Resources: Sunday is Coming
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Next Sunday's worship services
and education hour

Third Sunday of Advent

December 11, 2016
Holy Communion at 8:30 and 11am


Prayer of the Day
Stir up the wills of all who look to you, Lord God, and strengthen our faith in your coming, that, transformed by grace, we may walk in your way; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Scripture readings
Isaiah 35:1-10
Psalm 146:5-10
James 5:7-10
Matthew 11:2-11

Sermon
Christmas is coming, but not everyone is able to rejoice. Christmas is coming, but there are those for whom Christmas is a difficult season fraught with grief and loneliness. Christmas is coming, but like John the Baptist in his prison cell, many may be wondering, “Is this Jesus the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” In a season filled with lights, parties, and gifts, it can sometimes feel as though real life is overlooked. After all, suffering consumes us, worries overwhelm us, grief paralyzes us, death is knocking at our door.  Is Jesus really coming?  Is Jesus really here? John the Baptist receives his answer, and so do we: Look. Listen. All around us, Jesus is present. Even if we aren’t feeling all that Christmas-y, it doesn’t change who Jesus is or what Jesus promises for us. Look. Listen. Trust in the One who comes to meet us ... no matter where we are.

Sermon archive

Hymns

Entrance hymn LBW 87 Hail to the Lord's Anointed
Hymn of the Day LBW 26 Prepare the Royal Highway
Distribution hymns WOV 768 He Comes to Us as One Unknown
  WOV 629 All Earth Is Hopeful
Sending hymn WOV 626 People, Look East

LBW     Lutheran Book of Worship
WOV     With One Voice



In our prayers we remember the health ministries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea, which include hospitals, health centers, and maternal and child care.

Education hour at 9:45am

Confession and Forgiveness in Contemporary Society with Mark Bangert, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.
For many, Sunday worship without confession/forgiveness feels incomplete. Yet, in neither of the two liturgies Luther devised does it appear. That's something to ponder, especially during Advent. What are your questions about confession, sin, forgiveness and the Lord's Supper? We will take a thorough look at how we got to the "Brief Order for Confession and Forgiveness" in Lutheran Book of Worship, and at what those words are all about.

The Bible study group meets in the conference room, led by Bob Jandeska.

Adult Ed schedule through December

Sunday School, Pre-Confirmation (gr. 5-6)  and Confirmation (grades 7-8) classes meet in their regular classrooms. Teen Talk meets in the Youth Room.


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.