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October 14, 2018

WELCOME TO THE

WORTHINGTON CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH

Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 9:30 AM

                                                                                                    Leader:  Gale Tien
                                                                                              Organist: Lorraine Edwards
                                                                                              
                             
 Welcome and Call to Worship
Silent Prayer
*Opening Songs242:1,2 “Come all you people, Praise Our God”                             ADOWA
      96:1,4 “Sing to the Lord, Sing His Praise”                                       WESLEY

*Litany Psalm 67
Pastor:   May God be gracious to us and bless us and make HIs face shine upon us.
People:  That your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations.
Pastor:   May the peoples praise you O God may all the peoples praise you.
People:  May the nations be glad and sing for joy. For you rule the people justly
               and guide the nations of the earth.
Pastor:   May the peoples praise you O God may all the peoples praise you.
People:  Then the land will yield its harvest and God our God will bless us.
Pastor:   God will bless us and all the ends of the earth will fear Him.
              And all God’s people say.
People:  Amen!
*Greet one another in the name of Christ
*Hymn of Exaltation:  LUYH 581:1-3 “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”         HYMN TO JOY
           
Reconciliation
Call to Confession: Psalm 32:5
Assurance of pardon: Micah 7: 18-19
The Gratitude of Holy Living: Colossians 3:12-17

Prayers of the People
Congregational Prayer

Children and Worship - Children ages 3-7 years old are invited to come to the front of the sanctuary to receive a prayer of blessing before going to a classroom for a time of worship designed especially for young children. Our young guests are welcome to participate in this service.
Lesson:  “The 10 Best Ways to Live”
Leader:  Amy W; Co-Leader: Scott N ; Greeter:  Danika N

We Offer Our Gifts
Offertory:  "Praise and Thanksgiving"                                                              sung by Ladies Ensemble
Offering:  Sweetwater - Pendergrass

The Word of God
*Song of Preparation: LUYH 762:1-2 “Ancient Words”                                           ANCIENT WORDS
Scripture Reading: Exodus 3:1-6, Joshua 5:13-15  (pages 90, 336 in most pew Bibles)
Sermon:  Taking Off Our Shoes
Prayer of Application
*Song of Response:  454:1-3 “Now Thank We All Our God”                                 NUN DANKET

Sent Out to Serve God for His Glory
*Benediction: 
*Closing Song:  555:1-3 “Lead On, O King Eternal”                                                             LANCASHIRE
*Postlude
*Moment of Silence


Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for working in my life.  I need You on my side each and every day.  Thank You that You are willing and able to accomplish Your good and perfect plans for my future.  Help me to trust in Your love for me no matter how things appear at any given moment, knowing that You will never leave me or forsake me.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Our Church Calendar for October 14 – October 21
Today                9:30 AM          Worship service
                         9:30 AM         Lao language service
                        10:45 AM         Sunday School
                        12:15 PM          Anuak language service
                         2:00 PM          Oromo language service
                         5:30 PM          Children’s Hand Bell Choir practice
                         6:00 PM          Worship service

Monday          7:00 PM           Council meeting

Wednesday    6:30 AM          Men’s Prayer Meeting
                        9:30 AM          Meadows Bible Study
                        7:00 PM           GEMS
                       
Sunday           9:30 AM          Worship service
                        9:30 AM          Lao CRC service
                       10:45 AM          Sunday School
                       12:15 PM           Anuak language service
                        2:00 PM           Oromo language service
                        5:30 PM           Children’s Hand Bell Choir practice
                        6:00 PM           Worship service

Our Church Announcements:
Continue to remember in prayer those who are unable to worship with us regularly: Ann Hoefker (Crossroads Care Center); Clara Hofstee (Edgebrook Care Center); Neil Kempema (MN Veterans Home, Luverne); John and Dorothy Sikma (Viste Manor, Hills); Ann Van Iperen (Golden Living, Slayton); LaVonne Vander Grift (Sibley Care Initiative); and Tom Vander Kooi (Maple Lawn Nursing Home, Fulda).

Caleb Hoftyzer had an appointment with a neurologist Tuesday morning.  No definite cause has been figured out yet.  Caleb will be having an MRI in the near future.  In the meantime, he will be starting therapies to help him control his tics/twitching.  The family appreciates your continued prayers.

Today our services will be led by Gale Tien of Orange City, IA.

The Children’s Hand Bell Choir will practice at 5:30 this evening and on the 21st.

The Care and Fellowship Committee invite Seniors (age 60 and over) for food, fun and fellowship on Tuesday, October 23, at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall.  Please signup on the sheet in the Fellowship Hall.  Rides will be available for those who would like to attend, but don’t care to drive in the evening.

The GEMS Girls Club is looking for volunteers to show the girls how do to a craft or basic skills i.e. sew on a button, baking, cake decorating, or anything else you would like to share.  This can be done by one person or take a friend along to help.  A ride is available if you would rather not drive at night.  Please contact Tae 360-3102 if you are willing to help.

The GEMS Girls Club is looking for anyone willing to help out this year by doing a devotional or maybe playing piano occasionally for group singing.  Contact Bonnie at 360-5278.

Next week Sunday morning we will look at five practical ways each of us can make an impact on our community and culture.  The message from II Timothy 3 and both Matthew 5 and 13 is “Christians Correcting Culture”.  In the evening we will look at “Prayer with a Passion”  from Psalm 143.  Often we are too timid in our prayers, so we will focus on pleading God’s promises.  That is particularly important as we move through the calling prices to identify who God has selected as our next pastor.

Mobile Meals is an opportunity to serve in our community in the name of Christ. Our church is responsible to serve three routes of meals on weekdays during the month of October. Your help would be greatly appreciated! Please contact Paul or Donna Vander Kooi to volunteer. (507-376-5003)

The Following the Flock newsletter committee is planning on a new feature to appear each month. We would like to do family profiles.  We will be putting a note in your mail slots asking you to participate.  All we ask is that you write a short paragraph, and, if you do not feel you can write the paragraph, just share some info with us and we will write the paragraph for you.  We hope this will help us to get to know each other better, and be able to pray for each other with a better sense for who we are.  We would also like to include a picture of you.  The committee will do theirs first, so you have an idea of what we are looking to include in the article.

Our offering next week is for the Luke Society, which provides resources and support for international Christian health visionaries passionate about ministering to needs in their own cultures. Our ministry empowers nationals to share the saving grace of the Gospel through preaching, teaching and healing.

Requested Items of Interest
            Justice For All invites you to join them for an Informational meeting about upcoming Service & Learning Trips on Tuesday at 7pm  at the JFA Ministry Center, 1335 Valley Drive.  Hear details and experiences of what Service & Learning trips are about, as well as answering any questions about dates, times, and locations.  Come check the possibility of  where God may be leading you.  If you can’t make the meeting but would like more information, please call Luke Grooters at JFA, 712-476-2804 or lukeg@jfa-nwiowa.org.

                The Worthington Christian School invites you to attend our annual freewill donation Soup Supper on Thursday.  WCS appreciates your support and welcomes you for a time of dining and fellowship.  Join us for a variety of delicious homemade soups, pie/desserts, and pulled pork sandwiches.  Serving from 5pm-7pm at 1770 Eleanor Street.  Parking in the cul-de-sac will be reserved for take-out meals.

                Please join the Southwest MN Christian High School students for our Fall Concert and Open House on Thursday at 7:00 pm in the school gymnasium!  The concert will feature Southwest choirs and bands.  Ensembles will perform pieces in a variety of styles including medieval, classical, pop, and hymns, with our choirs closing the night with the Lord's Prayer sung in Swahili.  The band will premiere a new pep band piece that will be played at this year’s sporting events as well. We hope you will take the time to join the students in giving Glory to our King through their musical gifts!

                Hope Haven’s 54th Annual Society Meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 23, at Hope Haven in Rock Valley beginning at 1 pm.  Society members will have the opportunity to elect Board members, review recent audit and budgets, and receive the annual report on the ministry of Hope Haven.  Hope Haven is a society owned agency; therefore, you are encouraged to exercise your membership and become involved in the business of Hope Haven.

Check out the bulletin board for items added this week.

There are copies of the Messenger from Mid-America Reformed Seminary in the racks between the mail slots for those who would like a copy.
  
October 14, 2018
1100 First Avenue SW, Worthington, MN                                            Office Telephone - 507-372-2811
Kitchen Telephone: 507-372-2898                                              Office Email: wgtncrc@frontiernet.net

Welcome to the Worthington Christian Reformed Church.
We're glad you came to join with us in our worship time today.  We hope that you have felt God's love in a new, refreshing way, for you're so welcomed in this place.  We hope you'll come again, to join with us in fellowship, and to make some special friends.  Please sign the guest book found near the main entrance.  We invite you to join us in the Fellowship Hall for coffee or juice following the morning worship service and join us for our second worship service at 6:00 p.m.

Greeters Today:  AM Judy Gravenhof
                              PMNorm and Bev Gravenhof
           
Juice servers today – Jessica Peterson; Malik and Miranda Sampson         

Nursery todayPlease be in the nursery 15 minutes before the service begins.
                          AM –  Beth Prins and Lincoln Nordby

Greeters for next weekAM – Ryan and Cindy Gravenhof
                                           PM Howard and Ricki Hoftyzer

Juice servers next Sunday:  Mike and Lisa Sampson; Mark and Traci Scheepstra
           
Nursery next Sunday:  Please be in the nursery 15 minutes before the service begins.
                                       AM – Cindy Gravenhof and Deyten Bosma

Children and Worship next Sunday:  Scott N, Rita VK, Noah G

Letters to missionaries:
Gene and Jenni Weg to Rev. Scott Van Voorst (pastorscottvv@gmail.com)
Gerald and Anita Weg to Lauren and Connie Runia (Lauren_Runia@sil.org)
Michael and Deb Weg to Rev. Ben and Amy Meyer (bmeyer@crcna.org)




                                                                                                                               Leader:  Gale Tien
                                Pianist:  Sheryl Riemersma
Psalm Reading:  Psalm 146 (p 980) Steve Prins
WELCOME AND CALL TO WORSHIP -
Silent prayer asking God’s Blessing on the Service
*Opening Song: 238:1-5 “We Come, O Christ, to You”                                                              EASTVIEW

*LitanyRoman 8: 28-32
Pastor:   And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him,
               who have been called according to His purposes.
People:  For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of
  His Son that He might be the firstborn among many brothers.
Pastor:   And those He predestined He also called, those He called He also justified,
  those He justified He also glorified.
People:  What, then shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Pastor:   He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all –
  how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?
Pastor: And all God’s people say.
ALL:  Amen!

Congregational Prayer

Presentation of the Word
*Song of Preparation:  244:1-3 “God Himself Is With Us”                                                    ARNSBERG
Scripture:  Various Passages from Judges 13-16 (page 394-401 in most pew Bibles)
Sermon:  Lessons from Samson
Prayer of Application

The Response
*Song of response: 479:1-3 “I Will Sing Of My Redeemer”                                                   HYFRYDOL

We offer our gifts:
Offering:  
Offertory:  Sweetwater – Pendergrass
*Parting Blessing 
*Closing Song:  495:1 & 2 “I Know Not Why God’s Wondrous Grace”                              EL NATHAN
*Moment of Silence                        
*Postlude                                           

October 7, 2018


WELCOME TO THE

WORTHINGTON CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH
Sunday, October 7, 2018 - 9:30 AM

                                                                                                    Leader:  Dr. Marlin Van Schepen
                                                                                                    Organist: Lisa Sampson
                                                                                                    Pianist:  Sheryl Riemersma
                             
 Welcome and Call to Worship
Silent Prayer
      195 “Our God Reigns”                                                                             OUR GOD REIGNS

*Litany – Psalm 29
Pastor:   Ascribe to the LORD, O mighty ones,
People:  ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
Pastor:   Ascribe to the LORD the glory due His name.
People:   Worship the LORD in the splendor of His holiness
Pastor:   The LORD sits enthroned over the flood;
People:   the LORD is enthroned as King forever.
Pastor:   The LORD gives strength to His people;
People:   the LORD blesses His people with peace.
Pastor:   Greeting
People:  Amen!
*Greet one another in the name of Christ
*Hymn of Exaltation:  LUYH 581:1-3 “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”               HYMN TO JOY
           
Reconciliation
Call to Confession: II Timothy 3:1-5a
Assurance of pardon: I John 1:5-7
The Gratitude of Holy Living: Responsive Reading “As a Rule of Gratitude” (page 1017)

Prayers of the People
Congregational Prayer




Children and Worship - Children ages 3-7 years old are invited to come to the front of the sanctuary to receive a prayer of blessing before going to a classroom for a time of worship designed especially for young children. Our young guests are welcome to participate in this service.
Lesson:  “Exodus”
Leader:  Shirley dB; Co-Leader: Amy W ; Greeter:  Saige S

We Offer Our Gifts
Offertory:  “Soon and Very Soon”                                                  sung by the Sunday School Children
Offering:  Covenantal Education

The Word of God
*Song of Preparation: 548:1-3 “When We Walk With the Lord”                        TRUST AND OBEY
Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 29:4-14  (page 1221 in most pew Bibles)
Sermon:  Hope and a Future
Prayer of Application
*Song of Response:  446:1-3 “If You But Trust in God to Guide You”  WER NUR DEN LIEBEN GOTT

Sent Out to Serve God for His Glory
*Benediction: 
*Closing Song:  501:1,7 “O, For a Thousand Tongues to Sing”                                        AZOM
*Postlude
*Moment of Silence



Lord, At the beginning of this new day, I offer you my life.
Come take my voice, may the words I speak be filled with encouragement and goodness.  Come take my hands, may the work they create be generous and giving.  Come take my feet, may the journeys I walk be led by your Spirit within.  Come take my life Lord, for I love your goodness, your kindness and your leading. 



Our Church Calendar for October 7 – October 14
Today                9:30 AM          Worship service
                         9:30 AM         Lao language service
                        10:45 AM         Sunday School
                        12:15 PM          Anuak language service
                         2:00 PM          Oromo language service
                         6:00 PM          Worship service – communion – refreshments to follow

Monday          6:45 PM           Ladies Bible Study at home of Beth Prins
7:00 PM           Elders Meeting

Wednesday    6:30 AM          Men’s Prayer Meeting
                        6:00 PM           Youth Group – clean up landscaping and SERVE recap
                        7:00 PM           Cadets            
                       
Sunday           9:30 AM          Worship service
                        9:30 AM          Lao CRC service
                       10:45 AM          Sunday School
                       12:15 PM           Anuak language service
                        2:00 PM           Oromo language service
                        6:00 PM           Worship service

Our Church Announcements:
Continue to remember in prayer those who are unable to worship with us regularly: Ann Hoefker (Crossroads Care Center); Clara Hofstee (Edgebrook Care Center); Neil Kempema (MN Veterans Home, Luverne); John and Dorothy Sikma (Viste Manor, Hills); Ann Van Iperen (Golden Living, Slayton); LaVonne Vander Grift (Sibley Care Initiative); and Tom Vander Kooi (Maple Lawn Nursing Home, Fulda).

This week Caleb Hoftyzer was at Sanford Children’s for tests.  Over the last few weeks he has developed a tic/shake that he cannot control.  They are waiting for an appointment to see the doctor.  Caleb will see a neurologist in December.  Please be in prayer for Caleb, Ryan and Larissa, his siblings and grandparents during this time of waiting. 

This morning our service will be led by Dr. Marlin Van Schepen, commissioned pastor at Edgerton Bethel CRC.  Our evening service will be conducted by Rev. Irwin Van Leeuwen of Sioux Falls, SD.
This evening will be our communion service for World Wide Communion Sunday.  The congregation of the American Reformed Church will join us.  Pastor Truesdell will be assisting with communion.  Refreshments will be served following the service.

World Communion Sunday offers congregations a distinctive opportunity to experience Holy Communion in the context of the global community of faith. The first Sunday of October has become a time when Christians in every culture break bread and pour the cup to remember and affirm Christ as the Head of the Church. On that day, they remember that they are part of the whole body of believers. Whether shared in a grand cathedral, a mud hut, outside on a hilltop, in a meetinghouse, or in a storefront, Christians celebrate the communion liturgy in as many ways as there are congregations. World Communion Sunday can be both a profound worship experience and a time for learning more about our wider community of faith.

