26th Sunday After Pentecost
November 18, 2018
Holy Communion at 8:30 and 11am
Prayer of the Day
Almighty God, your sovereign purpose brings salvation to birth. Give us faith to be steadfast amid the tumults of this world, trusting that your kingdom comes and your will is done through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
"The Bigger the Stone"
It’s the last week of Jesus’ life, but his disciples are in tourist mode. As country boys from rural Galilee, they would have been overwhelmed by the sights of big-city Jerusalem. As part of God’s chosen people, they would have been in awe of the Temple itself, home to God’s indwelling presence in the world. But Jesus knocks down their ideas of what is truly important just as the stones themselves would soon be knocked down. For Jesus, as he nears the cross, is not in the business of restoring the old to its former glory. Jesus is doing something new that will unleash the presence of God upon the whole world. There aren't stones or walls large enough to keep him from this work, a work meant for all people.
|Entrance Hymn||LBW 27||Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending|
|Hymn of the Day||LBW 355||Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow|
|Distribution hymns||LBW 172||Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor|
|LBW 443||Rise, My Soul, to Watch and Pray|
|Sending hymn||LBW 341||Jesus, Still Lead On|
LBW Lutheran Book of Worship
In our prayers we remember Lutheran Child and Family Services (LCFS).
Education hour at 9:45am
St. Augustine’s House
Pastor John Cochran
In Oxford, Michigan, St. Augustine’s House is the only Lutheran monastery in the United States and one of only three in the world. Its spiritual director, Pastor John Cochran, takes us on a guided tour of a profoundly quiet, deeply meditative way of life often abjured by Luther but gaining in popularity for young people in a noisy social media age.
The Sunday morning Bible study group meets in the conference room.
The Grace Church Library is open and staffed on Sundays from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Look for books related to Adult Ed topics as well as many other subjects. The library is also open for self-service during the week.