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December 9, 2018

WELCOME TO THE

WORTHINGTON CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH
Sunday, December 9, 2018 – 9:30 PM
Service of Word and Sacrament
The Advent Wreaths
Advent Song:  557:1-4 “My Jesus, I Love Thee”                                                                     GORDON
*The Opening
Minister:  In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
People:   Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
Minister:  Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ.
People:   Amen.
Minister:  And now as our Lord gives to us his peace, so let us pass the peace to each other, saying,
               “The peace of the Lord be with you.”
All:  349:1-3 “Away in a Manger”                                                                          CRADLE SONG
Confession and Assurance
The Call to Confession
Minister:          God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.  If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.  If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  I John 1:5b-8

The Confession
All:       Most holy and merciful Father, we confess to you and to one another, that we have sinned against you by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.  We have not loved you with our whole heart and mind and strength.  We have not fully loved our neighbors as ourselves.  We have not always had in us the mind of Christ.  You alone know how often we have grieved you by wasting our gifts, by wandering from your ways, by forgetting your love.  Forgive us, we pray you, most merciful Father, and free us from our sin.  Renew in us the grace and strength of your Holy Spirit, for the sake of Jesus Christ your Son, our Savior.  Amen.

The Declaration of Pardon
Minister:          To all who confess themselves to be sinners, humbling themselves before God and believing in the Lord Jesus Christ for their salvation, I declare this sure promise: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness”  I John 1:9

The Response
All Sing:          Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.  Amen. (unannounced)


The Dedication
Minister:          Let us, God’s forgiven people, now listen to his law for our lives. 
God’s Law for the Second Sunday in Advent

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 Our young guests are welcome to participate in this service.        Lesson:  “The Shepherds Show the Way to Bethlehem”
Leader:  Rita VK; Co-Leader:  Katelyn O; Greeter: Liv VK
*All:  347:1-3 “Angels We Have Heard on High”                                                            GLORIA

Proclamation of the Word
Minister:          Let us pray:  Almighty God, grant us your Spirit, that we may rightly understand and truly obey your Word of truth.  Open our hearts that we may love what you command and desire what you promise.  Set us free from private distractions that we may hear and from selfish pride that we may receive the promise of your grace.  Through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.
Minister:  Scripture Reading:  Deuteronomy 21:18-23 (page 306)
                 Subject: Deuteronomy 21:23c
               Message: “Born to Die”
                                        I.  Death    II.  Scripture    III.  Christ
               Prayer of Blessing

The Response
All:  337:1-4“Joy to the World”                                                                                                              ANTIOCH

*The Creed
Minister:  Let us together confess the faith of the church at all times and in all places:
All:       The Apostles Creed  I believe in God, the Father almighty…

Special music:  “The Glory of Christmas”                                           Ladies Ensemble
The Intercessory Prayer

The Offertory
Minister: Let us present our gifts to God
*All Sing:  Praise God from whom all blessings flow.  Praise him all creatures here below.
             Praise Him above ye heavenly host.  Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Amen  (unannounced)

The Lord’s Supper
Minister:          Brothers and sisters in Christ, the gospels tell us that on the first day of the week, the day on which our Lord rose from the dead, he appeared to some of his disciples and was made known to them in the breaking of bread.  Come, then to the joyful feast of our Lord.
The Thanksgiving
Minister:          Lift up your hearts.
People: We lift them up to the Lord.
Minister:          Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People: It is right for us to give thanks.  It is our joy and our peace, at all times and in all places to give thanks to you, Holy Father, almighty, everlasting God, through Christ our Lord.
Minister:          We bless you for your continual love and care for every creature.  We praise you for forming us in your image and calling us to be your people.  We thank you that you did not abandon us in our rebellion against your love, but sent prophets and teachers to lead us into the way of salvation.
                 Above all we thank you for sending Jesus, your Son, to deliver us from the way of sin and death by the obedience of his life, by his suffering upon the cross, and by his resurrection from the dead.  We praise you that he now reigns with you in glory and ever lives to pray for us.  We thank you for the Holy Spirit, who leads us into truth, defends us in adversity, and out of every people unites us into one holy church.
                 Therefore with the whole company of saints in heaven and on earth we worship and glorify you, God most holy, and we sing with joy.
All sing:   Holy, holy, holy!  Lord God Almighty!  All thy works shall praise thy name, in earth and sky and sea.  Holy, holy, holy!  Merciful and mighty!  God in three persons, blessed Trinity!  (unannounced)

The Institution
Minister:          We give thanks to God the Father that our Savior, Jesus Christ, before he suffered, gave us this memorial of this sacrifice, until he comes again.  “The Lord Jesus, on the night when he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.’  In the same way, he took the cup, after supper, saying.  ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.’  For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” 
             I Cor. 11:23-26

The Memorial
All:       We shall do as our Lord commands.  We proclaim that our Lord Jesus was sent by the Father into the world, that he took upon himself our flesh and blood, and bore the wrath of God against our sin.  We confess that he was condemned to die that we might be pardoned, and suffered death that we might live.  We proclaim that he is risen to make us right with God, and that he shall come again in the glory of his new creation.  This we do now, and until he comes again.

Prayer of Consecration
Minister:           Heavenly Father, show forth among us the presence of your life-giving Word and Holy Spirit, to sanctify us and your whole church through this sacrament.  Grant that all who share the body and blood of our Savior Jesus Christ may be one in him and may remain faithful in love and hope.  And as this grain has been gathered from many fields into one loaf and these grapes from many hills into one cup, grant, O Lord, that your whole church may soon be gathered from the ends of the earth into your kingdom.  Now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we pray: 
All:       Our Father …

Preparation of the Elements
Minister:  The bread which we break is a sharing in the body of Christ.
People:   We who are many are one body, for we all share the same loaf.
Minister:  The cup for which we give thanks is a sharing in the blood of Christ.
People:   The cup which we drink is our participation in the blood of Christ.

The Invitation
Minister:           Congregation in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord has prepared his table for all who love him and trust in him alone for their salvation.  All who are truly sorry for their sins, who sincerely believe in the Lord Jesus as their Savior, and who desire to live in obedience to him, are now invited to come with gladness to the table of the Lord.
Minister:           The gifts of God for the people of God.

The Communion
Minister:           Take, eat, remember and believe that the body of our Lord Jesus Christ was given for the complete forgiveness of all our sins.
Minister:           Take, drink, remember and believe that the precious blood of our Lord Jesus Christ was shed for the complete forgiveness of all our sins.

The Thanksgiving
Minister:           Congregation in Christ, since the Lord has fed us at his table, let us praise his holy name with thanksgiving.
All:        Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.  Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.  He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases; he redeems my life from the pit and crowns me with love and compassion.  He satisfies my desires with good things, so that my youth is renewed like the eagle’s.  Psalm 103:1-5
All:  345:1-3“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”                                                        MENDELSSOHN
                        Offering for Love INC
*The Dismissal
Minister:          The peace of God which passes all understanding keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.
People: Amen.
Minister:          Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
*All:  353:1-2“Infant Holy, Infant Lowly”                                                              W ZLOBIE LEZY
*Moments of Meditation                                           
 *Postlude           
Our Church Calendar for – December 9 – December 16
Today                9:30 AM          Worship service
                         9:30 AM         Lao language service
                        10:45 AM         Christmas program practice ages 3 to 7th grade
                        12:15 PM          Anuak language service
                         1:30 PM          Children’s Hand Bell Choir rehearsal            
 2:00 PM          Oromo language service
                         2:00 PM          Worship service – Christmas goodies to follow

Monday          6:30 PM           Education Committee Meeting
7:00 PM           Ladies Bible Study at the home of Beth Prins

Wednesday    6:30 AM          Men’s Prayer Meeting
                        7:00 PM           Cadets/GEMS Christmas party at WCS
                        7:00 PM           Youth Group – preparation for Candlelight Service
                                               
Sunday           9:30 AM          Worship service
                        9:30 AM          Lao CRC service
                       10:45 AM          Christmas program practice ages 3 to 7th grade
                       12:15 PM           Anuak language service
                        2:00 PM           Oromo language service
                        2:00 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).

            Continue to remember Pastor Bounmee and Sue Nhotsavang and their family in prayer. Sue was moved from Intensive Care to Acute Care Wednesday evening and since the tubes have been removed, she responds more.  Give God thanks for blessing the medical care being provided.

            Please remember in prayer, Eunice Ailts, a sister-in-law of Richard Rutgers.  She has been diagnosed with a very aggressive form of liver cancer.  She is at Sunset Cottage.
Ryan Loomans will read the First Advent Reading today.  The first purple candle symbolizes expectation and hope.  Purple is a royal color and signifies anticipation of the King’s birth.  Jacob and Lauren Weg will read the Second Advent Reading.  The second purple candle symbolizes preparation. 

