Posted by: Sue Stuk on Sun, Jan 4, 2015
2nd SUNDAY of ADVENT
DECEMBER 6, 2015
10:00 AM Worship Service
Choral Introit “Love Has Come”
*Opening Songs of Praise
*Opening Prayer and God’s Greeting
Moments of Sharing:
This Christmas I would like to give the world _____.
Prayer of Confession
Words of Assurance
Choir Anthem “Glory to the Lamb”
Moments in Prayer
Tithes & Offerings for God’s Kingdom will be received.
Please sign the Fellowship Register as it is passed.
*Prayer of Dedication
Living Word: Romans II Corinthians 1:1-4, 4:7-18 (Page 1119)
Message Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
“PROBLEMS CONTINUE: WHY WON’T SUFFERING STOP AT CHRISTMAS?”
Prayer of Blessing on God’s Word
*Closing Hymn No. 293 …. “Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness”
*Song of Departure No. 244 (Verse 1 & Chorus)
“Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus”
Postlude Organist, Paul Kerkstra
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 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.
SUNDAYS AT SIX
Opening Worship Sequence No. 276-278 ….. “The Word Became Flesh”
*Opening Prayer and God’s Greeting
Moments of Sharing
Moments in Prayer
*Hymn No. 266 …………………………………………….. “That Beautiful Name”
Living Word: John 1:1-18 (Page 1027)
Message: “NOW IN FLESH APPEARING” Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
Prayer of Blessing on the Word
*Closing Hymn No. 249 ………………………….….. “O Come, All Ye Faithful”
Postlude Pianist, Lorinda Vander Werp
TODAY AT GRACE
9:50 – 11:15 AM DISCOVERY KIDZ will meet. All children ages
3 years – 5th grade meet downstairs by the youth desk.
THE ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS will meet in the
Consistory room following the morning service. All are welcome!
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.
5:15 PM Y-LIFE meets at the Crossing. Dinner will be provided!
Also…youth involved in the Christmas program, meet in the
sanctuary following the service today for a dress rehearsal.
6:00 PM - SUNDAYS AT SIX – For the month of December we will
be meeting here at Grace with our Faith Reformed family for our
PRAYERS & PRAISE
HEALTH CONCERNS –Joan Formsma is now at Waterford Place in
Jenison for rehab following knee replacement surgery. For all praise
reports and prayer requests, see the insert in today’s bulletin.
OUR CHRISTIAN SYMPATHIES are extended to Louise Grimm
and family upon the loss of her sister-in-law, Carol Hommerson, on
Tuesday, December 1 at the age of 77. Visitation will take place today
from 2-5 at Matthysse Kuiper DeGraff Funeral Home in Grandville.
CALENDAR OF THE WEEK
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2015
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
3:15 – 5:15 PM THE CROSSING for youth in grades 5 & 6.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2015
3:45 – 5:45 or 8:00 PM THE CROSSING for youth in Grades
3 & 4.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE!
6:00 PM FELLOWSHIP DINNER – A Chicken Dinner is on the
menu this week. Enjoy dinner and fellowship prior to the
6:30 PM SENIOR CHOIR PRACTICE.
7:00 PM FULL DRESS REHEARSAL for all Discovery
Kidz for the Christmas program.
7:30 PM WORSHIP DESIGN TEAM MEETING.
NEXT WEEK, DECEMBER 13, 2015
3rd Sunday of Advent
NEXT SUNDAY Pastor Rick will share the message “Christ Alone:
No Christ, No Christmas: Know Christ, Know Christmas”
Our DISCOVERY KIDZ will present their Christmas Program
“CHRISTMAS IN KID CITY”. Following their program, they will
have a “Birthday Party for Jesus” in the Fellowship Hall.
SUNDAYS AT SIX – Meeting at Grace with our Faith family.
DATES TO REMEMBER
Monday, December 14, 6:30 pm ELDERS MEET
7:30 pm CONSISTORY MEETING.
Monday, December 14th, 7:00 pm PRAISE TEAM PRACTICE.
