SIBLEY CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH Pastor: Beloved in the Lord, we now seek God’s selection of the elders and deacons
The Lord’s Day – August 19, 2012 needed in the leadership, ministry and service of this congregation of Christ’s holy church.
Pastor Roger Bouwman Christ alone is the source of all Christian ministry which he has performed through the ages
by calling men and women to various offices and forms of service.
Welcome to the Sibley Christian Reformed Church …
A place to gather, worship, and praise the Lord! Congregation: By the Holy Spirit all who believe and are baptized receive a ministry
to witness to Jesus as Savior and Lord, and to love and serve those with whom they
Morning Worship 9:30 A.M. live and work. We are ambassadors for Christ, who reconciles
and makes us whole. We are the salt of the earth; we are the light of the world.
Reader 2: Following Christ’s resurrection and ascension, God has given the church
apostles, prophets, and teachers; deeds of power; gifts of healing; forms of assistance; and
*Call to Worship—adapted from “The Living Church,” Red #290 leadership.
Pastor: God of the living church empow’r, your ancient might reveal;
Congregation: We stand within a tradition where God calls and empowers and equips
Give wisdom for this crucial hour, and in your mercy, heal.
evangelists, deacons, elders, and ministers of the Word and sacraments.
People: God of the living church forgive, renew, perfect, translate,
in you to be, and move, and live, Immanuel, we wait. Reader 2: Deacons and elders are called to serve as Christ served.
We look to them to be people of spiritual commitment, exemplary life, compassionate spirit,
Pastor: God of the living church renew, fresh vision now impart, and sound judgment.
and as we strive to live for you, sustain each faithful heart.
Reader 1: The Word of the Lord: “So they proposed the names of two men: Joseph called
All: God of the living church, we plead, bestow your mighty pow’r,
Barabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias.”
your loving presence, Lord, we need, to guide us in this hour.
(“God of the Living Church” by Alfred H. Ackley)
*God’s Greeting – “To those who have been called, who are loved by God the Father Council Officer: This congregation has chosen the following two people,
and kept by Jesus, the Christ: mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance” one of whom will be selected by lot to serve as elder: Jeff Vande Griend and Clifford Wynia.
*We Greet One Another Pastor: Elders serve by governing the church in Christ’s name. They received this task
when Christ entrusted the apostles and their successors with the keys of the kingdom of
*Song of Praise: “All People That on Earth Do Dwell” Red # 20:1-4 heaven (Matt. 16:19). Elders are thus responsible for the spiritual well-being of God’s
people. They must provide true preaching and teaching, regular celebration of the
The Greatest Commandment - Matthew 22:37-40
sacraments and faithful counsel and discipline. And they must promote fellowship and
Prayer of Confession hospitality among believers, ensure good order in the church, and stimulate witness to all
Song “Teach Me Thy Way, O Lord” Red # 395:1-3
Council Officer: This congregation has chosen the following three people, two of whom will
WE SELECT ELDERS AND DEACONS BY LOT be selected by lot to serve as deacons: Scott Arneson, Clarence Jilderda and the elder
Reader 1: The Word of the Lord concerning the choosing of a disciple to replace Judas . . . nominee who is not selected for that office today.
“In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and
twenty) and said, ‘Brothers and sisters, the Scripture had to be fulfilled in which the Holy
Spirit spoke long ago through David concerning Judas, “May another take his place of
Pastor: Deacons serve by showing mercy to the church and to all people. They received Congregation: Glorious Lord Jesus, Head of the Church, to you the Lamb that was
this task in the early church when the apostles designated special persons for the work of slain, and to Him who sits on the throne, be praise and honor and glory and power,
mercy (Acts 6: 2 Cor. 8-9). In Christ’s name the deacons relieve victims of injustice. By this forever and ever!
they show that Christians live by the Spirit of the kingdom, fervently desiring to give life the
shape of things to come. Deacons are therefore to assess needs, promote stewardship and Pastor: In the name of the Lord Jesus, and on behalf of this congregation, I say thank you
hospitality, collect and disburse resources for benevolence, and develop programs of to the elder and deacon nominees who were not chosen at this time for your readiness and
assistance. They are also called to speak words of Christian encouragement. Thus in word willingness to serve your Lord had he required this of you. “May the Lord bless and keep
as well as deed they demonstrate the care of the Lord himself. you. May He make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; may the Lord turn his
face toward you and give you peace.” (Number 6:24-26).
