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The Lord’s Day – April 19, 2015

Pastor Roger Bouwman
Welcome to the Sibley Christian Reformed Church …

A place to gather, worship, and praise the Lord!
Morning Worship 9:30 A.M.
*Call to Worship—based on Psalm 34:3; 9:1-2; Rev 1:4-5

Leader: O magnify the Lord with me.

Congregation: Let us exalt God’s name together!
Leader: We will give thanks to you, O Lord, with our whole heart;

we will tell of all your wonderful deeds.

Congregation: We will be glad and exult in you; we will sing praise to your name,

O Most High.

Leader: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to

come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from

Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead and the ruler

of the kings of the earth.

Congregation: We praise God for the grace that has saved us.

Alleluia! We rejoice!
*We Greet One Another
*Song of Praise: “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” LUYH # 581:1 & 3
A report of highlights from the GEMS program this year
Litany Bring the Message
Leader: We have a message to share with the world.
GEMS: It’s Jesus! He is the Good News!

Congregation: God sent Jesus to the world to share the message that whoever

believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

Leader: When we’ve been changed by His message –when we join God’s family

–His love compels us to share the good news of Jesus with others.

Isaiah did. When he saw Jesus’ glory, he was eager to accept his


ALL: Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send?

And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I, Send me!”

(Isaiah 6:8)
GEMS: God’s messengers talk about Jesus with as many people as they can.
Congregation: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you

to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with

gentleness and respect. (1 Peter 3:15)
GEMS: God’s messengers show God’s love to as many people as possible.
Congregation: Jesus said, “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must

love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my

disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35)
Leader: God is still looking for people to bring the message through their words

and example. Are you available and willing to be God’s messenger?

ALL: Heavenly Father, Jesus is the greatest news of all time. Bless our

words and the work of our hands for the purpose of bringing

Your message to all people. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Theme song sung by the GEMS girls club: “I Will Follow” by Chris Tomlin from the album And If Our God Is For Us...
Pastoral Prayer

Offering 1st blue bag – General Budget

2nd red bag – GEMS

*Song of Preparation: “Here I Am to Worship” LUYH # 567

*Prayer for Illumination

Scripture: Isaiah 6:1-8 (page 1068)
Sermon: “Me! Me! Pick Me! Send Me!”
Prayer of Response

Leader: O God, your Son remained with his disciples after his resurrection,

teaching them to love all people as neighbors.

Congregation: Holy God, you have called us to follow in the way of your risen

Son, and to care enough for our neighbors to tell them of

Jesus’ love.

Leader: Guide us in the path of discipleship so that, as you have blessed us,

we may be a blessing for others.

Congregation: Let us bring the promise of the kingdom near with our words

and deeds. Amen.

*Song of Application: “I Will Follow” by Chris Tomlin

*Benediction —Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV)

Leader: Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish

abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church

and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever

Congregation: Amen.

*Doxology: “To God Be the Glory” LUYH # 956

*Moment of Reflection


*please stand if able

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Evening Worship 5:00 P.M.

Opening Prayer

Leader: Living God, long ago, faithful women proclaimed the good news

of Jesus' resurrection, and the world was changed forever. Teach us to keep faith with them, that our witness may be as bold, our love as deep, and our faith as true.

Congregation: Amen.
Song of Praise: “Praise the Savior, Now and Ever” LUYH # 191:1-3

Profession of Faith: Apostles’ Creed

Song of Faith: “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today” LUYH # 182:1,3 & 4

Prayer for Illumination

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:12-28
Heidelberg Catechism: Q & A’s 45
Sermon “Reflecting on What Jesus Did for Us (2)
Prayer for Application
Hymn for Application: “In Christ Alone” LUYH # 770

Pastoral Prayer (requests welcome)

Offering GEMS
Offertory Hymn “Because He Lives” LUYH # 361

*Doxology: “Praise the Savior, Now and Ever” LUYH # 191:4

*Moment of Reverence

*please stand if able

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In the name of Christ Jesus our Lord, welcome to our gathering. May you experience real worship and fellowship, and be refreshed and ready for the week ahead. If you are in need of prayer and counsel, or we can be of service to you, please speak to our pastor or any elder greeting you after the service. Join us for fellowship and coffee after the morning service.

We welcome Pastor Roger Bouwman to our pulpit as he leads us in our worship services. May the Lord bless the proclamation of His Holy Word

Today is GEMS Sunday! The girls who greeted you and who are sharing today in the service all participate in the GEMS Girls Club sponsored by this congregation. We thank God for all the girls who participate in GEMS, for the women who lead and mentor the girls and for the joy and service they bring to our community.
Next Sunday Pastor Bob Pollema from Sioux Center will lead our worship services.
Everyone is invited to stay for coffee fellowship following the morning service.

