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Next Sunday's worship services
and education hour

Fourth Sunday of Lent

March 26, 2017
Holy Communion at 8:30 and 11am


Prayer of the Day
Bend your ear to our prayers, Lord Christ, and come among us. By your gracious life and death for us, bring light into the darkness of our hearts, and anoint us with your Spirit, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Scripture readings
1 Samuel 16:1-13
Psalm 23
Ephesians 5:8-14
John 9:1-41

Sermon
"That’s How the Light Gets In"
John 9:1-41
Panel: One thing we easily see is the blindness of others, whether it’s a blown call by an umpire, the failure of another driver to heed a traffic signal, or what we would deem the ignorance of those who don’t see what seems so clear to us. What we’re not very good at seeing is our own blindness. We are simply blind to it, much like the Pharisees in today’s gospel reading. We fail, over and again, to see what we’re missing: the reality of our own sin and brokenness. But Jesus sees us, just as he saw the man born blind, not as a theological case study or a collection of symptoms, but as a human being in need of having his eyes opened to the One who is the light of the world. We need Jesus for we are broken; then again, that’s how the light gets in.



Hymns

Kyrie LBW 96 Your Heart, O God, Is Grieved
Hymn of the Day LBW 446 Whatever God Ordains Is Right
Distribution hymns LBW 456 The King of Love My Shepherd Is
  LBW 448 Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound
Sending hymn LBW 97 Christ, the Life of All the Living

LBW     Lutheran Book of Worship



In our prayers we remember Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, which provides foster care, adoption services, prison ministry, counseling, and crisis intervention.

Download the 2017 Benevolence / Social Ministry Handbook

 

Education hour at 9:45am

Ecology and Worship, with Ben Stewart, Gordon Braatz Professor of Worship, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.
What do Christian worship and ecology have in common? Literally everything. Both worship and ecology extend our vision in wonder to see how the entire cosmos — everything — is interconnected and works together for good, even “very good.” This is the first class in a two-week series that explores the ways in which Christian worship links the songs of earth and heaven.

The Bible study group meets this Sunday in the conference room, led by Bob Jandeska.

Adult Ed schedule Winter-Spring 2017

First Communion instruction continues in the 5-6 Common room on the third floor of the school. Preschool - 3rd grade Sunday School, Pre-Confirmation and Confirmation students meet in their usual classrooms. Teen Talk meets in the Youth 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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