Service information for 11/19/17

9:15 a.m.
Title: To be called and to follow
1. Call
2. Obedience
3. Sacrifice

Psalter 298:1-3
1 Kings 19:15-21 (21)
Psalter 236:1-4
Psalter 31:3-7
Psalter 429:3-4

6:00 p.m.
Title: What is the meaning of this service

Psalter 417:1-3
Exodus 12:21-36 (26-27) HC LD29 qa78
Psalter 289:1, 12-15
Psalter 66:1-4
Psalter 313:1-5

Meditation for Sunday, November 19.

“Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father..Eph. 5:20

Every hour, yes, every moment has brought a favor upon its wings. Look downward and give thanks, for you are saved from Hell! Look on the right hand and give thanks, for you are enriched with gracious gifts! Look on the left hand and give thanks, for you are shielded from deadly ills! Look above you and give thanks, for Heaven awaits you! Nor is it alone for great and eternal benefits, but even for minor and temporary benefits we ought to give thanks. There ought not to be brought into the house a loaf of bread without thanksgiving. Nor should we cast a coal upon the fire without gratitude. We eat like dogs if we sit down to our meals without devoutly blessing God! We live like serpents if we never rise to devout recognition of the Lord’s kindness! We ought not to put on our garments without adoring God, or take them off to rest in our beds without praising Him! Each breath of air should inspire us with thanks and the blood in our veins should circulate gratitude throughout our system.

O, how sacred would our temporal mercies be to us if we were always thanking God for them! Instead of that, we too often complain because we have not somewhat more. We have a position which, in God’s sight, is the best for us. We could not have been better off than we are now, all things being considered—eternal things as well as present things— and yet we murmur and groan as though God had dealt harshly with us. The worst of all is that sometimes the poorest are the most thankful—those dear souls that are always sick and never have a waking moment free from pain are often the happiest and most grateful—while persons with wealth, health, strength and surrounded by every comfort are often of such a crooked disposition that they complain, they know not why, and are most disagreeable companions. God save you, who are His saints, from ever falling into a murmuring spirit! It is clean contrary to what God can approve of. Give thanks always for all things. Whenever the salt is put on the table let us see in it a lesson to us to season our conversation with thanks, of which salt we cannot use too much.

Charles Spurgeon

Announcements for Sunday, November 19.

  • Dear Pastor and Mrs. Vanden Berg, Consistory, Titus 2, and church family, We cannot sufficiently express our thanks for your prayers, love and support these past years.  We would only commend you to the words of our Gracious, Beneficent LORD in Matt. 25:” Lord, when saw we thee—–sick or in prison, and came unto Thee?  And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, in as much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Gary and Gerrie Kwekel
  • The Lord’s Supper will be held on Sunday, December 17.
  • The November mission collection is for Come Over and Help. The mission of Come Over and Help is to spread the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ across the vast population of people in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union who have been deprived of this Good News for generations.Go to for regular updates of the ministries that are part of COAH.

Meditation for Sunday, November 12.

“Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father..Eph. 5:20

But, to give thanks to God always is another matter. To bless the Lord in all winds and weathers and praise Him for losses and pains—this is a work of quite another character. “O,” you say, “we cannot be always praising God with our lips.” I have already said that and explained that vocal thanksgiving is not essential. Perhaps the most doubtful form of praising God is that which is performed by the tongue and the most sure and truthful way of giving thanks is that which is found in the actions of common life. But we are to be always praising God under some shape or other—the heart is always to be full of gratitude. At all times of the day we should be grateful—our first waking thought should be, “Bless the Lord.” Our last, before we drop to sleep, should be, “Praise be the God of love, who gives a pillow for my weary head.”

At all times of life we should give thanks. In youth we should praise God for godly parents and for early Grace. In our mid-life we should give thanks for strength, for household joys and for the experience of the Divine loving kindness. And, certainly, in those mature days, when the head, like the golden grain, bows down with ripeness, the aged saint should commence the employment of Heaven and should be always giving thanks. We should give God thanks when our wealth increases and also when it melts away—when it flows in and when it ebbs out. We must bless Him in success and also in disaster. We must give Him thanks when health departs. We must give Him thanks when, by gradual decay, the tabernacle falls about our ears. We must give Him thanks in those expiring moments when the sigh of earth is hushed by the song of Heaven.

