Sunday, Dec 21, 2014 Bulletin # 51 Page 1 “Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11 Welcome: We welcome each one who has come today to worship here on this Fourth Sunday of Advent. Please join us for a cup of coffee after the morning worship service in the fellowship hall downstairs. This evening the Sunday School children will present their Christmas concert. A separate order of worship will be handed out. WORSHIP SERVICE ~ 10:00 AM He Makes All Things New GATHERING TO WORSHIP Prelude Welcome and Announcements * Song: Holy Emmanuel * Call to Worship A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” As we worship today, let us prepare to welcome God’s powerful work in our midst, in our hearts, in our community, and in all of creation. Let us worship God. * God’s Greeting The Lord be with you. And also with you. The love of God the Father, The grace of God the Son, The power of God the Spirit is with you. Amen * Song of Response #480(LUYH), sung twice: Wait for the Lord ADVENT CELEBRATION Advent Reading The angel told Mary that she was expecting a child: The Holy Spirit will come upon you, the power of the Highest hover over you; Therefore, the child you bring to birth will be called Holy, Son of God. Elizabeth, Mary’s relative was also pregnant, six months along. Elizabeth had not been able to have children, but God had blessed her with a miracle. In a few months her child would be born. Nothing is impossible with God! When Mary heard that Elizabeth was also expecting child, she didn’t waste a minute. She got up and traveled to a town in Judah in the hill country, straight to Zachariah’s house, and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby in her womb leaped. She was filled with the Holy Spirit, and sang out exuberantly, You’re so blessed among women, and the babe in your womb, also blessed! Sunday, Dec 21, 2014 * * Bulletin # 51 Page 2 And why am I so blessed that the mother of my Lord visits me? The moment the sound of your greeting entered my ears, The babe in my womb skipped like a lamb for sheer joy. Blessed woman, who believed what God said, believed every word would come true! Mary responded with a song: I’m bursting with God-news; I’m dancing the song of my Savior God. God took one good look at me, and look what happened— I’m the most fortunate woman on earth! What God has done for me will never be forgotten, the God whose very name is holy, set apart from all others. His mercy flows in wave after wave on those who are in awe before him. He bared his arm and showed his strength, scattered the bluffing braggarts. He knocked tyrants off their high horses, pulled victims out of the mud. The starving poor sat down to a banquet; the callous rich were left out in the cold. He embraced his chosen child, Israel; he remembered and piled on the mercies, piled them high. It’s exactly what he promised, beginning with Abraham and right up to now. Mary stayed with Elizabeth for three months and then went back to her own home. Lighting of the Advent Candle During this Advent season we have been getting ready for the coming of Jesus Christ. The fact that Jesus came should mean several things to us. It means that we can celebrate Jesus’ past, coming to Bethlehem as a baby. It means we can be encouraged because he still lives with us. It means that he is coming again to take us home to live with him forever. It also means that we can shout with the glad angels by saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests!” The four candles shining together announce that Jesus came for each of us and he is the Light of the World! Song: Born in Bethlehem Prayer of Thanksgiving Call to Holy Living: Isaiah 55:1-13 Song of Response : Hallowed Manger Ground HEARING GOD’S WORD Prayer for Illumination Children’s Time Children’s Song #86(LUYH), 1,2,3: Away in a Manger Scripture Reading: Luke 1:46-56 Message: He Makes Things New Prayer of Application * Song: Celebrate the Child RESPONDING WITH THANKSGIVING Prayer for God’s People Offertory Prayer Offering * Song: Offering GOING WITH GOD’S BLESSING * Benediction * Song: Bethlehem Sunday, Dec 21, 2014 Bulletin # 51 Page 3 SERVICE SCHEDULE Today: Pastor Gary Van Leeuwen will be leading us in both services. The Sunday School children will be presenting their Christmas program in the evening service. Christmas: The Christmas Service will be lead by Pastor Gary Van Leeuwen at 10:00 am on Thursday, December 25th. Next Sunday: We anticipate celebrating the profession of faith of Peter and Tammy Nonkes along with the baptism of their daughter Ava Sunday morning. Pastor Gary will be leading the service. There is no evening service. New Years Eve Service: will be held on Wed, Dec 31st at 7:30 pm New Year's Day Service: Our New Year's Day service will begin with a time of fellowship at 10:00am followed by a service of praise and prayer beginning at 10:30am. We thank the council members in advance for providing the goodies that will make our pre-service fellowship even better. OFFERING SCHEDULE Today: (1) Church (2) AM: Voice of the Martyrs Canada. This is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to helping, loving and encouraging persecuted Christians worldwide. The ministry provides suffering believers assistance in a vast variety of ways. They also serve to raise national awareness and greatly needed prayer support. Their mission is to glorify God by serving His persecuted church. PM: (Sunday School Christmas Program) will be used by the Church School teachers to select one or more gifts from the World Renew Gift Catalog. Christmas - Dec 25: Food Bank in Clinton Next Week: (1) Church (2) Huron Christian School New Years Eve - Dec 31: Ramoth House New Years Day - Jan 1: Salvation Army Food Bank in Goderich Jan 4: Alzheimer Society of Huron County; Jan 11: Youth Unlimited Jan 18: Blyth youth SERVE-team. Sunday, Dec 21, 2014 Bulletin # 51 Page 4 KEEP IN PRAYER Congratulations to all those celebrating birthdays this week: Clarence Poortinga Jr. – Dec 21 Laurian Top – Dec 22 Siep Bosma – Dec 23 Mary Schultz – Dec 25 Pray for those who are travelling this Christmas season. Let us ask God for safety on the roads and for wisdom and discretion should the weather turn quickly. Keep in prayer those who are lonely during the holiday season. Those who have lost loved ones, who are estranged from parents or children, who are feeling the consequences of broken relationships, and for those who may be distant from their loved ones are in special need of our attention and prayer and hospitality. May they find in us the love and compassion of God in this time of year. Greeters North Greeters South Greeters Back Ushers Today Dec 21 Next Week Dec 28 Two Weeks Jan 4 Keith & Helen Lapp Jim & Sylvia Parish Dave & Kirsten Passchier Gaye Datema Dan Baarda Ed & Joanne Salverda Dave & Christina Salverda Jim & Val Shortreed Merv Datema Audrey Bos Richard Siebolt & Annie Siertsema Bert & Brenda Sjaarda Mark & Diana Sjaarda Peter Uyl Lisa Baarda Jamie / Laurina Kirsten No Evening Service Andrew Bos Cheryl Bakelaar David Passchier Ellen VanSchaik Kendra Bos Quintin Sjaarda Leanne Emily Andrew Bos Cheryl Bakelaar David Passchier Jane Klasen Justin Shortreed Laurina VanDorp Emily W Richard & Tracy Bergsma Art & Corrie Bos Pre-Service Singing Redeemed / Janelle & Jason Music- am Hillie / Sunday School pm Program PA Douwe Top Projector Jamie Reinink Camera Justin Baarda Nursery Kim Greidanus AM Naomi Filiatreault Lauren Bos JK – gr 1 Kendra SS Helper Coffee Calvin & Cheryl Servers Bakelaar Sunday, Dec 21, 2014 Bulletin # 51 Page 5 Christmas Day Greeters North Greeters South Greeters Back Ushers Music PA Projector Camera Nursery Coffee Servers George & Cheryl Poortinga Bert & Carol Reinink Gerrit & Karen Rylaarsdam Raymond Wilts & Jesse Baarda Jannie/ choir/ Top family Richard Audrey Kyle Christina Salverda Shannon Siertsema Emily VL Elders and Deacons New Years Eve: Ushers: Justin Baarda and Calvin Bakelaar Music: Tracy / Brooke PA: Micah Nonkes Projector: Mark Siertsema Camera: Jacob Nonkes New Years Day Greeters North Greeters South Greeters Back Ushers Rob & Andrea Ken & Judy Mike & Deb Rick Steele Eric Shortreed Shortreed Siertsema Nonkes Preservice Singing John & Jane Music Hillie/ Tina Bos & family PA & Projector, Camera Douwe Jamie Justin Nursery Coffee Servers Karen R Chris Exel Shelby G Hans & Audrey Boonstoppel UPCOMING EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS Church Window: Send your interesting Christmas articles, poems, memories, etc for the Church Window by Dec. 21st to [email protected] Phone number change: Due to a Bell error, John and Derkje Wesselink's phone number has been changed to 519-482-3389 (in Huronview) Budget 2014 - Just a reminder that the last chance to contribute to the 2014 church budget is December 28, 2014. Please prayerfully consider what you are able to give this year. The deficit to date is still $27,000, it would be great to balance the budget. SOUP 'N SKATE: Tuesday, December 30th Skating from 10:30 – 11:30am at the Blyth Arena and Soup served at the church from 11:30am – 1:00pm. Attention Curlers: You are invited to be part of the annual LDCSS Curling Bonspiel, February 14, 2015, at the Aylmer Curling Club. Cost $500.00 per team, sponsors are encouraged. All snacks and lunch provided free for curlers. To register, please contact Albert at 519-773-3238 or email [email protected] by Jan 31, 2015. Sunday, Dec 21, 2014 Bulletin # 51 Page 6 Huron Christian School invites you to help in "Building on the Foundation of Christian Education". To participate please come visit the school, pick an envelope(s) from the display with a donation amount earmarked on it, and make a financial contribution to HCS. We invite you to come to the school anytime to do this or participate in one of our upcoming events such as the blood donor clinic on Dec 26. If you are unable to come to the school please feel free to mail in a donation of your choosing. Look in your church mailboxes for more information. YOUNG PEOPLE/ADULT’S NEWS SOUP 'N SKATE: Tuesday, December 