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April 21

WELCOME TO THE

WORTHINGTON CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH
Sunday, April 21, 2019 – 9:30 AM
Easter Sunday

                                                                                                Pastor:  Rev. Lee Christoffels
                                                                                                Organist:   Lisa Sampson
                                                                                                Pianist:  Lorraine Edwards
                                                                                                Trumpet:  Maddie Kobes

Gathering in the name of OUR RISEN LORD

Song of Reflection:  “Were You There?”                                                                 Danni Weg
Silent Prayer for God’s blessing on the service
Welcome and Call to Worship – from Revelation 5:12
Opening Hymn:  396:1-3 “Low in the Grave Christ Lay”                                        CHRIST AROSE
*Litany
Pastor:   But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead,
People:  the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
Pastor:   For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also
   through a man.
People:  for as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.
Pastor:   Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?
People:  the sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
Pastor:   But thanks be to God!
People:  He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Pastor:   "Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead,
   and behold I am alive forever and ever!”  (from I Corinthians 15 and Revelation 1)
People:  Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed!
Pastor:   God’s Greeting
People:  AMEN!
*We Greet Each Other
Hymn of Praise:  LUYH 181:1-3 “See What A Morning”                          SEE, WHAT A MORNING

Reconciliation THROUGH OUR RISEN LORD

The Call to Confession and Prayer of Confession
Almighty God, you have raised Jesus from the grave and crowned him Lord of all.  We confess that we have not bowed before him or acknowledged his rule in our lives.  We have gone the way of the world and failed to give him glory.  Forgive us and raise us from


sin, that we may be your faithful people, obeying the commands of our Lord Jesus Christ, who rules the world and is head of the church, his body.  Amen.
The Assurance of Pardon: from I Peter 1:18-21
The Response: 391:1-5 “The Strife Is O’er, the Battle Done”                                       VICTORY
The Proclamation of the Will of God for Thankful Holy Living

Prayers of the People
Congregational Prayer

Children and Worship – Children ages 3-7 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:  “Jesus is Risen:  Appearance to Mary Magdalene”
Leader: Joan VK ; Co-Leader: Susie R; Greeter: Maddy B

We Offer Our Gifts
Offering:  Bethesda Christian Counseling Midwest
Offertory:  “The Lord is Risen Today!”                                                              by Lloyd Larson
            Jenni Weg, Beth Prins, Sheila Schnyders, Beth Ten Haken, Nelma Vanden Bosch, Amy
Woitalewicz, Ryan Gravenhof, Pastor Lee Christoffels, Stephen Woitalewicz
Accompanist: Lisa Sampson
                                                                                                     

Proclamation of the Word FROM OUR RISEN LORD

*Song of Preparation: 404:1-3 “Sing Choirs of New Jerusalem”                               LYNGHAM
Scripture Lesson:  John 20:1-9 (page 1685 in most pew Bibles)
Sermon:  “The Empty Tomb – What Do You See?”                
Prayer of Application
*Song of Response:  388:1-5 “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today”                                      EASTER HYMN

Sent Out to Serve God for His Glory
*Benediction
*Closing Song: 404:4 “All glory to the Father be…”                                                    LYNGHAM
*Moment of Silence
*Postlude 

*Please stand, if you are able


Our Church Calendar for  – April 21 – April 28
Today                9:30 AM          Worship service
                         9:30 AM         Lao language service
                        10:45 AM         NO Sunday School classes
                        12:15 PM          Anuak language service
                          2:00 PM         Oromo language service
                          6:00 PM         Worship service

Wednesday    6:00 AM          Men’s Prayer meeting
                        6:30 PM           Creative Painting class
                        7:00 PM           Youth Group – lesson night

Sunday           9:30 AM          Worship service – with refreshments to follow
                        9:30 AM          Lao CRC service
                       10:45 AM          Sunday School classes
                       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).

We extend our sympathy to Joe and Rita Vander Kooi and family on the passing of Rita’s grandmother, Judy Albrecht.  May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief.

Our services today will be led by Pastor Lee

Sunday School classes will not be held today.

There will be a congregational meeting after the morning service on Sunday, April 28, to discuss and vote on the recommendation of the Council to offer a call to Garrett Saul.

Our morning service next week will be led by Rev. Dan DeGroot, who is from Rock Valley, IA.

Our second service next Sunday, will be held at 2:00 p.m. at the First CRC of Edgerton.  The churches of Classis Minnkota are invited to participate in a worship service commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Synod of Dort. Several pastors from Classis Minnkota will conduct the service, with Rev. C.J. Den Dulk from Sparta, MI, bringing the sermon. Come with hearts prepared to celebrate God’s sovereign grace and to receive the Lord’s Supper. An offering will be received to defray costs of the service and for the work of Classis Minnkota Home Missions.

The moms of kids ages 0-2 thank the church for their help and support in the project of refreshing the nursery.  A special thank-you to Mike Sampson of the building committee and the Youth Group for kicking off the project by giving the walls a few coats of fresh paint.  We also appreciate those who bought new toys and books for our children to play with while they are cared for in the nursery.  Sincerely, "The Nursery Moms"
Katelyn Olson, Kia Nystrom, Miranda Sampson, Rita Vander Kooi, Steph Vande Kamp, Emily Ransom, and Sami Woitalewicz

Signup sheets are in the Fellowship Hall for taking pictures for the pictorial directory.  Times are 5:30-8:30 on April 30, May 2, May 8, and May 9.  May 4 the time slots will start at 9:00.  On May 2nd, the time slots will be closer together as we are reserving that date for singles and couples.  Steph Vande Kamp will be taking the pictures and the directories will be put together in-house due to many unsatisfactory reviews that have been heard about the company who has done them in the past.   

A Creative Painting class will be held in the Fellowship Hall Wednesday evening at 6:30 pm.  You must register online https://creativespiritsokoboji.com/events/worthington-christian-reformed-church-all-its-glory/. You may invite family and friends to join us, but everyone must be registered by tomorrow!  If you have questions, call Steph Vande Kamp at 370-2454.

If you or someone in your family is graduating from high school or college, we would like to make note of your accomplishments and future plans in the next “Following the Flock”.  If possible, please include a picture.  Please e-mail your information to wgtncrcnews@gmail.com or text it to 360-2868 by April 26. 
The offering for 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 correct total offering for Worthington Youth Camp is $1,898.25.

Requested Items of Interest
The Southwest MN Christian High School building fund drive officially begins tomorrow as we celebrate Christian Education Week in giving thanks for the many ways the Christian education for our area youth is supported. This year, a building fund letter with an attached envelope is in your church mailbox. We thank you in advance for your gift and please mail your contribution directly to the school. 
Bible Study Fellowship  for women is coming to Worthington Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. at Grace Community Church, 2011 Nobles St.  Register at this 90-minute informational meeting for a Worthington-area BSF group that will meet weekly beginning in September to study The BOOK OF ACTS and Letters of the Apostles.  Go to bsfinternational.org for a program overview or e-mail sfew768tl@gmail.com for more information.
The Southwest MN Christian High School freshmen class would like to invite all the area Senior Citizens to spend time getting to know each other better with games (card and board games) and morning coffee on the following dates:  Wednesday:  Games and Coffee/Cold Drinks/Snacks – 9:15 a.m.
In order for WCS 2nd graders to participate in the Jamie Cummings Learn-to-Swim Program at the YMCA, we need at least one adult chaperone to go with the students each day. The kids will swim from 1:00-1:30pm. A bus will pick 2nd graders up at WCS at approx. 12:30-12:40 and will return to school around 1:50-2:00.  We still need chaperones for the following dates: May 1, 6, 7, & 9. If you are able to help out on one or more of those days, please contact the school office to get signed up. The 2nd graders thank you!
All youth, 7th to 12th grade, are invited to 507 Youth on Wednesday, May 1, at Lakeside Church, 1000 Linda Lane.  There will be free pizza at 6:30 pm.  From 7:00 to 8:00 pm will be a Youth Rally.  Sponsored by the Worthington Area Youth Ministers Association.
On Friday, May 3, the Southwest MN Christian High School Class of 2020 will be holding a car wash (weather permitting) in the SW parking lot from 12:30-3:00 p.m. to help fund their trip to Washington DC. The students will be taking their trip in November and would love to wash your vehicle for a joyful donation. 
            The Wycliffe Associates Banquet will be held on Saturday, May 4, at 6 p.m. at the Hickory Lodge at Norwood Inn, 2015 N Humiston Ave.  For information and reservations, call Richard Greve, 376-5026.  Join us for a special evening of fellowship and food, and lean how the power of God’s translated Word is bringing dead and dry souls’ new life.


