Glorifying God by Knowing, Living and Proclaiming our Hope in Christ
December 22, 2019
9:30 a.m. Worship Service
11:00 a.m. Sunday School
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. Adults are invited to participate in a discussion time during the Sunday school hour. There are various small groups that meet weekly. You are welcome to visit and find one that is right for you!
Order of Worship
O Come, All Ye Faithful
Angels We Have Heard on High
Call to Worship Titus 3:4-7
Joy to the World
Hark, the Glad Sound! The Savior Comes!
Litany Responsive Reading
Deep, Deep Love of Jesus
Offering Kingdom Advancement Fund
Profession of Faith Vicki S.
Scripture Galatians 4:4-9
Message Jesus Came So That We May Know God
Of the Father’s Love Begotten
Go Tell it on the Mountain
Bible Reading for this Week
Guest Pastor Mitchell Senti will be preaching on December 29th. The sermon title is “Perseverance,” and the key passage is Romans 8:14-17.
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:
- David & Ida R.
- Mark & Rockelle R.: Mattea, Michal, Amariah, Eliana
- Pastor Scott & Jen Roberts: Ellie, Morgan, Bekah, Zeke, Caleb, Grace, Faith, Elisha
Pray for Christians in Palestine: (Christianresponse.org, Dec. 16) – Christians in Israel and Palestine request prayer after Israel issued a directive restricting Gazan Christians from visiting family and friends in the West Bank and Israel over the Christmas holiday season, citing security concerns.
Local Christians request prayer that:
- church leaders will have wisdom in dealing with the Israeli authorities.
- the decision would be reversed and Gazan Christians allowed to spend Christmas with loved ones in the West Bank or Israel.
- the Lord will encourage the Christian community in Gaza despite this major disappointment.
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: Fruitful Organizational Structures (Exodus 18:13‐26, Acts 6:1-7)
- We can articulate a compelling, Christ-honoring vision for our church.
- We embrace evaluation as normal and natural and work through conflict constructively.
- Our organizational structures are designed to be efficient at making decisions while at the same time building congregational ownership for those decisions.
SUNDAY SCHOOL MEMORY VERSES
Marvel Matthew 28:18-20 Wonder Psalm 23:1-3 Dive Psalm 95
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. They will be delivered by the end of the month.
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.
Year-End Finances: The 2019 year-end budget and resource reports are available for review and may be found in the foyer.
New Year’s Eve Movie Night: Please join us for a New Year’s Eve movie night at the church starting at 6 p.m. The movies that will be shown are: Prince of Egypt, Mary Poppins Returns, and Monster Trucks. Please bring a snack to share and game if you are able. Games and movies will be running at the same time, so you are welcome to participate in whatever suits your interests at the time. Whether you are able to come or not, we hope you have a happy New Year’s celebration!
High-schoolers and their Parents: There will be a meeting on Sunday, Dec. 29 at 11:00 a.m. for parents and youth in the Youth Room of the ministry house. Clair would like to discuss a possible new direction for study topics and curriculum; to share with you and receive your input.
January Series Returns to Lynden: The award-winning January Series webinar returns to Lynden weekdays from Jan. 8 through 28 at 9:30 a.m. at Third CRC. The 15 live lectures, presented by Calvin University and top experts in their fields, will include topics such as poverty and hunger, immigration, mass incarceration, religious freedom, and the ethics of big data. There are brochures in the foyer. For more info about the Lynden webcasts, call Carol DeJong at (360) 354-1448 or visit www.third-church.org.
SERVANTS NEXT SUNDAY: December 29, 2019
- Greeters: Don & Tena V
- Cookies: Ev K, Ali L
- Prayer Room: Lanny S
- Ushers/Foyer: Lou K, Joe P
- Serving Assistants: Faith, Amariah, Abee
- Children’s Leaders: No Sunday School
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)
TUESDAY (Office Hours: 9:00-noon)
7:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Service
WEDNESDAY (Office Closed)
THURSDAY (Office Closed)
12:00 p.m. Bulletin Deadline
FRIDAY (Office Hours: 8:30-3:00)
SATURDAY (Office Closed)