The Care and Fellowship Committee invite Seniors to food, fun and fellowship on Tuesday, October 23, at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall.  Please sign up on the sheet in the Fellowship Hall.  Rides will be available for those who would like to attend, but don’t care to drive in the evening.

The GEMS Girls Club is looking for volunteers to show the girls how do to a craft or basic skills i.e. sew on a button, baking, cake decorating, or anything else you would like to share.  This can be done by one person or take a friend along to help.  A ride is available if you would rather not drive at night.  Please contact Tae 360-3102 if you are willing to help.

This week Pastor Jack is attending the Gospel Alliance Conference in Dyer, Indiana.  The Gospel Alliance are people, primarily pastors, who desire the CRC and RCA to remain Biblically and Confessionally Reformed.  The CRC are also known as The Returning Church.  After the Conference Pastor Jack and Wanda are visiting family in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  

Next week Sunday our services will be led by Gale Tien of Orange City.

The new shipment of GEMS cards has arrived.  They are on the table in the Fellowship Hall for your purchase.  All proceeds benefit our local GEMS girls club. Due to shipping increases, boxes of cards are now $7.00. Please make checks payable to the Worthington CRC and place in the mail slot of the Church Secretary or Beth TenHaken.   The older supply of cards have been reduced to $4.00 per box.


Mobile Meals is an opportunity to serve in our community in the name of Christ. Our church is responsible to serve three routes of meals on weekdays during the month of October. Your help would be greatly appreciated! Please contact Paul or Donna Vander Kooi to volunteer. (507-376-5003)
If you have a Sunday School Heidelberg Catechism booklet at home and your student has moved on to another class, it would be appreciated if you would return it to the church office.  Thank you!
Our offering next week is for Sweetwater – Pendergrass.  Our mission is to design holistic, sustainable, environmental strategies to deliver clean water as a means of bringing the Living Water (Jesus Christ) to water-stressed communities around the world. Sweetwater’s particular emphasis is on serving widows and orphans in places where water security is “impossible”.  We strive to deliver clean and Living water in such a manner that when our work is done our client communities shout “The hand of the Lord has done this!
Requested Items of Interest
            We want to thank you for your faithful support again these past months through your financial gifts, encouragement, and prayers.  We ask for your prayers for this up-coming trip to Papua New Guinea.   Blessings,  Lauren and Connie Runia - Wycliffe Bible Translators
                Nondenominational Widow's Ministry will meet at First United Methodist Church, 408 11th St, Worthington, on Monday at 2 p.m. Program will be Joe Anderson from Sterling Drug, updating us on recommended immunizations for adults. PLEASE NOTE change of meeting place.
                Retired registered nurses will meet at HyVee Cafe , 1235 Oxford St, Worthington, at 9 a.m. on Friday.
Join us for the 2nd Women Seeking God conference this Friday 6-9pm and Saturday 9am-3pm at Lakeside Church. Registration is $45. This includes evening dessert bar, light breakfast, and  catered lunch. Register online: http://bit.ly/womenseekinggod or call Love INC. at 507.727.7290. 
Justice For All invites you to join them for an Informational meeting about upcoming Service & Learning Trips on Tuesday, October 16, 2018,  7pm  at the JFA Ministry Center, 1335 Valley Drive.  Hear details and experiences of what Service & Learning trips are about, as well as answering any questions about dates, times, and locations.  Come check the possibility of  where God may be leading you.  If you can’t make the meeting but would like more information, please call Luke Grooters at JFA, 712-476-2804 or lukeg@jfa-nwiowa.org.
Check out the bulletin board for many items added this week.



October 7, 2018
1100 First Avenue SW, Worthington, MN                                            Office Telephone - 507-372-2811
Kitchen Telephone: 507-372-2898                                              Office Email: wgtncrc@frontiernet.net

Welcome to the Worthington Christian Reformed Church.
We're glad you came to join with us in our worship time today.  We hope that you have felt God's love in a new, refreshing way, for you're so welcomed in this place.  We hope you'll come again, to join with us in fellowship, and to make some special friends.  Please sign the guest book found near the main entrance.  We invite you to join us in the Fellowship Hall for coffee or juice following the morning worship service and join us for our second worship service at 6:00 p.m.

Greeters Today:  AM Alan and Luann Gravenhof
                              PMBill and Janice Wolterstorff
           
Juice servers today Steve and Susie Robinson; Vonnie Rutgers

Nursery todayPlease be in the nursery 15 minutes before the service begins.
                          AM –  Colleen Jansma and Liv Vander Kooi

Greeters for next weekAM – Judy Gravenhof
                                           PM Norm and Bev Gravenhof

Juice servers next Sunday:  Jessica Peterson; Malik and Miranda Sampson
           
Nursery next Sunday:  Please be in the nursery 15 minutes before the service begins.
                                       AM – Beth Prins and Lincoln Nordby

Children and Worship next Sunday:  Amy W, Scott N, Danika N

Letters to missionaries:
Ken and Lauri Vander  Veen to Rev. Scott Van Voorst (pastorscottvv@gmail.com)
Les and Irma Voss to Lauren and Connie Runia (Lauren_Runia@sil.org)
Clay and Danni Weg to Rev. Ben and Amy Meyer (bmeyer@crcna.org)



                                                                                                                               Pastor:  Rev. Irwin Van Leeuwen
                                Pianist:  Beth Ten Haken
Psalm Reading:  Psalm 33 (p870) Rod Bosma
WELCOME AND CALL TO WORSHIP -
Silent prayer asking God’s Blessing on the Service
*Opening Song:   LUYH 772:1-4 “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less”                                       SOLID ROCK                 
*Litany – Psalm 121
Pastor:   I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from?
People:  My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
Pastor:   He will not let your foot slip – he who watches over you will not slumber;
People:  indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
Pastor:  The Lord watches over you – the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
People:  the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.
Pastor: The Lord will keep you from all harm – he will watch over your life;
People:  the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.
Pastor:  The Lord’s Greeting
People:  Amen!
Congregational Prayer
Presentation of the Word
*Song of Preparation: 419:1-5 “Spirit Of God, Who Dwells within My Heart”                 MORECAMBE
Scripture:  Hebrews 4:12-16  (page 1866 in most pew Bibles)
Sermon:  “Pricked and Assured By The Word”
Prayer of Application
The Response
*Song of response: 424:1-2 “Spirit of The Living God”                                                                       IVERSON
World Wide Communion Celebration
Meaning of the Sacrament
Hymn 474:1-4 “In The Cross I Glory”                                                                                                       RATHBUN
Communion Prayer
*Apostles Creed
Passing of the Bread
Passing of the Cup
Responsive Reading Congregation in Unison Psalm 103:1-13
Prayer
 We offer our gifts:
Offering:  
Offertory:  Covenantal Education
Closing Song: 770:1-4 “In Christ Alone” Communion offering for Love INC                IN CHRIST ALONE
*Parting Blessing 
*Moment of Silence                         *Postlude                                           *Please stand, if you are able

September 30, 2018


WELCOME TO THE

WORTHINGTON CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH
Sunday, September 30, 2018 - 9:30 AM

                                                                                                      Pastor:  Rev. Jack Gray
                                                                                                      Organist: Lorraine Edwards
                                                                                                      Pianist:  Lisa Sampson
                             
 Welcome and Call to Worship - Genesis 50:17
Silent Prayer
      LUYH 537 Open the Eyes of my Heart                                      EYES OF MY HEART

*Litany
Pastor:   You forgave the iniquity of your people                               Psalm 85:2a
People:  and covered all their sins.                                                    Psalm 85:2b
Pastor:   You are forgiving and good, O Lord,                                     Psalm 86:5a
People:  abounding in love to all who call to you.                            Psalm 86:5b
Pastor:   Hear my prayer, O Lord                                                        Psalm 86:6a
People:  listen to my cry for mercy.                                                   Psalm 86:6b
Pastor:   In the day of my trouble I will call on you                            Psalm 86:7a
People:  for you will answer me.                                                       Psalm 86:7b
Pastor:  Jude 1b,2
People:  Amen!
*Greet one another in the name of Christ
*Hymn of Exaltation:  257 “O Christ, the Lamb of God”             CHRISTE, DU LAMM GOTTES    
           
Reconciliation
Call to Confession:  Psalm 130:3
Assurance of Pardon:  Psalm 130:4
The Gratitude of Holy Living:  Matthew 22:37-40
Children’s Hand Bell Choir                  "Just As I Am"

Prayers of the People
Congregational Prayer




Children and Worship - Children ages 3-7 years old are invited to come to the front of the sanctuary to receive a prayer of blessing before going to a classroom for a time of worship designed especially for young children. Our young guests are welcome to participate in this service.
Lesson:  “Abram and Sarai”
Leader:  Deb W; Co-Leader:  Shirley dB; Greeter:  Liv VK

We Offer Our Gifts
Offertory:  “The Lord’s Prayer”                             sung by Megan Marushin and Emmalee Bosma
Offering:  Minnkota Deacons

The Word of God
*Song of Preparation:  255:1, 3, 4 “God, Be Merciful to Me”                                      REDHEAD 76
Scripture Reading: Psalm 103  (page 939 in most pew Bibles)
Text:   Psalm 103:3
Sermon: Healing Hurts
                        Outline:  I.  Hurts   II. Healing                        
 Prayer of Application
*Song of Response:   258 “Lord, Have Mercy upon Us”                                                WILLAN KYRIE

Sent Out to Serve God for His Glory
*Benediction:  II Thessalonians 2:16,17
*Closing Song:  627 “Bless His Holy Name”                                                            BLESS THE LORD
*Postlude
*Moment of Silence




Father, help me to become a generous and joyful giver and use me to meet the needs of others so that You will be honored and glorified.


Our Church Calendar for September 30 – October 7
Today                9:30 AM          Worship service
                         9:30 AM         Lao language service
                        10:45 AM         Sunday School
                        12:15 PM          Anuak language service
                         2:00 PM          Oromo language service
                         6:00 PM          Worship service

Wednesday    6:30 AM          Men’s Prayer Meeting
                        9:30 AM          Meadows Bible Study
                        6:30 PM           Care and Fellowship Meeting
                        7:00 PM           Cadets/GEMS season kickoff - campfire
                       
Sunday           9:30 AM          Worship service
                        9:30 AM          Lao CRC service
                       10:45 AM          Sunday School
                       12:15 PM           Anuak language service
                        2:00 PM           Oromo language service
                        6:00 PM           Worship service - communion

Our Church Announcements:
Continue to remember in prayer those who are unable to worship with us regularly: Ann Hoefker (Crossroads Care Center); Clara Hofstee (Edgebrook Care Center); Neil Kempema (MN Veterans Home, Luverne); John and Dorothy Sikma (Viste Manor, Hills); Ann Van Iperen (Golden Living, Slayton); LaVonne Vander Grift (Sibley Care Initiative); and Tom Vander Kooi (Maple Lawn Nursing Home, Fulda).

Our Christian sympathy is extended to Harry Robyn on the passing of his brother-in-law, Dean Kreun, on September 15.  “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”~ Matthew 11:28

Our family has been comforted by all the prayers and kindnesses extended to my father and us during his hospitalization and subsequent death. God is awesome, and we rest in the assurance of Orville’s rising into the heavenly realm. Many thanks to you all. The Lord be praised. Lon and Ginny Lien and family

GEMS for 2nd to 8th grade girls on will meet on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 7:00-8:30 p.mNote change of time**If your daughter will be attending, please text Bonnie at 360-5278 with her name and grade.**  There will be a kickoff to the season on Wednesday with a camp fire with the Cadets.

The Care and Fellowship Committee will meet Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m.

“This summer Platte asked me to lead worship on October 7, long before the council asked us to serve as Interim Pastoral Couple.  Next week we will be in Platte fellowshipping with them.”  Pastor Jack and Wanda

Next Sunday morning our service will be led by Dr. Marlin Van Schepen of Edgerton.  Our evening service will be conducted by Rev. Irwin Van Leeuwen of Sioux Falls, SD.

This evening will be our preparatory service for World Wide Communion Sunday, which is October 7.  Our communion service will be during the 6:00 p.m. service on the 7th.  The American Reformed Church will be invited to join us.  Pastor Van Leeuwen will be the lead pastor and Pastor Truesdell will be invited to join in part of the service.

The new shipment of GEMS cards has arrived They will be on the table in the Fellowship Hall for your purchase.  All proceeds benefit our local GEMS girls club. Due to shipping increases, boxes of cards are now $7.00. Please make checks payable to the Worthington CRC and place in the mail slot of the Church Secretary or Beth TenHaken.   The older supply of cards have been reduced to $4.00 per box.

The Cadets would like a donation of a couple shepherd hooks to hang lanterns.  Please contact Terry deBoom if you can help them out with this need.

Mobile Meals is an opportunity to serve in our community in the name of Christ. Our church is responsible to serve three routes of meals on weekdays during the month of October. Your help would be greatly appreciated! Please contact Paul or Donna Vander Kooi to volunteer. (507-376-5003)

General Fund                           $12,702.42                  Building Fund                          $150.00
Covenantal Education                      294.15                  Crossroads                                430.56
Home/World Missions                    362.15                  World Renew                            536.01

If you have a Sunday School Heidelberg Catechism booklet at home and your student has moved on to another class, it would be appreciated if you would return it to the church office.  Thank you!

Our offering next week is for Covenantal Education, which is for the Christian Education of the youth of our church.  This offering pays for the complete cost of education for the students in our congregation and supports the Christian Schools that they attend.  By this offering we seek to assure that all the children in this church are trained to live for Jesus Christ according to the Bible.

Requested Items of Interest
           
            Helping Hand Pregnancy Center has an open position for a part-time employee to join our peaceful ministry for abundant life. We are serving record numbers of moms and babies and sincerely need to be fully staffed.  Our aim is to "Stop abortion by presenting accurate information about all the positive alternatives for pregnant women".  Resumes' are now accepted for the following position: Client Service Advocate (bilingual preferred): requirements include a personality that is positive, cheerful, responsible and enjoys teamwork.  Employees will be dependable, have clear communication, strong marriage and healthy parenting skills. This position requires frequent computer use. It is part time 15 - 24 hours a week mainly 9:30 - 4 - and only one day/wk. until 7 p.m.  Christians are encouraged to or email, send or drop off their résumé to svoehl@frontier.com; Susan Voehl RN Executive Director 910 3rd Ave Worthington, MN 56187. 
           
Join us for the 2nd Women Seeking God conference. This year's theme is BE! We will be encouraged to BE grateful, BE eternal, BE knowing, and BE still as we walk this journey with our God together as women. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 6-9PM; SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, 9AM-3PM.  Registration is $40 by October 1 or $45 at the door. This includes evening dessert bar, light breakfast, and  catered lunch. Register online: http://bit.ly/womenseekinggod or call Love INC. at 507.727.7290.  SPEAKER Amy Herzog and her husband, Patrick, have been pastors at Life Church in Fergus Falls for 29 years. Amy is wife to one amazing man, homeschooling mom to seven kiddos (much to her surprise!), and Grandmom to four heart stealers. Her message from the Word of God will inspire you and make you laugh while giving you tools for living a God-honoring life.

Family Faith Formation Tip - In her wonderful book Faithful Families: Creating Sacred Moments at Home, Traci Smith suggests gathering your family weekly for a “gratitude cafe.” With coffee, tea, or cocoa in hand, invite each family member to write down and share five things that happened in the last week that they’re grateful for. This one simple practice could have a huge positive effect on your family! (Faith Formation Ministries; crcna.org/FaithFormation)

September 30, 2018
1100 First Avenue SW, Worthington, MN                                            Office Telephone - 507-372-2811
Kitchen Telephone: 507-372-2898                                              Office Email: wgtncrc@frontiernet.net

Welcome to the Worthington Christian Reformed Church.
We're glad you came to join with us in our worship time today.  We hope that you have felt God's love in a new, refreshing way, for you're so welcomed in this place.  We hope you'll come again, to join with us in fellowship, and to make some special friends.  Please sign the guest book found near the main entrance.  We invite you to join us in the Fellowship Hall for coffee or juice following the morning worship service and join us for our second worship service at 6:00 p.m.

