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					Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church                                                               Order of Worship
                                            As we gather for worship, some prepare by greeting each other with words      † HYMN 443 (vs. 1 & 2) O Christ, the Great Foundation AURELIA
    November 22, 2009, 8:00 a.m., Chapel     of peace, others with meditation and prayer. Please be respectful of how
                                             those around you prepare. Kindly refrain from taking photos or videos         SACRAMENT OF THE LORD’S SUPPER                                     Susan Sytsma Bratt
    Christ the King ~ Reign of Christ                             and please silence cell phones.
                                                                                                                                THE INvITATION TO COMMUNION
                                              Prayer cards may be filled out and brought forward during communion.
                                                                                                                                THE GREAT THANkSGIvING
                                                                               v                                                     One: The Lord be with you.
                                                                                                                                     All: And also with you.
                                                                                                                                     One: Lift up your hearts.
                                            PRELUDE                    Voluntary No. 1                     John Stanley
                                                                                                                              	 	    All:		 We	lift	them	to	the	Lord.
                                                                                                                                     One: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
                                            CALL TO WORSHIP                                       Susan Sytsma Bratt                 All: It is right to give our thanks and praise.
                                           † HYMN 150          Come, Christians, Join to Sing                  MADRID             THE LORD’S PRAYER
                                            COMMON CONFESSION (in unison)                     Susan Sytsma Bratt                  Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy
                                                                                                                                  kingdom come; thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
                                            O God, you have shown us the way of life through your Son, Jesus                      Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our tres-
                                            Christ. We confess that we have been slow to learn of him, reluctant                  passes, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And
                                            to acknowledge his rule, and have failed to follow him. Have mercy                    lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For
                                            on us, Lord, and forgive us. We confess the poverty of our worship,                   thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.
                                            our neglect of fellowship, our hesitating witness for Christ, our eva-                Amen.
                                            sion of responsibilities in our service, our imperfect stewardship of
                                            your gifts. In your gracious love, forgive what we have been, help us                 THE COMMUNION
                                            amend what we are, and direct what we shall be, so that we may de-
                                            light in your will and walk in your ways, proclaiming Christ as Lord,                 You are invited to come forward, using the center aisle, to par-
                                            and seeking to be his disciples in the world.                                         take of the Lord’s Supper. Please break off a piece of bread, dip
                                                                                                                                  it in the cup and return to your seat, using the side aisle. If you
                                                   (A moment of silence for personal reflection and confession.)                  prefer gluten- and casein-free bread, please partake from the
                                                                                                                                  center table. If you desire to be served in your seat, please raise
                                            ASSURANCE OF PARDON                                                                   your hand to alert an usher.

                                            PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION                                                               MUSIC AT COMMUNION Upon Thy Table, Lord Dale Wood

                                            SCRIPTURE LESSONS Psalm 145:1-13 (page 581)    Robert Smith                           THE PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION                                       Elizabeth Lovell
                                                           Revelation 1:4b-8 (page 245) Elizabeth Lovell                          AND COMMON PRAYER

                                            SERMON                 Endings and Beginnings            Elizabeth Lovell     † HYMN 554                  Let All Things Now Living                           ASH GROVE

                                            AFFIRMATION OF FAITH                                                           BENEDICTION                                                             Elizabeth Lovell
                                            We trust in Jesus Christ, fully human, fully God.
                                            Jesus proclaimed the reign of God: preaching good news to the poor             POSTLUDE                 Sent Forth By God’s Blessing                            Dale Wood
    “I am the Alpha and the Omega,”         and release to the captives,
                                            Teaching by word and deed and blessing the children,                          † Those who are able, please stand.
 says the Lord God, who is and who was      Healing the sick and binding up the brokenhearted,                             Today’s Affirmation of Faith comes from A Brief Statement of Faith, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
                                            Eating with outcasts, forgiving sinners,
    and who is to come, the Almighty.       And calling all to repent and believe the gospel.
             – Revelation 1:8               In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit,
                                            we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks and to live holy and joy-                                                 †
                                            ful lives, even as we watch for God’s new heaven and new earth,                                                   In Memoriam
                                            praying “Come, Lord Jesus!”                                                                Frederick H. Etherington ~ November 12, 2009
                                            With believers in every time and place,                                                     Seymour S. Rutherford ~ November 16, 2009
                                            We rejoice that nothing in life or in death
                                            can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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                                                                                                                                                       Clergy and Staff
                                                                                                                                                                       ministers
                                                                                                                                                              All the members of the church
It	 may	 seem	 odd	 to	 talk	 about	 endings	 and	 beginnings	             If	you	are	an	elder	or	deacon	willing	to	serve	
during the month of November, and yet we find ourselves this             communion, contact Joanne Hanna, Hanna@upenn.edu                                          pastoral staff
                                                                                                                                                   James	L.	Carter, D.Min.; Interim Pastor, Head of Staff
Sunday at the ending of our liturgical year. The liturgical calendar                        or 610-356-9796.
                                                                                                                                              Sherri A. Hausser, M.Div.; Associate Pastor for Adult Education,
reflects how the church has ordered its life throughout centuries,      If	you	are	interested	in	ushering	for	the	8:00	a.m.	service,                        Outreach, and Worldwide Ministries
seeking to reflect on the variety of ways in which we celebrate                                                                                   Robert M. McClellan, M.Div.; Interim Associate Pastor
                                                                       contact Phoebe Sheftel, pasheftel@comcast.net or 610-526-1802.
