Posted by: Sue Stuk on Thu, Dec 3, 2009
2nd SUNDAY of ADVENT
December 6, 2009
10:00 am Worship Service
Choral Introit “How Great Our Joy”
Time of Praise
Call to Worship
Opening Hymn of Praise No. 271 ... “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You”
Lighting of the Advent Candle Discovery Kidz
Mary & Joseph Show the Way to Bethlehem
* Opening Songs of Praise
* Opening Prayer and God’s Greeting
Moment of Sharing: Christ has delivered us from ___________!
Senior Choir “The First Nowell”
Moments in Prayer
Tithes and Offerings for God’s Kingdom
Signing of the Fellowship Register
* Prayer of Dedication
Living Word: Exodus 15:1-21 (Page 68)
Message: “THE SONG OF A BROTHER AND A SISTER”
Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
Prayer of Blessing on the Word
* Closing Hymn No. 293 ….. “Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness”
* Song of Departure (Verse 1) …………………… “There’s a Song in the Air”
Organist, Paul Kerkstra
Pianist, Ruth Tacoma
ELDERS INVITATION – If you have questions, concerns, joys, or
prayer needs that you would like to share, an Elder will be available
in the front of the sanctuary following the service this morning.
SUNDAY’S AT SIX
Meet in the Chapel
Worship Sequence No. 242 ……………………………………. “God With Us”
No. 243 ……………………………………….. “Emmanuel”
No. 244 …...... “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus”
* Invocation & Salutation
Moments of Sharing
Moments in Prayer
* Hymn No. 281 …………………….………………………. “What Child Is This?”
Living Word: Matthew 1:18-25 (Page 933)
Message: “MARY HAD A BABY?” Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
Prayer of Blessing
* Closing Hymn No. 250 ………………..…… “O Little Town of Bethlehem”
* Postlude Pianist, Paul Kerkstra
TODAY AT GRACE
9:50 am – 11:15 am DISCOVERY KIDZ MEET. All children ages 3 years –
5th Grade meet downstairs for your very own service.
11:30 am – 12:10 pm THE SUNDAY SCHOOL GUIDE CLASS will meet in
the Consistory Room. You are welcome to join them!
CALENDAR OF THE WEEK
MONDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2009
7:00 PM EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2009
3:15 – 5:30 PM CLUB 3:16 FOR GRADES 5 & 6.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2009
3:45 – 6:00 pm CLUB 3:16 FOR GRADES 3 & 4.
6:00 PM FELLOWSHIP DINNER – PANCAKE SUPPER sponsored by the
Cadets. Come out and spend some time in fellowship prior to
the evening activities.
6:30 – 7:30 PM SENIOR CHOIR meets for practice.
6:45 – 8:00 PM
S.O.N.G. (Soldiers of the Next Generation) for Children Ages 3
through 5th Grade. Meet in the Fellowship Hall.
7:00 – 8:00 PM
ADULT CLASS will meet in the Consistory Room. Pastor Rick
will continue the study “The Supremacy of Christ:
The God Who Comes to Us.”
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2009
2:45 – 5:00 PM CLUB 3:16 FOR GRADES 7 & 8.
2:30 – ? CHRISTMAS STORE SET UP - All those who signed up…just
come whenever you can! Supper will be provided.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2009
6:00 – 9:30 PM Y-LIFE MIDDLE SCHOOL - We will be leaving Grace
at 6:00 pm and heading to Sonic for some dinner and then to
Spectrum Lanes for bowling. Please sign up or contact Heather
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2009
WYOMING CHRISTMAS STORE – If you have not brought the gifts you
purchased to church already, please do so by Wednesday. Two
persons are still needed from 8:30 – 10:30 am for Child Care in
the nursery. See Shari today or sign up in the narthex.
NEXT WEEK – DECEMBER 13, 2009
3RD SUNDAY OF ADVENT
NEXT SUNDAY Pastor Rick will continue the series of Advent messages
“SONGS FOR ADVENT AND BEYOND” with the message: “THE SONG
OF MARY”, Luke 1:46-55. OUR SENIOR CHOIR will present the
CHRISTMAS CANTATA “CAROLS AND CLASSICS” during our morning
5:30 pm S.O.S. (Service on Sunday) For the month of December we will
be serving a CHRISTMAS DINNER to our Club 3:16 families.
We need your help hosting a table! All you would have to
do is decorate your table and prepare a dessert. The rest of
the dinner will be provided. Come share a meal with a
family who may be experiencing Christ in Christmas for
the first time! A sign up sheet is on the narthex table
or see Thom Mc Guire if you have any questions.
