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. 

HolyWeek_ThreeDays_2014.jpgEaster Sunday
April 20, 2014


Holy Communion at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.

On this day the Lord has acted! On the first day of the week God began creation, transforming darkness into light. On this, the "eighth day" of the week, Jesus Christ was raised from the dead. We celebrate this new creation in the waters of baptism and in the feast of victory. With great joy we celebrate this day of days, even as we begin the great fifty days of Easter. Filled with hope, we go forth to share the news that Christ is risen!

Prayer of the Day
God of mercy, we no longer look for Jesus among the dead, for he is alive and has become the Lord of life. Increase in our minds and hearts the risen life we share with Christ,
and help us to grow as your people toward the fullness of eternal life with you, 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
Jeremiah 31:1–6
Psalm 118:1–2, 14–24
Acts 10:34–43
Matthew 28:1–10



Entrance Hymn LBW 129 Awake My Heart With Gladness
Hymn of the Day LBW 135 The Strife Is O'er
Distribution Hymns LBW 352 I Know That My Redeemer Lives
  LBW 151 Jesus Christ Is Risen Today
Sending Hymn WOV 801 Thine the Amen, Thine the Praise

In our prayers on Sunday we remember Lutheran Child and Family Services, a social services agency which serves troubled children and adolescents at its Lutherbrook campus, offers adoption and counseling services, and provides a variety of programs to meet the needs of specific communities, including Chicago Uptown Ministry.


Education Hour at 9:45 a.m.

Adult Education classes, Bible study, Sunday School, Confirmation and Teen Talk will not meet on Easter morning.

Next week, April 27. Grace's Youth and Family Ministry invites everyone in the congregation to an Easter Festival on April 27, the Sunday after Easter. There will be Family Sunday activities in Fellowship Hall between worship services, with an Easter egg hunt beginning at 10 a.m. Come to the cook-out style lunch served in Fellowship Hall at 11:15 and at 12:15, and then join the picnic games outside on the Fenwick Field, across Division Street.

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.