Glorifying God by Knowing, Living and Proclaiming our Hope in Christ
Hope in Christ Church Bulletin
May 27, 2018
Order of Worship
Holy, Holy, Holy
Call to Worship Psalm 89:1-5
You Alone Can Rescue
Wonderful Merciful Savior
Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)
Offering: Kingdom Advancement
Speak O Lord
Reflection on The Story: Christine S
Baptism: Elisha R
I Will Change Your Name (Mitch & Rochelle)
Scripture: Book of Esther
Message: God Will Deliver His People
Even So Come
When Peace like a River
The congregation of Hope in Christ Church has made the Spirit-filled decision to move forward and become a healthy missional church.
This Week’s Missional Marker: Culture of Godly Leadership (Hebrews 13:7)
- Our leaders at all levels serve with character, competence, and conviction.
- A spirit of collegiality pervades, with our people trusting our leaders and our leaders trusting our people.
- We continually identify and train godly leaders for all dimensions of our ministry.
Each week we pray for members of our church family. Suggested prayers are for their spiritual growth, opportunities to see Christ in their everyday lives, and anything else that God puts on your mind for them. This week please pray for:
- Carmen L
- Linda McC
- Don N
- Dan & Tanya O: Amber, Chantel, Micah
For Christians in Nepal: Christians in Nepal are alarmed after this month’s sudden series of arson and bomb attacks on four church buildings, and church leaders suspect authorities are lax in investigating. At the same time, six Christians were arrested for evangelizing while suspected Hindu extremists launched attacks on three church buildings and bombed another. The attacks caused extensive property damage but no casualties.
Recently a social media movement has arisen against Christians on Facebook and Twitter with such hashtags as “Hindu Awakening against Conversion (Esai Karan ke Virudh Hindu Jagaran Abhiyaan),” openly threatening killing and attacks, Pastor Khanal said. “They have gathered a lot of support and fan-following from the Nepali masses,” he said. “These attacks have not come upon the Nepali churches as a surprise, but these are well-planned and coordinated attacks against the Christian community, and the government is doing nothing about this.”
A landlocked country between the giants of India and China, Nepal is said to be more than 75 percent Hindu and 16 percent Buddhist. Christians are estimated to make up nearly 3 percent of Nepal’s population, and Muslims 4.4 percent.
New Elders and Deacons: The ordination of elders and deacons will take place during the June 17th worship service. Ev Kooistra and Ida Richards will be our new elders; Tena Vanderpol and Elaine Snapper will be our new deacons. Thank you to Michael Boer, Lou Kooistra, Dan Obbink and Avis Kaemingk for their faithful service.
Family Promise: Hope in Christ is the support church for First Christian, and we are actively recruiting Family Promise volunteers. Please see the enclosed blue flyer, which has information about sign-up and training. Lorraine B, and Herm & Ali are available today after the service to answer any questions you have about the program.
The Story Cards for Children: Children are invited to take a story card home with them today. The cards correspond to the chapter of The Story that we are covering each week. This Sunday, the card has an illustration of Esther on the front, and Esther 4:14 on the back. Look for a basket with the cards at the back of the sanctuary every Sunday.
Zaycon Delivery: Deloris is managing a recent delivery, and has a freezer full of packages to distribute. If you are on the distribution list, please check with Deloris before you go home this morning to see if she has one with your name on it. Thank you!
Poverty Reconsidered: Poverty Reconsidered is an interactive seminar for people who want to address homelessness with discerning compassion from a biblical perspective. You’ll learn about the toxic effects some charity can have on the people it’s meant to benefit, deepen your understanding of the root causes of poverty, and grapple with effective, sustainable solutions. The seminar will be facilitated by Hans Erchinger-Davis. Hans is a 10-year veteran of homeless ministry and executive director of Lighthouse Mission Ministries. SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 9:00 AM–NOON • FREE—Christ the King Church, Meridian St. RSVP by May 30 www.whatcomloveinc.org/poverty-reconsidered
NEXT SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 2018
- Greeters: Lisa On, Ruth S
- Serving Assistants: Grace, Chantel, Amber
- Ushers: Deloris P, Bud B
- Prayer Room: Lorraine B
- Cookies: Karen S, Christine S, Donna V
SUNDAY SCHOOL MEMORY WORK
Wonder Class: Matthew 28:19-20
Marvel Class: John 14:1-3
Dive Class: Ephesians 2:8-9
June Heartbeat: The June newsletter is available in the foyer, or on our website at firstname.lastname@example.org