The LORD reigns;                  February 18, 2018

                     let the earth rejoice!

                                                             (Psalm 97:1)



United  Reformed  Church

      447 Second St., Strathroy, Ontario   N7G 3H8

    Telephone:  519-245-3600


Live Worship phone-in: 519-245-6400 (Code #41752)      


    Pastor Harry Zekveld

    Home:  519-246-1261


Lord’s Day 7, February 18, 2018


But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship Him. (John 4:23) Notice that God seeks worshipers. He is interested in our worship and delights in true, sincere and spiritual worship. Let us worship Him in truth.


A hearty welcome to our visitors today! We pray that God will bless you in our midst as we worship Him together. Please join us after the worship services for refreshments and fellowship.



Morning Service – 9:30 a.m.

Silent Prayer (concluded by singing PH 292:2)
*Song of Approach  PH 324
*Call to Worship   
*Confession of Dependence
     M: Congregation, in whose name is your help?
      C: Our help is in the name of the LORD,
           the Maker of heaven and earth.
*God’s Greeting
*Song of Adoration  PH 183:1-3
God’s Law and Promise
Song of Confession  PH 95
Congregational Prayer
Offerings  1) Church
                  2) Eternal Life Mission (Mexico)
*Song of Preparation  PH 166
What We Confess  Catechism, QA 96-98
Scripture Reading  John 4:23-24
Sermon  God is seeking true worshipers
                   1. who reflect His divine nature
                   2. in the manner of divine worship
Prayer of Application
*Song of Response  PH 187:1-4
*The Benediction
*Closing Song  PH 469

Afternoon Service – 3:00 p.m. 

*Silent Prayer (concluded by singing PH 489)

  • *Song of Approach  PH 414
  • *Call to Worship
  • *Confession of Dependence
  •     M: Congregation, in whose name is your help?
  •      C: Our help is in the name of the LORD,
  •           the Maker of heaven and earth.
  • *God’s Greeting
  • *Song of Adoration  PH 186
  • Reading through the Psalms  Psalm 91
  • Song of Trust  PH 237
  • Congregational Prayer
  • Offering  Eternal Life Mission (Mexico)
  • Baptism of Sophia Salomons
  • *Confession of Faith  Apostles’ Creed
  • *Song of Thanksgiving  PH 416
  • Scripture Reading  Psalm 111
  • Text  Psalm 111:10
  • Sermon  Wisdom is found in the LORD
  • 1. Fearing Him is where it starts
  • 2. Obeying Him is how it goes
  • 3. Praising Him is where it leads
  • Prayer of Application
  • *Song of Response  PH 222:1-4, 7
  • *Benediction 
  • *Closing Song  PH 36:3-4


Next Sunday, Lord willing, we will gather to worship God in His Word:

      AM Service: LD 36  Learning to Be a Man of Your Word

      PM Service: Ecclesiastes 2  Amusing Ourselves to Death 


February 18

February 25

March 4




Fam. J. Roffel


Fam. C. Timmermans


Fam. H. VanBerkel


Fam. K. Talsma

Fam. N. Talsma

Fam. P. Vellenga


Johnny Feddema

Josh Baker

Dave Vanoostveen

Mike Rooth

Adrian Van Rooyen

Owen Veenendaal


William & Janice Kleefman

John & Evelyn Leisra

John & Evelyn Leistra

Arie & Corrie Brand

Arie & Corrie Brand

Steve & Kate Pastoor



Steve & Jo Anjema

Adrian & Margaret

Van Rooyen

Henk & Sjoukje Pastoor



Eternal Life Mission (Mexico)


     Word & Deed –(Adoration Christian School, Haiti)

NURSERY Rm.1:    



Rm. 2:


Cheri Kooistra

Berthiene Feddema

Maaike DeJong

Denise Clarke

Katherine Vanoostveen

Lianna Leistra

Evelyn Kooistra

Elishia Cowell

Ariya Vellenga

Jo Anjema

Emily McLachlan

Janine Bouma

Hedda Hoogendoorn

Adrianna Westerhof

Leah Pennings

Amanda Ellens

Amanda Rooth

Abby Dekker

 P.M.   Rm. 1:


 Rm.  2:     

Frieda VanderWerf

Mary-Beth Anjema

Evelyn Leistra

Kaitlyn Anjema

Esther VanderDeen

Vera Hoogendoorn

Kate Pastoor

Faith Anjema

Leanne DeBoer

Kayla Dekker

Rachel Dekker

Bethany Bouma

Mother for the Month

      Sarah Mulder

Jocelyn Westerhof                                    


      This Sunday’s second offering is for Eternal Life Mission Church in Tepic, Mexico. 

Eternal     Life Mission Tepic is a church plant which started in 1999.  Currently Pastor Matt and Anne-   Marie Dyken continue to labour in a small church with one elder and deacon. 

The church has been blessed with around 80 people on Sundays. 

For more information visit


      In our afternoon service, Lord willing, Sophia Salomons, infant daughter of Scott and Ashley     Salomons will be received into the Christian church by baptism, the mark of the covenant.

      As we witness her baptism, may the Spirit direct our hearts to Jesus Christ who died on the

      cross so that all our sins could be washed away.


Dear Congregation: At our February 28 councilmeeting we hope to make nominations to present to the congregation for the upcoming election of elders and deacons. The congregation is invited to direct the council's attention to the names of men of sound teaching and godly character who meet the qualifications of I Timothy 3. Please present your suggestions in a signed envelope and place them in the clerk's mailbox.


