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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. 

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 21, 2014


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

Prayer of the Day
Almighty and eternal God, you show perpetual lovingkindness to us your servants. Because we cannot rely on our own abilities, grant us your merciful judgment, and train us to embody the generosity of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

The Scripture Readings
Jonah 3:10—4:11
Psalm 145:1–8
Philippians 1:21–30
Matthew 20:1–16

Sermon title: Grace: God’s Upside Down Economy
Sermon text:  Matthew 20:1–16

The landowner, a manager, workers, and a vineyard are the participants and the backdrop for this Sunday's gospel's amazing story about “Grace.” At this juncture in Matthew’s gospel Jesus is completing his Galilean ministry and now turns toward Jerusalem to be God’s ultimate gift of grace for the world. In the parable some have labored all day, have been part of the covenant since birth, while other workers have just been involved for a brief period of time. Could it be that those called last to the vineyard are Gentiles who also are to know and love and be blessed by the God of Abraham and Sarah? Of course, for us grace appears whenever the word is proclaimed and the sacraments administered…no matter if we have toiled all day in the burning sun or just arrived…no matter if we have been “cradle Christians” or new arrivals from a distant land (even a block away.)


Entrance Hymn ELW 724 All Who Love and Serve Your City
Hymn of the Day LBW 405 Lord of Light
Distribution Hymns LBW 406 Take My Life, That I May Be
  LBW 378 Amid the World's Bleak Wilderness
Sending Hymn LBW 397 O Zion, Haste

In our prayers on Sunday we remember Chicago Uptown Ministry, a program of Lutheran Child and Family Services, which provides a food pantry, ESL classes, after-school programming, support groups and other services in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood..

Education Hour at 9:45 a.m.

The scheduled speaker for this Sunday's installment in the series on the Holy Spirit has had to cancel because of a family emergency.

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

Sunday School meets in the third floor 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.

Sunday School and Confirmation calendar
Adult Education for September

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