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February 8, 2015

Preparing for the Lord’s Day Worship

We invite you to join us for Hymnsing this Lord’s Day at 10:15 AM.

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I know it does not feel like it, but this is supposed to be winter. And winter (or what passes for one around here) is a season in between better seasons. Autumn is the season of harvest. Spring is the season of new birth. Winter is just bleak. The trees are naked, the weather frigid (well, maybe not this week, but, please, go with me on this), and things around us just don’t seem so full of life as they do in better seasons. Yet the withered and naked trees will blossom again, and we will soon see that where life seemed absent, it was only hidden from our eyes.

We experience seasons in our spiritual life as well. Some days we are full of vitality, and fruitfulness is easy to see. Some days we seem dry and withered, and it feels as though fullness and joy are just painful memories of blessings long lost, something too good to hope for. Perhaps your life feels like winter now.

Yet in our “bleak midwinter” we do not lose hope. We hope in Jesus. As Paul tells us, our life is “hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” What we see in our life now is actually not the true and faithful representation of what we really are in Christ. One day, when Christ comes back, our true life will be revealed. You might say, in a sense, our entire life is winter. So often we seem barren and naked. But Spring will come. In other words, our winter-longings are really Christ-longings. May he soon return. And what joy will then fill our hearts!

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Call to Worship

Colossians 3:1–4 (p. 984)

TH #274 “Thine Be the Glory”

Prayer of Invocation

Reading of the Law and Confession of Sin

Isaiah 6:1–5 (p. 571)

Prayer of Confession

Assurance of Pardon

“Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: ”“Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”" (Isaiah 6:6–7 ESV)

TH #304 “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say”

Presentation of Gifts and Offering

Pastoral Prayer

The Proclamation of God’s Word

1 Samuel 11:1–15 (p. 233)

Put No Confidence In Princes

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 #57 “Hallelujah, Praise Jehovah” stanzas 1–2, and stanzas 3–4 during the distribution of the cup.

TH #441 “Jesus Shall Reign”

Benediction

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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 them out!

For children: Long Story Short and Old Story New: chapter 4. First Catechism Qs. 7–8. For adults: Shorter Catechism Q. 5 and Shorter Catechism Q. 6. You can find the master index of all Shorter Catechism lessons here.

Upcoming Events and Notices

February 7 (Saturday 7 AM): All men are invited to a time of study, prayer, and fellowship.

February 8 (Lord’s Day 10:15 AM): Please join us for Hymnsing, a time to prepare our hearts for worship.

February 8 (Lord’s Day): Please join us for fellowship potluck meal after the worship service. Set up: Liza Beede & Maggie Kidwell. Clean up: Michelle Kay & Yoori Han.

February 12 (Thursday 10 AM): All women are invited to the Han home for a time of study, prayer, and fellowship.

February 15 (Lord’s Day 1 PM): All families are invited to join us as we celebrate the new marriage of Jamie & Amanda Robertson at the Han home. Please RSVP with Michelle Kay or Janny Ligtenberg. Wedding registry information: Amazon.com “Jamie Robertson” & “Amanda Babbit”

Nursery Volunteers

February 8: Michelle Kay

February 15: Kelly & Rebecca Rogers


February 1, 2015

Preparing for the Lord’s Day Worship

We invite you to join us for Hymnsing this Lord’s Day at 10:15 AM.

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The 2015 Superbowl is only a few days away. As a life-long non-fan of professional sports, I find the religious fervor that surrounds the Superbowl quite amusing. There are, of course, some admirable things we can all appreciate. Sports can highlight the important of discipline, hard work, and the mastering of one’s craft. Dedicated athletes, at their best, are wonderful examples for all to see of the value of perseverance and (dare we say it?) the pursuit of one’s calling.

For that reason, the NT writers time to time makes use of athletic images to convey spiritual lessons. Hebrews 12:1–2 is one very well-known passage. There we read that Christian life is a race. A race implies there is both a finish line. But we know that not all who begin the race make it to the finish line. Some start the race well enough, only to falter away. Some, however, persevere and finish the race. If you were to consider your life to a race, and if you were to persist in your present course and habits, will you cross the finish line or will you falter?