30th - Please see the list of items sent out this week that you will need to bring by family. A duty list will go out yet before the date. If you can't bring your items and/or won't be there, please let a youth leader know in advance. Thanks! YOUTH EXECUTIVE meeting is Wednesday, January 7th @ Becky's house @ 7:30PM. We hope to have our Winter/Spring calendar out after this meeting. Next YOUTH GROUP: Thursday, January 8th - Emily & Kaleb on snacks. Next FAITH INSTRUCTION night will be Tuesday, January 13th. Jacob & Mark on snacks. TRILLIUM FORMAL planning meeting is @ Becky's house on Wednesday, January 15th @ 7:30PM. Young People Hockey: Sat, Dec 27 Sat, Jan 3 Sat, Jan 10 Sat, Jan 17 Sat, Jan 24 Sat, Jan 31 in Blyth vs Exeter in Blyth vs Palmerston Blyth off in Blyth vs Drayton in Blyth vs Exeter Blyth off at 8:00 pm at 8:00 pm at 8:00 pm at 8:00 pm OTHER NEWS KIDS CORNER - Mary's Miracle: The birth of Christ is the incarnation of God in human history. Kids Corner presents this dramatic presentation of the miracle of Jesus as seen through the eyes of Mary. Follow the adventures of Liz and his pals every week: subscribe for free at getkidscorner.com. Find more great resources for kids and parents at kidscorner.net. CONSTRUCTION FOR HEALTH - Use your construction skills to improve health care in Malawi. Serve alongside community workers to repair homes on the Nkhoma Mission Hospital compound, providing suitable housing for hospital staff. The goal of the program is to provide safe and secure housing and support for the work of Nkhoma Mission Hospital in ways that will express our love for, encourage, and strengthen their ability to provide quality healthcare in Malawi. More information available at www.worldrenew.net or [email protected] Sunday, Dec 21, 2014 Bulletin # 51 Page 7 Last Chance to sign up for the Kenya Prayer Safari - You have the opportunity to serve handin-hand with local Kenyan leaders by praying with them for ministry centers and people in leadership positions in Kenya's capital city. Join the Prayer Safari on February 5-16. Visit crwm.org/safari to sign up. HIGH ADVENTURE SUMMER CAMP - Rock climbing, orienteering, rope courses, arts and crafts are some of the activities at this adventure camp high in the Staja mountain region of Romania, where youth are challenged in creative problem solving, facing and conquering fears, team work, compassion and more. You are invited to be a North American Christian role model and come alongside Romanian camp leaders in this unique ministry that empowers youth with the skills to live life well. Additional details can be found at www.crwm.org or contact [email protected] Nicaragua ONTARIO Youth Team - Join other youth from Ontario on World Renew’s 2015 March Break team to help alleviate hunger in Nicaragua. Work alongside community leaders and youth - building relationships, bridging culture, helping with different projects, and growing in faith and leadership skills. Does this sound like the challenge you're looking for? Contact [email protected] for additional details. Merry Christmas from World Renew - World Renew would like to wish you a blessed Christmas as we remember the birth of our Savior. In the midst of the turmoil and crisis in our world, we can place our hope in Jesus. We can also extend Christ's hope by giving a gift to those who are living in poverty. Thank you for your gifts to World Renew through the Gift Catalog program and through your church offerings to help those who need it most. To find out more, visit worldrenew.net. THIS WEEK’S CALENDAR Sunday Sunday School (Pre K –gr 1) ................................................................................. after the offering Sunday School / Faith Instruction Classes (gr 2 – gr. 8).........................................after am service Sunday Services .............................................................................................. 10:00 am & 7:30 pm Monday Exercise group .................................................................................................................... 9:30 am Thursday Christmas Service ............................................................................................................. 10:00 am Bulletin Deadline ................................................................................................................. 5:00 pm Saturday Tykes Hockey at the Blyth Arena ........................................................................................ 7:00 pm Young People Hockey in Blyth ............................................................................................ 8:00 pm Church & Minister: 519-523-4743 Minister: Pastor Gary Van Leeuwen email: [email protected] . Home: 226-523-5566 and cell: 519-441-7805 Clerk Mr. Rick Steele 519-526-7446 e-mail: [email protected] Blyth CRC Web Site: www.blythcrc.ca Bulletin Announcements: call Anita Boven: 519-523-9492 or e-mail [email protected] before 5:00 pm on Thursday.
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