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									For a full list of church events, visit the church web site at or pick up a printed copy of this week’s opportunities from one of the kiosks in the hallway or narthex. • deacon’s Banquet, Friday, oct. 9. Fellowship (with light refreshments) begins at 6:00 p.m. in the gymnasium. dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. in the dining hall. our guest speaker is rev. Ben campbell, pastoral director of richmond hill. tickets are available in the library for $17.50 through today. • GOd SPEaK... a Prayer adventure saturday, oct. 10, 8:30 a.m. - noon in the dining hall An exploration of the work of the holy spirit in and through our prayer lives. Facilitator: rev. Ben campbell, pastoral director of richmond hill • Today we observe World Hunger day in the past 24 hours 16,000 children have died from hunger-related causes.that is one child every five seconds. Worldwide, some 1.4 billion people live below the poverty line, earning less than $1.25 per day. Another 947 million people in the developing world are undernourished. the primary focus of the World hunger Fund is to assist missionaries in the u.s. and around the world in their efforts to end malnutrition. Because gifts to the World hunger Fund are administered by our missionaries rather than through other agencies, none of the money is used to pay administrative fees. use the gold envelope in your packet or in the pew rack and write in “World hunger, sBc” or “World hunger, BWA.” • dVds of “The Physician Within” and dr. Somerville’s “In the Beginning” storytelling series are available at our online store for $10. the descriptions of each session are on the website: • Fall Wednesday night Formation Opportunities please see for complete class listings, dates and times. catalyst prayer — Jim Flamming humor in the Bible — Mark Biddle “invitation to a Journey: A roadmap for spiritual Formation” — steve Booth the camel Workshop — debbie Boykin Just enough Greek — Jim somerville Anyone can preach — Jim somerville introduction to World religions — vicky nicholau laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage — roberta damon compassion 101 — steve Blanchard deaf Mission Bible study & prayer time — Buddy Burgess sKeins: sewers, Knitters, & embroiders involved in needlework & service — linn Kreckman connection café — emily & John Butt up in Arms puppet Ministry — sharon Mccauley cancer club aka c2 — cathy Gaunt, sleeping Bags for the homeless — laura hedrick • an evening with dennis Swanberg, nov. 7, 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door dr. swanberg, “the sWAn,” is considered by many as “America’s Minister of encouragement.” he uses laughter as a tool to break down people’s barriers about themselves and he promotes faith and family values in a light-hearted and humorous way. he has the reputation for revealing and instilling hope and motivating people from all walks of life. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact robin hendricks at 358-5458 x 112 or the deadline to purchase advance tickets and receive them in the mail is oct. 30. • Richmond Baptist association 58th annual Fall Meeting, Sunday, Oct. 18, 3:00 p.m. at second Baptist church, 9614 river road. if you would like to be a messenger, please contact sharon tucker: 358-5458 x 111 or by oct. 6. please indicate if you would like dinner after the meeting ($8.00). • divorce Recovery Workshop, Sundays through nov. 15. programs for adults, children, and teens. For more information, contact Geri hale-cooper: 358-5458 x 132 or, or visit

R ichmond ’ s F iRst Baptist c huRch
October 4, 2009

Welcome to

Eight-Thirty & Eleven O’Clock

Richmond’s FiRst Baptist chuRch
FBC exists to make disciples of Jesus Christ through joyful worship, caring fellowship, spiritual nurture, faithful service & compassionate outreach in the Richmond area and throughout the world. First Baptist Church relates to the Richmond Baptist Association, the Baptist General Association of Virginia, and the Baptist World Alliance, and supports missionaries through the Southern Baptist Convention and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.