There is for us only one way to finish the race. We cast aside “every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1–2 ESV) Let us run, then, after Jesus. Consider every obstacle you will face today not as hindrance that must make you falter, but as hurdles you can clear by God’s grace. And look to the finish line. Look to Jesus.

Deuteronomy 6:4–5 teaches us, in effect, that we must not set up for us any other goals than God himself. The race of life, in other words, is a place of loving the Lord with our heart, soul, and might. That is exactly why we need to look to Jesus. For he has loved us with his heart, soul, and might (John 15:9).

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Call to Worship

Hebrews 12:1–2

TH #3 “Give to Our God Immortal Praise”

Prayer of Invocation

Reading of the Law and Confession of Sin

Deuteronomy 6:4–5

Prayer of Confession

Assurance of Pardon

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.” (John 15:9 ESV)

TH #507 “Approach, My Soul, the Mercy Seat”

Prayer of Blessing for Crystal Stroud

Presentation of Gifts and Offering

Pastoral Prayer

The Proclamation of God’s Word

1 Samuel 10:1–27

The Lord’s Anointed King

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

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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 them out!

For children: Long Story Short and Old Story New: chapter 3. First Catechism Q. 6. For adults: Shorter Catechism Q. 4. You can find the master index of all Shorter Catechism lessons here.

Upcoming Events and Notices

February 1 (Lord’s Day 9:45 AM): Please join us for prayer meeting.

February 1 (Lord’s Day 10:15 AM): Please join us for Hymnsing, a time to prepare our hearts for worship.

February 1 (Lord’s Day): The children’s Bible lessons will resume.

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

February 8 (Lord’s Day): Please join us for fellowship potluck meal after the worship service. Set up: Liza Beede & Maggie Kidwell. Clean up: Michelle Kay & Yoori Han.

February 12 (Thursday 10 AM): All women are invited to the Han home for a time of study, prayer, and fellowship.

February 15 (Lord’s Day 1 PM): All families are invited to join us as we celebrate the new marriage of Jamie & Amanda Robertson at the Han home. Please RSVP with Michelle Kay or Janny Ligtenberg. Wedding registry information: Amazon.com “Jamie Robertson” & “Amanda Babbit”

Nursery Volunteers

February 1: Liza Beede

February 8: Michelle Kay


January 25, 2015

Preparing for the Lord’s Day Worship

We invite you to join us for Hymnsing this Lord’s Day at 10:15 AM.

Sometimes we are enthralled by a great musical performance (or, if you’d like, a great athletic performance). Then, deeply impressed, we use a word like “effortless” to express our wonder. “How effortlessly he plays the guitar!” “How effortlessly she sings!” Except there is nothing effortless about it. In fact, before there was an “effortless” performance, there were years of hard practice, full of discipline, sacrifice, and, yes, efforts. What all world-class musicians, athletes, and every extra-ordinary people have in common is that they persevered in doggedly pursuing their goal until their dreamed-for skills became second-nature to them. Every successful person, in whatever field, strictly follows the rules of their discipline until the learned rules give them freedom to excel.

In some important ways, our pursuit of godliness and joy in the Lord are the same. The godly saint is the one who has persevered in the pursuit of spiritual things until practice and discipline give him freedom in deep prayer, joy in worship, and success resisting temptation. The initial process is indeed full of efforts. It is really hard to say “No” to the world, flesh, and the devil. But we set before us the goal of sweet communion with God, and keep saying “Yes” to God, until what we now do with great efforts become our second-nature and we taste freedom in the Lord.

What spiritual goals do you have? How do you pursue them? Do you pursue them? Our goal is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever. Let us keep this goal in our heart and mind. Then the efforts of the Christian life will be rewarded. And keeping this goal always before us, we will find encouragement to persevere.

