Posted by: Sue Stuk on Thu, Dec 15, 2011
4th SUNDAY of ADVENT
December 18, 2011
10:00 am Worship Service
What is God Conceiving?
Choral Introit “He is Jehovah”
Time of Praise
* Advent Call to Worship and Lighting of the Advent Candle
* Greeting Time
* Opening Hymn No. 292 (Verses 1 & 2)
“Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne”
* Opening Prayer and God’s Greeting
Profession of Faith
Tithes and Offerings for God’s Kingdom
Signing of the Fellowship Register
* Prayer of Dedication
Living Word: John 1:29-34 (Pg. 1028), Philippians 2:5-11 (Pg. 1139)
Message Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
“THE HOLY SPIRIT WHO BAPTIZED JESUS”
Prayer of Blessing on the Word
Senior Choir Cantata “Rise Up! A New Light A-Comin’”
* Song of Departure …………………………………….. “Holy Spirit Live in Me”
Organist, Paul Kerkstra
Pianist, Ruth Tacoma
ELDERS INVITATION – If you have questions, concerns, joys, or
prayer needs that you would like to share, please see Pastor Rick 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 as
it is passed today.
SUNDAY’S AT SIX
Meet in the Chapel
* Worship Sequence No. 268-271….“Rejoice With Exceeding Great Joy!”
* Invocation & Salutation
Living Word: Luke 2:21-40 (Page 993)
DVD “THE JOURNEY TO CHRISTMAS:
THE TRIP TO BETHLEHEM BEGINS”
Prayer of Blessing on the Word
* Closing Hymn No. 249 ………………………..….. “O Come, All Ye Faithful”
*All who are able, please stand.
TODAY AT GRACE
9:50 – 11:15 AM DISCOVERY KIDZ MEET. All children ages 3
years – 5th Grade meet downstairs by the youth desk.
WE CELEBRATE TODAY as we receive Timothy Crane (2726
Doncaster, Wyoming, 49509) into the membership at Grace as he
makes Profession of Faith in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.
Congratulations, Timothy, may God bless you richly as you
continue to serve Him!
TODAY OUR SENIOR CHOIR PRESENTS their Christmas
Cantata! Thank you to Paul Kerkstra, our Minister of Music, for your
time and dedication. Thank you so much to our choir for your special
part in our Christmas celebration today.
A PRAYER GROUP will meet following the service in the Sanctuary
to pray for Pastor George and the new church start. All are welcome.
THE ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL GUIDE CLASS will meet in the
Consistory Room following the morning service today.
6:30 PM Y – LIFE Christmas Party for Middle and High School Youth.
CALENDAR OF THE WEEK
No Club 3:16 this week or next!
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2011
12:30 PM THE ELIZABETH CIRCLE will have their Christmas
Luncheon at the GrandVilla, 3594 Chicago Drive Southwest,
Grandville. All women are invited to join them for this time of
fellowship. Call Mary Bush for reservations: 538-5646.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2011
6:30 PM CHOIR PRACTICE.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2011
6:00 PM CROSSING COMMUNITY DINNER &
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2011
10:00 AM – CHRISTMAS DAY CELEBRATION
Pastor Rick will present the message:
“THE HOLY SPIRIT WHO GUARANTEES
Our Offering is designated for the Grace Mission Fund.
PRAYERS & PRAISE
HEALTH CONCERNS – Tena De Vink continues at St. Mary’s
Hospital. Please keep Tena in your prayers. For all other prayer
requests and praise reports, see the Prayers & Praise Line.
OUR CHRISTIAN SYMPATHIES are extended to Geri Ruis upon
the death of her brother, Gerald Mastbergen on Sunday, December 11
at the age of 76. A Celebration of Life Service was held on
Wednesday at the Matthysse Kuiper De Graff Chapel.
IN APPRECIATION – Thank you to everyone who gave donations
toward the Chiapas Mexico Mission Trip last week. We hope you
enjoyed the baked goods that you received! A total of $785.69 was
collected. We are amazed at your generosity! Our vision is almost
a reality! Thank you again from the 12 persons going to Chiapas!
WYOMING CHRISTMAS STORE AND
“BEING THE HANDS”
The 2011 Seventh Wyoming Christmas Store has come and gone but the love and joy will be felt for a long time! Once again I stand in awe of the generosity of all the churches, schools, hospital, and other organizations & businesses (16 total) who gave! Without all the over 1,000 gifts that were donated to the WCS and an additional few hundred adult gifts donated to the DeVos Christmas Store, none of this could have happened! In addition to this, at least 85 volunteers showed up to help at one or both Christmas Stores!
