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Posted by: Sue Stuk on Thu, Dec 6, 2007
2nd Sunday of Advent
December 9, 2007
10:00 am Worship Service
Musical Introit “The Christmas Star” Sue Kurtz
Time of Praise
Lighting of the Annunciation Candle
* Greeting Time
* Opening Songs of Praise
* Opening Prayer and God’s Greeting
Moment of Sharing: We thank God for little things like: _________.
Prayer of Confession (on Screen)
Words of Assurance
Affirmation of Faith (on Screen)
Music Ministry “Mary Did You Know” Sue Kurtz
Moments in Prayer
Tithes and Offerings for God’s Kingdom
Reverse Offering - “Christmas Gift for Grace”
Signing of the Fellowship Register
Children are dismissed for Children & Worship
* Prayer of Dedication
Living Word: Micah 5:1-3 (Page 902), I Corinthians 1:26-31 (1105)
Message: “SOMETHING BIG IS COMING TO TOWN”
Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
Prayer of Blessing on the Word
* Closing Hymn No. 250 ……………….…… “O Little Town of Bethlehem”
* Song of Departure No. 244 (Vs. 1)..“Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus”
* Postlude 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
Call to Worship
Opening Hymn No. 278 ………….…. “Angels We Have Heard on High”
* Invocation & Salutation
Moments in Prayer
Living Word: Luke 2:8-15 (Page 992), Matthew 26:47-54 (Page 963)
* Hymn No. 272 ….……………. “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks”
Message “ANGELS AT WAR” Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
Prayer of Blessing on the Word
* Closing Hymn No. 277 …………….……. “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”
* Postlude Pianist, Lorinda Vander Werp
*All who are able, please stand
TODAY AT GRACE
OUR MINISTRY OF MUSIC this morning is presented by Sue Kurtz. Thank
you for being with us today and sharing your testimony in song.
“A CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR GRACE” – Today we will kick off this fund drive
with a REVERSE OFFERING. We are glad to announce that Peter &
Pat Cook have graciously offered to make up half of our deficit by
years end if the congregation will make up the other half. Special
envelopes will be distributed this morning. Your gifts will be
received on December 23 & 30.
CHILDREN & WORSHIP
Children ages 3 & 4 meet in Fellowship Hall with
Worship Leaders Janna Emelander & Sue Stuk.
Children K – 2nd Grade meet in the choir room with
Worship Leaders Heather Dood and Pat Ter Beek.
11:20 AM–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
Sunday School Guide Class will meet in the Consistory Room. Join
them for lively discussions relating to our Christian walk.
“Creeds and Confessions” – Meet in the Chapel.
“Surrendering: Your Life for God’s Pleasure” - meet at the Crossing.
7:00 pm HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP – Meet at the Crossing.
CALENDAR OF THE WEEK
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2007
1:00 PM THE ELIZABETH CIRCLE will meet for a CHRISTMAS
LUNCHEON at Grandvilla Restaurant in Grandville. All
Grace women are invited. Make your reservation to Carolyn
Baker (669-4742) or Gladys Kessel (878-1101) by
tomorrow at 4:00 pm.
3:30 – 5:30 PM CLUB 3:16 for Grades 3-5.
7:00 PM WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY – “BELOVED DISCIPLE”
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2007
8:00 AM BEING THE HANDS PROJECT at DEVOS CHILDREN’S
HOSPITAL. Volunteers meet at church.
3:00 – 5:00 PM CLUB 3:16 for Middle School Youth.
6:00 PM FELLOWSHIP DINNER – Pancake Supper sponsored by
the Cadets! Pancakes, sausage, bacon, hash browns,
muffins…Good food, Good cooks!
6:30 – 7:30 PM SENIOR CHOIR PRACTICE.
6:45 – 8:15 PM TURNAROUND MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP
7:00 – 8:00 PM
CHILDREN AGES PRESCHOOL – 5TH GRADE meet in the
Fellowship Hall for activities.
BIBLE STUDY WITH Rev. Darrell Dalman meets in the
“JUST WALK ACROSS THE ROOM” – This class will be held
tonight along with the Prayer Group. The topic “Grander
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2007
2:45 – 5:00 PM CLUB 3:16 for High School Youth.
4:30 PM PRAYER MEETING in Pastor Rick’s office.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2007
10:00 – 11:00 am SENIOR CHOIR PRACTICE.
11:00 – 12:00 Noon CHILDREN’S PROGRAM PRACTICE.
NEXT SUNDAY – DECEMBER 16, 2007
3rd Sunday of Advent
NEXT SUNDAY Pastor Rick will continue the series Micah’s Hope with the
message “A Strong Lock on Security”. Our SENIOR CHOIR will
present their Christmas Cantata “Born a Savior, Born a King”.