Reader 2: Elders and deacons, together with the minister form the council which leads
God’s people in this place in proclaiming good news to the poor, righteousness to the People of God; receive these newly chosen elder and deacons as Christ’s own servants,
nations, and peace among all. chosen by the Lord in his infinite wisdom. Support them with your constant love and prayers,
that their work among you may bear much fruit to the praise and honor of our Lord.
Congregation: Everything in the church will be done decently and in order when And to each of you selected today to serve in this church of Jesus Christ in the office of
faithful persons are called to office and responsibly fulfill their charge. elder or the office of deacon, hear this Word: “Thanks be to God, who always leads us in
Reader 1: The Word of the Lord: “Then they prayed, ‘Lord, you know everyone’s heart. triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the
Show us which of these two you have chosen to take over this apostolic ministry . . .’Then knowledge of him. For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being
they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles.” saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the
fragrance of life. And who is equal to such a task?. . .Our competence comes from God. He
Song: “The Church’s One Foundation” Red # 277:1 & 4 has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant –not of the letter but of the Spirit;
for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” Trust the Lord of the church to equip you for your
Pastor: Let us pray to the Lord. office and service.
Congregation: God of grace, you who know all hearts, show us which Pastor: Please stand if you are able, and let us pray to the Lord.
of these people you have chosen to serve you as elders and deacons in this
*Congregation: Almighty and ever loving God, you taught us to pray for ourselves
congregation. We submit ourselves wholly to your divine wisdom and leading.
and for others, and to give thanks for all of life. May every grace of ministry rest on
(Time of silent prayer by all. The pastor concludes with these words:
these newly chosen officebearers. Keep them strong and faithful, that your church
“In the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, Amen.”)
may prosper in peace. Grant them wisdom, courage, discretion, and gentleness, that
Pastor: In this basket are two names nominated for elder. I invite retiring elder Henry they may fulfill their charge to the glory of Jesus Christ. Bestow your grace on us
Eekhoff to come forward and select one name from the basket. that we may support these deacons and elders you have chosen with prayer,
cooperation, and encouragement, to guard them from growing weary in doing what is
Council Officer: __________________________has been selected for elder. right. Inspire this whole congregation with your Spirit of power, unity and peace.
Grant that all who trust you may live together in love. Amen.
Pastor: In this basket are three names nominated for deacon. I invite retiring deacon Keith
Boersma to come forward and select two names from the basket. WE BRING OUR PRAYERS AND OFFERINGS
Council Officer: __________________________ and _______________________ Pastoral Prayer
have been selected for deacon.
Offering 1st blue bag – General Budget
2nd red bag – ATLAS
WE GATHER AROUND THE WORD OF GOD Evening Worship 5:00 P.M.
*Song of Preparation: “Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart” Red # 249:1 & 2 Prelude
*Prayer for Illumination Welcome/Announcements
*Call to Worship: “Praise God in His Sanctuary” Red #7
Scripture: Hebrews 13:4 (page 1878) Leader: Praise the Lord.
People: Praise the Lord
Sermon: “Marriage: God’s Expectations” Leader: Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty heavens.
People: Praise Him for His acts of power; praise Him for His surpassing greatness.
Prayer of Application
Leader: Praise Him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise Him with the harp and
*Song of Response “Happy the Home When God Is There” Red # 536: all lyre,
People: praise Him with tambourine and dancing, praise Him with the strings
*Pastor: Receive this Word of blessing: “May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our and flute,
Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, Leader: Praise Him with the clash of cymbals, praise Him with resounding cymbals.
encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.” Amen All: Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!
*Songs of Praise: “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” Red # 8:1 & 4
*Closing Song: “All People That on Earth Do Dwell” Red #20:5
“Praise the Lord! Ye Heavens, Adore Him” Red # 9:1 & 3
*Moment of Reflection
*Profession of Faith: “Apostles’ Creed” (page 3 back of hymnal)
*please stand if able
*Song of Faith: “O Worship the King” Red # 10:1,2 & 4
************************************************************ *Prayer for Illumination
Scripture: Hebrews 13:18-19
In the name of Christ Jesus, welcome! Here we recognize one another as forgiven
sinners, we honor one another as children of God, and we seek to serve one another as Sermon: “Prayer Paves the Way”
fellow travelers through life. We are so pleased you are here to offer your worship and
praise to the God who loves us. Be sure to stop for a time of coffee before you leave. Come Prayer of Application
again soon and often!
