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Posted by: Sue Stuk on Thu, Dec 17, 2009
4th SUNDAY of ADVENT
December 20, 2009
10:00 am Worship Service
Time of Praise
Call to Worship
* Opening Hymn of Praise No. 259 (Verses 1, 2, 4)
“Angels, from the Realms of Glory”
* Opening Prayer and God’s Greeting
Moment of Sharing: Favorite Christmas Verses ____________.
Tithes and Offerings for God’s Kingdom
Signing of the Fellowship Register
* Prayer of Dedication
Living Word: Luke 1:57-80 (Page 991)
Message: “THE SONG OF ZECHARIAH” Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
Prayer of Blessing on the Word
Hymn No. 262 ………………………………………….……. “Away in a Manger”
Lighting of the Advent Candle Discovery Kidz
Discovery Kidz Christmas Program “3 Wise Men and a Baby”
* Song of Departure (Verse 1) …………………… “There’s a Song in the Air”
Organist, Karen Ver Hulst
Pianist, Ruth Tacoma
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 No. 276 …………………….. “The Word Became Flesh”
No. 277 ……………... “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing”
No. 278 …........... “Angels We Have Heard on High”
* Invocation & Salutation
Moments of Sharing
Moments in Prayer
* Hymn No. 273 …………………….…………. “Good Christian Men, Rejoice”
Living Word: John 1:1-18 (Page 1027)
Message: “NOW APPEARING: THE ONE AND ONLY”
Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
Prayer of Blessing
* Closing Hymn No. 249 …………….………..…… “O Come, All Ye Faithful”
* Postlude Pianist, Karen Ver Hulst
TODAY AT GRACE
TODAY OUR DISCOVERY KIDZ will present their Christmas program
“3 Wise Men and a Baby” during our morning service. Thank you
Heather Dood, our Children & Youth Coordinator, for all your hard
work putting the program together! Thanks also to all our kids and
the many volunteers that have made it possible. See the separate
bulletin for details of the program.
11:30 am – 12:10 pm THE SUNDAY SCHOOL GUIDE CLASS will meet in
the Consistory Room. You are welcome to join them!
Join us at 10:00 am on Christmas Day as we celebrate
the birth of Jesus! Pastor Rick will share the message;
“The Two Songs of the Big Night”.
A nursery will be provided.
The special offering is designated for the Grace Building Fund.
NEXT SUNDAY – DECEMBER 27, 2009
NEXT SUNDAY Pastor Rick will conclude the series of Advent messages
“SONGS FOR ADVENT AND BEYOND” with the message: “THE SONG
OF SIMEON”, Luke 2:22-40.
PRAYERS & PRAISE
HEALTH CONCERNS – Ann Hoezee was able to return to Crystal Springs
(1175 – 68th Street SE, Room D-111, Grand Rapids, 49508) after being
hospitalized earlier in the week. See the Prayers and Praise Line for
more prayer requests and praise reports.
IN APPRECIATION – “Thank you to each person who helped make the
2009 Wyoming Christmas Store a success! As we began our store
on Saturday, Dec. 12, we gathered in a circle for prayer. We asked
God to come amongst us with His Spirit to bless or efforts….we asked
that we would radiate HIS love so that these shoppers would see
HIM. God answered our prayers. Some of the people we talked to
were overwhelmed with the love that was shown to them…they were
going through difficult times and this act of kindness will never be
forgotten. So, thank you, thank you, thank you for giving gifts, for
coming to volunteer, and for your prayers. Continue to pray for
these people who you blessed….may they never be the same because
of God’s love. Have a very blessed Christmas and New Year!”
~ Shari Dood for the Family Network of Wyoming Board
THE FOLLOWING PERSONS were elected to serve on the Consistory
beginning in January 2010:
ELDERS: Dale Dood, Elaine Martin, Larry Palma
DEACON: Mike Tibbets
Eric Postema and Tim Boeve have agreed to continue to
serve as Deacons for an additional 1 year term.
The names of the elected are printed in order that any legitimate
objections may be presented to the Board of Elders for it’s judgment
prior to installation and ordination of those persons.
SENIOR CHOIR will meet this week at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, but will
not meet on December 30th.
NO CLUB 3:16 this week or next. Club resumes on January 5.
NO WEDNESDAY CLASSSES will be held the 23 or 30th. Wednesday classes
will resume on January 6.
THE SPECIAL OFFERING for the month of December is designated for the
GRACE BUILDING FUND.
NURSERY SCHEDULES for 2010 are now being prepared. Help is
desperately needed. Please sign up on the sheet in the narthex if you
can help! If you are already on the schedule, there is no need to sign
up again. Thank you so much for caring for our children.
DISCOVERY KIDZ TRAINING SESSION for the next rotation, Noah’s Ark,
will be held Tuesday, December 29th at 7:00 pm. See Heather Dood if
you have any questions.
“SING CHRISTMAS” – Father Jim Croom will present this program at
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 5333 Clyde Park, on Tuesday,
December 22 at 7:00 pm. Holy Trinity was one of the churches that
participated in the Wyoming Christmas Store with us!
WORSHIP SERVICE ASSISTANTS
Today Upper Doors: Geri Ruis; Lucille Sytsema
Lower Doors: Dan & Sue Stuk
Dec. 27 Upper Doors: Bob & Terri Stadt; John & Della Sawyer
Lower Doors: Harvey & Sheryl Steensma
Today AM Service: Laura Marshall, Janna Emelander, Cindy Wylie
PM Service: Lynda Ver Merris
Dec. 27 AM Service: Luke & Janell Nordlund, Erika Wigent
PM Service: Donna Oppenhuizen
Prayers & Praise Line
December 20, 2009
We Pray and Trust God
While thinking of God’s Son, thank God for Children.
In this Christmas season, pray that you may show
a little one God’s special love.
Church Plant Prayer Focus
Continue in prayer as we take the next steps.
Pray for the Mission/Outreach Team as they will
be meeting on Tuesday, January 12.
Congregational Prayers and Praise
Please call the office if you would like to
share a Prayer Request or a Praise Report.
We thank God today for our children!
We pray today for our children. May they all come to know and
love God. Help us to be Godly examples to them.
We pray for those who will serve as Elders and Deacons of our Church.
We thank God today for the opportunities we had as a church be a part of the
Wyoming Christmas Store and Being the Hands at DeVos Children’s Hospital.
May they have felt the love of God through us.
We pray for Mary Haagsman following back surgery.
We pray for Ann Hoezee following hospitalization.
We pray today for Al Grimm at the Vet’s Facility. Al has developed
pneumonia and is in need of our prayers.
We thank God for those who have been able to find a job in this
economy. We pray for all those still seeking meaningful employment.
We pray for all those friends and family members who are not able
to be with their families this Christmas season. We think in particular of
Doug & Keri (Boeve) Desmarais today. Doug is serving the Navy in Japan.
May they have a meaningful and joyous celebration.
We pray for the health of our congregation. May they be protected from
the many sicknesses going around.
Keep these friends and family serving in the military in your prayers:
Doug Desmarais, Frank Senko, Matthew Halverson (Lucille Sytsema’s
grandson), Dave Vander Berg, Nick Borkowski.
Pray for our Shut-in’s: Mrs Tena DeVink, Mr & Mrs Ade Peterson,
Mrs Miriam Schrotenboer, Mrs June Snyder, and Mrs Anne Hoezee.
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