Weekly Bulletin 1/01/17

Sunday, January 1, 2017

 Welcome to worship in this new year of our Lord 2017!  We come to worship the God of all time and eternity who is also Lord of our individual lives.

 9:30 am ~ Morning Worship Service

Worship Leader:  Rev. Jacob Porter

Gathering Praise ~ Prepare the Way

Welcome & Call to Worship

Praise Songs ~

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen; Wonderful Merciful Savior

Angels We Have Heard On High

God’s Greeting and Our Shared Greetings

Confession and Assurance

Morning Prayer

Children’s Message

God’s Word ~  Luke 3:1-22 (pg. 1593)

Message ~  John Prepares the Way

Tithes & Offerings l HCRC Ministries & Building Fund

Offertory ~ Sanctuary

Offering Prayer  ~ Larry Meiste

Tithe-of-Tithe ~ $1,482

God’s Blessing

Sending Song ~ Joy To the World

Sending Praise

 Prayer Ministry ~ Larry Meiste and Esther Vander Laan


There is no evening worship service.

 January 8 – 6 pm

Hamilton Reformed Church



Tom Tucker is a patient at Metro Hospital in Grand Rapids recovering from surgery.  Continue to pray for him that he may gain strength each day.

Jon & Melissa Barlow are returning to the Philippines today to conitinue their work with Teach Beyond.  Pray for them as they adjust back to the Philippines.



Morning Service ~ What a blessing and privilege to begin the year of 2017 in worship and fellowship with God’s people here at HCRC.  This morning Pastor Jake will lead us in worship.

Evening Service will not be held tonight.  On January 8, 15, 22 and 29 the evening worship services will be held at Hamilton Reformed Church at 6 pm.

Sunday School Classes will resume next Sunday, January 8 for Pre-K through high school.

January Observer is available in your church mailbox.  Take time to read the updates from some of our missionaries.

Cadets we will be meeting on January 11 and 25 from 6:30 – 7:45 pm in the clubhouse.

Do It For Daniel will be shown on Saturday, January 7 at 7 pm at the Hamilton High School Auditorium.  This is a documentary about Daniel Olson’s life who suffered his whole life with depression and anxiety and final took his life.  This movie is to educate people about depression.  Tickets are $5 and available from Ken & Verna Berens, Hamilton Vet Clinic and Vicki’s Diner in Douglas.  For more information on this event see the extended announcement page.


Today:  January 1 – New Year’s Day

9:30 am ~ Morning Worship Service – Rev. Jacob Porter

        Offering:  HCRC Ministries & Building Fund


Wednesday,  January 4

7 am ~ Prayer Time in the sanctuary

Sunday,  January 8

9:10 am ~ Prayer Time ~ Pastor’s Office

9:30 am ~  Morning Worship Service – Rev. Jacob Porter

                  Offering:  HCRC Ministries & Building  Fund

                                     Noisy Offering

6 pm ~ Evening Worship – Hamilton Reformed Church


Requested & Expanded Announcements

January 1, 2017

 Cadets will be meeting on January 11 and 25 in the clubhouse from 6:30 – 7:45 pm.

Remodel ~ There will be no Fellowship Night Dinners for the month of January.   The next fellowship night will be February 8 which will be served by the youth group.

Do It For Daniel is a documentary about Daniel Olson’s life.  He suffered his whole life with depression and anxiety.  This movie was made to educate people about depression and will be shown at Hamilton High School Auditorium on Saturday, January 7 at 7 pm.  Tickets are $5 and available at Hamilton Vet Clinic, Vicki’s Dinner in Douglas and Ken & Verna Berens.  See the back of this page for additional information on this event.

Sanctity of Life March and Service will be held on Monday, January 16, from 7 – 8 pm starting at Central Avenue CRC in Holland.  The guest speaker will be Barb Listing President of Right to Life of Michigan.  If you would like to be part of the March for Life in Washington DC contact the Right to Life Office in Holland at 616.396.1037 for itineraries.

CRC Digital Library ~ “Signs and Wonders” is available free to all in the CRC through the Digital Library (crcna.org/Library).  This books reexamines biblical teaching on the work of the Holy Spirit, particularly with respect to such gifts as speaking in tongues, miraculous healing, and spiritual warfare.

Calvin College January Series simulcast will begin on January 4 and continue through January 24 at TheGathering Place at Christ Memorial Church in Holland.  Each lecture will be shown via  “live feed” from Calvin College from 12:30 – 1:30 pm.  For information on the speakers and topics, visit the January Series website at www.calvin.edu/january.

Calvin Symposium on Worship will be held January 26-28, 2017 at Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary.  The three-day conference brings together a wide audience of artists, musicians, pastors, scholars, students, worship leaders and planners and other interested worshippers.  The plenary speakers for the conference are N.T. Wright and Sandra Van Opstal.  For complete information go to worship.calvin.edu/symposium.

World Renew ~ Volunteer to help after recent disasters.  Whether you are skilled, or new to home construction, or if you enjoy cooking for groups, consider volunteering with World Renew Disaster Response Services this year.  There are many ways to serve, from group mission trips to a structured three-week opportunity.  Visit worldrenew.net/aboutdrs to learn more.

Thank You ~ You made my day!  Thank you so much for your gift!  The Lord is using your gifts and prayers in mighty ways.  People around the world are growing in their relationship with the Lord.  And imagine, some will be able to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas for the first time!  Inexpressible joy comes from those who have turned from darkness to Light, and from those who are growing in their faith because of the ways the Lord uses us together in this ministry.  “The Lord has made his salvation known and revealed to the nations.  Psalm 98:2”.  I think you will value this note we received from Ms. Yoko who listens to our Japanese programming on the radio.  She says, “I enjoy your program every day.  I am not a Christian but I’m interested in Jesus Christ.  Your program helps me to face the Bible once a day every day.”  Please join us in praying for Ms. Yoko and others like her – that they will be transformed by the Truth they hear.

~Kurt Selles ~ Back to God Ministries International