April 21, 2019
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 2:00 p.m.

Greeters Today:  AM Lorraine Edwards
                              PM – Terry and Shirley de Boom

Juice servers today – Vonnie Rutgers
                                    Gary and Mary Sampson
                                         
Nursery todayPlease be in the nursery 15 minutes before the service begins.
                          AM – Sami Woitalewicz and Lincoln Nordby

Greeters for next weekAM – Alan and Luann Gravenhof
                                          PM – Darla DeKam
 
Juice servers next Sunday:  Malik and Miranda Sampson
                                               Mike and Lisa Sampson
                        
Nursery next Sunday:  Please be in the nursery 15 minutes before the service begins.
                                       AM – Alyssa Bousema and Bailey Weg

Children and Worship next Sunday:  Susie R, Scott N, Emmalee B

Refreshments next Sunday:  Beth TH, Sami W, Colleen J

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

April 21, 2019 – 6:00 PM
                                                                               
                                                                                                                                Pastor:  Rev. Lee Christoffels
                                Pianist:  Beth Ten Haken
Reading:  Psalm 16 (p 853) – Stephen Woitalewicz
WELCOME AND CALL TO WORSHIP
Silent Prayer asking God’s blessing on the service

*Opening Song:   389:1-3 “Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain”                                             St. Kevin
*Litany
Pastor:   Since then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where
 Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
People:  set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
Pastor:   For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
People:  when Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
Pastor’s Greeting
People:  Amen!
Congregational Prayer

Presentation of the Word
*Song of Preparation: 403 “This Joyful Eastertide”                                                                       Vruchten
Prayer for the Holy Spirit’s Leading
Scripture Reading: John 20:24-31 (page 1687 in most pew Bibles)
Sermon:  “Thomas on Easter Evening”
Prayer of Application

The Response of the Ransomed Servants of God

*Song of Response: 400:1-4 “Praise the Savior”                                                                  Upp, Min Tunga
*The Confession of our Faith:  Apostles’ Creed (p 813)

We offer our gifts
Offering:  Bethesda Counseling Midwest
Offertory 

Sent to Serve
*Parting Blessing
*Closing Song:  392:1-4 “A Shout Rings Out, a Joyful Voice”                                  Daar Juicht en Toon
*Moment of Silence      
*Postlude           
*Please stand, if you are able

April 7, 2019


WELCOME TO THE

WORTHINGTON CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH
Sunday, April 7, 2019 – 9:30 AM
Fifth Sunday of Lent

                                                                                                Leader:  Dr. Scott Culpepper
                                                                                                Organist:  Lorraine Edwards
                                                                                                Pianist:  Sheryl Riemersma

Welcome
Silent prayer for God’s blessing on the service
*Opening Songs: 
            182:1&2 “Give Thanks to God, for Good Is He”                                         CONSTANCE
LUYH 568:1,4 “I will Sing of My Redeemer”                                                     MY REDEEMER

*Litany Isaiah 60
Pastor:   Arise, shine, for your light has come and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
People:  For darkness shall cover the earth and thick darkness the peoples;
Pastor:   but the Lord will arise upon you and his glory will appear over you.
People:  Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
Pastor’s Greeting: The Lord be with you!
People:  And also with you.
Pastor:   The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the Fellowship of the
  Holy Spirit be with you all. And all God’s people said . . .
People:  Amen!
We Greet Each Other
*Hymn of Exaltation:  483:1-4 “How Great Thou Art”                                                   O STORE GUD

Reconciliation – Time of Renewal
Call to Confession: Deuteronomy 5:6-21
Assurance of pardon: John 3:16-17
The Gratitude of Holy Living: John 3:19-21






Prayers of the People
Congregational Prayer

We Offer Our Gifts
Offering:  Covenantal Education
Offertory:  “Lord I lift your Name on High” and “Zacchaeus”    sung by Sunday School Children

Children and Worship – Children ages 3-7 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:  “Jesus The King”
Leader: Beth P ; Co-Leader: Katelyn O; Greeter: Josiah H

Proclamation Of The Word
*Song of Preparation:  SNC 145:1-3 “There Is a Redeemer”           
Scripture Lesson: Revelation 2:12-17  (page  in most pew Bibles)       
Sermon:  “Pergamum: Serving Under Satan’s Shadow”                   
Prayer of Application
*Song of Response:  SNC 128:1-3 “Shine, Jesus, Shine”                                SHINE, JESUS, SHINE

Sent Out to Serve God for His Glory
*Benediction
*Closing Song: SNC 268:1-3 “Here I Am, Lord”                                                              HERE I AM, LORD
*Moment of Silence
*Postlude 

*Please stand, if you are able


          Dear Lord, Thank you for the strength that comes from you - - not my own strength, but yours.  I can get through every circumstance through your grace.  You are strong.  He renews my strength.  He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to His name.  Psalm 23:3    

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

Wednesday    6:30 AM          Men’s Prayer Meeting
                        7:00 PM           Cadets
                        7:00 PM           Youth Group – Lesson Night              

Sunday           9:30 AM          Worship service – Palm Sunday
                        9:30 AM          Lao CRC service
                       10:45 AM          Sunday School classes
                       12:15 PM           Anuak language service
                        2:00 PM           Oromo language service
                        6:00 PM           Worship service – with 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).

Congratulations to Lorraine Edwards on the birth of a grandson, Easton Jason, born to Jason and DiDi Edwards and sister Josie, on Wednesday. 

We would like to express our sympathy to Marie Bousema and family after the passing of a close friend, LaRae Wiekamp, last week. LaRae was a good friend who stayed with her occasionally and attended many tractor pull events with the Bousema family.

Today Dr. Scott Culpepper will lead our morning worship service.  The evening service will be led by Andrew Compton, Assistant Professor of Old Testament at Mid-America Reformed Seminary, who will be here as part of their Spring Seminary Sunday. 

Our second service returns to 6:00 p.m. today.

CHANGE:  The carpets in the nursery, offices and Fireside Room will be cleaned Thursday.  Several volunteers are needed Wednesday to remove tables and furniture from those rooms and again on Friday to move everything back. 

Next week Sunday our services will be led by Garrett Saul

Advance Notice:  Since it has been a number of years since a pictorial directory has been done, and to assist a new pastor with names and faces, a new one is being planned.  Tentative times for pictures are 5:30-8:30 April 30, May 2, May 8, May 9 and 9-? on May 4.  More details will be shared later.

The deacons gratefully acknowledge the following gifts for March 2019:
General Fund               $34,768.44                              Building Fund              $1,110.00
Covenantal Ed                  1,460.34                              Hope Haven                   1,078.01
World Renew                      222.00                              Calvin Seminary                479.00
Wgtn Youthcamp                898.35                              Minnkota Deacons            512.88
Kitchen Remodel/Improvement Fund                        $10,000.00

The offering for next week is for Westminster Seminary, which is a Christian institution seeking to glorify God through graduate theological study. Its primary responsibility is to educate future pastors for Christian churches, especially for Presbyterian and Reformed denominations. It also provides theological education for others who will serve in the Christian community and the larger society.

Requested Items of Interest
Nondenominational Widow's Ministry meeting will be at First United Methodist Church, 408 11th St., Worthington at 2 PM on Monday, April 8th.  Our speaker will be Mary (Larson) Ingenthron who facilitates the Grief Share group, currently meeting at First Lutheran Church.

             The Northwest Iowa Symphony Youth Orchestra will present its Spring Concert on Monday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Christ Chapel on the campus of Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. The concert is free and open to the public.  Now in its 12th season, NISYO is an auditioned group that consists of some of the most talented string students in middle school and high school from the surrounding area.

The Southwest MN Christian High School freshmen class would like to invite all the area Senior Citizens to spend time getting to know each other better with games (card and board games) and morning coffee on the following dates:  April 10: Games and Coffee/Cold Drinks/Snacks – 10:40 a.m.; April 17: Games and Coffee/Cold Drinks/Snacks- 10:40 a.m. April 24: Games and Coffee/Cold Drinks/Snacks – 9:15 a.m.  We hope you can join the freshmen class for one or all three of the days.

The Dordt Band Festival will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, at the BJ Haan  Auditorium; Rec Center Gym in Sioux Center.

 The 26th Annual Community Prayer Breakfast, sponsored by the Early Riser’s Kiwanis, will be held on Saturday, April 13, at 8:00 a.m. at the American Reformed Church.  Tickets are $10.  Listen to the faith inspiring story of Ken Besel’s fight of survival after undergoing 55 minutes of CPR.

The Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra in conjunction with a generous grant from Sioux Center Recreation and Arts Council will present a Guest Concert by Gaudete Brass on Saturday, April 13.  The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the BJ Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa.  Tickets are available at the door.

