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September 21, 2014


Preparing for the Lord’s Day Worship

One of the things many honest Christians deal with is the constant sense of not having done enough. This is not so much an expression of legalism, but an expression of gratitude. The issue for these people is not trying to earn something from God. They are rooted surely enough in the gospel that this is no longer the pattern of temptation for them. The burden they carry is knowing God’s grace, their indebtedness to him, and knowing their lives still fall short of God’s glory. They are those who walk into church with faces worn with care, with sighs rather than a song. “Why can’t I love the Lord more? Be more faithful to him? Serve him more zealously? He deserves so much more than what I have given him.”

If this is you, there is good news for you. When you are reminded of your inability to present yourself blameless to God, to really love him as he deserves, know that our time of worship is coming to Godwho is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy.” You can’t. God can. And he will.

Call to Worship

Jude 24–25 (p. 1027)

TH #547 “With Harps and with Viols”

Prayer of Invocation

Reading of the Law and Confession of Sin

Exodus 20:3

Prayer of Confession

Assurance of Pardon

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” (2 Cor 1:3–4)

TH #149 “Teach Me, O Lord, Your Way of Truth”

Presentation of Tithes and Offering

Pastoral Prayer

The Proclamation of God’s Word

Matthew 12:38–42

The Sign of Jonah

Rev. Ken Han

The Sacrament of The Lord’s Supper

Baptized Christians who are members in good standing in Reformed or evangelical churches are invited to participate. Otherwise, please let the bread and the cup pass you by. During the distribution of the bread we will sing “Behold the Lamb” (insert) stanzas 1–2, and stanzas 3–4 during the distribution of the cup.

TH #387 “Now May He Who from the Dead”

Benediction

Growth Resources

Family Devotion for the Week

We have some new resources for you at the information table, including several new CCEF mini books, as well as other edifying books. Be sure to check it out!

For children: Long Story Short and Old Story New: chapter 69. First Catechism Q. 133. For adults: Shorter Catechism Q. 94. In this week’s Shorter Catechism lesson we begin to study the meaning and the benefits of baptism.

Upcoming Events and Notices

September 20 (Saturday 7 AM): All men are invited for a time of study, prayer, and fellowship at the Ligtenberg home.

September 21 (Lord’s Day): Children’s Bible Lessons will meet after the worship service.

September 25 (Thursday 10 AM): All women are invited to a time of Bible study and fellowship at the Han home.

Nursery Volunteers

September 21: Michelle Kay & Amanda Severns

September 28: Kelly & Rebecca Rogers


September 14, 2014


Preparing for the Lord’s Day Worship

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Please note Ray Sammons’ memorial service is this Saturday, September 13, 11 AM, at 4650 Dulin Road, Fallbrook. The service will be held at the community club house.

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When you come to worship, what’s on your mind? Perhaps a more realistic question is, “What isn’t on your mind?” On any given Lord’s Day morning, many thoughts occupy our hearts and minds, perhaps, with the notable exception of thoughts about Jesus! Isn’t it ironic? For as Revelation 1:5b-6 shows us, worship is ascribing “glory and dominion forever” to Jesus. And we should all say, “Amen” to that!

In other words, God-pleasing Lord’s Day worship actually begins at home, even before we get in our cars to come to church. In fact, it would be helpful to think that worship begins the night before. For the people of the world Saturday nights are for carousing. For Christians, Saturday nights are for preparing our hearts, and if we have children, for preparing their hearts, to come and give glory to Jesus.

How can we prepare our hearts for worship? With prayer, and by committing the Lord’s Day as a holy Sabbath to the Lord. If you are not already doing so, begin to build the Lord’s Day around spiritual expectations.

Probably no Christian will deny that heartfelt worship is important. But would you say that it is also urgent, that glorifying Jesus and delighting in him this Lord’s Day is your highest priority? It ought to be. Why? It is for the same reason the LORD prefaced the Ten Commandments with the words “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.” Indeed, we are not presenting ourselves before a worthless idol, but the true and living God, who loved us and gave his Son for us. How can he deserve anything less than our most heartfelt love and worship?

