Posted by: Sue Stuk on Fri, Dec 19, 2014
4th SUNDAY OF ADVENT
DECEMBER 21, 2014
10:00 AM Worship Service
Choral Introit “Love Has Come”
Lighting of the Magi Candle
*Opening Song of Praise No. 266 …………………. “That Beautiful Name”
*Opening Prayer & God’s Greeting
Moments of Sharing: Names of God?
Tithes & offerings for God’s Kingdom will be received.
Please sign the Fellowship Register as it is passed.
*Prayer of Dedication
Living Word: Luke 1:57-80 (Page 991)
Message: “PREPARE THE WAY: WHAT’S IN A NAME?”
Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
Prayer of Blessing on God’s Word
Senior Choir Christmas Cantata
Rise Up! A New Light A-Comin’
*Song of Departure No. 243 ……………………………………….. “Emmanuel”
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 today.
TODAY AT GRACE
9:50 – 11:15 AM DISCOVERY KIDZ MEET. All children ages 3
years – 5th Grade meet downstairs by the youth desk.
TODAY OUR SENIOR CHOIR will present their Christmas Cantata
Rise Up! A New Light A-Comin’. 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
THE WORSHIP DESIGN TEAM, and other participants in the
Christmas Eve service, will meet in the sanctuary immediately
following the worship service this morning.
THE ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS will meet in the
Consistory Room following the morning service today. This class
covers various subject matter pertaining to our Christian walk.
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.
6:45 – 9:00 pm Y-LIFE MEETS. This will be our Christmas
celebration night. Please bring an item for the Santa bag and a
favorite snack! Note the 9:00 pm pick up time!
NO EVENING SERVICE will be held at Grace tonight or next
PRAYERS & PRAISE
HEALTH CONCERNS – Lucille Sytsema is home after undergoing
arthroscopic rotator cuff surgery on her left shoulder Thursday.
Please keep Lucille in your prayers as she heals and begins therapy.
For all other Prayers and Praises, see the Prayer Line in your bulletin
AT THE CONGREGATIONAL MEETING, the following persons
were approved to serve on the Consistory beginning in January 2015:
ELDERS: Sharon Dood, John Sawyer (one year term)
DEACONS: Pat Ter Beek, Jenny Hendges
The Ordination and Installation Service will be held on January 4.
CALENDAR OF THE WEEK
Candle Light Christmas Eve Service
Wednesday, December 24, 6:00 pm
We will join together with our friends at Connections for a special
candlelight service. Pastor Rick will share the message “Glory Be!”
Christmas offering is designated for the 2015 Grace Mission Trip.
NEXT SUNDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2014
NEXT SUNDAY morning Pastor Rick will conclude the series of
messages “Prepare the Way” with the message “Mine Eyes Have
Seen the Glory”.
THE SPECIAL OFFERING for the month of December is designated
for the Grace Building Fund. This offering will be received next week.
DATES TO REMEMBER
CHRISTMAS BREAK – No evening worship service will be held
tonight or December 28. Club 3:16, the Crossing, will not meet this
week or next. They will resume on Tuesday, January 6. Wednesday
activities will resume on January 7.
Sunday, January 11, 10:00 am - The LORD’S SUPPER will be celebrated.
Monday, January 12, 7:00 pm – PRAISE TEAM PRACTICE.
Tuesday, January 13, 7:00 pm – MISSION/OUTREACH TEAM meets.
Friday, January 16, 7:00 pm – The Fellowship Team is inviting everyone
to the Crossing to view the film, “GOD’S NOT DEAD”. Mark your
COOKBOOKS are here!! We are very excited that they arrived in
time for Christmas giving! If you would like to pick one up, you can
stop in the office Monday or Tuesday between 9 – 2 pm! Cost is $10
each, buy 5 get one free!!
HELP!! NO ONE HAS VOLUNTEERED for the January rotation for
Discovery Kidz. Please take a look at the available spots on the
sign-up sheet in the narthex and volunteer today!!
YEAR END GIVING – Please have all gifts you wish to have credited
to your 2014 Contribution Statement in by December 28. Thank you
to all who have contributed so generously throughout the year!
2015 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.
READ THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR! Beginning in 2015 we,
as a congregation, will be encouraged to read through the Bible in its
entirety. Pastor Rick will prepare messages to coincide with it as
well. The devotional books are here and you make pick yours up on
the narthex table. Our cost is $5.00 per book, so if you wish to
donate that amount, you can just drop a little extra in the collection.
Vice President:John Sawyer
Clerk Pro Tem:Les VanWyk
Chairman of the Deacons: Pat Ter Beek
Stated Clerk:Keith Baker
Stated Treasurer:Jayme Dood
Stated Facilities Chairman:John Boeve
WORSHIP SERVICE ASSISTANTS
Today Upper Doors: Donna Oppenhuizen, Luke & Janell Nordlund
Lower Doors: Rowin & Rachel Mulder
Dec. 28 Upper Doors: Joan Patterson, Larry & Bernice Palma
Lower Doors: Rick Postema
Jan. 4 Upper Doors: Ernst & Char Otto, Dick Postema
Lower Doors: Deb Pierce
Today: Tymie Boeve, Jayme Dood
Christmas Eve: Sandy Farris, Robin Zondervan
Dec. 28: Phyllis VanderSloot, Abby Kubiak
Jan. 4: Lynda Ver Merris, Judy Beadle
Prayers & Praise Line
December 21, 2014
Congregational Prayers and Praise
Mrs. MaryLynn Huizen, Mrs. Wilma Kamphuis, Mr. Mac Mc Alary, Mrs. Ruth Ver Merris.
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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