*Hymn for Application “Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying” Red # 429 (3x)
We welcome Pastor Roger Bouwman to our pulpit as he leads us in our worship services Pastoral Prayer (requests welcome)
today. May the Lord bless the proclamation of His Holy Word.
The council submits the following nominations for the office of elder, Jeff Vande Griend and
Clifford Wynia. We will cast a lot for one and the name not drawn will be placed in the hat for Offertory Hymn: “Sweet Hour of Prayer” Red # 433
deacon along with Scott Arneson and Clarence Jilderda. We will then cast lots for two men
for the office of deacon. Selection will be made as part of this morning service. *Benediction
Installation of office bearers will be next Sunday morning, August 26th.
*Doxology: “Praise and Thanksgiving” Gray # 631:1 & 3
*Moment of Reverence
*please stand if you are able
Next Sunday Pastor Roger Bouwman will lead our morning worship service. OUR SHUT INS
Remember our shut ins in your prayers and with your visits:
Next Sunday evening One Way from George, IA will be presenting a concert in our church. Sibley Nursing & Rehab Center: Nelva De Boer, Clem Kleinwolterink,
One Way is a southern gospel quartet. The members are Craig Johnson, Tim Mauldin, Tim Esther Zonnefeld
& Ginger Nobles. They love to share the Good News and sing a variety of music ranging Prairie View Home: Joan Runia
from a cappella to southern gospel. One Way’s music appeals to people of all ages so come In their own homes: Alice Offringa, Richard & Effie Starkenburg
and join us for an evening of praising God through song.
Everyone is invited to stay for coffee fellowship following the morning service. TODAY 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship service
Coffee servers will be Rich & Harriet Vande Hoef, Scott Arneson & Arlene Schuller 5:00 p.m. Evening Worship service
Next Sunday coffee servers will be Arnold & Mary Braaksma, Gerrit & Erma De Jong NEXT SUNDAY 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship service
5:00 p.m. One Way Concert
A biopsy of a lump in Don Zevenbergen's leg has proven to be a form of lymphoma. Offerings next Sunday will be for General Budget and Cary Christian Center.
Pray for Don and Marilyn as Don undergoes further tests this week as Doctors seek to
All articles for The Messenger should be given to the editor or put The Messenger box by
determine what stage it is in and the best means of treating it. Pray for wisdom for the
TODAY August 19th.
Doctors and sustaining grace and strength for Don and Marilyn.
MISSING: 1 board - 1 x 8 ft. long which is used at the Spencer Fair Booth. If you have it or
Judy Eekhoff was transferred to the Osceola Community Hospital Thursday
know where it is please bring it back to the church basement. Thanks!
afternoon. Pray that she may become stronger each day. Pray also that her spirit may be
uplifted and that she may be encouraged as she continues rehabilitating here in Sibley. Western Christian will begin classes on Monday, August 20. School will be dismissed at
12:00. Hot lunch will not be served.
Pray that Janie Vande Griend and Marcia Massa may continue to heal from their
back surgeries and regain more strength and freedom of movement each day. Freshman Orientation will be held at Unity Christian High School on Monday, August 20 at
7:00 p.m. All freshmen and their parents are required to attend. Students will get their
Pray for Richard and Effie Starkenburg as Richard's back has been hurting. Pray
lockers assignments, class schedule and other pertinent information.
that the chiropractic treatments he is receiving will be effective and restore his strength.
School begins at Unity Christian High School on Tuesday, August 21 with dismissed at
Pray for Alice Offringa who suffers from time to time from lightheadedness and
unsteadiness. Pray that she may experience relief and be kept safe.