Call to Worship

Revelation 1:5b-6

TH #547 “With Harps and with Viols”

Prayer of Invocation

Reading of the Law and Confession of Sin

Exodus 20:1-2

Prayer of Confession

Assurance of Pardon

“Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.” (Jude 24-25)

TH #558 “That Man Is Blest Who, Fearing God”

Presentation of Tithes and Offering

Pastoral Prayer

The Proclamation of God’s Word

Psalm 1

The Greening of the Soul

Rev. Ken Han

The Sacrament of The Lord’s Supper

Baptized Christians who are members in good standing in Reformed or evangelical churches are invited to participate. Otherwise, please let the bread and the cup pass you by. During the distribution of the bread we will sing TH #585 “Take My Life, and Let It Be” stanzas 1-3, and stanzas 4-6 during the distribution of the cup.

TH #345 “Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken”

Benediction

Growth Resources

Family Devotion for the Week

We have some new resources for you at the information table, including several new CCEF mini books, as well as other edifying books. Be sure to check it out!

For children: Long Story Short and Old Story New: chapter 68. First Catechism Q. 132. For adults: Shorter Catechism Qs. 91-93. In this week’s Shorter Catechism lesson we begin to study the meaning and the benefits of the sacraments of baptism and communion.

Upcoming Events and Notices

September 12 (Friday 7 PM): The Session will meet at the Ligtenberg home.

September 13 (Saturday 11 AM): Please note Ray Sammons’ memorial service is this Saturday, September 13, 11 AM, at 4650 Dulin Road, Fallbrook. The service will be held at the community club house.

September 14 (Lord’s Day): September fellowship meal will be at the Kidwell home. More information will be available soon.

September 20 (Saturday 7 AM): All men are invited for a time of study, prayer, and fellowship at the Ligtenberg home.

September 21 (Lord’s Day): Children’s Bible Lessons will meet after the worship service.

September 25 (Thursday 10 AM): All women are invited to a time of Bible study and fellowship at the Han home.

Nursery Volunteers

September 14: Liza Beede & Janny Ligtenberg

September 21: Michelle Kay & Amanda Severns


September 7, 2014


Preparing for the Lord’s Day Worship

We begin our worship this week with Psalm 122, a psalm that perfectly captures our heart’s longing. “I was glad when they said to me, ”Let us go to the house of the LORD!"" This psalm expresses the joy of the Old Testament saints’ journey to Jerusalem, the earthly focal point of God’s gracious presence with man, and therefore a type (i.e. a sign that points to the longed-for reality) of Immanuel (God with us) who has come to dwell with man. Psalm 122, in other words, perfectly captures our joy of presenting ourselves before our Lord and Savior, Jesus.

Actually, it may be more accurate to say we wish Psalm 122 perfectly captured our heart’s longing to be in the Lord’s presence. In all honesty, an overwhelming sense of joy and eager anticipation are not what we often feel when we come to church. Some of us come to worship because we have always come. Some of us may come out of guilt. Some of us may come to keep up an appearance. How we wish we can make Psalm 122 our heart’s anthem!

Yet, if we are willing to consider it, Psalm 122 is full of grace for people like you and me. Psalm 122 is one of the Songs of Ascents, a psalm that was on the lips of God’s people as they made their annual pilgrimage to Jerusalem as they were required by the Law. God required his people to present themselves before him. Why? Did he need their sacrifices? He most certainly did not. Did he need their offering? Again, no. But God required them to come, for he was determined to bless those who drew near him who calls. In other words, Ps 122 expresses not the joy that moves us to draw near God, but the joy that awaits those that draw near.

God calls you to worship him. He does not need anything from you. Nevertheless, he promises to bless those that draw near when he calls. And that fills our hearts with joy of anticipation.

Call to Worship

Psalm 122 (p. 517)

TH #168 “I Greet Thee, Who My Sure Redeemer Art”

Prayer of Invocation

Reading of the Law and Confession of Sin

1 Peter 2:1–3 (p. 1014)

Prayer of Confession

Assurance of Pardon

“O Israel, hope in the LORD! For with the LORD there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption.” (Ps 130:7)

TH #551 “How Blest Is He Whose Trespass”

Presentation of Tithes and Offering

Pastoral Prayer

The Proclamation of God’s Word

James 5:19–20 (p. 1013)

The Final Counsel

Rev. Ken Han

The Sacrament of The Lord’s Supper

Baptized Christians who are members in good standing in Reformed or evangelical churches are invited to participate. Otherwise, please let the bread and the cup pass you by. During the distribution of the bread we will sing TH #647 “How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds” stanzas 1–3, and stanzas 4–6 during the distribution of the cup.

