First Sunday in Advent
November 30, 2014
Holy Communion at 8:30 and 11 a.m.
Prayer of the Day
Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. By your merciful protection awaken us to the threatening dangers of our sins, and keep us blameless until the coming of your new day, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
The Scripture Readings
Psalm 80:1–7, 17–19
1 Corinthians 1:3–9
The promise of Advent is that God is always at work in the world, bringing new beginnings and a new creation to people and powers long bent on destruction. Yet, because we live in the generation that exists between the “already” of Christ’s resurrection and the “not yet” of God’s full restoration of the creation, we cannot know when that final day will arrive. Instead of becoming preoccupied with the end times, we are counseled to live our lives in a state of preparedness —trusting that our home is God’s home and that God is coming once again to dwell with us. That trust is the strength that sustains us as we “wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (I Cor. 1:7) --(from Sundays and Seasons)
||O Lord, How Shall I meet You
|Hymn of the Day
||Lo! He Comes With Clouds Descending
||Maker of the Earth and Heaven
||O Savior, Rend the Heavens Wide
In our prayers on Sunday we remember the sisters of Fraternité Notre Dame who serve people who live in poverty on Chicago's West Side.
Education Hour at 9:45 a.m.
Taking the Next Step. The Peace and Justice Committee will lead a discussion on next steps for organizing and engaging Grace congregation members around issues that affect our neighbors, near and far. We will provide an overview of where Grace is currently active in social justice issues, including our membership in United Power, and look for ways to actively involve Grace members in issues that affect the quality of life of everyone in our community.
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 for a Family Sunday and an Advent project in Fellowship Hall. 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 December
Sunday School and Confirmation calendar
Read the Sunday Is Coming email newsletter.