January 27, 2019

 MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
January 27, 2019                                                                                                               9:30 A.M.

Prelude…………………………………. We Worship and Adore You……………………………………………..

Adoration; Children of the Heavenly Father

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

*Sing………………………………. Come, People of the Risen King…………………………………………….

*Sing……………………………………. Rejoice, the Lord is King………………………. Celebration #370

  1. 1 – All, vs. 2 – Women, vs. 3 – Men, vs. 4 -All

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

BAPTISM OF EVERLY JANE VANDE VOORT

PREPARATION

What does baptism signify?

   By it we are received into God’s church and set apart from all other people and religions, that we may be dedicated entirely to him, bearing his mark and sign.  It also witnesses to us that he will be our God forever, since he is our gracious Father.

What else does it mean?

   Baptism signifies to us that just as water washes away the dirt of the body when it is poured on us and also is seen on the body of the baptized, so too the blood of Christ does the same thing internally, in the soul, by the Holy Spirit.

Should our children be baptized too?

   Yes, we believe our children ought to be baptized and sealed with the sign of the covenant, as little children were circumcised in Israel on the basis of the same promises made to our children.  Christ has shed his blood no less for washing the little children of believers than he did for adults.

Is the significance of baptism, then, similar to circumcision?

   Yes, baptism does for our children what circumcision did for the Jewish people. That is why Paul calls baptism the “circumcision of Christ.”

PRESENTATION

PROFESSION OF FAITH

   Questions for the parents.

   Question for the congregation.

.. Do you promise to love, encourage, and support these brothers and sisters by teaching the gospel of God’s love, by being an example of Christian faith and character, and by giving the strong support of God’s family in fellowship, prayer, and service?

.. Congregation:  We do.

   Affirmation of Faith – the Apostles’ Creed

.. I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

      I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

      I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

BAPTISM

DECLARATION, BLESSING, AND WELCOME

Brothers and sisters, we now receive Everly into Christ’s church.  Do you welcome her in love, and do you promise to pray for, encourage, and help nurture her in the faith?

Congregation:  We do, God helping us.

   Let us bless Everly together:

Congregation:  The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.  Amen.

Giving our Firstfruits to God……………………………………………………………………… General Fund

Offertory Anthem:  Father Welcomes All His Children

Children 3 years-PreK are dismissed to C4C (Children for Christ) after Choir song.

GOD’S WORD

Scripture, read by Jon Van Haaften………………… Ephesians 3:1-13;  Pew Bibles – page 1820

Sermon………………………………………….. “The Mystery”………………………………………………………

“More Love, More Power” Series, Part 1

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

*Sing………………………………….. Hear the Call of the Kingdom……………………………………………

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

*Sing……………………………. Hear the Call of the Kingdom (chorus)……………………………………..

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

Minister: Pastor Paul Bradford; Organist: Andrea Van Waardhuizen

Worship Team
Children’s Choir: Luke Schreur, Georgia De Vries, Kirby Van Wyngarden – Soloists
Phyllis De Vries, Pianist; Barbara Boertje DeVries, Director

* = Please stand if able.    Boldface type = Congregational Response

 

 

Announcements for January 27

OFFERINGSFebruary 3: Ministry Shares; February 10:  With Love Toy Ministry; February 17: Christian Education Fund; February 24:  Pella II Cadets

NURSERYToday: (A.M) Lisa Van Kooten, Kim Hoekstra, Ryley Hoekstra; February 3: (A.M.) Susan Pierson, Judy Van Zee, Taryn Hugen

C4C LEADERToday:  Melissa Tukker, Carson Tukker

GREETERSToday:  East Doors:  Glenn and Carol Matherly; North Doors: Phil and Vicky Slings; South Doors: Lois Slings, Carol Ver Woert; February 3:  East Doors: Matt and Lisa Vos; North Doors: Dorothy Rus; South Doors: Gary and Norma Kuiper

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

Today: Susan Pierson – C,J,S; Allison Van Wyngarden – C,J,S; Lola Spoelstra – C,S; February 3:  Melissa Tukker – C,J,S; Sarah Van Zee – C,J,S; Sharon Walker – C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVER: Today: Jeff Vander Molen; February 3: Jason Van Arendonk

FEBRUARY USHER SCHEDULE: Center:  Matt Vos, Tony Van Zee; North Side:  Sherwin Klyn; South Side: Adam Slings

Attention February 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.

