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Posted by: Sue Stuk on Thu, Dec 13, 2012

THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT

DECEMBER 16, 2012

10:00 AM Worship Service

 Prelude

 Lighting of the Advent Candle

*Opening Hymn No. 688 ………………. “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us”

 Discovery Kidz Christmas Musical

 “Stranger in the Manger”

 Offertory 

 Tithes and Offerings for God’s Kingdom

 Signing the Fellowship Register

*Doxology

*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”

*Benediction

*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

 Prelude

 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

 DVD

 Discussion

*Closing Hymn No. 270 ….....………………………………… “Joy to the World”

*Benediction

 Postlude

*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 program.

 

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

 AND VICTORS!

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

 celebrated.

 

MISCELLANEOUS ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

GREETERS

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

 

NURSERY

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

 

  • We thank and praise God today for our children. We pray that they will each come to know, love, and serve our great God.
  • We are so thankful today for Heather Dood for her dedication to our kids.
  • We pray for those who are hurting this holiday season. May they feel the love of God surround them.
  • We thank God for the many volunteers who gave of their time to help in the Christmas Store and “Being the Hands”.
  • Remember Marge Veldheer in your prayers following knee replacement surgery.
  • Please keep Marge Veldheer’s son, Randy, in your prayers as he is in the Meijer Heart Center.
  • We thank and praise God for improvement for Curt Boes. He still is waiting for a heart transplant, but is improving daily since his last procedure.
  • We remember in prayer the following family or friends of our members that are ill or receiving treatments: Lola De Young and Brian Benthin.

  • Continue to keep Amie Pierce in your prayers as she is stationed at Fort Riley in Kansas.
  • We pray for all those serving in the military during this holiday season as many are away from their homes and families. 
  • Pray for our Shut-in’s: Mr. Ralph Bolt, Mrs Tena DeVink, Mrs. Jane Duthler,

 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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