December 1, 2019

MORNING SERVICE OF WORD AND SACRAMENT
December 1, 2019                            First Sunday of Advent                                        9:30 A.M.

Prelude………………………….. Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus………………………………………

Whiter Than Snow

Once in Royal David’s City

OPENING AND GREETING

Welcome and Announcements…………………………………………………………………………………….

Call to Worship………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

*Opening Prayer………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

PRAISE TO GOD

*Sing………………………………… O Come, O Come, Emmanuel……. Celebration #245:1, 2, 4

*Sing…………………………….. Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus…….. Celebration #244:1-2

Advent Candle of Hope………………………………………………………………. Jon & Nicole Yoder

Congregational Prayer, concluding with The Lord’s Prayer………………………………………….

Giving Our Firstfruits to God…………………………………………………………….. Freedom House

Anthem: An Advent Credo

GOD’S WORD

Scripture Reading…………………………………………………………………………………. Luke 1:26-52

Pew Bibles – page 1588

Sermon…………………………. “Faith to Receive God’s Miracle”……………………………………..

Prayer………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

*Sing……………………………………………. Emmanuel………………………………. Celebration #243

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

Invitation to the Lord’s Table

Preparing to Receive the Bread and Cup

The bread that we break is a sharing in the body of Christ.

We who are many are one body, for we all share the same loaf.

The cup for which we give thanks is a sharing in the blood of Christ.

The cup that we drink is our participation in the blood of Christ.

Communion

Invitation

Congregation of Jesus Christ, the Lord has prepared his table for all who love him and trust in him alone for their salvation.  All who are truly sorry for their sins, who sincerely believe in the Lord Jesus as their Savior, and who desire to live in obedience to him as Lord are now invited to come with gladness to the table of the Lord.

Holy Father, in thanks for the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, in the joy of his resurrection, in the hope of his coming again, we present ourselves a living sacrifice and come to the table of our Lord.

The gifts of God for the people of God.

Receiving the Bread and Cup

Prayer of Thanks

CLOSING WORSHIP

*Sing………………………………………. There Is a Redeemer………………. Celebration #308:1, 2

*Blessing…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

*Sing………………………………………. There Is a Redeemer………………….. Celebration #308:3

*Postlude…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Pastor:   Paul Bradford; Organist:  Andrea Van Waardhuizen
Adult Choir: Phyllis De Vries, Susan Pierson, Accompanists,
Barbara Boertje De Vries, Director;   Worship Team
Readers: Bev De Vries, Glenda Van Woerkom, Nia Hoekstra, Luke Nieuwsma

* = Please stand if able.

Boldface type = Congregational Response

 

Announcements for December 1, 2019

OFFERINGSDecember 8:  Pella Food Shelf; December 15: With Love Toy Ministry; December 22:  Christian Education Fund; December 25 (Christmas): The Well; December 29:  New Life Prison Ministry

NURSERYToday: (A.M.) Barb Gosselink, Amy Bokhoven, Georgia De Vries; December 8:  (A.M.) Mary Van Haaften, Regina Vaverka, Tessa Vander Molen

GREETERSToday:  East Doors: Ken and Shirley Zylstra; North Doors: Dave and Ruth Stevenson; South Doors: Jerry and Martha Uitermarkt; December 8: East Doors: Troy and Brenda Hugen; North Doors: Glenn and Carol Matherly; South Doors: Robert Rus

FELLOWSHIP COFFEE: C = 3 dozen Cookies; J = 1 gal. Juice; S = Serve

Today: Katie Magnussen – C; Lois Slings – C,J,S; Carol Ver Woert – C,J,S; Lola Spoelstra – C,S; December 8:  Crystal Schreur – C,J,S; Mary Van Haaften – C,J,S; Sharon Walker – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVER: Today: Ken Van Woerkom; December 8:  Gary Vander Molen

TODAY: Welcome to Worship!  We welcome all who worship with us today!

Fellowship coffee is served downstairs at 9:00 a.m.

This morning we look forward to partaking of the Lord’s Supper.  We joyfully anticipate receiving the benefits of Christ’s salvation as we receive the bread and cup in faith.  If you have put your faith in Jesus as your Lord and Savior, and are seeking to faithfully follow him, you are welcome to join us at the table.

We invite visitors and members of the congregation to a Fellowship Coffee downstairs after the morning worship service.

Church School Classes will not meet today.

At 6:00 p.m. we will join Connect Church and Faith CRC at Connect Church for worship.  Pastor Brad Meinders will preach on the Parable of the Lost Son.  The offering is for the New Life Prison.

