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Posted by: Sue Stuk on Fri, Jan 2, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
10:00 am Worship Service
Choral Introit “The Haven of Rest”
Time of Praise
* Call to Worship
* Opening Songs of Praise
* Opening Prayer and God’s Greeting
Exhortation to Self-Examination
Prayer of Confession
Words of Assurance
Senior Choir “He Hideth My Soul”
Ordination and Installation of Newly Elected Elders and Deacons
Tithes and Offerings for God’s Kingdom
Signing of the Fellowship Register
Children are dismissed for Children in Worship
* Prayer of Dedication
Living Word: Luke 2:1-20 (Page 992)
Message: “RETURNED” Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
Prayer of Blessing on the Word
Ministry of Music “Here With Us” Robin Zondervan
* 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.
We joyously welcome you to Grace today! Let us join together in
celebrating the goodness of God, and singing songs of joy
before our creator. Please take a moment and sign your name
and address on the Fellowship Register as it is passed today
so we can get to know you better!
SUNDAY’S AT SIX
Meet in the Chapel
Worship Sequence Nos. 257-260 ………………….. “Jesus Christ is Born”
* Invocation & Salutation
Moments in Prayer
* Hymn No. 267 ………………….…. “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”
Living Word: Acts 3:1-26
Message: “THE LIFE OF A ROCK: PETER THE PASTOR”
Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
Prayer of Blessing on the Word
* Closing Hymn ………………………………………….…. “Nor Silver Nor Gold”
TODAY AT GRACE
ORDINATION AND INSTALLATION of newly elected Consistory members
will be held during our morning service today.
For the Office of Elder: John Sawyer, Les VanWyk
(John Sawyer will be Ordained as well as Installed)
For the Office of Deacon: Rick Marshall, Ray Zondervan
(Both will be Ordained and Installed)
WE EXPRESS OUR DEEP APPRECIATION for the faithful service which has
been rendered by the Consistory members who this morning
relinquish their responsibilities after completing their term of
service: Brad Class, Bob Ver Merris, Jayme Dood, and Brian Gort.
OFFICERS FOR THE 2009 CONSISTORY
Vice President: Dennis Bush
Stated Clerk: Keith Baker
Clerk Pro Tem: Larry Kleymeer
Treasurer: Eric Postema
Assistant Treasurer: Pat Ter Beek
Chairman of the Deacons: Dan Stuk
CHILDREN & WORSHIP
Children ages 3 & 4 meet in Fellowship Hall with Worship
Leaders Lyndsey Boeve and Rick Veldheer. Children K–2nd
Grade meet in the Choir Room with Worship Leaders
Darrell Delaney and Janna Emelander.
OUR SPECIAL MINISTRY OF MUSIC is presented by Robin Zondervan of
our congregation. Thank you Robin, for sharing with us in a special
A CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR GRACE – A drive for the Grace Building Fund.
We will continue with this Fund Drive! You can put your gift
envelope in the offering plate or designate it on your budget
envelope. Our goal is to raise $120,000.00 towards this effort.
Thus far we have raised $6,162.00. Thank you for your continued
generosity and support!
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.
****Laugh Your Way To A Better Marriage
– Class begins today in
the chapel. See full description on Page 4 of the bulletin today!
This class will be offered on Sunday during the SS hour and also on
Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm!
Coming on February 1st – Faith Lessons with Ray Vander Laan
Adult Sunday School Class!
PRAYERS & PRAISE
HEALTH CONCERNS – Judy Klein was admitted to Spectrum
Butterworth on Tuesday. Please keep Neal & Judy in your prayers
as they seek to get to the bottom of her health concerns. See the
Prayers & Praise Line for all prayer concerns & praise reports.
CALENDAR OF THE WEEK
MONDAY, JANUARY 5, 2009
6:30 PM ELDERS MEETING.
7:30 PM CONSISTORY ORIENTATION MEETING
TUESDAY, JANUARY 6, 2009
2:45 – 5:00 PM HIGH SCHOOL CLUB 3:16
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2009
9:00 AM THE WEDNESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY GROUP will meet
in the Consistory Room.
3:00 – 5:00 PM MIDDLE SCHOOL CLUB 3:16
6:00 PM TACO DINNER sponsored by the GEMS!
Come out for a great taco dinner with all the extras including
fellowship before Wednesday activities!
6:30 PM SENIOR CHOIR PRACTICE
6:45 – 8:15 PM MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP
6:45 – 8:00 PM
GEMS for Girls in Grades K – 8
CADETS for Boys in Grades 1-8
7:00 – 8:00 PM
PRESCHOOL – GOD LOVES ME! Meet in the nursery.
LAUGH YOUR WAY TO A BETTER MARRIAGE
A great opportunity for couples of all ages to not simply be
entertained (although you will be greatly entertained) but to also
grow in your marriage. Through a series of great DVD’s, Mark
Gungor makes us laugh at ourselves but also leads us toward
realistic changes that we can make to improve our marriages.
Workbooks will be provided and discussion will take place
facilitated by Pastor Rick. Again, this course is for couples of all
ages and you will not be forced into anything that would be
personal or threatening. All you need is a commitment to come
and a desire to strengthen God’s beautiful gift of marriage.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2009
3:30 – 5:30 PM CLUB 3:16 FOR GRADES 3 – 5.
4:30 PM PRAYER GROUP meets in Pastor Rick’s office.
7:00 PM THURSDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY GROUP will meet at the
NEXT SUNDAY – JANUARY 11, 2009
NEXT SUNDAY we will celebrate the SACRAMENT OF THE LORD’S SUPPER.
Pastor Rick will begin a new series of messages “GOD’S ROAD SIGNS”.
THE NEXT GALAXY will soon be published. If you have an article to
submit, please do so by January 7. Articles can be placed in the bin
attached to the file cabinet in the main office, or contact Sandy Gort
or Pat Ter Beek.
SCRAPBOOKING – Friday, January 16 at the Crossing. We will meet on
the 3rd Friday of each month from 7 – 10 pm to scrapbook! Invite
your friends to come along!
WORSHIP SERVICE ASSISTANTS
Today Upper Doors: Dan & Sue Stuk; Harvey & Sheryl Steensma
Lower Doors: Pat Ter Beek
Jan. 11 Upper Doors: Scott Thornton; Lucille Sytsema
Lower Doors: Mike & Marjean Tiblets
Today AM Service: Robin Zondervan, Heather Dood, Amy Grimm
PM Service: Donna Oppenhuizen
Jan. 11 AM Service: Elaine Martin, Luke & Janell Nordlund,
Chelsea Boeve PM Service: Sue Stuk
Prayers & Praise Line
January 4, 2009
The Prayer and Praise Line is a way to let our Grace Congregation
know about your prayer needs and praise reports.
Praise God for…
• His blessing in 2008
• The service of our Consistory members
• Those looking for work in this tough job market
• All those who have recently lost loved ones
• Judy Klein following recent hospitalization
• Bob Ver Merris as he continues his recovery at home
• Joan Formsma as she heals following foot/ankle surgery
• Betty Figueroa as she heals following her fall
• 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, Roger Byker
• 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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