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Posted by: Sue Stuk on Fri, May 19, 2006
Sunday, May 21, 2006
10:00 am Worship Service
Introit “I Have Christ in My Heart”
Time of Praise
Call to Worship
* Greeting Time
* Opening Songs of Praise
* Opening Prayer and God’s Greeting
Sacrament of Baptism
Senior Choir “Great Gettin’ Up Morning”
Hymn No. 327………………………..……………….. “The Old Rugged Cross”
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 17:20-21, 18:15-27 (Page 1015-1017)
Acts 8:4-13, 28:21-31 (Page 1063-1064, 1088-1089)
Message: “THE KINGDOM OF JESUS: THE CONQUERING CHURCH”
Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
Prayer of Blessing on the Word
* Closing Hymn No 405 ………………………… “I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord”
* Song of Departure No. 436 (vs. 1) ....……………………….. “Freely, Freely”
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.
We joyously greet those who are visiting with us today in the name of our Risen Savior! Let us join together in celebrating the goodness of God, and singing songs of joy before our Creator. Please 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 No. 703, 704, 705 ..…… “God’s Love and Strength”
* Invocation & Salutation
Time of Sharing
Moments in Prayer
* Hymn No. 686 …………………………..… “O God, Our Help in Ages Past”
Living Word: Esther 2:5-7, 19-23; 6:1-14 (Page 486)
Message: “THE PROTECTION OF MORDECAI”
Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
Prayer of Blessing on the Word
* Closing Hymn No. 681 ……………………………………………. “In His Time”
TODAY AT GRACE
TODAY we celebrate the sacrament of infant baptism as Ethan Edward
Veldheer, son of Brent and Kristin Veldheer, is baptized. The flowers
on the piano are in honor of his baptism.
CHILDREN IN WORSHIP
Children ages 4 – 2nd grade meet in the Fellowship
Hall today for Children In Worship. Children are
dismissed during the hymn prior to the message.
11:30 – 12:10 PM SUNDAY SCHOOL – This is the last week of Sunday
School for the season. THE CHILDREN will end the Sunday School
season with a celebration at the Crossing during the Sunday School
hour. Children meet in the choir room downstairs and you will be
brought out to the Crossing for games and a cookout!
HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH please meet in Pastor Rick’s office for
your class today.
SEARCH COMMITTEE MEETING in the room opposite the chapel.
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES
Sunday School Guide Class will meet in the Consistory Room.
Grace and the Millennium – Meet in the chapel with Brad Class.
The Sunday Prayer Group will meet in the Sanctuary.
4:45 PM THE SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE WILL MEET.
7:00 – 9:00 PM !NDEED! HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP will meet.
PRAYERS & PRAISE
HEALTH CONCERNS – See the Prayers & Praise Line for the prayer
concerns and praise reports of the Grace family.
OUR CHRISTIAN SYMPATHIES are extended to the family of Virginia
Blakeslee who passed away Thursday, May 11 at the age of 88.
Services were held on Monday with Pastor Rick officiating.
IN APPRECIATION – Thank you to all of you who sent cards and prayers
our way following the death of Jeff’s father. They meant a lot to us,
knowing that we still have a church family who cares about us.
Again thank you! ~Jeff & Kim, Walter, Sam Venema
CONGRATULATIONS are extended to David & Nicole Eckhardt (nee
Rittersdorf) who were married in our sanctuary yesterday with
Pastor Rick officiating. May you be blessed with many years of
STUDENT SPOTLIGHT! Today we want to spotlight Robert Fron.Rob is a student at Hope College and plans to graduate in December of 2006. He is majoring in Art Education K-12 and will do his student teaching at Pinewood Middle School in Kentwood. Rob was recently engaged to Ronda Dejong and they have plans to marry on July 14, 2007. Currently he is working at Lincoln Country Club and is the
advertising and PR leader for the Hope College Summer Arts Camp
for Kids. Rob also coaches and plays for the Grand Rapids Thunder,
a semi-pro football team. You can send notes of encouragement to
CALENDAR OF THE WEEK
TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2006
7:30 PM THE OUTREACH TEAM WILL MEET
WEDNESDAY, MAY 24, 2006
7:00 PM INFORMATIONAL MEETING for all VBS Volunteers. Please
meet at church in the sanctuary. This is the ONLY
meeting, so please make every effort to be there. If you
cannot come, contact Shari.