Greeters Today:  AM Darla DeKam
                              PMTerry and Shirley deBoom
           
Juice servers today – Dallas and Emily Ransom; Dan and Sheryl Riemersma

Nursery todayPlease be in the nursery 15 minutes before the service begins.
                          AM –  Traci Scheepstra and Saige Scheepstra

Greeters for next weekAM – Alan and Luann Gravenhof
                                           PM Bill and Janice Wolterstorff

Juice servers next Sunday:  Steve and Susie Robinson; Vonnie Rutgers
           
Nursery next Sunday:  Please be in the nursery 15 minutes before the service begins.
                                       AM Colleen Jansma and Liv Vander Kooi

Children and Worship next Sunday:  Shirley dB, Amy W, Saige S

Letters to missionaries:
Joe and Rita Vander Kooi to Rev. Scott Van Voorst (pastorscottvv@gmail.com)
Paul and Donna Vander Kooi to Lauren and Connie Runia (Lauren_Runia@sil.org)
Dennis and Shari Vander Veen to Rev. Ben and Amy Meyer (bmeyer@crcna.org)





September 23, 2018 - 6:00 PM

                                                                                                                               Pastor:  Rev. Jack Gray
                                Pianist:  Lorraine Edwards
Psalm Reading:  Psalm 1 (p 843) Sheila Schynders
WELCOME AND CALL TO WORSHIP -
Silent prayer asking God’s Blessing on the Service - Jeremiah 9:23,24
*Opening Song: 244:1-3“God Himself Is with Us”                                                                ARNSBERG           
*Litany
Pastor:   No longer will a man teach his neighbor,                                              Jeremiah 34:31a
People:  or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’                                  Jeremiah 34:31b
Pastor:   because they will all know me,                                                                 Jeremiah 34:31c
People:  from the least of them to the greatest,”                                              Jeremiah 34:31d
Pastor:   declares the Lord.  “For I will forgive their wickedness                   Jeremiah 34:31e
People:  and will remember their sins no more.”                                               Jeremiah 34:31f
Pastor’s Greeting:  Revelation 1:4,5
People:  Amen!
Congregational Prayer

Presentation of the Word
*Song of Preparation: 499:1-6 “My God, How Wonderful You Are”                  ST. ETHELDREDA
Scripture:   Psalm 115 (page 954 in most pew Bibles)
Text:   Psalm 115:15
Sermon:  Prayer: Person to Person
                                Outline:  I.  Who   II.  What    III.  How
                Sermon Songs:  232 “You Are Worthy”     “El Shaddai”
Prayer of Application

The Response
Preparatory Exhortation for the Lord’s Supper, page 978, first 4 paragraphs
*Confession:  Belgic Confession, Article 35: The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper: Selections
*Song of response: 554:1-5 “In Sweet Communion, Lord with You”                               PRAYER

 We offer our gifts:
Offering:  
Offertory:  Minnkota Deacons
*Parting Blessing:  Hebrews 13:20,21
*Closing Song:  307:3 & 5 O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts”                                                    QUEBEC           
*Moment of Silence
*Postlude
*Please stand, if you are able

September 23, 2018

WELCOME TO THE

WORTHINGTON CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH
Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 9:30 AM

                                                                                                      Pastor:  Rev. Jack Gray
                                                                                                      Pianist:  Lisa Sampson
                                                                                                      Organist: Sheryl Riemersma
         
                             
 Welcome and Call to Worship -
Silent Prayer
*Opening Songs:  LUYH 567:1,2 “Here I am to Worship”                        HERE I AM TO WORSHIP
     499:1,6 “My God How Wonderful You Are”                      ST. ETHELDREDA
           
*Litany
Pastor:   I lift up my eyes to the hills—                                                           Psalm 121:1a
People:  where does my help come from?                                                     Psalm 121:1b
Pastor:   My help comes from the Lord,                                                         Psalm 121:2a
People:  the Maker of heaven and earth.                                                       Psalm 121:2b
Pastor:   The Lord will keep you from all harm—                                           Psalm 1217a
People:  He will watch over your life;                                                             Psalm 121:7b
Pastor:   The Lord will watch over your coming and going                            Psalm 121:7c
People:  both now and forevermore.                                                             Psalm 121:7d
Pastor:   II Peter 1:2
People:  Amen!
*Greet one another in the name of Christ
*Hymn of Exaltation:  448: “I Lift Up My Eyes to the Mountains”                              LUZON
           
Reconciliation
Call to Confession:  Psalm 51:3,4,5
Assurance of Pardon:  Psalm 51:10,11, 12
The Gratitude of Holy Living:  God’s Law as Explained by the Heidelberg Catechism

Prayers of the People
Congregational Prayer

Children and Worship - Children ages 3-7 years old are invited to come to the front of the sanctuary to receive a prayer of blessing before going to a classroom for a time of worship designed especially for young children. Our young guests are welcome to participate in this service.
Lesson:  “Noah”
Leader:  Karmen S; Co-Leader:  Deb W; Greeter:  Ellie W
We Offer Our Gifts
Offertory:  “All Because of God’s Amazing Grace”                                            by Cindy Berry               
sung by Ladies Ensemble
Offering:  World Renew

The Word of God
*Song of Preparation:  125: “All Who, with Heart Confiding”                                   KNOWHEAD            
Scripture Reading: Genesis 19:14-29 (page 26 in most pew Bibles)
Sermon: God of the Mountains”
                        Outline:  I.  Look   II. Live
 Prayer of Application
*Song of Response:  384:1,4 “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”                     HAMBURG

Sent Out to Serve God for His Glory
*Benediction:  Romans 15:13
*Closing Song:  635 “Glory Be to the Father”                                                            MEINEKE
*Postlude
*Moment of Silence

  
Dear God, there are many hurting today.  Please bring them comfort and let them know the embrace of Your loving arms.  Fill them with peace and remind them of the hope that lies before us.  Amen.

Our Church Calendar for September 23 – September 30
Today                9:30 AM          Worship service followed by refreshments
                         9:30 AM         Lao language service
                        10:45 AM         Sunday School
                        12:15 PM          Anuak language service
                         2:00 PM          Oromo language service
                         5:30 PM          Children’s Hand Bell Choir practice
 6:00 PM          Worship service

Wednesday    6:30 AM          Men’s Prayer Meeting
                       
Sunday           9:30 AM          Worship service
                        9:30 AM          Lao CRC service
                       10:45 AM          Sunday School
                       12:15 PM           Anuak language service
                        2:00 PM           Oromo language service
                        6:00 PM           Worship service

Our Church Announcements:
Continue to remember in prayer those who are unable to worship with us regularly: Nellie Bos (The Meadows); Ann Hoefker (Crossroads Care Center); Clara Hofstee (Edgebrook Care Center); Neil Kempema (MN Veterans Home, Luverne); John and Dorothy Sikma (Viste Manor, Hills); Ann Van Iperen (Golden Living, Slayton); LaVonne Vander Grift (Sibley Care Initiative); and Tom Vander Kooi (Maple Lawn Nursing Home, Fulda).

Our sympathy is extended to Clara Hofstee on the death of her brother-in-law, Gerrit Hofstee.  He was a former member of this congregation.  May God comfort you today.  There will be a service in our church on Saturday, Sept 29, at 10:30 prior to his burial.

Our sympathy is extended to Darryl Harvey and Samuel Talsma on the passing of their wife and mother, Joann Talsma, on Monday.  Thinking of you at this time and wishing you peace, hope and support from all those around you who care. …and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.  Rev. 7:17.

Nellie Bos passed away on Tuesday.  Our sympathy is extended to the Bos family and to her sister, Lois Heeringa.  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him.  Romans 15:13
Sunday School classes for ages four through 12th grade will begin this morning after the morning service.
Children's Handbell Choir will meet today at 5:30 pm to rehearse.

GEMS for 2nd to 8th grade girls on will meet on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 7:00-8:30 p.mNote change of time**If your daughter will be attending, please text Bonnie at 360-5278 with her name and grade.**  There will be a kickoff to the season on Wed. Oct 3rd with a camp fire with the Cadets.

On Friday, there will be fundraiser for food for Zach Vander Grift, grandson of David and LaVonne Vander Grift, at the 1st CRC in Sioux Falls from 6-8 p.m.  If you cannot attend but would like to donate, please place your donation in an envelope in the Secretary mail slot (below the “V/W’s”) marked “Zach”.

September 19, 2018 Search Committee Meeting Summary
●Committee discussed follow up items regarding the church survey and recommended follow up on several items by the council.
●Committee discussed several pastor profiles and created a plan for reviewing additional profiles available in the CRCNA database.
●We will continue to review profiles prior to our October meeting with hopes of narrowing down our list at that time.
●The Search Committee is open to feedback from the congregation including looking into any Pastors that you feel may be a fit to lead our church.
●The next meeting will be October 17th at 7 pm.

Our offering next week is for World Renew whose mission is to engage God’s people in redeeming resources and developing gifts in activities of love, mercy, justice, and compassion.  World Renew serves worldwide as the development, disaster response, and justice arm of the Christian Reformed Church.

Next week Sunday morning Pastor Jack will share what Psalm 103 says about “Healing Hurts”.  The Bible has great solutions for all who hurt.  At 6:00 the message will be about our prayer life:  “Prayer: Person to Person” from Psalm 115.  Plan to join on this prayer journey.  If you know anyone who needs hurts healed or prayers answered, invite them to worship with us next week.

Requested Items of Interest
            The Women’s Conference is looking for either men or student volunteers to help out in the kitchen. (We're hoping that the women will be attending the conference!) We will have an adult leader, but we need people to help set out desserts on the serving table and keep it filled on the Friday evening and then help clean up afterwards, and then we need people for Saturday morning light breakfast doing the same thing and also lunch doing the same thing. We also need people to help take down tables and reset chairs at the end of the conference.  The times would be 5-7ish on Friday, 8:15-9:45ish Saturday morning and then again 11:00-1:00ish for lunch that day and then 3:00 for 45 minutes or so in the afternoon.  Volunteers could obviously stay for the whole event or could just sign up for certain times. Anything would be a help!  Contact Love INC or Sami W. to sign up.
            Helping Hand Pregnancy Center has an open position for a part-time employee to join our peaceful ministry for abundant life. We are serving record numbers of moms and babies and sincerely need to be fully staffed.  Our aim is to "Stop abortion by presenting accurate information about all the positive alternatives for pregnant women".  Resumes' are now accepted for the following position: Client Service Advocate (bilingual preferred): requirements include a personality that is positive, cheerful, responsible and enjoys teamwork.  Employees will be dependable, have clear communication, strong marriage and healthy parenting skills. This position requires frequent computer use. It is part time 15 - 24 hours a week mainly 9:30 - 4 - and only one day/wk. until 7 p.m.  Christians are encouraged to or email, send or drop off their résumé to svoehl@frontier.com; Susan Voehl RN Executive Director 910 3rd Ave Worthington, MN 56187. 
            Southwest MN Christian High School Annual All Circles Meeting on Monday at 6:30 pm.  God is Faithful through all generations.  Please attend and see what our fundraising efforts have done and will do for SWMCH.
The Southwest MN Christian High School Parent/Circle Group #12 will be hosting a sub supper Tuesday from 5:00-7:30 p.m. during the soccer game vs. Freeman Academy and volleyball game vs. Heron Lake-Okabena. You may purchase a sub sandwich meal for $7.00 or purchase items individually. Thank you for your support for this event!
Join us for the 2nd Women Seeking God conference. This year's theme is BE! We will be encouraged to BE grateful, BE eternal, BE knowing, and BE still as we walk this journey with our God together as women. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 6-9PM; SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, 9AM-3PM.  Registration is $40 by October 1 or $45 at the door. This includes evening dessert bar, light breakfast, and  catered lunch. Register online: http://bit.ly/womenseekinggod or call Love INC. at 507.727.7290.  SPEAKER Amy Herzog and her husband, Patrick, have been pastors at Life Church in Fergus Falls for 29 years. Amy is wife to one amazing man, homeschooling mom to seven kiddos (much to her surprise!), and Grandmom to four heart stealers. Her message from the Word of God will inspire you and make you laugh while giving you tools for living a God-honoring life.



September 23, 2018
1100 First Avenue SW, Worthington, MN                                            Office Telephone - 507-372-2811
Kitchen Telephone: 507-372-2898                                              Office Email: wgtncrc@frontiernet.net

Welcome to the Worthington Christian Reformed Church.
We're glad you came to join with us in our worship time today.  We hope that you have felt God's love in a new, refreshing way, for you're so welcomed in this place.  We hope you'll come again, to join with us in fellowship, and to make some special friends.  Please sign the guest book found near the main entrance.  We invite you to join us in the Fellowship Hall for coffee or juice following the morning worship service and join us for our second worship service at 6:00 p.m.

Greeters Today:  AM Chad deBoom           
                              PMSteve Bousema
           
Juice servers today – Gary and Mary Sampson; Steve and Beth Prins

Nursery todayPlease be in the nursery 15 minutes before the service begins.
                          AM –  Shari Vander Veen and Noah Gravenhof

Greeters for next weekAM – Darla DeKam
                                           PM Terry and Shirley deBoom

Juice servers next Sunday:  Dallas and Emily Ransom; Dan and Sheryl Riemersma
           
Nursery next Sunday:  Please be in the nursery 15 minutes before the service begins.
                                       AM – Traci Scheepstra and Saige Scheepstra

Children and Worship next Sunday:  Deb W, Shirley dB, Liv VK

Letters to missionaries:
Travis and Sam Vande Kamp to Rev. Scott Van Voorst (pastorscottvv@gmail.com)
Dave and deb Vander Kooi to Lauren and Connie Runia (Lauren_Runia@sil.org)
Gert Vander Kooi to Rev. Ben and Amy Meyer (bmeyer@crcna.org)



                                                                                                                               Pastor:  Rev. Jack Gray
                                Pianist:  Sheryl Riemersma
Psalm Reading:  Psalm 125 (p 967) Beth Ten Haken
WELCOME AND CALL TO WORSHIP -
Silent prayer asking God’s Blessing on the Service - Job 33:26
*Opening Song: LUYH 762:1-2 “Ancient Words”                                                              ANCIENT WORDS
*Litany
Pastor:   I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,                        Ephesians 3:17b
People:  may have power, with all the saints, the grasp how
                wide and long, and high and deep                                                            Ephesians 3:18a
Pastor:   is the love of Christ, and to know that this love
                surpasses knowledge—                                                                                  Ephesians 3:18b,19a
People:  that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.  Ephesians 3:19b
Pastor’s Greeting:  II John 3
People:  Amen!
Congregational Prayer

Presentation of the Word
*Song of Preparation: LUYH 796:1-3 “Oh, the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus”                         EBENEZER
Scripture:  James 1 (page 1880 in most pew Bibles)
Text:  Luke 11:11-13
Sermon:  “Father”
                                Outline:  I.  Able    II.  Awake    III.  Just    IV.  Love
Prayer of Application

The Response
*Song of Response:  624 “Hear Our Prayer, O Lord”                                                                WHELPTON
 *Confession:   Belgic Confession, Article 20 (p 836)

 We offer our gifts:
Offering:  
Offertory:  World Renew
*Parting Blessing:  II Thessalonians 3:18
*Closing Song:  419:1, 4 “Spirit of God, Who Dwells within My Heart”                       MORECAMBE
*Moment of Silence
*Postlude

September 16, 2018


WELCOME TO THE


WORTHINGTON CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH

Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 9:30 AM

                                                                                                      Pastor:  Rev. Jack Gray
                                                                                                      Organist:  Lisa Sampson
                                                                                                      Pianist: Beth Ten Haken
         
Welcome and Call to Worship - Ephesians 2:14a, 17a
Silent Prayer

Opening Songs:  LUYH 739:1,3 “I Surrender All”                                                                    SURRENDER
   SNC 230 “We are an Offering”                                                                        OFFERING
           
*Litany
Pastor:   How good and pleasant it is                                                             Psalm 13:1a
People:  when brothers live together in unity!                                             Psalm 133:1b
Pastor:   It is like precious oil poured on the head                                         Psalm 1133:2a
People:  running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard
                down upon the collar of his robes.                                                  Psalm 133:2b
Pastor:   It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion               Psalm 133:3a
People:  For there the Lord bestows His blessing, even life forevermore.  Psalm 133:3b
Pastor:  Philippians 1:2
People:  Amen!
*Greet one another in the name of Christ
*Hymn of Exaltation:  LUYH 581 “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”                             HYMN TO JOY
           
Reconciliation
Call to Confession:  I John 1:8
Assurance of Pardon: I John 1:9
The Gratitude of Holy Living:  God’s Law from Exodus 20 with summary

Prayers of the People
Congregational Prayer

Children and Worship - Children ages 3-7 years old are invited to come to the front of the sanctuary to receive a prayer of blessing before going to a classroom for a time of worship designed especially for young children. Our young guests are welcome to participate in this service.
Lesson:  “Creation”
Leader:  Katelyn O; Co-Leader: Karmen S ; Greeter:  Maddy B

We Offer Our Gifts
Offertory:  “Beautiful Savior”                                                               sung by Saige Scheepstra
Offering:  Resonate Global Missions

The Word of God
*Song of Preparation: 510: “I Love Your Church, O Lord”                                                  ST. THOMAS
Scripture Reading:  Philippians 1:1-6 (page 1825 in most pew Bibles)
Text:  Ephesians 2:19 (page 1819)
Sermon:  “The Privilege of Partnership
                        Outline:  I.  Cultural    II.  Biblical    III. Personal

Prayer of Application
*Song of Response: 514 “How Good and Pleasant is the Sight”                                  PRESSLY

Sent Out to Serve God for His Glory
*Benediction:  II Corinthians 13:14
*Closing Song:  633 “He Is Lord”                                                                                HE IS LORD
 *Postlude
*Moment of Silence


Heavenly Father, Thank You that when we dwell in Your secret place, we abide under the shadow of the Almighty God.  Thank You that we can always come and hide in You and be safe.

