Ocean Community Church
A congregation of the Reformed Church in America
The Rev. Dr. Philip Bakelaar, Pastor
Sunday, September 18, 2016
Welcome, We are glad that you can join us this morning in the joy and celebration of worship. We hope that
you will experience a time of renewal, inspiration, and warm fellowship. Our goal is to share the journey of faith
together, as each of us draws closer to God, living daily life in fellowship with Jesus Christ. Come and walk with
God, and with us! Nursery care is provided upstairs for children up through kindergarten (infant-5 years old).
Visitors, please leave us your name and address so that we may add you to our mailing list.
9:00 DISCOVERY SERVICE
Opening & Announcements
Greeting each other
Prayer and Offering
From the Inside Out
Scripture reading: Acts 1:6-11
Children’s message and breakout
Prayers & Message: He is There, We are Here
Because He Lives (Amen)
11:00 TRADITIONAL SERVICE
THE APPROACH TO GOD
Welcome and Announcements
* Greeting and Celebration: To God Be the Glory
A Moment of Quiet Preparation
Sentences and Salutation
* Hymn 45 Crown Him with Many Crowns
* Opening Prayer
* Creed / Gloria Patri
Confession, assurance of pardon, law
THE WORD IN PROCLAMATION AND SACRAMENT
Scripture: Acts 1:6-11
* Hymn 668 I’ll Go Where You Want Me to Go
Sermon: He is There, We are Here
THE RESPONSE TO GOD
Offering / *Doxology
Prayers (ending with Lord’s Prayer)
* Hymn 597 Take My Life and Let It Be Consecrated
* Please stand if able
9:00 AM Mike & Roberta Babich, Rich & Cathy
11:00 AM Bob & Helenjane Measley, John & Lee
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Lord Jesus, you left the comfort and glory of heaven to walk among us and bring good news and
grace. We confess that we prefer to stay closed
in our comfort zones, and leave others to theirs.
Forgive us, and send us into a world you love that
we might be your very presence for others. Amen.
The ascension of Jesus would not be our choice, we
would prefer he had stayed with us, but his going
meant multiplication of his presence through us.
This is who we are imperfect people in an imperfect
forming a community of mutual support, love and
finding the spiritual focus of our lives in Jesus Christ
journeying together through this very broken
world, finding and sharing grace
COMMUNION SERVERS Sunday, October 2
9:00AM Bread - George McCarthy
Juice - Martha Medunic
Servers - Beth Cagney, Dan Morizzo
11:00AM Bread - Carol Hughes
Juice - Charlotte Blair
Servers - Glenna Anastasio, Jaclyn Wood
Flowers today are provided by Mike & Roberta Babich
in celebration of our Lord and Savior and in celebration of our wonderful event yesterday.
Fall Family Fun Fest Community Outreach - a GREAT
Success, thank you to all our volunteers and church
support. Many wonderful conversations were held with
community families and parents were quite happy with
our efforts for the children.
