Friday, January 21, 2011

Order of Service for Jan. 23rd 2011

Order of Service for Jan. 23rd, 2011

For Your Meditation: "The fears I encounter vanish before my courage and return to their native nothingness." ---Author Unknown

Time of Centering

Piano Prelude: Rev. Nikolas Brown

Greetings and Announcements: Rev. Tamara Davis

Opening Hymn: "Great is Thy Faithfulness" No. 72

Call to Worship: Psalm 111: Sister Staci Lewis

Leader: O God of the still, small voice, when you spoke through the angel Gabriel to Mary, mother of our Lord, you said, "Don't be afraid."

People: And in the mighty chorus of your heavenly host, you comforted those frightened shepherds with the same words.

Leader: This whole business of "Gloria in excelsis" can be a bit overwhelming, to out it mildly. It seems we're never really prepared for your new possibilities.

 People: We're not very good at waiting. Nor are we good at following instructions, both bred by fear either cause us to act of impatience or to be debilitated from any action. Yet, you know how we react. You know us very well. And you say, again, "Don't be afraid."

Leader: In your Word we find these words: "Perfect love casts out fear." May that love come to birth in us today.

People: In the stillness of this moment, cast  out our fear, and create in us a united voice which cannot help but cry out your delivery room song: "Gloria in Excelsis Deo!"

All: Glory to God in the highest! Amen! Amen! AMEN!

Invocation: Mary Lou Martinkovic

The Gloria Patri

Passing the Peace

Children's Time: Rev. Nicholas Brown

Morning Prayer: Deacon Thomas Ng

Scripture Lesson: Matthew 25:14-30 

Song of Preparation: "I am Thine, O, LORD" No. 408

Sermon: "Unearthing Talents" Rev. Tamara Davis

Invitation to Discipleship

Sermon Response: "All Things  Bright and Beautiful" No. 30

Presentation of Tithes and Offerings

Offertory Prayer: Deacon Charles Holt


Grant us God...

Benediction: Rev. Tamara Davis

Congregational Response: Threefold Amen.

Postlude: Rev. Nicholas Brown

Friday, January 7, 2011

Order of Service 1/9/10

For Your Meditation: "Miracles happen when you belief system yields 100 percent to the Creator."

Time of Centering

Piano Prelude (Rev. Nikolas Brown)

Greetings and Announcements (Rev. Tamara R. Davis)  

Opening Hymn: "Here I Am Lord" #559

 Call to Worship: Psalm 111 (Rev. Tamara R. Davis)
Leader: Praise the LORD! I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation.

People: Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them.

Leader: Full of honor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever. 

People: He has gained renown by his wonderful deeds; the LORD is gracious and merciful.

Leader: He provides food for those who fear him; he is ever mindful of his covenant.

People: He has shown his people the power of his works, in giving them the heritage of the nations. 

Leader: The works of his hands are faithful and just, all his precepts are trustworthy.

People: They are established forever and ever, to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness. 

Leader: He sent redemption to his people; he has commanded his covenant forever. Holy and awesome his name.  

All: The dear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have good understanding. His praise endures forever. 


Invocation (Sister Staci Lewis) 

The Gloria Patri

Passing of the Peace

Children's Time (Deacon Charles Holt)

Morning Prayer (MaryLou Martinkovic)

Scripture Lesson: Luke 5:1-11

Song of Preparation: "Breathe On Me, Breath of  God" #461

Sermon: "Let Down Your Nets" (Rev. Tamara R. Davis)

Invitation to Discipleship 

Sermon Response: "Be Not Afraid" #430

Presentation of Tithes and Offerings

Offertory Prayer (Rev. Dr. Miles Austin, moderator)


Benediction (Rev. Tamara R. Davis)

Congregational Response: Threefold Amen


Saturday, November 13, 2010

Reflections from Pastor Bill Whitehead

Pastor Bill Whitehead is the senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Rahway, in New Jersey. He is a graduate of the New Brunswick Theological Seminary, where he earned his Master's of Divinity.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Stelton to hold 'Unleashing the Voices' program on Sunday, 10/24

The Unleashing the Voices program will take place Sunday, Oct. 24th during 11 a.m. worship at the church.

The program is about coming together as a community in solidarity with victims/survivors of domestic violence.

Rev. Davis began "Unleashing the Voices" on the campus of Princeton Theological Seminary two years ago to challenge faith communities and her colleagues, to begin the task of transforming 'sacred space' into 'safe space' for victims/survivors to navigate healing. The faith community is not exempt from domestic violence, whether a wife or a pastor or congregant -- silence breeds complicity and does not make the pain go away.

During the service, attendees create a memorial wreath that is later donated to an agency providing direct services to victims/survivors. In the past, wreaths have been given to Woman Space, in Trenton, and the JBWS, in Morristown. As these wreaths hang in these agencies, lifting them in prayer, it demonstrates to survivors that they are not alone.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

What's coming up at Stelton?

Two weeks ago, Pastor Davis met with some members of the church to announce that she is looking into a deacon's training course of instruction to assist in the training of the deaconry.

Consequently, pastor will be investigating various programs that exist to identify some choices that will best suit the congregation at Stelton. This innovation was one widely greeted by the church's current deacons.

Adult Sunday School to be held Oct. 10th!

Adult Sunday School will be held at Stelton Baptist Church at 10 a.m. on Sunday, October 10th. The class will be presided over by Pastor Davis.

Search Committee meets with pastor to conclude contract

While the Oct. 3rd meeting of the Facilities and Finance Committee may have been canceled, it was replaced with a meeting of the Stelton Baptist Church Search Committee and Pastor Tamara Davis.

In attendance for the committee was Co-Chairman Charles Holt, Dr. Miles Austin, Jim Purcell and Cassandra Gilliam.

At the meeting, the final details of the pastor's contract was worked out by all parties as we go forward.

UPDATE (10/16/10): The Stelton Search Committee continues to meet with Pastor Tamara Davis regarding her interim contract. The conclusion of such talks will be announced when they occur.