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October 19, 2014


Preparing for the Lord’s Day Worship

Please join us for Hymnsing 10 minutes before the start of the worship service. It will be a time of preparing our hearts for worship, as well as a time to learn new psalms and hymns.

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Our intern Sean Severns encourages us to prepare our hearts for worship, and leads us to reflect upon the two scripture readings for this Lord’s Day. Sean writes concerning 1 John 3:1–2:

The opening statement of the Lord“s prayer, ”Our Father which art in heaven,“ is one of the most commonly used phrases in the Christian faith. When we pray both corporately and individually, addressing God as our Father is certainly one of the most common titles that we attribute to God. God is Father, but more specially, God is our Father. Indeed, the all of Christendom is pictured in God”s Word as one big family unit, with God as our Father and us as His children. Beloved, let us prepare our hearts for worship because we appeal to a God who is not distant to us only as creator, but is close and intimate as Father. For this reality is one of the greatest blessings of a restored relationship with God that we enjoy through faith in Jesus Christ.

Now, concerning Exodus 20:12 Sean writes:

In our Western culture today, too often we are told (and perhaps too often we think) that our elders have little to offer. On TV, fathers are often portrayed as completely clueless. And old age is often portrayed as weakness. But God“s Word tells us quite the opposite. For there are various verses that tell us that it is a good thing for the godly to reach a good & old age; and that we are to obey our elders and those in positions of authority over us. And here in the 5th commandment we are told to honor our parents. The honor we are to extend to our parents is directly related to the honor we are to extend to our Heavenly Father. Under the Lord”s authority are human authorities, primarily fathers and mothers, who are to obey the Lord. And under the authority of fathers and mothers, children are to obey their parents, as they are obedient to the Lord. This is the structure of authority that God has implemented in this world. And how are we to honor our parents? We are to honor them as the Larger Catechism puts it: with due reverence in heart, word, and behavior; with prayer and thanksgiving for them; with imitation of their virtues and graces; with willing obedience to their lawful commands and counsels; and with due submission to their corrections.

Call to Worship

1 John 3:1–2 (p. 1022)

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

Prayer of Invocation

Reading of the Law and Confession of Sin

Exodus 20:12 (p. 61)

Prayer of Confession

Assurance of Pardon

“For one will scarcely die for a righteous person-though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die-but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.” (Romans 5:7–9 ESV)

TH #38 “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise”

Presentation of Tithes and Offering

Pastoral Prayer

The Proclamation of God’s Word

1 Samuel 2:22–36 (p. 225)

Thou and Thou Only, First In My Heart

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 #37 “All That I Am I Owe to Thee” stanzas 1–3, and stanzas 4–5 during the distribution of the cup.

TH #642 “Be Thou My Vision”

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 72. First Catechism Qs. 137–139. For adults: Shorter Catechism Qs. 98–99. Do you struggle to pray? (Who doesn’t?) Do you need encouragement? (Who doesn’t?) We encourage you to read this week’s Shorter Catechism lesson, and let it encourage you to come before your Father.

Upcoming Events and Notices

October 18 (Saturday 7 AM): All men are invited for a time of study, prayer, and fellowship.

October 19 (Lord’s Day 10:20 AM): Please join us for Hymnsing, a time of preparing our hearts for worship in praise, and for learning new hymns for worship.

October 19 (Lord’s Day): Children’s Bible Lessons will meet after the worship service.

November 8 (Saturday 12 PM): All women are invited to a time of tea and fellowship at the Kay home.

Nursery Volunteers

October 19: Yoori Han and Mari Nienhuis

October 26: TBA


October 12, 2014


Preparing for the Lord’s Day Worship

Starting this Lord’s Day, we will have a time of Hymnsing 10 minutes before the start of the worship service. It will be a time of preparing our hearts for worship, as well as a time to learn new psalms and hymns. We encourage you to join us for Hymnsing this Lord’s Day at 10:20 AM.

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There’s nothing so longed-for, and yet so elusive, as rest. We all look forward to it at the end of a hard day and week. But when the time finally comes to rest, we can hardly rest. On the one hand we never feel like we have done enough, and feel too guilty to really rest. On the other hand, we are afraid we will fall behind more and more unless we worked through our time of rest. We are so restless. Perhaps this is why we inscribe on our tombstones “Rest In Peace.” Maybe, just maybe, we will finally get to rest. Well, that is the hope, at least.

The restlessness we feel, driven by guilt and fear, is the symptom of living in a world alienated from the God who gives us rest. He created all things in six days and rested on the seventh. Because so, rest is both God’s gift and also the godliness we desire. It is also our hope of glory. From the very beginning God set before man the hope of rest, first at creation, then through Moses, and ultimately through Jesus who said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” For Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath, and takes away both our guilt and fear. We no longer live in the terrifying and paralyzing fear that life will spin out of control unless we work our fingers to the bone. We are freed. We no longer find security in our works, but in Jesus’ finished works.

In other words, true rest according to God is far more glorious than simply taking a day off from work. True rest is to glory in Jesus Christ, to rejoice that he will indeed enable us to rest in peace in life and in death. Are you tired? Discouraged? Is your heart full of anxiety and fear? Come and rest in Jesus. He will give you peace.

Call to Worship

Hebrews 4:8–11 (p. 1003)

TH #390 “Lord of the Sabbath, Hear Us Pray”

Prayer of Invocation

Reading of the Law and Confession of Sin

Exodus 20:8–11 (p. 61)

Prayer of Confession

Assurance of Pardon

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:25)

TH #371 “O Lord of Hosts, How Lovely”

Presentation of Tithes and Offering

Pastoral Prayer

The Proclamation of God’s Word

1 Samuel 2:1–21 (p. 225)

So That He May Be Known

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 “Dear Refuge of My Weary Soul” (insert) stanzas 1–2, and stanzas 3–4 during the distribution of the cup.

