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First Sunday in Lent, March 10, 2019

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March 10, 2019
Holy Communion at 8:30 and 11am

Prayer of the Day
O Lord God, you led your people through the wilderness and brought them to the promised land. Guide us now, so that, following your Son, we may walk safely through the wilderness of this world toward the life you alone can give, 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
Deuteronomy 26:1-11
Psalm 91:1-2, Psalm 91:9-16
Romans 10:8b-13
Luke 4:1-13

"Once More Unto the Breach"
Luke 4:1-13
We’ve read this story before. God’s chosen servant, filled with grace and glory, goes forth from an encounter with the divine. Sadly, on the way to the promised land, this servant, Israel, gives in to temptation and wanders away into the wilderness. But now, so many years later, God’s newly anointed Son, the Beloved, has been filled with the Spirit to recapitulate Israel’s journey. But Jesus does not simply repeat the story of Israel in the wild. Jesus undoes their undoing. He is able to do what Israel failed to do, what we still fail to do. Jesus resists the devil’s wiles, beating him back with scripture and an unshakeable faith in God. As we enter now into Lent, the call is not so much to imitate Jesus as it is to stand safely within the victory that Jesus has won for us.


Hymn of the Day LBW 228 A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
Distribution hymns LBW 341 Jesus, Still Lead On
LBW 660 I Want Jesus to Walk With Me
Sending hymn WOV 657 The Glory of These Forty Days
  LBW     Lutheran Book of Worship
WOV    With One Voice

In our prayers we remember the ELCA Metropolitan Chicago Synod.

Education hour at 9:45am

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

2018-19 Faith Formation Calendar

Adult Education

Connecting People to Nature in the Chicago Region: The Field Museum's Journey of Discovery (Second of two sessions)
Mark Bouman, Chicago Region Program Director, Keller Science Action Center, Field Museum

Grace member Mark Bouman leads the Field Museum's interdisciplinary environmental conservation and cultural heritage work in the Chicago region. He’ll talk about how a collections-based natural history museum, came to take on the future-oriented mission of “seeking solutions for a brighter future rich in nature and culture”? He’ll share examples of this work on-the-ground, both inside the Museum and across the landscape of the Chicago region and reflect on the intersections of the ecological and social scientific work of the Museum and the concerns of people of faith.

Adult Ed schedule through April 

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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