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Posted by: Sue Stuk on Thu, Mar 6, 2008
5th Sunday in Lent
March 9, 2008
10:00 am Worship Service
Time of Praise
Call to Worship
* Greeting Time
* Opening Songs of Praise
* Opening Prayer and God’s Greeting
Moment of Sharing: The Cross of Christ means ___________.
Prayer of Confession No. 302 …………………………………. “Lamb of God”
Words of Assurance
Affirmation of Faith – Heidelberg Catechism Q & A 43
Moments in Prayer
Tithes and Offerings for God’s Kingdom
Signing of the Fellowship Register
Children are dismissed for Children & Worship
* Prayer of Dedication
Living Word: I Peter 5:5-6 (Pg. 1179)
Philippians 2:3-8 (Pg. 1139)
Message: “HUMILITY: THE ROOT OF VIRTUE”
Pastor Rick Oppenhuizen
Prayer of Blessing on the Word
* Closing Hymn No. 324 ………..… “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”
* Song of Departure 560 (Vs. 1 & Chorus)…………… “More About Jesus”
* Postlude Organist, Karen Ver Hulst
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. 11 …………..…. “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”
* Invocation & Salutation
Moments of Sharing
Moments in Prayer
* Hymn No. 581 …………………………………. “Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus”
Living Word: Matthew 26:14-25, 47-49; 27:1-10 (Page 962)
Message: “VIEWS OF THE CROSS: JUDAS” Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
Prayer of Blessing on the Word
* Closing Hymn No. 316 ………………..…. “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded”
* Postlude Pianist, Karen Ver Hulst
*All who are able, please stand
TODAY AT GRACE
CHILDREN & WORSHIP
Children ages 3 & 4 meet in Fellowship Hall with
Worship Leaders Sandy Farris and Elaine Martin.
Children K – 2nd Grade meet in the choir room with
Worship Leaders Heather Dood and Amy Grimm.
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.
– Brad Class will lead the study.
“Surrendering: Your Life for God’s Pleasure”
– Meet in Kia’s office.
INFORMATIONAL POTLUCK following Sunday School for all those who
plan on going on the MISSION WORK TRIP.
7:00 – 9:00 PM INDEED HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP will meet.
CALENDAR OF THE WEEK
TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2008
3:30 – 5:30 PM CLUB 3:16 for Grades 3-5.
7:00 PM WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY – “BELOVED DISCIPLE”
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 2008
3:00 – 5:00 PM CLUB 3:16 for Middle School Youth.
6:00 PM FELLOWSHIP DINNER - TACO BAR!
Tonight will be a special benefit dinner for a
Club 3:16 student who along with her family lost
everything in a house fire. Darrell will share more
details with us this morning.
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. Cecil Martens meets in the
This is the last night of Adult Bible Study, Preschool Class and
Mrs. Ver Hulst’s youth class. GEMS will have their year end
Tea on March 19, Cadets will continue through April and
Middle School Youth Group will continue through May 14.
Call the office if you have any questions.
THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2008
2:45 – 5:00 PM CLUB 3:16 for High School Youth.
4:30 PM PRAYER MEETING in Pastor Rick’s office.
FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 2008
8:OO PM BROOMBALL – Grace Youth vs. Keith Benthin and the
youth at New Life Community Church. Game being played
at Griff’s Ice House, 30 Coldbrook St. NE, Grand Rapids.
NEXT WEEK – MARCH 16, 2008 - PALM SUNDAY
NEXT SUNDAY Pastor Rick will share the message “Wisdom: The Best
Laid Plans” from the series “CHRIST LIKE VALUES”. Our SENIOR
CHOIR will present their EASTER CANTATA. CHILDREN who would like
to participate in the “palm waving” meet in the narthex prior to the
morning worship service.
6:00 PM JOINT EVENING SERVICE – To conclude our Lenten Pulpit
Exchange, we will meet together at Faith Reformed Church. All the
pastors will be taking part in this special Lenten service.
PRAYERS & PRAISE
HEALTH CONCERNS – See the Prayers & Praise Line for all the praise
reports and prayer concerns.
OUR CHRISTIAN SYMPATHIES are extended to:
Barb Schoolenberg and family upon the death of their husband,
father, and grandfather, John Schoolenberg, on Saturday, March 1
at the age of 78. Services were held at Grace with Pastor Rick
Dale & Shari Dood, Jayme, Heather, and Lilly upon the death of
their father and grandfather, John Neele, on Wednesday, March 5
at the age of 89. Services were held at Raybrook Manor on
IN APPRECIATION – Thank you to all who gave a helping hand to our
Middle School Overnighter. Your time is appreciated. Thank you
so much! ~Darrell & Kia
We wish to thank Pastor Rick and all of our friends at Grace for the
visits, prayers, meals & cards during the health issues we have
faced in the last three months. We truly appreciate all of your
concern. Carole’s chemo has been extended to May and will be
finished out at a chemo clinic in Texas. Our gratitude to all!
