Posted by: Sue Stuk on Thu, Dec 17, 2015
4th SUNDAY of ADVENT
DECEMBER 20, 2015
10:00 AM Worship Service
Choral Introit “Worship the King”
*Opening Song of Praise No. 250 ………. “O Little Town of Bethlehem”
*Opening Prayer and God’s Greeting
Moments of Sharing: I can hardly wait for God to_______.
Tithes & Offerings for God’s Kingdom will be received.
Please sign the Fellowship Register as it is passed.
*Prayer of Dedication
Living Word: Hebrews 4:1-16 (Page 1163)
Message Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
“WORTH DYING FOR: A CHRISTMAS TO DIE FOR”
Prayer of Blessing on God’s Word
Senior Choir Christmas Cantata
*Song of Departure No. 244 (Verse 1 & Chorus)
“Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus”
Postlude Organist, Paul Kerkstra
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 our Lord. Please take a moment and sign your name and address on the Fellowship Register as it is passed.
SUNDAYS AT SIX
Join us tonight at Grace!
Pastor Harvey Hertz will lead the
service and share the message!
TODAY AT GRACE
9:50 – 11:15 AM DISCOVERY KIDZ will meet. All children ages
3 years – 5th grade meet downstairs by the youth desk.
TODAY OUR SENIOR CHOIR will present their Christmas Cantata
Noel Celebration. 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.
THE ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS will meet in the
Consistory room following the morning service. All are welcome!
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.
PRAYERS & PRAISE
AT THE CONGREGATIONAL MEETING last Sunday, the
following persons were approved to serve on the Consistory
beginning in January 2016:
ELDERS: Jerry Hendrickson, Elaine Martin
Also, Heather Dood will be ordained as an Elder
as required by the Commissioned Pastor Program.
DEACONS: Don Schutter, Daniel Stuk
The Ordination and Installation service will be held on January 10.
OUR CHRISTIAN SYMPATHIES are extended to Rev. Rodger
Dalman, our former Pastor, upon the death of his wife Phyllis on
Sunday, December 13 at the age of 87. Services for Mrs. Dalman
were held on Friday.
CALENDAR OF THE WEEK
Candle Light Christmas Eve Service
Thursday, December 24, 6:00 pm
Join us for a meaningful candlelight service with music, drama, and a
celebration of God’s love coming down to earth in a tiny little baby
that Christmas morning long ago. Pastor Rick will share the
message: “Assurance of Salvation: The Dazzling Light of Christmas”.
There are flyers available on the narthex table and sound board
that you can pick up and share with your family and friends!
There will also be a Christmas Day service at
Faith Reformed Church, 618 – 32nd Street,
Wyoming at 10:00 am. Our congregation is
invited to join them for this special celebration.
NEXT WEEK, DECEMBER 27, 2015
NEXT SUNDAY Pastor Rick will share the message “Christ Can Do
It: Now Look Ahead” – A Celebration of Reading Through
the Bible in a Year! We will not have an evening service next
THE SPECIAL OFFERING for the month of December and
Christmas is designated for the Grace Building Fund – Flat Roof
repair. This offering will be received on Christmas Eve and also
CHRISTMAS BREAK – No evening worship service will be held
December 27. The Crossing afterschool program will not meet this
week or next. They will resume on Tuesday, January 5. Wednesday
activities will resume on January 6.
THE CELEBRATION OF THE LORD’S SUPPER will be held on
Sunday, January 3.
PRAISE TEAM – Your next practice is Monday, Dec. 28, 7:00 pm.
Y-LIFE – Your next meeting will be on January 3. No meeting will be
held on the 20th.
YEAR END GIVING – Please have all gifts you wish to have credited
to your 2015 Contribution Statement in by December 27. Thank you
to all who have contributed so generously throughout the year!
2016 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.
WORSHIP SERVICE ASSISTANTS
Today: Upper Doors: Deb Pierce, Rick Postema
Lower Doors: Donna Oppenhuizen
Upper Doors: Dick Postema, John & Della Sawyer
Lower Doors: Ernst & Char Otto
Dec. 27: Upper Doors: Gerald & Elaine Pylman, Bill & Ruth Tacoma
Lower Doors: Don & Inez Schutter
Today: Cindy Wylie, Jayme Dood
Christmas Eve: Tymie Boeve, Brielle Wigent
Dec. 27: Chelsea Boeve, Robin Zondervan
Prayers & Praise Line
December 20, 2015
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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