  Palm Sunday, April 14, 2:30 pm:  Please join us for our 24th annual Easter Music Festival at the First CRC of Edgerton.  Southwest’s Choirs, area churches, and choral groups will present individual numbers during this afternoon of praise.  Members of the audience will be invited to join the mass choir the Hallelujah Chorus.   An offering will be taken for Southwest Christian High School.

Journey to the Cross Prayer Walk is at American Reformed Church on Tues., Apr. 16 and Wed., Apr. 17.  Stop by anytime between 3-7 PM.  Come in the south door by the gym to begin.  This hands-on worship experience focuses on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.  The event is open to the public and is recommended for 5th grade students to adults.

Back by popular demand, the best known name in Gospel Music, the Blackwood Brothers will be presenting a benefit concert on Saturday evening, April 20 at 6:30 PM at the BJ Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College in Sioux Center. The concert will also feature the Master’s Voice from Sioux Falls, SD and the Four For Him Quartet from Sanborn, IA.  Tickets will be $15.00 per person and sold at the door only. The doors will open at 5:00 PM.  All proceeds from the concert will benefit the local and global ministries of Hope Haven.

Come celebrate with us! Luverne Christian Reformed Church is celebrating 75 years of God’s faithfulness on May 5, 2019. Special service and celebration starting at 9:30 am at the church, 605 N. Estey, Luverne, MN 56156.



April 7, 2019
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 2:00 p.m.

Greeters Today:  AM Les and Irma Voss
                              PM – Mike and Jen Bousema

Juice servers today Ryan and Larissa Hoftyzer; Colleen Jansma
                                                     
Nursery todayPlease be in the nursery 15 minutes before the service begins.
                          AMTae Nordby and Emmalee Bosma     

Greeters for next weekAM – Chad deBoom
                                          PM – Steve Bousema

Juice servers next Sunday:  Steve and Susie Robinson
           Christian Robinson
                        
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, Joan VK, Deyten B

Letters to missionaries:
Bill and Janice Wolterstorff to Rev. Scott Van Voorst (pastorscottvv@gmail.com)
Mark and Amy Woitalewicz to Lauren and Connie Runia (Lauren_Runia@sil.org)
Stephen and Sami Woitalewicz to Rev. Ben and Amy Meyer (bmeyer@crcna.org)




April 7, 2019 – 6:00 PM
                                                                               
                                                                                                                                Leader:  Prof. Andrew Compton
                                Pianist:  Beth Ten Haken

Reading:  Psalm 126  (p 967) – member of the Mike Bousema family
WELCOME AND CALL TO WORSHIP
Silent prayer asking God’s Blessing on the Service
*Opening Song:  253: 1-4 “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”                                    LORE DEN HERREN

*Litany – Isaiah 40:10-11
Pastor:   See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power, and his arm rules for him.
People:  See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him.
Pastor:   He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms
People:  And carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.
Pastor’s Greeting
People:  Amen!

Congregational Prayer

Presentation of the Word
*Song of Preparation: 528:1-4 “Lord, Speak to Me That I May Speak”                            CAMPMBURY
Scripture:  Isaiah 44:24-55:7  (page 1130 in most pew Bibles)
Sermon:  “The Lord vs. The Idols: “I’m sending Cyrus, can you control the future?”
Prayer of Application

The Response
*Song of Response: LUYH 755:1-3 “Speak, O Lord”                                                              SPEAK, O LORD
 *Confession:  Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 18-19 (p 879)

We offer our gifts
Offering:  Covenantal Education
Offertory 

Sent to Serve
*Parting Blessing
*Closing Song:  630:1-2 “Now Blessed Be the Lord Our God”                                             CORONATION
*Moment of Silence      
*Postlude
*Please stand, if you are able

March 31, 2019


WELCOME TO THE

WORTHINGTON CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH
Sunday, March 31, 2019 – 9:30 AM
Fourth Sunday of Lent

                                                                                                Pastor:  Rev. Jerry Buwalda
                                                                                                Organist:  Lorraine Edwards
                                                                                                Pianist:  Amy Woitalewicz
Welcome
Silent prayer for God’s blessing on the service
*Opening Songs: 
            LUYH 562:1&2 “We will Extol You, God and King”                                              SCARECROW
LUYH 559:1&2 “Ten Thousand Reasons”                                                               PRS

*Litany – from Revelation
Pastor:   Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty!
People:  Just and true are your ways, King of the ages.
Pastor:   Who will not fear you, O Lord and bring glory to your name?
People:  For you alone are holy.  All nations will come and worship you.
Pastor:  Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, both small and great!
People:  Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns.  Let us rejoice and be glad
              and give him glory!
Pastor: The Lord’s Greeting
People:  Amen!
We Greet Each Other
*Hymn of Exaltation:  LUYH 772:1-4 “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less”            SOLID ROCK
Reconciliation – Time of Renewal
Hymn:  287:2&3 “Have Thine Own Way Lord”                                                          ADELAIDE
Prayer of Confession
Lord, we have sinned, without considering how much you love us.  You see our sins more clearly than we can ourselves.  Lord, you know when we are indifferent to you Word, the Bible; how often we forget to pray; the times we come unwillingly to worship; and yet we turn to you when we are in trouble.  Lord, you know when we are untruthful and when we think evil of others.  You see our anger and unfairness to our friends.  You know how hard it is for us to forgive.  Forgive us and make us clean, so that we can obey your call to take up your cross and follow you.  Through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.
Hymn:  287:1&4 “Have Thine Own Way, Lord”                                                                         ADELAIDE

Prayers of the People
Congregational Prayer

We Offer Our Gifts
Offering:  Minnkota Deacons
Offertory:  “Sweet Hour of Prayer”                                      by the Children’s Hand Bell Choir

Children and Worship – Children ages 3-7 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:  “Jesus and Zacchaeus”
Leader: Susie R ; Co-Leader: Beth P; Greeter: Saige S
Hymn:  LUYH 930:1-4 “This Little Light of Mine”                                                 LIGHT OF MINE

Proclamation Of The Word
*Song of Preparation:  279:1-3 “O Word of God Incarnate”                                                    MUNICH
Scripture Lesson: Matthew 5:1-16 (text vs 14-16) (page 1501 in most pew Bibles)    
Sermon:  “Let Your Light Shine”                     
Prayer of Application
*Song of Response:  525:1&2 “O Christians, Haste”                                                                     TIDINGS

Sent Out to Serve God for His Glory
*Benediction
*Closing Song: 292:3 “Living for Jesus”                                                                             LIVING FOR JESUS
*Moment of Silence
*Postlude 

*Please stand, if you are able

Our Church Calendar for  – March 31 – April 7
Today                9:30 AM          Worship service
                         9:30 AM         Lao language service
                        10:45 AM         Sunday School classes
                        12:15 PM          Anuak language service
                          2:00 PM         Oromo language service
                         2:00 PM          Worship service

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

Sunday           9:30 AM          Worship service
                        9:30 AM          Lao CRC service
                       10:45 AM          Sunday School classes
                       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).

Today we welcome Rev. Jerry Buwalda, a retired pastor from Sioux Falls , who will lead both of our services.

Shirley deBoom had carpal tunnel surgery on Thursday.  Please pray for complete healing.

Next Sunday Dr. Scott Culpepper will lead our morning worship service.  The evening service will be led by Andrew Compton, Assistant Professor of Old Testament at Mid-America Reformed Seminary, who will be here as part of their Spring Seminary Sunday. 

  Our second service will return to 6:00 p.m. on next Sunday.
It’s time for a Nursery Shower!  Now that the nursery has been repainted, it’s time for some more updates!  If you would be willing to donate, there are items listed on the “baby registry” on amazon.com (name of the ‘baby’ is Christian Reformed Worthington), or go to Main Street Kids and ask to see the list of books that have been picked out.  If you would like to help out financially without doing either of the above, please put your donation in an envelope marked “nursery” and put it on the desk in the office.  The plan is to have the new items in place by April 12.  Thank you!!

March 21, 2019 Search Committee Meeting Summary
1.  Discussed planning for the Saul’s visit the weekend of April 14.  They will be in town Friday late afternoon and will be departing Monday mid-morning.    There will not be a lot of time for them to see Worthington, so we will let them determine what is most important for them to see/experience during their time.  There are plans for them to meet with the Council and Search Committee as a group.  There will be time for the congregation to meet with the Saul’s after the morning and evening services and additional time that may be available as the schedule allows.
2.  Discussed two other candidates that had inquired about our position.   As a group we did not feel these individuals were the right fit.
3.  The Search Committee toured the parsonage to assess its condition should the Saul’s want to view it on the 14th.   Some cleanup is needed, but overall it is in decent shape.   Kirk was going to do some clean up and will be in contact with the building committee regarding some needed repairs.
4.  Search Committee is open to feedback from the congregation including recom-mendations of Pastors that you feel may be a fit to lead our church.

