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. 

Christ the King
November 23, 2014


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

(What is Christ the King Sunday?
Read more.)

Prayer of the Day
O God of power and might, your Son shows us the way of service, and in him we inherit the riches of your grace. Give us the wisdom to know what is right and the strength to serve the world you have made, 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
Ezekiel 34:11–16, 20–24
Psalm 95:1–7a
Ephesians 1:15–23
Matthew 25:31–46

Sermon title: When Did We See You…Hungry, Thirsty, a Stranger, Naked, In Prison, Sick
Sermon text: Matthew 25:31–46

We come to the end of another church year – liturgically set aside as Christ the King Sunday, but it was not always thus. Historically, this is not a long-standing observance in the life of the church…in fact, less than 100 years old. In 1925 in a world growing more secular, Pope Pius XI felt that the church needed to lift high and witness to the world a higher authority, the Kingship of Christ. At that time the Roman church set the observance not at the end of the church year but the last Sunday in October as a counter-balance to the thorn and embarrassment of the Reformation. Forty years later with the reforms of Vatican II, Christ the King was moved to the end of the church year to be embraced by most of Christendom.


Entrance Hymn LBW 196 Praise the Lord, Rise Up Rejoicing
Hymn of the Day LBW 173 The Head That Once Was Crowned
Distribution Hymn LBW 423 Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service
  LBW 424 Lord of Glory, You Have Bought Us
Sending Hymn LBW 433 The Church of Christ, in Every Age

In our prayers on Sunday we remember ELCA World Hunger and Lutheran Disaster Response.

Education Hour at 9:45 a.m.

Fixing Taxes in Illinois. Our state is at the bottom of the charts when it comes to fiscal condition and responsibility. Grace member John Bouman, president of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law and an advocate for state revenue and budget reform, will discuss how the state budget crisis is affecting social services and education and why the tax system needs to change.

The Bible study group meets in the Conference Room to continue a discussion of the Book of Acts, led by Bob Jandeska.

Sunday School students meet in the third floor school 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 November
Sunday School and Confirmation calendar
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