Our Church Calendar for September 16 – September 23
Today                9:30 AM          Worship service
                         9:30 AM         Lao language service
                        12:15 PM          Anuak language service
                         2:00 PM          Oromo language service
                         5:30 PM          Children’s Hand Bell Choir practice
 6:00 PM          Worship service
Monday          7:00 PM           Council/Elders Meeting
Wednesday    6:30 AM          Men’s Prayer Meeting
                        9:30 AM          Meadows Bible Study
                        7:00 PM           Ladies Ensemble rehearsal
Sunday           9:30 AM          Worship service – with refreshments to follow
                        9:30 AM          Lao CRC service
                       12:15 PM           Anuak language service
                        2:00 PM           Oromo language service
                        5:30 PM           Children’s Hand Bell Choir practice
6:00 PM           Worship service

Our Church Announcements:
Continue to remember in prayer those who are unable to worship with us regularly: Nellie Bos (The Meadows); Ann Hoefker (Crossroads Care Center); Clara Hofstee (Edgebrook Care Center); Neil Kempema (MN Veterans Home, Luverne); John and Dorothy Sikma (Viste Manor, Hills); Ann Van Iperen (Golden Living, Slayton); LaVonne Vander Grift (Sibley Care Initiative); and Tom Vander Kooi (Maple Lawn Nursing Home, Fulda).

Our Christian sympathy is extended to Lon and Ginny Lien and Dale Thomsen on the passing of Lon’s father, Orville Lien, on Wednesday.  The funeral will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday at the First Lutheran Church, with visitation one prior.  We pray that you will have the peace of God, the comfort of His Spirit and the hope of His promises.

The memorial service for Les Heeringa will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday.  Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. in the Fireside Room.  A luncheon will follow the service.  Please continue to remember the Heeringa family in your prayers.    

Children's Handbell Choir will meet today and next Sunday at 5:30 pm to rehearse.

There will be a Cadet Counselors meeting Tuesday at 1st CRC in Sioux Falls at 7:30. We will have praise and worship session to kick off the year for us being led by Pastor Bryan Dick from Volga CRC and music lead by Happy the Dog. A short business meeting will follow. All counselors are encouraged to attend and kick off the year with some great praise and worship, giving glory to God for the upcoming Cadet season. 
The Ladies Ensemble will have rehearsal at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday.
Sunday School classes for ages four through 12th grade will begin next week after the morning service.
Next week Sunday morning we turn to Genesis 19 to see how God wants us to look up to Him in a message about  “God of the Mountains”  Evening worship comes from James 1 and Psalm 115 and is simply called “Father”.  Plan to be with us next week.  Perhaps you have friend, neighbor or co-worker you could invite to share with us in meeting God.  Please bring them along with you. 

GEMS for 2nd to 8th grade girls on will meet on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 7:00-8:30 p.mNote change of time**If your daughter will be attending, please text Bonnie at 360-5278 with her name and grade.**  There will be a kickoff to the season on Wed. Oct 3rd with a camp fire with the Cadets.

On Friday, Sept. 28, there will be fundraiser for Zach Vander Grift, grandson of David and LaVonne Vander Grift, at the 1st CRC in Sioux Falls from 6-8 p.m.  This is to raise funds for his food, which costs $10,905 a year due to Food Protein Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome, suspected Dysautonomia and suspected Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.  If you cannot attend but would like to donate, please place your donation in an envelope in the Secretary mail slot (below the “V/W’s”) marked “Zach”.

Our offering next week is for World Renew whose mission is to engage God’s people in redeeming resources and developing gifts in activities of love, mercy, justice, and compassion.  World Renew serves worldwide as the development, disaster response, and justice arm of the Christian Reformed Church.

Requested Items of Interest
            The Love INC Gap Ministry will be collecting  new or clean gently used winter coats, snow pants and boots for clients in need.  Donations can be brought to the First Lutheran Church, 1200 4th Ave, daily from 8 am to 4 pm or Wednesday from 5-7 pm.
The Women’s Conference is looking for either men or student volunteers to help out in the kitchen. (We're hoping that the women will be attending the conference!) We will have an adult leader, but we need people to help set out desserts on the serving table and keep it filled on the Friday evening and then help clean up afterwards, and then we need people for Saturday morning light breakfast doing the same thing and also lunch doing the same thing. We also need people to help take down tables and reset chairs at the end of the conference.  The times would be 5-7ish on Friday, 8:15-9:45ish Saturday morning and then again 11:00-1:00ish for lunch that day and then 3:00 for 45 minutes or so in the afternoon.  Volunteers could obviously stay for the whole event or could just sign up for certain times. Anything would be a help!
Your Journey Awaits:  Take  a life transforming journey through a full-scale replica of the Tabernacle of the Wilderness Sept 14 – Sept 23 at the Freeborn County Fairgrounds in Albert Lea, MN.  More information on the bulletin board.
The Southwest MN Christian High School Parent/Circle Group #12 will be hosting a sub supper on Tuesday, September 25 from 5:00-7:30 p.m. during the soccer game vs. Freeman Academy and volleyball game vs. Heron Lake-Okabena. You may purchase a sub sandwich meal for $7.00 or purchase items individually. Thank you for your support for this event!
Intergenerational Worship Workshop in Sioux Falls, South Dakota - Join Faith Formation Ministries at First CRC on September 29, 2018 from 9am - 3pm to learn about the importance of spiritual formation in the home. Syd Hielema and Jill Friend will present on four important topics intended to help us strengthen both our families and church: Connecting the dots between worship, home and other church ministries; strengthening and growing an intergenerational (IGEN) leadership culture; naming and nurturing IGEN strengths already present in the congregation; and faith storytelling ideas that will bless an IGEN culture. Registration is free, and lunch will be provided. Learn more and register at network.crcna.org/faith-nurture/intergenerational-worship-workshop-sioux-falls-sd
Join us for the 2nd Women Seeking God conference. This year's theme is BE! We will be encouraged to BE grateful, BE eternal, BE knowing, and BE still as we walk this journey with our God together as women. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 6-9PM; SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, 9AM-3PM.  Registration is $40 by October 1 or $45 at the door. This includes evening dessert bar, light breakfast, and  catered lunch. Register online: http://bit.ly/womenseekinggod or call Love INC. at 507.727.7290.  SPEAKER Amy Herzog and her husband, Patrick, have been pastors at Life Church in Fergus Falls for 29 years. Amy is wife to one amazing man, homeschooling mom to seven kiddos (much to her surprise!), and Grandmom to four heart stealers. Her message from the Word of God will inspire you and make you laugh while giving you tools for living a God-honoring life.
1st Annual Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra Soup and Bread Cook-off!  Saturday, October 13, 5:30p.m. at The Ridge in Sioux Center. RSVP to niso@dordt.edu  or Nancy Vermeer at nancyv@mtcnet.net if you are willing to make soup or bread (Deadline is Sept 22; for rules see http://niso.dordt.edu ), OR if you would like to attend, tickets are $25 per person.  (RSVP by Oct. 4 to niso@dordt.edu or Nancy Vermeer at nancyv@mtcnet.net ).  Come for an evening of great food, enjoyable music, and succulent wines from Bon Croix Vineyard. 
September 16, 2018
1100 First Avenue SW, Worthington, MN                                            Office Telephone - 507-372-2811
Kitchen Telephone: 507-372-2898                                              Office Email: wgtncrc@frontiernet.net

Welcome to the Worthington Christian Reformed Church.
We're glad you came to join with us in our worship time today.  We hope that you have felt God's love in a new, refreshing way, for you're so welcomed in this place.  We hope you'll come again, to join with us in fellowship, and to make some special friends.  Please sign the guest book found near the main entrance.  We invite you to join us in the Fellowship Hall for coffee or juice following the morning worship service and join us for our second worship service at 6:00 p.m.

Morning Sermon: “The Bones That Spoke”
Evening Sermon: “The Boomerang of Prayer”

Greeters Today:  AM Rod and Bonnie Bosma        
                              PM Mike and Jen Bousema
           
Juice servers today – Aaron and Kia Nystrom; Scott and Katelyn Olson

Nursery todayPlease be in the nursery 15 minutes before the service begins.
                          AM –  Larissa Hoftyzer and Josiah Hoftyzer

Greeters for next weekAM – Chad deBoom
                                           PM Steve Bousema

Juice servers next Sunday:  Jessica Peterson; Steve and Beth Prins
           
Nursery next Sunday:  Please be in the nursery 15 minutes before the service begins.
                                       AM – Shari Vander Veen and Noah Gravenhof

Children and Worship next Sunday:  Karmen S, Deb W, Ellie W

Refreshments next Sunday morning:  Jen B, Olivia B, Donna VK

Letters to missionaries:
Lyle and Beth Ten Haken to Rev. Scott Van Voorst (pastorscottvv@gmail.com)
Austin and Steph Vande Kamp to Lauren and Connie Runia (Lauren_Runia@sil.org)
Kel and Joan Vande Kamp to Rev. Ben and Amy Meyer (bmeyer@crcna.org)

                                                                                                                               Pastor:  Rev. Jack Gray
                                Pianist:  Beth Ten Haken
Psalm Reading:  Psalm 66 (p ) Rita Vander Kooi
WELCOME AND CALL TO WORSHIP -
Silent prayer asking God’s Blessing on the Service
*Opening Song: 579:1-3 “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”                                              BEACH SPRING
*Litany
Pastor:   May God be gracious to us and bless us                                                Psalm 67:1a
People:  and make His face shine upon us;                                                           Psalm 67:1b
Pastor:   may your ways be known on earth,                                                         Psalm 67:2a
People:  your salvation among all nations.                                                          Psalm 67:2b
Pastor:   May all the peoples praise you, O God;                                                 Psalm 67:3a
People:  may all the peoples praise you.                                                                Psalm 67:3b
Pastor’s Greeting:  II Timothy 1:2
People:  Amen!
Congregational Prayer

Presentation of the Word
*Song of Preparation: 264:1,4 “Lord, I Want to Be a Christian”    LORD, I WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN  
Scripture:  Luke 11:1-4 (page 1613 in most pew Bibles)
Text:  Luke 11:1c
Sermon:  “Our Prayer Partner”
                                Outline:  I.  Surprise    II.  Address    III.  Change
Prayer of Application

The Response
*Song of Response: 268:1-3 “Lord, I Pray, if Today”                                                            KLOKJE KLINKT
 *Confession:   Heidelberg Catechism, Q&A 121 (p 918)

 We offer our gifts:
Offering:  
Offertory:  Resonate Global Missions
*Parting Blessing:  Philippians 4:7
*Closing Song:  322:1-2 “God, the Father of Your People”                                                 HOLY MANNA
*Moment of Silence
*Postlude

*Please stand, if you are able

September 9, 2018


WELCOME TO THE


WORTHINGTON CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH

Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 9:30 AM




                                                                                                      Pastor:  Rev. Jack Gray
                                                                                                      Organist:  Sheryl Riemersma
                                                                                                     Pianist: Lorraine Edwards
         
                             
 Welcome and Call to Worship Isaiah 57:15
Silent Prayer

Opening Songs:  430:1-2  “We Sing the Mighty Power of God”                                KINGSFOLD
                            171:1-2 “It is good to Sing Your Praises”                                                     ELLESDIE
           
*Litany
Pastor:   The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear?                    Psalm 27:1a
People:  The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?      Psalm 27:1b
Pastor:   One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek:                                      Psalm 274a
People:  that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
               to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. Psalm 27:4b
Pastor:   My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”                                                   Psalm 27:8a
People:  Your face, Lord, I will seek.                                                                    Psalm 27:8b
Pastor:   Teach me your way, O Lord;                                                                  Psalm 27:11a
People:  lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors.                        Psalm 27:11b
Pastor:   John 15:12-14
People:  Amen!
*Greet one another in the name of Christ
*Hymn of Exaltation:  253:1-4 “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”                  LOBE DEN HERREN
           
Reconciliation
Call to Confession:  Exodus 10:16
Assurance of Pardon:  Psalm 65:3
The Gratitude of Holy Living:  God’s Law for a Fresh Start (on screen)
           
Women’s Conference Report – Sami Woitalewicz

Prayers of the People
Congregational Prayer

Children and Worship - Children ages 3-7 years old are invited to come to the front of the sanctuary to receive a prayer of blessing before going to a classroom for a time of worship designed especially for young children. Our young guests are welcome to participate in this service.
Lesson:  “The Good Shepherd and the Lost Sheep”
Leader:  Beth P; Co-Leader:  Katelyn O; Greeter: Deyten B

We Offer Our Gifts
Offertory:  
Offering:  Crossroads Bible Institute

The Word of God
*Song of Preparation:  262 “My Faith Looks Up to Thee”                                               OLIVET
Scripture Reading:  Genesis 50:22-26 (page 84 in most pew Bibles)
Text:   Exodus 13:19 (page 107)
Sermon: “The Bones That Spoke”
                Outline:  I.  Four    II.  One    III. Me

Prayer of Application
*Song of Response:  BPH 443:1-3 “Faith of our Fathers”                                               ST. CATHERINE

Sent Out to Serve God for His Glory
*Benediction:  Hebrews 13:20,21
*Closing Song:  632 “To God Be the Glory”                                                                              MY TRIBUTE
 *Postlude
*Moment of Silence


Lord, guide my foot steps and touch my heart as I try to be more of what you would have me be….humble, grateful and blessed.  May others see Jesus in me.  Amen.
Our Church Calendar for September 9 – September 16
Today                9:30 AM          Worship service
                         9:30 AM         Lao language service
                        12:15 PM          Anuak language service
                         2:00 PM          Oromo language service
 6:00 PM          Worship service – bonfire to follow

Wednesday    6:30 AM          Men’s Prayer Meeting
                        7:00 PM           Ladies Ensemble rehearsal

Saturday         7:00 AM          Executive Meeting
                                   
Sunday           9:30 AM          Worship service
                        9:30 AM          Lao CRC service
                       12:15 PM           Anuak language service
                        2:00 PM           Oromo language service
                        5:30 PM           Children’s Hand Bell Choir practice
6:00 PM           Worship service

Our Church Announcements:
Continue to remember in prayer those who are unable to worship with us regularly: Nellie Bos (The Meadows); Ann Hoefker (Crossroads Care Center); Les Heeringa (South Shore); Clara Hofstee (Edgebrook Care Center); Neil Kempema (MN Veterans Home, Luverne); John and Dorothy Sikma (Viste Manor, Hills); Ann Van Iperen (Golden Living, Slayton); LaVonne Vander Grift (Sibley Care Initiative); and Tom Vander Kooi (Maple Lawn Nursing Home, Fulda).

