May 12, 2019

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
May 12, 2019                                                                                                                9:30 A.M.

Prelude………………………. Lord Most High / Like a River Glorious………………………………….

Lord, I Lift Your Name on High

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

*Sing………………………………………… Who You Say I Am………………………………………………….

*Sing………………………………………… O Praise the Name…………………………………………………

Litany………………………….. “The Wide Spectrum of Mothering”…………………………………….

Introduction of Mothers and Thanks……………………………………………………………………………

Video ……………………………………… “It’s Mother’s Day”………………………………………………..

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

Giving Our Firstfruits to God……………………………………………. Bethany Christian Services

Offertory Song:  A Family Song – Van Haaften/Schreur Families

GOD’S WORD

Scripture Reading……………………………………………………………………………………. John 4:1-26

Pew Bibles – page 1651

Sermon…………………………………….. “What God Seeks”…………………………………………………

“True Worship” Series – Part 1

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

*Sing………………………………….. Wonderful, Merciful Savior…………………………………………..

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

*Sing…………………………… Wonderful, Merciful Savior (chorus)…………………………………….

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

Minister:  Pastor Paul Bradford; Organist: Joyce Boender; Worship Team

* = Please stand if able.

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
May 12, 2019                         Combined First CRC and Second CRC                              6:00 P.M.

Prelude………………………………… This Is My Father’s World……………………………………………

And Can It Be?;  To God Be the Glory

OPENING AND GREETING

Welcome……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

*Sing………………………………………………… Majesty………………………………… Celebration #10

*Sing……………………………. If My People’s Hearts Are Humbled…… Celebration #805:1-2

*Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 117………………………………………………………………………………….

What is the kind of prayer that pleases God and that He listens to?

First, we must pray from the heart to no other than the one true God, revealed to us in his Word, asking for everything God has commanded us to ask for.

Second, we must fully recognize our need and misery so that we humble ourselves in God’s majestic presence.

Third, we must rest on this unshakable foundation; even though we do not deserve it, God will surely listen to our prayer because of Christ our Lord.  That is what God promised us in his Word.

Sing…………………………… Humble Thyself in the Sight of the Lord……….. Celebration #622

Sing……………………………………………… Cares Chorus………………………….. Celebration #627

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

Giving Our Firstfruits to God……………………………………………. Bethany Christian Services
Offertory: That Beautiful Name

GOD’S WORD

Scripture Reading………………………………………………………………………………….. 1 Peter 5:1-7

Pew Bibles – page 1892

Sermon…………………………. “Living and Leading from Below”……………………………………..

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

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

*Sing…………………………………. Have Thine Own Way, Lord…………. Celebration #591:1-3

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

*Sing…………………………………. Have Thine Own Way, Lord…………….. Celebration #591:4

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

Preacher: Pastor Paul Bradford; Liturgist: Pastor Brad Meinders
Organist: Phyllis De Vries; Vocal Ensemble

* = Please stand if able.

 

Announcements

OFFERINGSMay 19:  General Fund; May 26:  World Renew

NURSERYToday: (A.M) Judy Van Zee, Kala Talsma, Ethan Tukker; May 19:  (A.M.) Allison Van Wyngarden, April Nieuwsma, Georgia De Vries

GREETERSToday:  East Doors: Ron and Laura Branderhorst; North Doors: Brian and Glenda Van Kooten; South Doors: Calvin and Mary Van Haaften; May 19:  East Doors: Lois Slings & Carol Ver Woert; North Doors: Kurt and Emily Boender; South Doors: Stu and Amy Bokhoven

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

Today:  Joyce Boender – C; Lois Slings – C,J,S; Carol Ver Woert – C,J,S; Sharon Walker – C,S; May 19:  Emily Boender – C,J,S; Nicole Yoder – C,J,S; Lola Spoelstra –  C,S

CHURCH VAN DRIVERToday: Sherwin Klyn; May 19:  Jeff Vander Molen

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

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

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

At 6:00 p.m. First CRC will join us for worship at our church.  Pastor Paul Bradford will preach on 1 Peter 5:1-7, Living and Leading From Below.

NEXT SUNDAY: There will be a Council Chat next Sunday, May 19.  The main purpose of the Chat will be a presentation of the preliminary new building plan.

At 6:00 p.m. First CRC, Second CRC, Calvary CRC and Faith CRC will all gather at Calvary CRC for the Gospel Singers Male Chorus concert.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  We wish a happy birthday to Bill Stursma who will celebrate his 90th birthday on May 15, and pray for God’s continued blessings.

We rejoice at the birth of a healthy boy, Kasen Cole, on April 26 to Jamis and Sarah Christensen.  We thank God for this great gift!

We extend our Christian sympathies to Shirley Van Hal and Ruth Van Hal on the death of their sister-in-law, Sophia Bennink, on May 6. We thank God that we may entrust all of our loved ones to His eternal care.

“We ‘Thank You’ for the many ways each one of you who remembered us on our 65th anniversary.  We have been very blessed from God who reigns each day.” – Ken and Esther Van Gent

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

All-church prayer meeting at the parsonage from 6:30-7:30 p.m.  We invite all to join us to pray for the ministries and outreach of our congregation.

