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1 *Prayer of Dedication *Closing Response Blue Hymnal #670 Make Me a Blessing (verses 1 & 2) Out in the highways and byways of life, Many are weary and sad. Carry the sunshine where darkness is rife, Making the sorrowing glad. Refrain: Make me a blessing; make me a blessing, Out of my life may Jesus shine. Make me a blessing, O Savior, I pray. Make me a blessing to someone today. Tell the sweet story of Christ and His love; Tell of His pow r to forgive. Others will trust Him is only you prove True every moment you live. (Refrain) *Benediction *Pastor: The Peace of Christ be with you. Congregation: And also with you. *Postlude God who stretched the spangled heavens tune: Holy Manna Wilbur Held The First Congregational Church United Church of Christ Pastor Rev. Raymond Dekker (home & cell phone) ( ) Organist Jackson Brooks Creative Ministries Mat Emerick Facilitator ( ) Music Facilitator Deb Emerick Secretary Lorene Witte Website: Church: Hillcrest Drive Fax: Fremont, MI CCLI:

2 Second Sunday in Lent February 25, :00 a.m. * those who are able, please stand As you enter the sanctuary, please be mindful of those already seated who want a quiet place to pray. The Order of Worship Prelude Processional William Mathias Were You There? Norman Johnson Open the Gates of the Temple Knapp/Johnson Siciliano J.S. Bach, arr. Myra Hess Chimes Call to Worship Sing Welcome Opening Prayer Praise Group Josh Wilson *Opening Hymn Blue Hymnal #348 My Saviors Love (verses 1,4,5) Invitation to Prayer Congregation & Praise Group Power of Your Love Lord, I come to You, let my heart be changed...renewed... flowing from the grace that I found in You. And Lord, I ve come to know the weaknesses I see in me Will be stripped away by the pow r of Your love, Chorus: Hold me close, let your love surround me; Bring me near; draw me to Your side. And as I wait, I ll rise up like the eagle And I will soar with You, Your Spirit leads me on In the pow r of Your love. Lord, unveil my eyes, let me see you face to face, The knowledge of Your love as You live in me. Lord, renew my mind, as Your will unfolds in my life, In living ev ry day in the pow r of your love. Chorus: Ending: And as I wait, I ll rise up like the eagle And I will soar with You, Your Spirit leads me on In the pow r of Your love. Prayer of Confession *Response Congregation & Praise Group Revelation Song (congregation please join on chorus) Verse 1 (repeated 2 times) Praise Group Chorus (Congregation) Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty Who was, and is, and is to come With all creation I sing Praise to the King of Kings You are my everything and I will adore You... Verse 2 - Praise Group Chorus - Congregation Verse 3 - Praise Group Chorus - Congregation Story Bell Wahbememe (Following the Story Bell children are invited to Sunday School) Mat Emerick Hymn of Preparation Blue Hymnal #389 Spirit of the Living God (verse 2) Soul of Heaven, heart of God, wash over me. Soul of heaven, heart of God, wash over me. Cleanse me, teach me, hold me, reach me. Soul of heaven, heart of God, wash over me. Scripture Reading Acts N.T. Message Pastor Ray Dekker Sharing 101 *Hymn Blue Hymnal #502 In My Heart There Rings a Melody Prayers of the People and Silent Prayers The Lord s Prayer Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen. Offertory Departure from Forest Scenes Rob t Schumann *Doxology Praise God from whom all blessings flow; Praise Him, all creatures here below; Praise Him above, ye heavenly hosts Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen. Continued on back page

