Welcome to First Christian Reformed Church!

Guest Pastor:  Andy Geleynse

September 25, 2011


   10:30 A.M. Worship Service


“Light of the World , you stepped down into darkness,”


   Prelude:  Sylvia Van Zanten




   Call to Worship


* God’s Greeting


* We Greet Each Other


* Gathering Songs (Led by the Geleyense Family)

        “All Creatures of Our God and King”

1.   All creatures of our God and King,

      lift up your voice and with us sing:

      O praise Him, alleluia!

      Thou burning sun with golden beam,

      Thou silver moon with softer gleam,

      O praise Him, O praise Him,

      alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!


2.   Thou rushing wind that art so strong,

      ye clouds that sail in Heav'n along,

      O praise Him,! alleluia

      Thou rising moon, in praise rejoice;

      ye lights of evening, find a voice:

      O praise Him, O praise Him,

      alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!


3.   Let all things their Creator bless

      and worship Him in humbleness.

      O praise Him, alleluia!

      Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,

      and praise the Spirit, three in One.

      O praise Him, O praise Him,

      alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

 “All Creatures of Our God and King”  © 2002 worshiptogether.com songs /sixsteps Music / Moon & Musky Music

(Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing); Authors: Brent Milligan / David Crowder / St. Francis of Assisi / William Henry Draper

All rights Reserved.  CCLI # 678905


        “How Great Is Our God”

How great is our God!  Sing with me:
How great is our God! 
And all will see how great, how great is our God!


1.   The splendor of the King, clothed in majesty;
Let all the earth rejoice, all the earth rejoice.
He wraps Himself in light, and darkness tries to hide,
and trembles at His voice, and trembles at His voice.




2.   And age to age He stands, and time is in His hands;
Beginning and the End, Beginning and the End.
The Godhead, three in one, Father, Spirit, Son,
The Lion and the Lamb, the Lion and the Lamb.





Name above all names, worthy of all praise.
My heart will sing: How great is our God!



“How Great Is Our God”  Authors:  Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, Jesse Reeves, Copyright © 2004 worshiptogether.com Songs/sixsteps Music/ASCAP
(adm. by EMI CMG Publishing)/Alletrop Music/BMI All rights reserved. Used by permission.  CCLI# 678905

        “Everlasting God”

1.   Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord,

      we will wait upon the Lord,

      we will wait upon the Lord.

      Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord,

      we will wait upon the Lord,

      we will wait upon the Lord.



      Our God, You reign forever. 

      Our Hope, our strong Deliv'rer.

      You are the everlasting God, the everlasting God,

      You do not faint, You won't grow weary.

      You're the defender of the weak, You comfort those in need.

      You lift us up on wings like eagles.

 “Everlasting God”  Authors:  Brenton Brown / Ken Riley © 2005

Thankyou Music (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing)

All rights Reserved.  CCLI # 678905


        “Here I Am to Worship”

1.   Light of the World, You stepped down into darkness,

      Opened my eyes, let me see.

      Beauty that made this heart adore You,

      Hope of a life spent with You.



      So, here I am to worship, here I am to bow down,

      Here I am to say that You’re my God.

      And You’re altogether lovely, altogether worthy,

      Altogether wonderful to me.


2.   King of all days, oh so highly exalted,

      Glorious in heaven above.

      Humbly You came to the earth You created,

      All for love’s sake became poor.




      And I’ll never know how much it cost

      to see my sin upon that cross.

      And I’ll never know how much it cost

      to see my sin upon that cross. 



 “Here I Am to Worship  Tim Hughes, ©2000 Kingsway’s Thankyou Music/PRS,  CCLI#678905


“Opened my eyes, let me see.”


   Abuse Awareness Litany

Leader:    God of truth, your words to us bring health and life

               in mind, body and spirit.

People:   We give you thanks for giving us your Word in Jesus Christ

               who is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

Leader:    God of truth, shape our lives so that we may walk in your truth,

               allowing your Spirit to discern the truth of what we say and do,

               the truth of our intentions and actions.

People:   May your truth make us holy and make us free from actions

               that dishonor you and others, especially the vulnerable. 

               May the freedom of living in your truth allow us

               to expose secrets known to you.

Leader:    May your truth set us free from long-held secrets,

               secrets locked by fear, shame, threats and guilt.

People:   Give us courage, O God, so that grace and love shape our response

               to your truth, and the truths that others share with us.

Leader:    God of light, you came to us in Jesus, the Light of the World,

               to shed light on our darkness and the darkness around us.

