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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. 


Fourth Sunday in Advent
December 21, 2014

 

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

Prayer of the Day
Stir up the wills of your faithful people, Lord God, and open our ears to the words of your prophets, that, anointed by your Spirit, we may testify to your light; 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
2 Samuel 7:1–11, 16
Luke 1:46b–55
Romans 16:25–27
Luke 1:26–38

Sermon
Setting Up House
2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 and Luke 1:26-38

On this Fourth Sunday of Advent, we start to make the transition between liturgical seasons. We stand with both feet in Advent but with Christmas peaking over the horizon. Just as David receives news of his dynasty to come in the 2 Samuel reading, Mary receives news from the angel Gabriel that her child will come to do many great things. Her great (many times) grandfather David’s throne will be given to the boy she is to name Jesus. Through Jesus, all of God’s children to come will inherit forgiveness and grace for today and for the days to come. In Advent we pray, “Come, Lord Jesus,” even as we celebrate Christ’s presence among us now.

Hymns

Entrance Hymn LBW 87 Hail to the Lord's Anointed
Hymn of the Day LBW 34 Oh, Come, Oh, Come, Emmanuel
Distribution Hymn LBW 198 Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
  LBW 86 The Only Son From Heaven
Sending Hymn LBW 28 Savior of the Nations, Come



In our prayers on Sunday we remember International Partners in Mission, which partners with community-based organizations around the world to improve the lives of children, women, and youth.

Education Hour at 9:45 a.m.

Mary in Lutheran Hymnody. Composer Carl Schalk and poet Jill Baumgaertner discuss the figure of Mary in Lutheran hymnody and introduce their “Mary Songs,” a new series of pieces which present poetic impressions of Mary as she ponders the various events of her life.

The Bible study group meets in the Conference Room to continue their discussion 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 December
Sunday School and Confirmation calendar
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