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September 1, 2013

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Church 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 124:1, 2, 4, 6 Morning Worship - 9:30 AM Silent Prayer Votum and Salutation Psalter 238 Reading of the Law Psalter 210 Reading of Scripture Pastoral Prayer Offertory Psalter 255 Sermon Prayer Offertory Psalter 124:5-9 Benediction Doxology Psalter 314 Evening Worship - 6:00 PM Silent Prayer Votum and Salutation Psalter 60 Reading of Scripture Apostles Creed Psalter 1 Pastoral Prayer Offertory Psalter 425:4-6 Sermon Prayer Offertory Psalter 222:4-7 Benediction Doxology Psalter 196

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 would like to thank everyone for all of your thoughts, prayers and cards in the loss of our dad and grandfather. Kevin, Betty and Collin Elliott


Consistory Members
Pastors: Dr. David Murray (Chairman-Consistory) Dr. L. W. Bilkes (Emeritus) Dr. Jerry Bilkes Peter VanKempen (Vice Chairman) David Faasse (Secretary) Tom Karel Sr. Henk Kleyn Dwight Prince Ron Rittner 616.647.0570 616.458.3250 616.954.7094 616.677.3735 616.304.2946 616.667.9105 616.780.9426 616.299.4610 616.485.2344 616.361.6348 616.361.8096 616.446.0587 616.669.5758 616.299.4611 616.791.1512

Elders: Sermon : Your Maker is Your Husband Sermon : Marks of a Healthy Church (4): Expository Listening Scripture: Mark 4:1-20 Text: Mark 4:9 / Lords Day 21

Scripture: Isaiah 54 Text: Isaiah 54:5

Deacons: Joel Markwat (Chairman-Deacons) Roger Osmun (Secretary) Ron Vander Boon (Asst. Treasurer) Bill Pols David Pronk Treasurer: Gerrit Kleyn

HE CARETH FOR YOU To whom do these words refer? Not to inanimate, but rational creation---to man. There is, indeed, a sense in which God cares for all his creatures, animate and inanimate. He maketh the outgoings of the morning and evening to rejoice, He covers the fields with abundance. He crowns the year with his goodness. He beams forth in the spring, and approaches us in the bounties of summer, and loads us with the profusion of autumn. During the stormy winter, the insignificant sparrow chirping on the hedge falleth not to the ground without his notice. He feedeth the young ravens he careth for the oxen. The eyes of all wait upon him, and he giveth them their meat in due season. Incomparably beautiful in this view is the language of our Lord to his disciples. Take no thought what ye shall eat; consider the ravens; they have no barn nor storehouse; your Father feedeth them. And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field; they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Your Father clothes them. But the arrangements of Providence, like the dispensations of grace concern more immediately man. Him God has made capable of knowing and loving himself. In the visitation that meets him he can recognize his Father; and through the channel of benevolent communication made to him, return to the source of all his blessings. And man needs the most effective expressions of divine attention. Immortals standing on the brink of eternity, and yet ignorant of the events of the next hour; capable of celestial enjoyments, but placed in circumstances mimical to their attainment; surrounded with enemies and incident to a thousand unseen calamities; miserable indeed were your .lot, my brethren, if left to struggle alone with you difficulties. I know you are unworthy of the divine attention. Though He careth for you Some of you are thoughtlessly unconcerned about Him. Suppose not however that Providence waits upon your sins, continuing impenitent; every part of his word denounces wrath against you, and your final doom must be inevitable and aggravated perdition. Yet Providence is co-operating with grace to save you. In what period has God left himself without witness, doing good, sending rain and fruitful seasons, and filling mens hearts with food and gladness? To what part of the world has he not gone forth in expressions of beneficence and mercy; Shinning in the splendor of the sun, instructing by the pale glory of the moon, and the twinkling stars? Day unto day uttereth speech. In everything, the Lord is looking after the interest of man. A. E. Farrar

Welcome to our services today. If you would like to know more about our congregation, please speak with a pastor or elder.


