December 30, 2018

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
December 30, 2018                                                                                                       9:30 A.M.

Prelude……………………………………….. Wonderful Name…………………………………………………..

Seek Ye First

OPENING AND GREETING

Welcome and Call to Worship…………………………………………………………………………………….

Our Declaration of Trust and God’s Greeting………………………………………………………………

Congregation of Jesus Christ, in whom are you trusting?

Our help is in the name of the Lord who made heaven and earth.

Grace, mercy, and peace to you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit!

Amen!

PRAISE TO GOD

Duet……………………………………………. Manger Throne……………………………………………………

Sing……………………………………………. We Three Kings………………………… Celebration #288

vs.1 – Trio; vs. 2-4 – Soloists;  *5 – All  (All on each Refrain)

*Sing………………………………… As with Gladness Men of Old………………. Celebration #290

  1. 1, 2 – All; vs. 3 – Women & Children; vs. 4 – All

Congregational Prayer………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Sing…………………………………………… Lord, I Need You…………………………………………………..

Giving Our Firstfruits to God……………………………………………….. Resonate Global Mission

Offertory:  Star of the East

GOD’S WORD

Scripture……………………………………………………………….. Isaiah 46; Pew Bibles – page 1133……

Pastor: This is the Word of the Lord.  All:  Thanks be to God!

Sermon……………………………… “Who Is Carrying Whom?”…………………………………………

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

*Sing……………………………….. O God, Our Help in Ages Past……. Celebration #686:1, 2, 5

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

*Sing……………………………….. O God, Our Help in Ages Past…………… Celebration #686:6……

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

Guest Minister:  Pastor Will Verhoef; Liturgist:  Glenn Matherly
Organist: Andrea Van Waardhuizen;  Duet:  Jon & Lindsay Golliet
Men’s Trio: Joe Van Haaften, Wes Veenstra, Jon Golliet

* = Please stand if able.

 

COMBINED EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
December 30, 2018    Calvary CRC, Faith CRC, First CRC, Second CRC                  6:00 P.M.

WE GATHER IN PRAISE

Prelude………………………… Lead, Kindly Light;  He Leadeth Me…………………………………….

Welcome…………………………………………………………………………….. Elder Jon Van Woerkom

Call to Worship (read responsively)…………………………………………………………………………….

Leader:   What a year this has been!
All:         So many things have happened. Some of them have been wonderful; others very sad.
Leader:   In all of this our Lord has been with us, guiding, healing, comforting, and rejoicing.
All:         Thanks be to God for God’s continual presence with us.
Leader:   Now we will soon be on the threshold to a new tomorrow.
All:         We don’t know what it will hold for us.
Leader:   In all of what is to come, our Lord will be with us.
All:         Guiding, healing, comforting, and rejoicing with us.  Thank you, Lord, for your steadfast love and presence. Amen.

*Opening Prayer and Mutual Greeting……………………………………………………………………………….

*Sing…………………………….. Lord, Through All the Generations……………. Psalter #175:1-3

*God’s Greeting…………………………………………………………………………………………………………

*Sing…………………………………… Great Is Thy Faithfulness…………………… Psalter #408:1-3

WE OFFER OUR PRAYERS AND OFFERINGS

Evening Prayer…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Giving Our Firstfruits to God ………………………………………………. Resonate Global Mission

Offertory:  His Eye Is on the Sparrow                      

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

Scripture……………………………………………………… 1 Samuel 7:1-14;  Pew Bibles – page 428

Sermon………………………. “Thus Far the Lord Has Helped Us”…………………………………..

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

WE LEAVE TO LIVE IN FAITH

*Sing…………………………… Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing …………  Psalter #314:1-3

*We Profess Our Faith – Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 26………. page 16 in back of Psalter

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

*Doxology……………………… O God, Our Help in Ages Past……………….. Psalter #176:1, 2

*Postlude …….. Another Year Is Dawning; O God, Our Help in Ages Past…………………….

Preacher:  Jeremy Engbers;  Liturgist: Nate Klingenberg; Organist: Phyllis De Vries

* = Please stand if able.

 

Announcements

OFFERINGSJanuary 6:  Christian Schools International; January 13:  Youth Unlimited; January 20:  Missions Fund; January 27:  General Fund

NURSERYToday: (A.M) Clarissa Van Zee, Crystal Schreur, Alexis Vos; January 6: (A.M.) Lisa Vos, Brooke Van Woerkom, Nia Hoekstra

GREETERSToday:  East Doors:  Les and Carla Nieuwsma; North Doors: Brian and Glenda Van Kooten; South Doors: Jeff and Kim Vander Molen; January 6:  East Doors: Calvin and Mary Van Haaften; North Doors: Ron and Laura Branderhorst; South Doors: Elizabeth Uitermarkt

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

Today: Barb Gosselink – C,J,S; Sharesa Van Arendonk – C,J,S; Lola Spoelstra – C,S; January 6: JoAnn Boot – C; Sarah Christensen – C,J,S; Barb Wilson – C,J,S; Sharon Walker – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVER: Today: Ken Van Woerkom; January 6:  Gary Vander Molen

JANUARY USHER SCHEDULE: Center:  Jeff Vander Molen, Jamis Christensen; North Side:  Ken Van Woerkom; South Side: Matt Walker

Attention January Ushers:  If you are unable to usher your scheduled time, please contact head usher, Dave Stevenson at 620-9028 or 641-230-1086.

