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sunday worship for November 13 2022

November 13, 2022      Worship Service      9:30 AM



*CALL TO WORSHIP                                                   

 *Salutation and Greeting

*HYMN # 257 Blessed Be the Ties That Bind


Prayer of Confession

Most merciful God, whose son Jesus Christ was tempted

 in every way, yet without sin, we confess before you our own

 sinfulness: we have hungered after that which does not

satisfy; we have compromised with evil; we have doubted

your power to protect us. Forgive our lack of faith; have

mercy on our weakness. Restore in us such trust and love

that we may walk in your ways and delight in doing your will.


Assurance of Pardon                   

  With the whole church

 we affirm that we are made in God’s image, befriended by Christ,

empowered by the Spirit.

With people everywhere

We affirm God’s goodness at the heart of humanity

planted more deeply than all that is wrong

With all creation

 We celebrate the miracle and wonder of life, the

unfolding purpose of God for ever at work in ourselves

and the world.

Response of Thanksgiving

“And God spoke all these words: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, who brought you out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me.” (Exodus 20:1-3)

We praise you, Creator, Redeemer, Comforter! Holy Three-in-One, there is no one like

“You shall not make for yourself an image of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.” (Exodus 20:4)

O Lord, our God, with thanksgiving, we delight in the very good purposes for which you have created all things, including us. We are humbled to be signposts of your glory.

“You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.” (Exodus 20:7)

Heavenly Father, thank you for adopting us as your children, giving us your family name. Thank you for uniting us as brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ. 

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall

labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord

your God.” (Exodus 20:8-10a)

How incredibly generous of you! Both in your work of creating

 and restoring all things and in your rest, you desire that we would

 be with you. 

“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the

land the Lord your God is giving you.” (Exodus 20:12)

God, how gracious you are that you do not leave us on our own!

Thank you for the privilege of seeing your faithfulness extend from generation to generation.

“You shall not murder.” (Exodus 20:13)

Thank you for the gift of life and for creating each person as

an expression of your love and faithfulness to the rest of your creation. 

“You shall not commit adultery.” (Exodus 20:14)

Thank you for the beauty and security of marriage, for the delight of sex, the intimacy of life-long companionship, and your faithful love

that we experience through them.

“You shall not steal.” (Exodus 20:15)

Thank you that you are our Provider and for creating us in a community where we can delight in extending your resources to each other.  

“You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.” (Exodus 20:16)

Thank you that you do not show favoritism. In Jesus Christ, you

extend your hospitality, even to us who have been foreigners and enemies of your kingdom.

“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

God, thank you for the freedom to celebrate your care for others and for us. You are more generous than we have yet to imagine.

All this we pray, for the glory of the one true God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – the full unity of God’s people, and the flourishing of God’s kingdom.

All:  Amen.


 With ANTHEM   I Want Jesus to Walk In Me



SCRIPTURE    Mark 2:1-12

Song of Preparation     # 72 Imagine

Message:         A Corner of the Matt

                              Dr. Michael De Ruyter, Pastor  


Hymn #  739  I surrender All

Prayer of Response

Father, as we go to our homes and our work this coming week,

By the power and promise of your Holy Spirit,

Open our ears

To hear what you are saying to us in the things that happen

to us and in the people that we meet.

Open our eyes

To see the needs of people around us.

Open our hands

To do our work well,

To help when help is needed.

Open our lips

To tell others the good news of Jesus and bring comfort, happiness

and laughter to other people.

Open our minds

To discover new truth about you and the world.

Open our hearts

To love you and our neighbors as you have loved us in Jesus. Amen.



*Sending Song  # 950 Go Now in Peace

· indicates to please stand in body or spirit


Thanksgiving Day meal sign up today.  Gathering begins at 2 PM with

dinner served at 3 PM, November 27,  at the SCRC

Men’s Fellowship Group will on Tuesday, Nov. 22.  We will meet at the Palms at 6.45 AM.  (please note that they are not yet open or serving breakfast at that time).  Our study will be based on reading David Brooks book, The Road to Character.  If you are able to download it and read the first chapter you will enjoy our discussion even more.  All are welcome.

Next trash pick-up service project will be on Saturday, the 19th, at 8:00 a.m. We will meet at the parking lot by the church sign.

Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again.   New York Times bestselling author Rachel Held Evans invites readers on a journey of discovery as she explores the magic of the Bible. Drawing upon recent scholarship and literary analysis, her insight is powerful, her scholarship is sound, and her writing style is delightful. Ladies of SCRC, I would like to invite you to join me in an every-other-week gathering, beginning this TUES, 11/15, 1:00-2:00, in the church sanctuary –to fall in love with Scripture all over again while engaging intellect and imagination.  See you then!  -Tammy

Please consider signing up to participate in our worship in one of the

following ways:

Greeter, Provide Flowers, Hosting, Reading

You may sign up in the back this morning!

Thanks to  Annette Updyke for providing flowers today.  Thanks to

Jane Akin for hosting today.

Next week:   Laurie Bohlke, hosting


sunday worship for November 6 2022

We celebrate Communion on the first Sunday of each month.

Sunday Worship for October 30 2022. We offficially install our new pastor, Michael DeRuyter.

Members of the Classis of New York, of which we are part officate and preach for a very special service installing our new pastor.

Don’t miss our next Jazz Vespers Concert

Jazz Vespers will be happening on November 6th at 5:30 PM at St Croix Reformed Church!

Jazz Vespers Returns!

The the next event in the popular series will be held at the church on October 2nd at 5:30 PM. Don’t miss it!

A message from Pastor Michael DeRuyter

Friends at St. Croix Reformed Church,

This past month we have been thinking together about Growing in Love.

Loving Self: You have been made just a little lower than the angels and crowned with glory and honor.

Loving our Neighbor: Anyone we encounter who may have a need that we can meet.

Loving One Another: The Love that the Father has for the Son is also given to us to be
shared in such a way that we become the evidence of Gods love on earth.

sunday Service August 21st

Sunday Service for August 14th with Pastor Mike DeRuyter

Sunday Communion Service for August 7th 2022

Sunday Service for July 31st 2022 with Pastor Mike DeRuyter