Grace Lutheran Church and School


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Second Sunday After Pentecost, June 23, 2019

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Holy Communion at 8:30 and 11am

Prayer of the Day
O Lord God, we bring before you the cries of a sorrowing world. In your mercy set us free from the chains that bind us, and defend us from everything that is evil, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Scripture readings
Isaiah 65:1-9
Psalm 22:19-28
Galatians 3:23-29
Luke 8:26-39

"Courage in Captivity"
Luke 8:26-39
This week at Vacation Bible School, 107 children travelled to Babylon to learn the story of Daniel, a story of how to have courage in captivity. Fortunately, it is unlikely that any of us will need to keep the faith in the face of fiery furnaces or ravenous lions. Our captivity looks different. Like the Gerasene demoniac, we are bound by forces less visible. His life was overrun by demonic forces. Ours might be, too. Or perhaps we are bound by illness, grief, or loneliness. We are all bound by sin. We are all captive to death. The demons in our story today ask Jesus, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?” The answer is that Jesus has everything to do with us, for he is both with us in our captivity and is the One who shows us the way out. Through his death, we are forgiven and set free. Take courage, and live in this freedom!


Entrance Hymn LBW 415 God of Grace and God of Glory
Hymn of the Day LBW 393 Rise, Shine, You People!
Distribution hymns LBW 192 Baptized Into Your Name Most Holy
  WOV 680 O Spirit of Life
Sending hymn LBW 237 O God of Light
  LBW     Lutheran Book of Worship
WOV    With One Voice

In our prayers we remember Bethesda Senior Care.


Education hour at 9:45am

Sunday School,  Pre-Confirmation, and  Confirmation classes resume in the fall.


Adult Education

“Grace With God”
Erika Lyle describes her experience as a founding teacher in the Slovakia Lutheran mission and shares some key moments and mentors from her path to faith.

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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