The Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity

also known as the Sixteenth Sunday of the Pentecost Season

September 18, 2022 

Bearing Each Others’ Burdens

John Unger promised his wife that if something bad ever happened on his job in the coal mine, he’d

 find a way to survive.  For 29 years, he kept that promise, always returning to the rural, century-old Somerset County home where they raised a family and tended to their cattle.  But all that changed shortly before 9 p.m. July 24, 2002, when Unger and eight other miners, relying on outdated maps, mistakenly bored through an abandoned section of a neighboring coal seam, unleashing 72 million gallons of frigid water that blocked their exit and trapped them 240 feet underground at the Quecreek Mine.   Quecreek was 10 miles from where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed disastrously into a field less than a year earlier, on Sept. 11, 2001.  Now another disaster was looming.

            “I always told my wife, it didn’t matter how bad it got in there, when the dust cleared, I’d be there,” Unger said. But this was  different.   “This time,” he said, “I thought I bit off more than I could chew.” 

            The 55 degree (Fahrenheit) water threatened to slowly kill all nine of the miners by hypothermia, so those nine men supported each other, helping each stay alive.  When one would get cold, the other eight would huddle around the person and warm him.   When another person got cold, the favor was returned.  “Everybody had strong moments,” miner Harry B. Mayhugh later told reporters, “but any time one guy got down, the rest pulled together. And then that guy would get back up, and maybe someone else would feel a little weaker.   It was a team effort. That’s the only way we could have succeeded.” 

            While rescuers feverishly worked in stifling humidity for 77 hours, the miners, battling the effects of bone-chilling cold and a dwindling air supply, shared the little food they had left, kept huddling together for warmth and penned farewell letters to their loved ones on shreds of cardboard, sealing them in a lunch box for safekeeping.  Unger, now 72, recalled that he had signed his letter to his wife with, “I’m sorry,” rather than, “I love you,” a hint that he feared he was about to break his promise to her.  Stranded in the grim darkness of a 4-foot-high chamber where he and his fellow miners had found temporary refuge, Unger’s  mind was overwhelmed with thoughts of what would happen to his family and his farm if he didn’t survive.

            “God gave us all a second chance,” Unger later said. “In the mining industry, that doesn’t always happen.”  When it does, “you just appreciate life more every day. Even the bad days are good.”   That second chance came late July 27, when drillers punched a hole in the Lincoln Township mine about 100 yards from the miners and a crane operator meticulously lowered a slim, yellow, metal capsule to begin lifting them, one by one, through a 26-inch hole.  It was a precarious, untested rescue method, the product of brainstorming by teams working against the clock to save the miners before they drowned in the rising flood waters or suffocated when their air supply ran out.

            With an army of reporters and TV cameras from around the world capturing every moment of the rescue, the first miner lifted out was foreman Randy Fogle, who was experiencing chest pains while underground.  Although each miner was suffering from the effects of the cold and dehydration, medical teams assigned to them marveled at what good shape they were in when they emerged from the mine. All made full recoveries after being transported to hospitals for treatment.   Unger was the fourth out of the mine. The ride to the top took six minutes.   He later said, “That was the best six minutes of my life.”

            In a July 2022 interview, as part of the event’s 20th anniversary, Unger talked in a soft tone when speaking about the ordeal. He said he believes that a higher power, — and not  those above ground — rather God, played the ultimate role in making sure the miners returned home.  “We all should’ve died here,” he said. “It ended up being a complete miracle from God, when it could’ve been a complete disaster.”

            Like those miners huddling together, warming each other and supporting each other in order to survive….in everyday life, as Christians we need to commit ourselves to living or dying together as a family of believers, rather than living as so many do – solely for themselves.   We should be willing to carry each other’s burdens when life’s burdens become too heavy to bear for our brothers and sisters.  Are you willing to do that?   Do you do that consistently?   Let’s try!  