6:00 PM CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM “Tell Me the Story of
Christmas”. Come and hear the wonder and excitement of the
PRAYERS & PRAISE
THE FOLLOWING PERSONS were elected to serve on the Consistory
beginning in January 2008:
ELDER: Dennis Bush, Stan De Witt, Rick Postema
DEACON: Lon Gerbers, Dan Stuk, Pat Ter Beek
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.
CHRISTMAS CAROLING – YOU are invited to join in on the fun
Wednesday, December 19. Dinner will be provided at the Crossing at
5:30 pm. The caroling will begin at 6:30 pm. We will take the
church vans, but depending on the numbers of carolers, additional
cars may be needed. Please sign up in the narthex by December 16!
OUR CHRISTMAS WORSHIP SERVICE will be held on Christmas Day at
10:00 am. Pastor Rick will share the message “A God Second to
None”. Our special Christmas offering is designated for Westown
Jubilee Housing/the Other Way Ministry. We will not have an
evening service on December 23 or December 30. Also, Sunday
School classes will not be held on those weeks.
CURRENT ADDRESSES of our shut-in members are available on the
narthex table if you would like to send Christmas cards.
OUR SPECIAL OFFERING for the month of December is designated for
LOVE INC. We are very fortunate to get many of our snacks for Club
3:16 from Love Inc. This special offering will be received on Dec. 30.
FAMILY NETWORK OF WYOMING FOOD PANTRY has an ongoing need for
plastic grocery/shopping bags, paper grocery bags, and egg cartons.
If you have donations of these items, drop them off in our church
kitchen. Also, volunteers are needed to help grow their ministry.
Contact FNOW at 885-9919, Mon. – Wed. 12:00 – 5:00 pm.
PRAISES 4 HIM, a Southern Gospel Quartet, now has a CD available for
purchase. As you know, Ben Van Kammen, is a member of that
Group and a former member of Grace. If you are interested in
purchasing a CD, contact Ben or we have some available in the
WORSHIP SERVICE ASSISTANTS
Today Upper Doors: Harvey & Sheryl Steensma; Lucille Sytsema
Lower Doors: Scott Thornton
Dec. 16 Upper Doors: Bob & Shirley Tofferi; Pat Ter Beek
Lower Doors: Mike & Marjean Tibbets
Dec. 23 Upper Doors: Dan & Sue Stuk; Khuon & Hon Tran
Lower Doors: Roger & Phyllis Vander Sloot
Today AM Service: Sandy Farris, Beth & Rebekah Kubiak, Sandy Gort
PM Service: Sue Stuk
Dec. 16 AM Service: Judy Beadle, Laura Marshall, Willie Hiemstra,
PM Service: Terri Stadt
Dec. 23 AM Service: Lyndsey Boeve, Erika Wigent, Phyllis
Vander Sloot, Allie Mc Elroy
Prayers & Praise Line
December 9, 2007
The Prayer and Praise Line is a way to let our Grace Congregation
know about your prayer needs and praise reports.
Praise God for…
• Successful completion and approval of Rick & Laura Marshall’s home study as they are in the process of adoption. The next step has now been taken and their papers have been sent to the US Government for processing
• The music ministry of Sue Kurtz
• The music of the Christmas Season
• Laura Groenenboom (Venenga), oldest daughter of John and Judy
Venenga, after being diagnosed with cancer. She had chemo but it has
come back and now it is in several new spots. She will be starting
radiation and a new chemo drug. Laura has two teenage children,
Jonathon & Ellie, and her husband Dan.
• Wilma Osterink who will remain in Florida to undergo 6 weeks of
• Karen Ver Hulst as she continues to recover
• Ron & Carole Lankheet ~ Ron fell and broke his wrist this past week
and Carole as she continues chemotherapy sessions
• Tarah Fron and the August Team at IICD Dowagiac as they prepare
for an International Trip to Africa
• The following friends and family members with health concerns:
Lara Class, Samantha Allan, Gordon Ver Merris, Lori Doom,
Bob Benthin, Henrietta Alexander, Gavin Vander Wal, Emily Wilson,
Roger Roberts, Nancy Lipscomb, Brian Ciluffo, Yvonne Riemersma,
• Friends and family serving in the military: Frank Senko, Matthew
Halverson (Lucille Sytsema’s grandson), Dave Vander Berg
• Our Shut-in’s including: Mrs Dorothy Church, Mrs Tena DeVink, Mr & Mrs Ade Peterson, Mr John Schoolenberg, Mrs Miriam Schrotenboer, Mrs June Snyder, Mrs Henrietta TeRonde,
Mrs Nellie Workman, 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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