Rocky Mountain Community Church, PCA
Welcome to Rocky! Whether you are convinced or unconvinced, burned or bored, cynical or spiritual, regardless of your beliefs or doubts, this is a safe place for you to explore Christianity and learn what it means to follow Jesus in community. God’s message of grace is for morally flawed people like us: broken, imperfect, and loved beyond our understanding. We do not show up because we are good; we show up because we need Jesus.
Our Vision A community by grace loving the Lord Jesus and making him known
WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS
THE LORD’S DAY DECEMBER 3, 2017
WORSHIP REFLECTIONS “To Jesus everybody mattered. While Jesus affirmed the dignity of every type of person, there are two particular types to whom he gave special attention and for whom he had a glaring soft spot. . .little children and the poor.” —Scott Sauls, Jesus Outside the Lines
WORSHIP THEME The LORD Makes Himself Least Of All For US
1ST SUNDAY OF ADVENT--The Prophecy Candle
GOD SPEAKS TO US
CALL TO WORSHIP—from Psalm 84 How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold. O Lord Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in you.
PRAYER FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT TO HELP US WORSHIP
OUR RESPONSE SONGS
OUR GREAT GOD By Fernando Ortega
Eternal God, unchanging, mysterious and unknown; Your boundless love, unfailing, in grace and mercy shown. Bright seraphim in endless flight around your glorious throne; They raise their voices day and night in praise to you alone. *
Chorus: *Hallelujah! Glory be to our great God! Hallelujah! Glory be to our great God! (Repeat chorus twice at the end) Lord, we are weak and frail, helpless in the storm. Surround us with your angels, hold us in your arms. Our cold and ruthless Enemy, his pleasure is our harm. Rise up, O Lord, and he will flee before our Sovereign God.*
Let ev’ry creature in the sea and ev’ry flying bird, Let ev’ry mountain, ev’ry field and valley of the earth, Let all the moons and all the stars in all the universe Sing praises to the Living God who rules them by His Word.*
O COME, O COME, EMMANUEL O Come, O come, Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel, That mourns in lonely exile here, Until the Son of God appear.* Chorus: *Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel. O come, O come, thou Lord of might, Who to thy tribes, on Sinai’s height, In ancient times didst give the law In cloud and majesty and awe.* O come, thou Rod of Jesse, free Thine own from Satan’s tyranny; From depths of hell thy people save, And give them vict’ry o’er the grave.*
O come, thou Day-spring from on high, And cheer us by thy drawing nigh; Disperse the gloomy clouds of night, And death’s dark shadows put to flight.* O come, thou Key of David, come And open wide our heav’nly home; Make safe the way that leads on high, And close the path to misery.*
GOD SPEAKS TO US
SCRIPTURE READING: Daniel 7:13-14; Mark 9:31—Elder Jeremy Carlson 13
“I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages 14
should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is going to be
delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him. And when he is killed, after three days he will rise.”
CONFESSION OF SIN— God of the future, you are coming in power to bring all nations under your rule. We confess that we have not respected your kingdom, for we live casual lives, ignoring your promised judgment. We accept lies as truth, exploit our neighbors, and refuse your grace. In your mercy forgive us. Grant us a child-like trust in Christ, and to seek things that will endure when Christ comes to judge the world. Amen.
GOD SPEAKS TO US PROMISE OF FORGIVENESS Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light and kings to the brightness of your dawn. Lift up your eyes and look about you: All assemble and come to you; your sons come from afar, and your daughters are carried on the arm. Isaiah 60:1-4
OUR RESPONSE DIACONAL REPORT—Dave Roan
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
Worship Options Available to Children
Ages 4 to 7 are invited downstairs for the Training Children to Worship lesson during the sermon. Special Children’s Bulletins are available on the tables in the back of sanctuary for note-taking. Place finished bulletin in the basket for a chance to make next week’s cover!
