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					                             Welcome to First Christian Reformed Church!
                                                        Pastor John Knoester
                                                            December 11, 2011

  10:30 A.M. Worship Service

                          “'Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops”
  Prelude: Marjo Rouw
  Welcome/Announcements
* God’s Greeting
* Opening Song: G# 329:1-3 “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus”
* Opening Prayer:
       Pastor: Holy God of Advent, you became weak so that
                we might find strength in moments of heartbreak.
                You left the safety of heaven to wander the wilderness of the world,
                holding our hands when we feel hopeless.
                You set aside your glory to hold our pain so that we might be healed.
                You became one of us so that we would never be alone.
        People: Come now, Child of Bethlehem, to strengthen us in these days.
                May we feel your Presence in a clear and powerful way,
                not just as one born in a stable long ago and far away,
                but as the One born in our hearts.
        Pastor: You go before us into our brokenness: into hospital rooms, into empty houses,
                into cemeteries, into a future that only you know and control.
        People: You are here, even now, to serve us, to hold us, to comfort us,
                to heal us, to live in us-now and forever. Amen.
  Songs of Comfort:
       Reading of Psalm 91:1,4
        Song: “Still”
         1. Hide me now under Your wings.
             Cover me within Your mighty hand.
          Chorus
             When the oceans rise and thunders roar,
             I will soar with You above the storm.
             Father, You are King over the flood.
             I will be still and know You are God.
          2. Find rest my soul in Christ alone.
             Know His power in quietness and trust.
          Chorus 2x
          Repeat 2nd Verse
          Chorus
              “Still”; Words and Music by Reuben Morgan; © 2002 Hillsong Music
              Publishing (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing); All rights Reserved. CCLI # 678905

        Reading of Psalm 46:10-11
       Song: P.P.# 20 “Be Still and Know”
            1. Be still and know that I am God,
               be still and know that I am God,
               be still and know that I am God.
            2. I am the Lord that healeth thee.
               I am the Lord that healeth thee.
               I am the Lord that healeth thee.
            Repeat 1st verse accapella
                  “Be Still & Know” Composer Unknown, Psalm 46:10


                                    “What if Your healing comes through tears”
Advent Reading:
       First Person:          Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.
                              Whoever follows me will never walk in
                              darkness but will have the light of life.”
       Second Person:         Why do we light the third candle?
       Third Person:          Because it is the LOVE candle.
                              Its light flickering in our sanctuary
                              unplugs our ears to hear the good news
                              “that God shows his great love for us in
                              that while we were yet sinners,
                              Christ died for us!”
       Fourth Person:         Let us pray: Come Lord Jesus,
                              we are open to your Spirit.
                              We await your full presence.
                              You alone are the world's true hope! Amen.
* Song of Love: G# 328:1,4,5,6 “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”
 Morning Prayer
 Offering: General Fund
  Song sung during the offering: “Jesus, All to Jesus”
       Jesus, all for Jesus, all I am and have and ever hope to be.
       Jesus, all for Jesus, all I am and have and ever hope to be.
       All of my ambitions, hopes, and plans-
       I surrender these into your hands.
       All of my ambitions, hopes, and plans-
       I surrender these into your hands.
       For it’s only in our will that I am free.
       For it’s only in your will that I am free.
       Jesus, all for Jesus, all I am and have and ever hope to be.
       “Jesus, All for Jesus”; Words and music: Robin Mark; © 1991, Authenic Publishing;
       admin. by The Copyright Company; CCLI# 678905

       During the singing of the song, children ages 3-first grade
       are dismissed to the Koinonia room for Children & Worship.

          “What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near,”
 Scripture Reading: Isaiah 35:1-10 (pg. 709)

 Message: “Our Coming Peace and Joy”
  Prayer of Application

                            “What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise ”
  Introduction of the Candlelight Remembrance: Keith Houtsma

  Ministry of Music: “Blessings” Haylee Mensonides
       1. We pray for blessings. We pray for peace,
            comfort for family, protection while we sleep.
            We pray for healing, for prosperity.
            We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering.
            And all the while You hear each spoken need,
            yet love is way too much to give us lesser things.
        Chorus
           'Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops?
           What if Your healing comes through tears?
           And what if a thousand sleepless nights
           are what it takes to know You're near?
           And what if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise?
        2. We pray for wisdom, Your voice to hear.
           We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near.
           We doubt Your goodness. We doubt Your love,
           as if ev'ry promise from Your Word is not enough.
           And all the while You hear each desp'rate plea,
           and long that we'd have faith to believe.
             Chorus
             When friends betray us, when darkness seems to win,
             We know that pain reminds this heart that this is not,
             this is not our home. It's not our home.
             'Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops?
             What if Your healing comes through tears?
             And what if a thousand sleepless nights
             are what it takes to know You're near?
             What if my greatest disappointments,
             or the aching of this life,
             Is a revealing of a greater thirst this world can't satisfy?
             And what if trials of this life, the rain, the storms,
             the hardest nights are Your mercies in disguise?
             “Blessings”; Words and Music by Laura Story: © 2011 New Spring/ Laura Stories (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.) / (Admin.
             by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.); All rights Reserved. CCLI # 678905

