Bulletin for January 18, 2015
Morningside Staff

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THE GATHERING  Drew Stockstill

Leader: The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you.


THE PRELUDE  Of the Father’s Love Begotten  Wilbur Held



Leader: Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous. Praise befits the upright.

People: Praise the Lord with the lyre. Make melody to God with the harp of ten strings.

Leader: Sing to God a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.

People: For the word of the Lord is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness.

Leader: God loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.

People: Let us worship God: creator, redeemer and sustainer. Amen.

- Psalm 33:1-5


* THE PROCESSIONAL HYMN 474  O Splendor of God’s Glory Bright





Holy God, yet again we acknowledge our sinfulness. Though you have made us for love, we have not loved. Though you have made us for community, we have broken the good fellowship you would give us. Though you have made us to be human, we have not lived up to our holy calling. We have been less than you would have us be. Forgive us, we pray. Remind us always of the high expectations you have for us and the even higher love with which you redeem us to fulfill expectations. We pray in the name of the Jesus who loves us. Amen.


A MOMENT OF SILENCE (for examination of conscience and personal prayers of confession)



Leader: I appeal to you, therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

People: Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God – what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Leader: Believe the promise of the Gospel:

People: In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven! - Romans: 12:1-2



O grant that nothing in my soul may dwell, but thy pure love alone; O may thy love possess me whole, my joy, my treasure, and my crown! All coldness from my heart remove; may every act, word, thought be love.



(Children ages 3-10 are invited to leave after the Peace of Christ for special classes. Threes, fours & fives are in Room 011; K-1st grade in Room 003; 2nd-3rd grade in Room 001; 4th-5th grade in Room 005).



(Visitors and members are invited to sign the blue friendship register pad and pass it down the pew.)


THE EPISTLE LESSON 1  Corinthians 6:12-20  (page 158 in the pew Bible, NT)


THE ANTHEM  Saw You Never in the Twilight  Harold Friedell

Saw you never, in the twilight, when the sun had left the skies, up in heav'n the clear stars shining through the gloom, like silver eyes? So of old the wise men, watching, saw a little stranger star, and they knew the King was given, and they followed it from far. Know ye not that lowly baby was the bright and morning Star? He who came to light the Gentiles, and the darkened isles afar? And we, too, may seek his cradle; there our hearts' best treasures bring; love, and faith, and true devotion for our Savior, God, and King.


THE GOSPEL LESSON  John 1:43-51  (page 87 in the pew Bible, NT)


THE SERMON   “On Being Christians” Sermon Series   Baron Mullis

#3, "Living Differently from Others”


*THE HYMN 357  O Master, Let Me Walk With Thee



I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.


THE LITANY OF SERVING OTHERS  (See Insert below)  Melinda Sandkam





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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.


THE OFFERTORY  Hilf, Gott, dass mirs gelinge  J.S. Bach



People: With joy and thanksgiving we welcome this child into Christ’s church. We are the family of God for we are all one in Christ.


THE BAPTISMAL RESPONSE  Shall We Gather at the River  

Chancel Choir




*  THE HYMN 369  I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me




*THE CHORAL RESPONSE  Go Ye Now in Peace  Joyce Eiler

Go ye now in peace, and know that the love of God will guide you. Feel his presence here beside you. He will see you through. Go ye now in peace.


*THE POSTLUDE  How Lovely Shines the Morning Star  Flor Peeters


*(The asterisk indicates parts of the worship when the congregation is invited to stand as they are able.)




Serving Others Year Round at MPC
Season of Service is NOT ONLY This Weekend

Tomorrow, Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, families are invited to participate in outreach to Calvin Court Senior Community. Let Melinda know that you will be joining us. Meet at MPC at 12 noon with your own lunch; we will eat and prepare some songs to share at Calvin Court led by Elisabeth Copeland. Bring five $1-$3 Bingo prizes. After we sing for seniors at 1:30 at Calvin, we will then lead their Bingo game, finishing at 3 p.m. If adults are still seeking a way to serve on MLK, Jr. Day, contact Jack Klotz or Lloyd Prince about the Workday in Decatur 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. to help Seniors in need.

As our weekend of service continues, don’t forget that there are many upcoming opportunities also. Come down to Fellowship Hall following worship for some special treats:

•  Welcome HABITAT for Humanity homeowner, Charlene Jaudon-Dennis, and learn more about her experience with Habitat since 2007.

