Grace Lutheran Church and School


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Fifth Sunday After Epiphany, February 9, 2020

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Holy Communion at 8:30 and 11am

Prayer of the Day
Almighty and ever-living God, your only-begotten Son was presented this day in the temple. May we be presented to you with clean and pure hearts by the same Jesus Christ, our great high priest, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Scripture readings
Isaiah 58:1-9-12
Psalm 112:1-10 
1 Corinthians 2:1-16
Matthew 5:13-20


"Salt to Taste"
Matthew 5:13-20
The Sermon on the Mount began with a description of “blessed life” that looks anything but blessed. Such is the inversion that Jesus is working in this world! His teaching continues today with the call to be more righteous than the scribes and Pharisees lest we miss the coming Kingdom. What hope do we have? We hope in Christ, who inverts our thinking. The scribes and Pharisees strove for a righteousness that they could never achieve. Jesus invites us to receive righteousness as a gift. This is the foolishness of the cross of which Paul would later write. Today, Jesus just gives it to us. You are salt. You are light. Now, live like it! See in Jesus’ fulfillment of the Law your invitation to live out the Law for the sake of your neighbor. Shine brightly, and season the world with good works to the glory of God.


Entrance Hymn LBW 383 Rise Up, O Saints of God
Hymn of the Day LBW 405 Lord of Light
Distribution hymns ELW 382 My Lord of Light
  LBW 524 My God, How Wonderful Thou Art
Sending hymn LBW 523 Holy Spirit, Ever Dwelling
  ELW     Evangelical Lutheran Worship
LBW     Lutheran Book of Worship


Education hour at 9:45am

King David
Dr. Michael Graves, Armerding Professor of Biblical Studies at Wheaton College
(Second of three classes.) David the son of Jesse of Bethlehem is perhaps the most complex, noble, and tragic character in the Old Testament. His tumultuous rise to kingship and dramatic struggles with enemies without and within are described in 1-2 Samuel. Different portraits of David are painted in the Psalms and the book of Chronicles. The memory of David plays a major role in prophetic books. We are often left asking: Who is David? This three-week study will focus on David's rise to power, his kingship, and his symbolic role in scripture. In David, we will see how the Old Testament addresses major themes such as justice and mercy through the use of story and poetry.

The Sunday morning Bible study group meets in the conference room. 

Adult Ed schedule for January and February

Sunday School,
 Pre-Confirmation and Confirmation classes meet in their regular classrooms.

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

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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