                                                                                                                                                      for Youth and their Families, College Ministries
the gift of God’s grace. The central pattern for this ordering                                                                                 Susan B. Rice, M.Div.; Associate Pastor for Congregational Life
comes from our understanding of God’s work of redemption                                            v                                          Christopher (kit) Schooley, D.Min.; Interim Associate Pastor
in Jesus Christ. Appropriately, this final Sunday of our church                                                                                             for Senior Adults and Pastoral Care
                                                                             Hunger	Envelopes found at the Chapel entrance                            Graham	Ford, M.Div.; Pastoral Resident 2008-10
year is known as “Christ the King” or “Reign of Christ” Sunday.
                                                                                  may be placed in the offering plates.                            Susan	Sytsma	Bratt, M.Div.; Pastoral Resident 2008-10
In Introduction to Christian Worship, James F. White notes that                                                                                      Elizabeth Lovell, M.Div.; Pastoral Resident 2009-11
this Sunday “pushes us to anticipate the consummation of all                                        v
things when Christ comes in glory as King of all, and all human                                                                                      Program and Administrative Staff
                                                                                  Elder	Robert	Smith	is assisting with                                  Donna	Barrickman, Membership Director
failures and achievements are, at last, made of no account, a most                     communion this morning.                                   James	A.	Batt, Associate Director of Fine Arts Ministries
comforting doctrine.” Although we find ourselves at a time of                                                                                  Carolyn	Jervis	Beitmann, Director of Children’s Ministries
                                                                                                    v                                                          Lorie Benovic, Care Manager
ending, we look ahead to the new beginning just around the
                                                                                                                                                   Jeffrey	L.	Brillhart, Director of Music and Fine Arts
corner, confident that throughout our endings and beginnings,               Mark	Hess	is the usher for this morning’s service.                          Patsy Cole, Director of the Weekday School
we worship a God who is, and who was, and who will continue                                                                                        Pete DiRocco, Director of Facilities and Maintenance
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to be with us on the journey.                                                                                                                      Karen	Dunkman, Director of the Middleton Center
                                                                                                                                                         Lindsey Evans, Youth Activities Director
                                         —The Rev. Elizabeth Lovell
                                                                                                                                                    Elizabeth knauss, Communications Coordinator
                                                                                                                                                               kathy kreider, Parish Nurse
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                                                                                                                                                   Pam	Lloyd, Executive Assistant to the Senior Pastor
                                                                                                                                        Sandy Martin, Young-In-Arts Program Director and Fine Arts Music Assistant
Please	join	us	for	a	“Journey	through	Advent”	at the 8:oo                                                                                            Joanne	Solarz, Executive Director of Operations
a.m. worship services beginning on Sunday, November 29. Each                                                                                  David van Houten, Transition into Ministry Program Director
service will feature creative elements including a procession of                                                                                 Jane	Wilber, Assistant Director of Children’s Ministries

the advent candles, contemplative music and new uses of the                                                                                                                  v
worship space while maintaining the familiar rhythms of our                                                                                             Robert C. Murphy, M.Div.; Parish Associate

traditional order of worship. Opportunities exist for you to serve                                                                                                           v
as a leader on this journey, from the reading of the first lesson to                                                                                     Eugene C. Bay, D.Min.; Pastor Emeritus
                                                                                                                                                 Margaret Anne Fohl, D.Min.; Associate Pastor Emerita
lighting the advent candles. If you are interested, speak to one
                                                                                                                                               George	E.	Hollingshead,	Jr., D.Min.; Associate Pastor Emeritus
of the pastors following the service, or contact the Rev. Graham                                                                                   David	B.	Watermulder, Th.M., DD.; Pastor Emeritus
Ford, 610-520-8828 or grahamford@bmpc.org.
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                                                                                                                                                              Office Phone – 610.525.2821
                                                                                                                                                               Office Fax – 610.525.9476
                                                                                                                                                              Website – www.bmpc.org
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                                                                                                                                                     Main Line Adult Day Center: 610.527.4220
                                                                                                                                             The Middleton Center: 610.525.0766; mail@middletoncenter.org
                                                                                                                                                    The Weekday School: 610.525.2821, ext. 8840
     Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church                                                                                             Order of Worship
                                                                              COMMON CONFESSION (in unison)                                                     OUR COMMON LIFE AND MINISTRY   Graham Ford (9:30)
     November 22, 2009, 9:30 and 11:00 a.m., Sanctuary                        Merciful God, we confess that we are people of poor spiritual eye-                                           Robert McClellan (11:00)
                                                                              sight, as tested against the upside-down precepts in Jesus’ preaching.
          Christ the King ~ Reign of Christ                                   Our looking is conditioned by the world we live in, which champi-                OFFERTORY ANTHEM
                                                                              ons and rewards the powerful, the well-educated, the rich, the ag-                         Chorale in Scottish Style (world premiere) Sarah Dubois
                                                                              gressive initiative-takers, the successful-in-business and those who                                 Austin Berman, violin
                                                                              are socially adept. We are tempted, O God, to live by the world’s                Ask and it shall be given to you. Seek and ye shall find. For he
                                                                              values and play by the world’s rules, paying little attention to the             that seeketh findeth. Seek and ye shall find. Knock and it shall
                                                                              seemingly impossible, unrealistic world of complete reversal which               open. For everyone that asketh he shall receive. For everyone
                                                                              Jesus reveals. Forgive us the sin of willful blindness, we pray.                 that seeketh he shall find. To him that knocketh it shall be open.
