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Posted by: Sue Stuk on Fri, Sep 30, 2005

World Wide Communion Sunday
October 2, 2005
10:00 AM WORSHIP SERVICE
 
 Today’s Message:
 “Planned for God’s Pleasure:  WORSHIP” 
 Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
 Scripture:  Mark 12:28-34  (Page 983)
 Participants in Worship Today:
 The Praise Team
 Senior Choir
 Paul Kerkstra, Organist
 Ruth Tacoma, Pianist
 Drama:  Pastor Rick Oppenhuizen, Keith Benthin, Shari Dood,
 Lisa Pierce, Janna Emelander
 
WORSHIP
You Were Planned for God’s Pleasure!
 
The moment you were born into the world, God was there as an unseen witness, smiling at your birth.  He wanted you alive, and your arrival gave him great pleasure.  God did not need to create you, but he chose to create you for his own enjoyment, and his delight.
 
Bringing enjoyment to God, living for his pleasure, is the first purpose of your life.  When you fully understand this truth, you will never again have a problem with feeling insignificant.  It proves your worth.  You are a child of God, and you bring pleasure to God like nothing else he has ever created.  The Bible says, “Because of his love God had already decided that through Jesus Christ he would make us his children-this was his pleasure and purpose.”  We often forget that God has emotions, too.  He feels things very deeply.  The Bible tells us that God grieves, gets jealous and angry, and feels compassion, pity, and sympathy as well as happiness, gladness, and satisfaction.
 
Anything you do that brings pleasure to God is an act of worship.  Like a diamond, worship is multifaceted. Worship is not a part of your life – it is your life.  We are told to “worship him continually and to praise him from sunrise to sunset.”  Praise should be the first activity when you open your eyes in the morning and the last activity when you close them at night.  David said, “I will thank the Lord at all times.  My mouth will always praise him.”
 
 
Sunday’s at Six
Meet in the Chapel
 Prelude
*  Call to Worship
*  Hymn No. 508  …………………………………………………………..  “Love Lifted Me”
* Invocation & Salutation
 Moments in Prayer
 Offering and Offertory
 Prayer of Dedication
 Living Word:  Mark 3 (Page 970)
 Message: THE CALL OF COMPASSION Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen 
 Prayer of Blessing on the Word 
* Closing Hymn No. 551 …………………………………..……….  “O to Be like Thee!”
* Benediction
* Postlude Organist, Paul Kerkstra
* All who are able, please stand
 
TODAY AT GRACE
 
DEACONS will receive your suggested nominees for Elder & Deacon this
 morning as you leave the sanctuary at the conclusion of the morning
 service.  Nomination slips are provided in today’s bulletin (extra’s are
 available on the sound desk).
 
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.
 
 CHILDREN & WORSHIP
 Children ages 4 – 2nd grade meet in the Fellowship
 Hall today for Children & Worship with Worship
 Leader Sandy Farris.
 
HURRICANE RELIEF FUND – Today we will be taking a special offering for
 Hurricane relief.  Originally this offering was designated to give to
 Reformed Church World Service.  However, due to recent information
 received from Jennifer Moody we are changing this offering to have 75%
 go to RCWS and 25% go to help Jennifer’s mom rebuild their home
 destroyed in Hurricane Katrina .  Also, we are giving you the opportunity
 to specify where you want your donation to be placed…in other words,
 you can request that all of your money go to RCWS or all given to the
 Moody Family, or any combination.  Envelopes are available in the pew
 racks, but remember to put your number on the envelope as well as
 specific instructions.
 
11:30 – 12:10 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.
 Grace and the Millennium – Brad Class will lead this group in the Chapel. 
 Today – “Understanding the Symbolic Language of Revelation”.
 The Sunday Prayer Group will meet in Pastor Rick’s office.  You are
 invited to become a part of this group that prays for the needs of this
 church and each other.
 

7:00 – 9:00 PM HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH will continue “WELCOME
 TO THE PLANET!”  - materials for the 40 Days of Purpose.  Meet at The
 Crossing.
 
CALENDAR OF THE WEEK
 
MONDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2005
 6:30 PM ELDERS MEETING
 7:30 PM CONSISTORY MEETING
 
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2005
 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM CLUB 3:16 for MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH
 
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2005
 2:45 PM – 5:00 PM CLUB 3:16 for HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH
 
 6:45 – 8:15 PM MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP 
 “WELCOME TO THE PLANET!”  - Meet at the Crossing!
 
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2005
 3:30 – 5:30 PM CLUB 3:16 for ELEMENTARY STUDENTS
 4:30 PM PRAYER GROUP will meet in Pastor Rick’s office. Everyone is
 invited to join them in this special time of prayer.
 
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2005
 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM COUNTRY WIDE FOOD DRIVE – Grace will once again
 be the collection site.  The day will start with a prayer rally at Grace
 for all area churches.  A lot of workers are needed to sort and collect
 food and serve lunch.  This is your opportunity to give of yourself to
 help the hungry in our neighborhood.  Sign up TODAY to help!
 
 
PRAYERS & PRAISE
 
HEALTH CONCERNS – Dorothy Church has returned to her home.  Keep Jan
 VanWyk in your prayers as she continues to have many health concerns. 
 See the Prayers & Praise insert for the other prayer concerns or praise
 reports of our Grace family.
 
