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October 20, 2013

______________________________ Homebound: Mrs. Elsie Arnoudse Mr. Everett Beute Mrs. Fran Hekman Mrs. Dorothy Hitchcock Mr. Cornelius Jobse Mrs. Barb Kwekel Mr. & Mrs. Albert VandenToorn Mrs. Gertrude VanderGraaf Mrs. Marian VerHage Serviceman: Dan Arnoudse We wish to thank you for all your prayers, cards and words of comfort these past weeks. Tom & Meta Moerdyk and family ______________________________ Remember in Prayer: Mr. Trent Timmer Mr. Howard Vanden Toorn Mr. Rick Vander Veen Mrs. Ruth Wiley

Order of Worship

Song Service - 5:50 PM Psalter 280:all Morning Worship - 9:30 AM Silent Prayer Votum and Salutation Psalter 321 Reading of the Law Reading of Scripture Psalter 2 Pastoral Prayer Offertory Psalter 26 Sermon Prayer Offertory Psalter 35 Benediction Doxology Psalter 197 Evening Worship - 6:00 PM Silent Prayer Votum and Salutation Psalter 205:1-6 Reading of Scripture Apostles Creed Psalter 205:10-13 Pastoral Prayer Offertory Psalter 157:5-9 Sermon Prayer Offertory Psalter 147 Benediction Doxology Psalter 196

Consistory Members
Pastors: Dr. David Murray (Chairman-Consistory) Dr. L. W. Bilkes (Emeritus) Dr. Jerry Bilkes 616.647.0570 616.458.3250 616.954.7094


Sermon: Marks of a Healthy Church (7) Holy Living Scripture: Hebrews 12 Text: Hebrews 12:14 Lords Day 21

Sermon: The Lawyers Stole the Key Scripture: Luke 11:37-54 Text: Luke 11:52

Peter VanKempen (Vice Chairman) David Faasse (Secretary) Tom Karel Sr. Henk Kleyn Dwight Prince Ron Rittner Deacons: Joel Markwat (Chairman-Deacons) Roger Osmun (Secretary) Ron Vander Boon (Asst. Treasurer) Bill Pols David Pronk Treasurer: Gerrit Kleyn

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Church Family

He who was a flame of fire in his Masters service may have allowed the fervor of his first love to decline for lack of fuel, or want of watchful care, until only a little heap of gray ashes smolders on the altar of his affections. His greatest sorrow is that he has no sorrow for sin; his heaviest burden is that he is unburdened. Oh that I were once again under the terrors of Christ! was the cry of one who was in agony over the brink of the pit; but had learned that a cold heart towards Christ is still more insupportable. Those who are in such a case are often nearer the Savior than they know. Shepherd of New England, speaking for wide experience, says: More are drawn to Christ under a sense of a dead, blind heart, than by all sorrows, humiliations, and terrors. That sure impressions as deadness of heart may be the operations of the Holy Spirit, convincing us of sins hitherto unnoticed. As one looks at some star-galaxy, and sees it only as a wreath of dimming mist, so one becomes conscience of innumerable unguarded sins, merely by the shadow which they fling upon the face of the heavens. But when one observes through a telescope the nebulous drift, it revolves itself into a cluster of stars, almost infinite in number. And when one examines in the secret place of communion, the cloud which darkens the face of God, it is seen to scatter and break into a multitude of sins. If, then in the hour of prayer we have no living communion with God, let us plead with the Psalmist Search me, O God, and know my heart, try me, and know my thoughts, and see if there be any way of wickedness in me, and lead me in the way everlasting Psa. 139: 23,24. He, who has engaged to search Jerusalem with candles Zeph. 1: 12 will examine us through and through, will test us as silver is proved, will sift us as wheat. He will bring up from the unexplored depths of our nature all that is contrary to the mind of Christ, and reduce every thought and imagination to the obedience of His will. Deadness of heart may arise from the consciousness of our many sins of omission---Duties un-attempted, opportunities unimproved, grace disregarded. Often when we kneel in prayer, the lost years cry out behind us. What was related of Arch-bishop Ussher might be said of many of the Lords servants---He prayed often, and with great humility, that God would forgive him his sins of omission, and his failings in duty. Each day is a vessel to be freighted with holy deeds and earnest endeavors before it weighs anchor and sets sail for the eternal shores. How many hours we misspent! How many occasions we lose! How many precious gifts of God we squander! And the world passes away, and the fashion of it fadeth. D. MIntyre Thank you so much for coming to worship God with us today. We hope and pray that you will be blessed among us and that you also will be a blessing to us. If you have any prayer needs or if you'd like to know more about our church, one of our pastors or elders would be very happy to speak with you. ______________________________