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

Advance Notice:  Since it has been a number of years since a pictorial directory has been done, and to assist a new pastor with names and faces, a new one is being planned.  Tentative times for pictures are 5:30-8:30 April 30, May 2, May 8, May 9 and 9-? on May 4.  More details will be shared later.

Advance Notice:  The carpets in the nursery, offices and Fireside Room will be cleaned on April 9.  Anytime on  Monday, April 8, a couple of volunteers are needed to remove tables and furniture from those rooms.  The Youth Group will put everything back Wednesday evening. 

Requested Items of Interest
           
The Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra will present its annual Spring Concert, The Organ: King of Instruments, Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the BJ Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa.  Guest artist on the organ for the evening is MaryLou Wielenga.  Tickets are available at the door.
Hope Haven, Inc. will host their Annual Benefit Auction Friday evening at Te Slaa Trucking (Hwy 75/18).  Help support the local and global ministries of Hope Haven through this exciting evening of fun and fellowship.  Doors open at 4:30 pm; food booth and buy-it-now table opens at 5 pm; live auction begins at 5:30 pm.  Visit www.hopehaven.org for a list of items that will be auctioned off.  The whole family is invited to this community event.
The Northwest Iowa Symphony Youth Orchestra will present its Spring Concert on Monday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Christ Chapel on the campus of Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. The concert is free and open to the public.  Now in its 12th season, NISYO is an auditioned group that consists of some of the most talented string students in middle school and high school from the surrounding area.
The Southwest MN Christian High School freshmen class would like to invite all the area Senior Citizens to spend time getting to know each other better with games (card and board games) and morning coffee on the following dates:  April 10: Games and Coffee/Cold Drinks/Snacks – 10:40 a.m.; April 17: Games and Coffee/Cold Drinks/Snacks- 10:40 a.m. April 24: Games and Coffee/Cold Drinks/Snacks – 9:15 a.m.  We hope you can join the freshmen class for one or all three of the days. 
The 26th Annual Community Prayer Breakfast, sponsored by the Early Riser’s Kiwanis, will be held on Saturday, April 13, at 8:00 a.m. at the American Reformed Church.  Tickets are $10.  Listen to the faith inspiring story of Ken Besel’s fight of survival after undergoing 55 minutes of CPR.
The Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra in conjunction with a generous grant from Sioux Center Recreation and Arts Council will present a Guest Concert by Gaudete Brass on Saturday, April 13.  The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the BJ Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa.  Tickets are available at the door.
  Palm Sunday, April 14, 2:30 pm:  Please join us for our 24th annual Easter Music Festival at the First CRC of Edgerton.  Southwest’s Choirs, area churches, and choral groups will present individual numbers during this afternoon of praise.  Members of the audience will be invited to join the mass choir the Hallelujah Chorus.   An offering will be taken for Southwest Christian High School.
Come celebrate with us! Luverne Christian Reformed Church is celebrating 75 years of God’s faithfulness on May 5, 2019. Special service and celebration starting at 9:30 am at the church, 605 N. Estey, Luverne, MN 56156.
March 31, 2019
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 2:00 p.m.

Greeters Today:  AM Rod and Bonnie Bosma
                              PM – Marie Bousema

Juice servers today – Dallas and Emily Ransom
                                    Dan and Sheryl Riemersma         
                                                    
Nursery todayPlease be in the nursery 15 minutes before the service begins.
                          AM – Jen Bousema and Angela Bousema

Greeters for next weekAM – Ken and Lauri Vander Veen
                                          PM – Mike and Jen Bousema

Juice servers next Sunday:  Ryan and Larissa Hoftyzer
           Colleen Jansma
                        
Nursery next Sunday:  Please be in the nursery 15 minutes before the service begins.
                                       AM –  Tae Nordby and Emmalee Bosma     

Children and Worship next Sunday:  Beth P, Katelyn O, Josiah H

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



March 31, 2019 – 2:00 PM
                                                                               
                                                                                                                                Pastor:  Rev. Jerry Buwalda
                                         Pianist:  Danni Weg
Reading:  Psalm 121 (p 965) – Kel Vande Kamp
WELCOME AND CALL TO WORSHIP
Silent prayer asking God’s Blessing on the Service
*Opening Song:  485: O Christ, Our Hope, Our Heart’s Desire”                                         MANOAH          
*Litany – Psalm 24
Pastor:   The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.
People:  for he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters.
Pastor:   Who may ascend the hill of the Lord?  Who may stand in his holy place?
People:  He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his shoulder
                 to an idol or swear by what is false.
Pastor:   He will receive blessing from the Lord and vindication from God his Savior
People:  Such are those who seek him, who seek your face, O God of Jacob.
Pastor’s Greeting
People:  Amen!

Congregational Prayer

Presentation of the Word
*Song of Preparation:  “Nothing but the Blood of Jesus” (v 1-4)                                   PLAINFIELD
Scripture:  Luke 9:28-36 (page 1609 in most pew Bibles)
Sermon:  “The Only Savior”
Prayer of Application

The Response
*Song of Response: 395:1-3 “Hail, O Once-Despised Jesus”                                                   ARFON
 *Confession:  Apostle’s Creed (p 813)

We offer our gifts
Offering:  Minnkota Deacons
Offertory 

Sent to Serve
*Parting Blessing
*Closing Song:  395:4 “Hail, O Once-Despised Jesus”                                                               ARFON
*Moment of Silence      
*Postlude
*Please stand, if you are able

March 24, 2019

WELCOME TO THE

WORTHINGTON CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH
Sunday, March 24, 2019 – 9:30 AM
Third Sunday of Lent

                                                                                                Pastor:  Rev. Dave Smit
                                                                                                Pianist:  Beth Ten Haken
                                                                                                Organist:  Lisa Sampson
                                                                                 
Welcome
Silent prayer for God’s blessing on the service
*Opening Songs: 
LUYH 532:1&3 “Be Still, for the Presence”                          BE STILL, FOR THE PRESENCE
LUYH 529:1&4 “Gather Us In”                                                                           GATHER US IN

*Litany
Pastor: Let  us worship God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ.
People: We are  new creations the old has gone, the new has come.
Pastor: :Let us  worship God as Christ’s ambassadors.
People: Through us and through our worship may we announce the good news to all.
Pastor:  Let us worship God  in spirit and in truth.
People: Praise God!  We are reconciled redeemed, renewed!
Pastor: The Lord’s Greeting + “all God’s people say together”
People:  Amen!
We Greet Each Other
*Hymn of Exaltation:  LUYH 772:1-4My Hope is Built on Nothing Less”        SOLID ROCK     
Reconciliation
Call to Confession
Assurance of pardon
The Gratitude of Holy Living

Prayers of the People
Congregational Prayer

Children and Worship – Children ages 3-7 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:  “Jesus and Bartimaeus”
Leader:  Shirley dB; Co-Leader: Susie R; Greeter:  Vince VK

We Offer Our Gifts
Offering:  Worthington Workcamp
Offertory:  “Here I Am, Lord with Have Thine Own Way”                                   arr Mary McDonald
Sung by the Ladies Ensemble
               
Proclamation Of The Word
*Song of Preparation:  LUYH 755:1-3 “Speak O Lord”                                     SPEAK, O LORD
Scripture Lesson: Titus 2:11-14 (page 1858 in most pew Bibles)          
Sermon:  “The Grace of Our God”                  
Prayer of Application
*Song of Response:  LUYH 696:1-3Marvelous Grace”                                                          MOODY 
Sent Out to Serve God for His Glory
*Benediction
*Closing Song: LUYH 770:1-4 “In Christ Alone”                                             IN CHRIST ALONE
*Moment of Silence
*Postlude 

*Please stand, if you are able

           
Dear Lord, You are so trustworthy and faithful to your promises.  Thank you for never leaving my side.  I love you.  Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for you.  Psalm 9:10.
  
Our Church Calendar for  – March 24 – March 31
Today                9:30 AM          Worship service – refreshments to follow
                         9:30 AM         Lao language service
                        10:45 AM         Sunday School HC Bee Q & A 16-30
                        12:15 PM          Anuak language service
                        1:30 PM           Children’s Hand Bell Choir practice
                         2:00 PM          Oromo language service
                         2:00 PM          Worship service
Monday          7:00 PM           Deacon’s Meeting
Wednesday    6:30 AM          Men’s Prayer Meeting
                        7:00 PM           Cadets
Sunday           9:30 AM          Worship service
                        9:30 AM          Lao CRC service
                       10:45 AM          Sunday School classes –
                       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).

