Posted by: Sue Stuk on Thu, Dec 19, 2013
4th SUNDAY of ADVENT
DECEMBER 22, 2013
10:00 AM Worship Service
Choral Introit “Love Has Come”
Lighting of the Advent Candle: Love
* Opening Song of Praise No. 273 ………. “Good Christian Men, Rejoice”
* Opening Prayer and God’s Greeting
Sacrament of Baptism
Reception of New Members
Tithes and Offerings for God’s Kingdom
Signing the Fellowship Register
* Prayer of Dedication
Living Word: Luke 1:57-80 (Page 991)
Message Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
“SONGS OF THE SOUL: WITH HEART AND SOUL AND VOICE”
Prayer of Blessing on God’s Word
Senior Choir CANTATA “Festival of Carols”
* Song of Departure No. 270 (Verse 1) ………..………… “Joy to the World”
Postlude Organist, Paul Kerkstra
Pianist, Ruth Tacoma
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.
WE REJOICE TODAY as we celebrate Professions of Faith and
Don & Inez Schutter and son DJ (3525 Breezewood Dr. S.E.,
Kentwood, MI 49512) will be baptized. Don & Inez will also make
Profession of Faith.
Madeline Dae Hoss, infant daughter of Christina (Kleymeer) &
Lewis Hoss will also be baptized. (579 Teaberry Rd., Roan Mountain,
We thank God for this day of celebration as we welcome
these new members into the life and ministry of Grace Church.
TODAY OUR SENIOR CHOIR presents their Christmas Cantata
“Festival of Carols”. Thank you to Paul Kerkstra, our Minister of
Music, for your time and dedication. Thank you to our Choir for your
special part in our Christmas celebrations.
A PRAYER GROUP will meet following the service in the sanctuary
to pray for ALPHA, Pastor George and CONNECTIONS.
THE ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL GUIDE CLASS will meet in
the Consistory Room following the morning service today. This class
covers various subject matter pertaining to our Christian walk.
NO EVENING SERVICE will be held at Grace tonight, or next
PRAYERS & PRAISE
HEALTH CONCERNS – For all prayer requests and praise reports,
see the Prayers & Praise Line.
CALENDAR OF THE WEEK
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2013
10:00 AM CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION!
Join us here at Grace as Pastor Rick shares the message:
“The Wondrous Gift is Given”. Nursery: Linda Emelander,
NEXT WEEK, DECEMBER 29, 2013
NEXT SUNDAY Pastor George Grevenstuk will lead our morning service
and share the message.
DATES TO REMEMBER
Sunday, January 5, 10:00 am ORDINATION AND INSTALLATION
of newly elected Consistory members will be held.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 7:00 pm – SURPRISED BY HOPE by
N.T. Wright is subject of the new Adult Class that will meet on
Wednesdays beginning in January. This class is 6 weeks in length
and will be led by Keith Van Zoeren.
Sunday, January 12, 2014 10:00 am – We will celebrate the Sacrament
of the LORD’S SUPPER.
CHRISTMAS BREAK – Please note that Discovery Kidz will not meet
on Christmas Day. No evening worship service will be held tonight or
December 29. Club 3:16 will not meet the weeks of Dec. 23 and 30.
Club will resume on Tuesday, January 7. Wednesday activities will
resume on January 8.
DISCOVERY KIDZ is in need of donations of Juice Boxes! Please
bring your donations to the kitchen. Thank you so much for your
The SPECIAL OFFERING for the month of December and also
Christmas Day is designated for the Grace Building Fund
FINANCIAL REPORT – Year to date through November
YTD Offerings $277,683.34
YTD Needed $283,739.72
YEAR END GIVING – Please have all gifts you wish to have credited
to your 2013 Contribution Statement in by December 29. Thank you
to all who have given so generously throughout the year. Online
giving is also available. If you are interested in this, see Robin
Zondervan or call 534-3079.
2014 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.
WORSHIP SERVICE ASSISTANTS
Today Upper Doors: Joan Patterson, Larry & Bernice Palma
Lower Doors: Rick Postema
Dec. 29 Upper Doors: Karen Roberts, Geri Ruis
Lower Doors: George & Hennie Rosema
Today: Pat Ter Beek, Tymie Boeve
Dec. 29: Elaine Martin, Diane Maitner
DISCOVERY KIDZ - DECEMBER
Art: Shari Dood
Cooking: Tymie Boeve
Theater: Les VanWyk
Shepherds: Ray Zondervan, Katie Green, Elaine Martin
Prayers & Praise Line
December 22, 2013
Congregational Prayers and Praise
Mrs. Wilma Kamphuis, Mrs Miriam Schrotenboer, Mrs Ruth
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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