TH #402 “Abide with Me: Fast Falls the Eventide”

Benediction

Growth Resources

Family Devotion for the Week

We have some new resources for you at the information table, including several new CCEF mini books, as well as other edifying books. Be sure to check it out!

For children: Long Story Short and Old Story New: chapter 66. First Catechism Qs. 130–131. For adults: Shorter Catechism Q. 90. In this week’s Shorter Catechism lesson we study the means that God has given us to grow in deeper communion with him.

Upcoming Events and Notices

September 6 (Saturday 7 AM): All men are invited for a time of study, prayer, and fellowship at the Summers home.

September 7 (Lord’s Day 9:30 AM): Please join us for prayer meeting.

September 7 (Lord’s Day): Children’s Bible Lessons will resume after the worship service.

September 13 (Saturday 11 AM): Ray Sammons’ memorial service will be held in Fallbrook. More information will be available soon.

September 14 (Lord’s Day): September fellowship meal will be at the Kidwell home. More information will be available soon.

Nursery Volunteers

September 7: Yoori Han & Mari Nienhuis

September 13: Liza Beede & Janny Ligtenberg


August 31, 2014


Preparing for the Lord’s Day Worship

David wrote Psalm 56 when he fled from Saul, who was seeking to destroy him. Unable to find safe haven anywhere in Israel, he fled to Gath of the Philistines, carrying Goliath’s sword (1 Samuel 21). Can you imagine what desperation drove David to Gath? Gath was Goliath’s home town. His family, relatives, and friends lived there. David had nothing except a few loaves of bread, and one sword, the sword of Goliath that he took after he killed him. And carrying that sword he went to Gath for protection.

These were tumultuous days for David. If he had thought, as we often do, that the only was to know that God is present and loves us is to see all our troubles behind us, David surely could have not expressed an almost defiant faith in God as he does in Psalm 56. David understood that we know God is present and loves us, not because our troubles are in the rearview mirror, but by the fact that the trials have not destroyed him, that he remained standing. And he kept on trusting.

Yet we must not think it was easy for him. David had sleepless nights. His anguish of being driven from the presence of the Lord, his wife, his family flowed in countless tears. Yet he trusted. He wrote, “You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book?” Indeed, precious in the sight of the Lord is every affliction of his people, not just their death (Ps. 116:15). We may lose count of sleepless nights and the streams of tears. But God keeps count. He will not forget.

Call to Worship

Psalm 56 (p. 476)

TH #32 “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”

Prayer of Invocation

Reading of the Law and Confession of Sin

Colossians 3:16–17 (p. 984)

Prayer of Confession

Assurance of Pardon

“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20–21)

TH #437 “O God, to Us Show Mercy”

Profession of Faith

Steve Tiso

Presentation of Tithes and Offering

Pastoral Prayer

The Proclamation of God’s Word

James 5:17–18 (p. 1013)

Praying Like Elijah

Rev. Ken Han

The Sacrament of The Lord’s Supper

Baptized Christians who are members in good standing in Reformed or evangelical churches are invited to participate. Otherwise, please let the bread and the cup pass you by. During the distribution of the bread we will sing TH #647 “How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds” stanzas 1–3, and stanzas 4–6 during the distribution of the cup.

TH #733 “Doxology”

Benediction

Growth Resources

Family Devotion for the Week

We have some new resources for you at the information table, including several new CCEF mini books, as well as other edifying books. Be sure to check it out!

For children: Long Story Short and Old Story New: chapter 66. First Catechism Qs. 128–129. For adults: Shorter Catechism Q. 89. In this week’s Shorter Catechism lesson we study the means that God has given us to grow in deeper communion with him.

Upcoming Events and Notices

Children’s Bible Lessons will be on summer hiatus, and will resume in September.

August 31 (Lord’s Day): Anyone interested in exploring church membership is invited to the Han home for lunch and a time of discussion and fellowship. Please let pastor Ken know if you would like to come.

September 6 (Saturday 7 AM): All men are invited for a time of study, prayer, and fellowship.