  Candlelight Remembrance
  Scripture Reading: Revelation 21:1-7 (pg. 1230)
  Prayer of Thanksgiving
* God’s Blessing
* Parting Praise: G# 337:1-4 “Joy to the World”
* Postlude
* Please Stand if Able.
Welcome to the House of the Lord! We have come to bring our worship to our God. May we do so in our singing,
praying, giving, preaching and listening. May God be glorified. After the morning service all are invited to the
fellowship hall next to the sanctuary for a cup of coffee or juice and continued fellowship.

                                                OUR CHURCH EVENTS

Dear Friends in Jesus Christ,
  The Good News of the Gospel is that Jesus Christ 'came down' to us so that we could 'come home' to Him. God in the
flesh, Immanuel, God with us - that is the true message of Christmas. John writes, "He came to that which was his own ....
(John 1:11). Many years earlier the prophet Isaiah had prophecied about this coming Messiah - such prophecy was a
source of expectant hope for God's people. Today, we too look forward in eager anticipation to our Savior's return. So
throughout this Advent season we're going to revisit some of the prophecies of the prophet Isaiah. In doing so, I pray that
together we'll see more clearly the reason Christ came - to reconcile us to God Himself and to one day bring us home.
    In His Grace,
      Pastor John

Nov. 27 - Isaiah 2:1-5 ("Coming Home")
Dec. 4 - Isaiah 11:1-10 ("A Shoot Coming Up from the Stump")
Dec. 11 - Isaiah 35:1-10 ("The Coming Joy")
Dec. 18 - Isaiah 40:1-10 ("Comfort in Many Voices")
Dec. 25 - Isaiah 7:13-14, Isaiah 9:2-7, and John 1:1-14 ("Home")

Today, following the morning service, you will have an opportunity to sign up for a casserole, or dessert to bring for the
Friendship House this week. Servers are also needed. Any monetary donations to help with expenses will be accepted
also. Please bring the food that you signed up to bring to the church kitchen on Wednesday, December 14 by 4:00 p.m.
Have your casseroles cooked and hot.

Angel Tree: Today there is a table in the fellowship hall where there are a few more gift suggestions for Angel Tree.
Angel Tree is a ministry of Prison Fellowship. Please remember to bring your wrapped gifts to the church office by
Sunday, December 18.

Library: Make a cup of tea or hot chocolate and curl up with one of the new books from our church library that can be
found today on the table by the library.

Choir will meet for practice in the sanctuary after the church potluck.

The Youth Group will meet this evening at 7:45 p.m. after the service.

The Council will meet on Monday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m.

The Building Committee will meet on Tuesday, December 13 at 7:00 p.m.

Northwest Hispanic Ministry will meet on Wednesday, December 14 at 3:00 p.m.

The Cadets will meet on Wednesday, December 14 at 7:00 p.m.

The Worship Team will practice on Wednesday, December 14 at 7:00 p.m.

Golden Hour will meet on Thursday, December 15 at 1:30 p.m. Study lesson 6.

Our Candlelight Service will be held in the sanctuary at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 18. Come and join us as we
worship our Savior.
Ushers: If you are interested in serving, now is the time to sign up as an usher. We encourage anyone who is high school
age and older to call Robert Adeline at 428-7716 or the church office at 336-2405 to let us know.

Ministry of Praise: If you would like your name added to or deleted from the Ministry of Praise schedule for leading the
evening hymn sing or playing the piano please call the church office at 336-2405 call by December 11. Your name will
automatically remain on the list for 2012 unless you indicate otherwise.

Christmas Day - Evening Service: This year Christmas Day is on a Sunday. Due to the fact that many people spend this
holiday with their extended family - the elders are considering canceling the evening service that day. However, if you are
interested in gathering together with your church family to sing Christmas carols that night and/or hear a meditation on
one of the Christmas passages - please contact Pastor John or Sylvia directly sometime before Friday, December 16.

Adult Sunday School Plans: The Adult Sunday School will be completing their study of the Heidelberg Catechism right
around Christmas. Thus, the education committee is currently discussing what the next curriculum will be and would
welcome your input. Therefore, if you have any suggestions or ideas for them, please submit your proposal verbally to
Eliot Blom, or in writing (note, email, etc.) to the church office. Stay tuned!