People:   Jesus Christ, we want to be children of light, exposing the darkness

               to the brightness of your life, so that no one, male or female,

               young or old, lives in fear of the present or the past.

Leader:    Link truth and love in our lives so that we reflect the purpose of God    

               for human relationships: people living in open, loving relationships

               where truth is cherished, and people are honored and respected.

People:   Shine in us, O Christ, so that we may be people who mirror

               the brightness of your love and our truth.

               Author: Cindy Holtrop, M. Div.: Abuse Prevention is a division of Pastoral Ministries


   Time of Prayer

After the time of prayer, children ages 3-first grade

are dismissed to the Koinonia room for Children & Worship.


   Offering:  General Fund


“Beauty that made this heart adore you.”


   Scripture:  Isaiah 42:1-8 (pg. 717)




   Prayer of Application


“Hope of a life spent with you.”


* Song of Application:  “I Will Follow”


      Where You go, I'll go; where You stay, I'll stay;

      when You move, I'll move.  I will follow.  Oh, oh, oh.


1.  All Your ways are good, all Your ways are sure;

      I will trust in You alone.

      Higher than my sight, high above my life;

      I will trust in You alone.



Where You go, I'll go, where You stay, I'll stay;

when You move, I’ll move.  I will follow You.

Whom You love, I'll love; how You serve, I’ll serve;

if this life I lose, I will follow You, yeah.

I will follow You, yeah.


2.   Light into the world, Light into my life-

      I will live for You alone.

      You're the One I seek, knowing I will find-

      all I need in You alone.  In You alone.



In You, there's life everlasting.

In You, there's freedom for my soul.

In You, there's joy unending joy; and I will follow.


Chorus 2

Where You go, I'll go, where You stay, I'll stay;

when You move, I’ll move.  I will follow You.

Whom You love, I'll love; how You serve, I’ll serve;

If this life I lose, I will follow.


Repeat Chorus 2


      You, yeah.

I will follow You, yeah.

I will follow You, yeah.

I will follow You, yeah.

        “I Will Follow You” © 2010 SHOUT! Music Publishing / sixsteps Music / worshiptogether.com songs / Vamos Publishing / Sony/ATV Timber Publishing / West Main Music / Windsor Hill Music (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing) / (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing) / (Admin. by Sony/ATV Sounds LLC); Authors:  Chris Tomlin/Jason Ingram/Reuben Morgan

        All rights Reserved.  CCLI # 678905


* Benediction


* Doxology:  “In Christ Alone”  vs. 1-4

1.   In Christ alone my hope is found,

      He is my light, my strength, my song;

      this cornerstone, this solid ground,

      firm through the fiercest drought and storm.

      What heights of love, what depths of peace,

      when fears are stilled, when strivings cease.

      My comforter, my all in all,

      here in the love of Christ I stand.


2.   In Christ alone, who took on flesh,

      fullness of God in helpless Babe!

      This gift of love and righteousness,

      scorned by the ones He came to save.

      ‘Til on the cross as Jesus died,

      the wrath of God was satisfied.

      For ev’ry sin on Him was laid;

      here in the death of Christ I live.


3.   There in the ground His body lay,

      Light of the world by darkness slain;

      then, bursting forth in glorious day,

      up from the grave He rose again!

      And as He stands in victory,

      sin’s curse has lost its grip on me;

      for I am His and He is mine,

      bought with the precious blood of Christ.


4.   No guilt in life, no fear in death,

      this is the pow’r of Christ in me;

      from life’s first cry to final breath,

      Jesus commands my destiny.

      No pow’r of hell, no scheme of man,

      can ever pluck me from His hand,

      ‘til He returns or calls me home,

      here in the pow’r of Christ I’ll stand!

        “In Christ Alone”  Words and Music by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend, Copyright © 2002

        Thankyou Music; All rights reserved.  Used by permission.  CCLI# 678905


* Postlude


* Please stand if you are able.


Welcome!  The psalmist wrote: “I will exalt you, my God and King. I will praise your name forever and ever” (Psalm 145:1).  With a similar attitude, let us praise God joyfully.  After joining us in worship, join us in the fellowship hall next to the sanctuary for a cup of coffee or juice and continued fellowship.