3 A warm welcome to all as we gather for worship, Please greet one another with the Lord s peace. *Visitors ~ Welcome! There is a Welcome Packet in the pew rack for you. Please fill out the Guest Information insert, place it in the offering plate and take the packet home for review of the other information. We are thankful you are here and hope that your time here is a special blessing to you and your family. Please let us know how we can best serve you. Guests ~ please take a Book Mark and/or ToasterTong home with you today as our gift to you for attending our service. You can find them on the Welcome Table at the entrance you came in. No more missed pages in your book or burnt fingers or potential electrocutions by fork in your future now!! Anyone who would like a Book Mark or a Toaster Tong but is not a visiting guest, please make a contribution to the WOODSHOP. See Dean Morehouse, Bernie Denney, Bill Black or Pastor Dekker for more information *Large print Bibles, bulletins, and Children s bulletins are available from the ushers. Quiet bags for children to use while they are in the worship service are available on the table in the narthex. *Families with young nursery age children are welcome to use the nd Family Room in the balcony located on the 2 floor. *Our sanctuary is equipped with a T-Coil Hearing Loop. Please turn your hearing aid to the T-Coil position to access this feature. Other hearing devices are available at the sound booth upon request. Following the worship service you are invited to join us in Fellowship Hall. Come meet new friends and have some refreshments. We look forward to meeting you. Serving Us: Altar Rep: Barb Clark Altar Flowers: Susan Bull(today) Greeters: (today) Ushers: Yvonne Lee, Guy & Raene` Redinger(today) Barb Veldman Compassion: Jon & Judy Clapp Organist: Sound System: Rick St. Peter Coffee Hosts: Shirley Brooks(today) February Towel Washer: Karla Johnson Celebrating this week: Happy Birthday to ~ Beverly Williams (26), Jim Morse, Linda Shively (1) Happy Anniversary to ~ Prayer Requests ~ (Prayer requests will be printed for two weeks. The person or family requesting prayer must call the church office or Pastor Ray in order to have the request printed) This Week s Calendar Sunday, February 25 8:45 a.m. Praise Singers Rehearsal - sanctuary 10:00 a.m. Worship & Sunday School 11:15 a.m. Adult Sunday School 11:30 a.m. Fellowship Time - Fellowship Hall Monday, February 26 Tuesday, February 27 - Church Office Closed 3:00 p.m. Violin Lessons - Fellowship Hall Wednesday, February 28 6:30 p.m. Praise Group Rehearsal - sanctuary 7:30 p.m. Choir Rehearsal - choir loft Thursday, March 1 - Church Office Closed 9:00 a.m. Woodshop Open 10:00 a.m. Christmas Crafters Friday, March 2 7:00 a.m. st Men s Lenten Breakfast -1 Reformed Church Saturday, March 3 9:00 a.m. Woodshop Open Sunday, March 4 10:00 a.m. Worship with communion & Sunday School 11:15 a.m. Adult Sunday School 11:30 a.m. Fellowship Time - Fellowship Hall Announcing ConGo Enjoy-Meant Events We are ConGo (Christians on the Go) and meant to go and enjoy good food and fun activities together! Sunday, March 25-5:30-7:00 p.m. - Baked Potato Bar and a Hymn Sing. More details TBA

4 Our Church News Great thanks to all who provided the great chilirama feast last Sunday to all who came and feasted! The Men s Lenten Breakfast will be held at the First Reformed Church this week, March 2 beginning at 7:00 a.m. The Sundays of March 4 and March 11 Jeff Stewart will be presenting a walkthrough of the new church website in Fellowship Hall following worship. If you have an opportunity to go to the site prior to this that would be encouraged and please come with your questions. Also, if you would like please bring your smartphone or laptop so that you can follow along. The website is: Do you have some costume jewelry you don t use anymore? Women s Fellowship has some great ideas that they need costume jewelry for. If you have some you would like to donate put it on the table by the Women s Fellowship craft supply closet. Empowerment Network thanks the First Congregational Church for the gifts provided for our Christmas Party attended by over 100 people who are recipients of mental health service s in Newaygo County. Your donations helped to make our party a great success. Feeding America: We chose Empowerment Network as our charity to donate to during Christmas. $1,400 was received which equals $27,000 in real food money to purchase food from Feeding America; this amount covers all Feeding America purchases for the whole year. They are very thankful and grateful for the donation. SCRIP is available in Fellowship Hall following worship. Requested Announcements IF:Fremont is less than 2 weeks away! Come join with other women from our community as we listen to some amazing speakers teach us how we can become "Ablaze" for our God. The Holy Spirit is ready to speak to you, are you ready to listen? If you have any questions please contact Chelsea Breukeror call the church office. To register please use the following link: Griefshare - We would like to welcome any adult who has lost a loved one to attend a GriefShare Group. This non-denominational 13 week course offers help and support for the grieving. Each class is special and different, focusing on a DVD featuring grief experts and real-life stories. A $10 fee is for your personal workbook, which you will use in the program to help and guide you in your healing. Sessions will be on consecutive Thursdays beginning March 1, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Registration is helpful at First Christian Reformed Church, but not required EASTER FLOWER ORDER 6" Pot Easter Lilies (5+ blooms): ($8.00) 8" Pot Easter Lilies (10+ blooms): ($16.00) 6" Tulips: ($7.00) Lavender Yellow Red Pink 6" Hyacinths: ($7.00) Blue Pink 6"Daffodils: ($7.00) to be used in the sanctuary on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018 Following the worship service, I/we will pick up our flower(s). Following the worship service, the Altar Committee may take care of my/our flowers in an appropriate way. Given by: In Memory of or In Honor of This completed form, along with your payment for each flower ordered may be placed in the offering plate, or in the church office by March 16, 2018

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