Posted by: Sue Stuk on Thu, Mar 31, 2011
4th SUNDAY OF LENT
APRIL 3, 2011
10:00 am Worship Service
Choral Introit “Unworthy”
Time of Praise
Call to Worship (On Screen)
* Greeting Time
* Opening Songs of Praise
* Opening Prayer and God’s Greeting
Moments of Sharing: The Cross is our _____________.
Prayer of Confession
Words of Assurance
Senior Choir “In Remembrance”
Tithes and Offerings for God’s Kingdom
Signing of the Fellowship Register
* Prayer of Dedication
Living Word: I Corinthians 1:18-31 (Page 1105)
Message: “NOT A FAN: A COMFORTABLE CROSS?
Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
Prayer of Blessing on the Word
Hymn ………………………………….……………………. “The Wonderful Cross”
Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper
* Song of Departure No. 602 (Verse 1 & Chorus)
…. “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus”
Organist, Paul Kerkstra
Pianist, Ruth Tacoma
ELDERS INVITATION - If you have questions, concerns, joys, or
prayer needs that you would like to share, an Elder will be available
in the front of the sanctuary following the service this morning.
SUNDAY’S AT SIX
Meet in the Chapel
Call to Worship
Opening Hymn No. 292 ……….……….. “Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne”
* Invocation & Salutation
Moments of Sharing
Moments in Prayer
* Hymn No. 266 ……………………….………………….. “That Beautiful Name”
Living Word: Luke 2:1-7 (Page 992)
Message: “BETHLEHEM: THE SCENE OF JESUS’ ARRIVAL”
Rev. Mark Bergsma
Prayer of Blessing on the Word
* Closing Hymn No. 250 …………..…………. “O Little Town of Bethlehem”
* Postlude Pianist, Paul Kerkstra
TODAY AT GRACE
TODAY WE CELEBRATE THE SACRAMENT OF THE LORD’S
SUPPER. We invite all those who are members of Christ’s Church
and have found forgiveness of sins in Him, to participate in this
supper. A brief Communion Service will be held in the
Chapel following the service for anyone who was not able
to be present during the worship service. If you are aware of
someone who is not here today, but would like to receive this
sacrament, please contact the church office.
9:50 am – 11:15 am DISCOVERY KIDZ MEET. All children ages
3 years – 5th Grade meet downstairs for your own service.
THE SUNDAY SCHOOL GUIDE CLASS will meet in the
Consistory room following the morning service.
LENTEN PULPIT EXCHANGE – We welcome Rev. Mark Bergsma,
Pastor of Unity Reformed Church to our pulpit tonight. Pastor
George is preaching at Unity.
CALENDAR OF THE WEEK
No Club this week due to Spring Break!
MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011
6:30 PM ELDERS MEETING
7:00 – 8:00 PM EXERCISE BOOT CAMP led by
7:15 PM OPEN HOUSE at Monica’s (Parsonage Mission House)
for the Grace Congregation. Monica would like to thank the
Grace congregation for their kindness in allowing her family to
reside in the house.
7:45 PM CONSISTORY MEETING.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2011
6:30 PM SENIOR CHOIR PRACTICE.
7:00 – 8:00 PM REDISCOVERING VALUES – This Lenten
Study will continue through April 20! Meet in the Consistory
THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2011
7:00 PM BIBLE STUDY GROUP meets at the Crossing.
NEXT SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2011
5th Sunday of Lent
NEXT SUNDAY morning Pastor Rick will continue the
series “Not a Fan” with the message: “What About the
Rules?” Next Sunday evening we will continue the Lenten
Pulpit Exchange with Mr. Chris Hall, Commissioned Pastor at
Beverly, leading our service and sharing the message. Pastor Rick
will be preaching at Unity.
A MISSION TRIP informational meeting will be held following the
morning service for all those considering going on the Mission Trip
to Chiapas in Spring of 2012.
PRAYERS & PRAISE
IN APPRECIATION – "Our heartfelt thanks to the Grace family for
all the expressions of sympathy, love and encouragement. Mom
always thought of Grace as 'my second family'. Special thanks to
Tymie and all who helped in the kitchen. The entire day was a
wonderful tribute to our mom/grandma."
