Posted by: Sue Stuk on Thu, Dec 1, 2016
2nd Sunday of Advent ~ December 4, 2016
10:00 AM Worship Service
Choral Introit “Love Has Come”
Call to Worship (On Screen)
Lighting of the Advent Candle
*Opening Song of Praise
“King of Heaven”
“O Come, O Come Emmanuel”
*Opening Prayer and God’s Greeting
Prayer of Confession
Words of Assurance - Isaiah 9:2-7 (On Screen)
Senior Choir “The Table of the Lord”
Tithes & Offerings for God’s Kingdom will be received.
Please sign the Fellowship Register as it is passed.
*Doxology – “Praise God From Whom all Blessings Flow”
*Prayer of Dedication
Living Word: Matthew 26:1-30 (Page 962)
Message: “THE TASTES OF CHRISTMAS Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
Prayer of Blessing on God’s Word
Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper
“Taste and See”
*Closing Hymn No. 244 ………...... “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus”
*Song of Departure No. 196 (Verse 1) …… “O Come Let Us Adore Him”
Postlude Organist, Paul Kerkstra
Keyboard, Lorinda Vander Werp
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 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 WE CELEBRATE THE SACRAMENT OF THE LORD’S
SUPPER. We invite all those who are members of Christ’s Church
and have found forgiveness of sins in Him, to participate in the
supper. A brief Communion Service will be held in the
Chapel following the service for anyone who was not able
to be present during the worship service. If you are aware of
someone who is not here today, but would like to receive this
sacrament, please contact the church office.
9:50 – 11:15 AM DISCOVERY KIDZ will meet. All kids ages
3 years – 5th grade meet downstairs by the youth desk.
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.
THE ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL class will meet in the Consistory
Room following the morning worship service. They cover various
subject matter using the Sunday School Guide.
6:00 PM– For the month of December we will be meeting at Beverly
Reformed Church, 2141 Porter, Wyoming. Rev. Harvey Hertz will
share the message.
6:45 PM – Y LIFE will meet at the Crossing.
PRAYERS AND PRAISE
HEALTH CONCERNS: Please be in prayer for Bill Ver Hulst who was
hospitalized at Blodgett with pneumonia on Wednesday. For all
other prayer requests and praise reports, please see the Prayer &
Praise line in your bulletin today.
IN APPRECIATION –Dear Church Family: I want to thank you for
the prayers and the cards I received during my hospital stay and
during rehabilitation at Brookcrest. I also want to thank Pastor
Rick for his visits and prayers during that time. All were
appreciated. ~Sincerely, Mary Huizinga
OUR CHRISTIAN SYMPATHIES are extended to John & Tymie
Boeve; Tim & Lyndsey, Addison, Nylah Boeve; Keri & Hayden
Desmarais; and Chelsea & Ryan Dornbos upon the death of their
mom, grandma, and great grandma, Betty Parps on Saturday,
November 26. Services were held on Wednesday at Holy Name of
CALENDAR OF THE WEEK
MONDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2016
7:00 PM PRAISE TEAM PRACTICE.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2016
7:30 AM For all those who signed up previously, we will be
leaving to go to De Vos Children’s Hospital for “BEING
THE HANDS”. If you have any gifts to donate, you may put
them in the library area, or on the desk in the office prior to
3:00 – 5:15 PM THE CROSSING for youth in Grades 5 & 6.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2016
3:30 – 5:45 OR 8:00 PM THE CROSSING for youth in Grades 3 & 4.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE!
6:00 PM FELLOWSHIP DINNER – Soup and Salad is on the menu.
Come and enjoy a time of fellowship prior to classes!
6:30 PM SENIOR CHOIR PRACTICE.
6:30 – 8:00 PM DISCOVERY KIDZ Program Practice.
7:00 – 8:00 PM ADULTS
FORGIVING THOSE WHO HURT US – Class meets in
the Consistory Room. This upcoming week we will be studying
Chapter 10 in Lewis Smedes' book "The Art of Forgiving –
When You Need to Forgive and Don't Know How." We would
love to have you join us! If you need a book or study guide,
please let Lorinda know.
NEXT WEEK, DECEMBER 11, 2016
3rd SUNDAY OF ADVENT
NEXT SUNDAY Pastor Rick will continue the Advent series
Christmas Makes Sense, with the message: “The Smells of
Christmas”. Our DISCOVERY Kidz will present their Christmas
Program “Shepherds, Sheep, and a Savior”. Please have your
children to church by 9:15 am next Sunday. Children's Christmas
program attire- All children participating are asked to wear black
bottoms and white tops. See Heather with any questions.
5:00 PM Y-LIFE - Come hungry to our Christmas celebration!
6:00 PM EVENING SERVICE we will meet at Beverly Reformed
Church for the month of December. Rev. Harvey Hertz will share the
DATES TO REMEMBER
Wednesday, December 14 – GEMS, VICTORS, and BE BIG
Sunday, December 18, 10:00 am The SENIOR CHOIR will present
their Christmas Cantata “Sing and Shout for Joy”.
Monday, December 19, 6:30 pm ELDERS MEET
7:30 pm CONSISTORY MEETING
Saturday, December 24, 6:00 pm – “LIGHT FOR OUR
WILDERNESS” - A service of Lessons and Carols. Join us for this
special candlelight service.
Sunday, December 25, 10:00 am CHRISTMAS DAY WORSHIP
SERVICE. Pastor Rick will share the message: “The Sights of
AT THE CONGREGATIONAL MEETING on November 27,
the following persons were approved to serve on the Consistory
beginning in 2017:
ELDERS: Bob Moreno, Jerry Vander Wal
DEACONS: Eric Wigent, Ray Zondervan
HANDBELLS - If you are interested and available to play handbells for
change ringing on Sunday, December 18th, please let Lorinda know
(616) 261-2553. Beginners are welcome! We will set up rehearsal
time(s) once we know who is interested.
NO CROSSING after school program Dec 20-28th. We will resume
WORSHIP SERVICE ASSISTANTS
Today Upper Doors: Harvey & Sheryl Steensma, Scott Thornton
Lower Doors: George & Hennie Rosema
Dec. 11 Upper Doors: Lucille Sytsema, Karen Roberts
Lower Doors: Khuon & Hon Tran
Today Elaine Martin, Sophie Licari
Dec. 11 Eric Wigent, Sue Vander Wal
Prayers & Praise Line
December 4, 2016
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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