Tuesday, December 15, 12:00 Noon – The ELIZABETH CIRCLE will
have their Christmas Lunch at the Grand Villa. Call Carolyn Baker
(669-4742) by December 11 to make your reservations.
Sunday, December 20, 10:00 am CHOIR CHRISTMAS CANTATA.
Thursday, December 24, 6:00 pm CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS
EVE SERVICE at Grace.
Friday, December 25, 10:00 am Joint CHRISTMAS DAY Service at
Faith Reformed Church, 618 – 32nd Street.
AT THE CONGREGATIONAL MEETING last Sunday, the
following persons were approved to serve on the Consistory
beginning in January 2016:
ELDERS: Jerry Hendrickson, Elaine Martin
DEACONS: Don Schutter, Daniel Stuk
The Ordination and Installation service will be held on January 3.
THE PRAISE TEAM would like to extend an invitation to any
vocalists or instrumentalists that would be interested in joining the
team - even if you would just like to join us during the Advent/
Christmas season. Please see Lorinda VanderWerp (or any team
member) following the worship service to let us know of your
interest, or feel free to join us at our next scheduled rehearsal on
Monday, December 14th at 7 pm. I am excited to be leading the
Praise Team in worship of our Lord and Savior at Grace Reformed
Church and welcome emails or phone calls as well (616) 261-2553
email@example.com ~Lorinda Vander Werp
WE ARE LOOKING FOR A VOLUNTEER to help with salting
around the steps and entryway on Wednesdays and Sundays and do
light shoveling during heavy snowfall days. See Brian Gort or John
Sawyer if you can help in this way.
OUR GEMS are collecting new underwear and socks for children of all
ages this Christmas season. There is a “Hello Kitty Hamper” by the
lower level doors for your donation.
THE SPECIAL OFFERING for the month of December and
Christmas is designated for the Grace Building Fund – Flat Roof
repair. This offering will be received on Christmas Eve and also
GRACE COOKBOOKS – We have Grace Cookbooks available for you
to purchase this holiday season! Books are $8.00 each, buy 3 get one
free. Over 140 recipes were submitted by our Grace family. Proceeds
to benefit Grace Youth programs. Books are available on the narthex
table or the youth desk downstairs.
WORSHIP SERVICE ASSISTANTS
Today: Upper Doors: Larry & Bernice Palma, Joan Patterson
Lower Doors: Julia Grant-Najdowski
Dec. 13: Upper Doors: Gladys Kessel, Elaine Martin
Lower Doors: Lorie Norden
Dec. 20: Upper Doors: Deb Pierce, Rick Postema
Lower Doors: Donna Oppenhuizen
Today: Sue Stuk, Sandy Farris
Dec. 13: Kerri Baker, Lynda Ver Merris
Dec. 20: Cindy Wylie, Jayme Dood
Prayers & Praise Line
December 6, 2015
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.
Wyoming Thrive is a new movement amongst the Reformed Churches in Wyoming along with Home Acres Reformed. It includes Grace, Faith, Newhall Community, Beverly and Open Hearts/Eighth. The group is exploring ways whereby our respective churches can resource one another and support one another. We profess that we are stronger together than separate and, thus, we seek to determine means whereby we can share together in ministry to further impact our Wyoming community with the Good News of Christ.
The first and primary thing we do together is pray. We have committed to meet together quarterly for the express purpose of praying to seek the leading of the Holy Spirit. Along with these prayer meetings, we will also brainstorm how we can share together in mutual ministry.
So far we are collaborating together in these ways:
*Faith & Grace are sharing Sunday evening worship services.
*Grace & Newhall Youth Groups have joined as one and Home Acres
will also be joining with them.
*The Churches have shared in special services together such as
Reformation Sunday, Advent, and Lenten services.
Future possibilities may include:
*Shared Mission Trips
*Sharing of Educational Resources
*A Youth Consortium
*Dinners & Studies & Seminars
*Being supportive of One Wyoming and the Church Plants
*Wherever else God’s Spirit may lead us
Please be in prayer for wherever this movement may lead us. Pray that God will continue to bless his Church through our sharing together.
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