December 27, 2020

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
December 27, 2020                                                                                                       9:30 A.M.

Prelude…………………………………………… Jesu – Noel……………… Phyllis De Vries, Organist;

 I Wonder as I Wander                Debbie Nelson, Pianist

The Hallelujah Chorus

OPENING AND GREETING

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

*Call to Worship…………………… O  Come, All Ye Faithful……………………………………………..

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

PRAISE TO GOD

*Sing…………………….. Angels from the Realms of Glory / Emmanuel……………………………..

*Sing………………………………. Angels We Have Heard on High……………………………………….

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

Duet……………………………………………. Manger Throne…………………. Jon & Lindsay Golliet

GOD’S WORD

Scripture, read by Lisa & Alexis Vos………………………………………….. Deuteronomy 31:23;

Mark 11:22-24; Ephesians 6:16

Pew Bibles – pages 322, 1615, 1824

Sermon……………………………………. “Forward in Faith”………………………………………………..

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

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

*Sing………………………………………………… By Faith…………………………………………………………

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

Offering, as you leave……………………………………………………………………….. Hope Ministries

*Postlude……………………………. Ere zij God (Glory to God)……………………………………………

* = Please stand if able.

 

OFFERINGSJanuary 3:  Missions Fund

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

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.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  We wish a happy birthday to Ray Veenstra who will celebrate his 86th birthday on December 29, and pray for God’s continued blessings.

“Thank you for remembering me with cards and calls during the death of my brother-in-law and my brother Ray.  They are now absent from us and we will miss them, but we rejoice that they are now in heaven.  To God be the glory.” – Mae Van Der Wiel

“The Kloosterman family thanks you for your expressions of sympathy with cards, phone calls, e-mails, and prayers during the loss of Elmer’s two sisters.  This is very much appreciated.”

PRAYER MEETING:  We will not have an all-church prayer meeting this week. Our next prayer meeting will be on January 11.

EARLY BULLETIN DEADLINE:  Due to New Year’s Day being on Friday, please have your January 3 bulletin announcements in no later than 9:00 a.m. on Thursday.  Thank you!

GREETINGS:  “Merry Christmas and Blessings for the New Year, 2021, to all our dear friends at Pella II.  I’m doing fine, as is Tim, and praying the same for all of you.  Excited for your plans for the new church building.  God Bless!” – Gerry Mouw

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!

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.

OFFERING:  Our offering today will go to “Hope Ministries”.  Our offering January 3 will go to the “Missions Fund”.   Undesignated cash or check offerings go towards the mission or organization of the week.  If you QR Codedesire 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.

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

SPECIFIC FACILITATOR REQUEST:  Peoria Christian School is looking for facilitators to serve in our 5th and 6th grade classroom.  This would be Monday-Friday, specifically from 10:45 until noon.  We are looking for individuals who can commit to a regular schedule for any one of those days.  If interested, please contact Jeremy Copenhaver at principal@peoriachr.org or 641-625-4131.

PELLA PRO-LIFE COOKIE SALE:  Thank You to all who have supported this cause in the past by baking, volunteering, or purchasing cookies.  Due to the unusual circumstances of this year, we have postponed the cookie sale, but we really appreciate your continuous support for LIFE.

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: Faith Questions We All Ask – “Do we still need the Old Testament?”  “Does God really love me?  If He does, why is my life falling apart?”  and “Will we make it through the pandemic?”  Study Matthew 4:1-11, Psalm 13, Romans 5:8 and Matthew 25:31-46 with Groundwork as we seek answers to questions faithful believers have sent us this year, and grow stronger in faith together.  Listen at GroundworkOnline.com

KIDS CORNER: Loving My Enemy – Check out this week’s new kid’s devotional about loving our enemies.  As you listen, remember that what bullies say about you doesn’t define you.  God has already said who you are. Listen now at kidscorner.net.

AT-HOME FAITH FORMATION TIP – The Practice of Hospitality:  Kathleen Norris wrote, “True hospitality is marked by an open response to the dignity of each and every person.”  As you go through your week, focus on approaching every person you meet with this kind of open response.  At the end of the week, look back at how this approach changed your attitudes and actions.