Grace Lutheran Church and School


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Epiphany of Our Lord, January 6, 2019

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January 6, 2018
One service of Holy Communion at 10am
All are invited to brunch following the service. RSVP here.

Prayer of the Day
O God, on this day you revealed your Son to the nations by the leading of a star. Lead us now by faith to know your presence in our lives, and bring us at last to the full vision of your glory, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Scripture readings
Isaiah 60:1-6
Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14
Ephesians 3:1-12
Matthew 2:1-12

"What Do You Get for the God Who Has Everything?"
Isaiah 60:1-6, Matthew 2:1-12
Arise, shine! Matthew tells the familiar story of the wise men who did exactly that, following an evening star in search of the newborn Morning Star. Upon entering the house, they kneel down and pay homage to King Jesus (which they did not do for King Herod). Gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh are given. These are gifts fit for a king and perhaps are meant to convey allegorical hints about Jesus’ identity. But they are gifts without much utility or purpose in the moment. So what shall we give to Jesus? Bach has the bass sing the answer: “But what shall I bring, you king of heaven? If my heart is not too little, then accept it with grace, for I can bring nothing more noble.” In Jesus, the God who has everything is now the God who has given everything; all God desires in return is for your heart to find faith in Christ.




Entrance Hymn LBW 237 O God of Light 
Hymn of the Day LBW 76 O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright!
Distribution hymns LBW 87 Hail to the Lord's Anointed
  LBW 84 Brightest and Best of the Stars of the Morning
Sending hymn LBW 518 Beautiful Savior
LBW     Lutheran Book of Worship

In our prayers we remember The Night Ministry.

Education hour 

Sunday School,  Pre-Confirmation and  Confirmation classes resume on January 13. 

2018-19 Faith Formation Calendar

Adult Education

The Sunday morning Bible study group will not meet on January 6.

Adult Education classes resume on January 13. 

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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