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.
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.
||Hail to the Lord's Anointed
|Hymn of the Day
||Prepare the Royal Highway
||He Comes to Us as One Unknown
||All Earth Is Hopeful
||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.