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Posted by: Sue Stuk on Thu, Dec 18, 2008
4th SUNDAY of ADVENT
December 21, 2008
10:00 am Worship Service
Time of Praise
* Call to Worship – Mary’s Magnificat Heather Dood
* Worship Sequence Nos. 283 – 285 …………..….. “Night of Miracles”
* Opening Prayer and God’s Greeting
Celebration of Ministry
The Christmas Store/Being the Hands Shari Dood
Sisterhood Report Kia Delaney
Moments in Prayer
Ministry of Music “Breath of Heaven” Christina Kleymeer
Lighting of the Advent Candle/Children’s Message Darrell Delaney
Hymn No. 266 ………………………………….………… “That Beautiful Name”
Tithes and Offerings for God’s Kingdom
Signing of the Fellowship Register
* Prayer of Dedication
Living Word: Luke 1:26-38 (Page 991)
Message: “LET IT BE” Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
Prayer of Blessing on the Word
* Closing Hymn No. 281 ……………………………..…… “What Child is This?”
* Song of Departure No. 270 (Verse 1) ……………..…… “Joy to the World”
* Postlude Organist, Karen Ver Hulst
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, an Elder will be available
in the front of the sanctuary following the service this morning.
SUNDAY’S AT SIX
Meet in the Chapel
Worship Sequence Nos. 257 – 260 ……………….. “Jesus Christ is Born”
* Invocation & Salutation
Moments in Prayer
* Hymn No. 267 ………..……………. “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”
Living Word: Acts 3:1-26
Message: “THE LIFE OF A ROCK: PETER THE PASTOR”
Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
Prayer of Blessing on the Word
* Closing Hymn No. 251 ……………. “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear”
TODAY AT GRACE
CHILDREN & WORSHIP
Children ages 3 & 4 meet in Fellowship Hall with Worship
Leaders Heather Dood and Allie Mc Elroy. Children K–2nd
Grade meet in the Choir Room with Worship Leaders
Sandy Farris, Matthew Farris & Janna Emelander.
A CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR GRACE – A drive for the Grace Building Fund.
Today, as well as next Sunday, we will receive your gift for our special
fund drive. Extra envelopes are available on the narthex table, or you
can use a pew envelope. As you know, this building is now 44 years
old and in need of maintenance and improvement so we can continue
to share comfortable worship in this facility. Our goal is to raise
$120,000.00 towards these efforts. Thank you for your continued
generosity and support!
SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES will not be held today. Classes will resume
PRAYERS & PRAISE
HEALTH CONCERNS – Sally Herrema was hospitalized this past week
with some heart concerns. She was able to go home on Wednesday.
Betty Figueroa fell and badly bruised her hip. See the Prayers &
Praise Line for all prayer concerns & praise reports.
IN APPRECIATION – Thank you to Peter Cook for the beautiful
poinsettias in our sanctuary this holiday season.
THE FOLLOWING PERSONS were elected to serve on the Consistory
beginning in January 2009:
ELDER: John Sawyer, Les VanWyk
DEACON: Rick Marshall, Ray Zondervan
The 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 & ORDINATION of newly elected Consistory members will
take place on January 4.
CALENDAR OF THE WEEK
No Club 3:16 this week or next week!
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2008
10:00 AM CHRISTMAS DAY WORSHIP SERVICE - Pastor Rick will share
the message “Are You Going Home for Christmas?” Our
Christmas Offering is designated for the Grace Mission Fund.
NEXT SUNDAY – DECEMBER 28, 2008
NEXT SUNDAY – Pastor Marv VanderVliet, Director of Youth for Christ,
Juvenile Justice Ministry, will be with us and share the message.
Juvenile Justice Ministry is a Core Ministry of Youth for Christ.
Their focus is on ministering to boys and girls in the Juvenile
Detention Centers as well as outreach programs to troubled/at risk
teens in our community. One of the programs of the JJM is the
Cadet Voyageurs program that meets at the Crossing each week on
Monday evening. NO EVENING SERVICE will be held.
THE SPECIAL OFFERING for the month of December is designated for
The Other Way. This offering will be received next Sunday.
2009 CONTRIBUTION ENVELOPES are in your mailboxes. All
communicant members have been assigned envelopes. If you are not
a member, but would like envelopes, please contact the office.
THE NEXT GALAXY will soon be published. If you have an article to
submit, please do so by January 7. Articles can be placed in the bin
attached to the file cabinet in the main office, or contact Sandy Gort
or Pat Ter Beek.
WORSHIP SERVICE ASSISTANTS
Today Upper Doors: Mac & Mary Mc Alary, Geri Ruis
Lower Doors: Dan & Sue Stuk
Dec. 28 Upper Doors: Gerald & Elaine Pylman, Bob & Terri Stadt
Lower Doors: Pat Ter Beek
Today AM Service: Pat Ter Beek, Cindy Wylie, Janna Emelander,
PM Service: Mary Bush
Dec. 28 AM Service: Sue Veldheer, Laura Marshall, Tymie Boeve,
Prayers & Praise Line
December 21, 2008
The Prayer and Praise Line is a way to let our Grace Congregation
know about your prayer needs and praise reports.
Praise God for…
• The gift of His son!
• The ministry we are able to do here at Grace
• Those involved with the Sisterhood ~ Kia Delaney and her dedicated
• Those looking for work in this tough job market
• All those who have recently lost loved ones
• Bob Ver Merris as he continues his recovery at home
• Joan Formsma as she heals following foot/ankle surgery
• Esther Hoag and her health concerns
• Betty Figueroa as she heals following her fall
• Sally Herrema after being hospitalized earlier this week
• Roger Byker, cousin of Cindy Wylie and Larry Kleymeer,
who has been battling a brain tumor ~ you can follow his progress at
the Carepages – rjbyker
• The following friends and family members with health concerns:
Lara Class, Samantha Allan, Gavin Vander Wal, Nancy Lipscomb,
Shari Lubbers,Tina De Jong, Lucinda De Jong, Lucille Bosma,
Jack Tenbrink, Jerry Peterson
• Friends and family serving in the military: Doug Desmarais, Frank
Senko, Matthew Halverson (Lucille Sytsema’s grandson), Dave
• Our Shut-in’s including: Mrs Dorothy Church, Mrs Tena DeVink,
Mr & Mrs Ade Peterson, Mrs Miriam Schrotenboer, Mrs June Snyder,
Mrs Henrietta TeRonde, Mrs Hank Hoezee, Mrs Margaret Zylstra
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!
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