THURSDAY, MAY 25, 2006
4:30 PM PRAYER GROUP will meet in Pastor Rick’s Office.
NEXT SUNDAY - MAY 28, 2006 - MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
NEXT SUNDAY Pastor Rick will continue the series of messages
“Eastertide: The Resurrected Lord Brings His Church
Alive!” Next week “The Exaltation of Jesus: The Victorious
Church”. We will not have an evening service at Grace next week
due to the holiday.
SPECIAL DATES TO REMEMBER
Sunday, June 4 – PENTECOST & GRADUATION SUNDAY.
Monday – Friday, June 12-16 FIESTA VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL!
Wednesday, June 21 – ANNUAL CHURCH PICNIC at Pinery Park
THE SPECIAL OFFERING for the month of May is designated for the
SCHOLARSHIP FUND. This special offering will be received on
Graduation Sunday, which is June 4.
PLEASE LOCK YOUR CAR doors while in church. If you see any
suspicious activity, please report it to the Deacon Chairman, Rick
Week of 5-14-06
Offering Weekly Amount Needed Difference
$14,963.76 $7,848.27 + 7,115.49
Year to Date Offering Year to Date Needed Difference
$149,236.97 $156,965.40 - 7,728.43
WORSHIP SERVICE ASSISTANTS
Today Upper Doors: Joan Emaus; Jim & Linda Emelander
Lower Doors: Frank & Carrie Drudy
May 28 Upper Doors: Betty Figueroa; Jack & Joan Formsma
Lower Doors: Maribeth Frontjes
May Aisle 1 Aisle 2 Aisle 3 Aisle 4 Aisle 5 Aisle 6
Moody Gort Veldheer Johnson Mc Elroy Berends
Today AM Service: Robin Zondervan, Karen Kosters, Sue Dunkle,
Jerrod Dunkle PM Service: Donna Oppenhuizen
May 28 AM Service: Elaine Martin, Sandy Farris, Samantha
Johnson PM Service: No service at Grace
Prayers & Praise Line
May 21, 2006
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 baptism of Ethan Veldheer
· The marriage of Nicole Rittersdorf and David Eckhardt in our Sanctuary
· The life and witness of Virginia Blakeslee
· Pastor David Jansen and CenterPoint Church
· New Life Community Church and Rev. Todd Bush
· Those who do not know the joy of new life in Christ!
· Plans being made for VBS in June
· The Community Outreach Search Team as they prepare to hire a new staff
· Shawn Gerbers working this summer at the Grand Canyon
· Jan VanWyk and her continuing health concerns
· David Hoezee following surgery at the Mayo Clinic
· Marjean Tibbets with continuing back pain
· Ila Friar and her continuing health concerns
· Carole Lankheet as she continues Chemotherapy
· Dan Martin, son of Elaine, who is studying in Osaka, Japan (Dan is due to
return home on June 18th!)
· The following friends and family members with health concerns:
Carol Hoekstra, Lara Class, Frenchetta Powell, Samantha Allan,
Katie Van Dam, Gordon Ver Merris, Jeff Gerwig
· Sean Van Essen, Nate Petter, and Mark DeBri in the military
· Our Shut-in’s including: Mrs Dorothy Church, Mr Irwin Huizen,
· Mrs Gert Kerkstra, Mrs Gen Kroon, Mrs Millie Nevins, Mr & Mrs Ade
Peterson, Mrs Ann Rozema, Mrs Miriam Schrotenboer, Mrs June Snyder,
Leora Totten, Mr Casey Ver Merris, Mrs Virginia 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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