WEDNESDAY:  Children’s Choir (1st-6th grade) rehearsal, 6:30-6:55 p.m., for the June 2, 6:00 p.m. service.

Adult Choir rehearsal, 7:00-8:30 p.m.  New Choir members are welcome to join us!

THURSDAY:  Classis Central Plains will meet at Calvary CRC at 7:00 p.m.  Elder Jerry Uitermarkt, Deacon Will Van Wyngarden and Pastor Paul are our delegates.

SATURDAY:  The 79th Annual Commencement Exercises of Pella Christian High School will take place on May 18, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the PCHS gymnasium.  Pastor Doug Van Der Pol will give the address, and Parker Schnell is the 2019 class representative.

BABY GIFTS:  A table is located downstairs for anyone who wishes to bring a baby gift to welcome Kasen Cole, son of Jamis and Sarah Christensen, born on April 26. – Sponsored by the Quilting Small Group

FROM THE COUNCIL:  The Council has accepted Jon Yoder’s membership transfer request from Happy Valley Baptist Church in Somerset, Pennsylvania.  Even though Jon has worshiped with us and been a part of our congregation for some time, we would like to officially welcome him now that his membership transfer has been received.  We pray for God’s blessing on Jon as he worships with us and is involved in the life and activities of the congregation.

THANK YOU: If you reserved a parking space or worked a shift at Pella II for the parking fundraiser, we appreciate your help!  We praise the Lord for safety, beautiful weather, and funds to support future SERVE projects and the GEMS Club expenses.

PEORIA GRADUATION: You are invited to the Peoria 8th grade graduation on May 16 at 7:00 p.m.  Join in the celebration with them following the program in the gymnasium.

ADVANCE NOTICES:

Please plan to attend a service of musical praise by many of our congregation’s talented singers and instrumentalists of all ages on Sunday, June 2, 6:00 p.m.  This will be a special time of worship to invite your friends and extended family to!

P.E.T. Build Day:  Please join us at PET Leighton on Friday, June 7, for our annual PET build days.  We plan on building all day, with lunch and coffeetime provided, and possibly supper if it goes that long.  A sign-up sheet is on the table downstairs.

You are invited to a Memorial Day Service at the Peoria Cemetery at 9:00 a.m. on May 27.  Al Bandstra will be the speaker.  Please bring your lawn chairs.  In case of inclement weather, the service will be held at the Peoria gym.  Refreshments will be served.

Marriage Night:  On Friday, May 31, you are invited to attend a Marriage Night simulcast at First CRC in Pella.  The simulcast includes Francis & Lisa Chan, Les & Leslie Parrott and comedian Michael Jr as speakers.  The evening begins at 5:45 p.m. with check-in and a meal.  The three-hour simulcast will begin at 7:00 p.m.   The cost for this entire night is $15 per person.  For more information, feel free to contact us at firstcrc@iowatelecom.net or visit www.marriagenight.org to register.

Bacon Fest for Haiti! On Saturday, June 8, from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on the Prairie City square, sponsored by Prairie City CRC. All proceeds go for the pig farming program at United Christians International in Haiti (http://ucihaiti.org).  There will be a competition for the best bacon recipe, and your vote counts.  Tickets are $10 which will get you a sample at every booth and all the side items.  There will be a sculpting contest for kids, games and other activities.  Join us June 8 to raise some bacon to equip the Haitian community with the ability and opportunity to raise bacon.  Questions – prairiecitycrc@gmail.com or 515-994-2184.

GARAGE SALE AND PLANT SALE:  All proceeds to Cary Christian Center – Saturday, May 18, from 8:00-12:30 at Faith CRC.  If you have items you would like to donate, please have them priced and drop them off at Faith CRC on Thursday, May 16, after 2:00 p.m.

CALL FOR CAMPERS:  Midwest B.A.S.I.C. Youth Bible camp is July 22-26 at Pine Lake Christian Camp at Eldora, Iowa.  All graduates of grades 6-12 are encouraged to attend.  Take a brochure located on the bulletin board downstairs for information or check their website.

CRC PRAYER AND NEWS ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: How Jesus Changed Our Understanding of God – From where in Scripture does the belief that Jesus is God come?  Or the belief that God is three persons, yet one God?  Join us as we study John 1:1-5 and 14:15-26 with Han-luen Kantzer Komline to discover the source, history, and implication of these beliefs.  Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com

KIDS CORNER: God of Wonders – While Grandpa and Chamy talk about creation, Liz and Morrie stumble across the unexpected in the woods.  So why is God sometimes called the God of Wonders?   Listen now at kidscorner.net.  Download KC’s Image Bearer Picture Frame Kit for a family activity today.

FAMILY FAITH FORMATION TIP – It’s important for your kids to know that adults need God’s help too.  In age-appropriate ways, share your concerns with your kids.  Are you nervous about that presentation at work?  Ask your kids to pray for you.  Then tell them later how God answered those prayers. (Faith Formation Ministries; crcna.org/FaithFormation)

FAMILY FIRE – is an online community exploring Spirit-led family, marriage, parenting, in-laws, blended families, and intimacy.  Find encouraging articles and devotions at familyfire.com.