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Posted by: Sue Stuk on Fri, Sep 23, 2005
GRACE REFORMED CHURCH
Sunday, September 25, 2005
10:00 AM WORSHIP SERVICE
“WHAT ON EARTH AM I HERE FOR?” Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
Scripture: Jeremiah 20:7-18 (Page 754)
Participants in Worship Today:
The Praise Team
Paul Kerkstra, Organist
Ruth Tacoma, Pianist
Christina Kleymeer, Soloist
Drama: Pastor Rick Oppenhuizen, Keith Benthin, Kara Pierce,
Ashley & Stacy Veldheer
WHAT ON EARTH AM I HERE FOR?
The search for the purpose of life has puzzled people for thousands of years. That’s because we typically begin at the wrong starting point – ourselves. But focusing on ourselves will never reveal our life’s purpose. The Bible says, “it is God who directs the lives of his creatures; everyone’s life is in his power.”
Many people try to use God for their own self-actualization, but that is a reversal of nature and is doomed to failure. You were made for God, not vice-versa, and life is about letting God use you for his purposes, not using him for your own purpose.
Andrei Bitov, a Russian novelist, grew up under an atheistic communist regime. But God got his attention one dreary day. He recalls, “In my twenty-seventh year, while riding the metro in Leningrad I was overcome with a despair so great that life seemed to stop at once, preempting the future entirely, let alone any meaning. Suddenly, all by itself, a phrase appeared. Without God life makes no sense. Repeating it in astonishment, I rode the phrase up like a moving staircase, got out of the metro and walked into God’s light.”
You may have felt in the dark about your purpose in life. Congratulations, you’re about to walk into the light.
Sunday’s at Six
Meet in the Chapel
Worship Sequence No. 85, 86, 87, 88 …………. “Name Above Every Name”
* Invocation & Salutation
Moments in Prayer
Offering and Offertory
Prayer of Dedication
Living Word: Mark 2 (Page 969)
Message: “LORD OF NOTHING OR LORD OF ALL”
Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
Prayer of Blessing on the Word
* Closing Hymn No. 43 ……………………. “All Hail the Power of Jesus Name”
* Postlude Organist, Paul Kerkstra
* All who are able, please stand
TODAY AT GRACE
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.
THE SPECIAL OFFERING for the month of September is designated for DEGAGE
MINISTRIES. Degage has served as the primary community center to inner
city Grand Rapids. The ministry operates four main programs to address
the needs of the neighborhood including a dining facility, a food pantry,
an overnight drop-in center for women, and a life enrichment center.
This offering will be received today.
THANK YOU to the special participants in our service this morning. Thanks to
Christina Kleymeer for her ministry of music, the participants in the skit,
our praise team and musicians, and all those who have had a part in
putting together this series of special services for the 40 Days of Purpose
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.
Join them as they study end times prophecy through Calvinist eyes.
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 begin “WELCOME TO
THE PLANET!” - materials for the 40 Days of Purpose. They will meet at
the Crossing for 6 consecutive weeks during this time.
CALENDAR OF THE WEEK
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2005
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM CLUB 3:16 for MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 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, SEPTEMBER 29, 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.
PRAYERS & PRAISE
HEALTH CONCERNS – Dorothy Church is a patient at Blodgett. Margaret
Zylstra is now residing at Railside Living Center, Room 11, 7955 Byron
Center Rd., Byron Center, 49315. See the Prayers & Praise insert for the
other prayer concerns or praise reports of our Grace family.
OUR CHRISTIAN SYMPATHIES are extended to Harvey & Sheryl Steensma
upon the death of their son Kirk on Tuesday, September 20 at the age of
39. Services were held yesterday at Resurrection Life Church.
IN APPRECIATION – New Life Community Church would like to thank you for
your support of our new ministry. This summer you have helped us in
our Kidz Zone, Little Lambs nursery, as greeters, and with your prayers.
Your love and support has been a true blessing to us. Thank
NEXT SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2005
WORLD WIDE COMMUNION SUNDAY
NEXT SUNDAY we will celebrate communion with Christians around the
world. Pastor Rick will continue the series of messages to correspond
with the 40 Days of Purpose Campaign. The message next week: “You
are made for God’s Pleasure.” Join us at 6:00 pm for the evening service.
Pastor Rick will share the message “The Call of Compassion” from
Mark 3. Discussion will follow the message!
HURRICANE RELIEF FUND – Next week 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 (they have received word that their
insurance will not cover a lot of the damage because it does not cover
floods). 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. Again, anything given with no specification will go in a
general pile that is 25% to the Moody Family and 75% to RCWS.
Envelopes are available in the pew racks, but remember to put your
number on the envelope as well as specific instructions.
FOOD & OTHER ITEMS FOR HURRICANE RELIEF – Grace will also be collecting
items for Hurricane victims. The Outreach Team has decided to partner
with Project Hope and Compassion, an interdenominational group
formed out of the LOVE Inc. network of churches. We will collect the
following items here and they will pick them up and truck it to where it is
needed. Suggested items are: water, baby needs, toiletries, dry food items
(cereal, rice, instant potato, macaroni, crackers, cookies), canned goods
(jelly, peanut butter, coffee, beans, vegetables) catsup, mustard, relish,
cleaning supplies (BIG demand) such as dish soap, laundry soap, bleach,
and buckets. Also, over the counter medicines. Please bring them items
to the church kitchen by October 2.
CHECK YOUR MAILBOX TODAY for a letter concerning the Election of Elders
and Deacons. PLEASE NOTE THERE IS AN UPDATED LIST OF ALL
INELIGIBLE PERSONS. Please refer to this list when thinking and praying
about those whom you will nominate to serve on the Consistory.
Nominations will be received next Sunday.
ATTENTION!! THOSE NOT IN A PURPOSE GROUP - If it is not possible for you to
become part of a purpose group, we encourage you to still get a book
today read it on your own time. Everyone will benefit from the book as
well as attending worship services during this time.
ELDERS & DEACONS – Next scheduled meetings are:
October 3, 6:30 pm Elders Meeting; 7:30 pm Consistory Meeting.
COUNTRY WIDE FOOD DRIVE – Grace will once again be the collection site for
the drive taking place October 8 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. 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 in the narthex to help!
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.
WORSHIP SERVICE ASSISTANTS
Today Upper Doors: John & Fay De Jong; Tena De Vink
Lower Doors: Linda De Vries
Oct. 2 Upper Doors: Stan & Cheryl De Witt; Dan & Martha Derogee
Lower Doors: Craig & Geri Dekker
USHERS/COLLECTION Aisle 1 Aisle 2 Aisle 3 Aisle 4
September Rick Veldheer Johnson Moody Frontjes
Today AM Service: Sue Vander Wal, Laura Marshall, Robin Zondervan,
Taylor Duimstra PM Service: Sue Stuk
Oct. 2 AM Service: Lynda Ver Merris, Jennifer Elkowitz, Tami
Veldheer, Stephanie Postema PM Service: Cindy Benthin
Week of 9-18-05
Offering Weekly Amount Needed Difference
$7,158.00 $7,927.15 - 769.15
Year to Date Offering Year to Date Needed Difference
$297,170.13 $ 301,231.70 - 4,061.57
Prayers & Praise Line
September 25, 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…
· Our church family
· The rain this week
· A new season at Club 3:16 and fresh opportunities to reach the
· 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
· Dorothy Church at Blodgett Hospital
· Comfort for the Steensma Family
· 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
· 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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