Reminder that our second service is at  2:00 p.m.

The Children's Handbell Choir will rehearse in Classroom #2 today at 1:30 PM.

The Sunday School Christmas Program practice for ages three through seventh grade students will take place during the Sunday School time today, and again on the 16th and 23rd.  The Youth Group will continue with their classes.

We will be having a time of fellowship and Christmas goodies following the afternoon service today.  Everyone is encouraged to bring a small tray of goodies to share.

At the Congregational Meeting Ken Vander Veen and Bill Wolterstorff were selected as Elders and David Bosma and Austin Vande Kamp were selected as Deacons.  The 2019 budget was approved.  Installation of officers will be on Sunday, January 6.

The last day for your 2018 contributions is next Sunday.   The Deacons

All ladies are invited to a Christmas Tea on Monday, December 17, at 1:30 pm at the home of Beth TenHaken, 1434 So. Shore Dr.  To get an approximate count, please sign the sheet on the table in the Fellowship Hall. If you’d like to come and need a ride, please indicate that when you sign up. Let’s celebrate the birth of our Savior as sisters in Christ. Hope to see you then!

Our church will go Christmas caroling to the nursing homes in Worthington along with the assisted living facilities and Sunshine apartments on December 19th. We invite anyone who loves to sing to join us. We will end the evening with food and fellowship at Pizza Ranch. See the bulletin next week for the complete schedule. We will meet at church at 5:40 pm and our first stop will be at South Shore Care Center at 5:50pm.

The Audio/Visual Committee is seeking more individuals to run the projector.  Please contact Steph Vande Kamp at 370-2454 if you would be willing to help. They are also seeking individuals to operate the camera.  Please contact Steve Robinson at 360-9715.
The Education Committee is seeking additional substitute Sunday School teachers.  Please contact Jerry Schynders if you are willing to help out.
Our offering next week is for GEMS National. This organization develops new programs, writes new curriculum, create resources, provide training opportunities for women, and expands GEMS presence around the world.
The Search Committee provided an update at the congregational meeting regarding our work in the last year.   The update is summarized as follows:  ●We have been meeting regularly since June.   We spent the first three meetings drafting the Church survey and discussing the input provided by the congregation, so we could apply the information to our search.  ●Next we transitioned to reviewing potential Pastoral candidates for our position.   We reviewed Pastors from the CRC database, Pastors who showed interest in our position and Pastors recommended to the Committee.    ●We narrowed our list down to approx.-imately 10 Pastors to interview but all of the Pastors declined our invitations in November.    As a committee we met on 12/3/18 to strategize on our next steps and we had good discussion regarding ways to improve our search results.
                Anyone interested in learning how to make bonket (Dutch Almond Logs), please meet in the kitchen after the service this morning.     
Requested Items of Interest
Non-denominational Widow's Ministry will meet on Monday, December 10th at First United Methodist Church, 408 11th St., Worthington at 2PM.  Our program will be the local talented musical group, the Klassen Family Singers
Southwest MN High School Music Program: Gaudete! Gaudete! Rejoice! Rejoice! Our Savior is born!  The bands and choirs at SWC are excited to present their Christmas Concert "Gaudete!" tomorrow at 7:00 pm.  The concert will be held at Bethel Christian Reformed Church, Edgerton.  All the ensembles will perform including, Chamber Choir, Eagle Choir, One Accord, Bel Canto, and the Concert Band.  We are especially excited to reintroduce the Jazz Band back into the concert line-up!  Come rejoice with us as we celebrate the birth of our King!
Southwest Christian Circle #14 will be hosting a walking taco/hot dog/barbecue supper on Monday, December 17, serving from 5:00-7:30 during the SW and RTR Girls' game. Hope you can join us for the meal and game!
Southwest MN Christian High School would like to thank everyone who donated, attended, and contributed to the donation sale this year. In large and small ways, it all adds up to a night of support for SWMCH and more importantly the support of Christian education for students in our communities. The wonderful opportunity to share God's story on a daily basis with educational instruction is a blessing to cherish and share. The amount given to date is $54,000.
Your partnership with Back to God Ministries International is a precious gift to those who hear God’s Good News.  Thank you for your generous gift of $465.
Thank you for your offering of $317.92 to the GEMS Girls’ Club.  We impact lives for Jesus, and your contribution ensures we can continue to live out our name and our mission!


December 2, 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 Dallas and Emily Ransom
                              PM Steve and Susie Robinson

Juice servers today – Ken and Lauri Vander Veen; Clay and Danni Weg
                                   
Nursery todayPlease be in the nursery 15 minutes before the service begins.
                          AM –  Jen Bousema and Katie Robinson

Greeters for next weekAM – Vonnie Rutgers
                                          PM Gary and Mary Sampson

Juice servers next Sunday: Gene and Jenni Weg, Jacob and Lauren Weg

Nursery next Sunday:  Please be in the nursery 15 minutes before the service begins.
                                       AM –  Miranda Sampson and Mikey Weaver

Children and Worship next Sunday:  Katelyn O, Susie R, Katie R

Letters to missionaries:
Lois Heeringa to Rev. Scott Van Voorst (pastorscottvv@gmail.com)
Howard and Ricki Hoftyzer to Lauren and Connie Runia (Lauren_Runia@sil.org)
Ryan and Larissa Hoftyzer to Rev. Ben and Amy Meyer (bmeyer@crcna.org)





December 9, 2018 – 2:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                Pastor:  Rev. Jack Gray
                                Pianist:  Beth Ten Haken
Psalm Reading:  Psalm 16 (p 853) Karmen Schelhaas
WELCOME AND CALL TO WORSHIP - Revelation 1:8
Silent prayer asking God’s Blessing on the Service
*Opening Song: 352:1-5 “That Boy-Child of Mary”                                                            BLANTYRE
*Litany
Pastor:   Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife,  Mt. 1:20c
People:  because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.                           Mt. 1:21d  Pastor:   She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,             Mt. 1:21a
People:   because he will save his people from their sins                                                 Mt. 1:21b
Pastor:   “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son,                               Mt. 1:23a
People:  and they will call him Immanuel, which means, “God with us.”                 Mt. 1:23b
*God’s Greeting:  II Timothy 1:2
People:  Amen!

Congregational Prayer

Presentation of the Word
*Song of Preparation: 356:1-3 “Go Tell It on the Mountain”                                         GO TELL IT
Scripture:  Psalm 110 (page 951 in most pew Bibles)
Text:  Psalm 110:4b
Sermon:  Born to Live”
                                Outline:  I.  Desire   II.  Dream   III.  Drama
Prayer of Application

The Response
*Song of response: 358:1,2,3,4 “As with Gladness Men of Old”                                               DIX
*Confession:  Canons of Dordt, Third Main Head of Doctrine, Article 6 (p 937)

We offer our gifts:
Offering:  Covenantal Education
Offertory: 
*Parting Blessing Philippians 4:7
*Closing Song:  358:5 “As with Gladness Men of Old”                                                                 DIX
*Moment of Silence      
*Postlude
*Please stand, if you are able

December 2, 2018


Morning program to be provided by Hope Haven

WELCOME TO THE

WORTHINGTON CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH
Sunday, December – 2:00 PM
                                                                                                               Pastor:  Rev. Jack Gray
                                Pianist:  Beth Ten Haken
Psalm Reading:  Psalm 22 (p 860) Beth Prins
WELCOME AND CALL TO WORSHIP - Psalm 18:22-26                       
Silent prayer asking God’s Blessing on the Service
*Opening Song: 307 1,3,5 “O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts”                                               QUEBEC                
*Litany
Pastor:  The One enthroned in heaven laughs                                                      Psalm 2:4a
People:  the Lord scoffs at them.                                                                                 Psalm 2:4b
Pastor:  Then he rebukes them in his anger                                                           Psalm 2:5a
People:  and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,                                                  Psalm 2:5b
Pastor:  “I have installed my King                                                                               Psalm 2:6a
People:  on Zion, my holy hill.”                                                                                     Psalm 2:6b
*God’s Greeting:  Philippians 1:2
People:  Amen!
Congregational Prayer

Presentation of the Word
*Song of Preparation: 355:1-3Good Christian Friends, Rejoice”                   IN DULCI JUBILO
Scripture:   John 6:25-35 (page 1657 in most pew Bibles)
Text:  John 6:35
Sermon:  Christmas Dinner”
                Outline:  I.  Facts   II.  Feel   III.  Feed
Prayer of Application

The Response
*Song of response: 601:1-4 “Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love”                              CHEREPONI                
Confession:  Heidelberg Catechism, Q&A 29 (p 872)

We offer our gifts:
Offering:  Hope Haven
Offertory: 
*Parting Blessing - II Corinthians 13:14
*Closing Song:  216:1-2 “Song of Simeon”                                                               NUNC DIMITTIS                
*Moment of Silence      
*Postlude
*Please stand, if you are able
What do you think of the slogan, “Put Christ into Christmas”?




