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January 12, 2014

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Church Family
Remember in Prayer: Mr. Trent Timmer Mr. Howard Vanden Toorn Mr. Rick Vander Veen Pastor Al Martin

Order of Worship

Morning Worship - 9:30 AM Silent Prayer Votum and Salutation Psalter 404 Reading of the Law Reading of Scripture Psalter 360 Pastoral Prayer Offertory Psalter 321 Sermon Prayer Offertory Psalter 305 Benediction Doxology Psalter 400:1

Song Service - 5:50 PM Psalter 164:1, 4 Psalter 190:2, 4 Evening Worship - 6:00 PM Silent Prayer Votum and Salutation Psalter 91 Reading of Scripture Apostles Creed Psalter 102 Pastoral Prayer Offertory Psalter 144:1-4 Sermon Prayer Offertory Psalter 402 Benediction Doxology Psalter 196

Mrs. Elsie Arnoudse Mr. Everett Beute Mrs. Fran Hekman Mrs. Dorothy Hitchcock Mrs. Barb Kwekel Mrs. Esther Richards Mr. & Mrs. Albert Vanden Toorn Mrs. Gertrude VanderGraaf Mrs. Marian VerHage Serving our country: Dan & Sarah Arnoudse family

I would like to thank the congregation for their kind gift of donation towards my upcoming procedure at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. I cannot put into words the love and support you have shown to me as a church family of Christ. This procedure is life changing for me, and I am grateful from the bottom of my heart to each and every one of you for the kindness you have shown to me. God has blessed me in so many ways and I am thankful to all of you for the love you have given me. Also, I would like to thank you all for the much needed prayer and support, as I continue with my battle against MS. Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful . Trent Timmer Rob and Jen Pennings and family were blessed with the birth of Owen George, on Friday, January 3. Jen was able to return home on Tuesday and Owen is still in ICU due to his prematurity. The Boys & Girls Club would like to thank the church family for the many donations received for the food pantry. Your generosity is much appreciated. The contact information for Jason & Kate Kuiper and children Abigail, Stephen, Elizabeth and Chloe Anne is: 1000 Baxter St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506. Home:616.451.4641/Jasons cell:616.953.2085 Email:

Sermon : Justified by Works Scripture: Joshua 2 Text: James 2:25 Lords Day 32

Sermon : Balm for the Bruised Scripture: Isaiah 42:1-16 Text: Isaiah 42:3

THE WORD OF POWER When the prophet Ezekiel was set down in the valley of dry bones, very many and very dry, the God of Israel said to him, Son of man, can these bones live? What answer could he give? O Lord God, thou knowest! There was no other answer. When Gods ministers are sent to prophesy to men dead in sin, they do not know the results of their message. There is nothing in ministers themselves, nothing in the mere truth they utter, nothing in the present character of those they address that furnishes a favorable solution of this great problem. God only knows, because he only sees the end from the beginning, and he only is able to quicken those who are dead in trespasses and sins. There is but one source of light and hope: Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say unto the wind, Thus saith the Lord God, Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain that they may live! Now the death-like scene is altered; it is no longer the silent and motionless valley. There is a noise and a shaking; bone comes to his bone, flesh and sinews come up upon them; that field of death is transformed to an exceeding great multitude of living men, the strong pulsations of the warm heart are there, and there are voices of praise. So is it with every preacher of the Gospel, so far as it regards his perfect and absolute dependence upon the Spirit of God for the success of his ministrations. The treasures of truth are committed to him, and earthen vessel. As he is, that the Excellency of the power may be of God, and not of him. Never, till the Excellency of Gods power is revealed, is the power of the pulpit known. Nor may we hope that Gods mighty arm will be revealed, until this truth is known and felt. One reason why Gods Spirit is so often withheld is that this great truth is lost sight of; or, if not lost sight of, is coldly recognized, and does but form a feature of that languid and dead orthodoxy, which, while it may govern the views, has but very little to do with the heart. This is not the place which such truth deserves; it must be thought of, and prized, and leaned upon, and prove itself the most delightful of all incitements to effort. Just as the sinner, in the last stages of conviction, is driven from every other refuge to the power and sovereignty of that immeasurable grace which he has so long quarreled with, must the ministers of the Gospel, as well as those to whom they minister, after they have labored in vain, and spent their strength for naught and in vain, lift up their eyes beyond the everlasting hills, and say My soul, wait thou ONLY upon God, for my expectation is from Him! G. Spring 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. ______________________________

