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Next Sunday's worship services
and education hour

Third Sunday of Easter

April 30, Holy Communion at 8:30 and 11am

Prayer of the Day
O God, your Son makes himself known to all his disciples in the breaking of bread. Open the eyes of our faith, that we may see him in his redeeming work, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Scripture readings
Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19
1 Peter 1:17-23
Luke 24:13-35

Sermon
"Were Not Our Hearts Burning Within Us?"
Luke 24:13-35
Seven miles. That’s how long Cleopas and his friend walked with Jesus, unable to recognize him. In their grief and fear, and because of their certainty that dead people stay dead, they cannot comprehend that the risen Christ is with them. In the breaking of the bread, however, their eyes of faith are opened. Echoes of that supper in the upper room begin to stir in their hearts and their world changes forever. So, too, does Jesus walk with us, even when we can’t see him. So, too, is Jesus broken for us this day in the bread and the wine. The Holy Spirit is warming our hearts and bringing us back to life. Today we rejoice with our ten confirmands as they affirm their baptismal vows, knowing that Jesus will ever walk with them.


Hymns

Entrance hymn
WOV 674 Alleluia! Jesus Is Risen
Hymn of the Day WOV 743 Stay With Us
Distribution hymns WOV 703 Draw Us in the Spirit's tether
  LBW 207 We Who Once Were Dead
Sending hymn WOV 793 Shout for Joy Loud and Long

LBW     Lutheran Book of Worship
WOV     With One Voice


In our prayers
we remember Opportunity International, which responds to Jesus Christ’s call to love and serve the poor by supporting local microfinance organizations that provide innovative financial solutions to empower people, create small businesses and build vibrant communities.

Download the 2017 Benevolence / Social Ministry Handbook

 

Education hour at 9:45am

The Complexities of Addressing God as Father in the Epistle to the Hebrews, with Amy Peeler, Professor, New Testament, Wheaton College. The Epistle to the Hebrews stands as one of the great theological documents of the New Testament. This powerful sermon-letter provides pithy phrases and deep theological principles that have shaped the thought and life of the church. This second class addresses the challenges and blessings for contemporary believers in addressing God as our Father, with Hebrews as our guide.

The Bible study group will meets in the lower-level conference room, continuing a discussion of the Book of Samuel.

Sunday School students meet in the 3rd floor school commons. Pre-Confirmation and 7th-Grade Confirmation students meet in their regular classrooms. Teen Talk meets in the youth room. 


Adult Ed schedule Winter-Spring 2017


The Grace Church Library is open and staffed on Sundays from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Look for books related to Adult Ed topics as well as many other subjects. The library is also open for self-service during the week.

 

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