What is the core of Christmas?



How are Christmas and food tied together in the Bible?



Comment on the three things that we think of when we consider Christmas dinner.

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List the three steps Jesus took with His disciples to lead them to Christmas dinner.

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What kind of Christmas dinner do you plan for this year?




How does the Lord’s Supper reflect a true Christmas dinner for time and eternity? 





Our Church Calendar for – December 2 – December 9
Today                9:30 AM          Worship service – refreshments to follow
                         9:30 AM         Lao language service
                        10:45 AM         Christmas program practice ages 3 to 7th grade
                        12:15 PM          Anuak language service
                         1:30 PM          Children’s Hand Bell Choir rehearsal            
 2:00 PM          Oromo language service
                         2:00 PM          Worship service
Monday          7:00 PM           Congregational Meeting
Wednesday    6:30 AM          Men’s Prayer Meeting
                        9:30 AM          Meadow Bible Study
                        7:00 PM           Cadets
                        7:00 PM           NO GEMS
                        7:00 PM           Ladies Ensemble Rehearsal
Sunday           9:30 AM          Worship service – communion
                        9:30 AM          Lao CRC service
                       10:45 AM          Christmas program practice ages 3 to 7th grade
                       12:15 PM           Anuak language service
                        1:30 PM           Children’s Hand Bell Choir rehearsal
                        2:00 PM           Oromo language service
                        2:00 PM           Worship service – Christmas goodies to follow
                       
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).

            Please continue to remember Sue Nhotsavang in prayer.  She is still in intensive care and she is making progress step by small step.  Pastor Bounmee and his family have someone stay with her 24 hours a day.  They have no reports yet from the EEG and MRI that were done.  Please pray for Sue and each one in her family.

Thank you to Ryan Loomans for being our Advent Reader today.  The first purple candle symbolizes expectation and hope.  Purple is a royal color and signifies anticipation of the King’s birth.
In order to make travel easier for our visiting pastors, we will start afternoon services today at  2:00 p.m.

The Children's Handbell Choir will rehearse in Classroom #2 today and next week at 1:30 PM.

The Sunday School Christmas Program practice for ages three through seventh grade students will take place during the Sunday School time today and on the 9th, 16th and 23rd.  The Youth Group will continue with their classes.

The Congregational Meeting will be on tomorrow evening at 7:00 P.M.  The Elder nominees are: Kel Vande Kamp, Dan Riemersma, Mark Woitalewicz, Bill Wolterstorff and Ken Vander Veen.  The Deacon nominees are: David Bosma, Ryan Loomans, Mark Scheepstra, Austin Vande Kamp and Alan Gravenhof.  Items to be voted upon are missionary support and the purchase of a keyboard.  Please submit any questions concerning the congregational meeting, including any questions about the budget, ahead of the meeting so the council can come prepared with answers.  Thank you.  The Council

Ladies Ensemble rehearsal on Wednesday at 7 pm.

We will be having a time of fellowship and Christmas goodies following the afternoon service next week Sunday.  Everyone is encouraged to bring a small tray of goodies to share.

All ladies are invited to a Christmas Tea on Monday, December 17, at 1:30 pm at the home of Beth TenHaken, 1434 So. Shore Dr.  To get an approximate count, please sign the sheet on the table in the Fellowship Hall. If you’d like to come and need a ride, please indicate that when you sign up. Let’s celebrate the birth of our Savior as sisters in Christ. Hope to see you then!

The last day for your 2018 contributions will be Sun., Dec. 16.   The Deacons

The Deacons gratefully acknowledge the following gifts for November:
General Fund                                     $16,159.00           Building Fund                                      10.00
Covenantal Education                            321.80          Audio/Visual                                       416.00
Food Shelf                                                   865.00          Cornerstone Prison                         503.35
The Audio/Visual Committee is seeking more individuals to run the projector.  Please contact Steph Vande Kamp at 370-2454 if you would be willing to help. They are also seeking individuals to operate the camera.  Please contact Steve Robinson at 360-9715.
The Education Committee is seeking additional substitute Sunday School teachers.  Please contact Jerry Schynders if you are willing to help out.
Our offering next week is for Covenantal Education, which 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.  The offering taken during communion will be for Love INC.
Save the dateWednesday, Dec 19, Christmas caroling. 
Requested Items of Interest
In this harvest season we are reminded of our thankfulness to the Lord for the many ways he has blessed us. Luke Society directors across the globe are helping to bring in their own harvests each day as they allow the Holy Spirit to use their gifts in medicine to win new lives for Christ. We thank the people of Worthington Christian Reformed Church for assisting in this important calling through your financial gifts. You are a blessing to us and to Christians across the world.
The 8th Annual Christmas Tree Forest is Tuesday through Thursday,  3:30 to 7:30 pm, at First United Methodist Church
SW BURGER FEED: Join SW Circle #5 for a Burger Feed at the home Boys Basketball game against Pipestone on Tuesday, December 4.  Serving time is 5-7:30 pm at Southwest MN Christian High School. Meal of burger, chips, homemade bar, and drink will be $6.00. Items may also be purchased separately.
         The Worthington Area Youth Ministers Association would like to invite all youth in 7th through 12th grade to the 507 Youth Rally which will be held Wednesday, at American Lutheran Church, 915 Winifred, starting at 6:30 p.m. with free pizza, followed by a youth rally from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.  The rally is to unite youth and encourage them in their walk of faith. 
Saturday, the Worthington Christian School will host its Annual Donation Fundraiser Auction. Doors open at 9:30am and the live & silent auctions start at 10am. Please remember that EVERY dollar you spend at this auction goes directly to helping our Worthington Christian School run & benefits each child as they learn in the light of God’s Word. We will have homemade rolls & coffee to start the morning. For lunch, BBQ, hot dogs, & coneys are on the menu but don’t forget the homemade pie & bars for your sweet tooth. Please come & enjoy all things yummy from 11-1pm.
Southwest MN High School Music Program: Gaudete! Gaudete! Rejoice! Rejoice! Our Savior is born!  The bands and choirs at SWC are excited to present their Christmas Concert "Gaudete!" on Monday, December 10th at 7:00 pm.  The concert will be held at Bethel Christian Reformed Church, Edgerton.  All the ensembles will perform including, Chamber Choir, Eagle Choir, One Accord, Bel Canto, and the Concert Band.  We are especially excited to reintroduce the Jazz Band back into the concert line-up!  Come rejoice with us as we celebrate the birth of our King!



December 2, 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 Aaron and Kia Nystrom
                              PM Dan and Sheryl Riemersma

Juice servers today Dennis and Shari Vander Veen; Les and Irma Voss
                                   
Nursery todayPlease be in the nursery 15 minutes before the service begins.
                          AM –  Alyssa Bousema and Noah Gravenhof

Greeters for next weekAM – Dallas and Emily Ransom
                                          PM Steve and Susie Robinson

Juice servers next Sunday: Ken and Lauri Vander Veen; Clay and Danni Weg

Nursery next Sunday:  Please be in the nursery 15 minutes before the service begins.
                                       AM – Jen Bousema and Katie Robinson

Children and Worship next Sunday:  Beth P, Rita VK, Maddy B.

