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  • Time After Epiphany – Ordinary Time Order of Worship

     

    Order of Worship

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    * Worshipers are invited to respond using the text in bold face.

     

    PRELUDE

    WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

    OPENING SENTANCES

    The Lord is about to do a new thing.

    Speak, O God, for your servants are listening.  (I Samuel 3:10-11)

    PRAYER OF THE DAY

    Almighty God, your Son ur Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world. May your people illuminated by your Word and Sacraments, shine with the radiance of his glory, that he may be known, worshiped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; for he lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Sprit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

    HYMN

    CONFESSION AND PARDON

    The grace of God overflows for us through Christ Jesus who came into the world to save sinners. Trusting in God’s grace let us confess our sin.

    Holy and merciful God, in your presence we confess our failure to be what you created us to be. You alone know how often we have sinned in wandering from your ways, in wasting your gifts, in forgetting your love. By your loving mercy, help us to live in your light and abide in your ways, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Savior.

    Christ our Savior gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from our sin and claim us as his own people. (Titus 2:14). In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven! Amen.

    PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

    Lord, open our hearts and minds by the power of your Holy Spirit, that as the Scriptures are read and your Word is proclaimed, we may hear with joy what you say to us today.

    Amen.

    SCRIPTURE

     (To be read following the reading of scripture) The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God. Amen.

    SERMON

    HYMN

    PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION (Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer).

    OFFERING

    DOXOLOGY

    BLESSING AND CHARGE

    POSTLUDE

    [1] Service materials from Book of Common Worship, Office of Theology and Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster John Know Press, Louisville, Kentucky, 2018.

    * Worshipers are invited to respond using the text in bold face.

     Life Tree Presbyterian Church of Crystal River, Florida

    First Presbyterian Church of Crystal River, Florida

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    * Worshipers are invited to respond using the text in bold face.

     

    PRELUDE

    WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

    OPENING SENTANCES

    The Lord is about to do a new thing.

    Speak, O God, for your servants are listening.  (I Samuel 3:10-11)

    PRAYER OF THE DAY

    Almighty God, your Son ur Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world. May your people illuminated by your Word and Sacraments, shine with the radiance of his glory, that he may be known, worshiped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; for he lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Sprit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

    HYMN

    CONFESSION AND PARDON

    The grace of God overflows for us through Christ Jesus who came into the world to save sinners. Trusting in God’s grace let us confess our sin.

    Holy and merciful God, in your presence we confess our failure to be what you created us to be. You alone know how often we have sinned in wandering from your ways, in wasting your gifts, in forgetting your love. By your loving mercy, help us to live in your light and abide in your ways, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Savior.

    Christ our Savior gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from our sin and claim us as his own people. (Titus 2:14). In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven! Amen.

    PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

    Lord, open our hearts and minds by the power of your Holy Spirit, that as the Scriptures are read and your Word is proclaimed, we may hear with joy what you say to us today.

    Amen.

    SCRIPTURE

     (To be read following the reading of scripture) The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God. Amen.

    SERMON

    HYMN

    PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION (Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer).

    OFFERING

    DOXOLOGY

    BLESSING AND CHARGE

    POSTLUDE

    [1] Service materials from Book of Common Worship, Office of Theology and Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster John Know Press, Louisville, Kentucky, 2018.

    * Worshipers are invited to respond using the text in bold face.

  • What is Per Capita and How You Can Help

    Per Capita is a fundamental way in which all of the nearly 10,000 congregations and mid councils of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) connect, participate, and share in the work of the wider church.

    Per Capita is the primary source of funding for the Office of the General Assembly, and is how Presbyterians mutually and equitably share the costs of coming together to discern the Spirit’s leading for the future.

    All Presbyterians are called to take part in the ecclesiastical and administrative work shared by the whole church through per capita giving. All congregations – large and small – are encouraged to participate, either through an annual budget item or through a special direct appeal to their congregations.

    Office of the General Assembly, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

    2021 Per Capita is $32.23.

         Presbytery of Tampa Bay…. $21.75

         Synod of the Southeast…… $1.50

         General Assembly……………. $8.98

    Per capita is per person and can be paid through online giving or in-person at one’s church. Those who are Friends of the church are welcome to donate to the Per Capita funding.