Our Mission Committee is looking for 6 volunteers to help work at Fresh Start in St. Thomas  on March 22, 23 and 24.   We will be removing the old kitchen and dining room floors, removing all the cupboards and appliances, re-installing new flooring along with some sub flooring where needed and putting the cupboards etc. all back in place.  We would like to have this project done in 3 full days in order for the kitchen and dining area not be out of commission for a long period of time. Our committee felt that since we did not send a team to Texas to help out then this would be our big volunteer project to help Fresh Start with a much needed renovation.  If you are able to help out with either one, two or three of these dates then our committee would very much appreciate the help.  If you are able to help please contact Owen Veenendaal at  519-630-8097 or


Thank You Note:  "Scott, Ashley and Sophia Salomons would like to thank all of the ladies that attended the baby shower, and thank you for the wonderful gifts that were given."


Service Opportunity!

Annie Kok, our current website designer/administrator hopes to "retire" from her post shortly.  This opens up a service opportunity for anyone in our congregation who has some website design/administration skills (or is willing to develop some) and would like to help our local church in this area.  If you are interested in taking up this post, please speak with the Council clerk, George Wiegers, or your district elder.  Council would also like to thank Annie for all her years of faithful service and dedication to this task - her work on creating and maintaining the website has helped many, both those of us within the congregation and our visitors as well.


Shout out to all euchre lovers! The Young People's are hosting a euchre tournament on Friday, March 2 at the church,  beginning at 7:30 pm for those aged 16+. There is a sign-up sheet in the sign up! If a question or concern may arise, please contact your local YP member at 519-281-5148 or 


Young People: 

-As a result of an outbreak there is no singing at Sprucedale today.

-There is Young Peoples meeting next Sunday.  Where we are going is yet to be determined. We are studying chapter 2 of The Gospel-Centered Life for Teens.


25th Anniversary URC Women's Conference:  We are busy planning for the 25th Anniversary URC Women's Conference and as such, are looking for your help. Since we all have been blessed with 25 years of conferences, ladies study groups, friendships and memories, we are reaching out to you for any pictures or mementos you might have of conferences or your ladies study group from over the course of the past 25 years. Please email submissions to Alma ( ASAP! All those who participate will be entered into a draw with a chance to win a prize (winner to be announced at the conference). We look forward to hearing from you! SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, April 7th, 2018


Covenant Christian School invites parents, relatives, friends and neighbours to join us on Friday, March 2 for our Art Fair:will also include some artwork from some members of the community. 


Job Opportunity – for Director of Outreach at Rehoboth URC in Hamilton.  See poster on bulletin board for details.

Matters for Prayer

Please remember our shut-ins who are  unable to come to church regularly.  They are part of this body and need to be remembered in our prayers and with our visits.

Annie Boersma is recovering in the Stratford Hospital.  She is not able to have visitors as there is a flu outbreak in the hospital.

Nelia VanDam is recovering in Strathroy hospital.

Martina Schuurman is recovering at home from broken ribs.  Call before visiting. 

Shirley Talsma continues to receive care in Victoria Hospital.  No visitors for now please.


-Thank you for your prayers for me while I was teaching in the Ukraine the past two weeks. The 26 students were very eager to learn. They asked me to pass along greetings to you and to thank you for supporting their education at the seminary. – Pastor Zekveld


-Please pray for Nancy as she continues with teacher training workshops among 10 language groups in her area. She is also visiting a remote village with co-workers where the Gospel is not yet known. May the Lord bless her work.


United in Prayer: 

Up-to-date Requests from our Missionaries.

Rev. Nollie Malabuyo is serving Big Springs URCNA in California.  Give thanks for 1)faithful attendance of about 30 people each Lord’s Day, and 10-15 at our Saturday Bible study and Sunday school.

2) the two churches in the Philippines, and that they are maturing their faith.  Pasig averages around 40 every Sunday, while Imus has 50-60.  Both churches are at capacity in the places they are worshipping.


Calendar:  Feb. 18 – Feb. 25 D.V.


Sunday, Feb. 18

-Sunday School, JK-Grade 6 meets today after the am worship service.

-Service at Craigwiel, 1:30 pm.



Tuesday, February 20

-Grade 7 Catechism at 7 pm

-Grade 8 Catechism at 7 pm

-Grades 9/10 Catechism at 7.  QA 112

-Grades 11/12 Catechism at 8 pm. Read Chapter 10. Memorize I Peter 1:3-7.


Wednesday, Feb. 21

-Kingdom Seekers , 7 pm

-Cadets, 7 pm


Thursday, Feb. 22

-Ladies Bible Study “Mark” meets at 9:30 am to study lesson 15


Saturday, Feb. 24

-Men’s Bible Study meets 7 am.

 George Wiegers leads the study on Ezekiel chapt. 43 & 44; study guides 31 and 32 of "Search the Scriptures".


Sunday, February 25

-Sunday School classes meet, JK-Gr.6


Memory Verse: But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. (John 4:23)


Council chairman: Rik Haklander 519-666-3886

Clerk: George Wiegers –

Deacon chairman: Martin Vandermeyden – 519-289-5838,

Pastor: Harry Zekveld – 519-246-1261,

Bulletin Secretary: Liz Looper – 519-247-3702,

                                 deadline: Thursdays, 4:00pm.

Church Rental: Janice Kleefman, 519-245-3034,