Today we welcome Rev. David Smit, an associate pastor at Faith CRC in Sioux Center, who will lead both of our services.

Refreshments will be served after the morning service.

The Sunday School HC Bee will be held this morning.

            The Sunday Men’s and Women’s Bible Study Groups will not meet this morning.

The Children’s Hand Bell Choir will practice today at 1:30 p.m.

Next Sunday Rev. Jerry Buwalda, a retired pastor from Sioux Falls, will lead our worship services.

            The Youth Group is looking for a male volunteer to go with them to SERVE in Thunder Bay, Ontario, July 13-20.  Responsibilities include driving and leading small groups on work projects (you do not have to help with planning details).  There is no cost for the volunteer.  Please contact Rita at 360-9334 if you would be willing to help out with this rewarding event. 

Our second service will return to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 7.

Thank You to the Cadets and GEMS for their participation and good sportsmanship in the Pinewood Derby, to the GEMS for the bars and to all those who helped clean up!!

It’s time for a Nursery Shower!  Now that the nursery has been repainted, it’s time for some more updates!  If you would be willing to donate, there are items listed on the “baby registry” on amazon.com (name of the ‘baby’ is Christian Reformed Worthington), or go to Main Street Kids and ask to see the list of books that have been picked out.  If you would like to help out financially without doing either of the above, please put your donation in an envelope marked “nursery” and put it on the desk in the office.  The plan is to have the new items in place by April 12.  Thank you!!

The offering for next week is for Minnkota Deacons, which in conjunction with VIM, responds to referrals from 40+ social agencies, healthcare facilities, and schools ranging from abuse, elderly medical co-pays, children’s clothing and cribs, transportation, rent and utility bills, from health issues, to finding a Sunday School or Youth Group connection. 

Advance Notice:  Since it has been a number of years since a pictorial directory has been done, and to assist a new pastor with names and faces, a new one is being planned.  Tentative times for pictures are 5:30-8:30 April 30, May 2, May 8, May 9 and 9-? on May 4.  Stay tuned for more details.

Advance Notice:  The carpets in the nursery, offices and Fireside Room will be cleaned on April 9.  Anytime on  Monday, April 8, a couple of volunteers are needed to remove tables and furniture from those rooms.  The Youth Group will put everything back Wednesday evening. 

Requested Items of Interest
            If anyone is interested in purchasing a t-shirt or sweatshirt to help support Worthington Workcamp, there are order forms on the table in the Fellowship Hall.
Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra seeks Community Choir for May 21, 2019.  Concert Rehearsals will be held SUNDAYS starting today from 4-6pm at MN West Community and Technical College - 1450 Collegeway Worthington, MN.  To register your participation, please contact Eric Parrish at: eric.parrish@mnwestedu or 507-372-3490. Come share your talents and be a part of this exciting musical opportunity!
The Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra will present its annual Spring Concert, The Organ: King of Instruments, on Tuesday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the BJ Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa.  Guest artist on the organ for the evening is MaryLou Wielenga.  Tickets are available at the door.
Hope Haven, Inc. will host their Annual Benefit Auction on Friday evening, April 5, at Te Slaa Trucking (Hwy 75/18).  Help support the local and global ministries of Hope Haven through this exciting evening of fun and fellowship.  Doors open at 4:30 pm; food booth and buy-it-now table opens at 5 pm; live auction begins at 5:30 pm.  Visit www.hopehaven.org for a list of items that will be auctioned off.  The whole family is invited to this community event.
The Worthington Christian School will be holding its annual Hostess Supper fundraiser on Thursday, April 11.  Social time begins at 6:00pm with dinner served at 6:30.  Entertainment will be provided by inspirational speaker and juggler, Luke Winger.  An offering will be taken in support of the school.  This event is by invitation only, as the tables are hosted by current WCS families.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Tae Nordby at 360-3102.
The 26th Annual Community Prayer Breakfast, sponsored by the Early Riser’s Kiwanis, will be held on Saturday, April 13, at 8:00 a.m. at the American Reformed Church.  Tickets are $10.  Listen to the faith inspiring story of Ken Besel’s fight of survival after undergoing 55 minutes of CPR.
The Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra in conjunction with a generous grant from Sioux Center Recreation and Arts Council will present a Guest Concert by Gaudete Brass on Saturday, April 13.  The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the BJ Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa.  Tickets are available at the door.
  Palm Sunday, April 14, 2:30 pm:  Please join us for our 24th annual Easter Music Festival at the First CRC of Edgerton.  Southwest’s Choirs, area churches, and choral groups will present individual numbers during this afternoon of praise.  Members of the audience will be invited to join the mass choir the Hallelujah Chorus.   An offering will be taken for Southwest Christian High School.
Join Red Cross volunteers in Worthington to Sound the Alarm. During the home fire safety and smoke alarm installation event, volunteers will install free smoke alarms in high risk neighborhoods. In Worthington, we are hoping to install 200 smoke alarms for those in need on May 4th from 9 am – 3 pm. Volunteer to help Sound the Alarm. Save a Life  Visit http://bit.ly/mnsta2019 to register today and commit to make homes safer by installing smoke alarms, replacing alarm batteries and helping families create escape plans. If you are in need of a free smoke alarm, please call 612-460-3674.

March 24, 2019
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 2:00 p.m.

Greeters Today:  AM Jim Boltjes
                              PM – Dave and Nikki Bosma

Juice servers today – Scott and Katelyn Olson
Garvin and Dianne Prins
                                                    
Nursery todayPlease be in the nursery 15 minutes before the service begins.
                          AM – Katelyn Olson and Saige Scheepstra

Greeters for next weekAM – Rod and Bonnie Bosma
                                          PM – Marie Bousema

Juice servers next Sunday:  Dallas and Emily Ransom
                                              Dan and Sheryl Riemersma         
                                                            
Nursery next Sunday:  Please be in the nursery 15 minutes before the service begins.
                                       AM –  Jen Bousema and Angela Bousema

Children and Worship next Sunday:  Susie R, Beth P, Saige S

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



March 24, 2019 – 2:00 PM
                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                Pastor:  Rev. Dave Smit
                                Pianist:  Beth Ten Haken
Reading:  Psalm 147 (p 981) – Jessica Peterson
WELCOME AND CALL TO WORSHIP
Silent prayer asking God’s Blessing on the Service

*Opening Song:  LUYH 559:1-3 “Ten Thousand Reasons”                                                    PRS

*Litany
Pastor:   The Lord be with you
People:  And also with you.
Pastor:   This is the day the LORD has made
People:  Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Pastor’s Greeting
People:  Amen!

Congregational Prayer

Presentation of the Word
*Song of Preparation:  LUYH 762:1-2 “Ancient Words”                                                    ANCIENT WORDS
Scripture:  1 Peter 1:1-9  (page 1886 in most pew Bibles)
Sermon:  “Our Joy in Christ”
Prayer of Application

The Response
*Song of Response: LUYH 581:1-3 “Joyful,  Joyful, We Adore Thee”                                 HYMN TO JOY
 *Confession:  Belgic Confession Article 23 (p 839)

We offer our gifts:
Offering:  Worthington Workcamp
Offertory 

Sent to Serve
*Parting Blessing
*Closing Song:  LUYH 769:1-2 “Keep What You have Believed”                                             DIADEMATA
*Moment of Silence      
*Postlude
*Please stand, if you are able

March 17, 2019


WELCOME TO THE


WORTHINGTON CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH

Sunday, March 17, 2019 – 9:30 AM
Second Sunday of Lent

                                                                                    Pastor:  Rev. Carl Klompien
                                                                                    Organist:  Sheryl Riemersma
                                                                                    Pianist:  Lorraine Edwards

Welcome
Silent prayer for God’s blessing on the service
*Opening Songs: 
239:1-2 “Amid the Thronging Worshipers”                                                                    BOVINA
470:1&3 “All Hail the Power”                                                                                       CORONATION

*Litany
Pastor:   Sing to the Lord a new song
People:  sing to the Lord, all the earth
Pastor:   Sing to the Lord, praise his name
People:  Proclaim his salvation day after day.
Pastor:   Declare his glory among the nations
People:  his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
All:         Praise and worship the Lord.
Pastor’s Greeting  
People:  Amen!
We Greet Each Other
*Hymn of Exaltation:  96:1,2,4,6 “Sing to the Lord, Sing His Praise”                              WESLEY
                                                                       
Reconciliation
Call to Confession:  Isaiah 55:6,7a
Assurance of pardon:  Isaiah 55:7b-13
The Gratitude of Holy Living:  Deuteronomy 5:6-21

