Posted by: Sue Stuk on Thu, Sep 21, 2017
SEPTEMBER 24, 2017
10:00 AM Worship Service
Introit “I Will Serve Thee”
Call to Worship
*Opening Songs of Praise
“Build Your Kingdom Here”
*Opening Prayer and God’s Greeting
Exhortation to Self-Examination
Prayer of Confession
Words of Assurance
Senior Choir “I Surrender All”
Tithes & Offerings for God’s Kingdom will be received.
1st Offering – Regular Tithes and Offerings
2nd Offering - Gideons
Please sign the Fellowship Register as it is passed.
*Doxology – “Praise God From Whom all Blessings Flow”
*Prayer of Dedication
Living Word: John 17:20-26 (Page 1049)
Message: “FIRST LOVE COMPLETES A RICH RELATIONSHIP”
Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
Prayer of Blessing on God’s Word
*Closing Hymn No. 705 ………………………..…. “It Is Well With My Soul”
*Song of Departure No. 419 …………………………………. “Family of God”
Postlude Organist, Paul Kerkstra
Keyboardist, Lorinda Vander Werp
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, 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.
We joyously welcome you to Grace Reformed Church!
Whatever led you to our church today, we believe God rejoices in
having you in this place. Please take a moment and sign your name and
address on the Fellowship Register as it is passed today.
TODAY AT GRACE
9:50 – 11:15 AM DISCOVERY KIDZ for kids ages 3 years – 5th
grade meets downstairs by the youth desk.
THE SPECIAL OFFERING for the month of September is designated
for the GIDEONS. The Gideons International is an Association of
Christian business and professional men and their wives dedicated to
telling people about Jesus through associating together for service,
sharing personal testimony, and by providing Bibles and New
Testaments. Just recently they were near local college campuses
passing out Bibles to the students. We are honored and appreciative
of the men in our congregation that work hard for the Gideon
organization. Thank you for giving generously to this offering today.
THE TRANSITION TEAM will meet briefly in the Chapel following
the service this morning.
THE ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL GUIDE CLASS will meet in the
Consistory Room after the morning service. They cover various
matters using the Sunday School Guide. You are welcome to join in!
PRAYER GROUP will meet following the service in the sanctuary
to pray for Pastor George & Connections, and the needs and vision at
Grace Reformed Church.
SUNDAYS AT SIX – We will be meeting with our sister churches
tonight at Faith Reformed. Pastor Rick will share the message:
“How Christians SHOULD Act: Galatians & James”.
CALENDAR OF THE WEEK
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2017
NO PRAISE TEAM PRACTICE this week!
7:00 PM SPECIAL CONSISTORY MEETING.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2017
3:15 – 5:45 or 8:00 PM THE CROSSING for youth in
Grades 3 - 6.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE!
6:00 PM FELLOWSHIP DINNER – Tacos are on the menu!
Come out and enjoy dinner and a time of fellowship prior to classes.
6:30 PM SENIOR CHOIR PRACTICE.
6:45 – 8:00 PM
S.O.N.G. (Soldiers of the Next Generation) will
meet. This is for ages 3 years – 8th Grade.
THE ADULT CLASS will begin in October!
NEXT WEEK, OCTOBER 1, 2017
WORLD WIDE COMMUNION SUNDAY
NEXT SUNDAY we will celebrate Communion with Christians around
the world. Pastor Rick will share the message “Though the Nations
Rage” from Psalm 46.
A SPECIAL OFFERING for HURRICANE RELIEF will be
received next Sunday. Our offerings will be designated for RCA
GLOBAL MISSION who is teaming up with World Renew Disaster
Response Services to provide recovery and rebuilding services for
people most affected by Hurricane Harvey and Irma. If you would
like to donate, and will not be here on October 1st, you may
designated it on your regular offering envelope. This offering will be
in addition to our scheduled monthly special offerings.
SUNDAYS AT SIX - We will meet at Faith Reformed Church. Pastor
Rick will share the message: “Countercultural Christians” for our
6:00 pm evening service.
6:30 – 8:00 PM Y-LIFE MEETS.
PRAYERS AND PRAISE
HEALTH CONCERNS: Bob Ver Merris is now at Byron Meadows.
Please no visitors prior to October 2nd. Please be in prayer for Bob
and Lynda during this time of transition. For all other praise reports
and prayer concerns, see the prayers and praise line in your bulletin
OUR CHRISTIAN SYMPATHIES are extended to the following:
Dick and Ruth Locke upon the sudden accidental death of Ruth’s
brother, Henry Bultsma, on September 8 at the age of 72. Services
were held at Corinth Reformed Church on September 16.
Wilma Kamphuis and family upon the death of her son-in-law, Dean
Brinks on Sunday, September 17 at the age of 61. A service was held
Thursday at Moline CRC.
Joan Emaus upon the death of her brother, Clarence Romeyn, on
Tuesday, September 19 at the age of 80. Services were held Friday at
Nashville Baptist Church in Nashville, MI.
May God wrap his arms of love around
each of you and give you peace.
DATES TO REMEMBER
Monday, October 2, 7:00 pm – THE SEARCH COMMITTEE will
meet in the Consistory room.
Tuesday, October 3, 8:30 am - FALL DINNER TRIP TO CRAN
HILL RANCH for all who signed up. Meet here at church and we
will take the van. See Tinna VanWyk if you have any questions!
Thursday, October 5, 7:00 pm The THURSDAY EVENING SMALL
GROUP BIBLE STUDY will meet in the Consistory room.
Saturday, October 7, 11:00 – 2:00 pm FALL FAMILY EVENT!
This is for our church family and the neighborhood. Cran Hill will be
here with the rock wall, Critter Barn, balloon creations, pig roast!
Lots of fun activities! Please prayerfully consider
volunteering for this community event. SIGN UP TODAY
in the narthex if you can help!
Saturday, October 14, 6:00 pm WOMEN’S MINISTRY KICK OFF!
We will enjoy dinner together in the Fellowship Hall and get to know
one another. This is a perfect time to bring a friend, neighbor, or
relative. Women’s Ministry is for women Post High or older
STILL NEEDED DESPERATLEY – WEDNESDAY CROSSING
DRIVERS. September and October are covered but still need to
cover November – March. Please see Heather if you can help.
CONNECTIONS is looking to buy a good USED Caravan. Pastor
George's Jeep has been a great blessing for moving block party
trailers and transporting youth for activities and making weekly
supply trips to Feeding America. We continue to be grateful for
occasional use of the Grace passenger vans. Please talk with Pastor
George if you have a lead on a good used vehicle that would work for
passengers, towing and supply transport. Our provisions for families
and Connections meals are dependent on stocking up when supplies
WORSHIP SERVICE ASSISTANTS
Today Upper Doors: Larry & Bernice Palma
Lower Doors: Deb Pierce
Oct. 1 Upper Doors: Lorie Norden
Lower Doors: Ernst & Char Otto
Today Pat Ter Beek, Brielle Wigent
Oct. 1 Donna Oppenhuizen, Kaedra Adam
Oct. 8 Sue Vander Wal, Eva Hendges
Prayers & Praise Line
September 24, 2017
As we face these uncertain times in our nation, we ask you, Lord, to dwell among us. We are comforted by the knowledge that You alone are our Savior and Lord, and the ultimate Master of life. We trust our nation to Your loving care, Lord. Send Your Spirit to touch the hearts of our nation’s leaders. Give them the wisdom to know what is right, and the courage to do it. Give us Your light and Your truth to guide us in our ways so that we may seek Your will in our lives and impact the world around us for Your Kingdom.
Congregational Prayers and Praise
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 praises.
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