            And let’s thank God for those believers in this church family, and in our lives, who sacrificed and served to build up us and other believers when life’s burdens became too heavy for anyone to bear alone.  To bear each other’s burdens simply means to help each other along, physically and especially Spiritually.   As a Christian, if you see your brother or sister who’s weary and weak, take the time and make the effort to prop that fellow child of God up.   If you see someone stumble, aid that person in getting back on his/her feet again.   And if your brother or sister falls, pick that Christian!   You know that’s what Jesus would do, and it’s what He wants us to do too.   So, won’t you follow in His merciful, kind, compassionate footsteps?  Today’s Children’s Lesson, I Thessalonians 5:11, says it so well:  “Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up, just as you are also doing.”   As part of our lesson, we’ll ask the question: “Who are you encouraging in the faith?”

            Today’s First Lesson takes place in the Upper Room on Maundy Thursday.  Jesus gives His disciples the “new commandment” to “love one another” just as He has already proved and will show on the cross how much He loves them.   We also hear our Savior warning an over-confident Peter that he actually will deny three times that he knows Jesus.

            Our Second/Epistle Lesson is the closing portion of Jude’s letter.   Here we have an encouragement to be concerned – and to do something – about the souls of others…..particularly those who are caught up in serious sins.   But he also warns us to be careful not to be caught up in their sin.

            This morning’s Gospel Lesson is Jesus’ familiar parable of the Good Samaritan.   Consistent with today’s service emphasis, the Samaritan went out of his way to help a battered stranger, making the man his personal burden and responsibility.  In a culture like ours, where it seems “it’s every man for himself,” the Good Samaritan provides an outstanding lesson for us on what God sees as the importance of our serving others.

            Finally, as we continue (and come close to completing) our summer/fall service and sermon series on the book of Galatians, Paul encourages his readers – and us, his listeners – in a number of matters of faith and faithfulness.  We are to help those caught in sin to escape it;   to bear each other’s burdens;   to be humble and generous;   to focus on faithfulness to God and not our sinful flesh;   and to do good to all – especially to our fellow Christians.

Pre-Service Prayer     Lord, as I sit in this chapel today, I have many reasons to offer You my thanks and praise.    Over those years You have blessed the ministry of the Word here – granting spiritual growth to those who have assembled here.  You have also given us opportunities to increase in number and to grow in our service to You, O Lord.   Now, as I prepare to worship You, I pray that You will bless the pastor as he brings God’s Word to me and all who have gathered here.  Allow this congregation to wisely and faithfully use the opportunities for ministry that You give us for the Spiritual enrichment of all who pass through these doors, and — of course — for Your glory, O God.  Gracious Lord, favorably receive my expressions of praise, my offerings, and my prayers today.  And finally, allow Your Word which I shall soon hear to take root in my heart, fostering in me a stronger faith and producing through that faith the kind of Christian expressions of love that are pleasing to You.  All this I ask in Jesus’ name.   Amen.

The portions of God’s Word used in this worship flyer have been taken from The Holy Bible, Evangelical Heritage Version    Copyright 2019,  

The Wartburg Project, Inc.   All rights reserved.   Used with permission

Music and lyrics, as needed, are used with permission via #A712831

Prayer upon entering the worship area                                                                                                             

Pre-service Music

Let Us Praise The Lord

The Greeting and Invitation to Worship


The Invocation          

Pastor              We begin this service in the name of the Father

Congregation  Who gave us our lives through His almighty power.

P:                     And of the Son

C:                     Who redeemed our lives with His precious blood.

P:                     And of the Holy Spirit

C:                     Who gave us eternal life through faith in Christ Jesus.

P:                     Amen!

Our Psalm for Today                                                                                                               Psalm 141


Pastor: Lord, I call to You. Hurry to me.  Turn Your ear toward my voice when I call to you.

Congregation: May my prayer linger before You like incense, +   the lifting up of my hands like an evening offering.

P:         Set a guard over my mouth, Lord.  Keep watch over the door of my lips.

C:         Do not let my heart turn toward anything evil, +  to take part in wicked deeds with men who do evil. +  Let me not taste their delicacies.

P:         Let a righteous man strike me—it is mercy. 

C:         Let him rebuke me—it is lotion on my head. +  My head will not refuse it.

