Posted by: Sue Stuk on Thu, Dec 15, 2016
4th Sunday of Advent
DECEMBER 18, 2016
10:00 AM Worship Service
Choral Introit “Love Has Come”
Call to Worship (On Screen)
Lighting of the Advent Candle
*Opening Song of Praise No. 281 ………………….… “What Child is This?”
*Opening Prayer and God’s Greeting
Moment for Mission – Rev. Cecil Martens
Tithes & Offerings for God’s Kingdom will be received.
Please sign the Fellowship Register as it is passed.
*Doxology – “Praise God From Whom all Blessings Flow”
*Prayer of Dedication
Living Word: Matthew 2:1-18 (Page 934)
Message: “THE SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS”
Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
Prayer of Blessing on God’s Word
Senior Choir Christmas Cantata
“Sing and Shout for Joy”
*Song of Departure No. 196 (Verse 1) …… “O Come Let Us Adore Him”
Organist, Paul Kerkstra
Keyboard, Lorinda Vander Werp
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, 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.
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 into 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 as it is passed today.
TODAY AT GRACE
9:50 – 11:15 AM DISCOVERY KIDZ will meet. All kids ages
3 years – 5th grade meet downstairs by the youth desk.
TODAY OUR SENIOR CHOIR will present their Christmas Cantata
Sing and Shout for Joy. Thank you to Paul Kerkstra, our Minister of
Music, for your time and dedication! Thank you to all the members
of the choir for your special part in our Christmas celebrations.
A PRAYER GROUP will meet following the service in the sanctuary
to pray for Pastor George & Connections, and the needs and vision at
Grace Reformed Church.
THE ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL class will meet in the Consistory
Room following the morning worship service. They cover various
subject matter using the Sunday School Guide.
6:00 PM– Tonight we will be meeting at Beverly Reformed Church,
2141 Porter, Wyoming. The Beverly Choir will present their
PRAYERS AND PRAISE
HEALTH CONCERNS: For all prayer requests and praise reports,
please see the Prayer & Praise line in your bulletin today.
AT THE CONGREGATIONAL MEETING on November 27,
the following persons were approved to serve on the Consistory
beginning in 2017:
ELDERS: Bob Moreno, Jerry Vander Wal
DEACONS: Eric Wigent, Ray Zondervan
The service of Ordination and Installation will take place on Sunday,
CONGRATULATIONS are extended to Fred & Willie Hiemstra upon
their 50th Wedding Anniversary on December 17! They have
provided cake after the service in celebration!
CALENDAR OF THE WEEK
No Wednesday Activities or Crossing After School Activities!
MONDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2016
6:30 PM ELDERS MEET
7:30 PM CONSISTORY MEETING
All newly elected consistory members are invited to attend.
7:00 PM PRAISE TEAM PRACTICE.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24, 6:00 PM
Light for Our Wilderness
A service of Lessons and Carols. Join us for this special candlelight
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25, 10:00 AM
Christmas Day Worship Service
Pastor Rick will share the message: “The Sights of Christmas”.
THE SPECIAL OFFERING for the month of December, Christmas
Eve, and Christmas Day is designated for the work of Godwin Idogo.
Pastor Cecil Martens has spoken of him in the past and will give us
more information this morning! You may use your special offering
envelope, designate it on your regular offering envelope, or a pew
envelope anytime this month.
YEAR END GIVING – Please have all gifts you wish to have credited
to your 2016 Contribution Statement in by December 25. Thank you
to all who have contributed so generously throughout the year!
2017 CONTRIBUTION ENVELOPES for Grace members are now
in your mailbox. If you are not a member and wish to contribute to
Grace Church, please call the office at 538-3100 and we will see that
you receive envelopes. Online giving is also available. If you are
interested in this, see Robin Zondervan or call the office.
PEOPLE’S CHOICE – Beginning in January, Pastor Rick will be
preaching your choice of sermons. Now is your opportunity to hear a
message on your chosen topic or scripture. Jot your requests down
and put them in the offering plate of leave on the desk in the office.
SENDING CHRISTMAS CARDS? An updated list of the addresses
of our shut in members is on the narthex table.
CHRISTMAS BREAK – No evening worship service will be held on
Christmas Day or New Years Day. The Crossing after school program
will not meet this week or next. They will resume on Tuesday,
January 3. Wednesday activities will resume on January 4.
MISSION/OUTREACH TEAM – Your next meeting will be held on
Tuesday, January 10 at 7:00 pm.
WORSHIP SERVICE ASSISTANTS
Today Upper Doors: Bob & Shirley Tofferi,
Roger & Phyllis Vander Sloot
Lower Doors: Jerry & Sue Vander Wal
Dec. 25 Upper Doors: Don & Lillian Vander Veen, Les & Tinna VanWyk
Lower Doors: Wayne & Nancy Ver Strate
Jan. 1 Upper Doors: Marge Veldheer, Bill Ver Hulst
Lower Doors: Lexie Wagoner
Today Judy Beadle, Janell Nordlund
Dec. 25 Lyndsey Boeve, Brielle Wigent
Jan. 1 Sandy Farris, Kerri Baker
Prayers & Praise Line
December 18, 2016
Congregational Prayers and Praise
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 praises.
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