Letters to missionaries:
Norm and Bev Gravenhof to Rev. Scott Van Voorst (pastorscottvv@gmail.com)
Ryan and Cindy Gravenhof to Lauren and Connie Runia (Lauren_Runia@sil.org)
Daryl Harvey to Rev. Ben and Amy Meyer (bmeyer@crcna.org)



November 25, 2018


WELCOME TO THE

WORTHINGTON CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH
Sunday, November 25, 2018 - 9:30 AM


                                                                                                   Pastor:  Rev. Jack Gray
                                                                                             Pianist:  Lisa Sampson
                                                                                             Organist:  Lorraine Edwards

                                                                                   
                             
 Welcome and Call to Worship - Romans  10:9,10
Silent Prayer
 SNC #223 Shout to the Lord

*Litany
Pastor:   Then I acknowledged my sin to you                                     Psalm 32:5a
People:  and did not cover up my iniquity.                                         Psalm 32:5b
Pastor:   I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord”—       Psalm 32:5c
People:  and you forgave the guilt of my sin.                                     Psalm 32:5d
Pastor:  Galatians 1:3-5
People:  Amen!
* We Greet Each Other
*Hymn of Exaltation: 408:1-8 “Rejoice, the Lord Is King”                      DARWALL’S 148th       
                                               
Reconciliation
Profession of Faith Form (p 964)
Profession of Faith Reception: Elders
Profession of Faith Praise:  LUYH 770 “In Christ Alone”                           IN CHRIST ALONE

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 Prophets Show the Way to Bethlehem”
Leader:  Karmen S; Co-Leader:  Beth P; Greeter: Alyssa B

We Offer Our Gifts
Offertory
Offering:  Cornerstone Prison Ministry

The Word of God
*Song of Preparation: 510:1-3 “I Love Your Church, O Lord”                                      ST. THOMAS
Scripture Reading:  Ezra 8:21-36  (page 745 in most pew Bibles)
Text: Ezra 8:35
Sermon: “Thank God for the Worthington Christian Reformed Church”
                        Outline:  I.  Each    II.  All   III.  Strengths from and for God
Prayer of Application
*Song of Response:  LUYH 772:1-4 “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less”                     SOLID ROCK

Sent Out to Serve God for His Glory
*Benediction: Numbers 6:24-26
*Closing Song:  637 “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow”                        NEW DOXOLOGY
*Postlude
*Moment of Silence

           
Dear Lord, Thank You for fearfully and wonderfully creating each of us. Thank You for giving us worth in Your eyes. Help us live as the one You uniquely intended us to be. Help us abide instead of strive, living peacefully and joyfully as heirs to Your Kingdom and co-heirs with Christ. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Our Church Calendar for November 25 – December 2
Today                9:30 AM          Worship service – refreshments to follow
                         9:30 AM         Lao language service
                        10:45 AM         NO Sunday School
                        10:45 AM         Children’s Hand Bell Choir rehearsal
                        12:15 PM          Anuak language service
                         2:00 PM          Oromo language service
                         6:00 PM          Worship service

Tuesday          5:30 PM           Christmas/Advent Decorating

Wednesday    6:30 AM          Men’s Prayer Meeting
                        7:00 PM           Cadets

Sunday           9:30 AM          Worship service – with refreshments to follow
                        9:30 AM          Lao CRC service
                       10:45 AM          Christmas program practice ages 3 to 7th grade
                       12:15 PM           Anuak language service
                        1:30 PM           Children’s Hand Bell Choir rehearsal
                        2:00 PM           Oromo language service
                        2:00 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).

It was the joy of the elders to hear the Profession of Faith by Erica Bousema, Braxton Scheepstra, Bailey Weg and Nick Weg.  It will be our joy as a church family to welcome them as full members at their Public Profession of Faith during our morning worship today.  Please continue to pray for these young people who are making a commitment to walk with God, and for all our young people to stand strong for Jesus.  

            Please remember Sue Nhotsavang, Pastor Bounmee’s wife, in prayer.  Last week Sunday morning she suffered a brain bleed while she was driving a vehicle.  She is in intensive care.  On Wednesday the fluid was clear indicating the bleeding has stopped and she was able to move her left side a little bit.  She has opened her eyes, and desires to speak but cannot because of the tubes in her mouth.  Our continued prayers are appreciated by Pastor Bounmee and by the Laotian community of Christians. 

Sunday School classes will not meet today. 

In order to make travel easier for our visiting pastors, we will start afternoon services on December 2 at 2:00 p.m.

The Children's Handbell Choir will rehearse in Classroom #2 today after the morning service, and on December 2nd and 9th at 1:30 PM.

Christmas/Advent Decorating Night - Tuesday at 5:30 PM- The time to get the church ready for this festive season is quickly approaching. The flower committee is in charge of this, but we could really use some help to get everything ready in a timely manner. We need help getting the boxes down from the attic, assembling the large beautiful tree in the sanctuary, and many other smaller jobs. We will assign jobs, or you can pick something you would like to help with.  All are welcome for a short time or until finished; many hands make this job a fun time. Need more details? Call/text Ginny Lien 360-4527. 
           
Next week Sunday morning we welcome the Valley Male Chorus.  They will have two segments of song divided by a brief message, “See the Lamb” from John 1.  Refreshments will be served following the morning service. In the evening worship we will turn to John 6 to look at Communion during Advent in a message called “Christmas Dinner”.  This will be our preparation to share the Lord’s Supper on the following Sunday morning, December 9.  Invite a guest to worship with you as we begin the Advent season with the songs of the faith.

The Sunday School Christmas Program practice for ages three through seventh grade students will take place during the Sunday School time on December 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd.  The Youth Group will continue with their classes.

The Congregational Meeting will be on Mon., Dec. 3 at 7:00 P.M.  The Elder nominees are: Kel Vande Kamp, Dan Riemersma, Mark Woitalewicz, Bill Wolterstorff and Ken Vander Veen.  The Deacon nominees are: David Bosma, Ryan Loomans, Mark Scheepstra, Austin Vande Kamp and Alan Gravenhof.  Items to be voted upon are missionary support and the purchase of a keyboard.
Please submit any questions concerning the upcoming congregational meeting, including any questions about the budget, ahead of the meeting so the council can come prepared with answers.  Thank you.  The Council
The Audio/Visual Committee is seeking more individuals to run the projector.  Please contact Steph Vande Kamp at 370-2454 if you would be willing to help. They are also seeking individuals to operate the camera.  Please contact Steve Robinson at 360-9715.
The Education Committee is seeking additional substitute Sunday School teachers.  Please contact Jerry Schynders if you are willing to help out.
Our offering next week is for Hope Haven, whose mission  is to help the men at the South Dakota State Penitentiary  to develop into faithful disciples of Jesus Christ, both for life on the inside and hopefully on the outside of the institution. 
Save the dateMonday, Dec 17, Ladies Christmas Tea; Wednesday, Dec 19, Christmas caroling.  More details to follow for both events.

Requested Items of Interest
Love INC is looking for volunteers to help serve cookies and juice for the Christmas Tree Forest on December 4, 5, and 6. The Forest runs from 3:30-7:30 p.m. each day, and shifts are available. The Forest is held at First United Methodist Church. Please call Love INC at 727-7290 for more information or to sign up.
The Worthington Area Youth Ministers Association would like to invite all youth in 7th through 12th grade to the 507 Youth Rally which will be held on Wednesday, December 5, at American Lutheran Church, 915 Winifred, starting at 6:30 p.m. with free pizza, followed by a youth rally from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.  The rally is to unite youth and encourage them in their walk of faith.  If you have any questions please call the church at 507-376-5264.
 “Going, going, gone!” Yep, it’s that time of year when on Saturday, December 8 the Worthington Christian School (located at 1770 Eleanor Street) will host its Annual Donation Fundraiser Auction. Doors open at 9:30am and the live & silent auctions start at 10am. Our families, students, society, & local businesses really support this amazing event by providing awesome items like homemade meals, tools, toys, gift certificates, meats, cheeses, handmade items, & so much more. Please remember that EVERY dollar you spend at this auction goes directly to helping our Worthington Christian School run & benefits each child as they learn in the light of God’s Word. “Who’s hungry?” We will have homemade rolls & coffee to start the morning. For lunch, BBQ, hot dogs, & coneys are on the menu but don’t forget the homemade pie & bars for your sweet tooth. Please come & enjoy all things yummy from 11-1pm.
Thank you for your recent gift of $317.91.  The Calvinist Cadet Corps uses your financial support to develop our ministry materials.  Our mission is to help boys grow more Christlike in all areas of life.
November 25, 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 Ellen Miller
                              PM Steve and Beth Prins

Juice servers today – Nelma Vanden Bosh; Paul and Donna Vander Kooi
                                   
Nursery todayPlease be in the nursery 15 minutes before the service begins.
                          AM –  Maddy Beckmann and Deb Weg

Greeters for next weekAM – Aaron and Kia Nystrom
                                          PM Dan and Sheryl Riemersma

Juice servers next Sunday: - Dennis and Shari Vander Veen
                                                 Les and Irma Voss

Nursery next Sunday:  Please be in the nursery 15 minutes before the service begins.
                                       AM Alyssa Bousema and Noah Gravenhof

Children and Worship next Sunday:  Beth P, Rita VK, Maddy B.