GOD SPEAKS TO US
SERMON TITLE: Least is Best SPEAKER: Pastor Rolf Meintjes SERMON SCRIPTURE: Mark 9:30-50 SERMON SERIES: The Gospel of Mark: Authentic Discipleship 30
They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he did not want anyone to know, 31 for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him. And when he is killed, after three days he will rise.” 32 But they did not understand the saying, and were afraid to ask him. 33
And they came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” 34 But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. 35 And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” 36 And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, 37 “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.” 38
John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” 39 But Jesus said, “Do not stop him, for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. 40 For the one who is not against us is for us. 41 For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward. 42
“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. 43 And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire.45 And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell. 47 And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, 48 ‘where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’ 49 For everyone will be salted with fire. 50 Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”
Outline— I. Teacher
Questions— 1. How does the disciples’ argument on the road (v. 33-34) show that they could not grasp the teaching of Jesus’ impending death? 2. In verses 36-37, Jesus likens true discipleship to the nurture of children. Why was this so counter-cultural? What is he teaching us about himself and us from this metaphor? 3. Similarly, what is Jesus teaching us about the kind of people we should minister to by this reference to a child? 4. Jesus speaks often about hell. What does he tell us here, and what are the implications? 5. How can you, as a disciple of Christ, live out the truth found in this section of Mark?
CELEBRATION OF THE LORD’S SUPPER In Preparation for the Bread & Wine: For those who are Christians RMCC Communing Members are welcome at this table. For our younger members who’ve not been interviewed by your elders, watch and listen
carefully as the elements are passed, but withhold for now. Guests from other Christian churches are invited to partake with us (your children, too, if they have been baptized and publicly professed faith). All should prepare your hearts by self-examination and prayer (1 Cor. 11). If you’re in conflict, though, and refusing to seek reconciliation, Christ says, “First, go and be reconciled.” (Mt 5)
If you are not a Christian
We are delighted to have you with us today! We ask you not to partake of the bread and wine but instead use this time to consider the claims that you’ve heard this morning and reflect on this invitation: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. ” (Mt 11:28-29) If you have any questions, please speak to any of our pastors or elders in the front of the sanctuary after the service today.
PRAYER & DISTRIBUTION OF BREAD WITH SINGING
JESUS, PASSOVER LAMB 1 Corinthians 5:7 (Pear Tree Hymnal page 29)
Long ago in Egypt The Death Angel came, He looked upon the doorpost, He looked upon the frame, To see if the blood Of the lamb was there. If it was, the firstborn was spared. Chorus: *Jesus, Passover Lamb, He is the Messiah The Great I AM, The Lamb of God Who has passed over me, Who takes away the sin of the world.
Long ago in Israel The Lord Jesus came, Born as a man He was God in the flesh; He was greater than Moses or Abraham; He was God’s perfect Passover Lamb.* Trudy E. Poirier Copyright © 2002 Pear Tree Music. All rights reserved. CCLI #5082757
PRAYER & DISTRIBUTION OF WINE WITH SINGING
HERE I AM TO WORSHIP Light of the World by Tim Hughes
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.
Chorus: *So here I am to worship, Here I am to bow down, Here I am to say that you’re my God. You’re altogether lovely, Altogether worthy, Altogether wonderful to me. 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. *
OUR RESPONSE CLOSING SONG
COME, THOU LONG-EXPECTED JESUS Come, thou long-expected Jesus, Born to set thy people free; From our fears and sins release us; Let us find our rest in thee. Israel’s strength and consolation, Hope of all the earth thou art, Dear Desire of ev’ry nation, Joy of ev’ry longing heart. Joy to those who long to see thee, Day-spring from on high, appear; Come, thou promised Rod of Jesse, Of thy birth we long to hear! O’er the hills the angels singing news, Glad tidings of a birth: “Go to him, your praises bringing; Christ the Lord has come to earth.” Come to earth to taste our sadness, He whose glories knew no end; By his life he brings us gladness, Our Redeemer, Shepherd, Friend. Leaving riches without number, Born within a cattle stall; This the everlasting wonder, Christ was born the Lord of all. Born thy people to deliver, Born a child and yet a King, Born to reign in us forever, Now thy gracious kingdom bring. By thine own eternal Spirit Rule in all our hearts alone; By thine all sufficient merit, Raise us to thy glorious throne.