It is easy to stand here and tell you this, but I have not always found it easy to practice the duty. I confess this to my shame. When I was suffering extreme pain some time ago, a Brother in Christ said to me, “Have you thanked God for this?” I replied that I desired to be patient and would be thankful to recover. “Ah, but,” he said, ” ‘in everything give thanks,’ not after it is over, but while you are still in it and, perhaps, when you are enabled to give thanks for the severe pain, it will cease.” I believe that there was much force in that good advice. It may have sounded rather strange at the time, yet if there is Grace in our hearts, we acknowledge the correctness of it. We struggle after the holy joy of heart which it depicts and at last, by God’s Grace, are able to attain to it, so as to give thanks unto God unceasingly.

Charles Spurgeon

Announcements for Sunday, November 12.

  • The consistory has transferred the church membership of Christen Marie Hoffmann to her care, per her request.
  • The Thanksgiving collectionswill be for the Building Fund. We are thankful for the completion of several large projects this year. We would like to move forward on some smaller projects when funds are available, including replacement of the cabinets in the nursery, replacing the parking lot fence, and repairs and updates to the parsonage.

Service information for 11/12/17

9:15 a.m.
Theme: New Jerusalem
1. The Church
2. The glory
3. The Light

Pr. 447:1-3
Revelation 21:9-27 (10-11)
Pr. 131:1-4
Pr. 358:1-4
Pr. 227:1-3

6:00 p.m.
Theme: The blood of the covenant

Pr. 438:1-2
Exodus 24:1-18 (8) HC LD28 qa77
Pr. 111:1-4
Pr. 280:1-4
Pr. 314:1-2

Service information for 11/8/17

7:00 p.m.
Theme: Joseph showing his love
1. The fear of the brothers
2. Welcome at Joseph’s house
3. Sitting at Joseph’s table

Psalter 426:1-3
Genesis 43:15-34 (30)
Psalter 118:1-3
Psalter 162:1-2

Meditation for Sunday, November 5.

“Golden vials, full of odors, which are the prayers of saints.” Rev. 5:8

Shall we begin with the censer of a broken and contrite heart? Here is a censer of the purest gold! Take not man’s estimate of it—he, in his blindness, is constantly mistaking the spurious for the true, the precious for the vile. The world holds lightly a broken heart for sin. But take God’s estimate,—”Thus says the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit.” A broken heart for sin is God’s dwelling! Again,—”To this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit.” God will look at him—He will not look at a proud, self-sufficient, self-justifying heart—for “the proud He knows afar off;” but His eye—His eye of love, His eye of delight, His eye of approval—will rest upon the humble, broken, and contrite heart. Despised by the worldly, scorned by the proud, overlooked often by the saints, yet how beautiful, how costly, how precious to Christ is this golden vial! True, it is a contrite heart,—true, it is an empty heart,—true, it is a self-abased heart; but there waves not a censer in heaven, save the Great High Priest’s, more beauteous, more costly, more precious than it. This “golden vial” is of heavenly construction. A Divine Craftsman made and formed it. God the Holy Spirit alone wrought this penitence, inspired this contrition, awakened this conviction of sin. He it was who abased that pride, laid low that loftiness, stained that glory, and smote that stricken, smitten heart in the dust. His the power that wakes that more than melody from those pale, trembling lips—”God be merciful to me a sinner!” Melody! Oh, angels’ harps breathe not sweeter music than this! And God, when He hears it, looks down and sees on earth no spectacle of interest or grandeur to surpass it—one more precious to His heart. Bruised and broken though that spirit be, clad in the habiliments of woe and grief, filled with self-loathing and sin-abhorrence, it is in God’s eye a golden censer, wafting to His throne earth’s sweetest, holiest, richest incense. “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise.” Octavius Winslow

Announcements for Sunday, November 5.

  • Pray, and give thanks, for traveling mercies.  “The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore.” Psalm 121:8.
  • Please plan on the church Christmas concert onDecember 16 at 7:30 p.m.  There will be a potluck beforehand at 5:45. Please contact Elisabeth Heikoop if you would like to contribute music or a recitation.
  • Collections for October are as follows:

General $9,482.21

CEF $1,207.00

Building $1,475.10

Benevolent $   652.25

Trinitarian Bible Society $1,346.00

Service Information for 11/4/17

9:15 a.m.
Theme: The restoration of a servant
1. Pouring out of the heart
2. Experience God’s presence
3. Called back to ministry

Psalter 72:1-4
1 Kings 19:9-18 (11-12)
Psalter 209:6-11
Psalter 101:1-5
Psalter 493:3-4

6:00 p.m.
Theme: United to the body of Christ

Psalter 421:1-2
Ephesians 1:15-23 (22-23) HC LD28 qa76
Psalter 349:1-4
Psalter 358:1-4
Psalter 370:1-2