December 20, 2020

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
December 20, 2020                          Fourth Week of Advent                                        9:30 A.M.

Prelude……………………………………….. Christmas Peace…………….. Joyce Boender, Organist

Angels We Have Heard on High ……………… Brass Ensemble

OPENING AND GREETING

Welcome and Announcements……………………………………………………. Pastor Paul Bradford

Call to Worship………………… God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen…………………. Men’s Quartet

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

PRAISE TO GOD

Lighting of Advent Candle – PEACE…………………….. Luke & Jeanetta Nieuwsma Family

Sing……………………………….. It Came upon the Midnight Clear……. Celebration #251: 1, 4

*Sing………………………………… Hark! the Herald Angels Sing………. Celebration #277: 1, 3

*Sing……………………………………………. The First Noel………………….. Celebration #265: 1, 6

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

Response, singing…. We’ll give Him all the glory…Christ the Lord……………………………..

For He alone is worthy…Christ the Lord.

GOD’S WORD

Scripture………………………………………………………………….. Isaiah 7:14;  53:2-5;  Micah 5:2; Hosea 11:1;  Jeremiah 31:31, 33

Sermon……………………………… “Dreams That Bring Hope”………………………………………….

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

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

*Sing………………………………… Good Christian Men, Rejoice……….. Celebration #273: 1-3

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

Offering, as you leave…………………………………………………………………………… General Fund

*Postlude… Sing We Now of Christmas / He Is Born, the Divine Christ Child……………….

Brass Ensemble: Robert Rus, Will Vande Voort – Trumpet; Lexie Matherly, Jon Yoder – Tuba
Jon Golliet, Kaden Van Wyngarden, Carson Tukker – Trombone
Men’s Quartet: Jon Golliet, Levi Nieuwsma, Joe Van Haaften, Will Van Wyngarden
Barbara Boertje DeVries – Saxophone; Debbie Nelson – Piano

* = Please stand if able.

 

OFFERINGSChristmas Day:  Bethany Christian Services; December 27:  Hope Ministries

TODAY:   There will be no Church School today.  Classes will resume on January 10.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  “After our mother’s passing on November 21 we were blessed by your prayers, cards, a meal or two, and personal words of comfort.  A couple of quotes from Tillie – ‘This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it’ and ‘Take one day at a time’ among others repeated many times.” – Wes and Arlys Veenstra

“Pella II Family: Thank you for the gift from the Thanksgiving offering. I have not physically been able to join the Pella II congregation since March and miss seeing everyone. However, I am thankful for the livestream and the ability to worship with you in spirit. We all look forward to a time of being together again, but thank you for remembering me while we are apart.” – Joel Vander Molen

Address:  Leona Nunnikhoven’s address at the Cottages is Groningen, Apt. #9, 1756 Main Street, Pella, IA  50219; Phone – 641-780-8845

WEDNESDAY: Adult Choir “caroling” – 6:45-7:15 p.m.

Choir rehearsal for Christmas Day worship service – 7:15 p.m.

CHRISTMAS DAY:  We will meet for Christmas worship on Friday at 9:30 a.m. to celebrate our Savior’s birth.

PELLA CORPORATION EMPLOYEES & RETIREES:  To use 2020 matching funds for the new building project, a request must be submitted by 12/31/2020.  To facilitate this, please have all gifts in by Sunday, December 13.  Please also contact Corey Magnussen to request a special giving receipt, and for any help needed submitting the matching funds request.

EARLY BULLETIN DEADLINE:  Due to Christmas being on Friday, please have your December 27 bulletin announcements in no later than 8:00 a.m. on Thursday.  Thank you!

HYMN/SONG REQUESTS, ANYONE?  Even though “social distancing” has made it a challenge to stay connected, please be assured that you have not been forgotten!  Choir members and other musicians would be happy to serenade you with a hymn or song that’s meaningful to you, even if over the phone.  Contact Barbara Boertje DeVries with ideas, requests, and/or for encouragement!

