Grace Lutheran Church and School


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First Sunday in Lent, March 1. 2020

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Holy Communion at 8:30 and 11am

Prayer of the Day
Lord God, our strength, the struggle between good and evil rages within and around us, and the devil and all the forces that defy you tempt us with empty promises. Keep us steadfast in your word, and when we fall, raise us again and restore us through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Scripture readings
Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
Psalm 32:1-11 
Romans 5:12-19
Matthew 4:1-11


"Eyes Wide Shut"
Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7; Matthew 4:1-11
The serpent’s voice is seductive. It whispers in our souls, “You will not die. You can be like God, knowing good and evil.” Like Adam and Eve, we bite into the fruit and our eyes are opened. We see the difference between good and evil, but we choose evil. All God wanted was for us to trust that God is sufficient, that what God creates and provides is good. We wanted to see more but our opened eyes led to blindness. Into this situation comes Jesus, struggling not with a serpent but with Satan. In the wilderness, Jesus undoes our sin. Where once we doubted the sufficiency of God, Jesus puts his full faith in God’s willingness, ability, and power. As Jesus defeats Satan, our vision narrows. We don’t need to see good and evil. We simply need to look to Jesus, and trust that he will lead us to the good.


Grace School 1-2 choir at 8:30am
Grace Bells at 8:30am
Senior Choir at 11am

Hymn of the Day As Your Spirit in the Desert
Distribution hymns WOV 660 I Want Jesus to Walk With Me
LBW 366 Lord of Our Life
Sending hymn LBW 341 Jesus, Still Lead On
  WOV    With One Voice
LBW     Lutheran Book of Worship

In our prayers we remember Housing Forward.

Education hour at 9:45am

Mindfulness and Prayer
Steve Wendel,  Applied Behavioral Scientist
Grace member Steve Wendel will share lessons from behavioral science that might help us better live out our faith in our daily lives. He’ll draw upon his recently published book, “Spiritual Design,” and discuss both the research and practical techniques.

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

Adult Ed schedule for March

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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