At the Wyoming Christmas Store on Saturday Dec. 10, about 340 children, representing about 136 families were able to be blessed with beautiful gifts for their children. Then at the DeVos Christmas Store on Wednesday, Dec. 14, about 75 children were able to select gifts for their parents and siblings (for free). The joy and tears on the faces of the parents and children at both stores was priceless!
So, thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who gave gifts, who gave donations, who worked as a volunteer, who gave snacks for the volunteers, who prayed for everyone involved! God was in our midst and everyone could see the love of Christ displayed in the faces and actions of all of you!
There were many comments of gratitude expressed throughout these events, but I would like to close with an email Pastor Rick received following the DeVos Hospital Christmas Store…this pretty much says it all!
“My daughter was in the DeVos Children’s Hospital. She was invited to come up and pick out some presents. I was simply blown away by the generosity of those who had provided all of those gifts. There were so many volunteers there who all encouraged us. I specifically remember one older gentlemen who helped my daughter find where all of the different toys were at. I can not come up with words powerful enough to express my gratitude for such generosity and love. As I was walking her back to her hospital room gifts in hand and a smile on her little face, I was reminded of Matthew 25:36 ‘I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ I really hope you know that this outreach is fantastic. I was moved and I know that others there with me felt the same way. I know that God was pleased by the joy that was brought to the lives of the kids and their families.”
I have no further words either! Thank YOU and may you all receive in return the best Christmas ever…….the love of Jesus! ~ Shari Dood
THE FOLLOWING PERSONS were elected to serve on the
Consistory beginning in January 2012:
Elders: Scott Crane, Wes Dekker
Deacon: Eric Wigent
Ray Zondervan has agreed to remain on Consistory serving as a
Deacon for one additional year.
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 AND ORDINATION of newly elected Elders
and Deacons will take place on January 8.
NEW BUDGET ENVELOPES are now in your mailboxes for the
year 2012. Please note: Open enrollment for online giving
continues. If you would prefer to give your tithes and offering in this
way, please contact Ray Zondervan or Ernst Otto.
NEW NURSERY SCHEDULES are being prepared. If you would be
willing to volunteer, please sign up in the narthex. If you are already
a volunteer…THANK YOU! We will continue to schedule you as in
LAST CALL FOR CHIAPAS MEXICO MISSION TRIP – There is
space for 4 more persons to go along on the trip March 11-18.
Presently 12 persons are on board. If you have been thinking about it
and are on the fence, please consider joining the Team. See Shari for
more information. Deadline for adding new members will be Dec. 25.
CHRISTMAS BREAK – Please note that there will be no activities at
Grace on Wednesday, December 21 & 28 (with the exception of Choir
on the 21st), no evening service on Christmas Day and New Years Day
and no Discovery Kidz on Christmas and New Years Day. Also, Club
3:16 will not be held the weeks of December 19 & 26. Thursday Club
Dinners will continue however! Club will resume on January 3 and
Wednesday activities will resume on January 4.
WE WILL CELEBRATE THE SACRAMENT OF THE LORD’S
SUPPER on Sunday, January 15.
WORSHIP SERVICE ASSISTANTS
Today Upper Doors: Joan Patterson, Dick Postema
Lower Doors: Larry & Bernice Palma
Dec. 25 Upper Doors: Rick Postema, Gerald & Elaine Pylman
Lower Doors: George & Hennie Rosema
Jan. 1 Upper Doors: John & Della Sawyer, Harvey & Sheryl Steensma
Lower Doors: Bill & Ruth Tacoma
Today Sue Stuk, Judy Beadle, Emily Mc Elroy
Dec. 25 Sandy Farris, Lyndsey Boeve, Elaine Martin
Jan. 1 Erika Wigent, Tymie Boeve, Phyllis Vander Sloot
Prayers & Praise Line
December 18, 2011
Church Plant Prayer Focus
A prayer of thanks for so quickly finding representatives from the Classis and the Regional Synod. Now we ask for prayers for Rev. Randy Weener, Ben Ingebretson, Larry Kleymeer, Les VanWyk, and Pastor George. Please pray that people will be touched by the true meaning of Christmas at our family Christmas celebration for the Crossing Community on December 22.
Congregational Prayers and Praise
Please call the office if you would like to
share a Prayer Request or a Praise Report.
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