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Next Sunday's worship services
and education hour

Sunday of the Passion / Palm Sunday

March 20, 2016
Holy Communion, 8:30 and 11 a.m.

Prayer of the Day

Everlasting God, in your endless love for the human race you sent our Lord Jesus Christ to take on our nature and to suffer death on the cross. In your mercy enable us to share in his obedience to your will and in the glorious victory of his resurrection, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.



Scripture readings
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 31:9-16
Philippians 2:5-11
Luke 23:1-49

Sermon
"The Innocence Project"
There are two organizations in our city – both originating at Northwestern University – that have as their mission to free innocent people from wrongful convictions. What we have in the passion story from Luke this Palm Sunday is also “an innocence project” – Jesus, an innocent man, wrongly arrested, convicted and sentenced to death. The torn curtain of the temple and the complete “darkness over the land” from noon to 3 p.m. bear witness to this massive miscarriage of justice. But what did Jesus say or do that caused the religious and political authorities to be out to get him? And how does the story turn out? For those who perpetrated this wrongful conviction? For those who were innocent bystanders, and those “who stood at a distance, watching these things”? And – yes – also for us?


Hymns

Entrance hymn LBW 108 All Glory, Laud, and Honor
Hymn of the day   Stricken, Smitten and Afflicted
Distribution hymns LBW 179 At the Name of Jesus
  WOV 740 Jesus, Remember Me
Sending hymn LBW 121 Ride On, Ride On in Majesty!


In our prayers we remember Concordia Place, which serves Chicago's North Center and Avondale communities with programs for children, teens, adults and seniors.


Education hour at 9:45am

Service Sunday in Fellowship Hall. Join Grace members of all ages to work on a variety of service projects, including sandwich-making, blanket-making, packing of college care packages, and more.

The Sunday morning Bible study group meets in the conference room to continue a discussion of the book of Malachi.

Adult Ed schedule through May

Sunday School and Confirmation classes, preschool through 7th grade, will participate in Service Sunday in Fellowship Hall. Eighth grade confirmands meet in the Learning Center with their mentors.

Sunday School and Confirmation schedule 2015-16

Grace Church library is open and staffed on Sundays from 8:15am to 12:30pm.