Please silence all cellular phones and electronic devices.

pRepaRation FoR WoRship
Hardness of heart is something that just keeps on cropping up. It wasn’t unique to the Pharisees in Jesus’ audience. It’s not specifically Jewish. It’s the property of the whole human race. You can’t escape it just by being religious; but you can’t escape it by ceasing to be religious, either. And if you quit reading the Scriptures, you not only lose the passages that cater to your particular kind of hard-heartedness; you also lose the ones that might wake you up and suddenly let you see how really big and generous God’s love is. Hardness of heart is a dead giveaway that we’ve got it wrong. Only generous love can open the door to God’s truth. —L. William countryman

WeLcome and invocation oRgan pReLude caLL to WoRship
“All Things Bright and Beautiful”

Lynn Turner arr. Wood Billy Burford

a n i nvitation
Our church invites you to commit your life to Christ as His disciple and to join our congregation as a member. We receive members on profession of faith in Christ followed by believer’s baptism, on transfer of membership from another Baptist church, or on statement of Christian experience as a believer already immersed. Those who have not been immersed are welcome to join our congregation as Watchcare members on statement of Christian experience.

• COnnECTIOnS: Connecting to Christ and First Baptist A class for new members and those exploring church membership. sundays at 9:45 a.m. in room 243. to enroll, contact Walter Morton at 358-5458 x 122 or or just show up with your Bible. refreshments are provided. • The Physician Within: 10 Physicians, 10 nights, 10 Topics Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., through nov. 10 FBC dining Hall see complete schedule online or in brochure located in the hallway kiosks. Oct. 6 Infections – Risk and Prevention James W. Brooks, Jr., MD • 2010 Indoor Soccer online registration for the First Baptist church indoor soccer league (age 4 by 1/1/10 thru 3rd grade) will be open today through november 30. the season starts on Jan. 3 and ends March 14. Games are held at the FBc Gym. indoor soccer is on sunday afternoons. no practice, just play. hAve Fun! • Prayers for Healing Service, Oct. 11 5:00 p.m. in the Chapel candi Brown will share her story at the october service.

Leader: Throughout God’s world this day Christian churches are celebrating communion as one family dining together in one room under one roof. people: our sisters and brothers on every continent join us in lifting the bread of life and the cup of salvation. Leader: Neither powers nor principalities shall stop us in our purpose of proclaiming the love of Christ for all creation. Physical barriers will not divide us. Political borders will not deter us. In Christ’s love there is no east, no west, no north, no south, but only one Spirit of hope, love, and peace for all. people: may christ bless the worldwide communion of the church this day.

hymn no. 385, “In Christ There Is No East or West” the Lessons
Old Testament, Job 1:1; 2:1-16 (Pew Bible page 788) Epistle, Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:10-12 (Pew Bible page 1862)
Leader: This is the Word of the Lord. people: thanks be to god.

ST. PETER Richard Szucs Paul Burkwall

Sunday, SEPTEMBER 27, 2009: Worship AttendAnce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1164 FAithFul GivinG september Budget Goal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $256,570 september contributions: . . . . . . . . . . . . $208,794 september Budget shortfall . . . . . . . . . ($ 47,776) Alma hunt offering for virginia Missions . . . . . . . as of 9/27 $ 11,173 FBc Goal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$ 16,000

pastoRaL pRayeR

Alan Jones

hymn, “God Made from One Blood”
God made from one blood all the families of earth, The circles of nurture that raised us from birth, Companions who join us to walk through each stage Of childhood and youth and adulthood and age. Give, Lord, to each family in conflict and storm A sense of your wisdom and grace that transform Sharp anger to insight which strengthens the heart And makes clear the place where rebuilding can start. Then widen that wisdom and grace to include The races and viewpoints our families exclude Till peace in each home bears and nurtures the bud Of peace shared by all you have made from one blood.


This morning we lift up the Prayer Adventure that will take place this coming weekend. It has been said that, “The experience of the race is clear that some things God never can do until he finds a man who prays.” Burden each of us with the understanding of what prayer can mean in the life of this church as we strive to bring your Kingdom here on earth. Amen.

