Announcements for December 26
Today: Dr. J. Bilkes AM Dr. D. Kranendonk PM
Friday, December 31: Student J. Overduin, 7:00 New Year’s Eve
Saturday, January 1, 2022: Dr. J. Bilkes, 9:30 New Year’s Day
Sunday, January 2: Dr. D. Kranendonk AM 5:00 PM: Dr. J. Bilkes, Rev. Pronk’s Installation Service
Wednesday, January 5: Lay Preaching, 7:00
- Today: General Fund, Mission (Timotheus)
- New Years Eve: Building
- New Years Day: General
- Sunday, January 2: General, Benevolent
- Grace Christian Academy is requesting that parents register their child(ren) as soon as possible for Kindergarten, Pre-Kindergarten and Young 5s for the 2022/2023 school year. In addition, we are requesting new families and new students (Grade 1-12) to contact the school so registration paperwork can be sent to them for the 2022/2023 school year in the near future. Please call the office at 290-0422 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for registration or with questions. Thank you.
- Dear Church Family,: We would like to thank you all for your efforts to welcome us in Grand Rapids. The clean and spacious parsonage is giving us warm home-feelings and is overloaded with gifts. We enjoyed the basket of goodies from the Youth group, we’ve tasted the delicious meals, cookies and the fruit and vegetables are keeping us healthy. The many Christmas cards in our mailbox have also gladdened us. Above all we thank the Lord for his faithfulness : “With greatful heart my thanks I bring. Before the great Thy praise I sing.” We look forward to having you as a part of our life the coming years. And last, we wish you a blessed Christmas and may Gods peace go with you all in the New Year.
Warm regards, Anna, Pastor Pronk and Matthias
And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.” Luke 2:15
Here is described to us the obedience of the shepherds. The Lord had made them the witnesses of his Son to the whole world. What He had spoken to them by His angels was efficacious and was not suffered to pass away. They were not plainly and expressly commanded to come to Bethlehem; but being sufficiently aware that such was design of God, they hasten to see Christ. In the same manner, we know that Christ is held out to us, in order that our hearts may approach Him by faith; and our delay in coming admits of no excuse. But again, Luke informs us, that the shepherds resolved to set out, immediately after the angels had departed. This conveys an important lesson. Instead of allowing the word of God, as many do, to pass away with the sound, we must take care that it strike its roots deep in us, and manifest its power, as soon as the sound has died away upon our ears. It deserves our attention, also, that the shepherds exhort one another: for it is not enough that each of us is attentive to his own duty, if we do not give mutual exhortations. Their obedience is still farther commended by the statement of Luke that they hastened (verse 16) for we are required to show the readiness of faith.
Which the Lord has made known to us. They had only heard it from the angel; but they intentionally and correctly say that Lord had revealed it to them; for they consider the messenger of God to possess the same authority as if the Lord Himself had addressed them. For this reason, the Lord directs our attention to Himself; that we may not fix our view on men and undervalue the authority of His Word. We see also that they reckon themselves under obligation, not to neglect the treasure which the Lord had pointed out to them; for they conclude that, immediately after receiving this intelligence, they must go to Bethlehem to see it. In the same manner, every one of us according to the measure of his faith and understanding, ought to be prepared to follow wheresoever God calls. John Calvin