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Posted by: Sue Stuk on Thu, Dec 22, 2016

Christmas Day

DECEMBER 25, 2016

10:00 AM Worship Service

 

 Prelude  Paul Kerkstra, Ruth Tacoma, Bob Moreno

 Choral Introit “Silver Bells” Words by Sandy Workman

 Video – “A Baby is Comin’”

 Call to Worship (On Screen)

 Lighting of the Christ Candle

 *Greeting Time

 *Opening Songs of Praise

“O Come All Ye Faithful”

“Let’s Worship and Adore Him”

“Joy to the World (Unspeakable Joy)”

 *Opening Prayer and God’s Greeting

“He Shall Reign Forevermore”

 Moment of Sharing:  Thank God for the gift of ______.

 Moments in Prayer

 Offertory 

 Senior Choir “What You Gonna Call Him?”

 Tithes & Offerings for God’s Kingdom will be received.

1st Offering – Regular Tithes and Offerings

2nd Offering – Pastor Godwin Idogo

 Please sign the Fellowship Register as it is passed.

 *Doxology – “Praise God From Whom all Blessings Flow”

 *Prayer of Dedication

 Living Word: Luke 2:1-20 (Page 992), Matthew 2:1-12 (Page 934)

 Message: “THE SIGHTS OF CHRISTMAS”

 Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen

 Prayer of Blessing on God’s Word

 Closing Hymn No. 250 …………………..…  “O Little Town of Bethlehem”

 *Benediction

 *Song of Departure No. 196 (Verse 1) ……  “O Come Let Us Adore Him”

 Postlude  Organist, Paul Kerkstra 

 Keyboard, Lorinda Vander Werp 

 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.

 

TODAY AT GRACE

No DISCOVERY KIDZ, ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL class

 or EVENING WORSHIP service will be held today.

 

THE SPECIAL OFFERING for the month of December, including

 Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, is designated for the work of

 Godwin Idogo.  This offering will be received today. 

 

NEXT SUNDAY, JANUARY 1, 2017

 NEXT SUNDAY Pastor Rick will lead our service and share the

 Message “What Does it Mean to Fear God?” from Proverbs 1:7,

 Hebrews 12:28-29 and I John 4:18.

 

6:00 PM EVENING SERVICE we will be meeting at Grace for the

 months of January - April.  Rev. Harvey Hertz will share the message  

 each week.

 

PRAYERS AND PRAISE

HEALTH CONCERNS: Denny Bush will undergo outpatient surgery

 on Wednesday.  Mary Huizen was able to return to her home

 at Sunset Manor.  Geri Ruis was hospitalized at Metropolitan

 Hospital, but has also returned to Sunset Manor.  For all other prayer

 requests and praise reports, please see the Prayer & Praise line in

 your bulletin today.

 

IN APPRECIATION

 To our church family: Thank you for your cards and prayers during

 the recent illness and death of our mother Esther Palma. 

 ~Larry & Bernice Palma

 Thank you for the calls and prayers on Fay’s behalf after her recent

 hospitalization.  We appreciate it so much. ~John & Fay De Jong

 

DATES TO REMEMBER

Monday, December 26, 7:00 pm PRAISE TEAM PRACTICE.

 

Sunday, January 8, 10:00 am ORDINATION AND INSTALLATION

 of newly elected Elders and Deacons.

 

Tuesday, January 10, 7:00pm MISSION/OUTREACH TEAM meeting.

 

Sunday, January 15, 10:00 am THE LORD’S SUPPER will be

 celebrated.

 

Monday, January 16, 7:00 pm CONSISTORY ORIENTATION.

 

MISCELLANEOUS ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

YEAR END GIVING – Please have all gifts you wish to have credited

 to your 2016 Contribution Statement in today.  Thank you

 to all who have contributed so generously throughout the year!

 

2017 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.

 

PEOPLE’S CHOICE – Beginning in January, Pastor Rick will be

 preaching your choice of sermons.  Now is your opportunity to hear a

 message on your chosen topic or scripture.  Jot your requests down

 and put them in the offering plate of leave on the desk in the office. 

 

CHRISTMAS BREAK – No evening worship service will be held this

 week or next. The Crossing after school program will resume on

 Tuesday, January 3. Wednesday activities will resume on January 4. 

 

WORSHIP SERVICE ASSISTANTS

GREETERS 

Today Upper Doors:  Don & Lillian Vander Veen, Les & Tinna VanWyk

 Lower Doors:  Wayne & Nancy Ver Strate

Jan. 1 Upper Doors:  Marge Veldheer, Bill Ver Hulst

 Lower Doors:  Lexie Wagoner

 

NURSERY

Today Lyndsey Boeve, Brielle Wigent

Jan. 1 Sandy Farris, Kerri Baker

 

Prayers & Praise Line

December 25, 2016

 

Congregational Prayers and Praise

 

  • We thank God today for the gift of His son, born in a manger on the first Christmas Day.
  • We give thanks for our families and for special times we are able to spend with them.
  • We give praise to God for our children.  We thank Heather Dood for all she does with the youth groups at Grace and the Crossing.  We pray for Heather as she continues her studies to become a Commissioned Pastor.
  • We thank God for the ministry of Connections.  We pray for Pastor George as he leads them each week.  We thank God for the lives that are touched by this ministry.
  • We pray for those who are mourning the loss of a loved one.  Today we remember in particular the Palma family.
  • Continue to keep Geri Ruis and Mary Huizen in your prayers as they have returned to their homes.
  • Pray for Denny Bush as he undergoes surgery on Wednesday.
  • Please be in prayer for Char Otto.  Char has been experiencing back pain.  Please pray for answers and a relief from her pain.
  • We thank God for his faithfulness to Shirley De Bruin as she goes through Chemo treatments. We pray for strength.
  • Please continue to remember our family members who are in need of healing, comfort, and strength.  Larry Ver Merris, son of Ruth Ver Merris; Jackie, daughter in law of Roger and Phyllis Vander Sloot;  Deb Stouten, sister of Pastor Rick; Brent Kerkstra, son of Paul; Janet, sister of Wes Dekker; Lana, granddaughter of Ken & Cindy Wylie.
  • Pray for our Shut-in’s: Mrs. Tena DeVink, Mrs. Wilma Kamphuis, Mrs. Ruth Ver Merris, Mr. Jim Friar.

 

 

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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