                                                                                                                                                               Amen.
                                                                                      (A moment of silence for personal reflection and confession.)
                                                                                                                                                              † DOXOLOGY (Hymnal 592)
                                                                               ASSURANCE OF PARDON                                                              Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise God, all crea-
                                                                                                                                                                tures here below; Praise God above, ye heavenly host; Praise Fa-
                                                                             † GLORIA PATRI (Hymnal 579)                                                        ther, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
                                                                               Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; As it
                                                                               was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.              SECOND LESSON Matthew 5:1-10 (page 4)                   Susan Rice
                                                                               Amen, Amen.                                                                       One: This is the Word of the Lord.
                                                                                                                                                                 All: Thanks be to God.
            “We cannot live in a world we cannot see.                         CHILDREN’S MOMENT                                    Susan Rice (9:30 only)
                                                                                                                                                                SERMON              Blessed Are the Upside Down         Susan Rice
       So Jesus gives us snapshots, glimpses of the kingdom                   THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM                                  Susan Rice
              taking form in the sound of his voice.”                                                       Elder Assisting: Lindsay Johnson (9:30)           † HYMN 401 When Will People Cease Their Fighting? RUSTINGTON
                      —William H. Willimon                                                                                Paul Bergsteinnson (11:00)           COMMON PRAYER                                    Graham Ford (9:30)
                                                                                 One: Members of the church: How will you fulfill your                         AND THE LORD’S PRAYER                        Elizabeth Lovell (11:00)
                                                                                       responsibility to assist these children to become faithful              Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy king-
                                                                                       disciples of Jesus Christ?                                              dom come; thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us
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                                                                                 All:	 	 e	will	welcome	them	into	our	lives	and	worship;	                      this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we
                                                                                       we	will	support	them	with	our	love	and	prayers;	we	                     forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temp-
 As we gather for worship, some prepare by greeting each other with words              will	provide	for	their	nurture	in	this	community	of	                    tation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the
  of peace, others with meditation and prayer. Please be respectful of how             faith.                                                                  power, and the glory forever. Amen.
  those around you prepare. Kindly refrain from taking photos or videos
                       and please silence cell phones.                        AFFIRMATION OF FAITH (in unison)                                                † HYMN 554            Let All Things Now Living          ASH GROVE
                                                                              I believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Maker of heaven and earth,
                                   v                                          and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived by                 BENEDICTION AND CHORAL AMEN                             Susan Rice
                                                                              the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate,
 PRELUDE                       Sonata                        Eric Ewazen      was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell. The third day            POSTLUDE           Now Thank We All Our God       Sigfrid Karg-Elert
                     Paul and Sharon Burgmayer                                He arose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven and sitteth               † Those who are able, please stand.
                                                                              on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall
 CALL TO WORSHIP                               Sherri Hausser (9:30)          come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost;
                                          Susan Sytsma Bratt (11:00)          the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of
                                                                                                                                                                                               †
     One: Blessed are those who come seeking God’s wisdom and
                                                                              sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.                                         In Memoriam
          looking to Jesus who alone can give a right perspective                                                                                                        Frederick H. Etherington ~ November 12, 2009
          for life.                                                           HYMN                Go Now Children, With Our Blessing            (9:30 only)               Seymour S. Rutherford ~ November 16, 2009
     All:   For he has revealed a vision of a new reality,                                            (see Worship Notes for hymn)
            and opened to us a new way of seeing.                                                                                                                                               ef
                                                                              FIRST LESSON               Isaiah 11:1-9 (page 640) Kit Schooley (9:30)
                                                                                                                               Elizabeth Lovell (11:00)                 Flowers in the Sanctuary this morning are given
     One: Blessed are those who look from Jesus’ viewpoint—
          a total reversal from the viewpoint of the world.                                                                                                               to the glory of God and in loving memory of
                                                                              ANTHEM             Shall We Gather At The River      arr. Stephen Paulus                               Elizabeth R. Pantaleoni
 	   All:	 	 e	will	look	where	he	points,	and	we	will	trust	in	him	
           W                                                                  Shall we gather at the river, where bright angels’ feet have trod,
           who	gives	us	sightings	of	God’s	realm	of	justice	and	              With its crystal tide forever Flowing by the Throne of God. Yes, we’ll                 Flowers in the Chapel Garden this morning are given
           peace.                                                             gather at the river, the beautiful river, Gather with the saints by the                    to the glory of God and in loving memory of
                                                                              river that flows by the throne of God. Soon we’ll reach the shining                                        Mary P. Reeve
     One: Let us worship God whose grace draws us here and who                river, soon our pilgrimage will cease, Soon our happy hearts will
          enlightens our eyes.                                                quiver with the melody of peace. Yes, we’ll gather at the river, the                                              ef
                                                                              beautiful river, Gather with the saints by the river that flows by the
† HYMN 145            Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart!                 MARION       throne of God.