•  Sign up for a ride-along to learn about MEALS ON WHEELS. MPC provides a volunteer each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. You can pick the meals up from First Presbyterian between 10-11:30 and complete the 5-7 stops in an hour. Ride along with a current volunteer to find out what it’s all about and consider being on the substitute list or taking on the third or fourth Wednesday route. Contact shepherd Sarah Brownlee for more information rsbrownlee1046@att.net.

•  Stop by the RHINO (Rebuilding Hope in New Orleans) Mission Trip table to learn about the work we do each trip. (Deadline to sign up for March 4-8 Lenten trip is Sunday, February 1.)

•  Follow the tool belts and hard hats to sign up for a Saturday helping with the HABITAT build this spring.

•  Sign up for a remaining spot to serve at SHEARITH ISRAEL women’s shelter in February. This is a two hour commitment one evening February 21 or 23.

•  Talk to SIX STAR REFUGEE PARTNERSHIP volunteers to learn about opportunities to help a family from Pakistan get settled in Atlanta. If you would like to partner with another family to take them on an Atlanta outing, ask shepherd Holly Campbell hollycampbell1@gmail.com who will help you coordinate.

•  Additional post-MLK service opportunities include the Young Adults serving dinner to men at CLIFTON SANCTUARY MINISTRIES next Saturday, January 24; contact Katye Watts katyemae@gmail.com to sign up for an item. Lydia Circle will serve dinner to men at JOURNEY on February 8; and everyone will have an opportunity to donate pajamas for children served by THREADS outreach February 1-17.



Leader: Lord, you ministered to all who came to you,

People: make us worthy to serve our fellow human beings throughout the world.

Leader: As we advocate and proclaim,

People: Lord, use our gifts and labors to help our neighbors.

Leader: Whether assembling non-perishable meals or cooking,

People: Lord, use our gifts and labors to help our neighbors.

Leader: Through sorting, delivering and distributing all that we have to give,

People: Lord, use our gifts and labors to help our neighbors.

Leader: Whether attending fundraisers or serving on boards to support our partner outreaches,

People: Lord, use our gifts and labors to help our neighbors.

Leader: As we build, paint, plant, repair and install roofing,

People: Lord, use our gifts and labors to help our neighbors.

Leader: Through canned good drives, collections, diaper drives, mitten trees and donations of all sorts,

People: Lord, use our gifts and labors to help our neighbors.

Leader: As we care, interact, listen and love,

People: Lord, use our gifts and labors to help our neighbors.

Leader: Whether driving cars to provide transportation or washing cars to raise money,

People: Lord, use our gifts and labors to help our neighbors.

Leader: Through playing with children or tutoring them,

People: Lord, use our gifts and labors to help our neighbors.

Leader: As you have taught us to serve the least of these,

People: may we indeed serve all of God’s people with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.



We are called by God to be the church of Jesus Christ, a sign in the world today of what God intends for all humankind.

The great ends of the church are the proclamation of the gospel for the salvation of humankind; the shelter, nurture, and spiritual fellowship of the children of God; the maintenance of divine worship; the preservation of the truth; the promotion of social righteousness; and the exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world.

The call of Christ is to willing, dedicated discipleship. Our discipleship is a manifestation of the new life we enter through baptism. Discipleship is both a gift, and a commitment, an offering and a responsibility. The grace bestowed on you at baptism is sufficient for your calling because it is God’s grace. By God’s grace we are saved, and enabled to grow in faith and to commit our lives in ways that serve Christ. God has called you to particular service.

We now invite you to stand with each outreach that you have supported - whether this be through time, talents, gifts or prayers. We celebrate the support and love you give to these organizations and those who are served by them. May our service with each one continue to grow in God’s love.

Do you confirm the call of God in the service of Jesus Christ? We do.

Faithful God, in baptism you claimed us; and by your Holy Spirit you are working in our lives, empowering us to live a life worthy of your calling.
We thank you for leading the volunteers of Morningside Presbyterian to this time and place. Establish them in your truth and guide them by your Holy Spirit, that in your service they may grow in faith, hope and love, and be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and forever.



Baron Mullis, Senior Pastor

Drew Stockstill, Associate Pastor

Joanna Adams, Pastor Emerita

Mason Copeland, Organist/Choirmaster

Robert Gray, Assistant to the Minister

Melinda Sandkam, Program Director

Anna Best, Office Administrator

Randy Young, Facilities Manager

Sarah Tomaka, Preschool Director

Josh Stanley, Ministry Intern

Landon Dillard, Youth Assistant

Rebecca Shipley, Director of Children’s Choirs

JoAnn Kearns, Accountant

Victor Carballosa, Sexton

Last Published: January 20, 2015 10:16 PM