P:         But my eyes look to You, Lord God.

C:         In You I take refuge. Do not take away my life.

P:         Keep me from the snares they have set for me,  from the traps of the evildoers.

C:         Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I pass by safely.


After which, the Congregation will be seated for

The Opening Hymn                                                             Hymn 242 “Oh, That I Had A Thousand Voices”


1 Oh, that I had a thousand voices   To praise my God with thousand tongues!

My heart, which in the Lord rejoices,   Would then proclaim in grateful songs

To all, wherever I might be,   What great things God has done for me.


2 O forest leaves, so green and tender,   That dance for joy in summer air,

O meadow grasses, bright and slender,   O flow’rs, so wondrous sweet and fair,

You live to show his praise alone;   With me now make his glory known.


3 All creatures that have breath and motion,   That fill the earth, the sea, and sky,

Now join me in my heart’s devotion;    Help me to raise his praises high.

My utmost pow’rs can never quite   Express the wonders of his might.


4 Lord, I will tell, while I am living,    Your love and grace with ev’ry breath

And greet each morning with thanksgiving    Until my heart is still in death,

And, when at last my lips grow cold,    Your praise shall in my sighs be told.


after which the Congregation will rise for

The Salutation

P:         The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you

C:         And also with you.



The Confession of Sins


Pastor              God, our Heavenly Father, invites us to come into His presence  and to worship Him with humble and penitent hearts.  Therefore, let us acknowledge our sinfulness and ask Him to forgive us.

Congregation              Holy and merciful Father, +   I confess that I am by nature sinful   +   and that I have

                                    disobeyed You in my  thoughts, words, and actions;    +    I have done what is evil    +   and failed to do what is good.   +    For this I deserve Your punishment,   +    both now and in eternity.     +     But I am truly sorry for my sins,     +   and trusting in my Savior,  Jesus Christ, +   I pray:    +  God have mercy on me, a sinner.

Pastor              God our heavenly Father, has been merciful to us and has given His only Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.    Therefore, as a called servant of God and by His authority, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  


Congregation   Amen.



Lord Have Mercy


P:         For all that we need in life, and for the wisdom to use all Your gifts with gratitude and joy, hear our prayer,      O Lord.

C:         (sung)   Lord have mercy.

P:         For the steadfast assurance that nothing can separate us from Your love and for the courage to stand firm       against the assaults of Satan and every evil, hear our prayer, O Christ:

C:         (sung)   Christ have mercy.

P:         For the well-being of Your holy Church in all the world and for those who offer here their worship and      praise, hear our prayer, O Lord

C:         (sung)   Lord have mercy.

P:         Merciful God, Maker and Preserver of life, uphold us by Your power, and keep us in Your tender care:

C:         (sung)   Amen.

P:         The works of the Lord are great and glorious;   His name is worthy of praise.

(Sung)         O Lord, our Lord, How glorious is Your name in all the earth.

Almighty God, merciful Father,

 Your crown our life with Your love.

You take away our sin;    You comfort our spirit;

You make us pure and holy in Your sight.

You did not spare Your only Son, but gave Him up for us all.

O Lord, our Lord, How glorious is Your name in all the earth.

O Son of God, eternal Word of the Father,

You came to live with us;   You made Your Father known;

You washed us from our sins in Your own blood.

You are the King of glory;   You are the Lord!

O Lord, our Lord, How glorious is Your name in all the earth.

after which the Congregation may be seated as

We Give Our Attention to God’s Word

The First Lesson                                                                                                                           John 13:33-38

33 “Dear children, I am going to be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you cannot come.  34 A new commandment I give you: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, so also you are to love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

36 Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?”   Jesus answered, “Where I am going you cannot follow now, but you will follow later.”

37 Peter asked, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you!”

38 Jesus replied, “Will you really lay down your life for me? Amen, Amen, I tell you: The rooster will not crow until you have denied me three times.”

The Epistle Lesson                                                                                                                           Jude 17-25

17 But you, dear friends, remember the words that were spoken earlier by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. 18 They said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers who follow their own ungodly lusts.” 19 These are the people who cause divisions. They are worldly because they do not have the Spirit.