Letters to missionaries:
Tracy Fransen to Rev. Scott Van Voorst (pastorscottvv@gmail.com)
Alan and Luann Gravenhof to Lauren and Connie Runia (Lauren_Runia@sil.org)
Judy Gravenhof to Rev. Ben and Amy Meyer (bmeyer@crcna.org)





November 25, 2018 - 6:00 PM
                                                                                                                               Pastor:  Rev. Jack Gray
                                Pianist:  Lisa Sampson
Psalm Reading:  Psalm 21 (p 859) Allen Ling
WELCOME AND CALL TO WORSHIP - I Corinthians 15:57
Silent prayer asking God’s Blessing on the Service
*Opening Song: 406:1-3 “Alleluia! Sing to Jesus”                                                                             LOWELL 

*Litany
Pastor:   This is love for God: to obey His commands.                                       I John 5:3a
People:  And His commands are not burdensome.                                            I John 5:3b
Pastor:   Everyone born of God overcomes the world                                       I John 5:4a
People:  This is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.    I John 5:4b
Pastor:   Who is it that overcomes the world?                                                      I John 5:5a
People:  Only he that believes that Jesus is the Sion of God.                         I John 5:5b
God’s Greeting:  John 15:12-14a
People:  Amen!

Congregational Prayer

Presentation of the Word
*Song of Preparation: Hymnal 373 1,3,5,7 “Lift High the Cross”                              CRUCIFER
Scripture:   Ephesians 6:18-20  (page 1824 in most pew Bibles)
Text:  Colossians 4:3 (p 1835)
Sermon:  “Victory Circle”
                                Outline:  I.  Certainty   II.  Circle   III.  Support
Prayer of Application

The Response
*Song of response: 365:1-5 “Amen”                                                                                        AMEN                   
Confession:  Belgic Confession: Closing Three Paragraphs of Article 37, page 859

We offer our gifts:
Offering:  Cornerstone Prison Ministry
Offertory:  
*Parting Blessing - Romans 15:13
*Closing Song:   620:1-3 “By the Sea of Crystal”                                                              CRYSTAL
*Moment of Silence      
*Postlude
*Please stand, if you are able

November 18, 2018


WELCOME TO THE


WORTHINGTON CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH
Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 9:30 AM


                                                                                                   Pastor:  Rev. Jack Gray
                                                                                                   Organist:  Lorraine Edwards
                                                                                                   Pianist:  Lisa Sampson
                                                                                   
                             
 Welcome and Call to Worship - Revelation 19:7,9
Silent Prayer
*Opening Songs:  183:1&2 “With Grateful Heart”                                                                SOLID ROCK
      631:1&2 “Praise and Thanksgiving”                                 LOBET UND PREISET

*Litany
Pastor:   The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding
   banquet for his son.                                                                            Matthew 22:2
People:  When the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there
   who was not wearing wedding clothes.                                           Matthew 22:11
Pastor:   “Friend,’ he asked, ‘how did you get in here without wedding clothes?” 
                                                                                                                         Matthew 22:12a
People:   The man was speechless.  Then the king told the attendants,
      Matthew 22:12, 13a
Pastor:   ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness,
   where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’                     Mathew 22:13b
People:  “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”                                  Matthew 22:14
Pastor:  Jude 1b,2
People:  Amen!
* We Greet Each Other
*Hymn of Exaltation: 463:1,3,5,7 “O Love of God, How Strong and True”             WAREHAM
                                               
Reconciliation
Call to Confession:  Jeremiah 2:32
Assurance of Pardon:  Psalm 45:4
The Gratitude of Holy Living:  God’s Law for Marriage


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:  “How the Church Tells Time”
Leader:  Joe VK; Co-Leader:  Karmen S; Greeter: Erica B

We Offer Our Gifts
Offertory:  "We Will Glorify"          sung by the Ladies Ensemble                                               Twila Paris
Offering:  Audio/Visual

The Word of God
*Song of Preparation: 234:1-3 “Alleluia” [Alabare]                                                          ALABARE
Scripture Reading:  Song of Songs 1 (page 1049 in most pew Bibles)
Text:  Song of Songs 2:1
Sermon:  Marriage Made in Heaven”
                        Outline:  I. The Bible and Marriage   II.  Biblical Theology and Marriage
Prayer of Application
*Song of Response: 580:1-3 “O Perfect Love”                                                         O PERFECT LOVE

Sent Out to Serve God for His Glory
*Benediction: Hebrews 13:20,21
*Closing Song: 582:1-3 “Praised  Be the Father”                                                 JUDAS MACCABEU
*Postlude
*Moment of Silence


            So be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the Lord! Psalm 31:24 Dear Lord, My hope is in you.  You are my source of strength and comfort.  I give all my worries and concerns to you this day.  May your perfect peace rest upon my heart and mind.

Our Church Calendar for November 18 – November 25
Today                9:30 AM          Worship service
                         9:30 AM         Lao language service
                        10:45 AM         HC Bee Q & A 1-15
                        12:15 PM          Anuak language service
                         2:00 PM          Oromo language service
                         6:00 PM          Worship service
Monday          7:00 PM           Council/Elders Meeting
Wednesday    6:30 AM          Men’s Prayer Meeting
                        6:30 PM           Youth Group vs Council Volleyball/Pie Auction at WCS
                        7:00 PM           NO GEMS
Thursday        9:30 AM          Thanksgiving Day Service
Sunday           9:30 AM          Worship service – refreshments to follow
                        9:30 AM          Lao CRC service
                       10:45 AM          NO Sunday School
                       10:45 AM          Children’s Hand Bell Choir rehearsal
                       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).

It was the joy of the elders to hear the Profession of Faith by Erica Bousema, Braxton Scheepstra, Baily Weg and Nick Weg.  It will be our joy as a church family to welcome them as full members at their Public Profession of Faith during our morning worship on November 25.  Please continue to pray for these young people who are making a commitment to walk with God, and for all our young people to stand strong for Jesus.  

Happy birthday to Sylvia Bos, who will celebrate her 84th birthday on Friday.  We hope your special day is blessed with God’s joy and peace. 

A Sunday School Heidelberg Catechism Bee on Q & A 1-15 will be held this morning. 
In order to make travel easier for our visiting pastors, we will start afternoon services on December 2 at 2:00 p.m.

There will be a Cadet Counselor Meeting Tuesday at 7:30 Sioux Falls 1st CRC. 

The Youth Group invites the congregation to join them at their annual Volleyball Challenge and Pie Auction Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Christian School.  Watch the Youth Group and the Council play several sets of volleyball.  Members of the Youth Group will each offer two pies for sale.  All proceeds help to defray the costs of our annual SERVE trip.  Hope to see you there!

Our annual Thanksgiving Day Service will be on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. This service of praise includes special music, a children’s message, and favorite songs.  Think of an item of thanks to share with the church family.  Please reserve this time for praise and adoration to God for His abundant gifts to us.  Greeter:  Lorraine Edwards; Nursery:  Emily Ransom and Bailey Weg; Offering:  Food Shelf – also bring donations of non-perishable food items, paper products and/or hygiene items.

The Children's Handbell Choir will rehearse in Classroom #2 next Sunday after the morning service, and on December 2 and December 9 at 1:30 PM.

Next week:  In morning we rejoice with God in the Public Profession of Faith of Erica, Braxton, Bailey and Nick.  The message will be about thanking God for the Worthington Christian Reformed Church based on Ezra 8.  Be sure to worship with us—and bring a friend for this festive service.  Remember, refreshments follow worship in our fellowship time.  In the evening we focus on the great victory we have in Jesus from Ephesians 6 and Colossians 4.  Rejoice on this wonderful Sunday before Advent begins.

Christmas/Advent Decorating Night - Nov. 27 at 5:30 PM- The time to get the church ready for this festive season is quickly approaching. The flower committee is in charge of this, but we could really use some help to get everything ready in a timely manner. We need help getting the boxes down from the attic, assembling the large beautiful tree in the sanctuary, and many other smaller jobs. We will assign jobs, or you can pick something you would like to help with.  All are welcome for a short time or until finished; many hands make this job a fun time. Need more details? Call/text Ginny Lien 360-4527. 
           
The Valley Male Chorus will present a concert on Sunday, December 2, during our morning worship service.  The chorus sings on behalf of Hope Haven.  Invite your friends!

The Congregational Meeting will be on Mon., Dec. 3 at 7:00 P.M.  The Elder nominees are: Kel Vande Kamp, Dan Riemersma, Mark Woitalewicz, Bill Wolterstorff and Ken Vander Veen.  The Deacon nominees are: David Bosma, Ryan Loomans, Mark Scheepstra, Austin Vande Kamp and Alan Gravenhof.

The Audio/Visual Committee is seeking more individuals to run the projector.  Please contact Steph Vande Kamp at 370-2454 if you would be willing to help. They are also seeking individuals to operate the camera.  Please contact Steve Robinson at 360-9715.

Our offering next week is for the Cornerstone Prison Church, whose mission  is to help the men at the South Dakota State Penitentiary  to develop into faithful disciples of Jesus Christ, both for life on the inside and hopefully on the outside of the institution. 

Save the dateMonday, Dec 17, Ladies Christmas Tea; Wednesday, Dec 19, Christmas caroling.  More details to follow for both events.

