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Posted by: Sue Stuk on Thu, Dec 4, 2008
2nd SUNDAY of ADVENT
December 7, 2008
10:00 am Worship Service
Choral Introit “We Worship and Adore You”
Time of Praise
* Call to Worship (On Screen)
* Opening Songs of Praise
* Opening Prayer and God’s Greeting
Moment of Sharing: God frees us from ___________.
Moments in Prayer
Senior Choir “Glory Is A-Coming Our Way”
Lighting of the Advent Candle Darrell Delaney
Children are dismissed for Children & Worship
Hymn No. 259 …………………….……. “Angels, from the Realms of Glory”
Tithes and Offerings for God’s Kingdom
Signing of the Fellowship Register
* Prayer of Dedication
Living Word: Mark 1:1-8 (Page 968)
Message: “WILDERNESS BEGINNINGS” Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
Prayer of Blessing on the Word
* Closing Hymn No. 250 ……………….……. “O Little Town of Bethlehem”
* Song of Departure No. 270 (Verse 1) ……………..…… “Joy to the World”
* 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, an Elder will be available
in the front of the sanctuary following the service this morning.
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
to 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 so we can get to know you better!
TODAY AT GRACE
CHILDREN & WORSHIP
Children ages 3 & 4 meet in Fellowship Hall with Worship
Leaders Heather Dood and Allie Mc Elroy. Children K–2nd
Grade meet in the Choir Room with Worship Leaders
Darrell Delaney & Janna Emelander.
11:20 – 12:20 PM SUNDAY SCHOOL - There are classes available for all
ages three years old and upward. A nursery is available for those
children under the age of three.
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES
Post High/High School Sunday School Class
will meet at the
Sunday School Guide Class
will meet in the Consistory Room. Join
them for lively discussions relating to our Christian walk.
Managing Our Finances God’s Way
– Topic: Enjoy What God Has
Given You. Meet in the Chapel.
4:30 PM GRACE CHOIR meet for practice.
6:00 PM – RESCHEDULED COMMUNITY ADVENT PRAISE SERVICE to be
held here at Grace! Choirs from Beverly, Faith, and St. John Vianney
will join us. The service will consist of scripture readings, carol
singing, and selections from each church choir. At the close of
worship, the choirs will be singing the Hallelujah Chorus together!
Plan on joining us for this special musical start to the Advent season.
Coffee, punch and cookies will be served following the service.
PRAYERS & PRAISE
HEALTH CONCERNS – Bob Ver Merris was expected to return to his
home this weekend. See the Prayers & Praise Line for all prayer
concerns & praise reports.
THE FOLLOWING PERSONS were elected to serve on the Consistory
beginning in January 2009:
ELDER: John Sawyer, Les VanWyk
DEACON: Rick Marshall, Ray Zondervan
The names of the elected are printed in order that any legitimate
objections may be presented to the Board of Elders for its judgment
prior to installation and ordination of these persons.
IN APPRECIATION – Thank you to Pastor Rick for his visits and the
congregation for cards, visits, and prayers following my surgery.
I appreciated your concerns and prayers very much!
Thank you to all who helped in the kitchen and preparing the food
for the funeral lunch. It was greatly appreciated by the family.
Grace has been part of our lives for many years and you are all dear
friends. Love and prayers to all. ~Ann Hoezee and Family
CALENDAR OF THE WEEK
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2008
2:45 – 5:00 PM HIGH SCHOOL CLUB 3:16
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2008
7:30 AM BEING THE HANDS – Those who have contacted Shari, meet
at church to ride together to DeVos Children’s Hospital.
3:00 – 5:00 PM MIDDLE SCHOOL CLUB 3:16
6:00 PM PANCAKE SUPPER – Join us for this CADET SPONSORED
DINNER! The boys and their leaders will be doing the cooking!
Come out for a time for fellowship before Wednesday
6:30 PM SENIOR CHOIR PRACTICE
6:45 – 8:15 PM MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP
7:00 – 8:00 PM
KINGDOM KIDS! – All youth ages K – 5th Grade meet with
Mrs. Ver Hulst in the Fellowship Hall.
THE BELHAR CONFESSION CLASS – Meet in the Consistory Room.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2008
3:30 – 5:30 PM GRADES 3 – 5 CLUB 3:16
4:30 PM PRAYER GROUP meets in Pastor Rick’s office.
