Posted by: Sue Stuk on Thu, Dec 13, 2012
THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT
DECEMBER 16, 2012
10:00 AM Worship Service
Lighting of the Advent Candle
*Opening Hymn No. 688 ………………. “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us”
Discovery Kidz Christmas Musical
“Stranger in the Manger”
Tithes and Offerings for God’s Kingdom
Signing the Fellowship Register
*Prayer of Dedication
Living Word: Isaiah 40:9-11 (Page 700), Luke 12:22-34 (1009)
Message: “LONGING FOR MORE: WE WORRY”
Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
Prayer of Blessing on God’s Word
*Closing Hymn No. 285 ……………………………………………. “O Holy Night”
*Song of Departure No. 244 (Vs. 1) .. “Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus”
*Postlude Organist, Karen Ver Hulst
Pianist, Ruth Tacoma
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.
SUNDAYS AT SIX
Meet in the Chapel
Call to Worship
*Opening Hymn No. 259 ………….…. “Angels, from the Realms of Glory”
*Invocation & Salutation
Time of Sharing
Moments in Prayer
*Hymn No. 267 ……………………….. “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”
Living Word: Matthew 25:31-40 (Page 962)
Message: “ADVENT CONSPIRACY: LOVE ALL”
Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
Prayer of Blessing on God’s Word
*Closing Hymn No. 270 ….....………………………………… “Joy to the World”
*All who are able, please stand.
TODAY AT GRACE
OUR DISCOVERY KIDZ will present their Christmas Program this
morning. Our thanks to Heather Dood, our Children & Youth
Coordinator, for her work with our children. We are so thankful for
her love, dedication, energy, and time! Thanks to our kids and the
many volunteers who make it possible. See the insert for details of
THE ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL GUIDE 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 and Connections.
6:00 – 8:00 PM Y-LIFE CHRISTMAS PARTY. The night will be
kicked off with a Pizza then continue on for an evening of fun. If
you are able, please bring a $5.00 gift card of your choice with you.
Meet at the Crossing!
PRAYERS & PRAISE
HEALTH CONCERNS – For all prayer concerns and praise
reports, please see the insert in your bulletin.
THE FOLLOWING PERSONS were elected to serve on the
Consistory beginning in January 2013:
Elders: Larry Kleymeer, Les VanWyk
Deacons: Brian Gort, Brian Licari
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.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes to Miriam Schrotenboer who will
celebrate her 98th Birthday on Tuesday, December 18! If you would
like to send her a special birthday card, her address is Royal Atrium
Inn, 400 Parkside, Room 101, Zeeland, MI 49464 (Please add “Grace
Reformed Church” to your name when signing).
CALENDAR OF THE WEEK
MONDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2012
6:30 pm ELDERS MEETING 7:30 pm CONSISTORY
*Incoming newly elected elders and deacons are invited to these meetings.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2012
12:00 NOON – THE ELIZABETH CIRCLE will meet for
lunch at the GrandVilla in Grandville. Grace women are also
invited. Make your reservation with Mary Bush (538-5646)
or Gladys Kessel (878-1101).
3:15 – 5:15 PM CLUB 3:16 for Grades 5 & 6
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2012
3:45 – 5:45 PM CLUB 3:16 for Grades 3 & 4
6:00 PM PIZZA DINNER
6:30 PM SENIOR CHOIR PRACTICE.
6:45 – 8:00 PM CHRISTMAS PARTIES FOR GEMS
No adult classes will be held. Preschool children meet in the nursery.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2012
6:00 PM CONNECTIONS will gather at the Crossing.
NEXT WEEK, DECEMBER 23, 2012
NEXT WEEK Pastor Rick will continue the Advent series of messages
“Longing for More” with the message “We Waver”. The SENIOR
CHOIR will present their Christmas Cantata “Heaven and Earth
Rejoice” during the morning service.
SPECIAL DATES TO REMEMBER
Tuesday, December 25, 10:00 am CHRISTMAS DAY
CELEBRATION. Pastor Rick will share the message “WE
WONDER”. Our Christmas Offering is designated for the Grace
Building Fund. Nursery: Linda Emelander, Cindy Wylie
Sunday, December 30, 10:00 AM – MATTHEW COOK, grandson of
Art & Doris Cook, will lead our service and share the message. Matt
grew up at Grace and is now a 3rd year student at Western Seminary.
Sunday, January 6, 10:00 am ORDINATION and INSTALLATION
of the newly elected Consistory members will be held.
Sunday, January 13, 10:00 am THE LORD’S SUPPER will be
THE SPECIAL OFFERING for the month of December and
Christmas Day is designated for the GRACE BUILDING FUND.
See the insert in your bulletin today for details.
DISCOVERY KIDZ –Beginning in January we will return to the 5
week rotations of Art, Science, Theater, Cooking, and Games.
Teachers will be asked to make a 3 week commitment and Shepherds
a five week commitment. Please sign up on the narthex table.
CONTRIBUTION ENVELOPES for 2013 are now in your mailboxes.
OPEN ENROLLMENT for online giving is now available. If you
would prefer to give your tithes and offering in this way, please
contact Ray Zondervan or Ernst Otto.
WORSHIP SERVICE ASSISTANTS
Today Upper Doors: Gladys Kessel; Fred & Willie Hiemstra
Lower Doors: Ernst & Char Otto
Dec. 23 Upper Doors: Dick Postema; Gerald & Elaine Pylman
Lower Doors: George & Hennie Rosema
Dec. 30 Upper Doors: John & Della Sawyer; Harvey & Sheryl Steensma
Lower Doors: Lucille Systema
Today Sandy Farris, Janell Nordlund
Dec. 23 Sue Vander Wal, Laura Marshall
Dec. 30 Elaine Martin, Chelsea Dornbos
Prayers & Praise Line
December 16, 2012
Congregational Prayers and Praise
Mrs Miriam Schrotenboer, Mrs Anne Hoezee, 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!
Church Plant Prayer Focus
For all of you who were able to visit the parsonage during the Christmas open house, we give thanks. You represent all those at
Grace who supported us in moving into the neighborhood. Being "nested" in the neighborhood is a blessing to Connections as we minister directly to the un-churched.
Please continue to pray and support Connections as we connect those who are marginalized and know no hope. Connections can provide the Hope of Jesus to those who do not yet know Him personally.
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