TH #708 “O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go”

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 71. First Catechism Q. 136. For adults: Shorter Catechism Qs. 96–97. In this week’s Shorter Catechism lesson we study the meaning and the benefits of the Lord’s Supper.

Upcoming Events and Notices

October 12 (Lord’s Day 10:20 AM): Please join us for Hymnsing, a time of preparing our hearts for worship in praise, and for learning new hymns for worship.

October 12 (Lord’s Day): Please join us for fellowship potluck meal after the service.

October 18 (Saturday 7 AM): All men are invited for a time of study, prayer, and fellowship.

October 19 (Lord’s Day): Children’s Bible Lessons will meet after the worship service.

November 8 (Saturday 12 PM): All women are invited to a time of tea and fellowship at the Kay home.

Nursery Volunteers

October 12: Michael and Michelle Kay

October 19: Yoori Han and Mari Nienhuis


October 5, 2014


Preparing for the Lord’s Day Worship

Worship is a dialogue between God and man. But it is not a dialogue between two equals. For in worship the Father meets with his children, the Creator with his creatures, the suzerain with the vassal, the Redeemer with the redeemed, the Shepherd with the flock, and the King with his subjects. For this reason reverence is a critical part of worship. Indeed, where there is no reverence, there is no worship.

One important way we express reverence is recognizing our utter dependence on God our Father, Creator, suzerain, Redeemer, Shepherd, and King, Hebrews 13:20-22 expresses this eloquently, as it tells us everything we need to do God's will is from our Father through Jesus Christ. That is to say, to be needy before him is to reverence him. Indeed, God is most truly reverenced when we draw near him needy and broken, hungry and weak. And reverence him also in this: he calls us in order to give us everything we need through his Son. He will not turn away any needy soul.

We will be singing Dear Refuge of My Wear Soul for communion this week. It is an old hymn by Anne Steele, whose story we read about a few weeks ago. This is a song that encourages the weary souls to come to the throne of mercy. You can watch/listen to it here and get the sheet music here You are encouraged to familiarize yourself with the song in preparation for communion this week.

Call to Worship

Hebrews 13:20–21 (p. 1010)

TH #87 “The Lord’s My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want”

Prayer of Invocation

Reading of the Law and Confession of Sin

Exodus 20:7 (p. 61)

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)

TH #647 “How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds”

Presentation of Tithes and Offering

Pastoral Prayer

The Proclamation of God’s Word

1 Samuel 1 (p. 225)

All Bad Things (Will) Come to an End

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 “Dear Refuge of My Weary Soul” (insert) stanzas 1–2, and stanzas 3–4 during the distribution of the cup.

TH #32 “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”

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 70. First Catechism Qs. 134–135. For adults: Shorter Catechism Q. 95. In this week’s Shorter Catechism lesson we continue to study the meaning and the benefits of baptism.

Upcoming Events and Notices

October 4 (Saturday 7 AM): All men are invited for a time of study, prayer, and fellowship at the Summers’ home.

October 5 (Lord’s Day 9:30 AM): Please join us for prayer meeting.

October 5 (Lord’s Day): Children’s Bible Lessons will meet after the worship service.

October 9 (Thursday 10 AM): All women are invited to a time of Bible study and fellowship at the Han home. A light lunch will be served.

October 12 (Lord’s Day): Please join us for fellowship potluck meal after the service.

November 8 (Saturday 12 PM): All women are invited to a time of tea and fellowship at the Kay home.

Nursery Volunteers

September 28: Kelly & Rebecca Rogers

October 5: Liza Beede and Amanda Severns


September 28, 2014


Preparing for the Lord’s Day Worship

Sometimes, praise can save you.

But, sometimes, it’s the last thing we want to do.

In the Bible, praise is not always found on the lips of happy and contented people. Rather (have you read the Psalms?), praise is often found on the lips of broken and grieving people. We all remember Job’s memorable praise, “And he said, ”Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD."" (Job 1:21 ESV) Indeed, Job begins to stumble once he ceases praising God. Likewise, in Romans 11:33–36, Paul ends his heart-wrenching examination of Israel’s apostasy with a praise. We can be certain his praise was not rising out of a light heart. Rather, like Job, Paul found hope and strength through praise. As they gave glory to God, they were lifted out of the their despair into the presence of their Savior.

How about you? It may be you are in no mood for praise. But let praise save you. Praise the Lord, and he will lift you into grace.

Call to Worship

Romans 11:33–36 (p. 947)

TH #391 “Safely through Another Week”

Prayer of Invocation

Reading of the Law and Confession of Sin

Exodus 20:4

Prayer of Confession

Assurance of Pardon

“For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.” (Psalms 103:11–12 ESV)

TH #141 “God, in the Gospel of His Son”

Presentation of Tithes and Offering

Pastoral Prayer

The Proclamation of God’s Word

Psalm 2

Kiss the Son

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 #313 “Unto My Lord Jehovah Said”

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

October 4 (Saturday 7 AM): All men are invited for a time of study, prayer, and fellowship.

October 5 (Lord’s Day 9:30 AM): Please join us for prayer meeting.

October 5 (Lord’s Day): Children’s Bible Lessons will meet after the worship service.

October 9 (Thursday 10 AM): All women are invited to a time of Bible study and fellowship at the Han home.

November 8 (Saturday 12 PM): All women are invited to a time of tea and fellowship at the Kay home.

Nursery Volunteers

September 28: Kelly & Rebecca Rogers

October 5: TBA


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