WeLcome to ouR guests
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Participating in today’s service... richard szucs is a deacon and member of the Church Choir, One Accord, and the Worship Creative Team. paul Burkwall is a retired missionary who served in Africa. lillian Bruce is in the fourth grade and is a member of the Carol Choir. The flowers today are given to the glory of God and in memory of: Dr. and Mrs. William Broaddus Massey, Sr. and Charlotte Bruce Massey Sanford by Dr. and Mrs. William Broaddus Massey, Jr. (Sanctuary) Jimmy Walthall by the FBC Teller’s Committee (Communion Table) W. Memory and Berline Stubbs by Peggy Golden (Pulpit Desk) Lectionary Readings for October 11: Job 23:1-9, 16-17; psalm 22:1-15; hebrews 4:12-16; Mark 10:17-31

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Children are invited to attend children’s worship at this time (11:00 a.m. only)

oFFeRtoRy pRayeR choRaL oFFeRtoRy doxoLogy, no. 253 dedication oF giFts anthem seRmon
“Speak, O Lord” Church Choir “Like You’ve Never Been Hurt” “Jesus Loves Me” Lillian Bruce “Knowing You” One Voice Youth Two Choir

Jim Somerville arr. Allen OLD 100TH Steve Blanchard arr. Ferguson Jim Somerville Bradbury

school grade (if student) Elementary Middle School High School College Name of school:

the 8:30 and 11:00 worship services are streamed live at today’s 11 a.m. worship service will be televised october 11, 2009 on Wric-tv8. check the church web site at mid week for information about next sunday’s worship service - Wireless personal receivers are available for those who need assistance hearing in the sanctuary. large-print hymnals are also available. please see an usher. cds and dvds of the worship service are available. Fill out an order form at the reception desk or the library, or order online at

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Female Married

pRepaRation FoR communion gatheRing at the LoRd’s taBLe the seRving oF the eLements anthem

adult age group Under 20 20-29 40-49 50-59

30-39 60 & up

I want to know how to become a Christian. I want to know more about church membership and baptism. I want to connect with a small group Bible study. I need to meet with someone for prayer. I would like more information on the ministries of the church. I’m not sure what I need, but would like to talk with someone about my spiritual journey. I have a special need/prayer request/ comment:

Ministry leadership staff
Dr. James G. Somerville, Senior Pastor

“In Remembrance” Church Choir


the BRead “this is my Body BRoken FoR you.” the cup “this is my BLood oF the neW covenant shed FoR you.” hymn no. 144, “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”

The Ministry of Christian Community Rev. G. Lynn Turner, Senior Associate Pastor Rev. Robert D. Higgins (Minister of Pastoral Care) Alan Jones (Minister of Spiritual Care) The Ministry of Christian Invitation Rev. Ralph L. Starling, Associate Pastor Rev. Buddy Burgess (Deaf Mission Pastor & Recreation Minister) The Ministry of Christian Formation Dr. Stephen C. Booth, Associate Pastor Candi Brown (Children’s Minister) Hannah McMahan (Youth Two Resident) Ann Carter (Youth One Associate) Mary Hiteman (Minister of Weekday Early Education)

The Ministry of Christian Worship Rev. Philip L. Mitchell, Associate Pastor Rebecca L. Payne (Associate Minister & Organist) Ruth Szucs (Music Ministry Associate, Children’s Choirs & Handbells) Eunice Kim (Pianist) The Ministry of Christian Compassion Rev. Steve R. Blanchard, Associate Pastor Lindsey McClintock, Ministry Resident The Ministry of Communication David E. Powers, Associate Pastor The Ministry of Support Rev. Billy W. Burford, Associate Pastor

If you wish to publicly profess your faith in Jesus Christ, to reaffirm your commitment to Him, or to join the membership of this church, you are invited to come forward during the hymn or speak with one of the ministers after the service.

chaRge and Benediction congRegationaL Response, “The Lord’s Prayer” oRgan postLude, “How Firm a Foundation”

Jim Somerville Malotte arr. Page

R ichmond ’ s F iRst Baptist c huRch • e staBLished 1780
2709 Monument Avenue • richmond, vA 23220 • (804) 355-8637 •
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