This morning the congregation is blessed with the joy of witnessing the baptism of Everly Jane Vande Voort, daughter of Will and Taylor Vande Voort.  May God be praised for His covenant faithfulness!

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

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. we will join First CRC and Faith CRC at Faith CRC for worship. Pastor Paul Bradford will preach on 1 Peter 2:4-10, The Rock and Your Role.  Offering is for the Back to God Ministries, International.

NEXT SUNDAY: At 6:00 p.m. we will join First CRC at First CRC for worship.  Pastor Brad Meinders will preach on 1 Peter 2:11-17, The Submissive Life is the Good Life.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  We extend our Christian sympathies to Joann Verhey on the death of her son, Brian Verhey on January 19.  May God comfort her with the hope of eternal life in Jesus our Lord.

“Lois and Ray Klyn thank the congregation for the many precious calls, cards and words of comfort in the recent passing of their sister and sister-in-law, Cleora De Jong.”

“Thank you to all those who remembered me with cards, telephone calls and in person for my recent birthday.  All this certainly made my week one to remember.” – Esther Van Gent

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

TUESDAY:  The Shepherding Elders will meet at 7:00 p.m.

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

Children’s Choir rehearsal, 6:30-6:55 p.m.

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

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

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

FRIDAY:  Pella Christian High School invites you to attend their Homecoming activities on February 1, beginning at 1:00 p.m. sharp, in the Vermeer Auditorium, with chapel.  Class competitions will follow in the gym and the activities will conclude with the introduction of the Homecoming Court at approximately 3:00 p.m.  The PCHS constituency is welcome to join us for these activities as well as the evening basketball games with Dallas Center-Grimes.  The varsity girls game will begin at 6:15 p.m. with the varsity boys to follow at 7:45 p.m.

FROM THE COUNCIL:  The Deacon delegate to Classis on February 9 is now Bryan Harthoorn, with Will Van Wyngarden as the alternate.

We will not be having a combined evening service on March 24 so that members may support the Rehoboth Christian School Band at a performance held at Pella Christian High School.

On April 28 our church will host the PCHS Chamber Choir as part of our joint evening service with First CRC and Faith CRC.

C4C LEADER SIGN-UP:  There is a sign-up sheet downstairs for those who would like to lead or help with C4C throughout the year.  There is very little prep involved, and anyone, middle school age or older is welcome to take a turn!

CADET DERBY RACE CARS:  If anyone is interested in building a pinewood derby car for the Cadet derby races on March 6, please see Shane Tukker.  Free car kits are available on a first-come basis.  All cars must weigh 5 ounces or less.

USHERS NEEDED:  The Council has approved of expanding the number of people available for ushering.  Women and/or couples who feel led to volunteer in this capacity, please call Dave Stevenson at 620-9028 or 641-230-1086.

BABY GIFTS:  A table is located downstairs for anyone who wishes to bring a baby gift to welcome Logan Luke, son of Luke and Jeanetta Nieuwsma, born on January 3. – Sponsored by the Quilting Small Group

HAVE YOU CHECKED YOUR DIRECTORY LISTING?  It is important that you check your listing in a directory available on the table downstairs or in the narthex to see if it is up to date.  If there are changes or additions that need to be made to your address, phone number or email address, please write the change in one of the directories, call the church office (628-2966), or email secretary@pella2crc.org by January 31.

