The Public is invited to attend
any Worship Service or Church Event
Please contact the Church, 217.342.6272,
for additional information.
A NURSERY IS PROVIDED FOR ALL WORSHIP & MOST EVENTS.
Special Worship Services
Ash Wednesday Service
7 pm Wed/Feb 14
Maundy Thursday Service/Supper
6 pm Soup/Salad Supper & 7 pm Worship/Communion
Palm Sunday Cantata Worship
9:30 am Sun/Mar 25 - Brunch & Easter Egg Hunt
Easter Sunday Communion Worship
9:30 am Sun/Apr 1 - K-5th Choir Sings/NO JC Crew SS
Worship 9:30 am - May 20 - Marks the Beginning of Summer Vacation for Sunday School
Mother’s Day Candle-lighting
Worship 9:30 am - Sun/May 13
Inspiration Garden Worship (In Church's Gazebo/Bring own Lawn Chair if Desired)
9:30 am - Sun/May 27
Father’s Day/Communion Worship
9:30 am Sun/June 17 & 10:30 am Donuts with Dad
Lake Sara Worship (Bring own Lawn Chair if Desired)
9:30 am Sep 9 at Community Building
Christmas Eve Candle Light Communion Services
5:30 pm & 7:30 pm
2018 Communion Dates
Sundays: Feb 18; Mar 11; Apr 1; May 6; June 17; July 15; Aug 19; Sep 9; Oct 7; Nov 18
Maundy Thursday/Mar 29
Christmas Eve Services/Dec 24
Sample Bulletin of a Worship Service at
Effingham First Presbyterian Church
9:30 a.m. February 4, 2018 - Welcome to Youth Sunday!
Gathering of God’s People
Welcome & Announcements
*How Great is Our God/How Great Thou Art
Call to Worship
L: This is the day P: This is the day
L: That the Lord has made. P: That the Lord has made.
L: We will rejoice P: We will rejoice
L: And be glad in it P: And be glad in it.
L: This is the day that the Lord has made. P: We will rejoice and be glad in it.
L: This is the day All: That the Lord has made!
*Amazing Grace/My Chains Are Gone
Confession of Sin & Pardon
Call to Confession & Prayer of Confession
All: You know better than we do, loving God, what important people we believe we are. Believing we have to be serious all the time, we miss out on the joy of your creation. Choosing to feast on the pain of the world, we skip the picnic offered in paradise. Clinging to the despair which is our best friend, we ignore Jesus, who can bring us home to your heart. Forgive us, Heart of Joy, and make us open to the startling and upside-down ways in which you work. Fill us with Easter’s laughter; fill us with your healing joy; fill us with the love poured into us through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.
Words of Pardon & Assurance
Offering Our Lives to God – We Bring Our Gifts
The Offertory “Take My Life”
*Doxology & Prayer of Dedication
*Passing the Peace
L: The peace of the risen Christ be always with you all. P: And also with you! Amen!
K-5th Grade Choir I Have the Joy! & The Deep Deep Love of Jesus
Hearing God’s Word
Prayer for Illumination
First Scripture Reading 1 John 1:1-9 NRSV
Time with the Children
Second Scripture Reading Psalm 32:1-11 NRSV
The Message “We Have Seen & Heard”
*Affirmation Faith “The Apostles’ Creed”
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 at 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.
Responding to God’s Word
Prayer Concerns & Community Prayer
The Lord’s Prayer (Debt & Debtors)
All: 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!
*Blessing & Benediction Based on Romans 15:12-14
May the God of hope fill us with joy and fill us with peace so that our lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Spirit, will overflow in hope, today, tomorrow and always. Amen!
*Come Walk with Us in the Light of JC
We are called as caring Christians to walk with Jesus every day.
As God’s faithful followers, we leave this place to teach, to serve, to pray
And to love one another as God loves us. Come walk with us in the light of Jesus Christ!