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Next Sunday's worship services
and education hour

Day of Thanksgiving

November 26, 2015
Holy Communion, 10am

Prayer of the Day
Almighty God our Father, your generous goodness comes to us new every day. By the work of your Spirit lead us to acknowledge your goodness, give thanks for your benefits, and serve you in willing obedience, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Scripture readings
Joel 2:21-27
Psalm 126
1 Timothy 2:1-7
Matthew 6:25-33

"Don’t Worry, Eat Turkey"
Don’t worry? Jesus might as well tell us not to breathe. Worry permeates every fiber of our being. We humans, after all, are an anxious, striving lot. And yet, Jesus says to us today, “Don’t worry.” On this day of Thanksgiving, Jesus’ words to us ring true. We are called not to worry, but to trust. In worry, we will always focus on what we don’t have or what we might lose. In trust and faith, our hearts open up to the reality of all with which God has blessed us - not only turkey and the trimmings, but the amazing gift of Jesus Christ.


Entrance hymn LBW 241 We Praise You, O God
Sequence hymn WOV 760 For the Fruit of All Creation
Hymn of the day WOV 767 All Things Bright and Beautiful
Distribution hymns Costello/Gotsch Blessed Are You, O Lord Our God
  LBW 407 Come, You Thankful People, Come
  LBW 552 In Thee Is Gladness
Sending hymn LBW 533 Now Thank We All Our God



First Sunday of Advent

November 29, 2015
Holy Communion, 8:30 and 11am

Prayer of the Day
Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. By your merciful protection alert us to the threatening dangers of our sins, and redeem us for your life of justice, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Scripture readings
Jeremiah 33:14-16
Psalm 25:1-10
1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
Luke 21:25-36

"Signs of the Season"
We know the signs of the season our culture displays this time of year: red cups from Starbucks, reminders of how many more shopping days are left to Christmas, carols assaulting us in every store. But in today’s Gospel from Luke on this the first Sunday of Advent, Jesus lists some other signs for the church to pay attention to. What are those signs, and should we fear them, or look forward to them?


Entrance hymn LBW 22 The Advent of Our God
Hymn of the day LBW 28 Savior of the Nations, Come
Distribution hymns WOV 626 People, Look East
  LBW 33 The King Shall Come
Sending hymn LBW 31 Wake, Awake, for Night Is Flying

In our prayers on Sunday we remember New Moms, a grass-roots agency in Northwest Chicago which serves at-risk adolescent parents and their children with mentoring, case management services, life skills training, parenting education, and supportive housing.

Sunday education hour at 9:45am

Laughing at God: Cartoons, Religion and Free Speech, presented by Marc Stopeck, Oak Park artist, cartoonist and playwright.

Preparing for Advent, History of Cross Tradition with Pastor David Kluge, Grace member, and Gwen Gotsch, Grace member.

See the Adult Ed schedule through December.

The Sunday morning Bible study group meets in the Conference Room, led by Bob Jandeska.

Children, teens and families at 9:45am

Sunday School and Teen Talk meet for a family Sunday in Fellowship Hall. Make an Advent calendar to use as you prepare to celebrate Jesus’ birth this Christmas.
Confirmation classes meet at 9:45am in their regular locations.