Requested Items of Interest
Love INC is looking for volunteers to help serve cookies and juice for the Christmas Tree Forest on December 4, 5, and 6. The Forest runs from 3:30-7:30 p.m. each day, and shifts are available. The Forest is held at First United Methodist Church. Please call Love INC at 727-7290 for more information or to sign up.
The Worthington Area Youth Ministers Association would like to invite all youth in 7th through 12th grade to the 507 Youth Rally which will be held on Wednesday, December 5, at American Lutheran Church, 915 Winifred, starting at 6:30 p.m. with free pizza, followed by a youth rally from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.  The rally is to unite youth and encourage them in their walk of faith.  If you have any questions please call the church at 507-376-5264.
 “Going, going, gone!” Yep, it’s that time of year when on Saturday, December 8 the Worthington Christian School (located at 1770 Eleanor Street) will host its Annual Donation Fundraiser Auction. Doors open at 9:30am and the live & silent auctions start at 10am. Our families, students, society, & local businesses really support this amazing event by providing awesome items like homemade meals, tools, toys, gift certificates, meats, cheeses, handmade items, & so much more. Please remember that EVERY dollar you spend at this auction goes directly to helping our Worthington Christian School run & benefits each child as they learn in the light of God’s Word. “Who’s hungry?” We will have homemade rolls & coffee to start the morning. For lunch, BBQ, hot dogs, & coneys are on the menu but don’t forget the homemade pie & bars for your sweet tooth. Please come & enjoy all things yummy from 11-1pm.

November 18, 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 Ryan Loomans
                              PM Garvin and Dianne Prins

Juice servers today – Joe and Rita Vander Kooi, Dave and deb Vander Kooi
                                   
Nursery todayPlease be in the nursery 15 minutes before the service begins.
                          AM –  Katelyn Olson and Erica Bousema

Greeters for next weekAM – Ellen Miller
                                           PM Steve and Beth Prins

Juice servers next Sunday: -Nelma Vanden Bosh; Paul and Donna Vander Kooi
           
Nursery next Sunday:  Please be in the nursery 15 minutes before the service begins.
                                       AM – Maddy Beckmann and Deb Weg

Children and Worship next Sunday:  Karmen S, Beth P, Alyssa B

Refreshments next Sunday morning:  Kia N, Nikki B, Tae N

Letters to missionaries:
Terry and Shirley de Boom to Rev. Scott Van Voorst (pastorscottvv@gmail.com)
Darla DeKam to Lauren and Connie Runia (Lauren_Runia@sil.org)
Lorraine Edwards to Rev. Ben and Amy Meyer (bmeyer@crcna.org)
  
November 18, 2018 - 6:00 PM
                                                                                                                               Pastor:  Rev. Jack Gray
                                Pianist:  Beth Ten Haken
Psalm Reading:  Psalm 51 (p 889) A member of the Gene Weg family
WELCOME AND CALL TO WORSHIP -       Job 14:17
Silent prayer asking God’s Blessing on the Service
*Opening Song:  255:1-4 “God, Be Merciful to Me”                                                            REDHEAD 76

*Litany
Pastor:   Blessed is the person whose transgressions are forgiven,                              Psalm 32:1a
People:  whose sins are covered.                                                                                               Psalm 32:1a
Pastor:   Then I acknowledged my sin to you                                                                        Psalm 32:5a
People:  and did not cover up my iniquity.                                                                           Psalm 32:5b
Pastor:   I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord”—                                    Psalm 32:5c
People:  and you forgave the guilt of my sin.                                                                      Psalm 32:5d
*God’s Greeting:  Revelation 1:4,5
ALL:  Amen!

Congregational Prayer

Presentation of the Word
*Song of Preparation: 479:1-3 “I Will Sing of My Redeemer”                                            HYFRYDOL       
Scripture: Ephesians 4:17-34  (page 1821 in most pew Bibles)
Text:  Ephesians 4:25
Sermon:  “God’s Great Grace
                                Outline:  I.  Forgiving Grace    II.  Cleansing Grace   III.  Prevailing Grace
Prayer of Application

The Response
*Song of response: 263:1-4 “Just  as I Am, without One Plea”                                     WOODWORTH
Confession:  A Contemporary Testimony, Article 37 (page 1030)

We offer our gifts:
Offering:  Audio/Visual
Offertory:  
*Parting Blessing:  II Peter 3:18
*Closing Song:  489:1,3 “When Peace like a River”                                                        VILLE DU HAVRE     
*Moment of Silence      
*Postlude
*Please stand, if you are able

November 11, 2018


WELCOME TO THE


WORTHINGTON CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH


Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 9:30 AM
Veteran’s Day

                                                                                                   Pastor:  Rev. Jack Gray
                                                                                                  Organist:  Sheryl Riemersma
                                                                                                 Pianist:  Beth Ten Haken
                                                                                   
                             
 Welcome and Call to Worship - Exodus 34:6,7
Silent Prayer
*Opening Songs:  432:1-2  “For the Beauty of the Earth”                                                         DIX
                              453:1 “Let All Things Now Living”                                                      ASH GROVE

*Litany
Pastor:   Praise awaits you, O God, in Zion                                                     Psalm 65:1a
People:  to you our vows will be fulfilled.                                                     Psalm 65:1b
Pastor:   O you who hear prayer,                                                                   Psalm 65:2a
People:  to you all people will come.                                                             Psalm 65:2b
Pastor:   When we were overwhelmed by sins,                                                Psalm 65:3a
People:  you atoned for our transgressions.                                                 Psalm 65:3b
Pastor:   II Peter 1:2
People:  Amen!
* We Greet Each Other
*Hymn of Exaltation: 99:1-3 “The Lord God Reigns in Majesty”                NONE BY CHRIST
                                               
Reconciliation
Call to Confession:  Jeremiah 34:19
Assurance of Pardon:  Jeremiah 34:34
The Gratitude of Holy Living:  God’s Law for a Fresh Start

Prayers of the People
Congregational Prayer

We Offer Our Gifts
Offertory:  "Sweet Hour of Prayer"                                                     by the Children’s Hand Bell Choir
Offering:  Youth Group - local

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:  “Exile and Return”
Leader:  Jen B; Co-Leader:  Joe VK; Greeter: Angela Bousema

The Word of God
*Song of Preparation: 130:1-2 “Out of the Depths I Cry, Lord”                           GENEVAN 130
Scripture Reading: John 8:2-12  (page 1661 in most pew Bibles)
Text:  John 8:11b,c
Sermon:  A Fresh Face for Forgiveness”
                        Outline:  I.  Stones   II.  Sovereign   III.  Silly   IV.  Sand   V.  Sense
Prayer of Application
*Song of Response: 556:1,3 “Great is Thy Faithfulness”                                       FAITHFULNESS

Sent Out to Serve God for His Glory
*Benediction - I Thessalonians 5:23
*Closing Song: 267:1,4 “And Can It Be”                                                                                      SAGINA   
*Postlude
*Moment of Silence


“Almighty God, You know every veteran by name. You know their deeds, their hard work, and their perseverance. You know their needs, both material and spiritual. Please draw each one closer to you and grant them all the peace that passes understanding (Philippians 4:7), the peace of Christ to rule in their hearts (Colossians 3:15), and ‘joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand’ forevermore (Psalm 16:11).”  

Our Church Calendar for November 11 – November 18
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
                         4:30 PM          Profession of Faith class
                         6:00 PM          Worship service

Wednesday    6:30 AM          Men’s Prayer Meeting
                        7:00 PM           Cadets
                        7:00 PM           Youth Group – lesson night
                        7:00 PM           Ladies Ensemble Rehearsal
                                               
Sunday           9:30 AM          Worship service
                        9:30 AM          Lao CRC service
                       10:45 AM          HC Bee Q &A 1-15
                       12:15 PM           Anuak language service
                        2:00 PM           Oromo language service
                        6:00 PM           Worship service – refreshments to follow
                       
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).

Happy birthday to Marie Bousema, who will be 89 tomorrow.  May God bless you and keep you always in His tender, loving care.

The Profession of Faith class will be meeting this afternoon at 4:30. 

A Sunday School Heidelberg Catechism Bee on Q & A 1-15 will be held next week Sunday morning. 

A special Thank You to all the individuals who delivered Meals On Wheels in October.  Your assistance was greatly appreciated!                  Paul and Donna Vander Kooi

The Audio/Visual Committee is seeking more individuals to run the projector.  Please contact Steph Vande Kamp at 370-2454 if you would be willing to help.

