The Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost
August 28, 2016
8:30 a.m., in the sanctuary
11 a.m., on the Concordia field (weather permitting)
Prayer of the Day
O God, you resist those who are proud and give grace to those who are humble. Give us the humility of your Son, that we may embody the generosity of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16
Luke 14:1, 7-14
"Your Place at the Picnic"
Luke 14:1, 7-14
What a great day at Grace! Today is the kickoff for our next year of ministry at Grace Lutheran Church and School. What better way to celebrate than with a picnic? And wouldn’t you know, Jesus has something to say about picnics. In our reading from Luke, Jesus reminds us that the Kingdom of God is like a picnic (or a wedding banquet, to use his words). And there’s a funny thing about a picnic when Jesus is the host: worldly standards of worth and importance no longer apply. He reminds us, first, that where we sit at the picnic doesn’t really matter. There are no places of honor; the only thing that matters is that we’re there, together, in celebration. Second, Jesus reminds us that the picnic isn’t just for us. It is for the poor and the crippled, the lame and the blind. We celebrate the picnic every week at Grace, as our host welcomes us to feast on his own body and blood, given for the sake of the world. The whole world, for everyone is welcomed and wanted at the feast of God’s Son.
||Now the Silence
|Hymn of the day
||Now We Join in Celebration
||I Come With Joy
||All Who Hunger, Gather Gladly
||Sent Forth by God's Blessing
In our prayers we remember the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry, which provides hunger relief, benefits counseling, and nutrition education to eligible families living in 12 zip codes in Cook County.
Education hour at 9:45am
The Bible study group meets in the conference room this Sunday.
Adult Education, Sunday School and Confirmation Classes resume on September 11.
Grace Church library is open and staffed on Sundays from 8:15am to 12:30pm.