CONGRATULATIONS are extended to Nancy Hall and Wayne Ver Strate who
 will be united in marriage on Saturday, October 8 at 4:00 pm at Wyoming
 Park Methodist Church. 
 May you be blessed with many years of happiness together!
 
AT A RECENT ELDERS MEETING the membership of Randall & Kathy
 Shassberger along with communicant daughters Lisa and Amy and
 baptized daughter Erin was transferred to Woodhaven Reformed Church
 of Byron Center.
 
NEXT SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2005
 
NEXT SUNDAY Pastor Rick will continue the series of messages to correspond
 with the 40 Days of Purpose Campaign.  The message next week: 
 “Fellowship:  You Were Formed for God’s Family”.  A FELLOWSHIP
 DINNER (BBQ) is planned following Sunday School!  Join us at 6:00 pm
 for the evening service.  Pastor Rick will share the message “Parables and
 Power:  Stories of the Savior” from Mark 4.  Discussion will follow the
 message!
 
MISCELLANEOUS ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
FOOD & OTHER ITEMS FOR HURRICANE RELIEF – All items should be brought
 to the church kitchen TODAY.  If you did not bring them along today, but
 would still like to donate, please call the office tomorrow morning. 
 
SPIRITUAL GROWTH TEAM – You will meet on October 17 @ 7:00 pm.
 
ATTENTION!! THOSE NOT IN A PURPOSE GROUP – The Purpose Driven Life
 book is available on the narthex table.  You will benefit from following
 along in the book and being a part of the worship services during this
 time! 
 
WOMEN’S CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS!  December 6th… Save the date! 
 A special evening is being planned for you, your family, and friends!  The
 program this year will be a ton of laughs … “Smile Awhile:  An Evening
 With Wilma”.  Dessert will be served in the Fellowship Hall.  Once again,
 tables will be festively decorated by the Hostesses.  You won’t want to
 miss this holiday event!  Start thinking about being a hostess!  Sign up’s
 will begin soon.
 
FIFTY AND FORWARD CELEBRATION – Our congregation will be joining in the
 celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Synod of the Great Lakes on
 October 30, 6:00 pm at Fairhaven Ministries in Hudsonville.  You are
 invited to be a part of the mass choir.  If you are interested, contact Shari
 Dood prior to October 17. There will be one rehearsal at Fairhaven from
 3:30 – 5:00 the evening of the event.
 
 
WORSHIP SERVICE ASSISTANTS
 
GREETERS
 
Today Upper Doors:  Stan & Cheryl De Witt;  Dan & Martha Derogee
 Lower Doors:  Craig & Geri Dekker
Oct. 9 Upper Doors:  Wes & Arlene Dekker;  Jayme & Heather Dood
 Lower Doors:  Frank & Carrie Drudy
 
 
USHERS/COLLECTION Aisle 1 Aisle 2 Aisle 3 Aisle 4 
October Elkowitz Boeve Norden Ron Veldheer
 
 
NURSERY
Today AM Service:  Lynda Ver Merris, Jennifer Elkowitz, Tami
 Veldheer, Stephanie Postema  PM Service:  Cindy Benthin
Oct. 9 AM Service:  Donna Oppenhuizen, Keith Benthin, Jennifer
 Moody, Rachel Pence  PM Service:  Elaine Martin
 
 
FINANCIAL REPORT 
Week of 9-25-05
 
 Offering Weekly Amount Needed Difference
 $6,082.20 $7,927.15 - 1,844.95
 
 
Year to Date Offering Year to Date Needed Difference
 $303,252.33 $ 309,158.85 -  5,906.52
 
 
Special Offering for Degage Ministries:  $686.50
 
Prayers & Praise Line
 
October 2, 2005
 
The Prayer and Praise Line is a way to let our Grace Congregation
know about your prayer needs and praise reports. 
 
 
Praise God for…
 
· A great start of our “40 Days” groups!
· Our church family
· Answered Prayers
· His Love that endures FOREVER!
 
 
Prayers for…
 
· Each persons life to be enriched through the small group experiences
· Grace’s NCD Health Team
· Pastor David Jansen and CenterPoint Church
· New Life Community Church and Rev. Todd Bush
· Al Grimm as he recovers from back surgery
· Carole Lankheet as she undergoes Chemotherapy
· Baby Ethan Veldheer and his health concerns
· The victims of the recent hurricanes
· Dan Martin, son of Elaine, who is studying in Osaka, Japan through May
· Tarah Fron studying in London this semester
· The following friends and family members with health concerns:
 Carol Hoekstra, Jerry Peterson, Ashley Kielezewski, Lara Class, Frenchetta
 Powell, Serena Kroon, Samantha Allan, Lucille Bosma, Harold Dykstra,
 Donna De Bres
· Sean Van Essen, Nate Petter, Mark DeBri and Ben Smith in the military
· Our Shut-in’s including: Mrs Doris Cook, Mr Irwin Huizen, Mrs Gert
 Kerkstra, Mrs Myrtle Kooi, Mrs Gen Kroon, Mrs Millie Nevins, Mr Harold
 Nollis, Mr & Mrs Ade Peterson, Mrs Ann Rozema, Mrs Miriam
 Schrotenboer, Mrs June Snyder, Leora Totten,  Mr Neil Van Dam, 
 Mr Casey Ver Merris, Mrs Virginia  Workman
 
 
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 about your prayer needs and praise reports.
 
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