Next week Sunday morning worship we will look at ”Marriage Made in Heaven” from the Song of Songs, or Song of Solomon as it sometimes known.  In the evening worship Ephesians 4 will focus on “God’s Great Grace”.  Pray that our whole worship experience both morning and evening next week will bring us closer to Christ and to each other. 

The Youth Group invites the congregation to join them at their annual Volleyball Challenge and Pie Auction on Wed., Nov. 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Christian School.  Watch the Youth Group and the Council play several sets of volleyball.  Members of the Youth Group will each offer two pies for sale.  All proceeds help to defray the costs of our annual SERVE trip.  Hope to see you there!

Our Thanksgiving service will be on Thursday, November 22 at 9:30 p.m.

            Advance Notice:  The Music Committee announces that the Valley Male Chorus will present a concert on Sunday, December 2, during our morning worship service.  There will be a short sermon and the choir will sing during the remainder of the service.  The chorus sings on behalf of Hope Haven.  Invite your friends!

The Congregational Meeting will be on Mon., Dec. 3 at 7:00 P.M.  The Elder nominees are: Kel Vande Kamp, Dan Riemersma, Mark Woitalewicz, Bill Wolterstorff and Ken Vander Veen.  The Deacon nominees are: David Bosma, Ryan Loomans, Mark Scheepstra, Austin Vande Kamp and Alan Gravenhof.

Our offering next week is for the Audio/Visual Committee.  This offering is for improvement and maintenance of the sound system, cameras, and microphones in the church building. 

Requested Items of Interest
The non-denominational Widow's Ministry will meet on Monday, Nov. 12th at 2 PM at First United Methodist Church, 408 11th St., Worthington, in the Fellowship Hall.  Our speaker will be Tammy Makram telling us about Memorial Auditorium and events to take place there.
Operation Christmas Child boxes are available on the table in the Fellowship Hall.  The filled boxes must be returned to the American Reformed Church this week. 
A portion of the Classis Minnkota ministry share for Christian Higher Education received during the previous year is awarded in February to Christian college students in the form of a scholarship grants.  Any students attending a CRC-endorsed Christian college who completes an application form by the December 31st deadline is eligible.  Contact Lon Lien for an application or provide him with the student’s email address and a form will be emailed directly to the applicant.
The Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra will open its season, “Orchestral Celebration,” with a concert on Tuesday, November 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa.  Advance tickets are available at Evie’s Hallmark in Sioux Center.  Tickets are also available at the door the night of the concert.  For more information, contact the NISO office at 712-722-6230 or niso@dordt.edu.
Please join us on Friday, November 16 for the annual Carry the Light (donation sale) event at Southwest MN Christian High School. The evening will start with a burger feed at 5:00 p.m. served by the SW Faculty and Staff. A free will donation is accepted for the meal. The men's and women's auctions will start at 6:30 p.m. Come be part of an evening of fun and fundraising for the SW general operating fund. Shares for the evening will be directed to the Tuition Assistance Fund. Items will be listed on the school's website as they become available. If you would like to make a donation for the evening, please mail it or drop it off at the school office - 550 Elizabeth Street, Edgerton.  Please join us for the donation sale as part of the community of support for our current students and generations to come. - SWMCH School Board
“Going, going, gone!” Yep, it’s that time of year when on Saturday, December 8 the Worthington Christian School (located at 1770 Eleanor Street) will host its Annual Donation Fundraiser Auction. Doors open at 9:30am and the live & silent auctions start at 10am. Our families, students, society, & local businesses really support this amazing event by providing awesome items like homemade meals, tools, toys, gift certificates, meats, cheeses, handmade items, & so much more. Please remember that EVERY dollar you spend at this auction goes directly to helping our Worthington Christian School run & benefits each child as they learn in the light of God’s Word. “Who’s hungry?” There is never a shortage of good food at a Worthington Christian School event & the Annual Donation Fundraiser Auction is no exception. We will have homemade rolls & coffee to start the morning. For lunch, BBQ, hot dogs, & coneys are on the menu but don’t forget the homemade pie & bars for your sweet tooth. Please come & enjoy all things yummy from 11-1pm.
On behalf of the students, faculty and trustees of Calvin Theological Seminary, thank you for your recent offering of $314.06 for the Distance Learning Program.
On behalf of Volunteers in Mercy, our partner churches, and the members of our local communities who need assistance, please accept our heartfelt appreciation for your recent gift of $252.25.
Information is on the bulletin board regarding Community Christmas Baskets.


November 11, 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 Garrett and Joyce Meyer
                              PM Allen Ling

Juice servers today – Kel and Joan Vander Kamp
                                    Travis and Sam Vande Kamp             

Nursery todayPlease be in the nursery 15 minutes before the service begins.
                          AM –  Nikki Bosma and Emmalee Bosma

Greeters for next weekAM – Ryan Loomans
                                           PM Garvin and Dianne Prins

Juice servers next Sunday: - Nelma Vanden Bosch, Dave and deb Vander Kooi
           
Nursery next Sunday:  Please be in the nursery 15 minutes before the service begins.
                                       AM –Katelyn Olson and Erica Bousema

Children and Worship next Sunday:  Joe VK, Karmen S, Erica B.

Letters to missionaries:
Steven Bousema to Rev. Scott Van Voorst (pastorscottvv@gmail.com)
Pastor Lee and Dorothy Christoffels to Lauren and Connie Runia (Lauren_Runia@sil.org)
Chad de Boom to Rev. Ben and Amy Meyer (bmeyer@crcna.org)
  
November 11, 2018 - 6:00 PM
                                                                                                                               Pastor:  Rev. Jack Gray
                                        Pianist:  Lorraine Edwards
Psalm Reading:  Psalm 145 (p 979 ) Nikki Bosma
WELCOME AND CALL TO WORSHIP - John 6:33
Silent prayer asking God’s Blessing on the Service
*Opening Song: 307:1,3,5 “O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts”                                                      QUEBEC        
*Litany
Pastor:   “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters;                                       Isaiah 55:1a
People:  and you who have no money, come, buy and eat!                                           Isaiah 55:1b
Pastor:   Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.                         Isaiah 55:1c
People:  Why spend money on what is not bread,            
 and your labor on what does not satisfy?                                                            Isaiah 55:2a
Pastor:   Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,                                                           Isaiah 55:2b
People:  and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.                                                Isaiah 55:2c
Pastor:   Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul live.                                  Isaiah 55:3a
God’s Greeting:  II John 3
ALL:  Amen!

Congregational Prayer

Presentation of the Word
*Song of Preparation: 458:1-3 “Sing to the Lord of Harvest”             WIE LIEBLICH IST DER MAIEN
Scripture: Matthew 4:1-4 (page 1499 in most pew Bibles)
Text:  Matthew 4:1-4
Sermon:  “The Bread of Life”
                                Outline:  I.  Bread   II.  Living Bread
Prayer of Application

The Response
*Song of response: 282:1-3 “Break Now the Bread of Life”                                       BREAD OF LIFE
Confession:  “Our World Belongs to God”, Article 39 (p 1031)

We offer our gifts:
Offering:  Youth Group - local
Offertory:  
*Parting Blessing  II Thessalonians 2:16,17
*Closing Song: 282:4 “Break Now the Bread of Life”                                                     BREAD OF LIFE       
*Moment of Silence      
*Postlude
*Please stand, if you are able

November 4, 2018


WELCOME TO THE


WORTHINGTON CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH

Sunday, November 4, 2018 - 9:30 AM

International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

                                                                                                   Pastor:  Rev. Jack Gray
                                                                                                  Organist:  Lisa Sampson
                                                                                                  Pianist:  Sheryl Riemersma
                                                                                                  Violinist:  Tae Nordby
                             
 Welcome and Call to Worship - Psalm 119:11
Silent Prayer
     169:1 “I will Sing of the Mercies of the Lord”                                 FILLMORE

*Litany
Pastor:   Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.            Romans 12:9
People:  Be devoted to one another in brotherly love.                                  Romans 12:10a
Pastor:   Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal.    
      Romans 12:10b,11a
People:  Keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.                                 Romans 12:11b,c
Pastor:   Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.                   Romans 12:12
People:  Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.      Romans 12:13
Pastor:  Philippians 1:2
People:  Amen!
* We Greet Each Other
*Hymn of Exaltation: 424: 1-2 “Spirit of the Living God”                                                        IVERSON                                              
Reconciliation
Call to Confession:  Genesis 50:15-17
Assurance of Pardon:  Genesis 50:19-21
The Gratitude of Holy Living:  God’s Law from the New Testament

Prayers of the People
Congregational Prayer

We Offer Our Gifts
Offertory:  “Father I Adore You”                                                            sung by the Sunday School Children
Offering:  Covenantal Education

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 Temple, A House for God”
Leader:  Joan VK; Co-Leader:  Jen B; Greeter: Josiah Hoftyzer

The Word of God
*Song of Preparation: 514:1-2 “How Good and Pleasant Is the Sight”                        PRESSLY
Scripture Reading: Genesis 45:21-28 (page 76 in most pew Bibles)
Text:  Genesis 45:24
Sermon:  Don’t Quarrel on the Way”
            Outline:  I.  Same Father   II.  Same Grace    III.  Same Mission   IV.  Same Destination
Prayer of Application
*Song of Response:  545:1-3 “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace”                                     TEMPLE

Sent Out to Serve God for His Glory
*Benediction: 
*Closing Song:  “Let There Be Peace on Earth”                                                     WORLD PEACE
*Postlude
*Moment of Silence


            Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.  Proverbs 3:5.  Dear Lord, I trust in you.  I may not understand, but I know you are working things out for my good.  Thank you for taking care of me.  You never let me down. 
  