This morning we welcome Pastor Andy Geleynse of Ponoka, AB.  Andy and his wife Yvonne are currently serving with YWAM's Women and Children Advocacy Centre based in Portland, OR..  To learn more about this exciting ministry you are encouraged to visit the website at http://www.wcacentre.org/.
     Next week, October 2 we have the privilege of welcoming Pastor Jason De Vries to our pulpit.  Jason is currently the church planter at Square Inch Church in Lacey, WA.  May God bless both of these men as they proclaim God's Word to us!
     Also on October 2, Gary Mathewson of Harvest Hands Ministries will be giving us an update on their ministry.  Gary and his wife, Terry, founded Harvest Hands Ministries in 1999.  They minister in Mexico near the border cities of El Paso, TX and Juarez, MX.  Harvest Hands works hand in hand with Mexican believers reaching out to the poor and touching lives for Christ in various projects.  They began construction of Resplandor de Vida Children's Home in April 2005.  This shelter for children opened one year ago and currently 18 children live there.




Congratulations to Tim & Heather Van Hofwegen.  They were blessed this week Tuesday, September 20, with healthy twin girls, Ella Lee & Emily Loray.  May God continue to bless as a family.


Welcome Baby Baskets:  Michael & Heather LeClair will be taking home their baby basket next week Sunday after the morning service.  A NEW BABY BASKET for the VAN HOFWEGEN family is waiting to be filled.  It's time to welcome little Ella and Emily to our church family!  
Wedding Basket: We are throwing a Wedding Basket Shower for Daryl and Jillian Visser.  Next week Sunday there will be a basket in the annex ready to be filled with anything that you think might be useful or fun. The gifts do not have to be wrapped and a name does not have to be included. Join the fun as we help Daryl and Jillian set up their new home! 




Dear Friends,
   Whether we want to admit it or not most Christians are legalists by nature. We are always looking to add something to the central message of the Gospel. Properly understood, the book of Galatians liberates us from such legalism. The book itself is a trumpet call to Christian freedom. In fact, the message of grace alone through faith in Christ alone is what brought about the Protestant Reformation.
    In the months preceding Advent we're going to studying this "Magna Carta of Christian Liberty" during both our morning and evening services. I want to encourage you to read through the entire book ahead of time in preparation for our study. I also encourage you to specifically read the texts below before each particular Sunday. May God bless us as we journey through this book together in the weeks ahead!
            In His Grace,
              Pastor John

Tentative Plan for our Journey through Galatians:

Sept. 18 AM - Galatians 1:1-10
Sept. 18 PM - Galatians 1:11-24
Sept. 25 PM - Galatians 2:1-10
Oct. 2 PM - Galatians 2:11-16
Oct. 9 AM - Galatians 2:17-21


Do you like spending time with 3 and 4 year olds?  Sunday school is looking for someone wanting to teach 1 or 2 Sundays a month.  A big thank you to all our Sunday school volunteers.  We are looking forward to another great year!


The Youth Group will meet this evening at 7:45 p.m. after the service.  Student Leader:  Kendall Ackermann; Adult Facilitator: Pastor John; Snacks: The Ackermann’s


Elders & Deacons will meet on Monday, September 26 at 7:00 p.m.


Cadets will be starting up on Wednesday, September 28.  We are planning on having a shorter meeting and have an ice cream social at 8 pm with parents.  Unfortunately, we will not have a Jr. Cadet Program (Grade 2) this year; we will only be offering Cadets for boys grades 3 to 8.     


VBS Coordinators Needed: Yes, we are hoping to have VBS again in the summer of 2012.  However, in order to do this we need a person(s) to coordinate it!  If you have the desire, gifts, and abilities to help lead such a program we ask you to prayerfully consider doing so in the weeks ahead.  Then, if God is leading you to submit your name - please let a member of the Evangelism Committee or Sylvia know by November 1!  Thank you!!!


The November 2011 issue of Significant Living is available for you to pick up on the walkway shelf.


Two Music Stands are missing.  If you know where they are, please contact the church office at 336-2405.




The GEMS will meet on Wednesday, October 5 at 7:00 p.m.


The Worship Team will meet at 7:00 p.m. for practice on Wednesday, October 5.


Golden Hour will meet on Thursday, October 6 at 1:30 p.m.


Mark Your Calendars!: Due to the excellent attendance and positive response to our first church conference, the Evangelism Committee is sponsoring another one to take place on the weekend of October 21-22.  Pastor Sam Keyzer has agreed to lead it once again and we're looking forward to seeing what God has in store for us.  Many more details to come in the weeks ahead, but put this weekend on your calendar today!


Mark Your Calendars!: Our next Family Fun Night  will be held on Friday, November 18 from 6 PM to 9 PM. Bring your favorite family games, some snacks, and a desire for an enjoyable evening with friends! Pizza and drinks will be provided. See you then!