September 7 (Lord’s Day 9:30 AM): Please join us for prayer meeting.

September 13 (Saturday 11 AM): Ray Sammons’ memorial service will be held in Fallbrook. More information will be available soon.

September 14 (Lord’s Day): September fellowship meal will be at the Kidwell home. More information will be available soon.

Nursery Volunteers

August 31: Kelly & Rebecca Rogers

September 7: Yoori Han & Mari Nienhuis


August 24, 2014


Preparing for the Lord’s Day Worship

This week we grieve Ray Sammons’ passing away. Yet we rejoice also. Death is real and tragic. But Jesus rose from the dead, and death has lost its sting. Death is indeed powerful. It subdues even the strongest and the most notable of mankind. Yet Christ is stronger still. It is that sin-atoning, life-giving resurrection of the Lord Jesus that sweetens our grief with hope, and dries our tears. Indeed, Scripture promises us that the day will come when “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes”. (Revelation 21:4) The promise is so powerful that it is already beginning to be fulfilled today. Jesus is already wiping away the tears from our eyes. Not, certainly, because we have forgotten all our love for Ray. Neither is it true that we are already free from pain. Our only comfort, as the Heidelberg Catechism teaches us, is

That I am not my own, but belong - body and soul, in life and in death - to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ. He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood, and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil. He also watches over me in such a way that not a hair can fall from my head without the will of my Father in heaven: in fact, all things must work together for my salvation. Because I belong to him, Christ, by his Holy Spirit, assures me of eternal life and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.

And that is enough!

Soli Deo gloria.

Call to Worship

Psalm 24 (p. 458)

TH #461 “Not What My Hands Have Done”

Prayer of Invocation

Reading of the Law and Confession of Sin

Philippians 1:21–26 (p. 980)

Prayer of Confession

Assurance of Pardon

“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Rom 5:1)

TH #460 “Amazing Grace!”

Presentation of Tithes and Offering

Pastoral Prayer

The Proclamation of God’s Word

James 5:12–18 (p. 1013)

Pray to Pray

Rev. Ken Han

The Sacrament of The Lord’s Supper

Baptized Christians who are members in good standing in Reformed or evangelical churches are invited to participate. Otherwise, please let the bread and the cup pass you by. During the distribution of the bread we will sing TH #708 “O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go” stanzas 1–2, and stanzas 3–4 during the distribution of the cup.

TH #607 “Thy Loving-kindness, Lord, Is Good and Free”

Benediction

Growth Resources

Family Devotion for the Week

We have some new resources for you at the information table, including several new CCEF mini books, as well as other edifying books. Be sure to check it out!

For children: Long Story Short and Old Story New: chapter 66. First Catechism Qs. 128–129. For adults: Shorter Catechism Q. 89. In this week’s Shorter Catechism lesson we study the means that God has given us to grow in deeper communion with him.

Upcoming Events and Notices

Children’s Bible Lessons will be on summer hiatus, and will resume in September.

August 31 (Lord’s Day): Anyone interested in exploring church membership is invited to the Han home for lunch and a time of discussion and fellowship. Please let pastor Ken know if you would like to come.

September 6 (Saturday 7 AM): All men are invited for a time of study, prayer, and fellowship.

September 7 (Lord’s Day 9:30 AM): Please join us for prayer meeting.

September 13 (Saturday 11 AM): Ray Sammons’ memorial service will be held in Fallbrook. More information will be available soon.

Nursery Volunteers

August 24: Michelle Kay & Amanda Severns

August 31: Kelly & Rebecca Rogers


June 29, 2014


Preparing for the Lord’s Day Worship

The Han family has been living through a mild inconvenience of sorts. Due to a water leak under the sink that went undetected, much of our kitchen needed to be demolished and reconstructed, along with areas connected with the kitchen. Now that the work of reconstruction is in full swing, we have been treated to some spiritual lessons. When we moved into this house in 2008, we found Roman Catholic saint medals taped to every single window sill in the house. The previous occupants, apparently, were very superstitious. It seems they placed these medals at every window, perhaps, to ward of evil spirits.

