The 23rd Sunday After Pentecost
October 23, 2016
8:30 and 11am
Prayer of the Day
Holy God, our righteous judge, daily your mercy surprises us with everlasting forgiveness. Strengthen our hope in you, and grant that all the peoples of the earth may find their glory in you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
Jeremiah 14:7-10, 19-22
2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18
"Empty-Handed Before the Cross"
Well, between the two of them, there’s no doubt who we’d like to see in the New Member class at Grace, and it’s not the tax collector. The Pharisee, that’s who we want. After all, he’s a good guy. Best of all, he tithes! No doubt we’ll be able to get him on the Church Council in the next year or two. The problem, of course, is that the Pharisee knows he’s good — and he thinks God is impressed. What the Pharisee doesn’t see is that God is not finally all that interested in our goodness. Even in our goodness, there is sin. For the Pharisee, his smugness has cut him off from his fellow human beings, those like the tax collector who are beneath him. God sees the brokenness in us and loves us anyway, justifies us anyway. It is the tax collector, the one who stands before God empty-handed, who grasps the mercy and might of God’s forgiveness. God does call us to holy living; God does not judge us based on the holiness of our lives. In Christ, God takes our empty-handedness and fills us; God takes our deadness and raises us, each of us, for Jesus’ sake. We stand empty and broken before the cross of Christ and suddenly find we have all that is needful.
||Before You, Lord, We Bow
|Hymn of the day
||When in the Hour of Deepest Need
||Lord, Teach Us How to Pray Aright
||In All Our Grief
||Jesus Christ, My Sure Defense
LBW Lutheran Book of Worship
WOV With One Voice
In our prayers we remember the Center for Christian Education in Martin, Slovakia. The CCE spreads the gospel in this post-communist part of the world via excellent quality education focused on theology, social ministry and mission. A team of youth and adult volunteers from Grace traveled to Slovakia last summer to teach Vacation Bible School at the CCE. Hear about their trip this Sunday at a special session during the Adult Education hour, beginning a 9:45.
Education hour at 9:45am
Sunday School, Pre-Confirmation (grades 5–6) and Confirmation (grades 7-8) classes meet in their assigned classrooms.
Reformation and Reformers, Friends and Foes, with Jennifer McNutt, Associate Professor of Theology and the History of Christianity, Wheaton College. As we approach the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, this series explores Luther’s life and work through his interactions with lesser-known reformers, friends and foes alike. The second of two sessions explores Ulrich Zwingli and Martin Bucer of the Reformed tradition, detailing the depth and richness of Lutheran theology as it unfolded within the Protestant movement.
Our Summer in Slovakia. A report from the mission team that traveled to Martin, Slovakia, last July to teach Vacation Bible School at the Center for Christian Education
Adult Ed schedule through December
The Bible study group meets in the conference room, led by Bob Jandeska.
Grace Church library is open and staffed on Sundays from 8:15am to 12:30pm.