Nellie Bos has been placed under hospice care at The Meadows.  May God graciously surround Nellie and her family.

Congratulations to Hanna Bosma and Jay Kruger who were united in marriage yesterday.  May you always walk together in happy ways of love, while trusting in the grace of God to lead you from above.

Belated happy birthday to Joyce Meyer, who celebrated her 84th birthday this past Thursday, and congratulations to John Scheepstra, who will be 90 years old tomorrow. May God’s goodness fill you on your special day and every day after that.
We consider it a privilege to serve Christ among you as the Interim Pastoral Couple until late December.  You may reach us by e-mail at jwgray6691@gmail.com or call 605-940-3210.  We pray that God may bless our time together for His glory.  Pastor Jack and Wanda 

The gladiolus in church today are in memory of Adela Boltjes.  Pastor Lee was given the bulbs so that we can continue to enjoy her flowers.

There will be bonfire after the evening service today.  Please bring your lawn chair and a roasting stick. 

Ladies Ensemble will rehearse on Wednesday at 7 pm.

Children's Handbell Choir will meet on Sunday, September 16 at 5:30 pm to rehearse.

Classis will meet at the First Christian Reformed Church of Edgerton on Thursday.  The delegates from our church are Elder Kirk Schelhaas and Deacon Gene Weg.  May the decisions made at this meeting be to God’s glory.

As the Cadet season approaches we are aware there are several boys that could be invited to join us for Cadets.  We are in URGENT need of another counselor before we formally invite these boys to join us this year.  Please give this some prayerful thought; now may be a great time to begin your Cadet Counselor career with some great experienced counselors as mentors.  Please talk to one of the counselors (Terry, Howard or Travis) if you feel led to help us.

On Friday, Sept. 28, there will be fundraiser for Zach Vander Grift, grandson of David and LaVonne Vander Grift, at the 1st CRC in Sioux Falls from 6-8 p.m.  This is to raise funds for his food, which costs $10,905 a year due to Food Protein Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome, suspected Dysautonomia and suspected Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.  There is information in your mail slot about Zach.  If you cannot attend but would like to donate, please place your donation in an envelope in the Secretary mail slot (below the “V/W’s”) marked “Zach”.

Our offering next week is for Resonate Global Missions, which brings the Gospel to people, neighborhoods, communities, churches and the world to embolden them in participating in God’s mission and faithfully proclaiming and living out the good news of Jesus.
Requested Items of Interest
            The Love INC Gap Ministry will be collecting  new or clean gently used winter coats, snow pants and boots for clients in need.  Donations can be brought to the First Lutheran Church, 1200 4th Ave, daily from 8 am to 4 pm or Wednesday from 5-7 pm.
A FOOD FOR KIDZ bagging is scheduled to take place today, in Lakefield’s North City Park Shelter House from 12:00 – 4:00 pm.  Anyone ages five to 95 can help the bagging event.  We will be bagging two meals:  one is oatmeal and the other is a fortified rice and bean protein meal.  Each bag will contain six servings.  The finished meals will be given to food shelves in the area for distribution.  This is a “God’s Work”. Our Hands.” event.  You can volunteer your time, donate dollars to pay for the ingredients or pray for a successful day.  See the bulletin board for more information.
                The Nondenominational Widow's Ministry will meet at American Lutheran Church, 915 Winifred St., Worthington tomorrow at 2 PM. Program will be Kathy Brandt sharing photos and comments regarding her trip to the Holy Land.
The Southwest MN Christian High School freezer committee will be doing apples on Wednesday starting at 3:00 p.m. in the school cafeteria. If you are able to help, please join us for fellowship and an opportunity to be a blessing. Bring your apple peeler or favorite cutting utensil.
Love INC will be having a good-bye party for Vandenn Krouch at 1:00 in the back room at Phileos on Thursday. Coffee and bars will be provided from 1-2:30.   We'd love to have you stop by to wish Vandenn and Danielle farewell!
Your Journey Awaits:  Take  a life transforming journey through a full-scale replica of the Tabernacle of the Wilderness Sept 14 – Sept 23 at the Freeborn County Fairgrounds in Albert Lea, MN.  More information on the bulletin board.
Intergenerational Worship Workshop in Sioux Falls, South Dakota - Join Faith Formation Ministries at First CRC on September 29, 2018 from 9am - 3pm to learn about the importance of spiritual formation in the home. Syd Hielema and Jill Friend will present on four important topics intended to help us strengthen both our families and church: Connecting the dots between worship, home and other church ministries; strengthening and growing an intergenerational (IGEN) leadership culture; naming and nurturing IGEN strengths already present in the congregation; and faith storytelling ideas that will bless an IGEN culture. Registration is free, and lunch will be provided. Learn more and register at network.crcna.org/faith-nurture/intergenerational-worship-workshop-sioux-falls-sd
1st Annual Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra Soup and Bread Cook-off!  Saturday, October 13, 5:30p.m. at The Ridge in Sioux Center. RSVP to niso@dordt.edu  or Nancy Vermeer at nancyv@mtcnet.net if you are willing to make soup or bread (Deadline is Sept 22; for rules see http://niso.dordt.edu ), OR if you would like to attend, tickets are $25 per person.  (RSVP by Oct. 4 to niso@dordt.edu or Nancy Vermeer at nancyv@mtcnet.net ).  Come for an evening of great food, enjoyable music, and succulent wines from Bon Croix Vineyard. 


September 9, 2018
1100 First Avenue SW, Worthington, MN                                            Office Telephone - 507-372-2811
Kitchen Telephone: 507-372-2898                                              Office Email: wgtncrc@frontiernet.net

Welcome to the Worthington Christian Reformed Church.
We're glad you came to join with us in our worship time today.  We hope that you have felt God's love in a new, refreshing way, for you're so welcomed in this place.  We hope you'll come again, to join with us in fellowship, and to make some special friends.  Please sign the guest book found near the main entrance.  We invite you to join us in the Fellowship Hall for coffee or juice following the morning worship service and join us for our second worship service at 6:00 p.m.

Morning Sermon: “The Bones That Spoke”
Evening Sermon: “The Boomerang of Prayer”

Greeters Today:  AM Lorraine Edwards
                              PM Marie Bousema

Juice servers today – Ryan Loomans; Scott and Tae Nordby

Nursery todayPlease be in the nursery 15 minutes before the service begins.
                          AM –Joan Vande Kamp and Angela Bousema

Greeters for next weekAM – Rod and Bonnie Bosma
                                           PM Mike and Jen Bousema

Juice servers next Sunday:  Aaron and Kia Nystrom; Scott and Katelyn Olson
           
Nursery next Sunday:  Please be in the nursery 15 minutes before the service begins.
                                       AM – Larissa Hoftyzer and Josiah Hoftyzer

Children and Worship next Sunday:  Katelyn O, Karmen S, Maddy B

Letters to missionaries:
Mark and Traci Scheepstra to Rev. Scott Van Voorst (pastorscottvv@gmail.com)
Kirk and Karmen Schelhaas to Lauren and Connie Runia (Lauren_Runia@sil.org)
Jerry and Sheila Schnyders to Rev. Ben and Amy Meyer (bmeyer@crcna.org)

September 9, 2018 - 6:00 PM

                                                                                                                               Pastor:  Rev. Jack Gray
                                Pianist:  Lorraine Edwards
Psalm Reading:  Psalm 4 (p845) Dan Riemersma
WELCOME AND CALL TO WORSHIP - Isaiah 56:7
Silent prayer asking God’s Blessing on the Service
*Opening Song: BPH 433:1-5 “My God, Is Any Hour So Sweet”                                         EUDORA
*Litany
  Pastor:   My house will be called                                                                             Mark 11:16a
  People:  a house of prayer for all nations.                                                         Mark 11:16b
  Pastor:   The Lord has heard my cry for mercy;                                                 Psalm 6:9a
  People:  the Lord accepts my prayer.                                                                   Psalm 6:9b
  Pastor:   I call on you, O God, for you will answer me;                                     Psalm 17:6a
  People:  give ear to me and hear my prayer.                                                    Psalm 17:6b
Pastor’s Greeting:  Galatians 1:3-5
People:  Amen!
Congregational Prayer
Presentation of the Word
*Song of Preparation: BPH 434:1-5 “Prayer is the Soul’s Sincere Desire”                            EVAN
Scripture:  Psalm 50 (page 888 in most pew Bibles)
Text:  Psalm 50:23
Sermon:  “The Boomerang of Prayer”
                   Outline:  I.  Grace    II.  Goodness    III. Gifts
Prayer of Application
The Response
*Song of Response: 544 “Lead Me; Guide Me”                                                                        LEAD ME
*Confession:  Heidelberg Catechism, Q&A 117 (p 916)
 We offer our gifts:
Offering:  
Offertory:  Crossroads Bible Institute
*Parting Blessing:  Numbers 6:24-26
*Closing Song:  551:1 “Oh, for a Closer Walk with God”                                                  BEATITUDO
*Moment of Silence
*Postlude

*Please stand, if you are able

September 2, 2018


WELCOME TO THE


WORTHINGTON CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH

Sunday, September 2, 2018 - 9:30 AM





                                                                                                      Pastor:  Dr. Scott Culpepper
                                                                                                      Organist:  Lisa Sampson
                                                                                                      Pianist: Amy Woitalewicz
         
                             
 Welcome and Call to Worship
Silent Prayer

*Opening Songs:  195 “Our God Reigns”                                                             OUR GOD REIGNS
                                      234:1-3 “Alabré”                                                                           ALABARÉ 

*Litany – Psalm 92
Pastor:   It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
People:  to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night
Pastor:   For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work;
People:  at the works of your hands I sing for joy.
Pastor:   The Lord be With You.
People:  And also with you.
Pastor:   The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the
   Holy Spirit be with you all. And all God’s people said . . .
People:  Amen!
*Greet one another in the name of Christ
*Hymn of Exaltation: SNC 41 “He is Exalted”           

Reconciliation
Call to Confession:  Romans 1:18-25
Assurance of pardon: Romans 3:21-26
The Gratitude of Holy Living: Romans 12:1-2
           




Prayers of the People
Congregational Prayer – Lon Lien

We Offer Our Gifts
Offertory:  
Offering:  Covenantal Education

The Word of God
*Song of Preparation:  424:1-2 “Spirit of the Living God”                                          IVERSON
Scripture Reading:  1 Samuel 16:1-13 (page in most pew Bibles)
Sermon: The True Measure of a Person"
Prayer of Application
*Song of Response:  SNC 268:1-3 “Here I Am, Lord”                                      HERE I AM, LORD

Sent Out to Serve God for His Glory
*Benediction
*Closing Song:  SNC 17 “Step By Step”
 *Postlude
*Moment of Silence

  
Dear Lord, You’ve brought us to the beginning of another week.  Thank you! We’re praying that your blessings and favor will follow us throughout the rest of the week.  Father, we praise You in advance for our daily bread and for keeping a roof over our heads.  May you continue to heal us, open doors for the unemployed, comfort those who mourn, take away all pain and anxiety and deliver us from the evil one.  Thank you for your daily provision and protection.  In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.
  
Our Church Calendar for September 2 – September 9
Today                9:30 AM          Worship service
                         9:30 AM         Lao language service
                        12:15 PM          Anuak language service
                         2:00 PM          Oromo language service
 6:00 PM          Worship service
Wednesday    6:30 AM          Men’s Prayer Meeting
                        9:30 AM          Meadows Bible Study
Saturday         7:00 AM          Executive Meeting
Sunday           9:30 AM          Worship service
                        9:30 AM          Lao CRC service
                       12:15 PM           Anuak language service
                        2:00 PM           Oromo language service
6:00 PM           Worship service

Our Church Announcements:
Continue to remember in prayer those who are unable to worship with us regularly: Nellie Bos (The Meadows); Ann Hoefker (Crossroads Care Center); Les Heeringa (South Shore); Clara Hofstee (Edgebrook Care Center); Neil Kempema (MN Veterans Home, Luverne); John and Dorothy Sikma (Viste Manor, Hills); Ann Van Iperen (Golden Living, Slayton); LaVonne Vander Grift (Sibley Care Initiative); and Tom Vander Kooi (Maple Lawn Nursing Home, Fulda).

Please remember Les and Lois Heeringa in prayer.  Les has been placed under hospice care. May our heavenly Father hold this family close at this time.

Cake will be served after the morning service in celebration of the 50th wedding anniversary of Les and Irma Voss, which is on Sept 6th.

            Prayers are requested for Brad Van Bruggen, brother-in-law of Ryan Loomans (also relative of Tim and Cheri).  Brad was diagnosed with meningitis and West Nile.  Doctors are working to get the pain level under control and he is doing rehab to rebuild strength.

Children and Worship will start the new season next week Sunday morning.  Parents, please plan for your children to attend next week if they are ages three to seven.   Kids are welcome to bring money for the offering, and, if the child needs time to adjust, a parent is welcome to come with their child for a while.  

As the Cadet season approaches we are aware there are several boys that could be invited to join us for Cadets.  We are in need of another counselor before we formally invite these boys to join us this year.  Please give this some prayerful thought; now may be a great time to begin your Cadet Counselor career with some great experienced counselors as mentors.  Please talk to one of the counselors (Terry, Howard or Travis) if you feel led to help us.

The Monday Night Bible Study gals will resume their season on Sept. 10th at 6:45 p.m. for tea and writing prayer requests at the home of Beth Prins.  This will be a getting acquainted/sharing time and watching the first video to get us into week one of our study.  If your heart desires study and fellowship with the family in Christ, please join us!  We’ll make room!  We’d love to grow from questions and wisdom from all ages!  Questions, contact Beth P 329-0159.  See more information in the August newsletter.

The Ladies Ensemble will be rehearsing at 7 PM on September 12 and 19.

The elders announce that Pastor Jack Gray from Sioux Falls will be our interim pastor starting next Sunday through the end of this year.  He will be filling the pulpit the majority of the time and will also be visiting and bringing communion to the shut-ins.

The Search Committee e-mailed the lengthy (52 pages) results of our church survey. There is a lot of great information and insight to glean from this and we want to keep all members informed throughout the process. After all, it is OUR church and OUR survey!  If you would prefer a printed copy, please notify Lorraine and a copy will be placed in your mailbox. There are several printed copies at the back of church to take home.  If possible, please reserve these for those who do not have access to a computer.


The deacons gratefully acknowledge the following gifts for August:
General Fund                           $16,822                       Building Fund              $560
Justice For All                                  485                       Audio/Visual                   302
Minnkota Youth                              325                       Love Inc/benevolent      228
Covenantal Education                     313
Requested Items of Interest
            The Worthington Christian School is in need of a volleyball coach for the 5th-8th grade girls’ team.  If you are interested in the position or would like more information, please contact Austin Vande Kamp at 360-4099.

                Labor Day Pancake Breakfast at the Southwest Christian High School Cafeteria tomorrow  from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  Come and enjoy delicious pancakes.  All you can eat!  Also included are sausage, juice, milk, and coffee.  Freewill Donation.  Sponsored by SWCH Circle #2.

Please join the Luverne Christian School Society Wednesday evening for a Pork Loin and Hamburger fundraiser supper at Luverne Christian Reformed Church.  We will be serving from 5:30-7:30 with a Pork Loin meal being $9.00 and the Hamburger meal being $5.00.  There is baked beans, potato salad, cucumber salad and ice cream included in your meal.  All proceeds go to Luverne Christian School Society.

Do you like to golf? Luverne Christian School Society is having its annual Golf Scrambler Fundraiser on Saturday.  Get your team of 4 together and call the Luverne Country Club with your team 507-283-4383!  Shotgun Start at 9:00 a.m., Best Ball Tournament, $50 Entry Fee per person (fee includes 18 holes of golf and meal - golf cart rental is not included). CASH PRIZES AWARDED to 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place and Hole In One Prizes!

