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The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: 'He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.' Now I have told you."
Matthew 28:5-6

Welcome to LaGrave!

Welcome to the LaGrave Avenue Christian Reformed Church. We are a 1,700 member church located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. Our members come from all over West Michigan, drawn by a combination of relevant Biblical preaching, inspiring worship services, beautiful music, holistic outreach programs, quality pastoral care, dynamic programs for children and youth, and a wide variety of opportunities for adults.

LaGrave Ave. Christian Reformed Church exists to promote God's Kingdom by worshiping God in response to his Word, equipping God’s people for service, and witnessing to God’s world in word and deed that Jesus Christ is Lord of all.

If you are looking for a friendly, warm church that combines a deep commitment to the historic Reformed tradition of the Christian faith with a passionate desire to minister to both its members and its community with an intensely relevant Gospel, we invite you to visit or contact us. LaGrave has a place for you.


If you would like to view a list of LaGrave CD recordings available for purchase, please go to Ministries/Music/Recordings


We are located at 107 LaGrave Ave. SE in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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This Week

During this week, read the scripture passages below and think about the sermon titles.  Come anticipating to grow in the likeness of Christ.

Maundy Thursday, April 17, 2014 

7:30 p.m. Rev. Peter Jonker will preach a meditation entitled "The Passion of the Father" based on Mark 14:61-64, 15:37-38. The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be administered  and the service of Tenebrae (Shadows) will be presented which will include scripture readings, impending darkness, hymns, anthems (including two Bach chorales), percussive effects, and the Christ Candle being removed and restored, symbolizing the Christ's death and ensuing resurrection. The Chancel Choir will sing "Ave Verum Corpus" (Hail, True Body) by Gabriel Fauré and "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross" by Gilbert Martin, which will conclude with the congregation joining the choir on the final stanza. Dr. Mike Hoogeboom and Pastor Bob Grussing will serve as readers and Dr. Larry Visser will serve as organist for the service.

Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014

8:45 a.m. and 11:00a.m.: Rev. Peter Jonker will preach a sermon entitled "With Fear and Great Joy" based on Matthew 28:1-10. The Chancel Choir will sing "I Believe that My Redeemer Lives" by C. Alexander Peloquin and "Christ Is Risen" By Paul Sjound. The sacrament of Holy Baptism will be administered to three adults. At the conclusion of the service, members of the congregation will be invited to join the Chancel Choir in the singing of Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus". Organist for the service will be Dr. Larry Visser who will serve as organist.

6:00 p.m.: Rev. John Steigenga will preach a sermon entitled "Foolish Wisdom" based on I Corinthians 1:18-25. A hymnsing will be led by Ron Rogers during which several of the old, beloved hymns will be sung by the congregation. Guest vocalist Chelsea LaJoye will sing "Behold the Lamb of God" by Craig Courtney. Organist and pianist for the service will be Sara Good.

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