Congregational Life
Today, Pastor David Murray will conduct the worship services. Next Sunday, Dr. Jerry Bilkes will preach for us, the Lord willing. Pastor Murray will be in Sheboygan, WI next Saturday and Sunday to speak at Grace Presbyterian Churchs Reformation Conference. The Sunday School classes (beginners 7th Grade) Psalter of the month is #184. Please review with your children. We are delighted that Pastor Al Martin has agreed to speak for us at our Reformation Day Rally on October 31 at 7:30 PM. His topic will be Our Reformation Heritage-A Help or a Hindrance? Please use this rare opportunity to hear such an experienced and respected reformed pastor speak on such an important and inspiring subject. The consistory has accepted Mrs. Esther Richards as a confessing member of the congregation. Esther is homebound and has been listening to our churchs sermons for several years. She is a sister to Dorothy Hitchcock, niece to Francis Faasse and aunt to David & Anne Faasse. Her address and phone information can be found in the church directory. We welcome her to our church family! Members and friends: Pastor David Murray would appreciate digital photos of your family, sent to him via email, to help with putting faces to all the names he is learning. Pastor Murrays email address is: davidprts@gmail.com For those who do not have access to digital but do have a photo, please put your name on the back of the photo and place it in Pastor Murrays mailbox. The Boys and Girls Club has started off very well and we are thankful for the nearly 50 children we have this year! We have a need for someone to take responsibility to lead a group of the boys to provide them with more focused attention and activity. Please let Steve Kleyn know if you feel you can help fill this role.

"The Lord willing" James 4:15 October 22 (Tuesday) 9:30 AM Ladies Bible Study. Coffee will be at 9:30 AM with study starting at 10 AM. All ladies are welcome and encouraged to join us. October 23 (Wednesday) 7 PM Boys & Girls Club. There will be a regular meeting for boys and gym night for the girls. We will collect food for the food pantry.

October 23 (Wednesday) 7 PM Pinterest evening. There is a flyer in your mailbox with details. Please contact Anne Faasse or Liz Prince if you are planning to attend. October 26 (Saturday) 7 PM YABS (Young Adult Book Study) will have game night. We encourage newcomers to join us! October 27 - (Sunday) 4:15 PM Youth Group. Snack: The Princes October 29 (Tuesday) 12:30 PM Ladies Fold Laundry at the Christian Rest Home. October 31 (Thursday) 7:30 PM Reformation Rally November 2 (Saturday) 7 AM Mens Breakfast Bible Study at Russ in Grandville. All men of the congregation are encouraged to join us. November 2 (Saturday) 7 PM YABS will meet at the seminary. We will continue our study on Toxic Charity. Contact Mark Moerdyk with any questions.

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Other News
Dorcas Notes: Please join us in our Christmas project, Operation Christmas Child. We hope each family will complete at least one shoe box. See flyer in each box in the narthex for information regarding the filling of your box. Please have your boxes completed by November 17. If you do wrap your gift, please wrap box and lid separately. If you are not able to fill a box but would still like to participate, please leave monetary or item donations in the kitchen before November 5. Thank you in advance! Sumba Mission evening, with Bill & Marion Sommers, will be held Friday, November 1, at 7:30 PM at Plymouth Christian elementary. Christian Ministry to Israel will hold an Israel Evening at the Dundas Free Reformed Church on November 8, at 7:30 PM. Rev. J. Lewis will be speaking on the work of CMI, and give a lecture on A Particular Love for the Jews: Robert M'Cheyne's Hope for Israel. There will be a book table and refreshments after the lecture. All are welcome!

Sermon Notes
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Today Morning Evening Room A Jamie Beeke Mary-Jo Haab Laura Hults Jen Pennings Next Week Morning Kim Kleyn Meta Moerdyk Room B Betsy Timmer Lydia Herman Melanie VanderBoon Jacqueline DeBlaay Sonia Wielhouwer Eva Markwat


Shona Murray Marieke Ude

Margot Timmer Anita Wielhouwer Suzanne Kleyn


Mother in Charge

Morning Today Next Week Steve Kleyn Mark Arnoudse Evening Jason Beeke Henry Boven

First Collection Today Next Week General Fund General Fund Second Collection Building Fund Local Radio Fund Collection Boxes Powassen Word & Deed

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LITURGY October 20, 2013 Morning Service Votum & Salutation Psalter: 321 Law Psalter: 2

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 12 Text: Hebrews 12:14 / Lords Day 21 Pastoral Prayer Offertory Psalter: 26 Sermon: Marks of a Healthy Church (7) Holy Living Prayer Offertory Psalter: 35 Benediction Doxology: 197

Text: Luke 11:52 Apostles Creed Psalter: 205:10-13 Pastoral Prayer Offertory Psalter: 157:5-9 Sermon: The Lawyers Stole the Key Prayer Offertory Psalter: 147 Benediction Doxology: 196

Song Service: Psalter 280: all

LITURGY October 20, 2013 Evening Service Votum & Salutation Psalter: 205:1-6 Scripture Reading: Luke 11:37-54