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Posted by: Sue Stuk on Thu, Dec 11, 2008
3rd SUNDAY of ADVENT
December 14, 2008
10:00 am Worship Service
Prelude “Away in a Manger” Ernie Otto
Choral Introit “O Come, Let Us Adore Him”
Time of Praise
* Call to Worship (On Screen)
* Opening Song of Praise No. 277 …..“Hark! the Herald Angels Sing”
* Opening Prayer and God’s Greeting
Moments of Sharing: Today, we wait in hope for the Lord to ______.
Lighting of the Advent Candle/Children’s Message Darrell Delaney
Hymn No. 290 ………………………….……. “As With Gladness Men of Old”
Tithes and Offerings for God’s Kingdom
Signing of the Fellowship Register
* Prayer of Dedication
Living Word: John 1:6-9, 19-28 (Page 1027)
Message: “THE REAL DEAL” Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
Prayer of Blessing on the Word
Senior Choir Cantata “Heaven & Earth Rejoice”
* Song of Departure No. 270 (Verse 1) ……………..…… “Joy to the World”
* 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, an Elder will be available
in the front of the sanctuary following the service this morning.
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 to the world. May such joy live
within us as we worship the Lord. Please take a moment
and sign your name and address on the Fellowship Register
so we can get to know you better!
SUNDAY’S AT SIX
Meet in the Chapel
Worship Sequence Nos. 246 – 249 ………………………. “Prince of Peace”
* Invocation & Salutation
Moments in Prayer
* Hymn No. 294 ………………………………………………………….. “One Day”
Living Word: Acts 2:14-41
Message: “THE LIFE OF A ROCK: PETER THE PREACHER”
Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
Prayer of Blessing on the Word
* Closing Hymn No. 270 …………………….………………. “Joy to the World”
* Postlude Pianist, Lorinda Vander Werp
TODAY AT GRACE
CHILDREN & WORSHIP will not meet today due to the Cantata.
11:20 – 12:20 PM SUNDAY SCHOOL - There are classes available for all
ages three years old and upward. A nursery is available for those
children under the age of three.
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES
Post High/High School Sunday School Class
Sunday School Guide Class
will meet in the Consistory Room. Join
them for lively discussions relating to our Christian walk.
Managing Our Finances God’s Way
– Wrap up and celebration lunch!
Meet at the Crossing.
PRAYERS & PRAISE
HEALTH CONCERNS – See the Prayers & Praise Line for all prayer
concerns & praise reports.
THE FOLLOWING PERSONS were elected to serve on the Consistory
beginning in January 2009:
ELDER: John Sawyer, Les VanWyk
DEACON: Rick Marshall, Ray Zondervan
The names of the elected are printed in order that any legitimate
objections may be presented to the Board of Elders for its judgment
prior to installation and ordination of these persons.
INSTALLATION & ORDINATION of newly elected Consistory members will
take place on January 4.
A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who helped in any way to make the
Wyoming Christmas Store a success! There were almost 100
families, a total of almost 300 children, who had the privilege of
taking part in our store. Many of you purchased several gifts for the
store…thank you for giving! Several of you came Thursday to set up
the store…thank you for giving in this way! Also, lots of you,
including about 75 volunteers from all 11 participating churches and
Family Network of Wyoming, took part in the actual running of the
store last Saturday…thank you for all your time and effort! This
could not have been possible without each one of you!
Another huge thank you to everyone who went to DeVos Children’s
Hospital this past Wednesday! The children who had the privilege of
shopping for their parents and siblings were blessed beyond words.
Please continue to pray that God’s love may be seen in all our efforts
this Christmas season. ~Thank you again, Shari
CALENDAR OF THE WEEK
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2008
1:00 PM THE ELIZABETH CIRCLE will meet for Christmas Luncheon at
the Grand Villa in Grandville. All women are welcome! Make
your reservation with Gladys Kessel (878-1101). Today is the
deadline for your reservation!
2:45 – 5:00 PM HIGH SCHOOL CLUB 3:16
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2008
3:00 – 5:00 PM MIDDLE SCHOOL CLUB 3:16
6:30 PM SENIOR CHOIR PRACTICE
6:45 PM ALL CHURCH CHRISTMAS CAROLING! Everyone who is
willing and able to sing around the neighborhood of the church
please come, your voice is welcome! We will meet at the
Crossing at 6:30 in order to leave at 6:45. This year we
have decided to sing to the families of the Club 3:16 kids that
live near the church. GEMS/CADETS…EVERYONE is invited to
come, bring a friend! If you have any questions, see Darrell
Delaney or Heather Dood. No Wed. classes will be held.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2008
3:30 – 5:30 PM GRADES 3 – 5 CLUB 3:16
4:30 PM PRAYER GROUP meets in Pastor Rick’s office.
