Pastor Bryan Dick
Gathering to Worship
Call to Worship
* Song of Response: “How Great Thou Art” PH 483:1,3,4
* God’s Greeting
* Time of Praise “O Church Arise”
Prayer of Confession
Assurance of Pardon: Litany of the Cross
Song of Response: “The Old Rugged Cross” HFG 256:1,3,4
Offering Our Prayer and Gifts
Offertory—Offering received for Amore Viviente
Children are invited forward for a Children’s Message as the
deacons come to present the offerings
The Word of God
* Song of Preparation: “Jesus, I Come” HFG 401:1,2,4
Scripture: Matthew 9:1-8 (p. 967)
Message: “The Healing We Need”
* Song of Response:
“Beneath the Cross”
The elders will pass out the elements and we will partake together
Prayer of Sending
* Doxology: “To God Be the Glory” PH 632
Pianist: Elaine Vos, Jo Mans (Communion music)
Praise team: Marv Apol, Stephanie Dick
Readers: Jana Bosscher, Lorna Molenaar
THANK YOU: I am so grateful to Pastor Bryan for visiting and the Bethel family for your cards, prayers and words of encouragement following my broken wrist and surgery. ~Bev Nunnikhoven
THIS MORNING we celebrate the sacrament of communion. The bread is gluten free.
NEW SERMON SERIES: This week we begin a short sermon series on forgiveness. Forgiveness is central to our faith. We are dependent on God’s forgiveness to us. In our study of the Bible over the next several weeks we will consider our need, the cost, the reach, the duty of forgiveness.
LENT BEGINS: As we start the season of Lent, our services will present a series of symbols to help us reflect on truths about Jesus’s journey to the cross. During this season we will turn our hearts and minds to the reality of our sin, the need for repentance, the cost of being reconciled, and how forgiveness fits into the lives of God’s people.
CHOIR OPPORTUNITY: Talk to Elaine if you are willing to participate in choir for Good Friday and/or Easter Sunday (April 7 & 9). We would love to have your voice! Practices will be after morning worship services, more details to follow next week.
FOR THE KIDS! There are now church bags available in the narthex. The bags contain items to keep little ones occupied during the service. They are most appropriate for early school-age kids, but anyone is welcome to take one. Please return the bags to the coat rack after the service.
LASAGNA DINNER: Come and enjoy a lasagna dinner in the church basement on Wednesday, March 8 from 5-7 pm to raise funds for the upcoming Women’s Retreat this fall (2023).
GAME NIGHT: Join us for a night of games and fellowship Saturday, March 11 at 7 pm in the church basement. Feel free to bring a snack and your favorite game to share, or just yourself! Whether you are in the mood for MarioKart, a puzzle, Uno or Monopoly, there will be fun for all. This is a great opportunity to bring a friend and introduce them to the Bethel family. Questions? Ask Rebecca Steiger or Marv Apol.
NURSERY SCHEDULE: The March-April Bethel nursery schedule is in your church mailbox.
NO SUNDAY SCHOOL next week, March 5.
TUNA NEEDED: During the month of March, we will be collecting cans of tuna for the Backpack Buddies program at Lynden School District. Backpack Buddies helps keep underprivileged children nourished on the weekends when there are no school meals. Please place your cans of tuna in the box in the church library. Questions? Contact Sue Meenderinck or Joan Vander Haak.