Resources: Sunday is Coming

Grace's worship services follow the Revised Common Lectionary, a three-year cycle of lessons for the church year which is used by many Christian denominations throughout the world. To read the lessons for the upcoming Sunday, click on the Scripture Readings link below. 

Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost
August 24, 2014


Prayer of the Day
O God, with all your faithful followers of every age, we praise you, the rock of our life. Be our strong foundation and form us into the body of your Son, that we may gladly minister to all the world, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

The Scripture Readings
Isaiah 51:1–6
Psalm 138
Romans 12:1–8
Matthew 16:13–20

Sermon title: Solid as a Rock
Sermon text: Matthew 16:13-20
In Isaiah the people are bid to look to their spiritual ancestors as the rock from which they were hewn. Jesus declares that the church will be built on the rock of Peter's bold confession of faith. God's word of reconciliation and mercy are keys to the church's mission. Paul urges us to not be conformed to this world, but to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, using our individual gifts to build up the body of Christ. From the table we go forth to offer our spiritual worship through word and deed.



Entrance Hymn LBW 253 Lord, Jesus Christ, Be Present Now
Hymn of the Day LBW 369 The Church's One Foundation
Distribution Hymns LBW 206 Lord, Who the Night You Were Betrayed
  LBW 514 O Savior, Precious Savior
Sending Hymn WOV 793 Shout for Joy Loud and Long

In our prayers on Sunday we remember Cabrini Green Legal Aid which provides free legal services integrated with social work support to low-income Chicagoans.

Education Hour at 9:45 a.m.

Arts in August. "Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926–1938." Rhea Sprecher presents this review of the current exhibit at the Art Institute.
The Bible study group meets in the Conference Room to discuss the Book of Acts, led by Bob Jandeska.

Rally Day
Everyone—not just children, teens, and parents—is invited to the Rally Day pancake breakfast in the gym on Sunday morning. Parents can register their children for Sunday School and youth programs and sign up to volunteer.

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.

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