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Posted by: Sue Stuk on Thu, Sep 6, 2012

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2012

10:00 am Worship Service

 

 Prelude

 Choral Introit “Down from His Glory”

 Time of Praise

 * Call to Worship

 * Greeting Time

 * Opening Songs of Praise 

 * Opening Prayer and God’s Greeting

 Moments of Sharing: The New Testament gives me an appreciation 

 for__________.

 Moments in Prayer

 Senior Choir “I Call Him Lord”

 Offertory

 Tithes and Offerings for God’s Kingdom

 Signing of the Fellowship Register

* Doxology

* Prayer of Dedication

 Living Word: Matthew 1:18-25 (Page 933), Luke 2:1-20 (Page 992), 

 John 1:1-18 (Page 1027)

 Message Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen

 “THE STORY: THE BIRTH OF THE KING”

 Prayer of Blessing on the Word

* Benediction

* Song of Departure No. 444 (Vs. 1 & Chorus)… “I Love to Tell the Story”

* Postlude Organist, Paul Kerkstra

 Pianist, Ruth Tacoma

 

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.

 

SUNDAY’S AT SIX

Meet at the Crossing

 Prelude

 Call to Worship

* Opening Hymn No. 294 …………………..…………………………… “One Day” 

* Invocation & Salutation

 Time of Sharing

 Moments in Prayer

* Hymn No. 281 ……………….…………………………… “What Child Is This?”

 Living Word: Matthew 2:1-12 (Page 934)

 Message: HOLY PLACES: THE SURPRISE OF BETHLEHEM 

 Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen

 Prayer of Blessing on the Word

* Closing Hymn No. 250 ………….………….. “O Little Town of Bethlehem”

* Benediction

* Postlude Pianist, Paul Kerkstra

*All who are able, please stand.

 

TODAY AT GRACE

 

TODAY Pastor Rick will begin the rest of “The Story”, the New

 Testament Version. See the insert in your bulletin today!

 

9:50 – 11:15 AM DISCOVERY KIDZ MEET. All children ages 3

 years – 5th Grade meet downstairs by the youth desk. 

 

CALL TO PRAYER – Following the morning service you are

 encouraged to join us in the Sanctuary to pray for:

  1. The new church year here at Grace
    • Pray for the presence of the Holy Spirit
    • Pray for God’s leading for our leaders
    • Pray for God’s provision
    • Pray for God’s direction
    • Pray for our mission endeavors
  2. Connections
    • Pray for God to bring people to Connections
    • Pray for Pastor George
    • Pray for a very important meeting of the Governance Team as they review benchmarks, finances, and consider the future.

 

 IN ADDITION, tomorrow the Chapel will be open for you to come

 and pray from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. 

 “If my people who are called by my name will pray…”

 

CALENDAR OF THE WEEK 

 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2012

 7:00 PM MISSION/OUTREACH TEAM MEETING.

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2012

 6:30 PM SENIOR CHOIR PRACTICE.

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2012

 6:00 PM CONNECTIONS gathers for a time of Praise Singing,

 Devotions, and Dinner. 

 

 

NEXT WEEK, SEPTEMBER 16, 2012

FALL KICK-OFF

 

NEXT SUNDAY – Pastor Rick will continue “The Story” with the

 message “Jesus’ Ministry Begins”. Prepare by reading Chapter 23.

 

A KICK-OFF LUNCH will be served after church. There will be

 games and fun for the kids! Everyone is welcome to join us for this

 fun time to fellowship together.

 

7:00 PM Y-LIFE begins for all students in Middle and High School! 

 Meet at the Crossing.

 

PRAYERS & PRAISE

 

HEALTH CONCERNS – Lucille Sytsema is at Blodgett Hospital after

 undergoing hip replacement surgery on Thursday, Sept. 6. For all

 other prayer requests and praise reports, see the Prayers & Praise

 Line in your bulletin today.

 

SPECIAL DATES TO REMEMBER

 

Tuesday, September 18, 1:00 PM THE ELIZABETH CIRCLE will

 meet in the Consistory Room. We will discuss Lesson 6 (Psalm 103)

 from the Study Book Psalms. All women are welcome.

 

September 19, 6:00 PM WEDNESDAY NIGHT ACTIVITIES will

 begin! Watch next week for the Fall Education Brochure outlining

 Grace activities. 

 

Saturday, October 13, 2012 - COMING… COUNTY FOOD DRIVE

 with ACCESS! CHANGES are taking place this year and in the

 future as to how the Food Drive operates. This year there will be a

 week long collection of food at the local Family Fare Stores. The

 Saturday neighborhood food collection, which Grace will host as they

 have done in the past, will be held, but on a limited basis...there will

 be less streets covered and limited hours. We will still need some

 volunteers to drive the routes and sort and box the food, as has been

 done in the past. Also, a few persons will be needed to serve lunch

 between 11AM and 1 PM. Please sign up on the sheet in the narthex,

 or call Shari with any questions. 