  • Annual Congregational Meeting on 1/24/21 @ 12 PM | 2021 Annual Report

    Pastor and Staff: Rev. Dr. Jeff Guild, Pastor; Kristi Rosende, Clerk of Session; Priscilla Ortoski, organist; Elder Sharon Paup, Office Admin.; JoAnn Lapp, Bookkeeper; Lorraine Adams, Food Pantry Director; Crystal Gilmer, Celebrate Recovery Coordinator.

    Board of Trustees: President, Lorraine Adams; Vice President, Cheryl Ellison; Secretary, Kristi Rosende; Treasurer, Bill Paup.

    Session: Lorraine Adams, Sharon Paup, Kristi Rosende, Phil Centiempo, and Crystal Gilmer

    Deacons: Becky Tabacchi, Kathleen Brooks

    Deaths in 2020: Donald Curry, Donald Lowrey, and Virginia Hoffman. Services were not local.

    In January 2020, the moderator of the Presbytery of Tampa Bay appointed an Administrative Commission in response to the Session’s request for assistance in September 2019. They first met in January 2020 for the purpose of walking with and supporting the Session.

    In February 2020, former pastor The Rev. Dr. Andrew Beery resigned and the Session approved the hiring of The Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Guild as Stated Supply beginning June 1, 2020. In addition, Session also hired organist Priscilla Ortoski who also served as worship director beginning June 1, 2020. A part-time bookkeeper was hired in August 2020 and worked with the Administrative Commission and church treasurer to put the church financial books in order.

    The congregation at close of 2020 totaled 36 active members.  Worship attendance was in the high 50’s because of the active community outreach and mission of the session. This number decreased because of the Covid-19 Pandemic. The in-person Sunday worship services ceased after the March 8 service returning November 29, 2020 as an outdoor drive-in worship service. Online worship via Facebook Live began in the Spring and continued through the year with the leadership of Pastor Jeff. Average attendance cannot be determined during the year.  As a result of no in-person worship or meetings, the revenue stream declined. This resulted in severe budget cuts and careful planning of a 2021 budget.

    Session met for 13 regular meetings, 6 called meetings and 2 electronic meetings. Additionally, Session met with an Administrative Commission from Presbytery of Tampa Bay from March until autumn (either as full commission or individuals). This group served as mentors for the church and gave guidance that was gratefully received. In 2020, Rev. Ken Grubel was the COM liaison; Susan Kalkbrenner replaced him upon his retirement. The Annual Congregation meeting was held on January 26, 2020.

    The Food Pantry provided food & toiletry items for 4734 individuals in 2020. LifeTree works with the Food Bank of Citrus County. St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Citrus County, provided additional food donations and volunteers to supplement our Pantry. Walmart of Homosassa was generous to the Pantry as well. LifeTree applied for and received grants to the Pantry from COVID funds (Presbytery of Tampa Bay). Donations from individuals were also received. The church worked with the Presbytery in the application for a loan to replace aging air conditioners in the sanctuary.  The loan was approved by PBTY and Session. The LifeTree Quilters worked at home on quilts for new Habitat for Humanity homeowners; the Bear Craft group also working at home until a safe way was found to work in person in November and December. The small Painting Group also began to meet in November. Celebrate Recovery was temporarily paused because of the Pandemic. Crystal Gilmer, Director of CR, is working to restart the program as soon as possible.

    Aaron Guild is a new addition to the LifeTree team. He is the designer and administrator of the new church website (www. Lifetreechurch.org) and works on other IT and electronic related areas of the church.

    Although there have been many challenges in 2020, the Session and Members look to the future with hope and in eager anticipation of hearing and answering the call of Jesus Christ to make disciples. The year 2021 will see a return to traditional worship, the addition of a contemporary service, the endorsement of one of our ruling elders to begin the path toward certification as a Commissioned Ruling Elder, the return of Celebrate Recovery, and the expansion of the Food Pantry ministry as the need will surely increase as the economy struggles to recover.

