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Next Sunday's worship services
and education hour

Sunday of the Passion

March 29, 2015
Holy Communion, 8:30 and 11am


Prayer of the Day
Everlasting God, in your endless love for the human race you sent our Lord Jesus Christ to take on our nature and to suffer death on the cross. In your mercy enable us to share in his obedience to your will and in the glorious victory of his resurrection, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Scripture readings
Isaiah 50:4–9a
Psalm 31:9–16
Philippians 2:5–11
Mark 14:1—15:47

Sermon title: The Stage is Set
Sermon text: John 12:12-16
 
Lent ends, Holy Week begins! Palm Sunday is “the gathering storm” and reveals not only humankind, but more importantly God. God’s heart will be revealed in the offering of everything God has to give, even the death of Jesus. While some may view today as a celebration and one of rejoicing, in reality any semblance of triumphant-ful entry signifying a return to the glory days of the past is delusional. Palm Sunday is “street theater,” which leads to betrayal, denials, desertion, and death. Everything wrong with the world is met by God this week. This day leads us to that moment when we acknowledge that “the cross is the church’s chief teaching moment.”
 

Hymns

Entrance hymn LBW 108 All Glory, Laud, and Honor
Hymn of the Day WOV 661 My Song Is Love Unknown
Distribution hymns LBW 179 At the Name of Jesus
  LBW 92 Were You There
Sending hymn LSB 451 Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted

 

Benevolence
In our prayers on Sunday we remember Bethesda Home and Retirement Center which provides comfort and security for older adults in the spirit of Christian love

 

Education Hour at 9:45am

Sunday School students gather in Fellowship Hall for a Family Sunday at 9:45 a.m. Fifth graders will talk about God’s blessings in their lives as depicted on the white garments they have created for their first communion this morning or later this week. Congregation members are also invited to attend.

Confirmation students meet in their classrooms.

Adult Education schedule for April
Sunday School and Confirmation calendar

The Grace Church library is open and staffed on Sundays from 8:15am to 12:30pm. You'll find books for adults and children on a variety of faith-related subjects.