December 10, 2017


December 10, 2017 Second Sunday of Advent 9:30 A.M.

Prelude……….. Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring………..

Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne / The Birthday of a King

O Come, All Ye Faithful

Welcome and Call to Worship ………..

God’s Greeting………..

Lighting the Advent Candle of Love Jeff Wichhart Family

A Time of Praise……….. Led by Praise Band

*Light of the Stable

*What a Glorious Night

Profession of Faith of: Matt Bokhoven, Taryn Hugen, Lexie Matherly, Tessa Vander Molen, Max Wichhart

Presentation of Bibles by the Elders……….. ………..


*Response of Gratitude, singing:

In my life, Lord, be glorified. In my life, Lord, be glorified today.

In Your church, Lord, be glorified, be glorified. In Your church, Lord, be glorified today.

In Your world, Lord, be glorified, be glorified. In Your world, Lord, be glorified today.

By B. Kilpatrick,© 1978 Bob Kilpatrick Ministries; CCLI #618659

Scripture Reading……….. Ezekiel 47……….. ………..

Pew Bibles – page 1364

Sermon……….. “Grace Flows Down” ………..


Prayer of Confession………..

Declaration of God’s Invitation and Promises

Hear the words of the institution of the Holy Supper of our Lord Jesus Christ:

The Lord Jesus, on the night of his arrest, took bread, and after giving thanks to God, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying “Take, eat. This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood, shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this in remembrance of me.”

Prayer for the Work of the Spirit

Preparing 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.



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 obe-dience 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.

The Communion

Take, eat, remember, and believe that the precious body of our Lord Jesus Christ was given for the complete forgiveness of all our sins.

Take, drink, remember, and believe that the precious blood of our Lord Jesus Christ was shed for the complete forgiveness of all our sins.

Giving Our Firstfruits to God……….. The Well

Offertory: Communion Hymn for Christmas – Text on screen


*Response, singing            The First Noel            Celebration #265:6

Then let us all with one accord sing praises to our heavenly Lord.

  That hath made heaven and earth of naught, and with His blood mankind hath bought.

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, Born is the King of Israel.


Interim Minister: Pastor Dale Slings; Organist: Melissa Geetings
Duet: Arlys Veenstra, Joe Van Haaften

* = Please stand if able.

Boldface type = Congregational Response




December 10, 2017 Candlelight Service 6:00 P.M.

Christmas Prelude……….. The First Noel……….. Joyce Boender, Organist

Welcome to Our World

Away in a Manger

Welcome and Call to Worship……….. Pastor Dale Slings

God’s Greeting, *Mutual Greeting ………..

*Sing……….. O Come, All Ye Faithful……….. led by Praise Band, Choir

*Sing……….. Angels We Have Heard on High………..

Choir Anthem……….. He Come from the Glory……….. Bryan Harthoorn, Soloist

*Sing……….. Joy to the World………..

Giving Our Firstfruits to God……….. The Well
Offertory: Christmas Offering – Praise Band

Sing……….. The First Noel……….. vs. 1 – solo by Luke Schreur

Solo……….. Hallelujah……….. Levi Nieuwsma

Song……….. The Little Drummer Boy……….. Praise Band

Meditation……….. “What Mary Pondered”………..

Solo……….. Mary, Did You Know?……….. Will Van Wyngarden


Sing……….. What Child Is This?……….. vs. 1 & chorus – solo by Will Van Wyngarden………..

Solo……….. Gesu Bambino / O Holy Night……….. Glenda Van Woerkom………..

Recitation of Luke 2:1-20……….. Ruth Stevenson

*Sing (with candles lit)……….. Peace, Peace / Silent Night! Holy Night!………..


*Postlude……….. Silent Night………..

Interim Minister: Pastor Dale Slings; Praise Band
Adult Choir: Phyllis De Vries, Pianist; Barbara Boertje DeVries, Director

* = Please stand if able.




OFFERINGS: December 17: Pella II Christian Education Fund; December 24: Pella II Missions Fund; Christmas Day: World Renew; December 31: General Fund

NURSERY: Today: (A.M.) Vicky Slings, Susan Vander Molen, Carter Vos; (P.M.) Barb Gosselink, Melissa Tukker; December 17: (A.M.) Sarah Christensen, Kim Roose, Grace Bokhoven

GREETERS: Today:   East Doors: Lowell and Julie Vander Molen; North Doors: Jeff and Kim Vander Molen; South Doors: Brian and Glenda Van Kooten; December 17: East Doors: Lawrence and Mary Ann Vander Molen; North Doors: Dennis and Bev De Vries; South Doors: Anne Bokhoven

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

Today: Bonnie Boot – C,J,S; Mary Van Haaften – C,J,S; JoAnn Boot – C,S; December 17: Barb Gosselink – C,J,S; Ruth Van Hal – C,J,S; JoAnn Boot – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVER: Today: Gary Vander Molen; December 17: Jeff Van Kooten

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 will experience the joy of witnessing the public profession of faith of Matthew Bokhoven, Taryn Hugen, Alexa Matherly, Tessa Vander Molen and Max Wichhart. May God be praised for his covenant faithfulness!

