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Next Sunday's worship services
and education hour

Sixth Sunday of Easter

May 1, 2016
Holy Communion, 8:30 and 11 a.m.

Prayer of the Day
Bountiful God, you gather your people into your realm, and you promise us food from your tree of life. Nourish us with your word, that empowered by your Spirit we may love one another and the world you have made, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Scripture readings
Acts 16:9-15
Psalm 67
Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5
John 14:23-29

Sermon
"That You May Believe"
John 14:23-29
On the night before his death, Jesus tells his friends that he is going away — first to the cross, and then to his Father in heaven. With Jesus’ absence, how would his friends go on? How will we? Through the power and work of the Holy Spirit, that’s how. Jesus tells us that although we will no longer see him, we will remain connected to him through the presence of God’s Spirit. Today, eighteen young women and men will stand before us and affirm the promises made for them long ago at the font of God’s grace; they will claim their faith as their own. We will pray for God to strengthen them with the Holy Spirit and with gifts of wisdom and understanding, counsel and might, knowledge and the fear of the Lord, and joy in God’s presence. We are each reminded in this prayer that God’s Spirit is alive within us. We don’t see the physical presence of Jesus, but the Spirit has come that you may believe in our risen Lord and receive his abundant gifts.

Hymns

Entrance hymn LBW 358 Glories of Your Name Are Spoken
Hymn of the day LBW 508 Come Down, O Love Divine
Distribution hymns WOV 649 I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light
  WOV 669 Come Away to the Skies
Sending hymn LBW 393 Rise, Shine, You People!


In our prayers we remember ELCA World Hunger and Disaster Appeal.

Education hour at 9:45am

There are no Adult Ed classes on May 1.
The Bible Study group will not meet on May 1.

First Communion classes for children in grades 4 and 5 meet this Sunday in the 3–4 Common Room on the third floor of the school.
Sunday School classes (PK–3) and grade 6–7 Confirmation classes meet in their regular classrooms.

Adult Ed schedule through May
Sunday School and Confirmation schedule 2015-16

Grace Church library is open and staffed on Sundays from 8:15am to 12:30pm.