Posted by: Sue Stuk on Thu, Sep 1, 2016
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2016
10:00 AM Worship Service
Call to Worship
*Opening Songs of Praise
“Oh How Good It Is”
“Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”
*Opening Prayer and God’s Greeting
“I Then Shall Live”
Prayer of Confession
God of love, in the wrong we have done and in the
good we have not done, we have sinned in ignorance;
we have sinned in weakness; we have sinned through our
own deliberate fault. We are truly sorry. We repent and
turn to you. Forgive us and renew our lives through
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Words of Assurance
Music Ministry “The Servant Song”
Lorinda Vander Werp & Sandy Farris
Moments in Prayer
Tithes & Offerings for God’s Kingdom will be received.
Please sign the Fellowship Register as it is passed.
*Doxology – “Praise God From Whom all Blessings Flow”
*Prayer of Dedication
Living Word: Philemon (Page 1160)
Message: “PHILEMON AND ONESIMUS: UNITED IN CHRIST”
Rev. Matthew Wright
Prayer of Blessing on God’s Word
*Closing Hymn No. 426….…………..……….. “Blest Be the Tie that Binds”
*Song of Departure No. 425………………………………...“Bind Us Together”
Postlude Keyboard, Lorinda Vander Werp
Pianist, Ruth Tacoma
*All who are able, please stand.
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
TODAY WE WELCOME Rev. Matthew Wright who will lead our
service and share the message. Pastor Matt is a minister of Word and
Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA). He served as pastor of
Parkwood Presbyterian Church in Jenison from 2009-2015, and is
currently a PhD student at Calvin Theological Seminary. He is
married to Krista, who teaches at Grand Rapids Christian High
School. They have two daughters, Morgan (a sophomore at Miami
University (OH)) and Hannah, a senior at Christian High.
DISCOVERY KIDZ will not meet today. Kids are invited to sit with
their parents in the sanctuary. Kids bulletins are available on the
OUR MUSIC MINISTRY today is presented by Lorinda Vander Werp
and Sandy Farris. Thank you for sharing with us this Lord’s day!
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.
A 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.
5:00 PM – A SPECIAL HYMN SING will be held at Unity Reformed
Church (4450 Poinsettia Ave SE, Kentwood). Please note the time!
Invite a friend to attend with you! Ice Cream Social to follow!
PRAYERS AND PRAISE
HEALTH CONCERNS – Three members of our congregation will
undergo knee surgery this week! Please be in prayer for:
Joan Formsma – Tuesday, September 6 at Metropolitan
John Sawyer – Wednesday, September 7 at Blodgett Hospital
Sandy Sorenson – Thursday, September 8 at Mid-Town Surgical Center
Also, Paul Kerkstra will undergo surgery on his hand on Friday,
September 9 at the Walker Surgical Center. We pray for quick and
complete healing! See the Prayers & Praise Line for all other prayer
requests and praise reports.
CALENDAR OF THE WEEK
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2016
NO PRAISE TEAM PRACTICE!
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2016
6:30 PM 1ST CHOIR PRACTICE.
7:30 PM WORSHIP DESIGN TEAM MEETING.
NEXT SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2016
NEXT SUNDAY morning we will kick off our fall session! Pastor Rick
will begin a new series of messages “The Contagious Community,
Building a Community that Attracts the Lost”. See the insert in your
THE ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS will begin meeting in the
Consistory Room following the morning worship service.
VICTORS MEETING – All men involved in the Victors program are
asked to meet next Sunday following our morning service to go over
plans for fall.
CROSSING VOLUNTEERS will also have a meeting next Sunday
to talk about the 2016-2017 session. If you would like more
information about becoming a volunteer, please attend this
SPECIAL DATES TO REMEMBER
Sunday, September 18 – KICK OFF PARTY for Y-LIFE.
Tuesday, September 20, 1:00 pm THE ELIZABETH CIRCLE will
meet in the Consistory Room. We will discuss Lesson 21 in the study
book. All women welcome.
Tuesday, September 20 & Wednesday, September 21 – THE
CROSSING AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM will begin!
Tuesday, September 20, 7:00 pm MISSION OUTREACH TEAM
Wednesday, September 21, 6:30 pm WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE will
begin. Dinner will be served!
Saturday, October 1 FALL FAMILY FUN EVENT - Cran Hill Ranch
will be here with all their fun activities! It will also include a pig
DISCOVERY KIDZ – Volunteer sign-up sheets are on the narthex
table through December! Find a place where you can help!
OUR SPECIAL OFFERING for the month of September is
designated for CONNECTIONS. This offering will be received on
FORGIVING THOSE WHO HURT US - Lorinda VanderWerp will
be leading this Bible study following the Wednesday Night Live
Dinners (from 7-8 pm) beginning September 21. In this study we will
primarily be utilizing Lewis Smedes’ book “The Art of Forgiving –
When You Need to Forgive and Don’t Know How.” Please let
Lorinda or Sue Stuk know if you are interested in attending the class,
so that we can order enough books. Thank you.
CONNECTIONS is looking for a good USED FREEZER. We are
open to either an upright or chest style. We were blessed to have an
older model chest freezer but it has become undependable. Please
talk with Pastor George if you have a lead on a newer unit. Our
provisions for families and Connections meals are dependent on
stocking up when supplies are available.
FAMILY NETWORK OF WYOMING is in need of the following:
Toilet Paper, Toothpaste , Toothbrushes, Hand Soap, Lotion,
Shampoo, Hair Care (Hair Spray/Conditioner), Deodorant (also
Men’s Shampoo and Deodorant). A box will be put by the entry
doors for your donations. Thank you so much!
SOUND BOARD – Would you be willing to help run the sound
system? We can teach you the ropes, if you would be willing to give
of your time. See or call (218-5770) Tim Boeve if you would be
willing to help.
WORSHIP SERVICE ASSISTANTS
Today Upper Doors: Joan Emaus, Brian & Sandy Gort
Lower Doors: Julia Grant-Najdowski
Sept. 11 Upper Doors: George & Juel Grevenstuk, Sue Stuk
Lower Doors: Lon & Rose Gerbers
Sept. 18 Upper Doors: Louise Grimm, Ken & Janet Groenhout
Lower Doors: Katie Green
Today Jayme Dood, Pat Ter Beek
Sept. 11 Donna Oppenhuizen, Abby Kubiak
Sept. 18 Robin Zondervan, Brielle Wigent
Prayers & Praise Line
September 4, 2016
Congregational Prayers and Praise
As other prayers are shared, you are invited to writethem 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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