BackPack PROGRAM:  The number of students needing assistance from the Pella BackPack Program has increased.  Therefore, the BackPack Program is looking for help with food donations from area churches.  Pella II is asked to collect donations of single serving size of oatmeal packets and of raisins.  Please place donations in the box on the table downstairs by January 30.  Thank you for your help in providing assistance to children in need.

ADVANCE NOTICES:

Pella II Ladies Retreat Friday, February 8 – Saturday, February 9.  The sign-up sheet is located downstairs on the table.  Limited space available so check your calendars and sign up if interested!  If a little fun, food, and spiritual growth sounds inviting, join us!

Freedom House Ministries will host a gala on Thursday, February 7, at 6:00 p.m. at Central College Graham Conference Center to raise funds to support a home for girls who have been victims of sex trafficking.  You are invited for dinner and to hear nationally known speaker and author Gary Thomas.  Tickets ($25) are available until February 3 at the Sanctuary (check or cash) or at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/freedom-house-gala-tickets-51812260867.  With questions, please contact freedomhouse17@gmail.com.

Davis Folkerts will be presenting an organ recital in our sanctuary on Friday, February 8, at 12:05 p.m., as part of his Second Friday of the Month recital series. All are welcome to attend!

Federated Fellowship Church will host the XO Marriage Conference on Friday, February 8, 7:00-9:30 p.m. (a light dinner provided at 6:30) and Saturday, February 9, 9:00-11:30 a.m.  XO Conference is a two-day experience that provides expert marriage advice and practical teachings to help couples navigate their marriage journey.  We invite anyone to come whether married, dating, single, etc.  The cost is $30 per couple/$15 per person.  Childcare is provided.  Please register by Sunday, February 3 at federatedfellowship.org.  Learn about the conference at xomarriage.com.

818 Forward With Faith invites you to join them on February 8 their second annual Dessert Dash held at Pella Christian High School.  It will start with a silent auction from 5:00-6:00 p.m., followed by supper and desserts, and then an inspirational message from John O’Leary.  Please RSVP to promotion@forwardwithfaith.org or go to www.forwardwithfaith.org for more information.

Pella Christian Grade School will have their Winter Bash fundraiser on Friday, February 22.  We will be entertained by FamBlitz which is an exceptional, out-of-the-ordinary, show.  The doors open at 4:30 p.m. for a silent auction and gift certificate booth.  Supper will be served from 5:00-6:30 p.m.  The entertainment begins at 7:00 p.m.  Please join us at PCGS on February 22 for this fun, Christian, family-oriented event!

IN YOUR MAILBOX:

  • December Financial Report
  • Pella Christian Grade School FOCUS
  • Focus on the Family bulletin

 

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: Understanding Death and Christ’s Return – Many of us find the subject of death uncomfortable.  It doesn’t need to be.  Study 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11 with groundwork to remember the hope we have and grasp the clarity Paul provides regarding a Christian understanding of death and why it relates directly to Christ’s return. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER: 100% Club – Whose approval is important?  Liz finds out when he’s invited to join the most exclusive club in school.  Listen now at kidscorner.net and subscribe to KC’s weekly emails for future episodes.  Download KC’s Valentine Card Collection to share with family and friends.

FAMILY FAITH FORMATION TIP – Make faith formation a part of birthday celebrations this year.  Thank God for the birthday person and share some of the ways that person blesses your family and others.  Talk about the unique gifts God has given him or her. Or pass birthday candles out to family members and ask them to name one thing they love about the birthday person before placing the candle on the cake.  Affirmation is the best birthday gift of all! (Faith Formation Ministries; crcna.org/FaithFormation)

CONFERENCE:  The Prodigal Love of God Conference: Reencountering Dort at 400 and Beyond, will be April 4-6 at Dordt College.  Through invited plenaries and panel discussions, this conference will feature conversations about the historical legacy and the future of Protestantism as well as the opportunities facing the global church in the decades ahead.