Posted by: Sue Stuk on Thu, Sep 6, 2012
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2012
10:00 am Worship Service
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
Moments in Prayer
Senior Choir “I Call Him Lord”
Tithes and Offerings for God’s Kingdom
Signing of the Fellowship Register
* 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
* 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
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”
* 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:
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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