NEXT WEEK – DECEMBER 21, 2008
4th SUNDAY OF ADVENT
NEXT SUNDAY – Pastor Rick will continue the Advent Series “IN THE
WEARY AND THE WONDER” with the message “Let It Be” from Luke
A CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR GRACE – A drive for the Grace Building Fund.
As you know, this building is now 44 years old and in need of
maintenance and improvement so we can continue to share
comfortable worship in this facility. Our goal is to raise $120,000.00
towards these efforts. Extra envelopes are available from the narthex
table. We will have a special time for giving of these gifts on
December 21 & 28. Thank you for your continued generosity and
CHRISTMAS BREAK – TEACHERS/LEADERS/OTHERS – Please note
that there will be no Sunday School Classes or Wednesday activities
from Sunday, December 21st – Saturday, January 3. Classes will
resume on Sunday January 4th. Also, there will not be an evening
service at Grace on December 28th.
CHRISTMAS DAY WORSHIP SERVICE – Our service will be held Christmas
Day at 10:00 am. Pastor Rick will share the message “Are You Going
Home for Christmas?” Our Christmas Offering is designated for
the Grace Mission Fund.
THE SPECIAL OFFERING for the month of December is designated for
The Other Way. This offering will be received on December 28.
THE HOLIDAY GIVING NETWORK needs 700 more Providers! There is still
time to help by providing holiday baskets. 700 Kent County
households are on the waiting list to receive a Christmas Basket.
This year nearly 8,000 households applied for holiday baskets
and/or toys. It is easy to become a holiday basket provider. Go to
the ACCESS website at www.accessofwestmichigan.org and click on
the Hunger Initiative. Then at the Holiday Giving Network page, fill
out the provider form and submit it. You will be matched with a
family and receive the information along with a suggested food list
and tips on how to contact the family for the delivery of the food.
Thanks from ACCESS for helping in the goal of meeting each request.
2009 CONTRIBUTION ENVELOPES are in your mailboxes. All
communicant members have been assigned envelopes. If you are not
a member, but would like envelopes, please contact the office.
CANCELLATIONS – When a church service or event is cancelled, the
announcement will be made on WZZM 13, WOOD 8, WOTV 41.
You can also go online to any of the TV stations and also WCSG
(www.wcsg.org). Churches are listed immediately online.
WORSHIP SERVICE ASSISTANTS
Today Upper Doors: Dick Postema, Donna Oppenhuizen
Lower Doors: Larry & Bernice Palma
Dec. 21 Upper Doors: Mac & Mary Mc Alary, Geri Ruis
Lower Doors: Dan & Sue Stuk
Dec. 28 Upper Doors: Gerald & Elaine Pylman, Bob & Terri Stadt
Lower Doors: Pat Ter Beek
Today AM Service: Sandy Farris, Linda Emelander
Dec. 21 AM Service: Pat Ter Beek, Cindy Wylie, Janna Emelander,
PM Service: Mary Bush
Dec. 28 AM Service: Sue Veldheer, Laura Marshall, Tymie Boeve,
Prayers & Praise Line
December 14, 2008
The Prayer and Praise Line is a way to let our Grace Congregation
know about your prayer needs and praise reports.
Praise God for…
• The music of the season
• Our Senior Choir and director, Paul Kerkstra
• The many persons who volunteered these past weeks with the
Christmas Store and Being The Hands ~ Many people were blessed by
• Those looking for work in this tough job market
• All those who have recently lost loved ones
• Bob Ver Merris as he continues his recovery at home
• Joan Formsma as she heals following foot/ankle surgery
• Esther Hoag and her health concerns
• June Frontjes, who underwent surgery on her shoulder on Friday,
Dec. 5 ~ Her address is PO Box 111, Brohman, MI 49312
• Roger Byker and family , cousin of Cindy Wylie and Larry Kleymeer,
who has been battling a brain tumor ~ you can follow his progress at
the Carepages – rjbyker
• The following friends and family members with health concerns:
Lara Class, Samantha Allan, Gavin Vander Wal, Nancy Lipscomb,
Shari Lubbers,Tina De Jong, Lucinda De Jong, Lucille Bosma,
Jack Tenbrink, Jerry Peterson
• Friends and family serving in the military: Doug Desmarais, Frank
Senko, Matthew Halverson (Lucille Sytsema’s grandson), Dave
• Our Shut-in’s including: Mrs Dorothy Church, Mrs Tena DeVink,
Mr & Mrs Ade Peterson, Mrs Miriam Schrotenboer, Mrs June Snyder,
Mrs Henrietta TeRonde, Mrs Hank Hoezee, Mrs Margaret Zylstra
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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