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. 

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 28, 2014


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

Prayer of the Day
God of love, giver of life, you know our frailties and failings. Give us your grace to overcome them, keep us from those things that harm us, and guide us in the way of salvation, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

The Scripture Readings
Ezekiel 18:1–4, 25–32
Psalm 25:1–9
Philippians 2:1–13
Matthew 21:23–32

Sermon title: A New Heart and New Spirit
Sermon text: Ezekiel 18:1-4, 28-32, and Matthew 21:23-32

Jesus' parable about two sons who don't do what they say will do reveals surprises in the reign of God, such as prostitutes and tax collectors going before others into God's kingdom. In the reading from Ezekiel the people question whether the ways of the Lord are unfair; instead they are to repent and turn to the Lord. Paul urges us to look to Christ as a model of humility, looking to the interests of others above our own. Nourished by the broken bread and shared cup, we offer our lives for the sake of our needy world.


Entrance Hymn LBW 254 Come, Let Us Join Our Cheerful songs
Hymn of the Day WOV 733 Our Father, We Have Wandered
Distribution Hymns LBW 504 O God, My Faithful God
  LBW 492 O Master, Let Me Walk With You
Sending Hymn LBW 230 Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word

In our prayers on Sunday we remember the Circle Family HealthCare Network, which brings high-quality primary and preventive health care and behavioral health services to the medically under-served residents of Chicago’s West Side.

Education Hour at 9:45 a.m.

Grace in Action Fair. Come to the Grace in Action Fair this Sunday in the gym, and learn about Grace's many boards, committees and volunteer activities. Read more.

The Bible study group will not meet this morning.

Sunday School meets in the third floor Commons. Confirmation classes 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 for October
Sunday School and Confirmation calendar
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