Women's Retreat Registration Forms are now available! You should have received one in your mailboxes, if not, pick a
copy up from the shelf by the mailboxes or on the walkway shelf. Registrations are due by December 15th. Sign up
soon!

Summer Service Project: The evangelism committee is currently making plans to provide a service project opportunity
this coming summer to Lincoln, NE. The dates of the project itself will take place from June 30-July 5 with an additional
day(s) needed on both ends for travel. While in Lincoln we will not only have the opportunity to participate in many of the
ministries taking place at the Northern Lighthouse Church, but also help them with their annual fireworks fundraiser.
Furthermore, the project will also contain various opportunities for people with all different kinds of skills (building,
cleaning, remodeling, etc.). Therefore, no matter what your age, or skills, there is plenty of room for you in this trip! ....
The committee is currently seeking a list of those who 'might' be interested (no commitment needed at this time!) in
serving. From there we will make more detailed plans in the spring. If you are interested in attending, or if you have any
questions, please contact Woody Heino, Pastor John, or the office by February 1.

                                                  ADVANCED NOTICES

The Worship Team will meet Wednesday, December 21 at 7:00 p.m.

                                           ORGANIZATIONS WE SUPPORT

Groundwork: Facts and the First Christmas, Part 1: Christmas is one
of the happiest times of the year. But did it really happen the way the Bible says it did? Historian Dr. Paul Maier joins
Dave Bast to separate fact from fantasy as we explore the story of the first Christmas. Join the December 18th
Groundwork conversation, based on Luke 2. Find a local radio station or listen online at www.GroundworkOnline.com.

Kids Corner: Beyond Belief: What if you had been there the night Jesus was born? Join Liz on the road to Bethlehem
on this week’s Kids Corner. Then contact Kids Corner at Box 506, Worth IL 60482, or go to kids@kidscorner.net for
your very own Bible study.

Poems from Prison: CBI students express their reentry fears, battles with addiction and love for Christ through poetry.
Go to www.cbi.fm to listen to Crossroad Connection—a restorative justice ministry of Crossroad Bible Institute.

World Missions: Interested in nursing, public health, or youth ministry? Volunteer with Christian Reformed World
Missions this summer on a team of North American and Filipino young adults leading workshops on HIV and AIDS
prevention in schools, churches, and other settings throughout the Philippines. Up to six North American young adults
are needed. For more information, visit www.crwm.org/summer

Russian Awaits! The Russian Orphan Lighthouse Project's winter trip will take you thirteen hours outside Moscow to our
region of Russia, where you'll stay at a Russian-style country retreat, meet the orphan of your choosing, and decide
whether or not to pursue the child's adoption. Travelers not interested in adoption are welcome to join us. The Lighthouse
Project arranges transportation in Russia, lodging, activities, and all meals. It happens January 30 – February 6, and costs
less than you'd think; financial assistance may be available to travelers. For information, contact Becky De Nooy at (616)
245-3216.

Volunteer with the CRC! Some of the current opportunities include an Accountant and an Information Technology &
Website Volunteer both in Nigeria with CRWRC, as well two opportunities with World Missions in the Dominican
Republic where they are looking for a Christian Reformed School Volunteer as well as a Theological Educator to assist in
some short term training, administration and mentoring. For further information on these opportunities or to see what else
is available, please visit www.crcna.org/servicelink or contact us at: volunteer@crcna.org.
                                              CALENDAR OF THE WEEK
SUN        11:45 am    Choir Rehearsal
            4:00 pm    Vida Nueva
            7:45 pm    Youth Group
MON         7:00 pm    Council Meeting
TUES        7:00 pm    Building Committee
            7:00 pm    Vida Nueva Bible Study
WED         3:00 pm    Northwest Hispanic Ministries
            4:00 pm    Friendship House
            7:00 pm    Cadets
            7:00 pm    Worship Team Practice
THURS       1:30 pm    Golden Hour
NURSERY: Today
AM Infants & Toddlers
Michele Feddema, Kaeli Houck, Thomas LeClair
Next Week:
AM Infants & Toddlers
Pam Van Zanten, Alyssa Ackermann, Lexi Blom
GREETERS: Today
Roving: Greg & Tish Ackermann
AM: Minne & Trudy Van der Hoek, Duane & Trudy Van Dyke
PM: Dennis De Kok
Next Week:
Roving: Rich & Elly Cuperus
AM: Tim & Heather Van Hofwegen, Jack & Trudy Van Klaveren
PM: Jim Feddema

USHERS
Today: Corey Eelkema, Les Faber, Tim Hibma
Next Week: Dennis De Kok, Tim Van Hofwegen, Corey Eelkema

