Hope in Christ Church
Glorifying God by Knowing, Living and Proclaiming our Hope in Christ
9:30 a.m. Worship Service
December 23, 2018
Order of Worship
O Come, All Ye Faithful
Welcome & Greeting
O Come Emmanuel
Prayer of Confession & Assurance
Call to Worship Revelation 5:9-14
You Are My All in All
Joy to the World
Hark the Herald
Offering Kingdom Advancement Fund
Scripture Exodus 34:6-7
Message The Divinity of Jesus is Essential, Part 2
O Come Let Us Adore Him
We are so glad you have joined us today! After the service, we invite you to stay for refreshments and fellowship. There are various small groups that meet weekly.You are welcome to visit and find one that is right for you!
Christmas Service: Join us on December 25th at 9:30 am for our Christmas Service. Invite your family and friends to come celebrate this joyous service with us.
Potluck next Sunday, December 30th: This will be a soup and salad luncheon. If your last name begins with A – D, please bring a dessert. Last names from E – Sk, please bring soup of any kind (we already have chili), and last names from Sp-Z, please bring a salad. You are welcome to trade with someone if you’d like. Rolls will be provided by Hospitality.
New Year’s Eve Party: The Roberts kids will be hosting a New Year’s Eve Party at the church on Monday evening, Dec 31, starting at 6:00 p.m.. There will be movies of various types (Peter Rabbit, Truman, ?) throughout the night as well as games and fellowship. Please bring food and drinks to share.
Materials from The Story: Do you have any materials from The Story that you would like to donate? All of the leftover and unused materials (books, CDs, cards, posters, etc.) that we do not need anymore will be gifted to another group who could use them. There is a box in the foyer for the materials that you do not want to keep.
Women’s Severe Weather Shelter for the Lighthouse Mission: Our church has signed up to provide chili and rolls each Wednesday evening for the women at the shelter. If you would like to provide rolls or a crockpot of chili, choose your Wednesday and sign up on the poster in the foyer. Please remember to put your name on your crockpot. The shelter has been hosting more than forty women every night and they are very grateful to our church for helping out with a weekly meal.
Believe Books: Books for our next churchwide study and sermon series are available in the foyer. Please pick yours up if you haven’t yet.
January Series of Calvin College: The award-winning January series is coming once again to Lynden. From Jan. 3 through Jan. 23. Third Christian Reformed Church will be one of more than 50 remote webcast locations worldwide to broadcast one of the nation’s leading lecture and cultural arts series. The video will be streamed from 9:30-10:30 a.m. PST Monday through Friday. Pick up a brochure today to see the schedule of lectures.
SERVANTS NEXT SUNDAY: December 30, 2018
Greeters: Herm & Ali L
Cookies: Lorraine B, Lisa D
Serving Assistants: Grace, Amariah, Kylie
Ushers: Don K, Lou K (foyer)
Prayer Room: Christine S
Sunday School: No classes this week.
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:
- Pastor Scott and Jen R: Ellie, Morgan, Bekah, Zeke, Caleb, Faith, Grace, Elisha
- Mark & Rockelle R: Mattea, Michal, Amariah, Eliana
- Doug & Jan S
- Joanne S
- Vicki S
Pray for Christians in Iran: (Morning Star News, Dec. 20, 2018) Arrests of Christians in Iran usually spike as Christmas approaches, but this year has been especially severe, sources said. More than 150 Christians have been detained across the officially Shia Muslim country in the last month, and arrests are expected to continue. “The current situation has been described by some as unprecedented,” Miles Windsor, advocacy and development manager at Middle East Concern (MEC), told Morning Star News. “There are a huge number of arrests and detentions.” An uptick in arrests is expected around Christmas, Windsor said, when many Iranians are attracted to Christianity and the government seeks to deter interest through intimidation.
The U.S. State Department this month again designated Iran as a Country of Particular Concern for severe religious freedom violations.
In Christian support organization Open Doors’ list of countries where it is most difficult to be a Christian, Iran had a score of 85 out of 100 in the 2018 World Watch List, leaving it ranked 10th out of 50.
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 is: 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.
Sunday School Memory Verses
- Wonder Class— Numbers 6:24-26
- Dive Class— Psalm 23
- Marvel Class— Matthew 7:7-8
This Week at Hope in Christ Church
8:15 a.m. Prayer upstairs, all are welcome
9:30 a.m. Worship Service
4:30 p.m. Roberts Small Group
MONDAY (Office Closed)
TUESDAY (Office Closed)
9:30 a.m. Christmas Worship Service
WEDNESDAY (Office Hours: 8:30-3:00)
1:00 p.m. Bulletin and Heartbeat Newsletter Deadline
FRIDAY (Office Hours: 8:30-3:00)
SATURDAY (Office Closed)