October 26, 2014
Holy Communion at 8:30 and 11 a.m.
Prayer of the Day
Almighty God, gracious Lord, we thank you that your Holy Spirit renews the church in every age. Pour out your Holy Spirit on your faithful people. Keep them steadfast in your word, protect and comfort them in times of trial, defend them against all enemies of the gospel, and bestow on the church your saving peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
The Scripture Readings
Sermon title: Reformation – Rediscovery of the Good News
Sermon text: John 8:31–36
As we gather: When God’s people lose their way, when the church distorts the “good news,” when life is addicted to pleasure gods or starved for meaning, worth, and dignity, or when one is tempted, trapped or imprisoned by self-centered values, or caught in consumerism – enough! Such times call for reformation, a return to what constitutes “good news.” The Reformation was just that: a rediscovery of the gospel, of “letting God be God,” which is the essence of Luther’s theology. “Being saved through grace by faith” is the core and truth of the Gospel; that is bedrock. Jesus speaks to us in today’s text as to how we can know the truth: “If you continue in my word you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth and the truth will make you free.” (John 8:31-33)
||Built on a Rock
|Hymn of the Day
||A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
||Salvation Unto Us Has Come
||Dear Christians, One and All
||Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation
In our prayers on Sunday we remember the Selian Lutheran Hospital, a semi-urban hospital of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania. The hospital provides a full range of medical care and promotes community health.
Education Hour at 9:45 a.m.
The Anguish of Preaching. Hear from the preacher's point of view as we host Richard Lischer, American author, memoirist, preacher, practical theologian and Professor of Preaching at Duke Divinity School. In his work, Dr. Lischer portrays proclamation, ministry, and rhetoric as integrated theological activities, and explores the interactions of preaching, politics, and contemporary culture. Professor Lischer will also serve as homilist at the afternoon’s Bach Cantata Vespers.
The Bible study group meets in the Conference Room to continue a discussion of the Book of Acts, led by Bob Jandeska.
Sunday School meets in the third-floor School Commons. Confirmation classes meet in their classrooms.
The Grace Church library is open and staffed on Sundays from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. You'll find books for adults and children on a variety of faith-related subjects.
Adult Education for October
Sunday School and Confirmation calendar
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