Mans goings are of the Lord; how can a man then understand his own way? Proverbs 20:24 ______________________________

Congregational Life
Today, Pastor Murray will conduct the worship services. The Adult Sunday School will re-start this morning after the service. The Sunday School classes (beginners 7th Grade) Psalter of the month is #404:1, 3. Next Sunday, Dr. Jerry Bilkes will lead our worship services, the Lord willing. Next Sunday morning, the sacrament of Holy Baptism will be administered to Emma Grace, daughter of Tyler & Courtney Prince and to Parker John, son of Jordan & Betsy Timmer. The Guatemala mission team covets your prayers for safety as we travel to Guatemala to work on the construction of a school and with the children. A group will be leaving on Monday, January 13 with a second group leaving on Friday, January 17. We will all return together on Saturday, January 25th. May God be glorified in all we do during this trip and may others see God's love in our actions.

"The Lord willing" James 4:15 January 12 (Sunday) 4:15 PM Youth Group. Snack: La Rocque January 13 (Monday) 6:30 PM Elders meeting starts at 6:30 PM with the full Consistory meeting to begin at 7:15 PM. January 14 (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. January 18 - (Saturday) 7 AM Mens Breakfast Bible Study at Russ in Grandville. All men of the congregation are encouraged to join us. January 22 (Wednesday) 7 PM Boys & Girls club will be having a pizza party. January 22 (Wednesday) 7 PM Pinterest evening. There will be a flyer in your mailbox with craft selections.

Sermon Notes
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Other News
Mission Update For the year 2014, a new contract has been signed with AMG for education of the Achi children in Cubulco and the Aldeas. The contract has a food/clothing component to ensure that children have one good meal per day and are properly dressed. Children from 5th grade and up attend Camp Canaan and participate in devotionals, teaching, crafts and athletic activities. These children are both from the center and Aldean schools. It is hoped that 75 children will attend this camp, with an estimated cost of $4000. While this is not part of our regular budget, the board of FRMI feels this camp is a worthwhile venture and could be a fund raising project to consider for some of our youth groups. From Feeding America West Michigan thank you for your support in 2013! - 100 new food donors. Over 25,000 volunteer hours. And a record 20 million meals sent to people in need in West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. Food insecurity is on the rise in our community. Thanks to you, we distributed more food this year than ever before more, even, than in the darkest years of the recession. With cuts to public assistance coming in 2014 and unemployment still too high, that need isnt going away any time soon. Read more about this essential service here: Plymouth Christian School - Pre-registration for Kindergarten, PreKindergarten, and Young 5's for the school year 2014-2015 is now taking place. Please call Plymouth Christian Elementary School at 458-4367 to pre-register your child(ren) as soon as possible.

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Today Morning Evening Room A Jen Klaasen Belinda Pennings Mary Jo Haab Laura Hults Next Week Morning Evening Mary Cogbill Suzanne Kleyn Kim Kleyn Betsy Timmer January Mother in Charge Room B Kathy Pols Alexia Pronk Heidi Pronk Amy Murray Tammy Timmer Rieneke Ude Melanie Vander Boon Joni Murray Jamie Beeke

Morning Today Next Week Mark Arnoudse Eric Wielhouwer Evening Henry Boven Chris Engelsma

First Collection Today Next Week Benevolent Fund General Fund Second Collection Building Fund Denominational Fund Collection Boxes Come Over And Help Word & Deed

Please send material for the bulletin to Julie La Rocque by noon on Thursday: 616.647.9198 or 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

Song Service: Psalter 164:1, 4 and Psalter 190:2, 4

LITURGY January 12, 2014 Morning Service Votum & Salutation Psalter: 404 Law Scripture Reading: Joshua 2 Text: James 2:25/Lords Day 32 Psalter: 360 Pastoral Prayer Offertory Psalter: 321 Sermon: Justified by Works Prayer Offertory Psalter: 305 Benediction Doxology: 400:1

LITURGY January 12, 2014 Evening Service Votum & Salutation Psalter: 91 Scripture Reading: Isaiah 42:1-16 Text: Isaiah 42:3 Psalter: 102 Apostles Creed Pastoral Prayer Offertory Psalter: 144:1-4 Sermon: Balm for the Bruised Prayer Offertory Psalter: 402 Benediction Doxology: 196