Women's Retreat:   Mark your calendars, ladies!  The first annual First Christian Reformed Church Women's Retreat will take place January 6-7, 2012! This year's theme is "In His Image: Reflections of God's Faithfulness". It promises to be a weekend of renewal and fellowship for the women (ages high school and up) of this church family! You won't want to miss it... more details to come!




Donations for Neighbors in Need:  Next week, October 2, you will have opportunity again to bring your donations of canned and non-perishable items for the food drive for “Neighbors in Need”.  Please bring your donations in the morning or evening to the church and place them in the baskets located in the foyer and Fellowship Hall. 


Groundwork:  When You Think the World is Beyond Redemption: Do you see God as a God of government or of international affairs?  What does Psalm 2 say about governments and rulers?  Join the October 2 Groundwork conversation on Psalm 2 and 2 Samuel 7:5-16. Find a local radio station or listen online at www.GroundworkOnline.com.


Kids Corner:  Foul Ball: Liz is super excited when he catches Dizzie’s record-breaking home run ball.  But wait, did Liz catch it, or did Morrie?  Listen in and find out if their friendship will survive.  Kids Corner is a member of the HisKids.net alliance—working together to provide quality entertainment for kids that is Christ-centered and Bible-based. Visit HisKids.net to find great Christian programs and music for kids.

Global Missions Webinar:  September 28 at 12 pm ET "The Changing Face of World Missions": Today nearly 2/3 of the world's Christians live in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Countries that we think of as receiving missionaries are now sending them and vice versa. This webinar will provide facts and figures on these changes, and perspective on how to move forward in this new paradigm. Presenter: Steve Van Zanen, Director of Missions Education & Engagement. For information and registration go to www.crcna.org/MissionWebinars

World Missions:  Make Your Gift Count: Bibles can cost up to a month’s salary, making owning a Bible only a dream for many Christians living in poverty.  But through Christian Reformed World Missions’ “My Own Bible” program, new believers in Eastern and Southern Africa spend eight weeks in a Bible study and, at the end, receive a Bible in their language at a reduced price. Give to this and other projects through the Christian Reformed World Missions Project Giving Guide at www.crwm.org/projects.

CRWRC Pakistan Flood Response:  In August, heavy rains once again caused extensive flooding in southern Pakistan. Over 5 million people are affected. CRWRC is responding in Sindh province with emergency non-food items (hygiene kits,mosquito nets, kitchen sets and stoves) for 200 families. CRWRC will also provide three months of food aid for 5,000 households, and nutrient-fortified food to pregnant women and babies. To donate, please call 1-800-55-CRWRC, visit www.crwrc.org/donate, or mail your check marked, “Pakistan Flooding 2011” to CRWRC, 2850 Kalamazoo SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49560-0600.

Volunteer with the CRC!  Current opportunities include teachers in Kenya and a Guest Theological Lecturer in Malawi both with CRWM, plus an Operations Manager in Nigeria and an English Language Facilitator in Cambodia, both with CRWRC. For further information on these and other opportunities, check www.crcna.org/servicelink or contact volunteer@crcna.org 


Prison Entrepreneurship Program:  A nonprofit is seeking out drug dealers and gang leaders to enter an intense business program to teach them how to put their street skills to good use when they are released. Go to www.cbi.fm to listen to Crossroad Connection—a restorative justice ministry of Crossroad Bible Institute.




September 22 marks the 50th anniversary of the ordination of Pastor Barry Blankers.  There will an open house at First CRC in Lynden on September 28 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the church basement for Pastor Barry and his wife Clarice.


Is your marriage tearing you apart? Retrouvaille, a marriage ministry, can help!  Details:  helpourmarriage.com

Next Program begins: October 7th-9th, 2011   Call:  206-706-2608


There are a few brochures about an upcoming Breakforth Conference that will be held on January 27—29 in Edmonton, Canada.  More information can be found at: www.BreakForthCanada,com


Safe Harbor Free Clinic is in Stanwood, WA.  Information can be found at www.safeharborfreeclinic.org or by calling 425-870-7384, 888-550-6277 or e-mail:





SUN          4:00 pm    Vida Nueva

                  7:45 pm    Youth Group

MON         7:00 pm    Deacons & Elders Meet

TUES         7:00 pm    Vida Nueva Bible Study

WED         7:00 pm    Cadets



AM Infants & Toddlers

Juli Oostra, Kylie Boon, Jack Hammingh

Next Week:

AM Infants & Toddlers

Jill Klunder, Darin Ekkelkamp, Kaeli Houck



Roving:  Rich & Elly Cuperus

AM:  Dick & Linda Gudmunson, Woody & Wendy Heino

PM:  Henry Hammingh

Next Week: 

Roving:  Keith & Jean Rasmussen

AM:  Mike & Sue Hibma, Ray & Phyllis Klapwyk

PM:  Woody Heino



Today:  Tim Hibma, Robert Adeline, Jim Feddema

Next Week:  Robert Adeline, Henry Van Zanten Jr.



