December 23, 2018


Sunday Worship Gathering 9:30 Sunday Fellowship 10:45am

Order of Service

Call to Worship #245 O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Welcome and Prayer Dave Kooiker

Songs of Praise In Christ Alone

Christmas Offering


Preparing Song #277 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Message True Hope Is Born

John 1:14-18

Parting Song Great Are You Lord



Today (December 23)

Worship Service – 9:30am

Fellowship Time – 10:45am

This Week (December 24-29)

Candlelight Service – Dec 24, 6:00pm

TV Service – December 26, 6:00pm
(Local cable channel 12)

NO AWANA or FRED – Dec 26

Next Week (December 30-January 5)

Worship Service – Dec 30, 9:30am

Meals on Wheels – Dec 31, Jan 2-4

AWANA/FRED Jr – Jan 2, 6:30pm

FRED Sr – January 2, 8:00pm

Men’s Breakfast – January 5, 8:00am

Nursery Schedule

December 23 – Amy Stump & Selah Poppinga

December 30 – Anne & Liza Bosler

Happy Anniversary

Jason & Kristal Drenth – Dec 23


From Camp Shetek: We have another $25,000 year-end matching gift challengeto help pay off the chapel project. (We’re 87% paid off!) If God would lead you to give a year-end, tax deductible gift to the ministry of Camp Shetek, your gift, received by 12/31, will be matched (up to $25,000) and be greatly appreciated.

Donation Deadline for Action Packs: If you would still like to contribute to the Action Packs, we need foam balls, gloves, and queen-size sheets. Please have all donations to the church office by tomorrow, December 24.

Candlelight Service: Invite your neighbors for our Candlelight Service tomorrow, December 24 at 6:00 p.m. It will be a service for us to simply come & adore.

Meals on Wheels: Our church is up again for delivering Meals on Wheels. We will begin December 31. There is a sign-up in the lobby. If you have any questions about this service opportunity, please see Pastor Jeff or Rachael McCarthy.

Men’s Breakfast: Our next Men’s Breakfast will be Saturday, January 5, at 8:00 a.m. We are looking for volunteers to help with cooking and leading a devotional. Please see the sign-up sheet on the lobby table.

Annual Business Meeting: Mark your calendars for Sunday, January 13. Our annual business meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. We will discuss several items important to our church, including the annual budget. Please make plans to attend.

Sermon Outline & Discussion Questions

Title: True Hope Is Born

Text: John 1:14-18

1.He who _________ in the beginning ________________ in time. (John 1:1, 14)

2.He who was __________ God dwelt _____________ us. (John 1:1, 14)

3.He who was _________ became _____________. (John 1:1, 14; Phil 2:5-8)

4.Christ Jesus came into the world to __________ sinners. (John 3:16-17; 1 Tim 1:15, 2:5-6)

a.Let us __________ near with a true heart in full assurance of __________. (Hebrews 4:14-16, 10:19-25)

b.Let us __________ fast the confession of our __________ without wavering. (Hebrews 4:14-16, 10:19-25)

c.Let us consider how to __________ up one another to __________ and good works. (Hebrews 4:14-16, 10:19-25)

Discussion Questions

1.What stood out in the service today?

2.What are the connections you see between John 1:1 and John 1:14?

3.Read the quote by Augustine (below) and discuss.

4.Read Hebrews 10:19-25 and discuss the three application points involving faith, hope and love.

5.In what ways can you apply today’s passage and message?

The Word of the Father, by whom all time was created, was made flesh and was born in time for us. He, without whose divine permission no day completes its course, wished to have one day [set aside] for His human birth. In the bosom of His Father, He existed before all the cycles of ages; born of an earthly Mother, He entered upon the course of the years on this day. The Maker of man became Man that He, Ruler of the stars, might be nourished at the breast; that He, the Bread, might be hungry; that He, the Fountain, might thirst; that He, the Light, might sleep; that He, the Way, might be wearied by the journey; that He, the Truth, might be accused by false witnesses; that He, the Judge of the living and the dead, might be brought to trial by a mortal judge; that He, Justice, might be condemned by the unjust; that He, the Teacher, might be scourged with whips; that He, the Vine, might be crowned with thorns; that He, the Foundation, might be suspended upon a cross; that Strength might be weakened; that He who makes well might be wounded; that Life might die. To endure these and similar indignities for us, to free us, unworthy creatures, He who existed as the Son of God before all ages, without a beginning, deigned to become the Son of Man in these recent years. He did this although He who submitted to such great evils for our sake had done no evil, and although we, who were the recipients of so much good at His hands, had done nothing to merit these benefits. Begotten by the Father, He was not made by the Father; He was made Man in the Mother whom He Himself had made, so that He might exist here for a while, sprung from her who could never and nowhere have existed except through His power.

--Augustine of Hippo (354-430) (Sermon 191)