Southwest Christian’s Circle #13 is Sponsoring a Tractor Ride on Saturday! It will be a Freewill Donation to ride in the event! Rolls and Coffee will be served at the campus of Southwest Minnesota Christian High School in Edgerton beginning at 9 am.  The tractor ride will begin at 9:45 am and take each driver on a 45-mile ride throughout beautiful Southwest Minnesota. There will be a noon meal served in Chandler and fresh vet bollen available at the conclusion of the ride in Edgerton. Door prizes will also be awarded! Come on out for a day of food and fellowship and the fun of driving and talking about tractors, while also supporting Christian Education! To register for the ride or for more information, please contact Kendra Kuipers in Edgerton at 507.227.0488!

A FOOD FOR KIDZ bagging is scheduled to take place on Sunday, September 9, in Lakefield’s North City Park Shelter House from 12:00 – 4:00 pm.  Anyone ages five to 95 can help the bagging event.  We will be bagging two meals:  one is oatmeal and the other is a fortified rice and bean protein meal.  Each bag will contain six servings.  The finished meals will be given to food shelves in the area for distribution.  This is a “God’s Work”. Our Hands.” event.  You can volunteer your time, donate dollars to pay for the ingredients or pray for a successful day.  See the bulletin board for more information.

Your Journey Awaits:  Take  a life transforming journey through a full-scale replica of the Tabernacle of the Wilderness Sept 14 – Sept 23 at the Freeborn County Fairgrounds in Albert Lea, MN.  More information on the bulletin board.
September 2, 2018
1100 First Avenue SW, Worthington, MN                                            Office Telephone - 507-372-2811
Kitchen Telephone: 507-372-2898                                              Office Email: wgtncrc@frontiernet.net
Bounmee Nhotsavang, Commissioned Pastor                                   Home Telephone - 507-370-0322

Welcome to the Worthington Christian Reformed Church.
We're glad you came to join with us in our worship time today.  We hope that you have felt God's love in a new, refreshing way, for you're so welcomed in this place.  We hope you'll come again, to join with us in fellowship, and to make some special friends.  Please sign the guest book found near the main entrance.  We invite you to join us in the Fellowship Hall for coffee or juice following the morning worship service and join us for our second worship service at 6:00 p.m.

Morning Sermon: “The True Measure of a Person
Evening Sermon: “Rekindling Our First Love”

Greeters Today:  AM Stephen and Sami Woitalewicz
                              PM David and Nikki Bosma

Juice servers today – Lon and Ginny Lien, Allen Ling

Nursery todayPlease be in the nursery 15 minutes before the service begins.
                          AM – Tae Nordby and Bailey Weg

Greeters for next weekAM – Bill and Janice Wolterstorff
                                           PM Marie Bousema

Juice servers next Sunday:  Ryan Loomans; Scott and Tae Nordby
           
Nursery next Sunday:  Please be in the nursery 15 minutes before the service begins.
                                       AM – Joan Vande Kamp and Angela Bousema

Children and Worship next Sunday:  Beth P, Katelyn O, Deyten B

Letters to missionaries:
Malik and Miranda Sampson to Rev. Scott Van Voorst (pastorscottvv@gmail.com)
Mike and Lisa Sampson to Lauren and Connie Runia (Lauren_Runia@sil.org)
John and Pearl Scheepstra to Rev. Ben and Amy Meyer (bmeyer@crcna.org)

September 2, 2018 - 6:00 PM

                                                                                                                               Pastor:  Dr. Scott Culpepper
                                Pianist:  Beth Ten Haken
Psalm Reading:  Psalm 45:1-9  (p) Danika Nordby
WELCOME AND CALL TO WORSHIP
Silent prayer asking God’s Blessing on the Service
*Opening Song: SNC 21:1-2, 4 “We Will Glorify”
*Litany Ephesians 1
Pastor:    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has blessed
   us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.
People:   He chose us in Christ before the foundations of the world
                  to be holy and blameless before him in love.
Pastor:   He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ,
  according to the good pleasure of his will.
People:   In him we have redemption through his blood,
  and the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.
  Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!
Pastor: The Lord Be With You.
People: And also with you.
Pastor: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. And all God’s people said . . .
People:  Amen!
Congregational Prayer
Presentation of the Word
*Song of Preparation:  SNC 24 “How Majestic Is Your Name”
Scripture: Revelation 2:1-7 (page in most pew Bibles)
Sermon: “Rekindling Our First Love”
Prayer of Application
The Response
*Song of Response: 579:1-3 “What A Friend We Have In Jesus”                                          BEACH SPRING
*Confession: The Nicene Creed (p 814)
 We offer our gifts:
Offering:  
Offertory:  Covenantal Education
*Parting Blessing: 
*Closing Song: SNC 106:1-3 “Soon and Very Soon”                                                     SOON AND VERY SOON
*Moment of Silence
*Postlude

*Please stand, if you are able

August 26, 2018


WELCOME TO THE


WORTHINGTON CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH

Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 9:30 AM



                                                                                 Pastor:  Rev. Michael Ten Haken

                                                                                                      Pianist: Beth Ten Haken
                                                                                                      Organist:  Lisa Sampson
         
                             
 Welcome and Call to Worship
Silent Prayer

Opening Songs:  297:1 “O Come, My Soul, Sing Praise to God”                                   TIDINGS
                                   241:1,2 “This Is the Day”                                                                        THIS IS THE DAY

*Litany -
Pastor:   The Lord reigns, let the nations tremble, he sits enthroned between the
   cherubim, let the earth shake.
People:  Great is the Lord in Zion; he is exalted over all the nations.
Pastor:   Let them praise your great and awesome name.—he is holy
People:  Exalt the Lord our God and worship at his footstool; he is holy.  (Psalm 99:1-3,5)
Pastor:   The Lord’s Greeting
People:  Amen!
*Greet one another in the name of Christ
*Hymn of Exaltation:  244:1,2 “God Himself is With Us”                                                     ARNSBERG          
Prayers of the People
Congregational Prayer

We Offer Our Gifts
Offertory:  “Lord, I Need You”                                                Stephen and Sami Woitalewicz
Offering:  Minnkota Youth

The Word of God
*Song of Preparation: 500:1,4,5 “How Firm A Foundation”                                                      FOUNDATION
Scripture Reading:  Jude (page in1909 most pew Bibles)
Sermon: “Perseverance of the Saints"
Prayer of Application
*Song of Response: LUYH 859:1-4 “Be Thou My Vision”                                                             SLANE

Communion
During the Distribution of the bread: 488:1-3 “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say”  RESTING PLACE
During the Distribution of the juice:  Scripture reading
During the offering for Love INC:  SNC 216 “Give Thanks”

Sent Out to Serve God for His Glory
*Benediction
*Closing Song: LUYH 772:1,3,4 “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less”                        SOLID ROCK
 *Postlude
*Moment of Silence



Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your countless blessings.  Thank You for Your unconditional Love, Your inexpressible Joy, and Your Peace that passes understanding.  You provide for my every need and You know the desires of my heart, even before I cry out to You.  I am eternally grateful.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 
         





Our Church Calendar for August 26 – September 1
Today                9:30 AM          Worship service communion – refreshments to follow
                         9:30 AM         Lao language service
                        12:15 PM          Anuak language service
                         2:00 PM          Oromo language service
 6:00 PM          Worship service

Monday          7:00 PM           Deacons Meeting

Wednesday    6:30 AM          Men’s Prayer Meeting
                                   
Sunday           9:30 AM          Worship service
                        9:30 AM          Lao CRC service
                       12:15 PM           Anuak language service
                        2:00 PM           Oromo language service
6:00 PM           Worship service

Our Church Announcements:
Continue to remember in prayer those who are unable to worship with us regularly: Nellie Bos (The Meadows); Ann Hoefker (Crossroads Care Center); Les Heeringa (South Shore); Clara Hofstee (Edgebrook Care Center); Neil Kempema (MN Veterans Home, Luverne); John and Dorothy Sikma (Viste Manor, Hills); Ann Van Iperen (Golden Living, Slayton); LaVonne Vander Grift (Sibley Care Initiative); and Tom Vander Kooi (Maple Lawn Nursing Home, Fulda).

Congratulations to Dorothy Sikma who will celebrate her 94th birthday tomorrow. May the grace of Jesus be with you on this day and forever!
I went to Avera in Sioux Falls for a procedure on Wednesday.  The procedure is Paracentesis, to remove excess fluid (ascites) from the abdominal cavity.  The belly is very swollen. I have also been in pain in the legs and ankles as they, too, are swollen. Please remember me in prayer this week.  I pray the procedure may go well and  pray also for less pain and the swelling may go down. Help me to Trust in God and not be afraid for He is my Strength, Song and Salvation!  Joann Talsma

Thank you for your prayers, calls, cards and well wishes when I had my recent heart procedure.  We are getting adjusted here in Edgerton, but do miss our Worthington congregation.  Leona Sprik

Orville Lien, father of Lon Lien, is in hospice care at the VA hospital in Sioux Falls. There is paralysis to his right limbs and is non-verbal. We have seen "baby step" improvements, i.e.; feeding himself and trying to write with his left (non-dominant) hand. We are so thankful that he is able to swallow and take nourishment on his own. The power of prayer is definitely being revealed every day.  Orville celebrated his 98th birthday on Thursday.

Today our morning service will be led by Rev. Michel Ten Haken, pastor of the Pease CRC, and our evening service will be conducted by Rev. Carl Klompien, of Sioux Center, Iowa.

At his request, the membership of Michael Vander Veen has been transferred to the Central Reformed Church in Oskaloosa, IA.

In anticipation of Children and Worship starting the new season in September, Rita Vander Kooi is seeking more leaders and substitute leaders.  If you are interested in helping in this manner, please contact Rita. 

As the Cadet season approaches we are aware there are several boys that could be invited to join us for Cadets.  We are in need of another counselor before we formally invite these boys to join us this year.  Please give this some prayerful thought; now may be a great time to begin your Cadet Counselor career with some great experienced counselors as mentors.  Please talk to one of the counselors (Terry, Howard or Travis) if you feel led to help us.

The elders announce that Pastor Jack Gray from Sioux Falls will be our interim pastor from September 9 through the end of this year.  He will be filling the pulpit the majority of the time and will also be visiting and bringing communion to the shut-ins.

It's back to school time and our church has a short novel for you to read this fall! The Search Committee would like to share the lengthy (52 pages) results of our church survey with you! There is a lot of great information and insight to glean from this and we want to keep all members informed throughout the process. After all, it is OUR church and OUR survey!  If you would prefer a printed copy, please notify Lorraine and a copy will be placed in your mailbox. There are 10 printed copies at the back of church to take home.  If possible, please reserve these for those who do not have access to a computer.
Next week services will be led by Dr. Scott Culpepper, Professor of History at Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA.
Our offering next week is for Covenantal Education, which is for the Christian Education of the youth of our church.  This offering pays for the complete cost of education for the students in our congregation and supports the Christian Schools that they attend.  By this offering we seek to assure that all the children in this church are trained to live for Jesus Christ according to the Bible.

Requested Items of Interest
            The Worthington Christian School is in need of a volleyball coach for the 5th-8th grade girls’ team.  If you are interested in the position or would like more information, please contact Austin Vande Kamp at 360-4099.
                Labor Day Pancake Breakfast at the Southwest Christian High School Cafeteria on Monday, September 3 from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  Come and enjoy delicious pancakes.  All you can eat!  Also included are sausage, juice, milk, and coffee.  Freewill Donation.  Sponsored by SWCH Circle #2.
Southwest Christian’s Circle #13 is Sponsoring a Tractor Ride on Saturday, September 8, 2018! It will be a Freewill Donation to ride in the event! Rolls and Coffee will be served at the campus of Southwest Minnesota Christian High School in Edgerton beginning at 9 am.  The tractor ride will begin at 9:45 am and take each driver on a 45-mile ride throughout beautiful Southwest Minnesota. There will be a noon meal served in Chandler and fresh vet bollen available at the conclusion of the ride in Edgerton. Door prizes will also be awarded! Come on out for a day of food and fellowship and the fun of driving and talking about tractors, while also supporting Christian Education! To register for the ride or for more information, please contact Kendra Kuipers in Edgerton at 507.227.0488!
A FOOD FOR KIDZ bagging is scheduled to take place on Sunday, September 9, in Lakefield’s North City Park Shelter House from 12:00 – 4:00 pm.  Anyone ages five to 95 can help the bagging event.  We will be bagging two meals:  one is oatmeal and the other is a fortified rice and bean protein meal.  Each bag will contain six servings.  The finished meals will be given to food shelves in the area for distribution.  This is a “God’s Work”. Our Hands.” event.  You can volunteer your time, donate dollars to pay for the ingredients or pray for a successful day.  See the bulletin board for more information.
Your Journey Awaits:  Take  a life transforming journey through a full-scale replica of the Tabernacle of the Wilderness Sept 14 – Sept 23 at the Freeborn County Fairgrounds in Albert Lea, MN.  More information on the bulletin board.

August 26, 2018
1100 First Avenue SW, Worthington, MN                                            Office Telephone - 507-372-2811
Kitchen Telephone: 507-372-2898                                              Office Email: wgtncrc@frontiernet.net
Bounmee Nhotsavang, Commissioned Pastor                                   Home Telephone - 507-370-0322

Welcome to the Worthington Christian Reformed Church.
We're glad you came to join with us in our worship time today.  We hope that you have felt God's love in a new, refreshing way, for you're so welcomed in this place.  We hope you'll come again, to join with us in fellowship, and to make some special friends.  Please sign the guest book found near the main entrance.  We invite you to join us in the Fellowship Hall for coffee or juice following the morning worship service and join us for our second worship service at 6:00 p.m.

Morning Sermon: “Perseverance of the Saints” Rev. Michael Ten Haken
Evening Sermon: “God's Pharaoh Sermon” Rev. Carl Klompien

Greeters Today:  AM Michael and Deb Weg
                              PM Mark and Amy Woitalewicz

Juice servers today – Ryan and Larissa Hoftyzer; Lorraine Edwards

Nursery todayPlease be in the nursery 15 minutes before the service begins.
                          AM – Anneke Weg and Erica Bousema

Greeters for next weekAM – Stephen and Sami Woitalewicz
                                           PM David and Nikki Bosma

Juice servers next Sunday:  Lon and Ginny Lien, Allen Ling

Nursery next Sunday:  Please be in the nursery 15 minutes before the service begins.
                                       AM – Tae Nordby and Bailey Weg

Letters to missionaries:
Vonnie Rutgers to Rev. Scott Van Voorst (pastorscottvv@gmail.com)
Richard Rutgers to Lauren and Connie Runia (Lauren_Runia@sil.org)
Gary and Mary Sampson to Rev. Ben and Amy Meyer (bmeyer@crcna.org)



August 26, 2018 - 6:00 PM

                                                                                                                               Pastor:  Rev. Carl Klompien
                                Organist:  Sheryl Riemersma
Psalm Reading:  Psalm 86 (p 924) Norm Gravenhof
WELCOME AND CALL TO WORSHIP
Silent prayer asking God’s Blessing on the Service
*Opening Song: 86:1,3,5,7 "Lord, My Petition Heed"                                                                   MASON

Litany
Pastor:   Come, let us bow down on worship,
People:  let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.
Pastor:   For he is our God
People:  and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.
Pastor:  The Lord’s Greeting
People:  Amen!

Congregational Prayer – Beth Prins

Presentation of the Word
Song of Preparation:  430:1-3 “We Sing the Mighty Power of God”                                KINGSFOLD
Scripture: Exodus 14, Text: Romans 9:14-18  (pages 108 & 1759 in most pew Bibles)
Sermon: “God's Pharaoh Sermon”
   I.  God is Sovereign
                 II.  God is Powerful
                III.  God is Proclaimed
Prayer of Application

The Response
*Song of Response: 499:1-6 "My God, How Wonderful You Are"                             ST. ETHELDREDA
*Confession: Belgic Confession, articles 1 & 2 (p 817)

 We offer our gifts:
Offering:  
Offertory:  Minnkota Youth
*Parting Blessing: 
*Closing Song:  568:1 “Love Divine All Loves Excelling"                                                          HYFRYDOL
*Moment of Silence
*Postlude
*Please stand, if you are able

August 19, 2018


WELCOME TO THE


WORTHINGTON CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH

Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 9:30 AM





                                                                                                       Pastor:  Dr. Scott Culpepper

                                                                                                       Organist:  Sheryl Riemersma
                                                                                                       Pianist: Lisa Sampson
                              
 Welcome and Call to Worship
Silent Prayer

Women’s Conference – Sami Woitalewicz

Opening Songs:  171:1,2 “It Is Good to Sing Your Praises”                                               ELLESIDIE
                             239:1,3 “Amid the Thronging Worshipers”                                                   BOVINA

*Litany - Psalm 22:25-28
Pastor:     You who fear the Lord, praise him!
People:   From you comes my praise in the great congregation.
Pastor:    All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord;
               and all the families of the nations will worship before him.
People:  For dominion belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations.                          
Pastor:   The Lord be with you!
People:  And also with you.
Pastor:   The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God,
              and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. And all God’s people said . . .
People:  Amen!