TOY MINISTRY UPDATE:  We are pleased to have new leadership working to keep the Toy Ministry going.  Thank you for your past support. – For the Current Board, Gerry Harms, Treasurer

LIVE VIDEO: During this morning’s service a live video with audio of the service is projected on a large screen TV in the Fellowship Hall in the basement for parents or others who need to leave during the service.  Restrooms are available downstairs.  Our services are also live streamed and recorded each Sunday on YouTube, bit.ly/Pella2.

CHRISTMAS PROGRAMS:  Pella Christian Schools invite you to enjoy the sounds of the Christmas season with their virtual Christmas programs.  As we celebrate the birth of a Savior, may we also live in anticipation of His second advent.  These programs can be watched at any time.

PCHS Christmas Concert:  https://youtu.be/w2b-G9HNySY  – (Premiered Dec. 15)

PCGS Spanish Immersion Christmas Program: https://youtu.be/pjz60-WOU9U – (Premiered Dec. 17)

Creation Station Preschool Christmas Program: https://youtu.be/WlaLNQ15cRM – (Premiered Dec. 18)

OFFERING:  Our offering today will go to the “General Fund”. Our Christmas Day offering will go to Bethany Christian Services.  Our offering December 27 will go to “Hope Ministries”.   Undesignated cash or check QR Codeofferings go towards the mission or organization of the week.  If you desire to contribute to Second Christian Reformed Church and its ministries, simply write “Pella 2” on the memo line of your check. You can also give online by scanning the QR code to the right or by going online to pella2crc.breezechms.com/give/online.

For those not in attendance for any reason, the below options will remain available:

  1. Online – By logging into Breeze and clicking “Give Now” any member can donate through ACH transfer or Credit/Debit Card.
  2. Mail – Checks may be mailed to the church (Second Christian Reformed Church, 609 East 1st St., Pella, IA 50219). Please indicate “Attention Deacons” on the envelope.
  3. Drop Off – Donations may be dropped off in the slot in the deacon door at the base of the NW stairs. The door on the southwest side of the church is planned to be open during office hours. Feel free to call ahead (628-2966) to make sure the door is unlocked.

FINAL FALL DRIVE REMINDER:  If you have not yet responded to the PCHS Annual Financial Drive please prayerfully consider giving a gift by December 31 and help to provide Christ-centered learning for our covenant young people.  Donations are tax deductible and can be dropped off or mailed to 300 Eagle Lane, Pella.

TODAY DEVOTIONALS AVAILABLE:  The January/February Today Devotionals are available in the narthex and also in the enclosure of the elevator entrance.

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: Focus on Jesus – There’s no doubt Christmas comes with mixed feelings this year, but no matter what might be missing or different, focus on Jesus.    Study Colossians 1:3-23 with Groundwork and listen as the Apostle Paul reminds us why our hope is strongest when we fix our gaze on Christ and the promises of reconciliation His birth brings. Listen at GroundworkOnline.com

KIDS CORNER: Mary’s Miracle – Have you ever wondered what Mary thought about the very first Christmas?  Was she scared, excited, or happy?  Listen to Mary’s Miracle, the story imagined  through the eyes of Mary. Listen now at kidscorner.net and check out our new kids’ devotional.

AT-HOME FAITH FORMATION TIP – The Practice of Hospitality:  “…and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son.  She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger because there was no guest room available for them.”  In what ways might you  make more space for Jesus in your everyday life?

FROM CALVIN UNIVERSITY – Online Worship Learning – You are warmly invited to register for a free online learning experience held January 6-26, 2021, on key themes in worship and the Christian life.  Register for free at worship.calvin.edu/symposium/.  This experience is designed for all kinds of learners:  students, artists, musicians, pastors, scholars, teachers, worship leaders and planners, and all worshipers around the globe.  Sponsored by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and the Center for Excellence in Preaching.

January Series – Calvin University presents the 2021 January Series in 15 weekly, lunchtime lectures beginning on January 6 and continuing weekdays through January 26 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. EST.  This year it will be completely virtual and you will be able to watch on your personal devices.  For more information about the speakers, topics, remote sites and to register for personal viewing, visit www.calvin.edu/January.