Posted by: Sue Stuk on Thu, Dec 6, 2012
SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT
DECEMBER 9, 2012
10:00 AM Worship Service
Choral Introit “Love Has Come”
Lighting of the Advent Candle
*Opening Songs of Praise
*Opening Prayer and God’s Greeting
Moment of Sharing: I praise the baby in the manger for his ________.
Moments in Prayer
Senior Choir “Glory to the Lamb”
Tithes and Offerings for God’s Kingdom
Signing the Fellowship Register
*Prayer of Dedication
Living Word: Isaiah 40:27-31 (Page 701), Galatians 6:7-10 (1132)
Message: “LONGING FOR MORE: WE ARE WEARY”
Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
Prayer of Blessing on God’s Word
*Closing Hymn No. 251 ……..………… “It Came upon the Midnight Clear”
*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, 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.
SUNDAYS AT SIX
Meet in the Chapel
Call to Worship
*Opening Hymn No. 288 …………………………………….. “We Three Kings”
*Invocation & Salutation
Time of Sharing
Moments in Prayer
*Hymn No. 290 (Verses 1-3) ………….….. “As With Gladness Men of Old”
Living Word: II Corinthians 8:1-7, 9:6-14 (Page 1123)
Message: “ADVENT CONSPIRACY: GIVE MORE”
Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
Prayer of Blessing on God’s Word
*Closing Hymn No. 245 ….....……………… “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”
TODAY AT GRACE
9:50 – 11:15 AM DISCOVERY KIDZ MEET. All children ages 3
years – 5th Grade meet downstairs by the youth desk.
YOU ARE INVITED by Pastor George and Juel to stop by the
parsonage for coffee and Christmas treats following the worship
service this morning!
THE PRAYER GROUP will have their prayer at the parsonage today!
The ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL class will not be held.
PRAYERS & PRAISE
HEALTH CONCERNS – Marge Veldheer is now home following knee
replacement surgery. Please be in prayer for Marge as she begins the
rehabilitation process. For all other prayer concerns and praise
reports, please see the insert in your bulletin.
THE FOLLOWING PERSONS were elected to serve on the
Consistory beginning in January 2013:
Elders: Larry Kleymeer, Les VanWyk
Deacons: Brian Gort, Brian Licari
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.
OUR CHRISTIAN SYMPATHIES are extended to:
Lisa Braendle and her family upon the death of her brother Daniel
De Vries on Thursday, November 29 at the age of 37. Services were
held on Monday at EverGreen Ministries.
Ruth VerMerris upon the death of her sister-in-law, Marilyn Sierveld
on Sunday, December 2 at the age of 78. Services were held on
Friday at Hudsonville Reformed Church.
IN APPRECIATION – Thank you to Grace for the beautiful
poinsettia plant. A special thank you to Ray Zondervan and his
sons for the visit. I appreciated it so much. ~Ann Hoezee
CALENDAR OF THE WEEK
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2012
7:30 AM SHARP we will be leaving for De Vos Children’s Hospital
for “BEING THE HANDS”. See Shari if you have any
3:15 – 5:15 PM CLUB 3:16 for Grades 5 & 6
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2012
3:45 – 5:45 PM CLUB 3:16 for Grades 3 & 4
WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE!
6:00 PM FELLOWSHIP SUPPER.
6:30 PM SENIOR CHOIR PRACTICE.
6:30 PM DISCOVERY KIDZ Christmas Program Practice. This
is a full dress rehearsal! It is important that everyone attends!
Readers are asked to be present as well!
7:00 – 8:00 PM
ADULTS – Come as we conclude discussion on “The Story”.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2012
6:00 PM CONNECTIONS gathers at the Crossing for a time of
Praise Singing, Devotions, and Dinner.
NEXT WEEK, DECEMBER 16, 2012
NEXT WEEK Pastor Rick will continue the Advent series of messages
“Longing for More” with the message “We Worry”.
THE DISCOVERY KIDZ will present their Christmas Program
“Stranger in the Manger” during the morning worship service.
Following the Program the Children will celebrate Jesus’ birth with
a Birthday Party!
SUNDAYS AT SIX - Pastor Rick will share the message “Love All”.
Love the poor, the forgotten, the marginalized and the sick in ways
that make a difference.
6:00 – 8:00 PM Y-LIFE CHRISTMAS PARTY. Pizza dinner. Meet
at the Crossing!
SPECIAL DATES TO REMEMBER
Monday, December 17, 6:30 pm ELDERS MEETING
7:30 pm CONSISTORY. Incoming newly elected elders and
deacons are invited to these meetings.
Sunday, December 23, 10:00 am the SENIOR CHOIR will present
their Christmas Cantata “Heaven and Earth Rejoice” during the
Tuesday, December 25, 10:00 am CHRISTMAS DAY
CELEBRATION. Pastor Rick will share the message “WE
WONDER”. Our Christmas Offering is designated for the Grace
Sunday, January 6, 10:00 am ORDINATION and INSTALLATION
of the newly elected Consistory members will be held.
ELIZABETH CIRCLE plans to meet for lunch at noon at the
GrandVilla in Grandville on Tuesday, December 18. Grace women
are also invited. Make your reservation with Mary Bush (538-5646)
or Gladys Kessel (878-1101).
ENJOY THE CITY BOOKS are here! If you ordered one from the
Discovery Kidz, your books are in your mailbox. If you still owe for
the books, please turn your money into Heather Dood.
VICTORS – watch for a letter in the mail regarding a Christmas Party
on December 19!
THE SPECIAL OFFERING for the month of December and
Christmas Day is designated for the GRACE BUILDING FUND.
DISCOVERY KIDZ – Need just one helper for each week in
December. Beginning in January we will return to the 5 week
rotations of Art, Science, Theater, Cooking, and Games. Teachers
will be asked to make a 3 week commitment and Shepherds a five
week commitment. Please sign up on the narthex table.
YOUNG ADULT STUDY GROUP coming! Please sign up in the
narthex if interested in a Thursday night study group. Also looking
for those interested in helping with child care on these Thursday
evenings. Looking at the 2nd or 3rd Thursday each month.
CONTRIBUTION ENVELOPES for 2013 are now in your mailboxes.
OPEN ENROLLMENT for online giving is now available. If you
would prefer to give your tithes and offering in this way, please
contact Ray Zondervan or Ernst Otto.
HOLIDAY FOOD PROVIDERS – ACCESS is still in need of 1000
more providers of Christmas food baskets. If you or your family
would like to help, you may call Emma at 774-2175 ext. 5 or complete
an online form at http://accessofwestmichigan.org.
WORSHIP SERVICE ASSISTANTS
Today Upper Doors: Larry & Bernice Palma; Joan Patterson
Lower Doors: Rick Postema
Dec. 16 Upper Doors: Gladys Kessel; Fred & Willie Hiemstra
Lower Doors: Ernst & Char Otto
Today Lynda Ver Merris, Phyllis Vander Sloot
Dec. 16 Sandy Farris, Janell Nordlund
Prayers & Praise Line
December 9, 2012
Congregational Prayers and Praise
We pray that those who were able to purchase gifts through the store could see the love of Christ shown through those who worked, and the many who donated gifts.
Mrs Miriam Schrotenboer, Mrs Anne Hoezee, Mrs Ruth Ver Merris.
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!
Church Plant Prayer Focus
Pastor George and Juel invite the congregation to stop by
the parsonage for coffee and Christmas treats today,
following morning worship.
Please join us in celebrating the countless hours of restoration
that prepared this house to again be a home.
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