20 But you, dear friends, continue to build yourselves up in your most holy faith as you keep praying in the Holy Spirit. 21 Keep yourselves in God’s love as you continue to wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, which results in eternal life. 22 Show mercy to those who are wavering. 23 Save others by snatching them out of the fire. Show mercy to still others with fear, hating even the clothing that is stained by the flesh.  24 Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you faultless in the presence of his glory with great joy, 25 to the only God, our Savior, be glory, majesty, power, and authority through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all time, now, and to all eternity. Amen.


After which the Congregation will rise for     

The Gospel Lesson                                                                                                                      Luke 10:25-37

25 Just then, an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus, saying, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”   26 “What is written in the law?” he asked him. “What do you read there?”   27 He replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind;  and, love your neighbor as yourself.”   28 He said to him, “You have answered correctly. Do this, and you will live.”

29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho. He fell among robbers who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 It just so happened that a priest was going down that way. But when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 In the same way, a Levite also happened to go there, but when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 33 A Samaritan, as he traveled, came to where the man was. When he saw him, he felt sorry for the man. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them. He put him on his own animal, took him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 The next day, when he left, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him. Whatever extra you spend, I will repay you when I return.’ 36 Which of these three do you think acted like a neighbor to the man who fell among robbers?”

37 “The one who showed mercy to him,” he replied.

Then Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

The Nicene Creed

I believe in One God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth,  and of all things visible and invisible.  And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds, God of God,  Light of Light.  Very God of Very God.  Begotten, not made.  Being of one substance with the Father, By Whom all things were made;  Who for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven   And was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary   And was made man;  And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.  He suffered and was buried;  And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures;  And ascended into heaven,  And sitteth on the right hand of the Father;   And He shall come again with glory, to judge both the quick and the dead;  Whose Kingdom shall have no end.   And I believe in the Holy Ghost,  The Lord and Giver of Life,  Who proceedeth from the Father and the Son,  Who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified,  Who spake by the Prophets.  And I believe one holy Christian and Apostolic Church.  I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins,  And I look for the resurrection of the dead,  And the life of the world to come.  Amen.



Afterward, the Congregation will be seated for


The Children’s Lesson                                                                                                     I Thessalonians 5:11


Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up, just as you are also doing.

Who Are You Encouraging In The Faith?


The Hymn of the Day                                                                  Hymn 491 “O Master of the Loving Heart”


1 O Master of the loving heart,    The friend of all in need,

We pray that we may be like you   In thought and word and deed.


2 Your days were full of kindly acts;    Your speech was true and plain;

Of those who ever sought you, Lord,    None came to you in vain.


3 Your face was warm with sympathy;    Your hand God’s strength revealed;

Who saw your face or felt your touch    Were comforted and healed.


4 Oh, grant us hearts like yours, dear Lord,    So joyous, free and true,

That all your children, ev’rywhere,    Be drawn by us to you.


The Pre-Sermon Greeting

Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus Christ, our Lord!   Amen.


The Sermon Text                                                                                                                     Galatians 6:1-10

Brothers, if a person is caught in some trespass, you who are spiritual should restore such a person in a spirit of humility, carefully watching yourself so that you are not also tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if someone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 Let each person test his own work, and then he will take pride in regard to himself and not his neighbor. 5 For each man will bear his own burden.

6 Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with his teacher.   7 Do not be deceived. God is not mocked. To be sure, whatever a man sows, he will also reap. 8 Indeed, the one who sows for his own sinful flesh will reap destruction from the sinful flesh. But the one who sows for the spirit will reap eternal life from the spirit. 9 Let us not become weary of doing good, because at the appointed time we will reap, if we do not give up. 10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who belong to the household of faith.

Let’s Be Burden-Bearers for Christ!


The Post-Sermon Blessing

May the God of peace, Who brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, that Great Shepherd of the sheep, now equip you with everything good for doing His will!  Amen.