Congregational Life
Today, Pastor David Murray will preach for us. Next Sunday, Dr. Jerry Bilkes will lead our worship services, the Lord willing. Next Sunday morning, Dr. Jerry Bilkes will preach a preparatory message for the Lords Supper which is scheduled for Sunday morning, September 15. The Sunday School and Catechism classes plan to begin the season next Sunday, September 8. The consistory would like to thank all those that gave of their time and energy to the VBS program this summer. May the Lord add His blessing to all that was done. The deacons wish to thank all those who helped clean out the closets and cabinets this past week. We appreciate your work and encourage the members to follow the organization that has started. From the Deacons: In the narthex you will find this years Free Reformed Christian Education letter and form. We are asking that if you are requesting assistance for this school year, the form will need to be filled out completely and returned to the deacons no later than September 22, 2013. Dear congregation: My wife Jane & I have travelled to Cardiff, Wales. The synod of our Free Reformed Churches of North America delegated Rev. Pieter VanderMeyden and me to represent our churches there at the meeting of the International Council of Reformed Churches from August 28 through September 5. On our way home we intend to visit family & friends, in The Netherlands. We are scheduled to return home on September 19. We wish to sincerely thank you for the love shown during my recent health issue. Upon our return, I hope to return to the pastoral ministry here in Grand Rapids, at the disposal of the Lord God, who does all things well. With love in the Lord, Pastor Lawrence Bilkes

"The Lord willing" James 4:15 September 3 (Tuesday) 7 PM The first Dorcas Guild meeting of the season! Our project for the month is school kits. Please see the calendar in your church mailbox for the list of items. Thank you! September 5 (Thursday) 7 PM There will be a meeting at church for all Sunday School/Catechism teachers. September 6 (Friday) 7:30 PM Brass & Voices concert in our church auditorium. A women's choral ensemble and a brass band will perform a variety of hymns and sacred songs. A collection will be taken for the Bonisa Mission. September 10 - (Tuesday) 7 PM There will be a baby shower for Parker John, son of Jordan & Betsy Timmer. There is a box in the narthex if you would like to go in on a gift. Please call Arleen Boven is you would like to make a food dish for the shower. Thank you! September 14 - (Saturday) 8:30 AM - 4 PM Young Adult Book Study. Habitat for Humanity volunteer day. See Mark Moerdyk for details. September 14 - (Saturday) 7 PM Informal service at Mel Trotter mission. Russ Herman will be leading the service.

Sermon Notes
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Other News
Seminary Day - Please join us for a day of edification and fellowship at the Providence FRC of St. George, ON on Monday, September 2, 2013 (Labor Day). Coffee time will begin at 9:45 AM and the morning session will start at 10.30 AM with Dr. Jerry Bilkes speaking on the topic: Heidelberg Catechism University: A Message for Young and All. The afternoon session will be at 1:30 PM with Rev. Cornelius Pronk speaking on Diversity and Unity in Free Reformed Preaching. Hosted by the Grace Free Reformed Church of Brantford, ON. Save the Date: Word & Deed is hosting a dinner and auction event on September 21, 2013 to raise awareness and support for the Nakekela HIV/AIDS Clinic in South Africa. The event will be held at Zion Christian School in Byron Center. If you have an item or service that you are willing to donate, please call Susie Osmun at 361-8096 or contact the office at 866-391-5728 or usoffice@wordanddeed.org. Thank you for partnering with us! Mitchell Biannual Youth Conference- September 27-28. See the bulletin board downstairs for details.

Today Morning Evening Room A Meta Moerdyk Amy Murray Laura Hults Kim Kleyn Next Week Morning Evening Arleen Boven Margot Timmer Betty Elliott Cheryl Moerdyk August Mother in Charge Room B Jen Pennings Sonia Wielhouwer Marieke Ude Rieneke Ude Sarah Walkotten Amy Murray Shona Murray Naysi Pennings Tammy Timmer

Morning Today Next Week Gerrit Kleyn Jason Beeke Evening Andrew Bergsma Steve Kleyn

First Collection Today Next Week General Fund Education Fund Second Collection Denominational Fund Building Fund Collection Boxes Guatemala Mission Fund Pregnancy Resource Center

Please send material for the bulletin to Julie La Rocque by noon on Thursday: 616.647.9198 or juleslarocque@yahoo.com The Banner of Truth Radio Broadcast, sponsored by our church, can be heard every Sunday on WFUR 102.9 FM at 10:45 AM 950 Ball Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503 616.456.8473 www.frcgr.org

Song Service: Psalter 124:1, 2, 4, 6

LITURGY September 1, 2013 Morning Service Votum & Salutation Psalter: 238 Law Scripture Reading: Isaiah 54 Text: Isaiah 54:5 Psalter: 210 Pastoral Prayer Offertory Psalter: 255 Sermon: Your Maker is Your Husband Prayer Offertory Psalter: 124:5-9 Benediction Doxology: 314

LITURGY September 1, 2013 Evening Service Votum & Salutation Psalter: 60 Scripture Reading: Mark 4:1-20 Text: Mark 4:9 / Lords Day 21 Apostles Creed Psalter: 1 Pastoral Prayer Offertory Psalter: 425:4-6 Sermon: Marks of a Healthy Church (4): Expository Listening Prayer Offertory Psalter: 222:4-7 Benediction Doxology: 196