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             v   Worship Notes                    v                                                                                                             Clergy and Staff
                                                                                                                                                                                ministers
                                                                       This	 morning’s	 anthem,	 “Chorale	 In	 Scottish	 Style,”	 was	                                 All the members of the church
                                                                       composed by Sarah DuBois for Jeffrey Brillhart and the Senior                                        pastoral staff
                                                                       Choir. Sarah, a violinist in The Opera Company of Philadelphia,                      James	L.	Carter, D.Min.; Interim Pastor, Head of Staff
                                                                       Philly Pops and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, has                      Sherri A. Hausser, M.Div.; Associate Pastor for Adult Education,
                                                                       performed with the orchestra many times here at BMPC in                                       Outreach, and Worldwide Ministries
                                                                       Vespers Concerts with the Senior Choir. In writing “Chorale In                      Robert M. McClellan, M.Div.; Interim Associate Pastor
                                                                                                                                                               for Youth and their Families, College Ministries
                                                                       Scottish Style,” Sarah wanted to capture a sense of the spirit of
                                                                                                                                                        Susan B. Rice, M.Div.; Associate Pastor for Congregational Life
                                                                       Scotland and its Presbyterian heritage. The expansive “Amen”
                                                                                                                                                        Christopher (kit) Schooley, D.Min.; Interim Associate Pastor
                                                                       that follows the development of the opening melody reaches a                                  for Senior Adults and Pastoral Care
                                                                       stirring climax that calls for the sopranos of the choir to soar to the                 Graham	Ford, M.Div.; Pastoral Resident 2008-10
                                                                       top of their range. The violinist for these performances is Austin                   Susan	Sytsma	Bratt, M.Div.; Pastoral Resident 2008-10
                                                                       Berman, age 13, son of members Richard and Mindyjane Berman.                           Elizabeth Lovell, M.Div.; Pastoral Resident 2009-11
                                                                                                                           —Jeffrey Brillhart
                                                                                                                                                              Program and Administrative Staff
                                                                                                         v                                                       Donna	Barrickman, Membership Director
                                v                                                                                                                         James	A.	Batt, Associate Director of Fine Arts Ministries
                                                                       This	 morning	 we	 welcome	 through	 sacrament	 of	 baptism                      Carolyn	Jervis	Beitmann, Director of Children’s Ministries
Beatitudes	 were	 not	 unique	 to	 Jesus. The phrase, “Blessed           Owen Thomas Doyle, son of Thomas and Maura Doyle (9:30 a.m.)                                   Lorie Benovic, Care Manager
are those . . .” was a sort of category of proverb ... an everyday      Bridget August Bowers, daughter of Stan and Jen Bowers (9:30 a.m.)                  Jeffrey	L.	Brillhart, Director of Music and Fine Arts
statement about the way things are. “Blessed are those who               Nathaniel Fisher Kullen, son of Michael Vincent Stephen Kullen                          Patsy Cole, Director of the Weekday School
keep looking over their shoulders for no one will get the jump                      and Kathleen Michelle Fisher (11:00 a.m.)                               Pete DiRocco, Director of Facilities and Maintenance
on them.”—these are little everyday statements about the way           Ryan Gregory Souchack, son of Greg and Valerie Souchack (11:00 a.m.)
                                                                                                                                                            Karen	Dunkman, Director of the Middleton Center
things work in the real world, making all the more surprising                                                                                                     Lindsey Evans, Youth Activities Director
                                                                                                                                                             Elizabeth knauss, Communications Coordinator
what Jesus did with the Beatitudes. He uses this little everyday                                         v
                                                                                                                                                                        kathy kreider, Parish Nurse
device to make a statement about the way the world works, to           Helping	Hands	are	available before the 11:00 a.m. service every                      Pam	Lloyd, Executive Assistant to the Senior Pastor
turn worldly wisdom on its head. The world believes that those         Sunday in both the east and west driveways near the portico               Sandy Martin, Young-In-Arts Program Director and Fine Arts Music Assistant
who are strong, powerful, rich, and happy are blessed. But Jesus       entrances to greet those who may need assistance disembarking                          Joanne	Solarz, Executive Director of Operations
says just the opposite. He turns this world on its head, upside-                                from vehicles.                                         David van Houten, Transition into Ministry Program Director
down. He says, “blessed are the poor, blessed are the hungry,                                                                                             Jane	Wilber, Assistant Director of Children’s Ministries
blessed are the meek.” He turns conventional blessedness on its                                          v                                                                            v
head. Maybe Jesus feels that if he can get us looking in the right                Hunger	Envelopes found in the pew backs                                        Robert C. Murphy, M.Div.; Parish Associate
direction, looking from the correct perspective, our actions and                     may be placed in the offering plates.                                                            v
the way we live will take care of themselves.                                                                                                                     Eugene C. Bay, D.Min.; Pastor Emeritus
                                             —The Rev. Susan Rice                                        v                                                Margaret Anne Fohl, D.Min.; Associate Pastor Emerita
                                v                                                 Brian	Middleton	will be playing the carillon                          George	E.	Hollingshead,	Jr., D.Min.; Associate Pastor Emeritus
                                                                                                                                                            David	B.	Watermulder, Th.M., DD.; Pastor Emeritus
This	 morning	 the	 table	 has	 been	 set	 with	 cup	 and	 plate,                  following this morning’s worship services.
