Glorifying God by Knowing, Living and Proclaiming our Hope in Christ
January 5, 2020
9:30 a.m. Worship Service
11:00 a.m. Sunday School
Order of Worship
O Worship the King
Welcome & Mission Statement
Call to Worship Psalm 146
King of the Nations
Only a Holy God
Offering Kingdom Advancement Fund
Behold Our God
Prayers of the People
Scripture Psalm 146
Message The Kingdom of God as the Foundation for Political Life
In Christ Alone
What a Beautiful Name
Joy to the World
The Lord’s Supper, which we celebrate today, is a way for the Christian to remember the sacrifice of Christ. If you have not yet believed in Christ as Savior, we invite you to watch and learn. We are glad you are here! If you have questions about Jesus, please see Pastor Scott after the worship service. The bread we use is allergen free and contains no wheat, dairy, nuts or soy. It may contain egg.
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:
- Kyle S
- Phil & Jolene S: Maggie, Clara, Alice
- Karen S
- Don & Elaine S
- Lanny & Christine S
Pray for Christians in China: January 3, 2020 (Morning Star News) – The sentencing of pastor Wang Yi to nine years in prison this week for “subversion” and “illegal business activities” shows how authorities in China are increasingly intolerant of unregistered churches, sources said.
Pastor Wang of Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu, capital of southwestern China’s Sichuan Province, was sentenced in closed-door proceedings for “inciting subversion of state power,” authorities announced on Monday (Dec. 30).
“This is a pure case of unjust religious persecution against a peaceful preacher of a Chinese reformed church,” Bob Fu, president of advocacy organization China Aid Association (CAA), said in a press statement. “This grave sentence demonstrates [President] Xi [Jinping]’s regime is determined to be the enemy of universal values and religious freedom. We call upon the international community to stand up to the Chinese Communist Party and hold this evil regime accountable.”
The U.S. State Department on Dec. 10, 2018 included China among 10 countries designated as Countries of Particular Concern for severe religious rights violations.
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: Life Transforming Walk With Jesus (John 3:3, 30; Phil. 1:6)
- We teach our people how to be attentive to Christ in all circumstances.
- Our people understand the radical nature of the message and mission of Jesus that continually deconstructs and reconstructs a person’s life.
- Our people are equipped and growing in their ability to use a variety of spiritual growth resources, experiences, and settings.
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 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. The women’s shelter needs volunteers for regular shifts, but they also have a special need for drivers for the 6:00AM -7:30AM or 6PM-7:30PM shifts. If you would like to help, speak with the Vander Woudes or call Cassidy Schroeder at 360-592-7507.
Adult Sunday School: Today’s Sunday School will be a time of prayer. “Before Amen” sessions 1 and 2 will be on January 12 and 19. There will be a guest speaker on January 26, and then “Before Amen” sessions 3 and 4 will be on February 2 and 9.
Thank You from G.E.M.S.: Thanks to all of you who donated food for the GEMS food bank project. We give praise for 7 boxes totaling over 200 pounds of food!
Greeting Time: Did you wonder why there was not a time during the worship service to greet those around you? You will find a thoughtful explanation for the change in the January Heartbeat, which is available in the foyer.
January Series Returns to Lynden: The award-winning January Series webinar returns to Lynden weekdays from Wednesday, Jan. 8, through Jan. 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. For details about the speakers, topics, and listening options, visit www.calvin.edu/january. For more info about the Lynden webcasts, call Carol DeJong at (360) 354-1448 or visit www.third-church.org.
January Heartbeat Newsletter: The January edition of The Heartbeat is available in the foyer, or online at hopeinchristchurch.org
SERVANTS NEXT SUNDAY: January 12th
- Ushers: Len V and Bud B
- Greeters: Don & Elaine S
- Prayer Room: Ev K
- Cookies: Deloris P and Mona R
SUNDAY SCHOOL MEMORY VERSES
- Marvel Matthew 28:18-20
- Wonder Psalm 23:1-3
- Dive Psalm 95
This Week at Hope in Christ Church
8:15 a.m. Prayer upstairs, all are welcome
9:30 a.m. Worship, Communion
11:00 a.m. Sunday School
MONDAY (Office Closed)
6:00 p.m. GEMS
TUESDAY (Office Hours: 8:30-3:00)
9:00 a.m. Elders Meeting
6:00 p.m. Richard’s Bible Study (in home)
WEDNESDAY (Office Hours: 8:30-3:00)
9:45 a.m. Women’s Bible Study
7:00 p.m. Deacons Meeting
THURSDAY (Office Hours: 8:30-3:00)
6:30 a.m. Men’s Support Group
1:00 p.m. Bulletin Deadline
7:00 p.m. Men’s Bible Study
7:00 p.m. Praise Team Practice
FRIDAY (Office Hours: 8:30-3:00)
SATURDAY (Office Closed)