~ ~ SEPTEMBER 7, 2008 ~ ~


                               FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF PENN YAN

224 Main Street                                                     Penn Yan, New York

September 7, 2008                                                               10:00 A.M.


We, as God’s people, will use our gifts and talents

to seek out and bring people to Christ,

by maturing in our faith,

by deepening our fellowship,

and by caring for people

for the honor and glory of God.


Rally Day




Song of Praise & Worship    


Welcome and Announcements


Scripture Reading                  Deuteronomy 11:13-21          Pg. 203 OT


*Hymn                        “I Sing the Mighty Power of God”         No. 288



*Silent Prayer & Invocation                                                         

            Thank you, Lord, for standing by your promises, for being the one certainty in an uncertain time, and for being the strong hedge against idolatry and temptation. It is so easy for us to choose the path of least resistance and accept whatever our culture suggests to us. Help us to stand as a family of faith and be a strong witness to your ongoing love. We pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.




Litany                         “How Happy Is Each Child of God”       No. 239


Children’s Time        


*Hymn                        “In the Garden”                             Insert vs. 1&3

                                        Birthday choice of Mary Lou Hainsworth


Scripture                     Luke 18:15-17                                   Pg. 109 NT


Message                      “Let the Little Children Come to Me”        

                                                                                    Pastor John Tharp



*Doxology                  Praise God from whom all blessings flow

                                    Praise Him all creatures here below

                                    Praise Him above ye heavenly host

                                    Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen


*Prayer of Dedication


*Hymn            “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”       No. 403 vs. 1&2


Ordinance of the Lord’s Supper

                                    Welcome to the Lord’s Table

                                    Vision Statement

                                    Community of Prayer

                                    Sharing the Bread

                                    Sharing the Cup

                                    Prayer of Thanks

                                    The Lord’s Prayer


The bread used in communion today is Matzo. Matzo is unleavened flat bread. Pieces of unleavened bread are eaten by the Jews during Passover.


*Hymn            “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”          No. 403  vs. 3                                               

                                     Sylvia Ansley’s birthday choice





*If you wish to and are able, you are invited to stand.


Rally Day is Today!

Come to the great room following the worship service for a chance to sign up for a class, meet the Sunday School teachers, learn more about the various programs offered; from pre-school – adult, and enjoy a little ice cream! See you there!


Lay Reader: Jack Clancy

Greeters: Margaret Mills & Viola Gray

Ushers: Pat Ames, Shelley Bicksler, Jack Clancy, Erma Mullins,

and Cheryl Stewart

Organist: Carrie Ahearn                        

Choir Director: Nancy Tharp

Church Phone: 315-536-9821            


Church Website:



Our Prayer Concerns…


At the Homestead:     Luella Passage           Alberta Gottshall

                                    Virginia DeLooza       Willie Nelson

                                    Helen Ansley              Alice Wise


Friends with long term-illness: Elmer Cranmer


Loved ones serving in the Armed Forces:    Jennifer Willson


Our Special Interest Missionaries:

Rev. Richard & Mrs. Susan Harding ~Dr. James & Rev. Debra Kelsey            

Prayers for:                                                  

Mary Armstrong        Kim Strong Imisides              Billie Potts

Eva Jean Best            Don Johnson                          Lucas Ryska

Tracey Bicksler         Nancy Putnam                        Corrina Schultz

Pat Carroll                  Bill LaRock                            *Doug Seager

Rachel Carter            Lori Lawrence                        Betty Smith

Mickie Christiansen  *Mary Ellen Mattison           Barbara Stewart

Reece Conley             *Doug Mattison                     Charlie Taylor

Bill Gillette                 Barbara Mortensen               Jean Wager

Marlene Guild            Polly Logan                            Ralph Wilkes

Frances Hartwell        Doug Passage                         Jean Whitaker

                                    Keith Pierce                  Phyllis & Elwood Whitbeck

*The Boesen Family

*Brad Stewart- struggling after double lung transplant.

*Mary Ann Morith recovering from stroke; sister of Judi Gibbs

*Warner & Judi Gibbs – Judi suffered a slight stroke last week.


*Indicates that special prayers are needed.

Please keep the church office updated on your loved ones


This Week’s Schedule & Announcements


Sunday, September 7

¨      Happy Birthday to Kathryn Clayson!

¨      Happy Birthday to Sean Ahearn!

Monday, September 8

¨      Happy Birthday to Mary Lou Hainsworth!

Tuesday, September 9

¨      10:30 a.m. Mary & Martha Circle

¨      7 p.m.        Bd. of Trustees meeting

¨      Happy Birthday to Sylvia Ansley!

Thursday, September 11

¨      6:30 p.m.   Worship Team meeting

¨      7 p.m.        Bd. of Christian Education


Next Week is:

Worship Team Sunday


Church News


Mary & Martha Circle

This ladies group will start up their meetings after taking the summer off. The first meeting will be this Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 10:30 a.m. Bring a sandwich and someone new to the group. Marge Cornell will bring a dessert for the group and will lead devotions for this first meeting.


Association Fall Rally

Sunday, September 14

First Baptist Church of Geneva will host the next meeting of the FL Association. J. Brent Walker, Executive Director,Baptist Joint committee for Religious Liberty will be the guest speaker.

Registration begins at 2:30 p.m.

Hymn Sing – 2:45 p.m.

Devotions – 2:55 p.m.

Program – 3 p.m.

Dish-to-Pass Supper – 5 p.m.


Lay Studies Course

 The Finger Lakes Association will offer a course in Baptist History. The course will take place Saturdays,  September 20 - Nov. 22 from 10 – noon. Completion of the course will earn a certificate in Lay Studies. Ed Carey will teach the class. 

Call Greg Marion at 536-6771.


Parenting 101

This parenting class will begin meeting next Sunday, Sept. 14, following the worship service. The purpose of this class will be to help reinforce pro-active parenting in a Christian household. For more information contact Eileen Modafarri at 694-8267.




a concert by Mark Lawrence, Tenor

accompanied by Bill Cowdery


Sunday, September 28, 2008

at 3 p.m.

Penn Yan First Baptist Church

Donation $5.00

for new building mortgage


Mark A.B. Lawrence leads an active performing career in oratorio, opera, and recital literature. He is in demand as a recitalist and master teacher, having performed at Cornell University, St. Lawrence University, Colgate University, Ithaca College and throughout the northeast.


Bill Cowdery serves as musical director and organist of the First Congregational Church in Ithaca. He has also taught on the music faculties of Cornell University, Ithaca College, Colgate University, and Keuka College.



Pastor John would like to thank the following people for their help in the “hay” project: Trevor Conrad, Matt Scutt, Johnny Tharp, Stan Ovens, Greg Marion, Sean Ahearn, and Eileen Modafarri.



Attendance and Financial Report

            Were you here?                       8/17            8/24             8/31

                                                                 57               47                60


Current Expenses                           $1,482        $1,285           $2,589

Missions                                   268             337                765                 

BT&T                                       116             160                984

Total                                    $1,866        $1,782           $4,338        



A little girl’s prayer:

“Dear God, please take care of Daddy and Mommy and my sister and my brother and me. And please take care of yourself, God. If anything happens to you, we’re gonna be in a big mess.”



Thought: The task ahead of us is never as great as the power behind us.