even though we are not celebrating the sacrament of communion
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together. These vessels remind us of the core meaning of our                                                                                                              Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Eucharistic life, a life of thanksgiving for who we are in Christ.                                                                                                     Office Phone – 610.525.2821
As we gather to respond to God’s Word, we remember the sign                                                                                                             Office Fax – 610.525.9476
and seal of God’s grace experienced in this sacrament. These                   Large print resources and wireless                                                      Website – www.bmpc.org

                                                                                hearing aids are available at both
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symbols speak to us of our hunger for Christ, who feeds us at                                                                                                 Main Line Adult Day Center: 610.527.4220
this table. May they also remind us of the invitation extended to             services. Ask an usher for assistance.                                  The Middleton Center: 610.525.0766; mail@middletoncenter.org
all to join at this and other tables, and receive God’s grace.                                                                                               The Weekday School: 610.525.2821, ext. 8840
                                          —The Rev. Elizabeth Lovell
Learning and Connecting
Adult Education                                      Adult Weekday Classes                           The Middleton Center                            Presbyterian Women                              Worldwide Ministries                        Pancake Breakfast. Thursday, Novem-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ber 26, 8:30 – 11:00 a.m., Congregation-
The Rev. Sherri Hausser recommends:                  Preachers’ Bible Study. Tuesdays, noon –        Tools for Living with Cancer. Tuesday,          Perspectives in Music. November 23, 1:30        The Christmas Joy Offering is one of        al Hall. Nothing says “Thanksgiving” like
Four Gospels, One Jesus? A Symbolic                  1:00 p.m., Conference Room. Bring a lunch       December 8, 7:00 p.m., Converse House           p.m., Fine Arts Center. Welcome Daniel          the four special offerings designated       hot pancakes prepared by our very own
Reading by Richard Burridge. A great                 and study scripture for the coming week’s       Parlor, led by Barbara Foxman, LSW. This        Matsukawa, Principal Bassoonist of the          by the General Assembly of the Pres-        youth! This annual event gives members
read in conjunction with the Overview of             sermon with the 8:00 a.m. preacher for          monthly group is designed to provide peer       Philadelphia Orchestra. Contact: DeAnn          byterian Church (U.S.A.) to provide         of all ages a chance to reconnect and
the New Testament series in this year’s              that week. This is a great way to enrich your   support and information. No cost. Drop-ins      Clancy, 610-525-8347 or deannclancy@            congregations direct ways of supporting     share fellowship around the table.
Adult Education programs. This readable              worship experience.                             welcome but reservations are requested,         hotmail.com.                                    specific causes that help those in need.
book depicts Jesus through the four Gospel                                                           610-525-0766.                                                                                   The Christmas Joy offering is distributed   MONTREAT College Conference. Janu-
authors’ distinctive portraits of him. $17; Avail-   Lay-Led Bible Study. Wednesdays (no class                                                       Coffee Cup Bible Study. November 25,            equally to the Board of Pensions for        ary 1 –5, 2010, Registration deadline:
able in The Book Center located in the Minis-        on Nov. 25), 10:00 a.m., Fullerton Room,        Walking the Labyrinth in Prayer. Thurs-         10:00 a.m., led by Rev. Susan B. Rice, of-      assistance programs and to National         November 30. Visit www.bmpc.org for
tries Center. Open Sundays following services        led by Elinor Snyder. Contact: Emily Parkin,    day, December 10, 2:00 – 8:00 p.m., Con-        fered weekly in Witherspoon Parlor. Learn       Ministries of the General Assembly          details.
and on weekdays, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.              emparkin@yahoo.com or 610-664-8380.             gregational Hall. Join others in this ancient   more about Ruth through Premium Roast           Council to support Presbyterian racial/
                                                                                                     symbol and prayer form. Quiet music will        with Ruth. Contact Susan Rice: 610-520-         ethnic education. BMPC receives this        Small Group Ministry Christmas
Adult Sunday Classes                                 Torah (Old Testament) Study of Ezekiel.         play and a printed prayer reflection will be    8810 or @bmpc.org.                                                                          Parties. 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., Lindsey’s
                                                     Thursdays, (no class November 26), 11:00                                                                                                        offering throughout the Advent Season.
                                                                                                     available.                                                                                      Envelopes are included in the pledge en-    house. Middle School, December 6,
One Class, One Church: The Parables as               a.m., led by Rabbi Franzel, Main Line                                                           Horizons Bible Study: Joshua: A Journey                                                     and High School December 13. Bring a
a Mirror. Today, 11:00 a.m., Congrega-               Reform Temple, Wynnewood. Come for              Searching for Still Waters. An Explora-         of Faith by Mary Mikkhael. Wednesday,           velope boxes as well in the pew holders.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 snack to share as well as a jacket, pair of
tional Hall, led by the Rev. Dr. James Carter.       a single session or as often as you like.       tion of Loss and Grief. Saturday, De-           December 2, 10:30 a.m., Rosemont Presby-        Youth                                       gloves, hat or scarf (all new) to donate
If we think of the parable as a mirror in            BMPC contact: Phoebe Sheftel, pasheftel@        cember 12, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m., Middleton        terian Village Ballroom, led by the Rev. Dr.                                                to the St. Barnabas Project.
which we see ourselves, we often make                comcast.net or 610-526-1802.                    Center, led by David Reed. This ongoing         Kit Schooley and the Rev. Elizabeth Lovell.     Sunday School. 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
new discoveries about self and God. Join                                                             support group is for those coping with the      Contact: Joyce Malott, 610-525-4469 or          Middle School meets in the Crypt, High      For more information on Youth
Dr. Carter and explore the parables in this          Come to “First Wednesday” on December           loss of a loved one, whether recent or many     ok405@erols.com.                                School in the Loft and Confirmation         Ministry contact LindseyEvans@bmpc.
one-time class.                                      2. 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.: Pasta Bar Supper.          years ago. No cost. New and previous group                                                      (grade 9) in Gloucester Room.               org or visit us at www.bmpc.org/youth.