PRAYERS AT HOME
Emma Rice; Mary Thomas; Lillian Weiss; Elaine Davies;
Bud Klump; Vivian Ordner; Frank Mirecki; Audrey Reedel; Stacy’s Uncle Denny Hendricks, pancreatic cancer;
Marcia Muphy; Claire MacIntyre; Pat Siek, medical
ATLANTICARE, Pomona: Muriel Farley, knee surgery
AVALON ASST LIVING: Joan Mueller (Richardson)
BRIDGEWAY CARE & REHAB: Ray Mueller
HOLLAND HOME: Iva Englishman
MYSTIC MEADOWS: Jean Errico
SEA CREST: Claire MacIntyre
SHORE MEADOWS: Anne Morizzo
WILLOW VALLEY NURSING: Barbara King
Holman’s have moved:
George & Alice Holman
50 Lacey Road, Apt 128
Whiting, NJ 08759
Corrected Phone: 732-849-2228 Email: no change
AUGUST Electronic Giving: General Fund $2,900
8/21 - 115 gathered, offering $2,324
8/28 - 104 gathered, offering $2,541
9/4 - 118 gathered, offering $3,202
9/11 - 114 gathered, offering $4,732
9/18 Children’s Communion Class 2pm
9/19 Acme pickup 9am; Amanda’s Small Group 6:30pm
9/20 Food Truck delivery 9am; Youth Group 4pm
9/21 IHOP 8am; Food Pantry 10am-12noon
9/22 Craft Ladies 10am; Cardmaking 12noon; Bible
9/23 Carpet Cleaning (fellowship hall)
9/26 Acme pickup 9am; Amanda’s Small Group 6:30pm
9/27 Youth Group 4pm
9/28 IHOP 8am; Food Pantry 10am-12noon
9/29 Craft Ladies 10am; Cardmaking 12noon
Elders: Charlotte Blair; Beth Cagney; Ralph Desiderio;
George McCarthy; Dan Morizzo; Doug Steffy - VP
Deacons: Glenna Anastasio - Clerk; Betty Coon; Donna
Guenther; Amanda Mayo - Chair; Martha Medunic; Jaclyn Wood
“Each year you shall tithe all the produce that grows in
the field you have sown…so that the Levite who has no
share in the heritage with you and also the alien, the
orphan and the widow who belong to your community,
may come and eat their fill so that the Lord your God
may bless you in all that you undertake.” - Deuteronomy 14:22, 29
“I place no value on anything I have or may possess,
except in relation to the kingdom of God. If anything
will advance the interests of the kingdom, it shall be
given away or kept, only as by giving or keeping it I
shall most promote the glory of Him to whom I owe all
my hopes in time or eternity.”—David Livingstone
A stewardship thought: The Old Testament practice of
giving one tenth of one’s income was an important part
of the life of God’s people. It provided for ministry and
mercy. As Christians we are not under a percentage
obligation in our giving. Nonetheless, the Old Testament example serves as a call to consider how we
participate in supporting ministry and mercy.
Ocean Community Church
1492 Route 72 West, Manahawkin, NJ 08050 Office: (609) 597-5151 Fax: (609) 597-5071
Pastor Phil Bakelaar: email@example.com, Church office: firstname.lastname@example.org
Church web site at www.oceanchurch.net, Denomination web site at www.rca.org
Our Mission is to bring a growing number of people
into a personal relationship with God through commitment to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; to encourage their development as God’s people in a loving
community of faith; and to equip and mobilize them
through the power of the Holy Spirit to serve and witness in the Church, community and world. Our Mission is fulfilled through seven principal objectives:
To exalt Christ through worship.
To lead people to Christ through witness and evangelism.
To build people in Christ through education and discipleship.
To involve people in ministry for Christ through stewardship and service.
To unify people in Christ through community and fellowship.
To reach the world for Christ through outreach and
To meet the needs of people in the Spirit of Christ.
Our Nature as the church of Jesus Christ is unique.
The church is the only institution in the world that exists primarily for those who are not yet in it.
Spiritual renewal will only happen when “local congregations renounce an introverted concern for
their own life, and recognize that they exist for the
sake of those who are not members, as sign, instrument and foretaste of God’s redeeming grace
for the whole life of society.” Leslie Newbigin
CONSISTORY NOTES: Consistory met on Wednesday night to pray, share communion and devotions,
and to consider our life together. We are moving
forward to get solid proposals for updating our sound
system, sanctuary lighting and projection, as well as
our digital sign and possible solar panels. This is a
time of a new chapter for us, with World Renew moving on to other areas of need. We are grateful for the
work that Amanda is doing to prepare our children’s
ministry for the coming year; watch for announcements about a membership class, confirmation
class, plans for a Christmas presentation and youth
Pray with us for the Holy Spirit to provide power and
wisdom as we seek to follow Christ in mission, in a
lost and broken world so loved by God.
THE APOSTLES’ CREED
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and
born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died,
and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right
hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the
communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
THE BEHAVIORAL PROMISES OF LEADERS AT
OCEAN COMMUNITY CHURCH
• To participate in the creation of a supportive communication environment
• To learn to understand myself and my own conflict
• To seek collaborative solutions to conflict
• To demonstrate respect for others in all of my encounters
• To focus on communal needs rather than personal
• To seek to understand how people perceive my behaviors,
• To seek to maintain a missional approach to church