Grace Lutheran Church and School


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Third Sunday After Epiphany, January 26, 2020

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Holy Communion at 8:30 and 11am

Prayer of the Day
Lord God, your lovingkindness always goes before us and follows after us. Summon us into your light, and direct our steps in the ways of goodness that come through the cross of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Scripture readings
Isaiah 9:1-4
Psalm 27:1, 4-9
1 Corinthians 1:10-18
Matthew 4:12-23

"What’s the Catch?"
Matthew 4:12-23
Many of us recall the old Sunday school song, “I Will Make You Fishers of Men.” Happily, our vision of this verse has become broader and more inclusive. Today, we hear Jesus call Simon Peter and Andrew to “fish for people.” This is better, but we are still left wondering what Jesus means. Certainly he doesn’t intend for us to start casting nets in the street. Are we to go and catch people? Yes, but in ways much more broad than we imagine. First, Jesus doesn’t just say to fish. He commands us to follow. We who were caught in sin and death are now caught up in the mission of Jesus. And now we go to fish, following Jesus’ example. What does Jesus do? Matthew tells us: Jesus proclaimed the good news and healed all who were brought before him. In this sin-sick, sorrowing world, this is how we follow. This is how we fish.


Entrance Hymn ELW 843 Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness
Hymn of the Day LBW 434 The Son of God, Our Christ
Distribution hymns LBW 369 The Church's One Foundation
  WOV 712 Listen, God Is Calling
Sending hymn LBW 503 O Jesus, I Have Promised
  ELW     Evangelical Lutheran Worship
LBW     Lutheran Book of Worship
WOV    With One Voice


Education hour at 9:45am

Prayer, Faith and Poetry
Tania Runyan reads from new work and discusses how her poetry relates to her faith. Runyan’s poems have appeared in Poetry, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, The Christian Century, and the Paraclete book "Light Upon Light: A Literary Guide to Prayer for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany.” She is the author of the poetry collections "What Will Soon Take Place," "Second Sky," "A Thousand Vessels," "Simple Weight," and "Delicious Air," awarded Book of the Year by the Conference on Christianity and Literature.

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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