~ Lorie, John, Nancy, Andrew and Brad Norden
Last week I was informed that my cancer is in remission – PRAISE
GOD! I offer a very belated thank you to everyone who has been
there for me. Whether a kind word, card, or a visit to the hospital
or home. A special thank you to Pastor Rick for his visits, the Choir,
Bill Tacoma, and Karen Roberts. And of course, thank you for the
prayers…I could feel it! ~Lucille Sytsema
SPECIAL DATES TO REMEMBER
Saturday, April 23 - THE DISCOVERY KIDZ EASTER EVENT
Please sign up in the narthex or see Heather.
EASTER CANDY – Please drop off the Easter Candy
in the crate on the youth desk downstairs by April 10. Please
remember that the candy is being stuffed in the eggs. Questions?
See Heather Dood.
Sunday, May 1 SAVE THE DATE! 1ST VBS INFORMATIONAL
MEETING and sign up meeting after the morning service.
OUR SPECIAL OFFERING for the month of April and also the
Easter Offering is designated for Club 3:16 and for the Crossing
Community. Please pray for our efforts as we reach out, expand, and
provide opportunities for the youth and their families through the
remainder of the school year and into the summer months.
DISCOVERY KIDZ SUMMER ROTATION SIGN UPS – The
sheets are up for the summer schedule. Summer rotation consists of
Art, Games/Gardening, and Shepherds. Teaching is a two week
commitment and shepherds are a 3 week commitment. There will be
no Discovery Kidz on the holiday weekends this summer.
PRAYER PARTNERS – New prayer lists for the next 6 months are in
your mailboxes today.
WORDS OF HOPE DEVOTIONAL Booklets for the months of April,
May & June are now available on the sound board and narthex table.
CLOTHING DRIVE – It’s spring and many of us will be going through
our clothes and giving away the extras. “Second Chance Clothing”
(on Leonard NW), a used clothing store of Trinity Reformed Church,
is looking for good used clothing of any size and season! Summer
clothes would especially be appreciated (presently they are short on
girl’s clothing), but anything would be great! We will have boxes by
the upper and lower doors through May 1 for this clothing drive.
FAMILY NETWORK OF WYOMING CELEBRATION & FUND
RAISING DINNER! -- Thursday, May 5, 2011 – Punch at 6 PM &
dinner at 6:30 PM. Please contact Shari if you would like to attend.
WORSHIP SERVICE ASSISTANTS
Today Upper Doors: Louise Grimm, Ken & Janet Groenhout
Lower Doors: Nancy Hall
April 10 Upper Doors: Jerry & Karen Hendrickson, Mary Huizinga
Lower Doors: George & Sue Koster
Today Pat Ter Beek, Jenny Hendges, Allie Mc Elroy
April 10 Lynda Ver Merris, Phyllis Vander Sloot, Emily Mc Elroy
Prayers & Praise Line
April 3, 2011
Church Plant Prayer Focus
Pray for Pastor George as he continues to make
contacts with individuals and families.
Congregational Prayers and Praise
Please call the office if you would like to
share a Prayer Request or a Praise Report.
We praise God today that Lucille Sytsema’s cancer is in remission!
We are thankful today for flowers beginning to bloom…and other signs of Spring!
This week keep all those traveling in your prayers.
We thank God for times of relaxation and refreshment.
Keep Jae & Julia in your prayers as they adjust to their lives here.
Please keep Lola De Young and her family in your prayers. You can follow the blog at www.followingthecall.org
We pray for all those recovering following surgery or hospitalization. In particular we pray today for Sally Herrema and Mary Huizen.
We pray for comfort for all those who have recently lost loved ones.
We remember in prayer the following family or friends of our members that are ill or receiving treatments: Marvin Witvliet, brother of Arlene Dekker, who is beginning chemo for esophageal cancer; Amee Bekkering, daughter of Dick and Ruth Locke receiving treatments for cancer; Larry VerMerris, son of Ruth Vermerris diagnosed with pancreatic cancer; Linda Hoezee, daughter-in-law of Ann Hoezee who is undergoing chemotherapy.
Keep these friends and family serving in the military in your prayers: Amie Pierce, Doug Desmarais, Frank Senko, Dave
Pray for our Shut-in’s: Mrs Tena DeVink, Mrs Miriam Schrotenboer, Mrs Anne Hoezee, Mrs Janet Yonkers.
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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