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April 20, 2014


Preparing for the Lord’s Day Worship

Please join us Friday April 18, 7PM, for Good Friday Meditations.

We have been thinking much of death lately. But not only of death. We have been thinking much of the hope we have in Jesus Christ. Indeed, Jesus gives an entirely different meaning to death. We do not pass away into nothingness. Nor are we cast off. Jesus conquered sin and death, and we are welcomed into his glory. And when we go to be with the Lord, that hardly deserves to be called “death”!

Jesus’ resurrection destroys the power of our most feared reality, death. And if his resurrection can destroy the sting of death, his resurrection can, and will, be the light in our every darkness, joy in our every anguish, strength in every trial. He rose from the dead. Nothing can stay the same!

Call to Worship

Psalm 110 (p. 509)

TH #274 “Thine Be the Glory”

Prayer of Invocation

Reading of the Law and Confession of Sin

Matthew 28:1–7, 16–20 (p. 835)

Prayer of Confession

Assurance of Pardon

"“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Corinthians 15:55–57 ESV)

TH #273 “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today”

Presentation of Tithes and Offering

Pastoral Prayer

The Proclamation of God’s Word

Luke 24:13–35

Jesus Had to Rise

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 #305 “Arise, My Soul, Arise”

Benediction

Upcoming Events and Notices

April 18 (Good Friday 7PM): Please join us for Good Friday mediations.

April 19 (Saturday 7 AM): The men’s study and fellowship will meet at the Ligtenberg home. All men are invited.

April 20 (Easter): Because of Easter, children and Youth Bible lessons will not meet. The lessons will be postponed one week until April 27.

Nursery Volunteers

April 20: Michelle Kay & Amanda Severns

April 27: Liza Beede & Janny Ligtenberg


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


April 13, 2014


Preparing for the Lord’s Day Worship

Please join us at the Ligtenberg home Friday April 11, 7PM, for a time of prayer and intercession for Marcia.

This coming Lord’s Day is Palm Sunday. It begins the Passion Week, which ends with Christ’s crucifixion and burial on Friday, and gives way to the Resurrection day. Let us gather and adore our Savior.

Call to Worship

Numbers 6:22–27

TH #457 “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”

Prayer of Invocation

Reading of the Law and Confession of Sin

Romans 4:23–25

Prayer of Confession

Assurance of Pardon

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

TH #79 “My God, My God, O Why Have You Forsaken Me?”

Presentation of Tithes and Offering

Pastoral Prayer

The Proclamation of God’s Word

Luke 19:28–40

The King of Peace

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 #107 “Praise Ye the Father!”

Benediction

Upcoming Events and Notices

April 11 (Friday 7PM): Please join us at the Ligtenberg home for a time of prayer and intercession for Marcia.

April 13 (Lord’s Day): Please join us for our monthly fellowship lunch. Set up: Janny Ligtenberg. Clean up: Michelle Kay & Yoori Han.

April 18 (Good Friday 7PM): Please join us for Good Friday mediations.

April 19 (Saturday 7 AM): The men’s study and fellowship will meet at the Ligtenberg home. All men are invited.

April 20 (Easter): Because of Easter, children and Youth Bible lessons will not meet. The lessons will be postponed one week until April 27.

Nursery Volunteers

April 13: Yoori Han & Mari Nienhuis

April 20: Michelle Kay & Amanda Severns


April 6, 2014


Preparing for the Lord’s Day Worship

Christians firmly believe that we are saved by works. Of course, not our works, but Christ’s! This, of course, is no point of controversy for Christians who cherish the blessed truth that our salvation owes its birth not to what man can accomplish, but what God has done. God’s works, not ours, is the creed of our Christian birth.

But what if the same thing that was true at the beginning of our new birth remains true all throughout our growth as Christians? We confess gladly that we were born in the Spirit by God’s work, but many Christians struggle to have the same conviction with respect to their new life in Christ. Some Christians will even explicitly deny that the Christian who rests in God for his birth may rest in God for his life. Our intern Sean Severns helps us find our rest in God, not only for our new birth, but every day. He writes:

The deepest desire of every child of God is to bring glory and honor to His great name, and rightly so. Knowing this, it can be a temptation to focus on all the things that we are doing for God (or not doing); and on all the thoughts that we are thinking of God (or not thinking). For we know that we have good works to do in the name of the Father; and we desire to live in a manner that is worthy of His calling. This is all well and good. But I want to call attention to the source by which we bring God’s great name glory - the source is God himself. For we see in 1 Thessalonians 1:11–12 that, “God may make you worthy of his calling.” Beloved, we will most certainly grow discouraged if our mindset is purely, “What am I doing for God?” On the other hand, we will most certainly be encouraged if we grab hold of the present reality we have in Christ and begin to reflect on, “Look at what God has done for me! And look at what God is doing in me!” With this in mind, let us trust, love, and hope boldly, “for it is God who works in us, both to will and work for his good pleasure.” (Phil. 2:13).

Call to Worship

2 Thessalonians 1:11–12

TH #103 “Holy God, We Praise Your Name”

Prayer of Invocation

Reading of the Law and Confession of Sin

Exodus 20:7

Prayer of Confession

Assurance of Pardon

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9 ESV)

TH #9 “All You That Fear Jehovah’s Name”

Presentation of Tithes and Offering

Pastoral Prayer

The Proclamation of God’s Word

Luke 6:17–26

True Blessing

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 #98 “Now Thank We All Our God”

Benediction

Upcoming Events and Notices

April 5 (Saturday 7 AM): The men’s study and fellowship will meet at the Sheldrup home. All men are invited.

April 6 (Lord’s Day 9:30 AM): Please join us for prayer meeting.

April 6 (Lord’s Day): Children and Youth Bible lessons will meet.

April 10 (Thursday 10 AM): The women’s study and fellowship will meet at the Han home. All women are invited.

April 13 (Lord’s Day): Please join us for our monthly fellowship lunch.

April 18 (Good Friday 7PM): Please join us for Good Friday mediations.

Nursery Volunteers

April 6: Kelly Rogers & Rebecca Rogers

April 13: Yoori Han & Mari Nienhuis