December 2, 2018

MORNING SERVICE OF WORD AND SACRAMENT
December 2, 2018                            First Sunday of Advent                                        9:30 A.M.

Prelude…………………………………… Mary, Did You Know?………………………………………………

Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

Solo………………………………….. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel…………………………………………

Advent Candle of Hope…………………………………………………… Will & Taylor Vande Voort

*Sing………………………………… O Come, O Come, Emmanuel…………………………………………

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

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

Congregational Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer……………………………………………………………….

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

Offertory:  It’s About the Cross – Men’s Quartet

Children 3 years-PreKindergarten are dismissed to C4C (Children for Christ) after offering received.

GOD’S WORD

Scripture, read by Jon Golliet…………………………………………………………… Matthew 1:18-23……

Pew Bibles – page 1497

Sermon………………………………… “O Come, Emmanuel!”  ………………………………………….. ……

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

*Sing………………………………… O Come, O Come, Emmanuel……….. Celebration #245:2, 3

THE LORD’S TABLE

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………………………………… O Come, O Come, Emmanuel…………… Celebration #245:4

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

*Sing……………. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!……………………. ……

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

Minister:  Pastor Paul Bradford; Organist:  Andrea Van Waardhuizen
Men’s Quartet:  Jon Golliet, Levi Nieuwsma, Joe Van Haaften, Will Van Wyngarden
Pianist:  Barbara Boertje DeVries

* = Please stand if able.

Boldface type = Congregational Response

 

Announcements for December 2

OFFERINGSDecember 9:  New Life Prison Ministry; December 16:  Christian Education Fund; December 12:  The Well;  December 25 (Christmas):  World Renew;  December 30:  Resonate Global Mission

NURSERYToday: (A.M) Melissa Tukker, Barb Gosselink, Nathaniel Veenstra; December 9:  (A.M.) Vicky Slings, Katie Magnussen, Ryley Hoekstra

C4C LEADERSToday:  Jeanetta Nieuwsma and Regina Vaverka

GREETERSToday:  East Doors:  Jacob and Regina Vaverka;  North and South Doors: Jon and Lindsay Golliet; December 9:  East Doors: Kurt and Emily Boender; North & South Doors: Ryan and Kim Hoekstra

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

Today: Laura Branderhorst – C; Martha Uitermarkt – C,J,S; Ruth Van Hal – C,J,S; Sharon Walker – C,S; December 9:  Anne Bokhoven – C,J,S; Mary Van Haaften – C,J,S; Lola Spoelstra – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVER: Today: Jeff Vander Molen; December 9: Jason Van Arendonk

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.

C4C (Children for Christ) meets this morning on 3rd floor. Children 3 years old-PreK will be dismissed during the service.  Visitors are also welcome!  Parents may pick up their child after the service. Today’s leaders are Jeanetta Nieuwsma and Regina Vaverka.

Today we will pause from our sermon series “Amazing Grace” to begin a special Advent Series entitled, “A Christmas Carol”.  Each week we’ll be discussing the amazing biblical truths found in some of the best loved Christmas songs.  You’ll be amazed!  Consider inviting a friend to join us.

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

Church School classes will meet from 10:50-11:35 a.m.

At 6:00 p.m. our worship service will be held at the First Reformed Church.  Our church is sponsoring the 60-voice Community Choir Musical Emmanuel, God with Us, including orchestration, to celebrate our Savior’s birth. There will be congregational singing and a meditation by Pastor Paul Bradford.   Proceeds from the offering will go to Freedom House.  Handicap parking and access to the sanctuary are available on the north side of the church.

NEXT SUNDAY:  At 4:00 p.m. Pella I CRC will join us at our church for an abbreviated worship service followed by caroling.  See details in announcement below.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  Bryan Harthoorn returned home from the hospital on Thursday and will be off work recuperating for several weeks.  Thanks to all of you for your prayers and support. – Bryan and Carolyn

“Thank you for the phone calls and many cards for my birthday.  I am blessed.” – Viola De Vries

“We want to thank the congregation for the wonderful cards and gifts we received, both for Pastors Appreciation month and for our anniversary celebration.  We have felt very warmly welcomed at Pella II and praise the Lord that we have the privilege of serving this wonderful congregation.” – Pastor Paul and Tammy

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

Consistory will meet at 6:15 p.m.

Council will meet at 7:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY:  Kingdom Kids will meet from 5:30-6:50 p.m.

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

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

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

THURSDAY:  The Pella Pro-Life Cookie Sale will be December 6.  Boxes of delicious decorated cookies will be sold at Ulrich’s Meat Market, 715 Franklin St. from noon-5:30 p.m. (or until gone).  Come and get your Christmas cookies and support a great cause!

CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR MISSIONARIES:  It is the time of year to remember Pella II’s missionaries with Christmas cards.  Five collection boxes will be available in the church basement through December 9. 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.

CHRISTMAS CAROLING/PIZZA:  Sunday evening, December 9, we have the opportunity to go Christmas Caroling along with members of Pella I CRC!  Anyone interested should gather downstairs immediately following the “abbreviated” 4:00 p.m. combined evening service with Pella I CRC held at our church.  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. The food costs will be divided among the participants.  Any questions, contact Glenda Van Woerkom.