NEXT SUNDAY:  At 4:30 p.m. we will meet downstairs to go caroling.  This is for all ages, and will be followed by pizza, and cookie decorating for the kids.  Please sign up downstairs.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  We extend our Christian sympathies to Mary Ann Vander Molen, Gary and Sandi Vander Molen, Lowell and Julie Vander Molen and Cathryn Van Ee on the death of their husband, father and brother, Lawrence Vander Molen, on November 26. May God comfort them with the hope of eternal life in Jesus our Lord.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY (continued):

“Thank you for the many cards I received for my birthday.  Each one was appreciated.” – Viola De Vries

“Thank you for the cards and well wishes, and for your prayers at the time of my surgery.  I thank God for His healing mercies.” – Ruth Van Hal

MONDAY:  Perk Up will meet at 9:00 a.m. at Happy Joes.  All ladies are welcome.

WEDNESDAY:  The Quilting Small Group will meet at 9:00 a.m. in the church basement. New members are welcome! Call Karen Spencer for more information.

Christian Fellowship Hour will meet at 1:30 p.m.  All ladies are welcome to join us!

Kingdom Kids meet from 5:30-6:50 p.m.  The topic this week is “Jesus was a Teacher”.

GEMS meet from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Cadets meet from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Adult Choir rehearsal, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

NAME CHANGE:  The Name Change Task Force would like to invite the congregation to prayerfully consider and submit name suggestions (and their reasoning, if desired) for consideration by today, DECEMBER 1st.  Suggestions can be submitted by email to bev@kcwnfm.org or jnyoder16@gmail.com, by placing in Bev De Vries’ or Jon Yoder’s church mailbox, or by speaking to any member of the team.  Suggestions can be signed or remain anonymous.

ADVANCE NOTICES:

Our Children’s Christmas Program will be part of the morning worship service on December 15.

Our Christmas Candlelight Service will be held on Sunday, December 15, at 6:00 p.m.  Please join us for this special musical worship service.

The Pella Pro-Life Cookie Sale is Thursday, December 12.  Boxes of delicious decorated cookies will be sold at Ulrich’s Meat Market, 715 Franklin Street, from Noon to 5:30 p.m.  We appreciate your support for Life!

CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR MISSIONARIES:  It is the time of year to remember Pella II’s missionaries with Christmas cards. Collection boxes will be available in the church basement through December 15 for Joel & Jeanie Huyser, Doug & Benita Le Mahieu, Lloyd & Nancy Peckham and Justin Van Zee. No postage or envelopes are needed. Mission Outreach will handle the mailing.  Missionaries often tell us that they enjoy getting cards from Pella II.  Please show them your support with a card.

OSKALOOSA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL SALE: Do your holiday baking and Christmas shopping the easy way at the Oskaloosa Christian School Gym, at 726 North E Street in Oskaloosa, this Saturday, December 7, from 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  Your favorite Christmas goodies will be for sale, including our famous decorated cookies!  Many vendors and crafters will also be available to help you with your Christmas shopping.

CUSTODIANS NEEDED:  PCHS has an immediate opening for two custodians to share afternoon/evening custodial duties.  Work duties would include general daily cleaning and could include some event management.  Hours are afternoon and evening hours with some flexibility, depending on the school’s events schedule.  These positions would be ideal for a parent or retiree.  Please contact Principal Dan Van Kooten at 628-4440 or vankootend@pceagles.org.

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK:  Wonderful Counselor – In the famous passage Isaiah 9:6, the prophet begins by describing the Messiah as a Wonderful Counselor.  As we look toward Jesus Christ’s birth, join us in studying Isaiah 9:2-6, John 14:15-17 and John 16:12-15 to discover the divine wisdom and help we receive from Jesus Christ our Messiah.  Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER: Attitude of Gratitude – Lucille’s article deadline is quickly approaching!  What can she possibly write for next edition of the Terrene Gazette?  Listen now at kidscorner.net.  Download KC’s Advent Gifts of Kindness devotionals to lead your family’s Bible study as you prepare for Christmas.

ADVENT AT-HOME FAITH FORMATION TIP – During Advent we light the candle of Hope.  Through Jesus Christ, God provides us with hope for our daily living and hope for our future.  How can you be a messenger of hope this week?  Wonder and talk about that with someone this week.

JESSE TREE – God’s Big Advent Story is now available FREE for CRC families!  This downloadable package from Faith Formation Ministries includes 25 simple devotions for kids of all ages and printable ornaments that follow God’s story from creation to the birth of Jesus.  Each day’s reading invites families to read and wonder about a Bible story together, pray together and step away from the busyness of the season.  Learn more and download these Advent devotions at dwellcuriulum.org/home.