Today:  Wayne & Rhea Doss, Les & Joy Faber, Marge Eskes

Next Week:  Jeannette Folkertsma, Steve & Teci Greydanus, Keith & Janet Houtsma



Next Week:  Mardick Stevens

Accompanist:  Phyllis Klapwyk




Teacher:  Deanna Van Beek

Assistant:  Kendra Van Beek

Next Week: 

Teacher:  Sue Blom

Assistants:  Beth Boon, Alyssa Ackermann




AM:  Mardick Stevens

PM:  Henry Van Zanten

Next Week

AM:  Tim Hibma

PM:  Steve Greydanus




AM & PM:  Mike Hibma

Next Week

AM:  Michael LeClair

PM:  Kurt Ackermann


OFFERING:  Next Week

October 2

AM:  General Fund

PM:  Jon & Trista Vander Wal with Wycliffe Bible Translators



6:30 P.M. Worship Service


   Prelude:  Jill Klunder


   Call to Worship


   Prayer for Worship


   Opening Songs of Praise:  Andy Pippel           

      Accompanist:  Jill Klunder

         “What Shall I Render to the Lord”               B# 230:1,4,5
         “ Lord, Speak to Me, That I May Speak”     B# 404:1,2,3,5
         “Take my Life and Let It Be”                      B# 462:1,2,5,6


   Scripture Reading: Galatians 2:1-10

      Sermon Text: Galatians 2:1-10


   Prayer for Understanding


   Sermon: “Fighting for Freedom”


   Prayer of Application


* Song of Application:  G# 559  “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus”


* We Confess Our Faith Together:  Lord’s Day 1 - Q&A 1 (pg. 861)


* Hymn of Response:  G# 633  “He is Lord”


    Time of Discussion Regarding the Message


   Evening Prayer


   Offering:  Marcia Bleeker (Wycliffe Bible Translators)


* Closing Song:  G# 267:1-3  “And Can it Be”


* God’s Blessing


* Parting Praise:  G# 267:4  “And Can it Be”


* Postlude


* Please stand if you are able.



People to be Remembered with Prayers, Cards,

 Letters & Words of Encouragement


Call the church office (336-2405) or e-mail: secretary@firstcrcmv.com by Thursday

of each week with your prayer items.



Otto Rouw has been working hard with in-patient therapy at Everett Providence Hospital.  He hopes to return home next week if things continue to improve. 

You may keep up with his progress...and better know how to pray by checking the website at: www.caringbridge.org/visit/ottorouw 


Keep Art & Helena Kuiper in your prayers.  They have moved temporarily to Creekside Retirement Community in Burlington for

a few weeks.  You may reach them by calling 360-941-7609.


      Remember Fred & Shirley Boonstra in your prayers as Fred continues to recuperate slowly at home.


      Continue to pray for Lori Visser as she continues with a program of bi-weekly maintenance treatments and monthly chemo treatments.

     Pray for healing for Martha Haarsma as she continues to be on bed rest so a pressure sore can heal.  Give God praise that it is reducing in                                                                          

      size and is healing.



We express our sympathy to family and friends of Jeanette Werkhoven.  Jeanette passed away last Sunday.



Keep our shut ins in your prayers as they are not able to worship with us: Bertha Vander Pol who resides at “Where the Heart Is” in                                                                          

      Burlington and Ruth Petter at home.



      We congratulate Tim & Heather Van Hofwegen and their family in the birth of two healthy daughters, Ella Lee Van Hofwegen – 5lb – 17 ½ inches and

      Emily Loray Van Hofwegen – 5lb 3oz – 17 ¾ inches this past week Tuesday, September 20. 


      Case & Jane Lanting will be celebrating their 59th wedding anniversary on September 30.  We thank God for blessing them with these years together.


      Give thanks for a great turnout at the GEMS kick-off and ice cream social "Old" girls returned...and new ones joined us.  It was exciting to see their

      eager faces and catch their enthusiasm!  Pray for a great year and continued Spiritual growth as we search for wisdom in the book of Proverbs, going beyond the gold!



            Pray for the church conference that is being planned for October 21 & 22.  Pray for Sam Keyzer as the main speaker and those involved

            in the planning.