Coffee servers will be Lee Ten Napel family

Lee & Elaine’s children will be serving cake and coffee after church, April 19th for their parents’ 50th anniversary.   They are planning on serving a meal to relatives and any church members that would like to stay.  The open house is set for 1:00 – 3:00 pm.

Next Sunday coffee servers will be Carol Smidt, Esther Bosma, Charlie &

Pearl Vander Pol

We would like to thank the congregation for all the things you did for our family while we were attending your church. The welcome we felt while we were there and the hospitality we felt will not be soon forgotten. We truly appreciate all you did for our family, baptizing all 3 of our children, welcoming us in to worship and involving us in the church family of Sibley CRC. Dan & Julie Jacobsma

We want to thank your congregation for the prayer and financial support you give to us. We are so grateful to God for his provision for us through your church. Thank you for partnering with us and for allowing us the privilege of serving as your missionaries.  

Lauren & Connie Runia


Give praise to God for his gifts to Lee and Elaine Ten Napel of 50 years of marriage and their family and friends. 

Richard Starkenburg is suffering from both pain and weakness in his legs.  Pray that God would sustain him body and soul.

Pray for renewed strength as Don begins a regular schedule of physical therapy.
Pray for Kathy Zylstra as she endures the after effects of another chemo treatment which she had on Friday. Pray for strength and grace for each day.
Pray for the family and relatives of Louie Dekkenga of Ocheyedan who died Tuesday. The funeral was Saturday in the Ocheyedan CRC.  Pray for God's nearness and comfort.
PRAYER LIST of our servicemen:

Dylan Johnson (nephew of Lori and Loren Bosma)

Patrick Kyle Whitley (grandson of Irene Timmerman)

James Frangenberg (grandson of Charles and Joyce Bosma)

Preston Smidt (grandson of Ed and Mary Ellen Smidt)

Dan Fisher (nephew of Cliff & Karen Wynia)

Luke Bootsma (grandson of Garrold Bootsma)

James Story (grandson of Clarence and Dee Jilderda)

Remember our shut ins in your prayers and with your visits:

Sibley Nursing & Rehab Center: Judy Eekhoff, Richard Starkenburg, Josie Vogel

In her own home: Alice Offringa


TODAY 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship service

10:45 a.m. Youth Church School class

5:00 p.m. Evening Worship Service

NEXT SUNDAY 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship service

10:45 a.m. Youth Church School class

5:00 p.m. Evening Worship service
Offerings next Sunday will be for General Budget and Northern Lighthouse

All articles for The Messenger should be given to the editor or put in The Messenger box by TODAY April 19th

Council News:

Per their request the membership papers of Dan & Julie Jacobsma and the baptism papers of Addison, Lucas and Andrew were sent to the Sheldon Immanuel CRC.

The deacons have the following to report from the month of March: Christian Education-$641.25; Bethesda Christian-$309.00; Siouxland CRC-$220.00; World Renew-$5,402.00; Ministry Shares-$584.00; Headin Home Quartet-$300.00; Kempers Quartet-$236.35; Mission Fund-$300.00; Building Fund-$80.00; General Budget-$9,043.01

All funds report balances March 31, 2015

Missions 1,750.53

Benevolent Fund 2,741.16

Building Fund 3,581.40

General Budget 12,278.49

Annual Society Meeting at Unity Christian High School: Please mark your calendars to join us on Tuesday, April 21 at 7:00 in the Knight Center. This meeting will include approving the 2015-16 budget, a foundation report, election of new board members, and annual update of the school. Board nominees include (vote for 3): John Baas (SC Faith CRC), Daryl Beltman (OC New Hope E-Free), Perry Krosschell (OC Calvary CRC), Leah Schoonhoven (Ireton CRC), Joy Steenhoek (Lebanon CRC), and Harold Wieringa (SC Faith CRC)
Young mothers, join us at Mothers Together on Wednesday, April 22, at 9:00 a.m. at First Reformed Church as we welcome spring. We plan to put together our birthday kits so remember your donations for this service project and then we will tour Echter’s Greenhouse to get ideas for our gardens and flowerbeds. Child care provided. Join us for a time of learning and friendship.


Dordt College theatre presents Ash Girl, a fantastical and chillingly beautiful retelling of the classic Cinderella tale as you’ve never seen it before. Performances will be held in the Te Paske Theatre in the Sioux Center High School on April 22, 23, 24, and 25, at 7:30 p.m. A matinee will be held April 25 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at Recommended viewing age is 12 and up.