                                                     6:30 – 7:30 p.m.: Hanging of the Greens,        members welcome.                                Holy Leisure. December 4, 6:00 p.m. Come                                                    htm for weekly updates.
new series beginning                                 a special multi-generational event to                                                           and join this lively group which is open to
december 6:                                          decorate the church and prepare for             Music and Fine Arts                             women of all ages. Share in conversation and
One at 8:00 a.m., two at 9:30 a.m.,                  Advent. RSVP suggested by November 30:                                                          a potluck meal in the homes of various host-
and one at 11:00 a.m.:                               Childrensandfamily@bmpc.org.                    Fine Arts Advent Exhibit. November 22           esses. RSVP by December 2 for your potluck
                                                                                                     marks the opening of the Advent exhibit
The Varieties of Religious Experience                Children’s and Family Ministries                “Sacred Texts - Breath of God,” lettered by
                                                                                                                                                     donation and to get directions: Janet White,        Thanksgiving	and	Christmas	Caring	and	Sharing
                                                                                                                                                     610-254-0231 or janetw298@verizon.net.
by William James. 8:00 a.m., Conference
                                                     Wednesday Potluck Supper Group. 2nd,
                                                                                                     well-known calligraphers Timothy Botts of                                                              Opportunities to help others this holiday season
Room, led by the Rev. Dr. Paul MacMurray.                                                            Illinois, Betsy Teutsch of Philadelphia and     Senior Adults
Join in the discussion of this 100-year-old          3rd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, 5:30       Myra Diaz of Narberth. Framed passages
text which describes a full range of religious       p.m., Witherspoon Parlor and Gloucester         from the Bible, Torah and Qur’an, created       Tour the Masonic Temple with “Path-
                                                     Room. Join other families to share a                                                            ways to Learning.” Join us on Tuesday, De-      •    Help make Thanksgiving food            •     Donate frozen turkeys and
experiences and spiritual health.                                                                    in the age-old art of handwriting, are hung                                                          baskets at SHARE, 2901 West                  hams (and baby formula for the
                                                     meal you bring, do homework and build           side by side for a glimpse of the One God       cember 1. Bus reservations for this trip are
Advent Conspiracy. 9:30 a.m., Conference             community. Questions: Kikimc@verizon.net.                                                       closed; however, you are welcome to join             Hunting Park Avenue, Philadelphia,           little ones) for distribution to local
                                                                                                     we worship in common. This exhibit will                                                              on Monday, November 23,                      emergency food cupboards and
Room, led by Donna Barrickman and Tim                                                                be on display in the Conference Room and        the group by providing your own transporta-
and Jeannie Bickhart. Discuss choosing to            Advent Crafts Workshop. Sunday,                                                                 tion. Lunch at the Union League. $35; make           9:00 a.m. Questions: Schaunel                homeless shelters for Thanksgiving
                                                     December 6, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., Gym.              Witherspoon Parlor of the Ministries Center                                                          Steinnagel, 215-732-1842.                    and Christmas. Leave in the Hunger
make Christmas what it should be – a joy-                                                            through January 5.                              check payable to BMPC Senior Adults and
ous celebration of Jesus’ birth that enriches        Make child-friendly crafts and enjoy hot                                                        mail to Louise Burnstein, 449 W. Montgom-                                                         Task Force freezers. Questions:
                                                     chocolate, cookies, and good fellowship.                                                                                                                                                          Linda Webster, 215-753-8841 or
hearts and the world around us – not a                                                               Outreach Council                                ery Avenue, #201, Haverford, PA 19041. Call     •    volunteer to help cook, serve
                                                     Nominal charge for craft items. To                                                                                                                                                                websterl@email.chop.edu.
retail circus that depletes both pockets and                                                                                                         about times: Louise Burnstein, 610-642-7500          and clean up for the Thanks-
spirits.                                             volunteer: Jenbowers@comcast.net.               Check the Outreach Kiosk in the Court           or Joan Wood, 610-429-1912.                          giving Pancake Breakfast on
                                                                                                     of the Ministries Center for Smiling                                                                 Thursday, November 26. Contact:        •     Serve as a cashier for the Alter-
The Prayerful Life: Practice of Lectio               Advent candles, wire candle rings and           Faces! If you were not one of those smiling     All are welcome to the Senior Adult                  LindseyEvans@bmpc.org.                       native Gift Market in the Court
Divina – Contemporary Poetry. 9:30                   calendars are on sale in the Education          folks in October, then don’t miss the next      Brunch. Sunday, December 6, 12:15 p.m.,
                                                     Building Lobby.                                                                                                                                                                                   from 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on
a.m., Witherspoon Parlor, led by Woody                                                               Hands-On Service Day. Mark your calendar        Congregational Hall. Our guest speaker will                                                       Sundays beginning November 22
Sheetz-Willard, David Kenosian and David                                                             to serve on Martin Luther King Day, January     be Interim Pastor Dr. James Carter. $14/        •    Be an “angel” in the annual
                                                     Congregational Care                                                                                                                                                                               through December 20. Volunteer
Heaton. The December series focuses on                                                               18, our next congregation-wide day of           person; send check (payable to BMPC , attn:          PW Christmas Angels Project.                 once or as many days/times as
contemporary poetry in the practice of Lec-       BMPC Prime Time (singles and couples               service.                                        Amy Bauer). Questions: Amybauer@bmpc.                Provide holiday gifts for more               you’d like. Contact: Mary Bassett,
tio Divina, or the art of sacred reading.                                                                                                            org. Bring a friend! All are welcome!                than 100 infants, children and
                                                  ages 50+) invites you to a Festive Advent                                                                                                                                                            MCBMTB@aol.com.