GOD SPEAKS TO US BENEDICTION
Following the worship service, elders will be available at the front of the sanctuary to talk with you, pray for you, or answer any questions you may have. Visitors, please join us for coffee and tea down the hall at the kitchen counter.
RMCC WEEKLY CALENDAR Today:
3:00 p.m. Adult Christmas Choir Rehearsal @ Church
5:30 p.m. Deacons’ Meeting @ Church
6:30 a.m. Men’s Prayer Time @ Church 6:45 a.m. Elders’ Prayer @ Church 4:00 p.m. Men’s Bible Study @ Church
Wednesday: 12:00 p.m. Announcements Due in Church Office 6:30 p.m. Youth Group @ Church Saturday:
3:00 p.m. Children’s Choir Practice @ Church
9:00 a.m. Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Worship Service—Pastor Alfred Poirier preaching 3:00 p.m. Adult Christmas Choir Rehearsal
KEY ANNOUNCEMENTS Highlights Below— For complete information see announcements (Hard copies in Foyer and on our website at www.rmccmontana.org)
RMCC Ladies’ Christmas Brunch—Deadline to sign up is TODAY! See Kristin Barrie or Denise Oliphant Children’s Christmas Choir Begins on Saturday, December 9th —The children will be singing during the Sunday morning worship on Christmas Eve at 10 AM. Sign up in the Foyer!
Our Nursery is need of more volunteers—See Bethany Haan
Angel Tree is up in foyer! Please take an Angel to help bless these children. www.rmccmontana.org 406-259-7811 9 AM Sunday School / 10 AM Worship Service
TODAY AT RMCC Greeters: Reck Small Group Lord’s Supper Servers: Barthel, Brook, Hubley, Laverman, Smith, Vowell Reader: Jeremy Carlson
Ushers: Jon Rutt, Doug Iams, Rick Stevens Nursery: Julie*& Joe McGinnis, Chris & Rebecca Ciesielski, Jen Paterson, Mick Doriani TCW: Laura Meintjes & LeAnn Currington, Linda Schicktanz & Molly Friesen Admin: Jill Witt King’s Cupbearers: Elijah & Luke Gerstner, Nathan Paterson, Noah Felchle & Boone Roan
NEXT SUNDAY AT RMCC SUNDAY SCHOOL WORSHIP SERVICE —Pastor Alfred Poirier preaching
9:00 AM 10:00 AM
Worship Leader: Pastor Jason Barrie Lord’s Supper Servers: Carlson, Goudy, Laverman, Oliphant, Petsch, Roan Reader: Andrew Marble Ushers: Bob Schicktanz, Bill Blewett, Jim George
Greeters: York/Mattson Small Group Nursery: Tasha Houlihan*, Molly Friesen, Aaron & Kellie Sironi, Sam Reck, Angie Laird, Bre Ackerman TCW: Colin & Jacki Gerstner, George & Maddie Fink Admin: Linda Henderson King’s Cupbearers: Joshua Goudy, Boaz & Phin Sironi, Everett Stapler There is an offering box provided in the foyer for those who wish to worship God with their tithes and offerings. Special offering (i.e. missions, diaconal) envelopes are available above the offering box or make a note on the memo of your check to have it applied to the special offering. If you would like to become a member of this church, or find out more about what we believe, please call the church office at 259-7811.
PRAYER REQUEST PRAYER NEEDS If you would like someone to pray for or with you, please consider the following: 1. Share your request with your Small Group. If you are not currently in one, we urge you to consider joining one. (Check box on Keeping In Touch detachable slip on back page.) 2. Talk with one of the officers who are up front at the end of each service for prayer. If you are in need of counseling, please call the church office at 259-7811 or CCEF at 294-5533. Prayer of Belief— Lord Jesus Christ, I admit I am weaker and more sinful than I ever before believed, but, through you, I am more loved and accepted than I ever dared hope. I thank you for paying my debt, bearing my punishment and offering forgiveness. I turn from my sins and receive you as Savior. Amen. (If you are saying this prayer for the first time today, please share with a church officer up front following the worship service, or let one of the pastors know.) Comments We welcome your feedback and suggestions. When possible please contact staff by referring to the staff directory, or use the space provided below and place it in the offering box in the foyer.
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December 3, 2017
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