This week the workers have been removing our damaged floor. In the process they have discovered Roman Catholic saint medals placed in the hollow chipped out of the concrete slab beneath the floor. They have also found more taped behind the baseboard at various places around the house. Interestingly, they have also found some coins with Chinese inscribed in them. I can only guess they are amulets of some sort. I guess they weren’t such devout Roman Catholics, after all; they were hedging their bets! Or, maybe they were great Roman Catholics; Roman Catholicism has always had syncretistic bent, adopting, and adapting to, prevalent customs and habits of its surroundings. Indeed, one of the reasons Roman Catholicism has spread so widely is that it never challenged too seriously the native superstitions and faiths, but instead absorbed and incorporated them into its piety and practice.

In contrast, the heirs of the Protestant Reformation have insisted on the utter superiority of Christ over all faiths and religions. In this regard we are utterly inflexible, and therefore hopelessly out of touch with the mores of the present culture. We insist there is no salvation apart from Christ. It also means we do not hedge our bets. While the world runs after the trendiest guru and expert, we know that when we have Christ, we have everything. Yes, the exclusivity of Christ means utter sufficiency of our Savior. If we have him, we have him. He is not a half-savior, but the complete and sufficient Savior.

Call to Worship

Psalms 71:17–21

TH #94 “How Firm a Foundation”

Prayer of Invocation

Reading of the Law and Confession of Sin

Romans 1:16–17

Prayer of Confession

Assurance of Pardon

“But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3:4–7 ESV)

TH #77 “Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven”

Presentation of Tithes and Offering

Pastoral Prayer

The Proclamation of God’s Word

James 2:20–26

Faith Alive? Don’t Be An Airhead

Rev. Ken Han

The Sacrament of The Lord’s Supper

Baptized Christians who are members in good standing in Reformed or evangelical churches are invited to participate. Otherwise, please let the bread and the cup pass you by. During the distribution of the bread we will sing TH #56 “When All Your Mercies, O My God” stanzas 1–3, and stanzas 4–6 during the distribution of the cup.

TH #731 “Doxology”

Benediction

Growth Resources

Family Devotion for the Week

For children: Long Story Short and Old Story New: chapter 60. First Catechism Qs. 116–117. For adults: Shorter Catechism Q. 81. In this week’s Shorter Catechism lesson we consider the Tenth Commandment, or, doing all things for Jesus Christ.

Upcoming Events and Notices

June 27 (Friday 7 PM): The Session will meet at the Summers’ home.

July 7 (Lord’s Day 9:30 AM): Please join us for prayer meeting.

Nursery Volunteers

June 29: Michelle Kay & Amanda Severns

July 6: Kelly & Rebecca Rogers


Marcia Hoel Update (April 15, 2014)


Dear Church,

"Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints." (Psalms 116:15 ESV)

Marcia Hoel entered into glory 12:40AM, April 15.

As I sat beside Marcia and saw Marcia in decline, I often thought about the hymn "A Debtor to Mercy Alone." This hymn ends with the line:

Yes, I to the end shall endure, as sure as the earnest is giv'n;
more happy, but not more secure, the glorified spirits in heav'n.

How full of the gospel comfort is this song! The "earnest" is the Holy Spirit, who was given to help us in our weakness. When Marcia became too weak to speak or to pray, the Spirit interceded for her with groanings too deep for words (Romans 8:26ff). And the Spirit in you was praying through you for Marcia as well. As your pastor I am grateful for your prayers, and the Spirit who dwells in us.

The hymn also speaks of the saints in heaven as “more happy, but not more secure.” This is a great encouragement for us as we fight our daily battles. So often it feels as though we are perishing. But the glorious truth is that God holds us faithfully in this life, and we are as safe and secure as the glorified spirits in heaven.

And how sweet for Marcia. For she is now a glorified spirit in heaven. She is now, indeed, “more happy.”

We all loved Marcia and we mourn her suffering and death. Yet we do so with the sure knowledge that Marcia fought the good fight until the very end (I saw with my own eyes), trusted and loved her Savior, and has entered into her reward and rest. Jesus comforted Marcia through her last trial, and may he now comfort all of you who loved her.

I had a chance to visit with Marcia’s family today. Most of Marcia’s children live in Colorado, and need to return. Thus it seems best to the family to hold a memorial service for Marcia in a few weeks’ time. Marcia’s family is deeply grateful for all your prayers and offers of help.

I will forward details concerning the memorial service, and what help we can offer her family, in due time.

In Christ,

Pastor Ken