                                                                                                     Peacemaking                                                                                          teens served by the Presbyterian
                                                  Party. Sunday, December 6, 6:00 – 8:00
Bible Study: Gospel of Luke. 11:00 a.m.,                                                                                                             The APNC for Senior Adults and Pasto-                Children’s Village. Provide five to
                                                  p.m., home of Page Talbott and Jim Gould,          twelfth Lower Merion Interfaith                                                                      seven Christmas gifts for a child or
Witherspoon Parlor, led by the Rev. Dr.                                                                                                              ral Care is diligently reviewing candi-                                                     •     Volunteer at the Advent Crafts
                                                  Bala Cynwyd. $10/person includes hors              Celebration of Thanksgiving. TODAY,                                                                  Adopt-a-Family. Mark designated
Kit Schooley. Review stories such as the                                                                                                             dates for that ministry. You’re invited                                                           Workshop on December 6. We’ll
                                                  d’oeuvres and beverages. Please bring an           4:00 p.m., Main Line Reform Temple. Enjoy                                                            age and gender of child on the               be making child-friendly crafts and
prodigal son and the Good Samaritan that          unwrapped gift for a boy or girl, infant –                                                         to help identify qualified candidates. If you
are found only in this Gospel. It also has a                                                         readings, dancing, and singing. A free-will     have a name to submit, contact Moderator             gift(s). Gifts are due by December           enjoying hot chocolate and cook-
                                                  18-years-old. Designate gender and age on          collection will benefit ElderNet of Lower                                                            6. Details: Marian Chitester, 610-           ies. Contact: Jenbowers@comcast.
special emphasis on prayer, the activity of       the item. Gifts will be donated to Turning                                                         Winnifred Cutler, 610-827-2200 or
the Holy Spirit, and joyfulness.                                                                     Merion and Narberth, and Deer Chaser, Inc.      APNC.SAPC@bmpc.org, or leave your sub-               664-7735 or mmcthistle@comcast.              net.
                                                  Point for Children. RSVP via check (payable        Refreshments follow the celebration in the                                                           net; Betty Wu, 610-449-8059; or
                                                  to BMPC) to BMPC, attn. Amy Bauer, by                                                              mission at the Reception Desk in the Min-
                                                                                                     Hausen Auditorium. Children are especially                                                           Susan Bravo, 610-578-0224.
                                                  December 1. Include your address with                                                              istries Center marked “APNCsa/pc.” Please
                                                                                                     welcome.                                        continue to hold the APNC in your prayers.
                                                  payment so directions may be mailed to you.
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Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church                                                               Weekly	Calendar:	November	22	–	29,	2009
                        Our	Common	Life                                                     Sunday, November 22                                                                                         Wednesday, November 25
                                                                                            9:30 a.m.    Church School, Rainbows (age 2 by 9/1/09) – Lambs (age 4 by                                    9:00 a.m.       Senior Adult Walking Club, back parking lot
                                                                                                         9/1/09), Education Building.                                                                                   (weather permitting), Kathy Kreider, 610-525-2821, ext. 8832.
Welcome to BMPC! We are glad that you have chosen to worship with us. We invite             9:30 a.m.    BLINK: Ks – 5th graders begin worship with families in Sanctuary.                              9:30 a.m.       Cardio Fitness, Gym, Carol Haldy, 610-525-6765.
you to join us in our efforts to know, trust, glorify, and serve the God made known to us   9:30 a.m.    High School Sunday School, Loft.                                                               10:00 a.m.      Women’s Coffee Cup Bible Study, Witherspoon Parlor.
in Christ. After the service, please enjoy fellowship and refreshments at the Alternative   9:30 a.m.    Middle School Sunday School, Crypt.                                                            4:00 p.m.       Homework Room, Gloucester Room.
Gift Market in the Gym, 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. We hope you will participate in any of our   9:30 a.m.    Confirmation (grade 9), Gloucester Room.                                                       5:30 p.m.       Potluck Supper, Witherspoon Parlor.
ongoing programs and ministries that interest you and make a habit of joining us.           9:45 a.m.    K – 2nd grade classes meets in Education Building.
                                                                                            9:45 a.m.    3rd - 5th graders Workshop Rotation 2 (Advent), week 3.                                        Thursday, November 26 ~ Thanksgiving
Questions? Visit our Welcome Center to the left of the main entrance, or ask an usher or    10:30 a.m.   Alternative Gift Market, Gym.
anyone wearing a nametag.                                                                   11:00 a.m.   One Class, One Church, Congregational Hall.                                                    The church office will be closed. If you have a pastoral emergency,
                                                                                            11:00 a.m.   Art-at-11 for ages 3 and older, Room 201, Education Building.                                  call 610-525-2821.
                                                                                            12:00 p.m.   Tintinnabulators, Fine Arts Center.                                                            8:30 a.m.       Thanksgiving Pancake Breakfast, Congregational Hall.
                                                                                            12:30 p.m.   Haiti Presentation, Witherspoon Parlor.                                                        Friday, November 27
                                                                                            2:45 p.m.    Walking the Walk – Interfaith Youth Event, Converse House
                      Today, November 22                                                    4:00 p.m.
                                                                                                         Parlor, Witherspoon Parlor and Sanctuary.
                                                                                                         Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, Main Line Reform Temple,
                                                                                                                                                                                                        The church office will be closed. If you have a pastoral emergency,
                                                                                                                                                                                                        call 610-525-2821.