PRAYERS & PRAISE
HEALTH CONCERNS – Mary Haagsman will undergo hip replacement
surgery Wednesday, December 9 at Butterworth Hospital. Peter
Cook has returned to his home following hospitalization earlier in the
week. See the Prayers and Praise Line for more prayer requests and
THE FOLLOWING PERSONS were elected to serve on the Consistory
beginning in January 2010:
ELDERS: Dale Dood, Elaine Martin, Larry Palma
DEACON: Mike Tibbets
Eric Postema and Tim Boeve have agreed to continue to
serve as Deacons for an additional 1 year term.
THANK YOU to the outgoing Consistory members for their faithful service
over the past three years.
ELDERS: John De Jong, Neal Klein, Larry Kleymeer
DEACON: Doug Grimm
THANK YOU ALSO to Keith Baker for his continued willingness to be
our Stated Clerk.
IN APPRECIATION – A BIG THANK YOU to all of you who have
donated books to our Grace Library! ~Carolyn Baker
SPECIAL DATES TO REMEMBER
Tuesday, December 15, 1:00 PM THE ELIZABETH CIRCLE plans to meet
for lunch at the Grandvilla. All women are welcome. Make your
reservation with Gladys Kessel (878-1101) by December 13.
Wednesday, December 16, 6:30 PM ALL CHURCH CAROLING NIGHT!
Everyone is invited to join in on the fun! See Heather Dood if you
have any questions.
Thursday, December 17 BEING THE HANDS PROGRAM (Note the change
of dates!) Gifts can still be purchased for the Christmas store at
DeVos Children’s Hospital. We are in need of gifts for older youth
and adults. Gifts of any monetary amount are appreciated. Bring
these gifts to the office opposite the Chapel. SIGN UP TO WORK at the
store! We will meet at church at 7:30 am to ride together. We have 2
conference rooms from 8 am til Noon. The store itself will take place
between 9 & 11, with the time before & after for set up and take down.
Saturday, December 19, 10:00 AM DISCOVERY KIDZ Christmas program
dress rehearsal and Jesus’ Birthday Party!
Sunday, December 20, 10:00 AM The DISCOVERY KIDZ will share their
Christmas Program “THREE WISEMEN AND A BABY” during the
morning worship service.
A LISTING OF THE CURRENT ADDRESSES OF OUR MEMBERS IN CARE
FACILITIES, SICK and HOME BOUND is available on the narthex table
for those who would like to correspond during the Christmas season.
THE SPECIAL OFFERING for the month of December as well as our
Christmas Offering is designated for the GRACE BUILDING FUND.
EMPTY PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES are needed for the Discovery Kidz
Christmas program. Please bring them to the church kitchen.
CAMP GENEVA is currently accepting Summer Staff 2010 applications
and will begin interviewing soon. Some of the positions include:
counselors, lifeguards, kitchen & maintenance. To learn more call
399-3150 or visit www.campgeneva.org.
WORSHIP SERVICE ASSISTANTS
Today Upper Doors: Donna Oppenhuizen, Larry & Bernice Palma
Lower Doors: George & Hennie Rosema
Dec. 13 Upper Doors: Gerald & Elaine Pylman; Dick Postema
Lower Doors; Joan Patterson
Today AM Service: Phyllis Vander Sloot, Lyndsey Boeve, Emily Mc Elroy
PM Service: Sue Stuk
Dec. 13 AM Service: Sue Veldheer, Kendra Veldheer, Sandy Farris
PM Service: Mary Bush
Prayers & Praise Line
December 6, 2009
We Pray and Trust God
This week praise God for the precious gift of His Son
and through Him life eternal.
Church Plant Prayer Focus
The congregation has confirmed the plan to start a new
CHURCH PLANT by a vote of 74 – 17, which is 81%.
The next step is prayer in consideration of a prospective church planter.
Congregational Prayers and Praise
Please call the office if you would like to
share a Prayer Request or a Praise Report.
We pray for those who will serve as Elders and Deacons of our Church.
We think today of those in need. We pray for all those who are involved in the Christmas store. We
thank and praise God for the many gifts that those in our congregation and other area churches have
We pray for Mary Haagsman who will undergo hip replacement surgery on Wednesday.
We pray today for Peter Cook after he was hospitalized last week.
We thank God for the children in our church and those in our community. We pray for opportunities this
Christmas season to touch a life.
We pray for those who are looking for work during this tough job market. We praise God for those who
have found a job after searching for a long time. In particular we thank God for the new job offered to
Sandy Gort this past week.
We pray for all those men & women who are serving in the military today. We pray also for their
families, especially during this holiday season when they may especially feel their absence.
We pray for the health of our congregation. May they be protected from the many sicknesses going
Keep these friends and family serving in the military in your prayers:
Doug Desmarais, Frank Senko, Matthew Halverson (Lucille Sytsema’s
grandson), Dave Vander Berg, Nick Borkowski.
Pray for our Shut-in’s: Mrs Tena DeVink, Mr & Mrs Ade Peterson, Mrs Miriam Schrotenboer,
Mrs June Snyder, and Mrs Anne Hoezee.
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