We Offer Our Gifts to the Lord

Our Offerings of Love to our Lord

Offerings will be received this morning through offering plates passed among those who have gathered here for worship.     However, for those viewing this service online,  we offer you the following suggestions for providing God with Your thank-offerings through our ministry:     

1) You can mail a check (no cash) to the church address

 (415 N. 6th Place, Lowell, AR 72745)

2) You can donate on our website:


the Congregation will please rise as the offerings are brought to the altar

We Offer Our Prayers to the Lord

Today’s Prayers    and   The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, Who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name;   kingdom come;  Thy will be done    on earth as it is in heaven;    Give us this day our daily bread;    And forgive   us our trespasses,    as we forgive those who trespass against us;     And lead us not into temptation;     But deliver us from evil;  For Thine is the kingdom,  and the power,  and the glory,   forever and ever.  Amen.

We Celebrate the Lord’s Supper

P:         The Lord be with you.


C:         (sung)    And also with you.


P:         Lift up your hearts.

C:         (sung) We lift them up to the Lord.


P:         Let us give thanks to the Lord our God

C:         (sung) It is right to give Him thanks and praise.


P:         Praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!   In love He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing.   He sends His Holy Spirit to testify that we are His children, to strengthen us when we are weak, and to enable us to grow in our faith in the one, true God.

Now have come the salvation and power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ.  To Him Who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and thanks and honor and glory forever and ever.  Amen

(Sung)    Holy, Holy Holy is the Lord of hosts. 

The whole earth is full of Your glory

You are my God and I will exalt You.

I will lift You up for You have become my salvation.

Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of hosts. 

The whole earth is full of Your glory

The Words of Institution

P:         “The peace of the Lord be with you always.”

C:         (sung)    Amen.

O Christ, Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world;

Have mercy on us.

O Christ, Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world,

Have mercy on us.

O Christ, Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world;

Grant us Your peace.   Amen.


After which the Congregation may be seated.

The Exhortation Regarding the Lord’s Supper                                                                                               

The Distribution of the Sacramental Elements

                                                                                 (Please read the following if you have not spoken with

                                                                                           our Pastor about taking communion.  Thank you.)


     We ask that only “Confirmed, Communicant” members of this congregation, or of one of our Wisconsin Evangelical                                              Lutheran Synod congregations come forward to receive the Lord’s Supper at this time.                                                                                                                                                            

     We believe, according to Scripture, that only those who are “one,” that is, in complete doctrinal agreement, united in a common public confession of faith, are to commune together at the same altar (see I Corinthians 10:17 and I Corinthians 1:10).

     To be “in communion” means to share and to hold in common.   By eating and drinking at our Lord’s Table, we are not only sharing in, with, and under the bread and wine, Jesus’ very body and blood…we are also publicly declaring that we hold in common a specific confession of faith.  In other words, as a result of having comprehensively studied the Scriptures together all of our communicants have agreed to accept and proclaim the same Biblical doctrines and practices.

     Through membership in a particular church body (for us, that church body is the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod), each person makes a public statement that he/she is in full agreement with the teachings and practices of that body.  Because not every church body or Lutheran Synod teaches and practices the same things, we in the WELS want to be honest in our recognition of the doctrinal differences that, here on earth, separate us from other church bodies.   Please bear in mind that we are not, in any way, judging the legitimacy of your Christian faith.  Still, we ask that  if you have not (upon study of the Word with us) declared yourself to be in full doctrinal agreement with us, you would respectfully not join us in the Lord’s Supper this morning.  

     It is our prayer that our Scripture-based practice of “Close Communion” will encourage anyone among us today who is not presently in full fellowship with us to seriously examine the teachings and practices of his/her church in order to determine if those teachings and practices are really in full agreement with God’s Word. 

     And if you are guest among us today, we want you to know that it is our earnest desire that you might become familiar with the Biblical doctrines our congregation confesses, in order that you might one day join with us at the Lord’s altar in this public expression of full unity of doctrine and practice.  Until then, please know that we are most grateful for your participation as a fellow Christian in this worship service, and that we appreciate your understanding and respect of our Communion practice. 




