Fourth Sunday of Advent

December 18, 2016
Holy Communion at 8:30 and 11am

Prayer of the Day
Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. With your abundant grace and might, free us from the sin that hinders our faith, that eagerly we may receive your promises, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Scripture readings
Isaiah 7:10-16
Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19
Romans 1:1-7
Matthew 1:18-25

They’re unmistakable now. From inflatable Frostys and frosted edibles to trimmed trees and luminous lights, the signs of the season are everywhere. Christmas is coming! Even so, fear, doubt, and confusion run rampant. As it was in the time of King Ahaz, the world is overrun with warfare and violence. As it was for Joseph, our lives carry hidden uncertainties and anxieties. Beyond all the signs, we look for a sign from God. In the midst of it all, we find not a brightly packaged present bedecked with bows. Instead, the sign we find is a savior, wrapped in our fragile humanity, come to be Emmanuel.

Sermon archive


Entrance hymn LBW 34 Oh, Come, Oh, Come, Emmanuel
Hymn of the Day Costello In the Lord My Soul Rejoices
Distribution hymns LBW 86 The Only Son from Heaven
  WOV 641 Peace Came to Earth
Sending hymn LBW 32 Fling Wide the Door

LBW     Lutheran Book of Worship
WOV     With One Voice

In our prayers we remember the Selian Lutheran Hospital, a semi-urban hospital of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania.

Education hour at 9:45am

Annual Christmas Handbell Concert. Join the Grace School Bell Choir (AKA the “Strike Team”) and the
Grace Church Bell Choir, directed by Lisa Wolfanger, for festive music 
of the season. Fellowship Hall.

Confession and Forgiveness in Contemporary Society
with Mark Bangert, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.
For many, Sunday worship without confession/forgiveness feels incomplete. Yet, in neither of the two liturgies Luther devised does it appear. That's something to ponder, especially during Advent. What are your questions about confession, sin, forgiveness and the Lord's Supper? We will take a thorough look at how we got to the "Brief Order for Confession and Forgiveness" in Lutheran Book of Worship, and at what those words are all about. Seminar Room, second of two sessions.

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

Adult Ed schedule through December

Sunday School, Pre-Confirmation (gr. 5-6)  and Confirmation (grades 7-8) classes meet in their regular 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.