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December 28, 2014

Posted by: Sue Stuk on Fri, Dec 26, 2014

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2014

10:00 AM Worship Service

 

 Prelude

 Choral Introit “Love Has Come” 

 *Greeting Time

 *Opening Songs of Praise

 *Opening Prayer & God’s Greeting

 Litany for the New Year

 Moments of Sharing:  God’s Glory in 2014?

 Senior Choir “We Will Glorify”

 Moments in Prayer

 Offertory

 Tithes & offerings for God’s Kingdom will be received.

1st Offering – Regular Tithes and Offerings

2nd Offering – Grace Building Fund

 Please sign the Fellowship Register as it is passed.

 *Doxology

 *Prayer of Dedication

 Living Word:  Luke 2:21-40 (Page 993)

 Message Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen

PREPARE THE WAY: MINE EYES HAVE SEEN THE GLORY

 

 Prayer of Blessing on God’s Word

 *Closing Hymn No. 286 ……………………….  “Once in Royal David’s City”

 *Benediction

 *Song of Departure No. 243 ………………………………………..  “Emmanuel”

 Postlude  Organist, Paul Kerkstra

 Pianist, Ruth Tacoma

 *All who are able, please stand. 

 

ELDERS INVITATION If you have questions, concerns, joys, or

 prayer needs that you would like to share, please see the Pastor or

 an Elder today.  Elders will be greeting at the doors as you leave the

 sanctuary this morning and they are also listed on the back of your

 bulletin.  You may also make a notation on the Fellowship Register.

 

 

 WELCOME

A warm welcome to our visitors and members alike during this season of Advent.  As we prepare ourselves to celebrate again the coming of our Lord, let us affirm the joy Christ brought into the world.  May such joy live within us as we worship our Lord.  Please take a moment and sign your name and address on the Fellowship Register as it is passed today.

 

TODAY AT GRACE

 

9:50 – 11:15 AM DISCOVERY KIDZ MEET.  All children ages 3

 years – 5th Grade meet downstairs by the youth desk. 

 

THE SPECIAL OFFERING for the month of December is designated

 for the Grace Building Fund. This offering will be received this

 morning.

 

THE ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS will meet in the

 Consistory Room following the morning service today.  This class

 covers various subject matter pertaining to our Christian walk. 

 

A PRAYER GROUP will meet following the service in the sanctuary

 to pray for Pastor George & Connections, and the needs and vision at

 Grace Reformed Church.

 

NO EVENING SERVICE will be held at Grace tonight.

 

PRAYERS & PRAISE

 

HEALTH CONCERNS – For all Prayers and Praises, see the Prayer  

 Line in your bulletin today.

 

NEXT SUNDAY, JANUARY 4, 2015

 

NEXT SUNDAY – READ THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR! 

 Beginning next week we, as a congregation, will be encouraged to

 read through the Bible in its entirety.  Pastor Rick will prepare

 messages to coincide with it as well.  The devotional books are here

 and you make pick yours up on the narthex table.  Our cost is $5.00

 per book, so if you wish to donate that amount, you can just drop a

 little extra in the collection. ORDINATION AND INSTALLATION

 of newly elected Consistory members will be held.

 

DATES TO REMEMBER

 

Sunday, January 11, 10:00 am - The LORD’S SUPPER and Baptism will be celebrated. 

 

Monday, January 12, 7:00 pm – PRAISE TEAM PRACTICE.

 

Tuesday, January 13, 7:00 pm – MISSION/OUTREACH TEAM meets.

 

Friday, January 16, 7:00 pm – The Fellowship Team is inviting everyone

 to the Crossing to view the film, “GOD’S NOT DEAD”.  Mark your

 calendar.

 

MISCELLANEOUS ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

THE WEDNESDAY NIGHT ADULT CLASS will resume on

 January 7. Wes Dekker will lead the class “Millennium Concepts: 

 Which are you?”  7:00 – 8:00 pm in the Consistory room.

 

COOKBOOKS are here!!  Cost is $10 each, buy 5 get one free!!  This

 is a fund raiser for our Discovery Kidz.  Cookbooks will be available

 today!

 

DISCOVERY KIDZ volunteers needed for the January rotation! 

 Please take a look at the available spots on the sign-up sheet in the

 narthex and volunteer today!! 

 

NURSERY SCHEDULES – New schedules are being made for 2015!

 Linda Emelander will continue to head this up and we are so

 thankful!  Please sign up to volunteer.  If you already volunteer, there

 is no need to sign up again!  Thank you all very much!

 

2015 CONTRIBUTION ENVELOPES for Grace members are now

 in your mailbox.  If you are not a member and wish to contribute to

 Grace Church, please call the office at 538-3100 and we will see that

 you receive envelopes.  Online giving is also available.  If you are

 interested in this, see Robin Zondervan or call the office.

 

CONSISTORY HIGHLIGHTS

 

  • The Elders received Autum and Matt Tanguay who were requesting baptism for their infant daughter, Molly Ann, with the Elders approving this request and will baptize Molly in January.
  • The Consistory received a thank you letter from Western Theological Seminary thanking Grace for the $446.00 gift given to the Seminary Fund.
  • The Special Offering for the month of January will be for Hope College.
  • The Consistory Officers were elected as follows and will be confirmed in the January Orientation Meeting:

Vice President:John Sawyer

Clerk Pro Tem:Les VanWyk

Chairman of the Deacons: Pat Ter Beek

Stated Clerk:Keith Baker

Stated Treasurer:Jayme Dood

Stated Facilities Chairman:John Boeve

 

WORSHIP SERVICE ASSISTANTS

 

GREETERS

Today  Upper Doors:  Joan Patterson, Larry & Bernice Palma

 Lower Doors:  Rick Postema

Jan. 4 Upper Doors:  Ernst & Char Otto, Dick Postema

 Lower Doors:  Deb Pierce

 

NURSERY  

Today: Phyllis VanderSloot, Abby Kubiak

Jan. 4: Lynda Ver Merris, Judy Beadle

 

Congregational Prayers and Praise

 

  • We thank God today for the gift of his son, born in a manger on that first Christmas day.
  • We are thankful for the dawning of a new year with many new opportunities and possibilities. 
  • We thank and praise God that Amie Pierce has arrived safely back at her base in the US after serving in Kuwait. 
  • We pray for the families and children that come to The Crossing.  We pray for Heather as she leads them. 
  • Please pray for Pastor George and Connections. We thank God for the lives that are touched by this ministry.
  • We pray today for Lucille Sytsema as she continues the healing process and therapy following shoulder surgery.
  • We pray for Karen Ver Hulst as she heals following a fall.  We are so thankful for her dedication, even playing the organ on Christmas eve, after just being released from the hospital! 
  • Continue to keep Lola De Young and her parents, Matt & Lindsey, in your prayers. 
  • We pray for all those who are serving in the military.  In particular we pray today for Amie Pierce now back at Ft. Riley.
  • Pray for our Shut-in’s: Mr. Ralph Bolt, Mrs. Tena DeVink,

Mrs. MaryLynn Huizen, Mrs. Wilma Kamphuis, Mr. Mac Mc Alary, Mrs. Ruth Ver Merris.

 

 

As other prayers are shared, you are invited to write them down and include them in your prayers for our congregation this week. Please keep the church informed of your prayer needs and praise reports.

 

 

 

 

 

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