Choir. ECUMENICAL THANKSGIVING EVE EUCHARIST: First Lutheran Church will be hosting this year’s Downtown Ministerium Thanksgiving Eve Eucharist on Wednesday, November 21 at 7:00 PM. The preacher will be the Rev. Tom Hall from First Presbyterian Church.
THANKSGIVING WEEKEND: AMEN TO ACTION On Friday, November 23, from 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM, a couple thousand Christians will gather for a service of prayer and praise, and a service project to pack meals for the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank. All ages are welcome. If you are able to serve in this way as you give thanks, more information and registration is at https://www.amentoaction.org/ WEDDING: Katie Galicic and John Webb plan to be married at First Lutheran Church on Saturday, November 24 at 4:00 PM. They request your prayers. The wedding is an occasion of public worship and any member is welcome to attend. ADVENT ALL AGES ACTIVITY will take place on Christ the King Sunday, November 25, in between liturgies. We will be doing crafts and activities related to the historic O Antiphons of the final week of Advent. Learners of all ages are invited to participate in this activity. If you have any questions, contact Pastor Hanssen at [email protected] FIRST HOLY COMMUNION will be offered on Sunday, November 25 with First Holy Communion Instruction next Sunday, November 18 following the 11:00 AM Liturgy. Interested families should contact Pastor Hanssen at [email protected] or 412-471-8125. ICEFEST PLANNING MEETING A Camp Downtown Ice Fest planning meeting will take place on Sunday, November 25th following the 11:00 AM Liturgy. OUR SEMI-ANNUAL CONGREGATION MEETING will be held at 9:45 AM on Sunday, December 9 in Holy Cross Hall. The purpose of this December meeting is to take action on the Congregation Council’s Proposal for Ministry, 2019. This proposal (budget) has been developed with the involvement of parish committees, staff, and the Council itself. All Voting Members are urged to be present. Voting Members are defined as those members of the congregation who have communed and made a contribution of record in the past year. Capital Campaign updates will also be presented. THE ANNUAL COOKIE WALK will take place on Sundays December 9th and 17th in between liturgies and after the 11:00 AM liturgy. The proceeds from the Cookie Walk go to support the Youth Ministries here at First. There is a sign up sheet in the Parish House if you would like to make cookies for the Cookie Walk. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Hanssen at [email protected] or 412-471-8125 31
TIME TO BAKE! COOKIES ARE NEEDED FOR TWO MORE EVENTS: German Christmas Service Reception on Sunday, December 23 and for the Cheer Boxes that are given to our homebound members, assembled December 22 at 9:00 AM. Please sign the sheet in the Parish House or contact the Church Office (412-471-8125, [email protected]) to let us know that you will be providing cookies, and for which event(s). Thank you! ADULT FELLOWSHIP GROUP ADVENT/CHRISTMAS PARTY: Please join your parish friends for our annual Adult Fellowship Advent/Christmas Party on Friday, December 14 at 7:00 PM. Drinks and the famous Susan Bruder desserts will be provided. Please bring a hearty appetizer, or finger foods to share with others. Adults of all ages are encouraged to attend; please RSVP by Sunday, December 9 by signing up in the Parish House, or call /email the Parish office, and indicate what appetizer you will bring. THIEL COLLEGE PRESENTATION: On Sunday, December 2nd, Dr. Susan Traverso, President of Thiel College, and The Rev. Jayne M. Thompson, Thiel's Campus Pastor, will be at First during Sunday Church School to talk about the recent statement from the Network of ELCA Colleges and Universities "Rooted and Open." This is an excellent opportunity to discuss and engage in conversation about the future of Lutheran higher education with two leaders of our local ELCA college. There will be copies of "Rooted and Open" available before the presentation. Alternatively it can be found in PDF form at https://gustavus.edu/faith/concertFiles/media/ Rooted_and_Open.pdf UPCOMING YOUTH GROUP FELLOWSHIP EVENTS: ICE SKATING AT PPG RINK: On Saturday, December 15, we will go ice skating at PPG Place and have dinner in Market Square following ice skating. If you are interested in or have any questions about any of these events, please contact Pastor Hanssen at [email protected] or 412-471-8125. THE ANNUAL YOUTH GROUP SKI TRIP will be taking place on Saturday, January 19th. If you are interested in going, please sign up in the Parish House or contact Pastor Hanssen at [email protected] or call the office at 412-471-8125. Sign-up sheets are available in the Parish House.
SERVING TODAY Presiding Minister Preacher Baptizing Minister Assisting Minister Communion Assistants Acolytes
Cantor Musicians Lectors
8:30 AM Pr. McCurry
11:00 AM Pr. Evans
Pr. McCurry Pr. Cyril Hurnyak Pr. Evans Janet King Neal Venters Pr. McCurry John Schroeder Pr. Gordon Ray C John Schroeder A Will Schroeder
C Skylar Schmidt A Grace Hall
Sr. Cynthia Pock, n/OLF, AAGO André Bierman, Tenor Soloist The Parish Choir Cullen Cleary
Michelle Cleary Susan Erson
Lorraine Beers Jennifer Roth
Buddy & Barbara Schiavone
Dave & Gail Carl
Coffee Hour Host Head Usher Nursery Attendant
Jeff & Pam Heald Kurt Herbst Emilie Greundl
CALENDAR THE TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST, NOVEMBER 18 8:30 AM The Holy Eucharist 9:30 AM Acolyte Training 9:40 AM Bel Canto Rehearsal 9:45 AM Sunday Church School Classes 11:00 AM The Holy Eucharist with Baptism 12:00 PM First Holy Communion Class 12:30 PM Renovation Task Force Meeting MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19 12:00 PM Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting 12:10 PM The Holy Eucharist for Healing 6:30 PM Congregation Council Meeting 6:30 PM Pittsburgh Philatelic Society Meeting TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20 12:10 PM The Holy Eucharist 6:30 PM Youth Ministry Committee Meeting WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21 12:10 PM The Holy Eucharist 1:00 PM BNY Bible Study 1:00 PM Staff Meeting 7:00 PM Downtown Ministerium Ecumenical Thanksgiving Eve Eucharist THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22 Church Closed in Observance of Thanksgiving holiday FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23 Church Closed in Observance of Thanksgiving holiday 3:00 PM Wedding Rehearsal SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24 4:00 PM Galicic-Webb Wedding CHRIST THE KING, NOVEMBER 25 8:30 AM The Holy Eucharist 9:40 AM Bel Canto Rehearsal 9:45 AM All Ages Activity 11:00 AM The Holy Eucharist 12:00 PM IceFest Planning Meeting 35