December 6, 2020

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
December 6, 2020                            Second Week of Advent                                        9:30 A.M.

Prelude……………………………… Christmas Carols Medley………………………………………………..

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

Lighting of Advent Candle – LOVE…………………………………… Jerry & Martha Uitermarkt

*Sing…………………………….. Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus…….. Celebration #244:1-2

*Sing………………………………………………. Emmanuel…………………………….. Celebration #243

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

Sing………………………………………….. Christmas Offering…………………………………………………

GOD’S WORD

Scripture Reading……………………………………………………………………………… Matthew 2:1-12

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Sermon……………………………… “Dreams That Redirect Us”…………………………………………

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

*Sing………………………………… As with Gladness Men of Old………… Celebration #290:1-3

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

Communion……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

*Sing…………………………….. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence………………………………………

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

Offering, as you leave…………………………………………………….. Crossroads Prison Ministries

Pastor:  Paul Bradford;  Organist: Phyllis De Vries

Worship Team
Saxophonist: Barbara Boertje De Vries; Pianist: Debbie Nelson

* = Please stand if able.

 

OFFERINGSDecember 13:  Cary Christian Center;  December 20:  General Fund; Christmas Day:  Bethany Christian Services; December 27:  Hope Ministries

TODAY:   This morning we look forward to partaking of the Lord’s Supper.  We joyfully anticipate receiving the benefits of Christ’s salvation as we receive the bread and cup in faith.  If you have put your faith in Jesus as your Lord and Savior, and are seeking to faithfully follow him, you are welcome to join us at the table.

Church School will meet from 10:45-11:05 a.m.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  We extend our Christian sympathies to Jerry & Chris Branderhorst and to Ron and Laura Branderhorst on the death of their mother, Pauline Branderhorst on December 1, and to Mae Vander Wiel and Mary and Dan Brouwer on the death of Charles Keur, Mae’s brother-in-law and Mary’s father, on November 28  We rejoice in the hope of everlasting life in Jesus Christ.

“The family of Virginia Van Kooten would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers, and cards to our family after the passing of our mother Virginia Van Kooten.  We know she is in heaven singing praises to Jesus.”

Cathryn Van Ee has moved to The Cottages.  Her address is:  1730 Main Street, Apt. 16; Phone number: 620-4236

MONDAY:  Council will meet at 6:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY:  Kingdom Kids will meet from 5:454-6:50 p.m.

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

Adult Choir rehearsal 6:45-8:15 p.m.

CANDLELIGHT SERVICES CHANGE:  Two (instead of three) identical candlelight services are being arranged in order to accommodate more attendees while maintaining social distancing guidelines.  The adjusted times are: Saturday, December 12 at 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 13 at 5:00 p.m.  Please contact Regina at 785-545-6226 or info@pella2crc.org. for reservations as soon as possible to best meet your preference of the day you wish to attend.

CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR MISSIONARIES:  It is the time of year to remember Pella II’s missionaries with Christmas cards. Collection boxes are available at the foot of the east steps through December 13 for Joel & Jeannie Huyser, Doug & Benita Le Mahieu, Lloyd & Nancy Peckham and Justin Van Zee. No postage or envelopes are needed. Mission Outreach will handle the mailing.  Missionaries often tell us that they enjoy getting cards from Pella II.  Please show them your support with a card.

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.

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 the “Crossroads Prison Ministries”.  Our offering December 13 will go to  “Cary Christian Center”.   Undesignated cash or check offerings go towards the mission or organization QR Codeof 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.

THE PELLA CHRISTIAN HIGH FINANCIAL DRIVE is currently underway. If you have not yet responded, please prayerfully consider including PCHS in your year-end giving to help provide Christ-centered learning for our covenant young people.

FROM THE LE MAHIEU’s:  Dear friends at Second CRC, As 2020 comes to a close, we want to express our deepest gratitude for your interest, involvement and partnership with our ministry in Papua New Guinea and the work of Bible translation.  Thank you for your prayers, letters, emails, encouragement and financial support you gave to us this past year.  We so appreciated the time we were able to worship with you and are thankful for your commitment to sharing God’s Word both locally and around the world.  Love and blessings, Doug and Benita Le Mahieu”

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: Jesus Willingly Humbled Himself – Would you like to see the “Christmas spirit” last all year long?  Join Groundwork as we study Philippians 2:1-11 to study why the Apostle Paul challenges us to examine the incarnation and to understand how the humility Christ demonstrates is the secret.  Listen at GroundworkOnline.com

KIDS CORNER: Salvation is a Christmas Gift – This week’s devotion talks about how God’s salvation is a free gift.   Listen at kidscorner.net

AT-HOME FAITH FORMATION TIP – The Practice of Hospitality:  In the Bible, the Greek term that is usually translated as “hospitality” means “love of strangers”.  How might your home (whether it’s a house, an apartment, a dorm room or another place) become a space to practice the love of strangers?

FROM CALVIN UNIVERSITY – Healer of Our Every IllThe Campus Choir, Women’s Chorale and Capella have professionally recorded five sessions, which will debut on the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship’s YouTube channel at 7:00 p.m. EST each Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve.  Each service is 30-40 minutes long and contains songs, Scripture, and prayer.  (worship.calvin.edu/news-events/events/)