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

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

We welcome Pastor Will Verhoef who will lead our morning worship service.

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

There will be no church school today.  Classes resume on January 6.

At 6:00 p.m. First CRC, Faith CRC and Calvary CRC will join us at our church for our annual Old Year’s Service.  Jeremy Engbers (Youth Director at Faith with license to exhort) will deliver the sermon.

NEXT SUNDAY: Installation of Elders and Deacons will take place next Sunday morning.  Let us be faithful in our prayers for them as they take up their service in the new year.

At 6:00 p.m. First CRC and Faith CRC will join us at our church for worship.  Pastor Paul Bradford will preach on 1 Peter 1:1-12, A New Hope.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  John Van Zee had knee replacement surgery on December 19.  Presently John is recovering at Jefferson Place and is doing well.

We extend our Christian sympathies to Dorothy Rus and Ray and Lois Klyn on the death of their sister-in-law, Clazina Hoksbergen.  May God comfort them with the hope of eternal life in Jesus our Lord.

Pastor Paul and Tammy are on vacation today.  We wish you all a Happy New Year, and we’ll see you next week.

PERK UP will not meet until after the first of the year.

CHOIR SCHEDULES:  Our next regular Children’s Choir rehearsal (for 1st-6th Graders) will be Wednesday, January 9, 6:30-6:55 p.m.

Our next regular Adult Choir rehearsal will be Wednesday, January 9, 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.

FROM THE COUNCIL:  At their request, the memberships of Nick, Libby, Claire, Kate, Charlie and Simon Braafhart have been transferred to Third Reformed Church in Pella.  We wish them God’s richest blessings in their new church home.

THANK YOU:  “Thank you for the many Christmas cards we received from members of Second CRC.  We are thankful for you and for your partnership in the Gospel for the past 23 years!” – Joel and Jeannie Huyser

ADVANCE NOTICES:

Location Change – The Distinctively Healthy Church Annual Event on January 12, has changed locations.  We will no longer be at Faith CRC, but at Calvary CRC.  This is a one-day event on the impact intergenerational ministry has on the local church.  Speakers include Dr. Syd Hielema, Pastor Joel DeBoer, Peter Kelder, Trudy Ash and Jill Friend.  All are welcome.  (We recommend attending as a team or a small group.)

Where?   Calvary Christian Reformed Church

When?    Saturday, January 12, 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Doors open at 8:30 a.m.)

Who?      People who love their church!  (Bring your church leadership team or a group of key leaders…)

Cost:       $35 per Individual or $30 per Individual in a group of four or more.

(Fee includes light breakfast, lunch, snacks and materials.)

How do I sign up?  RSVP to Trudy Ash by email (tash@crcna.org) and pay at the door.  (Registration deadline is January 10.)

Are you looking for a way to make 2019 a year of significant spiritual growth?  Join us for the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course!  This is a unique opportunity for you to understand God’s story from Genesis to Revelation and learn how you can make an impact in the nations and in your neighborhood.  It is a 15-week class that will meet at Central College on Monday nights beginning January 14.  Speakers from all over the country, from a variety of backgrounds, will instruct us on the Biblical, historical, cultural and strategic aspects of God’s story.  I encourage you to check it out on the Perspectives website www.perspectives.org or contact Matt Diehl with questions at 620-8231, diehlm@central.edu.

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CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: Inquiring Minds Want to Know – What happened to Joseph?  Who was Julia?  How do I reconcile women in church leadership with 1 Timothy 2:11-15 and 1 Corinthians 14:33-35?  Is it right to denigrate other religions or churches?  Join us as we study scripture together to answer the questions you’ve asked Groundwork this year.  Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER: Bayou to the Future – There is trash in the bayou and in the playground.  Who is responsible for cleaning it up? Subscribe for free at getkidscorner.com.  Check out the “God is Faithful” Memory Jar Activity as you look ahead to the new year!  www.kidscorner.net

FAMILY FAITH FORMATION TIP – As one year ends and a new year begins, gather as a family to remember the highs and lows of this past year.  Thank God for being with you through everything that happened.  Then talk about what’s coming up in the new year.  This is also a great time to start new family faith formation practices in your home!