A Congregation of the Reformed Church in America

Sunday Worship Service -
Sunday School -
Coffee & refreshments in the Fellowship Hall following the Worship Service

Prayer Team members will be available in the front of the Sanctuary to pray with you following the worship service.
Lakeview is accessible to persons with disabilities and looped for the hard of hearing.

Order of Worship

This is the day that the Lord has made.

December 8, 2019                                                                                                      10:00 AM

  Our Approach to God

Welcome and Announcements


Choral Introit                                                                                             

Advent Readers                 Suzanne & Geoff Pettifer

            Reader: We listen, Lord, for your words of comfort.

Cong:  We listen for joyful news of your arrival.

Reader: In the wilderness of this world, we have heard voices announcing your coming.

Cong:  They have reminded us that our lives are like the grasses of the field.

Reader: The grass withers, the flower fades; but the world of our God will stand forever.

Cong:  We hunger for your word, O Lord, because your word gives life.

Reader: Your word is salvation—the joy of all humankind.

Cong:  Come and speak your word to us.


Reader: Today we light two candles.

We light the first candle to remind us of our need for a savior.

We light the second candle to remind us of the promises in God’s Word.

Cong:  Come, Lord Jesus, and speak your word to us.

Prayer Reader:  Come, Lord, and speak to your people.  Your word is life to us, and your

promises are true.  Prepare our hearts and our world to hear your voice and to

see your glory.  Amen.        

*Opening Hymn #172               “Of the Father’s Love Begotten”                                            

*Opening Prayer

*Praise Songs

            “I Have Come To Worship You”                         -Jeff Searies © Mercy/Vineyard Publishing

Many mighty rivers have I crossed

And many barren deserts have I seen

And still my heart beats strong for you, oh Lord

For You have been my shelter in all of my need.

Chorus:   And I have come to worship You.

                        And I have come to worship You.

A willing soul and a thankful heart

To find a holy passion just for You

And turn away from the things that break your heart

And live a life of sacrifice just for You.  (Chorus)

For only You are worthy

Only You are worthy

Only You are worthy of the praise

That this heart brings, this heart brings.

“All Over the World”                                       -Terry Butler; ©1995 Mercy/Vineyard Publishing

All over the world, all over the world

Your Spirit is moving all over the world

Your river is flowing, your presence has come

Your Spirit is moving all over the world. 

You’re touching the nations

You’re bringing your love

Your Spirit is moving all over the world. 

All over the world, all over the world

Your Spirit is moving all over the world

Your banner is lifted, your praises are sung

Your Spirit is moving all over the world.

Divisions are falling

You’re making us one

Your Spirit is moving all over the world.

Offering Ourselves and Our Gifts 


               Praise God, from whom all blessings flow.

Praise Him, all creatures here below.

               Praise Him above, ye heavenly host.

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Amen. 

Choral Anthem     “Where Is He?””     -Roehrich/Lantz © 2012  Hal Leonard Corporation                                   

 The Word of God in Proclamation  

Scripture                                     1 Thessalonians 2

                                                            This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God. 

Sermon                                                            “You Are My Joy” 

A Time for Self-Examination 

Sung Refrain

       Come then, Lord Jesus, come,

       Come then, Lord Jesus.

       Come then, Lord Jesus, come,

       Come, come, come.

    Our Response to God

Hymn of Response #560                     “Blest Be the Tie That Binds”

Sharing of Joys and Concerns 

Prayers of the People 

The Lord’s Prayer

            Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.   For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.   Amen.

*Closing Song

             “Your Everlasting Love”                         -Bill Batstone © 1993 by Maranatha! Music

1.  Your everlasting love is higher, higher, higher than the sky.

Your everlasting love is higher, higher, higher than the sky, higher than the sky.

Oh, the wonder of Your everlasting love is higher than the sky. 

 Chorus:   Higher than the heavens above is the glory of  your wonderful love.     

  I’m lost in the mystery of  Your everlasting love, your everlasting love.

2.  Your everlasting love is deeper, deeper, deeper than the sea.

Your everlasting love is deeper, deeper, deeper than the sea, deeper than the sea.

Oh, the wonder of Your everlasting love is deeper than the sea. (Chorus)

3.  Your everlasting love is reaching, reaching, reaching out to me.

Your everlasting love is reaching, reaching, reaching out to me, reaching out to me.

Oh, the wonder of Your everlasting love is reaching out to me.  (Chorus)



   Prayer Leader is available after the service, by the front door of the Sanctuary,  to pray for your needs.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            



Attendance Pads – Please check your pew for the attendance pad and pass it to your neighbor for his/her signature.  Thank you.

Nursery CareToday’s Nursery Attendant is Laurie Raymond. Nursery care is available during the worship service for children through the pre-school year.  Although nursery care is provided during the worship service, children are welcome and encouraged to participate in our worship services.  Please feel free to walk to the rear of the Sanctuary to calm a child, if necessary.

Sunday Coffee Hour – Hostess for today is Bette Schmidt. Sign-up sheet to host Coffee Hour is available in the Fellowship Hall.  Beverages are provided by Lakeview; snacks are optional.

Rejoice! Praise Band Rehearsal on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 6:00 PM in the Sanctuary

Choir RehearsalDecember 12, 7:00 PM, in the Sanctuary

Greece Ecumenical Food Shelf December Focus: Chunky Soup and Boxes of Instant Potatoes.  Please add these to your grocery list, if possible.

Mission Share Outreach Center Christmas NeedsToiletries (toothpaste, toothbrushes, soaps, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, etc.)

“Advent Sacrifice”During the first two weeks in Advent, we at Lakeview are asked to give up one meal and use that money to buy food for the Greece Food Shelf.  The idea is to make a “sacrifice” that will benefit others in need.  It’s a great way to start the Christmas season.  Lists of foods in short supply are on the table in the narthex along with boxes for your “Sacrifice.”

Christmas CarolingSunday, December 15 – Meet at Lakeview at 2:00 PM.  Jim Raymond and Pastor Steven will lead the caroling.  Contacts:  Jim Raymond and Pastor Steven.

NeededRides for Senior Citizens to Christmas Eve Service – If you can provide a ride, or you need a ride, please contact Pastor Steven.

Hats, Mittens, & Socks Please remember the less fortunate in these winter months with hats, mittens, scarfs, and socks. Socks are the most needed item.  Please help us fill the trunk.

Advent Devotionals and Calendars Are available in the narthex.  Please take one of each for your family.

Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign – Members of Lakeview will ring the bell for the Red Kettle Campaign on Dec. 14, 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM, in two-hour shifts, at Tops Market in Hilton.  Sign-up sheet is posted in the narthex.

Future Pot-Luck Luncheons:  1) Bill Foster will speak in Januaabout the cross in the sanctuary and how it was made. 2) Talk on the Lewis/Worbois family history and how this land was donated for a Protestant church in this area. Dates to be announced.  Hope to see you there.   

2020 Offering Envelopes are located in the narthex.  Please pick up your envelopes and thank you for your contributions to Lakeview Community Church.

CHRISTMAS FLOWERSPoinsettias can be picked up after the 6:00 PM service on Christmas Eve.

   Flowers in the Sanctuary this morning are from Sandy Rogalski and her family for Ruth Taylor in memory of her birthday (December 25).