Call to Worship

Genesis 1:26 & 3:5 (pp. 1 & 2)

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

Prayer of Invocation

Reading of the Law and Confession of Sin

1 Corinthians 10:1–14 (p. 957)

Prayer of Confession

Assurance of Pardon

“Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” (Hebrews 2:17–18 ESV)

TH #246 “Man of Sorrows! What a Name”

Presentation of Gifts and Offering

Pastoral Prayer

The Proclamation of God’s Word

1 Samuel 9:1–27 (p. 231)

God’s Stubborn Grace

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

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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 them out!

Thanks to our wonderful team of volunteers, all recent sermons have been posted online. You may find them here.

For children: Long Story Short and Old Story New: chapter 2. First Catechism Qs. 3–5. For adults: Shorter Catechism Q. 2 & Shorter Catechism Q. 3. You can find the master index of all Shorter Catechism lessons here.

Upcoming Events and Notices

January 24 (Saturday): The South Coast Presbytery will meet.

January 25 (Lord’s Day 10:15 AM): Please join us for Hymnsing, a time to prepare our hearts for worship.

February 1 (Lord’s Day 9:45 AM): Please join us for prayer meeting.

February 1 (Lord’s Day): The children’s Bible lessons will resume.

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

February 12 (Thursday 10 AM): All women are invited to the Han home for a time of study, prayer, and fellowship.

Nursery Volunteers

January 25: Kelly & Rebecca Rogers

February 1: Liza Beede


January 18, 2015

Preparing for the Lord’s Day Worship

We invite you to join us for Hymnsing this Lord’s Day at 10:15 AM.

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As we prepare to worship God, Sean Severns encourages us with these words:

It is not uncommon to think or to hear that science is opposed to religion. However, we should not be so quick to dismiss the two as necessarily opposed to each other. When we break it down, an acceptable definition of “science” is: the study of the physical world through experiment and observation. In other words, science attempts to explain the world and its natural order as God has created it. Psalm 19:1 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” So really, it’s best to think of creation and everything that God has made as one form of revelation of Himself. And it is the observable declaration of God’s glory that science attempts to understand, whether or not men have this right perspective or draw the right conclusions. And the right conclusions, namely, that creation declares God’s glory, is exactly what we see described in Psalm 104. For in it, it paints a picture of a God who is intimately tied with his creation, in so far as it testifies to Himself: a God who is pictured as clothed with His creation, in splendor and majesty; A God who establishes the boundaries of His creation; A God who speaks, and His creation trembles. Well beloved, this is our God. Therefore, let the wonders of creation lead us to marvel at its Creator, for all of creation mightily declares, “God is glorious!”

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Call to Worship

Psalm 104:1–13

TH #44 “How Great Thou Art”

Prayer of Invocation

Reading of the Law and Confession of Sin

Romans 1:18–23

Prayer of Confession

Assurance of Pardon

“My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” (1 John 2:1 ESV)

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

Presentation of Tithes and Offering

Pastoral Prayer

The Proclamation of God’s Word

1 Samuel 8:1–22

So Plausible. So Rational. So Wrong.

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 #57 “Hallelujah, Praise Jehovah, O My Soul” stanzas 1–2, and stanzas 3–4 during the distribution of the cup.

TH #186 “One There Is, Above All Others”

Benediction

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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 them out!

For children: Long Story Short and Old Story New: chapter 1. First Catechism Qs. 1–2. For adults: Shorter Catechism Q. 1. We once again begin a new cycle of studying the Shorter Catechism. The first question of the Shorter Catechism is the most important question of life. Can you see why? We encourage you to read the lesson linked to above.

Upcoming Events and Notices

January 16 (Friday 7 PM): The Session will meet at the Ligtenberg home.

January 17 (Saturday 7 AM): All men are invited to a time of study, prayer, and fellowship at the Summers home.

January 18 (Lord’s Day 10:15 AM): Please join us for Hymnsing, a time to prepare our hearts for worship.

January 18 (Lord’s Day): The children’s Bible lessons will resume.

January 22 (Thursday 10 AM): All women are invited to the Han home for a time of study, prayer, and fellowship.

January 24 (Saturday): The South Coast Presbytery will meet.

Nursery Volunteers

January 18: Yoori Han & Mari Nienhuis

January 25: Kelly & Rebecca Rogers