     

  • Christmas Season – Order of Worship

     

    SERVICE FOR THE LORD’S DAY – Christmas  2020

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    GATHERING[1]

    * Worshipers are invited to respond using the text in bold face.

     

    PRELUDE

    WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

    OPENING SENTANCES

    There is good news of great joy for all!

    Our Savior is born: the Messiah, the Lord. (Luke 2:10-11)

     

    PRAYER OF ADORATION

    Glory to you, almighty God, for you set your only-begotten Son, that we might have new life. Glory to you. Lord Jesus Christ, for you became flesh and lived among us that we might become your people. Glory to you Holy Spirit, for you direct and rule our lives. Glory to you, almighty God, and to your Son, Jesus Christ, and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

     

    Hymn

    LITANY FOR CHRISTMAS

    The grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all. Glory to God in the highest!

    The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. Glory to God in the highest!

    For a child has been born for us, a Son has been given to us. Glory to God in the highest!

    He is Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Glory to God in the highest!

    To us is born in the city of David a Savior, the Messiah, the Lord. Glory to God in the highest!

    And the Word became flesh and lived among us. Glory to God in the highest!

    (Brief silence)

    Christ is born1 Give him glory! Christ has come down from  heaven! Receive him! Christ is now on earth! Exalt him! O earth, sing to the Lord! O you nations, praise him in joy, for he has been glorified! Amen

    Confession and Pardon

    The grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all and teaching us to renounce what is evil in the world. (Titus 2:11-22). Trusting in God’s grace let us confess our sin.

    God of grace and truth, in Jesus Christ you came among us as light shining in darkness. We confess that we have not welcomed the light, or trusted good news to be good. We have closed our eyes to glory in our midst, expecting little, and hoping for less. Forgive our doubt, and renew our hope, so that we may receive the fullness of your grace, and live in the truth of Christ the Lord

    Christ our Savior gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from our sin and claim us as his own people. (Titus 2:14). In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven! Amen.

     

    Prayer for Illumination

    Gracious God, by the gift of your Holy Spirit show us the Word made flesh…

    Good new of great joy for all…

     

    So that we man sing with the angels: glory in the highest and peace on earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

     

    Scripture

    Ascription of Praise: (To be read following the reading of scripture) Glory to God in the highest and peace to God’s people on earth! Amen. 

    Sermon

    Hymn

    Prayers of Intercession (O Christ, our light, hear our prayer).

    Offering

    Doxology

    Blessing and Charge

    Postlude

     

    [1] Service materials from Book of Common Worship, Office of Theology and Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster John Know Press, Louisville, Kentucky, 2018.

    * Worshipers are invited to respond using the text in bold face.

     Life Tree Presbyterian Church of Crystal River, Florida

    First Presbyterian Church of Crystal River, Florida

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    GATHERING[1]

    * Worshipers are invited to respond using the text in bold face.

     

    PRELUDE

    WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

    OPENING SENTANCES

    There is good news of great joy for all!

    Our Savior is born: the Messiah, the Lord. (Luke 2:10-11)

     

    PRAYER OF ADORATION

    Glory to you, almighty God, for you set your only-begotten Son, that we might have new life. Glory to you. Lord Jesus Christ, for you became flesh and lived among us that we might become your people. Glory to you Holy Spirit, for you direct and rule our lives. Glory to you, almighty God, and to your Son, Jesus Christ, and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

     

    Hymn

    LITANY FOR CHRISTMAS

    The grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all. Glory to God in the highest!

    The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. Glory to God in the highest!

    For a child has been born for us, a Son has been given to us. Glory to God in the highest!

    He is Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Glory to God in the highest!

    To us is born in the city of David a Savior, the Messiah, the Lord. Glory to God in the highest!

    And the Word became flesh and lived among us. Glory to God in the highest!

    (Brief silence)

    Christ is born1 Give him glory! Christ has come down from  heaven! Receive him! Christ is now on earth! Exalt him! O earth, sing to the Lord! O you nations, praise him in joy, for he has been glorified! Amen

    Confession and Pardon

    The grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all and teaching us to renounce what is evil in the world. (Titus 2:11-22). Trusting in God’s grace let us confess our sin.

