Grace Lutheran Church and School


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Baptism of Our Lord, January, 12, 2020

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Holy Communion at 8:30 and 11am

Prayer of the Day
O God our Father, at the baptism of Jesus you proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit. Make all who are baptized into Christ faithful to their calling to be your daughters and sons, and empower us all with your Spirit, 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
Isaiah 42:1-9
Psalm 29
Acts 10:34-43
Matthew 3:13-17

Isaiah 42:1-9, Matthew 3:13-17
We celebrate two baptisms on this festival day that recognizes the power of baptism in, on, and through our lives as Jesus-followers. Baptism, though, is not a single day’s event, a quickly historical action that we remember as having had happened. Baptism is a lifetime call. Through the most abundant and ordinary compound on earth, water, we are called to extraordinary things for the sake of the world and the people in it. Jesus is baptized in the wilderness to mark how ministry begins on the edges. Baptism un-circles our wagons of complacency and status quo. Just as our prayers, hopes, and dreams for the two little ones baptized today ascend to the divine, so too do we celebrate the divine descending upon them and us every single moment of our soaked and cruciform lives.


Entrance Hymn ELW 304 Christ, When for Us You Were Baptized
Hymn of the Day WOV 647 When Jesus Came to Jordan
Distribution hymns ELW 450 I Bind Unto Myself Today
  LBW 530 Jesus Shall Reign
Sending hymn WOV 723 The Spirit Sends Us Forth to Serve
  LBW     Lutheran Book of Worship
ELW     Evangelical Lutheran Worship
WOV    With One Voice


Education hour at 9:45am

GIFT Sunday: Remember Your Baptism
Growing in Faith Together — Join Grace members of all ages for activities and conversation focused on Jesus' baptism  and our own baptismal vocation. 

2019-20 Sunday School, Pre-Confirmation and Confirmation schedule
Adult Ed schedule

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.


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