COFFEE HOSTS
Today: Jerry & Barb Van Vliet, Dave & Lori Visser, Greg & Tish Ackermann
Next Week: Hank & Jeanne Annema, Eliot & Sue Blom

MINISTRY OF MUSIC
Next Week: None

CHILDREN & WORSHIP
Today:
Teacher: Sue Blom
Assistants: Andy Pippel, Juliana LeClair
Next Week:
Teacher: Sue Blom
Assistants: Julie Houck, Kera Boon

SOUND SYSTEM
Today
AM: Ken Koster
PM: Henry Van Zanten Jr.
Next Week
AM: Steve Greydanus
PM: Mardick Stevens

VIDEO TAPING
Today
AM & PM: Mike Hibma
Next Week
AM & PM: Tim Hibma

OFFERING: Next Week
December 18
AM: General Fund
PM: MVCS Tuition Assistance



                                              6:30 P.M. Worship Service

    Prelude: Janet Houtsma

    Welcome/Announcements
    Prayer for Worship
    Opening Songs of Praise: Led by Rudy Bassman
      Accompanist: Janet Houtsma
       “The Church’s One Foundation”          B# 398:1,3,4
       “Take My Life and Let It Be”           B# 462:1,5,6
       “Just As I Am, Without One Plea”       B# 424:1,4,5

    Scripture Reading: Galatians 5:13-18 (pg. 1154)

    Message: “Freedom but not License”

    Prayer of Application
* Song of Application: G# 573:1-4 “O Master, Let Me Walk With Thee”
    Time of Prayer
    Offering: MVCS Tuition Assistance
*      Closing Song: Sung during the offering
            G# 424:1-2 “Spirit of the Living God”

* God’s Blessing
* Parting Praise: G# 291:4-5 “May the Mind of Christ, My Savior”
* Please stand if you are able.
                                    People to be Remembered with Prayers, Cards,
                                          Letters & Words of Encouragement




                       Call the church office (336-2405) or e-mail: secretary@firstcrcmv.com
                                  by Thursday of each week with your prayer items.

NEW CONCERN:
   Greg Ackermann had a double bypass heart surgery this past Wednesday. Continue to pray for Greg & Tish and
    the entire family as they undergo a lot of changes/transitions during this time while Greg is recovering. Above all they
    give thanks to God for His protective hand in being with them at this time.

CONTINUING CONCERNS:
   Continue to keep Adrianna Swanson’s in your prayers as she recovers from her surgery at home.

    Continue to pray for Lori Visser as she continues with a program of bi-weekly maintenance treatments and monthly
    chemo treatments.

    Remember those who have recently lost loved ones.

OUR EXTENDED FAMILY
   Keep Pastor Neil Culbertson and his family from Tacoma CRC in your prayers. Pastor Neil underwent surgery to have
    a cancerous tumor removed from his brain. He is having chemo and radiation. Pray for strength for the treatments in the
    days ahead and that God will be close to him and their family during this time.

  OUR SHUT INS:
    Keep our shut ins in your prayers as they are not able to worship with us: Bertha Vander Pol who resides at “Where the
    Heart Is” in Burlington and Ruth Petter at Mountain Glen Retirement Community in Mount Vernon and Frieda De Vries who
    resides at Lynden Manor in Lynden.

  OTHER CONCERNS:
    Pray for teachers and students as they begin finishing their classes for the Christmas break. Pray for those who travel at this
    time of year to visit family and friends.

    Child brides in Turkey
    A women’s rights group in Turkey is releasing a documentary, entitled “Child Brides,” to draw attention to the issue of
    young girls being married off at an early age. About 28 percent of Turkish women are married before age 18. To further
    highlight the issue, Turkish television is airing “Life Goes On,” directed by famous Turkish singer and and screenwriter
    Mahsun Kirmizigul. Please pray for the young women in Turkey. Pray that they will be able to speak out against the trend
    of child brides. Pray that the Turkish population will be sensitive to the message of this documentary and television show,
    and that they will respond with lasting change in protection for young women. May witness be given to the power of God
    in transforming the lives of young women in Turkey.

    Conflict diamonds
    Global Witness, an international advocacy organization that helped establish an international diamond review process,
    withdrew from the Kimberly Process coalition this week citing concerns over a recent decision to allow diamond exports
    from Zimbabwean military controlled mines. Concerns with the process have been growing for some time, with complaints
    that member countries lack the political will to prevent one another from breaking the rules, and that the diamond industry
    was using the process as an excuse for turning a blind eye. Please pray for those involved in the Kimberly Process, that it
    may be strengthened to ensure protection of those working in diamond mines. Uplift those who have been trafficked and
    abused in the diamond industry; pray for their healing and that justice will be restored. Pray that consumers will speak out
    against these injustices.

				
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