    God of grace and truth, in Jesus Christ you came among us as light shining in darkness. We confess that we have not welcomed the light, or trusted good news to be good. We have closed our eyes to glory in our midst, expecting little, and hoping for less. Forgive our doubt, and renew our hope, so that we may receive the fullness of your grace, and live in the truth of Christ the Lord

    Christ our Savior gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from our sin and claim us as his own people. (Titus 2:14). In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven! Amen.

     

    Prayer for Illumination

    Gracious God, by the gift of your Holy Spirit show us the Word made flesh…

    Good new of great joy for all…

     

    So that we man sing with the angels: glory in the highest and peace on earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

     

    Scripture

    Ascription of Praise: (To be read following the reading of scripture) Glory to God in the highest and peace to God’s people on earth! Amen. 

    Sermon

    Hymn

    Prayers of Intercession (O Christ, our light, hear our prayer).

    Offering

    Doxology

    Blessing and Charge

    Postlude

     

    [1] Service materials from Book of Common Worship, Office of Theology and Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster John Know Press, Louisville, Kentucky, 2018.

    * Worshipers are invited to respond using the text in bold face.

  • 2021 STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN

    2021 Session Pledge

     LifeTree Presbyterian Church of Crystal River, Florida

    First Presbyterian Church of Crystal River, Florida

    November 3, 2020

    Dear Members and Friends,

    Our church is coming to life again!

    This letter officially kicks off our 2021 Stewardship Campaign. Enclosed in this mailing you will find: 1. A letter from our pastor; 2. A proposed 2021 ministry budget; 3. A pledge card. Please take the time to prayerfully consider your financial support of our Church.

    For you who prefer to pledge electronically, you may also make a pledge by going to our web site and doing one of the following: Click the donation button and follow the instructions, or click the contact button and indicate your pledge.

    During the Pandemic, our doors have never been totally closed! Because of your generosity our Community Food Pantry has been able to feed a hungry community increasing in number.  We believe we are doing the work of Jesus Christ by meeting the food needs of the community.

    We have made our church buildings more usable and energy efficient by installing LED lighting and new air-conditioning in both buildings. It’s up-to-date and ready to use. Our new web site is up and running: www.lifetreechurch.org.

    In-person worship begins November 29 at 11 am with a service under the sanctuary portico and parking area. Worshippers may stay in their cars and tune into the designated radio station or bring their own chairs to sit closer. All CDC safety guidelines will be strictly followed. Our pastor, the Rev. Dr. Jeff Guild will lead the worship service.

    Peace and Blessings,

    Members of LifeTree Presbyterian Session

    1501 SE US Hwy. 19 (Suncoast Boulevard), Crystal River, Florida 34429

    2020 Stewardship Letter From The Pastor

     LifeTree Presbyterian Church of Crystal River, Florida

    First Presbyterian Church of Crystal River, Florida

    November 9, 2020

    …and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations” (Rev. 22:2b)

    Dear Members and Friends,

    During this time of illness and division, it is true we can turn to Jesus Christ and his church for healing and reconciliation. This has been so true of Life Tree Church during the uncertain months of 2020. In a year marked by transition and at times crisis, our Lord has been very present as the Healer to our community of faith. We are experiencing healing in so many ways at Life Tree Church:

    In the joy of our “on-line” worship and fellowship.

    From the feeding ministry of the Food Pantry.

    By the prayers we share with and for each other.

    With the sharing of our sorrows.

    Through the resolution of conflict and in reconciliation with our sisters and brothers.

    Enclosed with my letter is a letter from your Session members introducing the 2021 Stewardship Campaign, and describing the many ministries of your Church. As I read through the first draft of their letter, I was struck by the joy and enthusiasm of the writers. New life is often the response to healing!

    I hope you will join in the celebration of life as together we seek healing for our Church, community, nation, and world.

    As we look to 2021 our Annual Stewardship Campaign I hope you will consider pledging your time, talents, and treasures to Life Tree Presbyterian Church.

    Grace and peace,

    Jeffrey G. Guild, M.Div, D.Min
    Pastor

    1501 SE US Hwy. 19 (Suncoast Boulevard), Crystal River, Florida 34429