Our Church Calendar for November 4 – November 11
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

Wednesday    6:30 AM          Men’s Prayer Meeting
                        9:30 AM          Meadows Bible Study
                        7:00 PM           Cadets
                        7:00 PM           GEMS

Saturday         7:00 AM          Executive 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: 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).

Lois Heeringa will celebrate her 92nd birthday on Thursday.  May our Lord bless you with a day filled with an abundance of love, gratitude and hope that will continue throughout the coming year.

Congratulations to Jacob Weg and Lauren LeBrun who were united in married yesterday.  May the love of God be the foundation of your marriage, the peace of God be the assurance of every decision and the kindness of God be the signature of your life together.

Thank you for all of the prayers, thoughts, cards, and visits with my grandma's passing.  It means a lot to me, and I appreciate having such a caring church family.    Jessica Peterson

The Children’s Hand Bell Choir will practice today at 5:30 p.m.

The Sunday School Heidelberg Catechism Bee on Q & A 1-15 will be held on Nov. 18.  Parents, if you did not receive a copy for your child(ren) in your mail slot, please contact their teacher.  Parents are asked to prepare their child(ren) for this Bee. 

Our offering next week is for the Youth Group – local.  Aside from curriculum and a few pizzas, the money is used to cover costs for the youth who attend SERVE, a week-long mission trip in the summer.

The Audio/Visual Committee is seeking more individuals to run the projector.  Please contact Steph Vande Kamp at 370-2454 if you would be willing to help.

The deacons gratefully acknowledge the following gifts for October:
General Fund                           $20,095.00                  Building Fund                          $  50.00
Covenantal Education                     477.50                  Love INC                                    247.95
Sweetwater                                     585.52                  Luke Society                              386.80
Back to God Hour                            463.00                  IM Supporting Churches           541.00

            Advance Notice:  The Music Committee announces that the Valley Male Chorus will present a concert on Sunday, December 2, during our morning worship service.  There will be a short sermon and the choir will sing during the remainder of the service.  The chorus sings on behalf of Hope Haven.  Invite your friends!

Requested Items of Interest
Love INC is currently looking for an office assistant. This is a paid, part-time position. The job includes working with and training volunteers, media oversight, office duties and, of course, working with other staff and ascribing to the mission of Love INC. A full job description can be found on our web site, www.loveincw.org or call 727-7290 for more information.
At the time of the printing of the bulletin the Nov/Dec TODAY devotionals had not arrived.
Ben and Amy Meyer ask for your special prayers for Norma Moreno, a member of New Life Church. She has been ill for over a year possibly with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Thank you for praying for her healing, and thank you for your prayers for the growth of the gospel in Mexico!
Operation Christmas Child boxes are available on the table in the Fellowship Hall.  The filled boxes must be returned to American Reformed Church the week of November 11.  Let Lorraine know if you would like additional boxes.
A portion of the Classis Minnkota ministry share for Christian Higher Education received during the previous year is awarded in February to Christian college students in the form of a scholarship grants.  Any students attending a CRC-endorsed Christian college who completes an application form by the December 31st deadline is eligible.  Contact Lon Lien for an application or provide him with the student’s email address and a form will be emailed directly to the applicant.
The Southwest Christian High School Circles invite you to their Annual Fall Soup and Dessert Supper on TuesdayServing Time is 5:30-7:30PM.  Menu will include Soup: Cheesy Vegetable, Pea, Chili, and Chicken Taco, Pulled Pork Sandwiches and homemade desserts. Free will donations are appreciatedCome out and enjoy  a supper of homemade soups, sandwich and desserts!
Worthington Christian School will be hosting its annual Sip-N-Shop event on Saturday from 9:30-2:00.  Shop from more than 40 vendors and crafters!  A full lunch counter will also be available, including chicken & wild rice soup, chicken salad and ham croissants,  and homemade desserts. There will also be a WCS Bake Sale at the event. If you would like to donate baked items please bring them to the WCS kitchen on Friday, November 9th or Saturday, November 10th.  Admission is free, so get some friends together and come enjoy the day!
The Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra will open its season, “Orchestral Celebration,” with a concert on Tuesday, November 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa.  Advance tickets are available at Evie’s Hallmark in Sioux Center.  Tickets are also available at the door the night of the concert.  For more information, contact the NISO office at 712-722-6230 or niso@dordt.edu.
Please join us on Friday, November 16 for the annual Carry the Light (donation sale) event at Southwest MN Christian High School. The evening will start with a burger feed at 5:00 p.m. served by the SW Faculty and Staff. A free will donation is accepted for the meal. The men's and women's auctions will start at 6:30 p.m. Come be part of an evening of fun and fundraising for the SW general operating fund. Shares for the evening will be directed to the Tuition Assistance Fund. Items will be listed on the school's website as they become available. If you would like to make a donation for the evening, please mail it or drop it off at the school office - 550 Elizabeth Street, Edgerton.  Please join us for the donation sale as part of the community of support for our current students and generations to come. - SWMCH School Board
See the bulletin board for items of interest added this week.


  
November 4 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 Ryan and Larissa Hoftyzer
                              PM Lon and Ginny Lien

Juice servers today – Lyle and Beth Ten Haken        
                                    Austin and Steph Vande Kamp

Nursery todayPlease be in the nursery 15 minutes before the service begins.
                          AM –  Lauri Vander Veen and Danika Nordby

Greeters for next weekAM – Garrett and Joyce Meyer
                                           PM Allen Ling

Juice servers next Sunday: - Kel and Joan Vander Kamp
                                              Travis and Sam Vande Kamp
           
Nursery next Sunday:  Please be in the nursery 15 minutes before the service begins.
                                       AM Nikki Bosma and Emmalee Bosma

Children and Worship next Sunday:  Jen B, Joe VK, Angela B

Letters to missionaries:
Rod and Bonnie Bosma to Rev. Scott Van Voorst (pastorscottvv@gmail.com)
Marie Bousema to Lauren and Connie Runia (Lauren_Runia@sil.org)
Mike and Jen Bousema to Rev. Ben and Amy Meyer (bmeyer@crcna.org)


November 4, 2018 - 6:00 PM
                                                                                                                               Pastor:  Rev. Jack Gray
                                Pianist:  Beth Ten Haken
Psalm Reading:  Psalm 55 (p 892) deb Vander Kooi
WELCOME AND CALL TO WORSHIP - Psalm 54:2
Silent prayer asking God’s Blessing on the Service
*Opening Song: 624 “Hear Our Prayer, O Lord”                                                                      WHELPTON                                      
*Litany
Pastor:   Is any one of you in trouble?                                                                                      James 5:13a
People:  He should pray.                                                                                                               James 5:13b
Pastor:   Elijah was a man just like us.                                                                                     James 5:17a
People:  He prayed earnestly that it would not rain,                                                        James 5:17b
Pastor:   and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years.                               James 5:17c
People:  Again he prayed,                                                                                                            James 5:18a
Pastor:   and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.                      James 5:18b
God’s Greeting:  II Timothy 1:2
ALL:  Amen!

Congregational Prayer

Presentation of the Word
*Song of Preparation: 421:1-4 “Spirit Divine, Inspire Our Prayer”                               GRAFENBERG
Scripture:  Matthew 16:21-28  (page  in most pew Bibles)
Text:  Matthew 16:24b
Sermon:  Our Prayer for a Cross”
                                Outline:  I.  Anguish   I.  Angels   III.  Answers
Prayer of Application

The Response
*Song of response:  “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” (tune 436:1-3 Blue Hymnal)       CONVERSE      
Confession:  Belgic Confession, Article 26, First four paragraphs

We offer our gifts:
Offering:  
Offertory:  Covenantal Education
*Parting Blessing  Philippians 4:7
*Closing Song:  625 “Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying”                               CHILDREN PRAYING
*Moment of Silence      
*Postlude