BABY GIFTS:  A table is located downstairs for anyone who wishes to bring a baby gift to welcome Everly Jane, daughter of Will and Taylor Vande Voort, born on November 2. – Sponsored by the Quilting Small Group

YEAR END GIVING:  Christmas Day will be the last opportunity to contribute for 2018. – The Deacons

PLEDGE UPDATE:  As of the end of November, $150,000 of $393,000 (38%) has been received for 2018 pledging.  This brings our building cash on hand to $511,000, not including the building sale.  We have also received communication of several large gifts to arrive in December.  If you have questions regarding your pledge, please contact Jerry Uitermarkt, Joe Van Haaften, Brent Pierson or Corey Magnussen.

DECEMBER WORSHIP SERVICE SCHEDULE:

Today    – 6:00 p.m. Emmanuel Christmas musical at First Reformed Church

Dec. 9    –  9:30 a.m.  Worship Service at Pella II

Dec. 9    –  4:00 p.m. Joint Abbreviated Worship Service at Pella II before Caroling

Dec. 16 – 9:30 a.m. Worship Service/Children’s Christmas Program at Pella II

Dec. 16 – 6:00 p.m. Candlelight Service at Pella II

Dec. 23  – 9:30 a.m.  Worship Service at Pella II

Dec. 23  –  6:00 p.m. Joint Candlelight with Communion Service at Pella I CRC

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

Dec. 30 –   9:30 a.m. Worship Service at Pella II

Dec. 30 –   6:00 p.m. Joint Old Year’s Service at Pella II CRC

DESSERT WITH THE BRADFORDS:  We invite our new church family to have coffee and dessert with us at the parsonage in order to get to know everyone better and to hear your hopes and dreams for Pella 2. There is one “Dessert with the Bradfords” gathering scheduled yet this fall —Thursday evening, December 13 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Middle and High School youths are also welcome to join us.  Please sign up in the narthex or downstairs or email secretary@pella2crc.org.  If you need a ride, contact Ruth at the church office and it will be arranged.  Please sign up by the Sunday before so we can be prepared to welcome you. We are excited to have you over! – Blessings in Christ, Paul & Tammy Bradford

DONATED BOOKS:  There are books in the library in front of the glass doors which Alberta De Jong donated at the time of her move.  You are welcome to look through them and take any you would like.  Any that are left will be donated to Bibles for Missions Thrift Center.

CROSSROADS PRISON MINISTRIES needs Bible Study Mentors – 10 million people are serving time in prison worldwide; 2.2 million are serving time in U.S. prisons; 88 percent of U.S. prisoners do not have regular visitors.  There is an epidemic of loneliness behind bars.  As a Crossroads mentor, you will review prisoners Bible study lessons and write them letters of hope and encouragement.  You will hear their stories and have an opportunity to let them know that they are not forgotten and that they are deeply loved by God.  To learn more, you are invited to hear Doug Cupery, Director of Church Mobilization for Crossroads, speak at the Youth House (by Calvary CRC) 408 Maple St., on Monday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m.  Light refreshments will be served.  RSVP to jjessup@cpministries.org or call 641-629-1480.

ADVANCE NOTICES:

The music department of the 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, on Tuesday, December 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the PCHS Vermeer Auditorium.  The concert will present the message of Christmas in word and song.  Please join us for an evening filled with the musical joy recognized as part of the Christmas season.

WORK TRIP:  World Renew Disaster Response Services will have a mission/work trip January 19-26 to Hammond, Louisiana, due to flooding.  Please contact Harold Van Wyk at 641-891-2038 or haroldtwyla@yahoo.com.

JOSHUA CHRISTIAN ACADEMY in Des Moines has a higher enrollment this year than ever before.  Praise God!!  They are requesting donations of the items below.  If you wish to donate any of these, there is a box downstairs for them, which will be picked up on Friday, December 14.  (1) Reams of copy paper; (2) Clear hand soap pumpers; (3) Clear hand soap refills; (4) Kleenex tissues

FROM PEORIA CHRISTIAN:  We want to thank all our supporters that have donated time, money and prayers.  That has been a tremendous blessing.  Come join us on Friday, December 14 at 7:00 p.m. for our Christmas program at Peoria CRC.

IN YOUR MAILBOX:

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: A Savior Foretold – We find the first talk of a Savior and the first indicator of Christmas while Adam and Eve are still in the Garden of Eden. Join Ground-work as we study Genesis 3:14-15 to allow the context from which God’s promise of a Savior emerges to broaden our understanding of Christ’s birth,  GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER:  Honor Your Father – Do you know why Liz has been kicked out of baseball camp?  Find out the real reason on this week’s Kids Corner.  Subscribe for free at getkidscorner.com.  Check out KC’s Gifts of Kindness Advent Calendar and Devotional.

ADVENT FAMILY FAITH FORMATION TIP:  Teach Us to Pray, published by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, is a wonderful resource for family worship.  The Advent section of this book is available as a free download at tinyurl.com/CICWAdvent. Each day’s page includes a Bible reading, questions, prayer ideas, and more (crcna.org/FaithFormation)