NEXT WEEK – DECEMBER 14, 2008
3rd SUNDAY OF ADVENT
NEXT SUNDAY – Pastor Rick will continue the Advent Series “IN THE
WEARY AND THE WONDER” with the message “The Real Deal”
from John 1:6-9, 19-28. Our Senior Choir will present the Cantata
“HEAVEN & EARTH REJOICE”.
A CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR GRACE – A drive for the Grace Building Fund.
As you know, this building is now 44 years old and in need of
maintenance and improvement so we can continue to share
comfortable worship in this facility. Our goal is to raise $120,000.00
towards these efforts. Extra envelopes are available from the narthex
table if you did not get one last week. We will have a special time for
giving of these gifts on December 21 & 28. Thank you for your
continued generosity and support!
CHRISTMAS BREAK – TEACHERS/LEADERS/OTHERS – Please note
that there will be no Sunday School Classes or Wednesday activities
from Sunday, December 21st – Saturday, January 3. Classes will
resume on Sunday January 4th.
THE ELIZABETH CIRCLE will meet for Christmas Luncheon at the Grand
Villa in Grandville on December 16 at 1:00 pm. All women are
welcome! Make your reservation with Gladys Kessel (878-1101) by
NEW NURSERY SCHEDULES will be put together soon! Many volunteers
are needed. Even if you can only help a couple times a year, please
sign up on the narthex table. If you have helped in the past, there is
no need to sign up again…we will automatically schedule you.
ATTENTION ALL CHURCH MEMBERS: we are going CHRISTMAS CAROLING
again this year and you're all invited! All who are willing and able to
sing around the neighborhood of the church please come, you're
voice is welcome! We will meet in the Crossing at 6:30 in
order to leave at 6:45 on Wed. Dec. 17. This year we have
decided to sing to the families of the Club 3:16 kids that live near the
church. GEMS/CADETS…EVERYONE is invited to come, bring a friend!
If you have any questions, see Darrell Delaney or Heather Dood.
CANCELLATIONS – When a church service or event is cancelled, the
announcement will be made on WZZM 13, WOOD 8, WOTV 41.
You can also go online to any of the TV stations and also WCSG
(www.wcsg.org). Churches are listed immediately online.
WORSHIP SERVICE ASSISTANTS
Today Upper Doors: Andrea Maitner, Joan Patterson
Lower Doors: Luke & Janell Nordlund
Dec. 14 Upper Doors: Dick Postema, Donna Oppenhuizen
Lower Doors: Larry & Bernice Palma
Dec. 21 Upper Doors: Mac & Mary Mc Alary, Geri Ruis
Today AM Service: Erika Wigent, Sue Stuk, Lyndsey Boeve
PM Service: Sandy Gort
Dec. 14 AM Service: Sandy Farris, Linda Emelander,
Dec. 21 AM Service: Pat Ter Beek, Cindy Wylie, Janna Emelander,
PM Service: Mary Bush
Prayers & Praise Line
December 7, 2008
The Prayer and Praise Line is a way to let our Grace Congregation
know about your prayer needs and praise reports.
Praise God for…
• The many people that we were able to serve through the Wyoming
• The many people who volunteered their time to help
• Our many blessings
• Answered Prayers!
• Those looking for work in this tough job market
• All those who have recently lost loved ones
• Bob Ver Merris as he continues his recovery at home
• Joan Formsma as she heals following foot/ankle surgery
• Esther Hoag and her health concerns
• The following friends and family members with health concerns:
Lara Class, Samantha Allan, Gavin Vander Wal, Nancy Lipscomb,
Shari Lubbers,Tina De Jong, Lucinda De Jong, Lucille Bosma,
Jack Tenbrink, Jerry Peterson
• Friends and family serving in the military: Doug Desmarais, Frank
Senko, Matthew Halverson (Lucille Sytsema’s grandson), Dave
• Our Shut-in’s including: Mrs Dorothy Church, Mrs Tena DeVink,
Mr & Mrs Ade Peterson, Mrs Miriam Schrotenboer, Mrs June Snyder,
Mrs Henrietta TeRonde, Mrs Hank Hoezee, Mrs Margaret Zylstra
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 praise reports!
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