Grace Lutheran Church and School


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Transfiguration of Our Lord, February 23, 2020

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Holy Communion at 8:30 and 11am

Prayer of the Day
O God, in the transfiguration of your Son you confirmed the mysteries of the faith by the witness of Moses and Elijah, and in the voice from the bright cloud declaring Jesus your beloved Son, you foreshadowed our adoption as your children. Make us heirs with Christ of your glory, and bring us to enjoy its fullness, 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
Exodus 24:12-18
Psalm 2:1-12 
2 Peter 1:16-21
Matthew 17:1-9


"Fire on the Mountain"
Matthew 17:1-9
Six days later, Jesus takes his friends up the mountain. Six days later than what? Peter’s confession that Jesus is the Messiah, and Jesus’ rebuke of Peter for misunderstanding what being Messiah means. Jesus’ messianic mission is one of suffering love, not instant glory. Just as God had Moses wait six days before entering God’s glory, so too does Jesus give Peter six days to prepare for the Transfiguration. Six days to make sense of the fact that the glory he is about to see is a glory that will go back down the mountain toward Jerusalem and death. Like Peter, we behold Jesus’ glory on the mountain. Like Peter, we are prepared in this time to understand what this means. The light on the mountain shows forth who Jesus is; his trip down the mountain teaches us why he came: to be a light in dark places, to create life in the midst of death.

Senior Choir at 11am

Entrance Hymn LBW 526 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
Hymn of the Day LBW 315 Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
Distribution hymns ELW 637 Holy God, Holy and Glorious
  WOV 653 Jesus on the Mountain Peak
Sending hymn WOV 654 Alleluia, Song of Gladness
  WOV    With One Voice
LBW     Lutheran Book of Worship


In our prayers we remember Hope for Grieving Children.


Education hour at 9:45am

Confirmation students meet in their regular classrooms.
2019-20 Sunday School, Pre-Confirmation and Confirmation schedule

GIFT:  “Marked by the Cross” 

Grace members and families of all ages are invited to Fellowship Hall on Sunday, February 23, for another Sunday of GIFT: Growing in Faith Together. We’ll focus on preparing for Lent, with music and prayer, an art project, and discussion questions for adults. We’ll also kick off a church-wide Lenten service project, collecting items for Baby Care Kits for distribution by Lutheran World Relief. All are welcome!

Solar at Grace
Grace Property Committee
The new solar panels have been installed and are online (photo at right), supplying solar-generated electricity to our building. Learn more about this project and all the research that preceded it from knowledgeable trustees on Grace's Property Committee.

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

Adult Ed schedule for March 

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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