                                                                                                         Wynnewood.
    q 8:00 a.m. Worship with communion in the Chapel. The Rev. Elizabeth Lovell             6:00 p.m.    SWELL (youth-sponsored worship service), Congregational Hall.                                  Saturday, November 28
      will preach. 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Worship with Senior Choir in the Sanctuary.
      The Rev. Susan Rice will preach.                                                      Monday, November 23                                                                                         7:00 a.m.       BMPC Men’s Group, Converse House Parlor.
                                                                                            7:00 a.m.    Budget Meeting, Pastors’ Conference Room.                                                      Sunday, November 29
    q Childcare for infants and toddlers, Education Building, 7:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
                                                                                            9:30 a.m.    Cardio Fitness, gym, Carol Haldy, 610-525-6765.
                                                                                            1:30 p.m.    Perspectives in Music with Daniel Matsukawa, Principal Bassoonist                              8:00 a.m. Worship with communion in the Chapel.
    q Church School, ages 2 – grade 12, 9:30 a.m., following BLINK (Ks – grade 5)                                                                                                                       The Rev. Susan Sytsma Bratt will preach on Jeremiah 33:1-4
                                                                                                         of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Fine Arts Center.
      in the Sanctuary (except Ks and 1st graders; 1st grade Bible storybooks in the        7:00 p.m.    Senior Choir Rehearsal is Cancelled.                                                           9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Worship with Senior Choir in the Sanctuary.
      Chapel).                                                                              7:30 p.m.    Nominating Committee, Fullerton Room.                                                          The Rev. Dr. James Carter will preach on Isaiah 40:1-5.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Childcare for infants and toddlers, Education Building, 7:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    q 6:00 p.m. SWELL, youth-sponsored worship, Congregational Hall.                        Tuesday, November 24                                                                                        Youth-in-Worship.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        9:30 a.m.        Church School, Rainbows (age 2 by 9/1/09) – Lambs (age 4 by
                         See the calendar for a complete listing.                           8:30 a.m.    Tuesday Morning Study Group, Converse House Parlor.                                                             9/1/09), Education Building.
                                                                                            9:10 a.m.    Yoga For All, Gym, kcgagnier@verizon.net or 610-952-0622.                                      9:30 a.m.        BLINK: K – 5th graders begin worship with families in Sanctuary.
                                            v
                                                                                            10:30 a.m.   Tai Chi, Gym.                                                                                  9:30 a.m.        Youth-in-Worship, Sanctuary.
    We invite you to attend the Alternative Gift Market                                     12:00 p.m.   Preachers’ Brown Bag Bible Study, Conference Room.                                             9:30 a.m.        Adult Class: Encounter for Advent, Witherspoon Parlor.
    today from 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Gym. Come and learn about proj-                1:00 p.m..   Great Decisions: “Universal Human Rights,” Rosemont Presbyterian                               9:45 a.m.        K – 2nd grade classes meets in Education Building.
      ects, purchase cards, and enjoy the festivities and refreshments. Supporting                       Village Auditorium.                                                                            9:45 a.m.        3rd - 5th graders Workshop Rotation 2 (Advent), week 4.
              the AGM will draw you closer to the true spirit of Christmas,                 1:30 p.m.    Parkinson’s Disease Support Group, Gloucester Room and                                         10:30 a.m.       Alternative Gift Market, Gym.
                             now and throughout the year.                                                Witherspoon Parlor.                                                                            11:00 a.m.       Art-at-11 for ages 3 and older, Room 201, Education Building.
                                                                                            6:00 p.m.    Boy Scout Troop 19, Congregational Hall.
                                            v                                               7:00 p.m.    Worldwide Ministries Council Meeting, Gloucester Room.
      BMPC Members Trip to Haiti Presentation is Today,                                     7:30 p.m.    Career Counseling, Conference Room, 610-525-0766.
     12:30 p.m., Witherspoon Parlor. Join BMPC members and staff who participat-
     ed in a Transformational Travel Trip with our mission partner Beyond Borders
          as they share photos and stories of the impact your mission dollars               As of November 19, 2009 ...                                                   The graphs below represent BMPC’s current and anticipated pledges for the year.
                                                                                                                                                                          Pledge online at www.bmpc.org/bmpcpledge.htm or pick up a card in the Sanctuary Narthex.
                                  are having in Haiti.
                                            v                                               $2,500,000                                                                                                  1,000
                                                                                                                             Goal = $2,500,000 Dollars Pledged                                                                    Goal = 1,000 Households Pledged
                                                                                            $2,000,000                                                                                                    800


        Christmas Flower Donations.
                                                                                            $1,500,000                                                                                                    600




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       GOAL
                                                                                                                                                                                           GOAL
        Christmas Eve Flower donations are due at the church office
        by Sunday, November 29. Those whom you honor will
        be listed in the Christmas Eve bulletin. Monies received are                        $1,000,000                                                                                                    400
        used to purchase plants for bereaved, hospitalized and home-
                                                                                                            $1,004,624.00



                                                                                                                             $1,323,044.00




        bound church members and to provide flowers and other related
        decorations throughout the year when needed. Contributions may be given              $500,000                                                                                                     200
        in three categories: “In memory of,” “In honor of,” or “In celebration of the…




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        marriage, retirement, birth, baptism, etc. of.” Request forms are available in
        the church office, Narthex, or on www.bmpc.org.
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