Dordt College’s annual Ag Day will be held Friday, April 24. This free event is held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the main parking lot, just north of the Dordt College Campus Center. Pulled pork will be served by members of the Ag Club between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. as a fundraiser for the club’s activities.
Back by popular demand, the highly acclaimed southern gospel singing group, the Inspirations from Bryson City, North Carolina will be presenting a benefit concert on Saturday evening, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the B.J. Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College. The Inspirations have been performing since 1964 and they have received every honor and award that southern gospel music has to offer. The concert will also feature the Journey Bound Quartet of Des Moines, IA and the Triumphant Sound Quartet from Lawton, IA. Tickets will be $15.00 per person and sold at the door only. The doors will open at 5:00 p.m. All proceeds of the concert will benefit the local and global ministries of Hope Haven. Mark your calendars now for Saturday evening April 25 for an evening of great southern gospel music beginning at 6:30 p.m. sharp!
On April 29, the students and staff of Unity Christian High School are launching their first ever Creation Caretaker Clean-a-thon!  We are excited to clean over 50 miles of Sioux County roadways.  Our fundraising goal is set at $35,000. Raised funds will be used for our annual budget.  We are asking students to seek sponsors for this Clean-a-Thon from families, friends and church members.  Donors are welcome to give to this cause, either through a student, or through a direct donation to the school.  

The community is invited to attend the final Dordt College music concerts of the academic year:

The Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Band Concert will be held Tuesday, April 28.

The Campus-Community Band and Concert Band Concert will be held on Friday, May 1.

The Choral Ensembles Concert will be held on Saturday, May 2.

All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College.

Anyone interested in volunteering with or learning more about World Renews DRS are invited to a FREE workshop on Saturday, May 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Trinity CRC in Rock Valley. For the registration information see the brochures that are on the mailbox ledge in the narthex.

The Northwest Iowa Bible League Spring Salad Luncheon will be held on Monday, May 4, 2015 at Trinity CRC, Rock Valley, Iowa. The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. with a program to follow at 1 p.m. Our speaker for the afternoon will be John Scafe, National Director of the Bible League Mission Thrift Store. Come join us for a lovely lunch and an inspirational afternoon.
Friends of Unity are invited to the Mother/Daughter Banquet on Wednesday, May 6. Punch will be served at 6:30 with the catered meal to follow at 7:00. Lisa Laird will be the guest speaker. The cost of the ticket will be $11 per person to be paid that evening. Sixth grade girls and older are invited. The Junior and Senior girls are encouraged to wear their banquet dresses. An offering will be taken for Unity. R.S.V.P. is necessary. Please contact Dawn Cooper at  or 712-737-8486 by April 28.
The Board of Directors at Western Christian High School would like to invite all alumni and friends of Western Christian High School to the Ground Breaking Ceremony at Western Christian High School for the $7.5 million dollar Second Century of Service Campaign. The ceremony will be held at Western Christian High School on Thursday, May 14 at 3:00 p.m. Please consider inviting your friends to join in fellowship with other committed supporters of Western Christian High School.

Pat Vander Pol is retiring from JFA and we are hosting a party in her honor. It will take place on May 15 from 6:30-9:30pm at Calico Skies Winery. There will be appetizers as well as drinks for purchase. If you plan on attending, email your confirmation and how many in your party to by April 25. If you are unable to make it and would like to send well-wishes, please have them at JFA by May 1. Cards may be sent to: Justice for All, 1335 Valley Drive, Rock Valley, IA 51247

POWER POINT TODAY: Jeff Vande Griend

Next Sunday: Lois Boersma

USHERS TODAY Jeff Vande Griend, Scott Arneson

Next Sunday Darrell Teerink


Next Sunday Mary Ellen Smidt


Next Sunday A.M. Scott Arneson, Wilma Bootsma & Murt Vogel

NURSERY TODAY A.M. Missi Runia & Nate Runia

Next Sunday A.M. Larry & Lavonne Andringa

After the Winter . . . God Sends the Spring

Helen Steiner Rice

Springtime is a season

Of Hope and Joy and Cheer,

There’s beauty all around us

To see and touch and hear. . .

So, no matter how downhearted

And discourage we may be,

New Hope is born when we behold

Leaves budding on a tree . . .

Or when we see a timid flower

Push through the frozen sod

And open wide in glad surprise

Its petaled eyes to God . . .

For this is just God saying –

“Lift up your eyes to Me,

And the bleakness of your spirit,

Like the budding springtime tree,

Will lost its wintry darkness

And your heavy heart will sing”—

For God never sends the Winter

Without the Joy of Spring.

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