 NOTE: Between October 3 – 8 volunteers will be needed to pre-bag

 and pre-flyer a few streets in our neighborhood. Details to follow..

 

Saturday, October 13 – PUMPKIN PATH – We will be participating in

 the Pumpkin Path activity once again this year at Lamar Park. 

 Volunteers are needed to help pass out candy. Please let Heather

 know if you can help. ALSO CANDY is needed! We see about

 3000 kids at this event!! You can bring your candy donations to the

 youth desk downstairs! Thank You!

 

Saturday, October 27, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm - HABITAT FOR

 HUMANITY WORK DAY at the construction site which is still to

 be determined. We are hoping for 10-15 of YOU to sign up to help

 work on one of the Habitat projects. They have several projects going

 but will not know exactly what stage of construction the homes will

 be in since progress is dependent on all the volunteers before our

 date. The minimum age for volunteers is 16 years, although it is 18

 for the 'deconstruction' phase. Please sign up or contact Shari if you

 are interested. If you cannot give a whole day, please consider 1/2 day.

 

MISCELLANEOUS ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

A PEANUT FREE policy is being put into place here at Grace and at

 the Crossing building. An important letter explaining this is in your

 mailbox. Please be sure to pick it up today.

 

CLUB 3:16 will begin the fall season on Tuesday, Sept. 18 for grades 5

 & 6 and Wednesday, September 19 for grades 3 & 4.

 

DISCOVERY KIDZ VOLUNTEERS needed for Sept. 23. If you can

 help on that date, please sign up on the form on the narthex table. 

 

'BELONGING' NEW MEMBER CLASS will begin the week of

 September 23. Classes can be held Sunday following the worship

 service or Wednesday evening after dinner. (whatever fits the group

 of people who sign up) If you have questions, or are interested in any

 way, check out the info and sign up on the table in the narthex or call

 Shari at 538-3100.

 

GRACE FOOD AND PERSONAL CARE ITEMS DRIVE – Please

 bring in food items and personal care items from now until Oct. 7! 

 These will be added to the items collected on October 13 at the

 County Food Drive. All items collected will be given to the local food

 pantries. 

 

GALAXY – The next issue of the Galaxy will be published on Sept. 30.

 If you have any articles you would like included, please drop them off

 in the bin attached to the file cabinet in the main office, or contact

 Pat Ter Beek or Sandy Gort by Wednesday, September 26.

 

VICTORS is looking for 2 men to help with the boys group (Ages K – 8)

 on Wednesday nights. If you are willing to help, please see Brian

 Gort or Heather Dood.

 

WORSHIP SERVICE ASSISTANTS

GREETERS

Today Upper Doors: Ed & Kathy De Ruiter, Linda De Vries

 Lower Doors: Stan & Cheryl De Witt

Sept. 16 Upper Doors: Wes & Arlene Dekker, Dan & Martha Derogee

 Lower Doors: Doug & Keri Desmarais

 

NURSERY

Today Robin Zondervan, Diane Maitner

Sept. 16 Tymie Boeve, Amy Grimm

 

 

Prayers & Praise Line

September 9, 2012

 

Church Plant Prayer Focus

Thank you all for the opportunity last week to share what has been happening at Connections. It is exciting! God blessed us last Thursday with a new family, two new people and a new baby! Also we welcomed two new people who are part of something I mentioned on Sunday that Grace members can also become involved in. They are members in another church and want to use their gifts and talents in Connections on Thursday. It doesn’t interfere with any of their current church responsibilities and at the same time helps them exercise their gifts such as caring and listening and hospitality for the benefit of everyone. All for the purpose of responding to the call of the Great Commission to help a new church for non-churched folks grow. If you feel that God may be leading you also in this direction let’s talk.

 

Lastly, if you have just one Thursday evening a month we are in need of adults to simply be available to help with our new children’s program: “2 BY 2”. It’s a simple lesson format that teaches children about God’s faithfulness based on the story of Noah’s Ark. No studying or preparation ahead of time just be there to support the teachers and help the kids for as little a commitment as once a month. There is a sign up sheet on the Narthex table if you are able to help.

 

Please pray for:

- Neighbors and members of other churches being called to Connections.

- New families and individuals joining in God’s plan for Connections.

- Connections families actively inviting others.

 

Congregational Prayers and Praise

 

  • We thank God today for our teachers both in school and here at Grace. We pray for all the children who have gone back to school this past week. 
  • We pray today for Lucille Sytsema following surgery. 
  • Pray today for Willie Hiemstra and Jim Herrema as they continue to heal and undergo rehab. 
  • We remember in prayer the following family or friends of our members that are ill or receiving treatments: Lola De Young, Curt Boes, Dan De Vries.
  • Keep these friends and family serving in the military in your prayers: Amie Pierce, Mitch Dekker, Brent Wenzel, Adam Simons, Justin Roelofs. 
  • Pray for our Shut-in’s: Mrs Tena DeVink, Mrs Miriam Schrotenboer, Mrs Anne Hoezee, Mrs Ruth Ver Merris.

 

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