Prayers of the People
Congregational Prayer


Children and Worship – Children ages 3-7 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:  “Jesus and the Children”
Leader:  Scott N; Co-Leader: Shirley dB; Greeter:  Katie R

We Offer Our Gifts
Offering:  Calvin Theological Seminary
Offertory:  “Indescribable”                                                               sung by Emmalee Bosma            
Proclamation Of The Word
*Song of Preparation:  267:1,3,4 "And Can It  Be"                                                                        SAGINA
Scripture Lesson:  Matthew 26:1-13  Text: v 6-13  (page 1542 in most pew Bibles)
            (supplementary passages: Mark 14:3-9; Luke 7:37,38; John 12:1-8)
Sermon:  “Funeral Preparations”
                          I.   An Act of Love By Mary
                         II.   A Religious Accusation by the Disciples
                         III.   A Divine Commendation by Christ
Prayer of Application
*Song of Response:  384:1-3 "When I Survey"                                                                        HAMBURG

Sent Out to Serve God for His Glory
*Benediction
*Closing Song: 557:1  "My Jesus I Love Thee"                                                                            GORDON
Worthington Workcamp Presentation – Tim Bickett
*Moment of Silence
*Postlude 

*Please stand, if you are able


Dear Lord, You are perfect in every way and are always faithful to your promises.  Thank you for holding me near to your heart.  God’s way is perfect.  All the Lord’s promises prove true.  He is a shield for all who look to him for protection.  Psalm 18:30


Our Church Calendar for  – March 17 – March 24
Today                9:30 AM          Worship service
                         9:30 AM         Lao language service
                        10:45 AM         Sunday School classes
                        12:15 PM          Anuak language service
                        1:30 PM           Children’s Hand Bell Choir practice
                         2:00 PM          Oromo language service
                         2:00 PM          Worship service
Monday          7:00 PM           Council Meeting/Elders Meeting
Wednesday    6:30 AM          Men’s Prayer Meeting
                        9:45 AM          Meadows Bible Study
                        6:30 PM           Cadets/GEMS Pinewood Derby
                        7:00 PM           Ladies Ensemble rehearsal
Sunday           9:30 AM          Worship service – followed by refreshments
                        9:30 AM          Lao CRC service
                       10:45 AM          Sunday School classes – HC Bee Q & A 16-30
                       12:15 PM           Anuak language service
                        1:30 PM           Children’s Hand Bell Choir practice
                        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).

Today we welcome Rev. Carl Klompien, a retired minister from Sioux Center, who will lead our services.         

Tim Bickett will be giving a presentation after our closing song this morning regarding the Worthington Work Camp in July.  We will be taking an offering for this cause next week. There is an insert in your bulletin about this event.  Welcome Tim! 

            The Sunday Men’s and Women’s Bible Study Groups will not meet today nor next week.
The Children’s Hand Bell Choir will practice today and next week Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

Cadet Counselor’s Meeting Tuesday at Sioux Falls 1st CRC at 7:30.

Cadet Pinewood Derby will be held this Wednesday at 7 PM.  Weigh in will begin at 6:30 PM.   Everyone is asked to please weigh-in at the kitchen first.   If and when you weigh 6 oz. you then can proceed to the registration table, to get your number and have a final weigh in.  Place your car on the designated spot on the line up table. Everyone must be race ready at 7 PM.  Parents, grand-parents, siblings, and friends are encouraged to attend and cheer on your racer.  Looking forward to a great time.  

The Ladies Ensemble will rehearse Wednesday at 7:00 pm.

The Sunday School Heidelberg Catechism Bee will be held next week Sunday on Q & A 16-30.  Parents, please make sure your children are prepared.

Next Sunday Rev. David Smit, an associate pastor at Faith CRC in Sioux Center, will lead our worship services. 
           
The Youth Group is looking for a male volunteer to go with them to SERVE in Thunder Bay, Ontario, July 13-20.  Responsibilities include driving and leading small groups on work projects (you do not have to help with planning details).  There is no cost for the volunteer.  Please contact Rita at 360-9334 if you would be willing to help out with this rewarding event. 

Edgar’s test results weren’t good enough for him to have his leukemia treatment on Friday.  If you are able to take him to Sanford’s Children this week Friday, call Steve Bousema at 360-9560.  He needs to be there from 1-4 p.m.

The Deacons ask that you prayerfully consider your giving to the General Fund, especially since we have been unable to have church services several times the past few months.  Thank you!


There are some newsletters from Calvin Theological Seminary in the racks by the mail slots for anyone who would like to take one.
Requested Items of Interest
Bible for Missions Thrift Store will be having their change-over from winter to spring items; tomorrow they will refill their racks. If you are able, they would like our church to come to help. Donuts and coffee will be furnished.
                The Southwest Christian High School Circles invite you to their annual Spring Soup and Dessert Supper on Tuesday. Serving time is 5:30 - 7:30 pm.  Free will donations are gratefully accepted. 
Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra seeks Community Choir for May 21, 2019.  Concert Rehearsals will be held SUNDAYS starting March 24th from 4-6pm at MN West Community and Technical College - 1450 Collegeway Worthington, MN.  The choir will prepare America The Beautiful arranged by Carmen Dragon along with Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy. Beethoven’s masterpiece is written for solo piano, orchestra, vocal soloists, and community choir. This piece will be sung in GERMAN.  To register your participation, please contact Eric Parrish at: eric.parrish@mnwestedu or 507-372-3490. Come share your talents and be a part of this exciting musical opportunity!
The Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra will present its annual Spring Concert, The Organ: King of Instruments, on Tuesday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the BJ Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa.  Guest artist on the organ for the evening is MaryLou Wielenga.  Tickets are available at the door.
The Worthington Christian School will be holding its annual Hostess Supper fundraiser on Thursday, April 11.  Social time begins at 6:00pm with dinner served at 6:30.  Entertainment will be provided by inspirational speaker and juggler, Luke Winger.  An offering will be taken in support of the school.  This event is by invitation only, as the tables are hosted by current WCS families.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Tae Nordby at 360-3102.
The 26th Annual Community Prayer Breakfast, sponsored by the Early Riser’s Kiwanis, will be held on Saturday, April 13, at 8:00 a.m. at the American Reformed Church.  Tickets are $10.  Listen to the faith inspiring story of Ken Besel’s fight of survival after undergoing 55 minutes of CPR. 
Palm Sunday, April 14, 2:30 pm:  Please join us for our 24th annual Easter Music Festival at the First CRC of Edgerton.  Southwest’s Choirs, area churches, and choral groups will present individual numbers during this afternoon of praise.  Members of the audience will be invited to join the mass choir the Hallelujah Chorus.   An offering will be taken for Southwest Christian High School.
Join Red Cross volunteers in Worthington to Sound the Alarm. During the home fire safety and smoke alarm installation event, volunteers will install free smoke alarms in high risk neighborhoods. In Worthington, we are hoping to install 200 smoke alarms for those in need on May 4th from 9 am – 3 pm. Volunteer to help Sound the Alarm. Save a Life  Visit http://bit.ly/mnsta2019 to register today and commit to make homes safer by installing smoke alarms, replacing alarm batteries and helping families create escape plans. If you are in need of a free smoke alarm, please call 612-460-3674.
March 17, 2019
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 2:00 p.m.

Greeters Today:  AM Stephen and Sami Woitalewicz
                              PM – Bill and Janice Wolterstorff

Juice servers today – Ryan Loomans
                                    Steve and Beth Prins
                  
Nursery todayPlease be in the nursery 15 minutes before the service begins.
                          AM – Deb Weg and Noah Gravenhof

Greeters for next weekAM – Jim Boltjes
                                          PM – Dave and Nikki Bosma

Juice servers next Sunday:  Scott and Katelyn Olson
          Garvin and Dianne Prins
                                                            
Nursery next Sunday:  Please be in the nursery 15 minutes before the service begins.
                                       AM –  Katelyn Olson and Saige Scheepstra

Children and Worship next Sunday:  Terry dB, Susie R, Vince VK

Refreshments next Sunday morning:  Lauri, Judy and Lorraine

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

March 17, 2019 – 2:00 PM
                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                Pastor:  Rev. Carl Klompien
                                Pianist:  Lorraine Edwards
Reading:  Psalm 27 (p 864) – Amy Woitalewicz
WELCOME AND CALL TO WORSHIP
Silent prayer asking God’s Blessing on the Service

*Opening Song: 253:1,2,4 "Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”                                  LOBE DEN HERREN    

*Pastor’s Greeting
*People:  Amen!