~Ron & Carole Lankheet
FLOWER SALE – THE GEMS are once again selling Spring Flowers!
Available are Lilies, Daffodils, Tulips, and Hyacinths!
Cost is just $7.00 each! Flowers will be here by Palm
Sunday, March 16. Order forms are on the narthex
table. Orders are due TODAY!
GEMS – Plan on Wednesday, March 19th for the GEMS Mother/
Grandmother/Adopted Person Tea. The girls will be royalty for one
night, and will receive all their awards. Save the night!
“SHARING THE WEALTH”, a biography of Peter Cook, is now available in
our library. Our thanks to the anonymous donor for this
contribution to our library.
THE SPECIAL OFFERING for Easter, March 23 and the end of the month,
March 30, is designated for “ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING”,
which is distributed by Reformed Church World Service. RCWS
assists areas around the globe in a time of crisis or disaster.
Recently, RCWS has helped a church in Oman recover from a
devastating cyclone, a church in Myanmar drill life sustaining wells,
assist a church in India with start-up costs in their Cows for Life
program, and the list goes on! Here in the US, RCWS has provided
help for those recovering from the hurricanes in the south. Once
again this spring, our church will be going south to assist in the
building of a home for Hurricane Rita victims…RCWS has provided
funds for this project. Remember that as you support RCWS, you are
specifically helping the about 14 persons from our church who are
going on this work trip in April. The Mission Team is asking each of
you prayerfully give to this worthy cause! Some of you have a lot to
give but others are struggling to make ends meet, so please make this
offering a prayerful part of your Lent sacrifice! We thank you in
On the table in the narthex are little “sharing” banks and a “sharing”
calendar is in your bulletin today. These tools will assist you in
making this a fun family event! The “sharing” calendar gives you
daily suggestions for prayer and helpful ideas for contributions to put
in your “sharing” bank. Feel free to use this tool, or just give through
your special offering envelope. The banks should be picked up now
and turned in by March 30.
“SCHOOL KITS” Service Project for children in impoverished schools,
refugee camps, and other difficult settings in the world. You can help
by sewing cloth school bags and purchasing the specific needed
school items. See the yellow flyer on the table in the narthex for
exact details. This is a several month project, so be on the look out
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR TUESDAY CLUB 3:16 from 3:30 – 5:30 pm.
30 minutes, 1 hour, 1 ½ hours, or the entire time…once a month,
every other month…whatever arrangements that works for you we
will take! We have had as many as 50 kids at Club on Tuesdays and
not enough helpers! Please consider helping us be a blessing to the
children in the community. See Kia ASAP if you can help!
ALL CHILDREN & FAMILIES – We are having a special outing just for
YOU! Join us Saturday, March 29 at Noon at the Crossing for a Pizza
Lunch. Following lunch we will go together to the Children’s
Museum! See Darrell to let him know you can come!
LENTEN BREAKFAST – The Women’s Ministries of Beverly Reformed
Church invites you to fellowship with them at their annual Lenten
Breakfast on Wednesday, March 19, 9:30 am. Colleen Bronkema will
be the featured speaker… “Why does God call us to suffer or
experience difficulty and how we cannot just survive, but triumph,
when seemingly impossible situations face us”. No nursery will be
available. Phone your reservation by March 16 to June Courter
532-0763 or Shirley Isenga 531-5923.
WORSHIP SERVICE ASSISTANTS
Today Upper Doors: Dale & Shari Dood, Joan Emaus
Lower Doors: Jim & Linda Emelander
March 16 Upper Doors: Jack & Joan Formsma; Betty Figueroa
Lower Doors: Sandy Farris
Today AM Service: Sue Vander Wal, Sue Veldheer, Danielle Vining,
Kendra Veldheer PM Service: Lynda Ver Merris
March 16 AM Service: Janell & Luke Nordlund, Tymie Boeve,
Prayers & Praise Line
March 9, 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…
• Christian Parents and Grandparents
• Signs of Spring
• The promise of eternal life for all who believe
• Those recovering following recent hospitalizations or surgeries
• Carole Lankheet as she continues chemotherapy in Texas
• The Schoolenberg & Dood Families as they mourn the loss of their
• Katie Green (Kleymeer) as she undergoes testing for a digestion
problem and seeks a course of treatment
• Rick & Laura Marshall as they go through the adoption process
• Tarah Fron and the IICD Team as they work in Kaoma, Zambia
• Bill Burg, husband of co-worker of Janell Nordlund who has been
diagnosed with cancer
• The following friends and family members with health concerns:
Lara Class, Samantha Allan, Gordon Ver Merris, Lori Doom,
Gavin Vander Wal, Emily Wilson, Roger Roberts, Nancy Lipscomb,
Brian Ciluffo, Linda Tacoma, Wilma Osterink, Judy Noel, Shari
Lubbers, Tina De Jong
• 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,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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