This morning we look forward to the sacrament of Holy Communion, and we joyfully anticipate taking the benefits of Christ’s salvation into our hearts through this holy supper. All those who name Christ as Savior and who undertake to follow him in repentance are welcome to join us at the table.

Cake will be served after the morning worship service in celebration of the professions of faith. All visitors and members of the congregation are invited to come downstairs for refreshments and fellowship.

Church School will meet from 10:50-11:35 a.m. Note: the 3-year-olds – 5th grades will meet in the sanctuary today for program practice.

Adult Choir rehearsal from 11:00-11:35 on the third floor.

You are invited to attend a Harp Gathering at 3:00 this afternoon (December 10) in the Gathering Space at Second Reformed Church.

This evening we will sing our closing song with candlelight and ask that each of you pick up a candle before you enter the sanctuary (use parents’ discretion for the children). Please leave your candles in the boxes at the exits after the service.

NEXT SUNDAY: Our Children’s Christmas Program will be part of the morning worship service on December 17. There will be no church school next Sunday.

NEXT SUNDAY (continued):

There will be a Council Chat following the morning service next Sunday.

Next Sunday evening, December 17, we will have an abbreviated worship service at 4:00 p.m. followed by Christmas Caroling. See details elsewhere in the bulletin.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY: Edith Van Zee is spending a few days at Jefferson Place recuperating from an intestinal virus. When she is well enough she hopes to have a hip transplant. Pray for good health for her.

Alice Zylstra remains at Jefferson Place. We pray that her pain will be well managed.

Dorell Uitermarkt remains at home. He experiences both good and difficult days.

Remember all those who are experiencing the Christmas season without the company of loved ones.

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

TUESDAY: The music department of Pella Christian High School invites you to join them for an evening of music focused on the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, at 7:00 p.m. in the PCHS Vermeer Auditorium. The concert will present the message of Christmas in word and song centered on the theme “Emmanuel Is Born”. Please join us for an evening filled with the musical joy recognized as part of the Christmas season.

WEDNESDAY: The Quilting Group will meet at 9:00 a.m. in the church basement.

Christian Fellowship will meet at 1:30 p.m. to study Lesson 7. We will have a Christmas potluck coffeetime. All ladies are welcome to join us!

GEMS will meet from 7:00-8:30 p.m. for their Christmas party.

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

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

THURSDAY: The Let’s Remember scrapbooking small group will meet in the church basement, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information contact Julie at 628-1303.

CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR MISSIONARIES: It is the time of year to remember Pella II’s missionaries with Christmas cards. Four collection boxes will be available downstairs through today. 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.

FROM THE CONSISTORY: At their request, the memberships of Chad, Becky, Haley and Alexis Van Houweling have been transferred to Trinity Reformed Church in Pella. Blessings to them as they continue their covenantal walk with Christ.

YEAR-END GIVING: The last date to make contributions posted to your 2017 giving statement will be Monday, December 25 (Christmas Day). Thank you, the Deacons


Dec. 17 – 9:30 a.m. Children’s Christmas Program

Dec. 17 – 4:00 p.m. Abbreviated Worship Service before Caroling

Dec. 24 – 9:30 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. – Christmas Eve Services

Dec. 25 – 9:30 a.m. Christmas Morning Service

Dec. 31 – 9:30 a.m. Service

Dec. 31 – 6:00 p.m. Service at Calvary CRC

CHRISTMAS CAROLING/PIZZA: Sunday evening, December 17, we have the opportunity to go Christmas Caroling! Anyone interested should gather downstairs immediately following the “abbreviated” 4:00 p.m. evening service. After caroling, we will gather for pizza, Christmas cookie decorating, and fellowship in the Pella II lower level. For planning purposes, there is a sign-up sheet downstairs. Any questions, contact Glenda Van Woerkom.

SURVEY: The results of the survey taken from the congregation after the merger did not pass are in your mailboxes today.


The 7th Annual Blood Drive in memory of Megan Hoogeveen will be held at Pella Christian High School on December 29 from 2:00-7:00 p.m. Appointments are highly recommended to avoid wait times and to help in staffing the event. They can be made by calling LifeServe at 800-287-4903 or Mike Hoogeveen at 641-780-7043, online at or the events page of Walk-ins are also welcome. Free t-shirts available to all who donate. Help us celebrate what would have been Megan’s 25th birthday by giving the gift of life with your blood donation. After donation birthday cupcakes will be provided by Vander Ploeg Bakery.

OSKALOOSA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL is seeking qualified applicants for School Principal beginning with 2018-2019 school year. Details on the bulletin board downstairs.

JOB OPENING FOR NURSE MANAGER: Pathways of Pella is accepting applications for the position of Nurse Manager for their STD and Ultrasound program. This is a part-time (12 hours/week) position. Qualifications – R.N. with current license, and a heart for the ministry of Pathways of Pella. Previous experience in obstetrics and/or ultrasound preferred but not required. Job description and application can be found on the website:


  • December Council Report
  • Voices of Pella II survey results
  • Huyser Christmas Letter
  • New Life News