Congregational Prayer

Presentation of the Word
*Song of Preparation:  LUYH 755:1-3 "Speak, O Lord"                                                      SPEAK, O LORD
Scripture:   Mark 7:31-Mark 8:26 (page 1565 in most pew Bibles)
Sermon:  “It's a Miracle”
                                     I.  The Need of God's Grace
    II.  The Provision of God's Grace
                                   III. The Response to God's Grace
Prayer of Application

The Response
*Song of Response: 446:1-3 "If You But Trust in God"                              WER NUR DEN LIEBEN GOTT
*Confession:  Lord's Day 9, Q&A 26-28  (responsive)

We offer our gifts:
Offering:  Calvin Theological Seminary
Offertory 

Sent to Serve
*Parting Blessing
*Closing Song:  441:1&4 "All Praise My God to You This Night"                                      TALLIS CANON
*Moment of Silence      
*Postlude
*Please stand, if you are able

March 10, 2019


WELCOME TO THE


WORTHINGTON CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH

Sunday, March 10, 2019 – 9:30 AM

First Sunday of Lent


                                                                                    Pastor:  Rev. Duane Tinklenberg
                                                                                    Organist:  Lorraine Edwards
                                                                                    Pianist:  Lisa Sampson

Welcome
Silent prayer for God’s blessing on the service
*Opening Songs: 
LUYH 567:1-2 “Here I am to Worship”                                           HERE I AM TO WORSHIP
LUYH 537 “Open the Eyes of My Heart”                                                 EYES OF MY HEART

*Litany
Pastor:   Sing to the Lord, you saints of his; praise his holy name
People:  For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping
              May remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.    (Psalm 30:4,5)
Pastor’s Greeting  
People:  Amen!
We Greet Each Other
*Hymn of Exaltation:  96:1-4 “Sing to the Lord, Sing His Praise”                                      WESLEY
                                                                       
Reconciliation
Call to Confession  
Assurance of pardon 
The Gratitude of Holy Living

Prayers of the People
Congregational Prayer






We Offer Our Gifts
Offering:  World Renew
Offertory:  “Zacchaeus” and “Lord, I Lift Your Name on High”   by the Sunday School Children
                                                
Children and Worship – Children ages 3-7 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 Great Banquet”
Leader:  Joe VK; Co-Leader: Scott N; Greeter:  Vince VK

Proclamation Of The Word
*Song of Preparation:  LUYH 762:1-2 “Ancient Words”                                            ANCIENT WORDS
Scripture Lesson: Mark 5:1-20 (page 1558 in most pew Bibles)
Sermon:  “Jesus Meets Legion”
Prayer of Application
*Song of Response:  412:1-5 “Jesus Shall Reign”                                                    DUKE STREET

Celebration of the Lord’s Supper
Formulary (page 979)
During the passing of the bread
Reading of Psalm 53
During the passing of the wine
428: 1-4 “Out of My Bondage, Sorrow and Night”                                             JESUS, I COME
During the offering for Love INC
            772:1-4 “My Hope is Built”                                                                                                 SOLID ROCK
Sent Out to Serve God for His Glory
*Benediction
*Closing Song: 370:1-3 “My Soul Finds Rest”                                                        MY SOUL FINDS REST
*Moment of Silence
*Postlude 

*Please stand, if you are able





Our Church Calendar for  – March 10 – March 17
Today                9:30 AM          Worship service – with communion
                         9:30 AM         Lao language service
                        10:45 AM         Sunday School classes
                        12:15 PM          Anuak language service
                         2:00 PM          Oromo language service
                         2:00 PM          Worship service – refreshments to follow
Monday          6:45 PM           Ladies Bible Study
Wednesday    6:30 AM          Men’s Prayer Meeting
                        5:30 PM           Youth Group meet at American Reformed Church
                        7:00 PM           Prayer Day for Crops and Industry at ARC
Sunday           9:30 AM          Worship service
                        9:30 AM          Lao CRC service
                       10:45 AM          Sunday School classes
                       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).

A sister of Marie Bousema, Henrietta Van Kooten of Kansas, passed away on Wednesday.  Our sincerest condolences are extended to Marie, Mike and Jen and family and Steve, on your loss. We pray that God gives you His overwhelming peace and hope today.

            On January 26 Wanda Gray fell and broke her left hip.  It was repaired at Avera and she was in the hospital six days.  Then she spent two weeks in Prince of Peace rehabilitation center.  She has now finished three weeks of in-home rehab.  She continues with out-patient rehabilitation at a gym and at home.  The Gray’s address is 3112 South Newcastle Court, Sioux Falls, SD  57110.  May God grant her a complete recovery.

Today we welcome Rev. Duane Tinklenberg, a retired minister from Sioux Center, who will lead our services.         

            Immediately following our morning worship service, the council will present information regarding our International Ministry and Scott Nordby will give a Search Committee update . 

The joint Prayer Day for Crops and Industry will be held on Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm at the American Reformed Church.  Pastor Lee will give the sermon. 

            Wednesday evening: The Cadets will not meet.  The Youth Group will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the American Reformed Church with a time of fellowship and food prior to a combined youth group lesson.  They will then attend the Prayer Day service.

            The Sunday School Heidelberg Catechism Bee will be held on March 24 on Q & A 16-30.  Parents, please make sure your children are prepared.

            The Youth Group is looking for a male volunteer to go with them to SERVE in Thunder Bay, Ontario, July 13-20.  Responsibilities include driving and leading small groups on work projects (you do not have to help with planning details).  There is no cost for the volunteer.  Please contact Rita at 360-9334 if you would be willing to help out with this rewarding event. 

Next Sunday Rev. Cark Klompien, a retired minster living in Sioux Center, will lead our worship services. 

A volunteer is needed to take a young man to his leukemia treatment at Sanford Children’s on Friday.  His appointment is from 1:00-4:00.  Contact Steve Bousema 360-9560
            February 26, 2019 Search Committee Meeting Summary
▪▪Video conference call interview with Garrett Saul, Youth Director at Beckwith Hills CRC in Grand Rapids, MI.    He is very excited about the opportunities here in Worthington and fits the skillset we are looking for.   He agreed to come to visit and preach on the weekend of April 14th with his wife and the youngest of their three children. We will provide more information regarding Garrett and his family prior to them visiting.
▪▪Discussed three other candidates that had inquired about our position.   As a group we did not feel any of these individuals were the right fit.
▪▪Discussed ideas for hosting Garrett Saul and things we can do to showcase our Church and Community.   We are open to feedback from the congregation.  
▪▪The Search Committee is open to feedback from the congregation, including recommendations of Pastors that you feel may be a fit to lead our church.
The Deacons ask that you prayerfully consider your giving to the General Fund, especially since we  have been unable to have church services several times.  In February the receipts were $7,777, which is far short of our monthly budgeted amount $29,957.  Thank you!
Our offering next week is for Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, MI, which was founded in 1876 for the purpose of preparing ministers for the Christian Reformed Church, and education whose center is Jesus Christ, God’s word in the flesh.
The Care and Fellowship Committee is looking into a Creative Spirit canvas painting session to be held in our church.  The cost for adults is $35 and $25 for children.  Before we book an event, we would like to determine if there is any interest in doing this.  Please sign the sheet in the Fellowship Hall, call the church office at 372-2811, or e-mail wgtncrc@frontiernet.net if you would be interested in this type of event and when would be the best time for you – an evening or on a Saturday. 
Requested Items of Interest
                The Worthington Christian School will be hosting its annual Kindergarten Open House on Thursday from 5:30-7:00PM.  Parents are invited to a question/answer meeting at 5:45 while the students explore the classroom.  School tours will be available and some current WCS families will also be on-site to answer questions or share personal stories of the “WCS Difference”. 

Friday evening the King’s Choraliers Male Chorus from Grand Rapids, MI will be at the BJ Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt This concert will begin at 7:30. Joining them for the evening will be the Valley Male Chorus from Rock Valley, IA. A freewill offering will be taken for Hope Haven. 

