December 15, 2019
Hope in Christ Church
Glorifying God by Knowing, Living and Proclaiming our Hope in Christ
Order of Worship
Angels from the Realms of Glory
Call to Worship Responsive Reading
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Litany Responsive Reading
Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God
Offering Outreach Fund
Video Song This is Love
Scripture John 4: 3-24
Message Jesus Came to Lead Us into True Worship
Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
Good Christian Friends Rejoice
Welcome to Hope in Christ Church! We are so glad you have joined us today. After the service, we invite you to stay for refreshments and fellowship, followed by Sunday School at 11:00. There are various small groups that meet during the week as well. You are welcome to visit and find one that is right for you!
Bible Reading for this Week
Pastor Scott’s sermon for Dec. 22nd is titled, “Jesus Came So We Can Know God.” The scripture is Galatians 4: 4-9.
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:
- Deloris P
- Chris P
- Joe P
- Bridger R
- Debra R
- Mona R
- Don & Darlys R
Pray for Christians in Northern Kenya:
NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News, Dec. 9) – Suspected members of Somali Islamic extremist group Al Shabaab intercepted a bus in northern Kenya on Friday (Dec. 6), separated out those who were not local ethnic Somali Muslims and executed them, sources said ….A witness who escaped told a Morning Star News contact that the assailants separated out 11 Kenyan workers from the interior (assumed to be Christians) from local residents, assumed to be ethnic Somali Muslims …“We have lost two teachers who used to attend our church,” the source from a congregation in northern Kenya (undisclosed for security reasons) told Morning Star News.
Somalia is ranked 3rd on Christian support group Open Doors’ 2019 World Watch List of the 50 countries where it is most difficult to be a Christian; Kenya is ranked 40th.
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
Marvel Matthew 28:18-20 Wonder Psalm 23:1-3 Dive Psalm 95
Family Promise: Kudos and thank you to all who volunteered for Family Promise this week. We were able to bless the families with meals, fellowship, and a place to sleep during a very stressful time in their lives. For those who volunteered to do laundry, the black plastic bags will be in the foyer for you to pick up. You can bring the clean laundry back next Sunday.
GEMS Food Bank Donations: Please find the GEMS table where you will see some suggestions for food items that you might like to bring for the GEMS to deliver to the food bank.
Cookies for the Women’s Cold Weather Shelter: If anyone would like to provide homemade cookies for the women’s cold weather shelter, please let Terry V know. The shelter is hosting approximately 40-45 women every night. Terry and Len will be volunteering at the shelter and can deliver cookie donations.
Lighthouse Mission’s “Drive for Joy”: Please place UNWRAPPED items in the box near the Christmas tree in the foyer before Friday. The items will be delivered on Dec. 20. For those who are chronically homeless, these gifts are a huge blessing:
- deodorant (men’s & women’s)
- lip balm
- candy canes
- hot chocolate packets
- puzzle books
Year-End Finances: The 2019 year-end budget and resource reports are available for review and may be found in the foyer.
SERVANTS NEXT SUNDAY: DECEMBER 22ND
- Greeters: Lanny & Christine S
- Cookies: Marilyn K, Melissa K
- Prayer Room: Herm L.
- Ushers/Foyer: Elaine S, Len V
- Serving Assistants: Michal, Grace, Brenna
- Sunday School Observer: Ida R.
- Children’s Leaders: Jen R., Abee, Diane, Bekah
This Week at Hope in Christ Church
8:15 a.m. Prayer upstairs, all are welcome
9:30 a.m. Worship Service
11:00 a.m. Sunday School
MONDAY (Office Closed)
6:00 p.m. G.E.M.S. Meeting
TUESDAY (Office Hours: 8:30-3:00)
6:00 p.m. Richards’ Bible Study (in home)
WEDNESDAY (Office Hours: 8:30-3:00)
11:00 a.m. Recker Cleaning Crew
THURSDAY (Office Hours: 8:30-3:00)
6:30 a.m. Men’s Support Group
12:00 p.m. Bulletin Deadline
7:00 p.m. Men’s Bible Study
FRIDAY (Office Hours: 8:30-3:00)
12:00 p.m. Heartbeat Newsletter Deadline
SATURDAY (Office Closed)