*Greet one another in the name of Christ
*Hymn of Exaltation:  473:1-3 “To God Be the Glory”                            TO GOD BE THE GLORY

Reconciliation
Call to Confession:  Matthew 22:34-40
Assurance of pardon:  John 3:16-17
The Gratitude of Holy Living:  John 8:31-36

Prayers of the People
Congregational Prayer – Jerry Schnyders

We Offer Our Gifts
Offertory:  “Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior”                                              by Mary Mc Donald      
sung by Ladies Ensemble
Offering:  Audio-Visual

The Word of God
*Song of Preparation:  LUYH 755:1-3 “Speak, O Lord”                                             SPEAK, O LORD
Scripture Reading: Galatians 2:11-21 (pages in 1811 most pew Bibles)
Sermon: “Growing By Grace"
Prayer of Application
*Song of Response:  462:1-4 “Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound”              NEW BRITAIN

Sent Out to Serve God for His Glory
Preparatory Exhortation for the Lord’s Supper (p 976-77)
*Benediction
*Closing Song:  638 “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow”                     GENEVAN 134
 *Postlude
*Moment of Silence


          Dear God, Thank You for this day that You have made…I will Rejoice and be glad in it.  Thank You that You walk with me every step of the way and that You provide everything I need for this season on my life.  Help me to keep my focus on You and Your goodness today, no matter what comes my way.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.
            
Our Church Calendar for August 19 – August 26
Today                9:30 AM          Worship service – preparatory service
                         9:30 AM         Lao language service
                        10:45 AM         Children’s Handbell Choir practice
                        12:15 PM          Anuak language service
                         2:00 PM          Oromo language service
 6:00 PM          Worship service

Tuesday          7:00 PM           Council Meeting

Wednesday    6:30 AM          Men’s Prayer Meeting
                                   
Sunday           9:30 AM          Worship service – communion – refreshments to follow
                        9:30 AM          Lao CRC service
                       12:15 PM           Anuak language service
                        2:00 PM           Oromo language service
6:00 PM           Worship service

Our Church Announcements:
Continue to remember in prayer those who are unable to worship with us regularly: Nellie Bos (The Meadows); Ann Hoefker (Crossroads Care Center); Les Heeringa (South Shore); Clara Hofstee (Edgebrook Care Center); Neil Kempema (MN Veterans Home, Luverne); John and Dorothy Sikma (Viste Manor, Hills); Ann Van Iperen (Golden Living, Slayton); LaVonne Vander Grift (Sibley Care Initiative); and Tom Vander Kooi (Maple Lawn Nursing Home, Fulda).

Congratulations to Pearl Scheepstra who will celebrate her 87th birthday on Friday. On this day, may you feel the Lord’s loving presence working in your life! 

Today our worship services will be led by Dr. Scott Culpepper, Professor of History at Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA. 

The Children’s Handbell Choir will practice after the morning service today in classroom #2.

The sacrament of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated next week Sunday morning. 

90% of survey respondents Agreed or Strongly Agreed that our church cares about each other. The Search Committee cares about you too and we want to say thank you! Although we were three surveys short of our goal of 100, the amount of information and participation has been very helpful as we continue our search. So, to celebrate, join us for an almond patty after the service! 

The elders announce that beginning today, a member of our congregation will lead the congregational prayer during one of our services.

Next week our morning service will be led by Rev. Michel Ten Haken, pastor of the Pease CRC, and our evening service will be conducted by Rev. Carl Klompien, of Sioux Center, Iowa.

Our offering next week is for Minn-I-Kota Youth, which is the regional organization for the youth groups of northwest Iowa, southwest Minnesota, and southeast South Dakota.  They provide leadership and training for youth leaders and activities for youth groups. 

Requested Items of Interest

                There are several copies of the Inspiration Hills newsletter in the rack on the table in the Fellowship Hall for those who are interested.  There are also some copies of the Messenger from Mid-America Reformed Seminary in the rack.  An insufficient number of this issue were received in order to put one in every mail slot.

            Southwest MN Christian High School will be starting the 2018-2019 on Tuesday, August 21. We will begin the day with chapel and all are welcome to join us starting at 8:20 a.m. in the school gymnasium. Please keep all our area schools in your prayers for a safe environment to learn and grow throughout this coming school year. Please keep the administrators, teachers, support staff, students, student's families, coaches, bus drivers, and school boards in your prayers as decisions are made and instruction is given to the cherished blessings of your children, grandchildren, and neighbors. May God's light be shown as we grow in learning, serving, and loving God and others.

Auditions for membership in the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra will be held on Friday, September 7 (Winds & Percussion) and Saturday, September 8 (Strings). Anyone wishing to play in the orchestra for the first time must audition, and all student members need to re-audition each year. For more information or to schedule an audition, contact the NISO office at niso@dordt.edu or 712-722-6230. 
A FOOD FOR KIDZ bagging is scheduled to take place on Sunday, September 9, in Lakefield’s North City Park Shelter House from 12:00 – 4:00 pm.  Anyone ages five to 95 can help the bagging event.  We will be bagging two meals:  one is oatmeal and the other is a fortified rice and bean protein meal.  Each bag will contain six servings.  The finished meals will be given to food shelves in the area for distribution.  This is a “God’s Work”. Our Hands.” event.  You can volunteer your time, donate dollars to pay for the ingredients or pray for a successful day.  See the bulletin board for more information.
Join us for the 2nd Women Seeking God conference.  This year’s theme is BE! We will be encouraged to BE grateful, BE eternal, BE knowing, and BE still as we walk this journey with our God together as women.  W will be empowered to seek God and BE who He has called us to be in his life.  You are invited to a weekend of encouragement and fellowship, featuring speaker Amy Herzog and worship leader Amanda DeYounge.  will be held at Lakeside Church on Fri, Oct 12, from 6-9 p.m. and Sat, Oct 13, from 9 am – 3 pm.  Registration by Oct 1 is $40 and $45 at the door.  This includes evening dessert bar, light breakfast, and catered lunch.
Mark your calendar - Inspiration Hills will be holding a Fall Auction on Friday, October 26th at 6:00pm! This year's auction proceeds will go towards the kitchen remodeling project. We have a great food service team and the updated kitchen will help them and their ministry immensely! Please plan to join us on Friday evening, October 26th. More details to come. Contact Dave Heilman at 712-360-0140 if you have any questions or email him at dave@inspirationhills.org.

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August 19, 2018
1100 First Avenue SW, Worthington, MN                                            Office Telephone - 507-372-2811
Kitchen Telephone: 507-372-2898                                              Office Email: wgtncrc@frontiernet.net
Bounmee Nhotsavang, Commissioned Pastor                                   Home Telephone - 507-370-0322

Welcome to the Worthington Christian Reformed Church.
We're glad you came to join with us in our worship time today.  We hope that you have felt God's love in a new, refreshing way, for you're so welcomed in this place.  We hope you'll come again, to join with us in fellowship, and to make some special friends.  Please sign the guest book found near the main entrance.  We invite you to join us in the Fellowship Hall for coffee or juice following the morning worship service and join us for our second worship service at 6:00 p.m.

Morning Sermon: “Growing By Grace”
Evening Sermon: “Daily Bread”

Greeters Today:  AM Clay and Danni Weg 
                              PMGene and Jenni Weg

Juice servers today – Ryan and Cindy Gravenhof; Howard and Ricki Hoftyzer

Nursery todayPlease be in the nursery 15 minutes before the service begins.
                          AM  Sami Woitalewicz and Lincoln Nordby

Greeters for next weekAM – Michael and Deb Weg
                                           PM Mark and Amy Woitalewicz

Juice servers next Sunday:  Ryan and Larissa Hoftyzer; Lorraine Edwards

Nursery next Sunday:  Please be in the nursery 15 minutes before the service begins.
                         AM – Anneke Weg and Erica Bousema

Refreshments next Sunday:  Marie, Sami, Ricki

Letters to missionaries:
Dan and Sheryl Riemersma to Lauren and Connie Runia (Lauren_Runia@sil.org)
Steve and Susie Robinson to Rev. Ben and Amy Meyer (bmeyer@crcna.org)



                                                                                                                               Pastor:  Dr. Scott Culpepper
                                Pianist:  Beth Ten Haken
Psalm Reading:  Psalm  111 (p 952) Terry deBoom
WELCOME AND CALL TO WORSHIP
Silent prayer asking God’s Blessing on the Service
*Opening Song: SNC 223 “Shout to the Lord”

Litany - Matthew 6:25, 31-33
Pastor:   Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about
                  your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than
                  clothes?    
People:  So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or
                 ‘What shall we wear?’
Pastor:   For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you
                  need them.
People:   But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to
                  you as well.                                                                                                                                                          
 Pastor:  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God,
                and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. And all God’s people said . . .
People:  Amen!
Congregational Prayer
Presentation of the Word

Song of Preparation:  169:1-2 “I Will Sing of the Mercies of the Lord”                                       FILLMORE
Scripture: Exodus 16:1-36 (page 112 in most pew Bibles)
Sermon: “Daily Bread”
Prayer of Application
The Response
*Song of Response:  170:1-2, 6 “O God, Our Help in Ages Past”                                                   ST. ANNE
*Confession: The Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 50, Q&A 125 (p 922)

 We offer our gifts:
Offering:  Audio-Visual
Offertory:  
*Parting Blessing:  635 “Glory Be to the Father”                                                                                 MEINEKE
*Closing Song: 
*Moment of Silence
*Postlude
*Please stand, if you are able

August 12, 2018


WELCOME TO THE


WORTHINGTON CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH

Sunday, August 12, 2018 - 9:30 AM



                                                                             Pastor:  Dr. Scott Culpepper

                                                                                                       Organist:  Lorraine Edwards

                                                                                                       Pianist: Amy Woitalewicz


                              
 Welcome and Call to Worship
Silent Prayer

SERVE report

*Litany
Pastor:   I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.
People:  The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and
  gave himself for me.
Pastor:   I do not set aside the grace of God,
People:  for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!
Pastor:   May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the
  Holy Spirit be with you all. And all God’s people said . . .
People:  Amen!

*Greet one another in the name of Christ
*Hymn of Exaltation:  530:1-3 “I Love to Tell the Story”                                                        HANKEY

Reconciliation
Call to Confession:  Exodus 20:1-17
Assurance of pardon: Galatians 3:23-26
The Gratitude of Holy Living: Galatians 3:27-29

Congregational Prayer

We Offer Our Gifts
Offertory: “This is My Father’s World”                              Liv Vander Kooi and Danika Nordby
Offering: Justice For All

The Word of God
*Song of Preparation:  315:1-3, 6 “Blest Be the Tie That Binds”                                         DENNIS                              
Scripture Reading: Galatians 1:11-2:14 (pages in 1810 most pew Bibles)
Sermon: “Calling, Community, and Conflict "
Prayer of Application
*Song of Response: 533:1-4 “Church of God, Elect and Glorious”                     MEAD HOUSE

  Sent Out to Serve God for His Glory
*Benediction
*Closing Song:  SNC 284:1-4 “Go, My Children, with My Blessing” 
 *Postlude
*Moment of Silence


             Heavenly Father, help me to see others the way that You see them and to love them unconditionally like You do.  Let me be a light to shine in the darkness for others as you are a light to me.  Thank You that You shine the light of Your glory on me.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.
         
Our Church Calendar for August 12 – August 19
Today                9:30 AM          Worship service
                         9:30 AM         Lao language service
                        12:15 PM          Anuak language service
                         2:00 PM          Oromo language service
 6:00 PM          Worship service with refreshments to follow

Tuesday          7:00 PM           Elders Meeting

Wednesday    6:30 AM          Men’s Prayer Meeting
                        7:15 PM           Ladies Ensemble rehearsal

Saturday         9:30 AM          Bridal Shower – Lauren LeBrun and Jacob Weg
                       
Sunday           9:30 AM          Worship service – preparatory service
                        9:30 AM          Lao CRC service
                       12:15 PM           Anuak language service
                        2:00 PM           Oromo language service
6:00 PM           Worship service

Our Church Announcements:
Continue to remember in prayer those who are unable to worship with us regularly: Nellie Bos (The Meadows); Ann Hoefker (Crossroads Care Center); Les Heeringa (South Shore); Clara Hofstee (Edgebrook Care Center); Neil Kempema (MN Veterans Home, Luverne); John and Dorothy Sikma (Viste Manor, Hills); Ann Van Iperen (Golden Living, Slayton); LaVonne Vander Grift (Sibley Care Initiative); and Tom Vander Kooi (Maple Lawn Nursing Home, Fulda).

Leona Sprik returned home Tuesday evening after receiving a stent on Monday.  Please pray for a complete recovery.

Joann Talsma requests prayers as she takes oral (pill) chemo treatment and deals with fluid in her lungs.  Also remember Daryl and Sam, and others, who care for her needs.

Today our worship services will be led by Dr. Scott Culpepper, Professor of History at Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA.  Dr. Culpepper will be with us again next Sunday.
Sunday School Teachers – please meet in the kitchen following the morning service for a brief meeting.

There will be a bridal shower for Lauren LeBrun, bride-to-be of Jacob Weg, on Saturday at 9:30.  The couple is registered at Adorn 1024, Target, and Bed, Bath & Beyond.

Thank you to the Care and Fellowship Committee for organizing the church picnic and to all those who attended.  Good food, fun and fellowship!


The ushers would like to remind everyone that there are pews specifically reserved for families who have small children, IF you desire to use them.  It would be greatly appreciated that adults use discretion as to where you should sit.  Thank you for your consideration in this matter.

Our offering next week is for the Audio/Visual CommitteeThis offering is for improvement and maintenance of the sound system, cameras, and microphones in the church building.  This offering is used for payment of the projectors, screens, and slides to be used during our worship services.

Requested Items of Interest
The Manna Food Pantry is in REAL NEED of volunteer help in the Food Pantry! If you can spare a few hours one or more days of the week, please let us know. Monday, Wednesday or Friday 10:45 am to 2:00 pm, or even an hour or two.  Please call Linda Sanchez at 329- 1951.

The Minnesota Family Council ask you to join believers around the state in prayer as we head into election season.  One look at weekly headlines is enough to demonstrate how deeply we need to seek the Lord and His righteousness first, not just in elections but in all things!  Let’s take this Fall captive to the knowledge of Jesus Christ rather than be taken captive by politics!  “I urge that…prayers…be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions” – I Timothy 2:1-4

The Bibles for Mission Thrift Store will be having their fall change-over of summer items to winter items on Monday and Tuesday.  We invite all who are willing to help to come one day (or for a few hours).  We plan to start at 9:00 a.m. and work until 3:00 p.m.  Donuts and coffee will be furnished. 

Widow's Ministry is meeting August 13, 2018 at 2 PM at the American Lutheran Church. John Standafer from Edward Jones will be sharing about finances. 

The WCS Boosters committee is organizing some end-of-the-summer cleaning & outside painting/staining projects.  The planned dates for these projects are:  Monday, Aug 13, from 9-12 & Thursday, Aug 16, from 5:30-8.  We would like to ask for the help from anyone (parents, grandparents, society) who would like to help paint the soccer goal posts, playground bars, and north gym stairway. We also would like help re-staining the playground wood to keep it looking nice & standing up to the elements. These are not fussy painting jobs. Feel free to come & go as you need to.  Any help for any period of time is appreciated!  Please contact Tracie Luinenburg 507-360-3086, Crystal Vis 507-360-7337, Larissa Hoftyzer 763-229-4740 or Jen Iverson 507-360-3676 if you are able to come.  

