Resources: Sunday is Coming

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. 

First Sunday in Advent
November 30, 2014


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

Prayer of the Day
Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. By your merciful protection awaken us to the threatening dangers of our sins, and keep us blameless until the coming of your new day, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

The Scripture Readings
Isaiah 64:1–9
Psalm 80:1–7, 17–19
1 Corinthians 1:3–9
Mark 13:24–37

The promise of Advent is that God is always at work in the world, bringing new beginnings and a new creation to people and powers long bent on destruction.  Yet, because we live in the generation that exists between the “already” of Christ’s resurrection and the “not yet” of God’s full restoration of the creation, we cannot know when that final day will arrive.  Instead of becoming preoccupied with the end times, we are counseled to live our lives in a state of preparedness —trusting that our home is God’s home and that God is coming once again to dwell with us.  That trust is the strength that sustains us as we “wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  (I Cor. 1:7)  --(from Sundays and Seasons)


Entrance Hymn LBW 23 O Lord, How Shall I meet You
Hymn of the Day LBW 27 Lo! He Comes With Clouds Descending
Distribution Hymn LBW 266 Maker of the Earth and Heaven
Sending Hymn LBW 38 O Savior, Rend the Heavens Wide

In our prayers on Sunday we remember the sisters of Fraternité Notre Dame who serve people who live in poverty on Chicago's West Side.

Education Hour at 9:45 a.m.

Taking the Next Step. The Peace and Justice Committee will lead a discussion on next steps for organizing and engaging Grace congregation members around issues that affect our neighbors, near and far. We will provide an overview of where Grace is currently active in social justice issues, including our membership in United Power, and look for ways to actively involve Grace members in issues that affect the quality of life of everyone in our community.

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

Sunday School students meet for a Family Sunday and an Advent project in Fellowship Hall.  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
Read the Sunday Is Coming email newsletter.