Posted by: Sue Stuk on Thu, Dec 28, 2017
DECEMBER 31, 2017
10:00 AM Worship Service
Choral Introit “I Call Him Lord”
Call to Worship: A New Year’s Litany (On Screen)
*Opening Songs of Praise
“Here I Am to Worship”
“Even So, Come”
*Opening Prayer and God’s Greeting
Moments of Sharing: In the New Year we know that God ______
Moments in Prayer
Senior Choir “Where He Leads I’ll Follow”
Tithes & Offerings for God’s Kingdom will be received.
1st Offering – Regular Tithes and Offerings
2nd Offering – Gifts for Retirement
Please sign the Fellowship Register as it is passed.
*Doxology No. 290, Verse 3 ……………… “As With Gladness Men of Old”
*Prayer of Dedication
Living Word: Revelation 21:1-5; 22:1-7, 20-21 (Page 1206)
Message: “THE GIFT OF A SECURE FUTURE”
Reverend Rick Oppenhuizen
Prayer of Blessing on God’s Word
*Closing Hymn ………………….…………………………. “We Have an Anchor”
*Song of Departure …………………………..…………… “Knowing You Jesus”
“Go, Tell it on the Mountain”
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.
A warm welcome to our visitors and members alike. We rejoice at the
joy Christ brought to the world so long ago. May such joy live within
us as we worship the Lord. Please take a moment and sign your name
and address on the Fellowship Register as it is passed today.
TODAY AT GRACE
TODAY Pastor Rick will share his last sermon here at Grace. We are
so thankful for Pastor Rick and the time he and Donna spent here
with us at Grace, and his many years of faithful ministry. We will
forever be grateful and appreciative of the love and support he and
Donna have showered upon us as a congregation for so many years.
We pray for a future full memorable moments, new sights, and time
to reflect and just be able to enjoy God’s beautiful creation. We pray
that he and Donna may have many great new worship experiences as
they travel along the way. We pray for God’s blessings as you begin
this new chapter of life.
Please join us for Pastor Rick’s FAREWELL DINNER which will be
held on JANUARY 14 following a special service honoring his years
at Grace. See the insert in your bulletin today!
OUR SPECIAL OFFERING for the month of December and
Christmas is designated for Pastor Rick’s retirement gift. Today the
offering plate will be passed through two times. The first time is for
the regular tithes and offerings for Grace Reformed Church. The
second time is for your gifts for Pastor Rick.
DISCOVERY KIDZ will not meet. All kids are welcome to sit with
their parents in the sanctuary. Children’s Bulletins are available at
the sound board.
THE ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL class will NOT meet today. They
will resume next week.
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 AND PRAISE
HEALTH CONCERNS: Bill Ver Hulst is now home with limited
ability to get out and about on his own. Continue to keep him in your
prayers as he goes through this transition. Dialysis will continue and
oxygen will be in use. He can however, get out some and hopes to be
able to be at church on occasion. Ken Wylie will undergo an
outpatient procedure on Friday, Jan. 5. Les VanWyk’s had a few
complications following his procedure on Tuesday. Pastor George
Grevenstuk and Linda Kraft both are recovering from knee surgeries.
For all other praise reports and prayer concerns, see the prayers and
praise line in your bulletin today.
OUR CHRISTIAN SYMPATHIES are extended to Karen
Hendrickson and her family following the death of her husband,
Jerry on Tuesday, December 26. Jerry was a long time faithful
member of Grace Church. Services were held on Saturday, December
30th with Pastor Rick officiating.
CALENDAR OF THE WEEK
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2018
6:30 PM SENIOR CHOIR PRACTICE
THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 2018
7:00 PM THURSDAY NIGHT Bible Study group will meet in the
NEXT SUNDAY, JANUARY 7, 2018
NEXT SUNDAY Rev. Andrew Bossardet, RCA Coordinator for
Equipping Thriving Congregations, will lead our service and share
the message “Shifting Gears without Stalling Out” from Psalm 8.
Installation of newly elected Elders and Deacons will take place.
THE BUILDING TASKFORCE will meet following the service next
6:45 – 8:00 PM Y-LIFE will meet.
DATES TO REMEMBER
Sunday, January 21 A TOWN HALL style meeting will be held after the
service with the BUILDING TASKFORCE.
Monday, January 22, 7:00 pm - A JOINT MEETING OF THE
SEARCH COMMITTEE AND THE CONSISTORY will be held.
FREE BOOKS – Pastor Rick is clearing out his library. You will find a
number of books on the west side of the church library. Feel free to
take a look and take what you want.
2018 CONTRIBUTION ENVELOPES for Grace members are
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.
CHRISTMAS BREAK – No Wednesday classes, Discovery Kidz, or
Crossing Afterschool program will be held this week. Wednesday
family night and Crossing after school program will resume Jan. 10.
You can return your GROCERY BAGS for Family Network of
Wyoming to the church Kitchen. If you still would like to fill a bag,
there are some available on the narthex table. Attached is a list of
WORSHIP SERVICE ASSISTANTS
Today Upper Doors: Kerri Baker
Lower Doors: Judy Beadle
Upper Doors: John & Fay De Jong
Lower Doors: Anna Borkowski
Today Erika Wigent, Kaedra Adam
Jan. 7 Sue Stuk, Eva Hendges
PRAYERS & PRAISE LINE
December 31, 2017
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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