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. 

Fourth Sunday After Epiphany
February 1, 2015


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

Prayer of the Day
Compassionate God, you gather the whole universe into your radiant presence and continually reveal your Son as our Savior. Bring wholeness to all that is broken and speak truth to us in our confusion, that all creation will see and know your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

The Scripture Readings
Deuteronomy 18:15–20
Psalm 111
1 Corinthians 8:1–13
Mark 1:21–28

Healer of Our Every Ill
Sermon text: Mark 1:21–28
Having called the disciples to follow, Jesus begins his ministry in Holy Space (synagogue), in Holy Time (Sabbath) and is recognized as “the Holy One” by a man with an unclean spirit. Today’s text opens the gospel of Mark with a theme that will re-occur throughout:  A reordering of the societal structures in which the healing miracles address the importance of “social wholeness” not only with God but with the entire community. Health is to be “whole” with ourselves, our community, our world, our bodies, and God. Congregations are “health places” where we are nourished and made whole by receiving the Word and the holy sacraments.


Entrance Hymn LBW 237 O God of Light
Hymn of the Day LBW 393 Rise,Shine, You People!
Distribution Hymn LBW 360 O Christ, the Healer, We Have Come
  LBW 504 O God, My Faithful God
Sending Hymn LBW 559 Oh, For a Thousand Tongues to Sing

In our prayers on Sunday we remember New Moms, a grass-roots agency in Northwest Chicago which serves at-risk adolescent parents and their children with mentoring, case management services, life skills training, parenting education, and supportive housing.


Education Hour at 9:45 a.m.

Contemplation: A Survey of the Contemplative Tradition and an Introduction to Centering Prayer. The first session in a two-part series on contemplation begins with a historical survey of Christian contemplative traditions, including individuals and communities of significance, and explores how Luther, Lutheranism and contemplative prayer overlap. The speaker is David Webb, M.Ed, S.T.M., Interim Youth and Family Coordinator at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Mount Prospect. He will also present an introduction to centering prayer, a receptive method of silent prayer.

The Bible study group meets in the Conference room.

Sunday School students meet in the third-floor school commons. Confirmation students 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 schedule for February
Sunday School and Confirmation calendar

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