            Saturday evening at 7:00 pm the King’s Choraliers Male Chorus from Grand Rapids, MI, will be at First Christian Reformed Church, Edgerton. No tickets, no admission.  Free will offering.
Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra seeks Community Choir for May 21, 2019.  Concert Rehearsals will be held SUNDAYS starting March 24th from 4-6pm at MN West Community and Technical College - 1450 Collegeway Worthington, MN.  The choir will prepare America The Beautiful arranged by Carmen Dragon along with Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy. Beethoven’s masterpiece is written for solo piano, orchestra, vocal soloists, and community choir. This piece will be sung in GERMAN.  To register your participation, please contact Eric Parrish at: eric.parrish@mnwestedu or 507-372-3490. Come share your talents and be a part of this exciting musical opportunity!
The 26th Annual Community Prayer Breakfast, sponsored by the Early Riser’s Kiwanis, will be held on Saturday April 13 at 8:00 a.m. at the American Reformed Church.  Tickets are $10.  Listen to the faith inspiring story of Ken Besel’s fight of survival after undergoing 55 minutes of CPR. 
Palm Sunday, April 14, 2:30 pm:  Please join us for our 24th annual Easter Music Festival at the First CRC of Edgerton.  Southwest’s Choirs, area churches, and choral groups will present individual numbers during this afternoon of praise.  Members of the audience will be invited to join the mass choir the Hallelujah Chorus.   An offering will be taken for Southwest Christian High School (sponsored as a fundraiser by Circle #12).

March 10, 2019
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 Ken and Lauri Vander Veen
                              PM – Clay and Danni Weg

Juice servers today –  Ryan and Larissa Hoftyzer; Colleen Jansma
                  
Nursery todayPlease be in the nursery 15 minutes before the service begins.
                          AM – Lauri Vander Veen and Liv Vander Kooi

Greeters for next weekAM – Jim Boltjes
                                          PM – Dave and Nikki Bosma

Juice servers next Sunday:  Scott and Katelyn Olson
                                               Garvin and Dianne Prins
                        
Nursery next Sunday:  Please be in the nursery 15 minutes before the service begins.
                                       AM –  Katelyn Olson and Saige Scheepstra

Children and Worship next Sunday:  Scott N, Terry dB, Katie R

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




March 10, 2019 – 2:00 PM
                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                Pastor:  Rev. Duane Tinklenberg
                                Pianist:  Sheryl Riemersma
Reading:  Psalm 42 (p 881) – Amy Woitalewicz
WELCOME AND CALL TO WORSHIP
Silent prayer asking God’s Blessing on the Service

*Opening Song:   188:1-3 “Praise the Lord, Sing Hallelujah”                                               PRAISE JEHOVAH
*Litany
Pastor:   The Lord protects the simplehearted; when I was in great need, he saved me.
People:  Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the Lord has been good to you.       (Psalm 116:6-7)
Pastor’s Greeting
People:  Amen!

Congregational Prayer

Presentation of the Word
*Song of Preparation:  462:1-5 “Amazing Grace”                                                                        NEW BRITAIN
Scripture:  II Kings 5-6 vs 7  (page 576 in most pew Bibles)
Sermon:  “Grace and the Floating Axe Head”
Prayer of Application

The Response
*Song of Response: 287:1-4 “Have Thine Own Way”                                                                        ADELAIDE
*Confession:  Apostle’s Creed (p 813)

We offer our gifts:
Offering:  World Renew
Offertory 

Sent to Serve
*Parting Blessing
*Closing Song:  “Be Still My Soul” (1-3)                                                                                                  FINLANDIA
*Moment of Silence      
*Postlude
*Please stand, if you are able

March 3, 2019

The bulletin for the morning service will be provided by Hope Haven.

March 3, 2019

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 2:00 p.m.

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

Juice servers today –  Scott and Tae Nordby; Aaron and Kia Nystrom
                    
Nursery todayPlease be in the nursery 15 minutes before the service begins.
                          AMBeth Prins and Ellie Weg

Greeters for next weekAM – Ken and Lauri Vander Veen
                                          PM – Clay and Danni Weg

Juice servers next SundayRyan and Larissa Hoftyzer
                                                Colleen Jansma

Nursery next Sunday:  Please be in the nursery 15 minutes before the service begins.
                                       AM –  Lauri Vander Veen and Liv Vander Kooi

Children and Worship next Sunday:  Joe VK, Scott, Liv VK

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




March 3, 2019 – 2:00 PM
                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                Pastor:  Rev. Jerry Buwalda
                                Pianist:  Sheryl Riemersma
Psalm Reading:  Psalm 46 (p 885 ) – Ginny Lien
WELCOME AND CALL TO WORSHIP
Silent prayer asking God’s Blessing on the Service
*Opening Song:   249:1-4 “Holy, Holy, Holy”                                                                                              NICAEA
*Litany
Pastor:   God of the past, who has created and nurtured us,
People:  we are here to thank you.
Pastor:   God of the future, who is always ahead of us,
People:  we are here to thank you.
Pastor:   God of the present, who is here in the midst of us,
People:  we are here to thank you.
Pastor:   God of life who is beyond us and within us,
People:  we rejoice in your glorious love.
Pastor:  God’s Greeting to His People
People:  Amen!

Congregational Prayer

Presentation of the Word
*Song of Preparation:  446:1-3 “If You But Trust in God to Guide You”     WER NUR DEN LIEBEN GOTT
Scripture:  Isaiah 49:8-26; John 20:24-29 (pages 1138 & 1687 in most pew Bibles)
Sermon:  “Engraved in the Palms of God’s Hands”
Prayer of Application

The Response
*Song of Response:  452:1-4 “He Leadeth Me”                                                                                   AUGHTON
*Confession: Canons of Dordt: Perseverance of the Saints

We offer our gifts:
Offering:  Covenantal Education
Offertory 
Sent to Serve
*Parting Blessing
*Closing Song:  556:1 “Great is Thy Faithfulness”                                                                     FAITHFULNESS
*Moment of Silence      
*Postlude
*Please stand, if you are able

Today Rev. Jerry Buwalda, a retired minster living in Sioux Falls, will lead our worship services. 

This morning we have the privilege of having the Valley Male Chorus with us.  They sing on behalf of Hope Haven.  Welcome! There will be refreshments served following the morning service in the Fellowship Hall.

The Education Committee will meet on Monday, March 11, at 6:30 p.m.

Volunteers in Mercy has a need of someone driving Edgar, a 17-year old, to Sanford Children’s for his treatments for leukemia on March 8th and 15th.  He needs to be there at 1:00 pm for a three-hour treatment.  Contact Steve Bousema at 360-9560 if you can help.

There is a signup sheet in the Fellowship Hall for the TWINS game.

Requested Items of Interest
                The Worthington Christian School will be hosting its annual Kindergarten Open House on Thursday, March 14 from 5:30-7:00PM.  Parents are invited to a question/answer meeting at 5:45 while the students explore the classroom.  School tours will be available and some current WCS families will also be on-site to answer questions or share personal stories of the “WCS Difference”. 
The Bible for Missions Thrift Store will be having their change-over from winter to spring items on March 15-18.  On the 15th we will clear the racks.  The carpet will be cleaned on the 16thOn March 18 we will refill the racks and for help from our church is requested on that day.  Donuts and coffee will be furnished.
                The King’s Choraliers, a 35-voice sacred male chorus form Grand Rapids, Michigan will be presenting a concert of praise on Friday evening, March 15, 2019 in the BJ Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College at 7:30 PM. The King’s Choraliers have been bringing the Good News in song for nearly 70 years. They will be joined that evening by the Valley Male Chorus of Rock Valley.  A freewill offering will be taken.
                The King’s Choraliers will be in concert on Saturday, March 16, at 7 pm at the First Christian Reformed Church in Edgerton.  A freewill offering will be taken.
            The Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra seeks Community Choir for May 21, 2019 Concert.  Rehearsals will be held SUNDAYS starting March 24 from 4-6pm @ MN West Community and Technical College - 1450 Collegeway Worthington, MN.  The choir will prepare America The Beautiful arranged by Carmen Dragon along with Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy. Beethoven’s masterpiece is written for solo piano, orchestra, vocal soloists, and community choir. This piece will be sung in GERMAN. To register your participation, please contact Eric Parrish at eric.parrish@mnwest.edu or 507-372-3490. Come share your talents and be a part of this exciting musical opportunity!
Our Church Calendar for  – March 3 – March 10
Today                9:30 AM          Worship service – refreshments to follow
                         9:30 AM         Lao language service
                        10:45 AM         Sunday School classes
                        12:15 PM          Anuak language service
                         2:00 PM          Oromo language service
                         2:00 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

Thursday        9:00 AM          Classis Minnkota

Sunday           9:30 AM          Worship service
                        9:30 AM          Lao CRC service
                       10:45 AM          Sunday School resumes
                       12:15 PM           Anuak language service
                        2:00 PM           Oromo language service
                        2:00 PM           Worship service
                       
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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).

            John Sikma fell last week Sunday evening and broke his femur.  We ask You, Lord, to be there with his doctors as they suggest methods to ease his pain. Touch him with Your healing hands.

Continue to remember in prayer Mike Sampson and Denny Vander Veen as they recover from their injuries.  Lord, fill them with Your Holy Spirit to bear with Your perfect timing in healing.