There will be a Young Adult Bible study on August 24, 2012, at the Hope CRC in Hull,
PRAYER LIST of our servicemen: Iowa, at 7:00 p.m. They will be studying the series, "That the World May Know", lesson 9,
Amos Kleinwolterink (grandson of Clem Kleinwolterink) "The Lord is my Shepherd" - Negev
Joshua Burns (grandson of Irene Timmerman)
Dylan Johnson (nephew of Lori and Loren Bosma) Advance Announcements
Patrick Kyle Whitley (grandson of Irene Timmerman)
James Frangenberg (grandson of Charles and Joyce Bosma) We are having our fall change-over of summer to winter items at the Bibles for Missions
Gregory Norgaard (son-in-law of Bob & Carolyn Vander Pol) Thrift Store on Monday, August 27. We invite all who are willing to help. Please come and
Seth Todd (grandson of Esther Bosma, nephew of Loren & Lori Bosma) join us in this big effort. We hope to accomplish this in one day. We would like to start at
Taylor Ten Napel (grandson of Lee & Elaine Ten Napel 8:00 AM and be finished by 3:00 PM. Donuts and coffee will be furnished.
The Western Christian High School Foundation banquet will be held on Thursday,
September 6, at 6:30 p.m. Please call the school at 439-1013 by August 31 for
Auditions for membership in the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra will be held on GREETERS TODAY: A.M Evelyn Runia, Arlene Schuller & Ed Smidt’s
Friday, September 7 and Saturday, September 8. Anyone wishing to play in the orchestra P.M George Steen’s
for the first time must audition, and all student members need to re-audition each year. For Next Sunday A.M Gene Wietzema’s, Scott Arneson
more information or to schedule an audition, contact the NISO office at 712-722-6230 or P.M Lee Ten Napel’s
NURSERY TODAY A.M Carol Smidt, Dylan Runia
The Clay County Fair is fast approaching. We again need volunteers to work in the Next Sunday A.M Larry & Lavonne Andringa
Midwest Evangelism League Booth. Sibley and Hawarden will share Tuesday, September
11th. We need to work the 8-12 and 4-8 shirts. There is a sign up sheet on the mailbox
ledge. Please make this a matter of prayer. Meeting for fair workers is on September 5th at God’s in Control
7:00 p.m. at the First CRC in Sheldon.
Want to have an evening of laughter and inspiration? Join us on October 6 for a great Don’t ever get disheartened
night with Ken Davis. Ken spins jokes with such skill and clean humor that he is one the ..no matter what life brings,
country's most sought-after comedy artist. And yes, you can bring the kids. Davis'
Our God alone is in control
sidesplitting act inspires and delights audiences of all ages. "Ken Davis Fully Alive" is the
newest version of a comedy act that for years has entertained audiences from coast to ..and watching over things.
coast. And though audiences usually head home from his concert with their ribs sore from
laughing, they also walk away uplifted with a newer, fresher view of life. "Ken Davis Fully He has a look-out on your life
Alive" is sponsored by United Christian Schools and 1st State Bank at the Southwest ..from sunset till sunrise.
Christian High School gym in Edgerton, MN at 7:00. Tickets are on sale now and can be And nothing ever happens
purchased at SWCH. Advance ticket prices are $20 for gold circle seating, $17 for on the ..that will take Him by surprise.
floor seating, $15 for bleachers, and groups of 10 or more are $12. Ticket prices at the door
are $20. Purchase soon because these tickets will not last long! He knows each teardrop you will shed
..He knows just how to dry it,
WORLD MISSIONS - Prayer for Christian Reformed World Missions’ Teachers. Teachers
and students worldwide are beginning another school year. Christian Reformed World He only wants what’s best for you
Missions’ partner teachers serve in international schools across the world, sharing their faith ..have faith, and don’t deny it.
as they teach. As you pray for education programs here, pray also for teachers overseas as
they adjust to life in another culture and strive to make God’s name known. Our God controls the Universe
..each second of its span,
Ride for Tim for the month of August is Arnie Braaksma And He controls the destiny
POWER POINT TODAY: Tiffany Ling ..of each child in His plan.
Next Sunday: Missi Runia
Our God will not abandon you
USHERS TODAY Jeff Vande Griend, Scott Arneson ..His love has no loophole,
Next Sunday Darrell Teerink
His eye is always watching you
LIBRARIANS TODAY Mary Davelaar ..He’s in complete control.
Next Sunday: Mary Ellen Smidt, Dee Jilderda Betty Purser Patten