Mark your calendars for the Luverne Christian School Society Pork Loin Supper coming up on September 5! Smoked pork loin or grilled hamburger, potato salad, cucumber salad, baked beans and ice cream! Also, on Saturday September 8 is the LCSS Golf Scrambler Fundraiser.  So, start getting your teams together and call the Luverne Country Club with your team 507-283-4383.

GriefShare is a special weekly seminar and support group for people who are grieving the death of someone close to them.  Our group is led by caring people who have experienced grief and want to help you through the difficult days ahead.  Tuesdays 2:00-3:30 pm. Sept. 4 – Nov. 27 (join any time). First Lutheran Church, 1200 4th Avenue.  Call to register 376-6148.

FAMILY FIRE - is an online community exploring Spirit-led family, marriage, parenting, in-laws, blended families, and intimacy. Find encouraging articles and devotions at familyfire.com. Subscribe for regular email updates and connect with our Family Fire community on Facebook. https://familyfire.reframemedia.com/







August 12, 2018
1100 First Avenue SW, Worthington, MN                                            Office Telephone - 507-372-2811
Kitchen Telephone: 507-372-2898                                              Office Email: wgtncrc@frontiernet.net
Bounmee Nhotsavang, Commissioned Pastor                                   Home Telephone - 507-370-0322

Welcome to the Worthington Christian Reformed Church.
We're glad you came to join with us in our worship time today.  We hope that you have felt God's love in a new, refreshing way, for you're so welcomed in this place.  We hope you'll come again, to join with us in fellowship, and to make some special friends.  Please sign the guest book found near the main entrance.  We invite you to join us in the Fellowship Hall for coffee or juice following the morning worship service and join us for our second worship service at 6:00 p.m.

Morning Sermon: “Calling, Community, and Conflict”
Evening Sermon: “The Gift of Wisdom

Greeters Today:  AM Joe and Rita Vander Kooi
                              PMLes and Irma Voss

Juice servers today – Colleen Jansma; Norm and Bev Gravenhof

Nursery todayPlease be in the nursery 15 minutes before the service begins.
                          AMNikki Bosma and Deyten Bosma

Greeters for next weekAM Clay and Danni Weg
                                           PM Gene and Jenni Weg

Juice servers next Sunday:  Ryan and Cindy Gravenhof; Howard and Ricki Hoftyzer

Nursery next Sunday:  Please be in the nursery 15 minutes before the service begins.
                         AM – Sami Woitalewicz and Lincoln Nordby

Letters to missionaries:
Garvin and Dianne Prins to Lauren and Connie Runia (Lauren_Runia@sil.org)
Steve and Beth Prins to Rev. Ben and Amy Meyer (bmeyer@crcna.org)




August 12, 2018 - 6:00 PM

                                                                                                                               Pastor:  Dr. Scott Culpepper
                                Pianist:  Lisa Sampson
Psalm Reading:  Psalm 130 (p 969) Lisa Sampson
WELCOME AND CALL TO WORSHIP
Silent prayer asking God’s Blessing on the Service
*Opening Song: 634 “Father, We Love You”                                                                     GLORIFY THY NAME
Litany –
Pastor:   Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are
  done with gentleness born of wisdom.
People:  But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not be boastful and
 false to the truth. Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly,
 unspiritual, devilish.
Pastor:   For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness
 of every kind.
People:  But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of
 mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy.
Pastor’s Greeting: May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. And all God’s people said . . .
People:  Amen!
Congregational Prayer
Presentation of the Word
Song of Preparation:  SNC 80 “Open Our Eyes, Lord”                                                          OPEN OUR EYES
Scripture:  1 Kings 3:1-28 (page 523 in most pew Bibles)
Sermon: “The Gift of Wisdom”
Prayer of Application
The Response
*Song of Response:  LUYH 859:1-4 “Be Thou My Vision”                                                                    SLANE
*Confession:  Apostles Creed (p 813)
 We offer our gifts:
Offering:  Justice For All
Offertory:  
*Parting Blessing: 
*Closing Song:  627 “Bless His Holy Name”                                                                              BLESS THE LORD
*Moment of Silence
*Postlude

August 5, 2018


WELCOME TO THE


WORTHINGTON CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH

Sunday, August 5, 2018 - 9:30 AM









                                                                                                       Pastor:  Rev. Carl Bruxvoort

                                                                                                 Organist:  Lisa Sampson
                                                                                                Pianist: Lorraine Edwards


                              
 Welcome and Call to Worship
Silent Prayer
Opening Songs:  169:1 “I will sing of the Mercies of the Lord”                             FILLMORE
   SNC 128:1,2 “Shine, Jesus, Shine”                                          SHINE, JESUS, SHINE

*Litany
Pastor:   Ruler of heaven and earth:
People:  We exalt you!
Pastor:   We come into your presence with singing and thanksgiving,
People:  Because you are good! 
Pastor:   You have reached out to us with open arms.
People:  Your love endures forever!                                           
Psalm 100: 4,5; Psalm 106
Pastor’s Greeting
People:  Amen!
*Greet one another in the name of Christ
*Hymn of Exaltation:  181:1, 3 “Exalt the Lord, His Praise Proclaim”                 CREATION

Reconciliation
Responsive Reading:  As a Rule of Gratitude (p. 1017)








Congregational Prayer

We Offer Our Gifts
Offertory:  
Offering: Covenantal Education

The Word of God
*Song of Preparation:  280:1-3 “Blessed Jesus, at Your Word”                       LIEBSTER JESU                                      
 Scripture Reading: Acts 17:24-28; Matthew 9:35-38  (pages in 1724 & 1510 most pew Bibles)
Sermon: “A New Harvest Field"
Prayer of Application
*Song of Response: 527:1-4 “Come, You Thankful People, Come”  ST. GEORGE’S WINDSOR

  Sent Out to Serve God for His Glory
*Benediction
*Closing Song:  SNC 288  “Benediction/My Friends, May You Grow in Grace”
 *Postlude
*Moment of Silence



            Dear Lord, Please keep watch over the door of my lips today.  Help me use my words to speak life to those I come in contact with today.  Help me use my words to build up and not tear down. Amen.
         
Our Church Calendar for August 5 – August 12
Today                9:30 AM          Worship service
                         9:30 AM         Lao language service
                        12:15 PM          Anuak language service
                         2:00 PM          Oromo language service
 6:00 PM          Worship service
Wednesday    6:30 AM          Men’s Prayer Meeting
                        6:00 PM           Church picnic in the Fellowship Hall
Sunday           9:30 AM          Worship service
                        9:30 AM          Lao CRC service
                       12:15 PM           Anuak language service
                        2:00 PM           Oromo language service
6:00 PM           Worship service

Our Church Announcements:
Continue to remember in prayer those who are unable to worship with us regularly: Nellie Bos (The Meadows); Ann Hoefker (Crossroads Care Center); Les Heeringa (South Shore); Clara Hofstee (Edgebrook Care Center); Neil Kempema (MN Veterans Home, Luverne); John and Dorothy Sikma (Viste Manor, Hills); Ann Van Iperen (Golden Living, Slayton); LaVonne Vander Grift (Sibley Care Initiative); and Tom Vander Kooi (Maple Lawn Nursing Home, Fulda).

Maggie Woitalewicz got an ALL CLEAR from Mayo Wednesday. It was mycobacterium, but they got it all and she doesn't have to go back, and she has no restrictions! Praise God. Thanks for all the prayers!  Stephen & Sami and Mark & Amy greatly appreciate everyone's care and concern.

I had a bone scan and a chest/pelvis scan this week.  Things appeared stable at this time. A new concern now is that I do have fluid in my lungs.  Pray that this is not cancer.  I have started the new Oral (pill) chemo. Pray that this may clear the fluid in my lungs and that the cancer that I have may be better than stable.  Thanks for all the prayers and may God continue to bless our family.  Joann Talsma

Please be in prayer for Lon Lien’s father, Orville, who had a stroke on Thursday. 

The Care and Fellowship Committee members are asked to meet in the kitchen immediately following the morning service today.
The elders welcome, Carl Bruxvoot from New Roots Ministry in Sioux Falls, who will conduct our morning worship services, and Rev. Chad Van Ginkel, Ministry Assistant/Youth Director at Faith CRC in Sioux Center, IA, who will lead our evening service.

The council would like to thank every person who volunteered and helped make VBS 2018 a success.  A special thank you to directors, Amy Woitalewicz, Sami Woitalewicz and Steph Vande Kamp for all your hard work!

Our church picnic on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  Grilled burgers and beverages will be provided.  Please bring a potluck dish to share.  Challenge last year’s winner in the minnow races.  Sign up today on the sheet in the Fellowship Hall so the committee has a general idea of the number of people to plan for.

The Elders meeting has been changed from this week Tuesday to the 14th.

The Lao members will be worshiping with us today.  The Lao church would like to thank you for the support on the trip to the Lao Conference of Churches in St. Petersburg, FL.  Special thanks to Steve Prins, Beth and Lyle Ten Haken, the Worthington CRC church and Classis Home Mission.  I ask for your prayers for a safe trip back from Florida.  Pastor Bounmee Nhotsavang.

This morning the Music Committee will start having Worship Song Leaders lead us with our congregational songs.  This will occur approximately one Sunday per month.  Thank you to the members who are willing to assist with our service in this manner.

August 1, 2018 Search Committee Meeting Summary
●Committee discussed the results of the recent church survey and how we can apply that data to our search.   We had 97 responses with great comments.
●Committee finished the Church Profile.   
●Committee plans to publish a Pastoral vacancy announcement in the next issue of the Banner.
●The next meeting date will be set after we obtain Pastor Profiles from the denomination.

Next week Sunday our worship services will be led by Dr. Scott Culpepper, Professor of History at Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA.



The deacons gratefully acknowledge the following gifts for July:
General Fund                     $12,076.00                           Sweetwater                       $326.00
Building Fund                            210.00                          Dordt                                      383.00
Hope Haven                               380.12                          Bible League                        348.30

There will be a bridal shower for Lauren LeBrun, bride-to-be of Jacob Weg, on Saturday, August 18 at 9:30.  They are registered at Adorn 1024, Target, and Bed, Bath & Beyond.

The ushers would like to remind everyone that there are pews specifically reserved for families who have small children, IF you desire to use them.  It would be greatly appreciated that adults use discretion as to where you should sit.  Thank you for your consideration in this matter.

Our offering next week is for Justice For All whose ministry is based upon the services of Christians from many different denominations that are willing to share their resources and skills for the benefit of the poor and underprivileged.  Their ministry includes an annual auction, service trips, and warehouse ministry.

Requested Items of Interest
The Manna Food Pantry is in REAL NEED of volunteer help in the Food Pantry! If you can spare a few hours one or more days of the week, please let us know. Monday, Wednesday or Friday 10:45 am to 2:00 pm, or even an hour or two.  Please call Linda Sanchez at 329- 1951.
 The WCS Boosters committee is organizing some end-of-the-summer cleaning & outside painting/staining projects.  The planned dates for these projects are:  Mondays, Aug 6 & 13 from 9-12 & Thursdays, Aug 9 & 16 from 5:30-8.  We would like to ask for the help from anyone (parents, grandparents, society) who would like to help paint the soccer goal posts, playground bars, and north gym stairway. We also would like help re-staining the playground wood to keep it looking nice & standing up to the elements. These are not fussy painting jobs. Feel free to come & go as you need to.  Any help for any period of time is appreciated!  Please contact Tracie Luinenburg 507-360-3086, Crystal Vis 507-360-7337, Larissa Hoftyzer 763-229-4740 or Jen Iverson 507-360-3676 if you are able to come.  Thanks so much & enjoy the last month of summer vacation!
Physicians for a National Health Program, an advocacy organization, will be coming to Worthington to make a couple of presentations. They will be presenting Wednesday at Phileos’ at noon and at Westminster at 6:00 pm.  See the bulletin board for more information.
Mark your calendars for the Luverne Christian School Society Pork Loin Supper coming up on September 5! Smoked pork loin or grilled hamburger, potato salad, cucumber salad, baked beans and ice cream! Also, on Saturday September 8 is the LCSS Golf Scrambler Fundraiser.  So, start getting your teams together and call the Luverne Country Club with your team 507-283-4383.
GriefShare is a special weekly seminar and support group for people who are grieving the death of someone close to them.  Our group is led by caring people who have experienced grief and want to help you through the difficult days ahead.  Tuesdays 2:00-3:30 pm. Sept. 4 – Nov. 27 (join any time). First Lutheran Church, 1200 4th Avenue.  Call to register 376-6148.
August 5, 2018
1100 First Avenue SW, Worthington, MN                                            Office Telephone - 507-372-2811
Kitchen Telephone: 507-372-2898                                              Office Email: wgtncrc@frontiernet.net
Bounmee Nhotsavang, Commissioned Pastor                                   Home Telephone - 507-370-0322

Welcome to the Worthington Christian Reformed Church.
We're glad you came to join with us in our worship time today.  We hope that you have felt God's love in a new, refreshing way, for you're so welcomed in this place.  We hope you'll come again, to join with us in fellowship, and to make some special friends.  Please sign the guest book found near the main entrance.  We invite you to join us in the Fellowship Hall for coffee or juice following the morning worship service and join us for our second worship service at 6:00 p.m.

Morning Sermon: “A New Harvest Field” Rev. Carl Bruxvoort
Evening Sermon: “In View of God’s Mercy” Rev. Chad Van Ginkel

Greeters Today:  AM – Dennis and Shari Vander Veen
                              PMKen and Lauri Vander Veen

Juice servers today –  Alan and Luann Gravenhof; Judy Gravenhof

Nursery todayPlease be in the nursery 15 minutes before the service begins.
                          AMJen Bousema and Angela Bousema

Greeters for next weekAM Joe and Rita Vander Kooi
                                           PM – Les and Irma Voss

Juice servers next Sunday:  Lorraine Edwards; Norm and Bev Gravenhof

Nursery next Sunday:  Please be in the nursery 15 minutes before the service begins.
                                     AM – Nikki Bosma and Deyten Bosma

Letters to missionaries:
1.       Scott and Tae Nordby to Rev. Scott Van Voorst (pastorscottvv@gmail.com)
2.       Aaron and Kia Nystrom to Lauren and Connie Runia (Lauren_Runia@sil.org)
3.      Scott and Katelyn Olson to Rev. Ben and Amy Meyer (bmeyer@crcna.org)
  
August 5, 2018 - 6:00 PM

                                                                                                                               Pastor:  Rev. Chad Van Ginkel
                                        Pianist:  Beth Ten Haken
Psalm Reading:  Psalm 46 (p885) Darla DeKam
WELCOME AND CALL TO WORSHIP
Silent prayer asking God’s Blessing on the Service
*Opening Song:   LUYH 772:1-4 “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less”                                      SOLID ROCK
*Litany –
Pastor:   In holy splendor, we worship the Lord.
People:  In God is glory and strength. The Lord is mighty. God is with us.
Pastor:   In torrents and storms, God’s peace pervades.
People:  In rumbling thunder, God’s mighty voice soothes. The Lord is majestic. God is with us.
Pastor:   The whisper of the Lord snaps silence.
People:  The unwavering sound persists. The Lord is awesome. God is with us.
Pastor:   As flames being fanned, the presence grows.
People:  In its shadow the wilderness pleads. The Lord is powerful. God is with us.
Pastor:   Enthroned, God rules the universe.
People:  The peaceful scepter prevails. God reigns. God is with us. In whirling winds, nature
               acknowledges glory.  People in the temple rejoice. It is certain. God is with us.
Pastor’s Greeting: May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship
                of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
People:  Amen!
Congregational Prayer
Presentation of the Word
Song of Preparation:  LUYH 755:1-3 “Speak, O Lord”                                                             SPEAK, O LORD
Scripture:   Romans 12:1-2 (page1763 in most pew Bibles)
Sermon:  “In View of God’s Mercy”
Prayer of Application
The Response
*Song of Response:  LUYH 559:1-3 “Ten Thousand Reasons”                                                                 PRS
*Confession:  Apostles Creed (p 813)
 We offer our gifts:
Offering:  Covenantal Education
Offertory:  
*Parting Blessing: 
*Closing Song:  637 “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow”                                NEW DOXOLOGY
*Moment of Silence
*Postlude
*Please stand, if you are able