October 25, 2020

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
October 25, 2020                               Reformation Sunday                                          9:30 A.M.

Prelude…………………………………. How Firm a Foundation……………………………………………..

For All the Saints; Our Refuge and Strength

A Mighty Fortress

OPENING AND GREETING

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

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

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

PRAISE TO GOD

*Sing……………………………….. A Mighty Fortress Is Our God……….. Celebration #151:1-4

Anthem…………………………………….. God Is Our Refuge…………………………………………………

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

Sing……………………………………….. He Will Hold Me Fast……………………………………………….

GOD’S WORD

Scripture, read by Sarah Van Zee…………………………………………………….. Philippians 2:1-4

Pew Bibles – page 1827

Sermon………………………………… “Loving Christ’s Bride”…………………………………………….

“One Body, One Purpose” Series

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

RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

*Sing…………………………………………. The Servant Song………….. Celebration #424:1, 2, 4, 6

*Blessing and Exit Instructions……………………………………………………………………………………

*Offering, as you leave…………………………………………………….. Geneva Campus Ministries

*Postlude………………………………. Jesus, Firm Foundation……………………………………………..

Pastor:  Paul Bradford;  Organist:  Andrea Van Waardhuizen
Trumpeters:  Robert Rus, Will Vande Voort; Worship Team;
Adult Choir – Debbie Nelson: Pianist; Barbara Boertje DeVries: Director

* = Please stand if able.

 

OFFERINGSNovember 1:  World Renew (World Hunger Sunday); November 8:  Ministry Shares; November 15:  Christian Education Fund; November 22:  Crossroads of Pella; November 26 (Thanksgiving Day):  Thanksgiving Envelopes; November 29:  Creation Station Christian Preschool

TODAY:   Church School meets from 10:45-11:05 today.

NEXT SUNDAY:  Daylight Savings Time ends next Sunday –  remember to set your clocks back 1 hour.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY: Leona Nunnikhoven has been moved to The Cottages as she heals and receives physical therapy for her broken leg.  Remember her in your prayers.

We extend our Christian sympathy to Ken and Esther Van Gent on the death of Ken’s sister, Esther Van Wyk, on October 18.  We rejoice in the hope of everlasting life in Jesus Christ.

“Thank you to my church family for all the cards sent for my birthday.  They were much appreciated.” – Arie Boot

MONDAY:  Our bi-monthly congregational prayer meeting is tomorrow, October 26, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Note that we will meet in the Fellowship Hall.

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

Adult Choir will practice 7:15-8:15 p.m. Please bring masks.  For more information, contact Barbara Boertje DeVries at worship@pella2crc.org.

PETER FISH:  If you have not yet picked up your Peter Fish, they are available in the narthex.  Please consider filling them with your spare change and bring them back next Sunday, November 1, World Hunger Sunday.  We will collect them in a container at the top of the steps before the service this year.  Please pray for the nearly 1 billion people around the world who are hungry.

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!

THANKSGIVING MEAL BOXES:  The Pella Food Shelf is again making Thanksgiving Meal Boxes to give to local families.  Pella II’s challenge this year is to bring 150  15.25 oz. cans of corn for these boxes no later than November 15.  Mission/Outreach challenges each household to participate by bringing cans of corn.  A collection table will be downstairs or they can be placed on the table at the main entrance.

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 “Geneva Campus Ministry in Iowa City”.  Our offering QR CodeNovember 1 will go to “World Renew -World Hunger”.   Undesignated cash or check offerings 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.

YOU ARE A BLESSING!  Thank you for your church’s gift to ministry shares.  Your gift makes it possible for us to share God’s story of grace, hope and love.  We could not impact the world through missions, media, and church development without your incredible and faithful support.  To learn more about the work you support visit crcna.org/ministryshares.

ADVANCE NOTICES:

     Parent-Teacher Conferences at Pella Christian High School:  Parents, please plan to attend Parent-Teacher Conferences during one of the following times:

Tuesday, October 27, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on site in the school gymnasium.  Masks are required for the in-person conferences.  School is dismissed at 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 29, conferences will be held virtually from noon-2:00 p.m.  School will dismiss at 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

A reminder that there will be no classes Friday, October 30, for a teacher work day.  A signup link for the conferences will be provided to parents via email.

Waffle Supper – On Wednesday, November 4, the IGNITE Youth Group of Oskaloosa’s First Christian Reformed Church (815 N. 11th St.) will have their annual Belgium Waffle Supper from 5:00-7:00 p.m. with social distancing in place.  There will also be Take-Out and Drive-Up options available.  A free-will offering will be taken.

FROM THE LE MAHIEU’s:  We want to thank you for your support of the Ministry of Wycliffe and our family.  You have been an important partner in allowing us to serve in the country of Papua New Guinea.  For many months, no Wycliffe missionaries had been able to enter the country.  However, restrictions are slowly lifting and some have been able to return.  We plan to return to Papua New Guinea in January if we can secure the proper paperwork in order to enter the country.  Please pray for all these doors to be opened and for patience during the process. We are also praying for you and your witness in the Pella area. – Doug and Benita Le Mahieu

PEORIA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL is looking for a part-time secretary.  If you are interested, please contact Jeremy Copenhaver (principal@peoriachr.org).

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

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK: Signs of Christ’s Power – Having power means having the strength, the ability, or the influence to accomplish something.  Study John 5-11 with Groundwork to discover the signs that reveal Christ’s power to us.  Together we’ll discuss what these signs show us about Christ’s power and why they point us to life.  Listen at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER: Change of Plans – Lucille has great plans for the church’s youth camp, but everything is put on hold with a hospital visit.  Can Lucille’s replacement Liz pull it off perfectly?   Listen at kidscorner.net.  Download this month’s Kids Corner Bible Story Coloring Packet:  The Story Begins.  (https://kidscorner.net/activities).

AT-HOME FAITH FORMATION TIP – The Practice of Gratitude:  “Give thanks to Him and praise His name.  For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations” (Psalm 100:4-5).  How has God been faithful to the generations in your family?  Tell those stories to each other.