The Distribution Hymns                                                                 Hymn 304   “Jesus Sinners Does Receive”


1 Jesus sinners does receive;   Oh, may all this saying ponder

Who in sin’s delusions live    And from God and heaven wander.

Here is hope for all who grieve–    Jesus sinners does receive.


2 We deserve but grief and shame,    Yet his words, rich grace revealing,

Pardon, peace, and life proclaim;    Here their ills have perfect healing

Who with humble hearts believe–    Jesus sinners does receive.


3 Sheep that from the fold did stray   Are not by the Lord forsaken;

Weary souls who lost their way    Are by Christ, the shepherd, taken

In his arms that they may live–    Jesus sinners does receive.


4 Come, O sinners, one and all,    Come, accept his invitation.

Come, obey his gracious call;    Come and take his free salvation!

Firmly in these words believe–   Jesus sinners does receive.


5 I, a sinner, come to you   With a penitent confession.

Savior, show me mercy, too;    Grant for all my sins remission.

Let these words my soul relieve–   Jesus sinners does receive.


6 Oh, how blest is it to know,    Were as scarlet my transgression,

It shall be as white as snow    By your blood and bitter passion,

For these words I do believe–   Jesus sinners does receive.


7 Jesus sinners does receive.     Even I have been forgiven.

And when I this earth must leave,    I shall find an open heaven.

Dying, still to him I cleave–   Jesus sinners does receive.



                                                                                 Hymn 309   “Draw Near and Take the Body of the Lord”


1 Draw near and take the body of the Lord,   And drink the holy blood for you outpoured.

Offered was he for greatest and for least,    Himself the victim and himself the priest.


2 He that his saints in this world rules and shields    To all believers life eternal yields,

With heav’nly bread makes them that hunger whole,   Gives living waters to the thirsty soul.


3 Come forward, then, with faithful hearts sincere,   And take the pledges of salvation here.

Before your altar, Lord, your servants bow;   In this your feast of love be with us now.


following the distribution, the Pastor will invite the Congregation to rise


The Thanksgiving


(Sung)   Thank the Lord and sing His praise.

 Tell everyone what He has done.

Let all who seek the Lord rejoice, and proudly bear His name.

He renews His promises and leads His people forth in joy,

With shouts of thanksgiving, Alleluia!   Alleluia!



We Leave with the Lord’s Blessing


The Closing Prayer

Hear the prayer of Your people, O Lord, that the lips which have praised You here may glorify You in the world, that the eyes which have seen the coming of Your Son may long for His coming again, and that all who have received in his true body and blood the pledge of Your forgiveness may be restored to live a new and holy life, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C:         (sung)     Amen.

The Benediction


P:         Brothers and sisters, go in peace.   Live in harmony with one another.  Serve the Lord in gladness.

            The LORD bless you and keep you

            The LORD make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you.

            The LORD look upon you with favor, and grant you His peace.   

C:         (sung)              Amen.   Amen.  Amen.

The Closing Hymn                                                                 Hymn 323 “Almighty Father, Bless The Word”


1 Almighty Father, bless the word    Which through your grace we now have heard.

Oh, may the precious seed take root,    Spring up, and bear abundant fruit.


2 We praise you for the means of grace   As homeward now our steps we trace.

Grant, Lord, that we who worshiped here   May all at last in heav’n appear.


silent prayer,  announcements,  post service music



Last Week at Grace                                                                        Worship Attendance: 59    Online views: 15

Sunday Bible Class: 24   (Online views 8)        Sunday School: 5

Tuesday Bible Study: 9       Budgetary Offerings: $2558        Online: $110

This Week’s Birthdays and Anniversary

September 20 – Finley Lemmon;       September 21 – Carol Ruiz;          September 22 – James Boatright;    

September 22 – Mary Book       September 22 – Vic Walker;      September 24 – William Galvan

September 24 – Lisa and Ken Pudas

This Coming Week at Grace Lutheran Church

Today              Morning Worship with the Lord’s Supper, 9:30 a.m.                         Fellowship, 10:45 pm 

                        Bible Class/Sunday School, 11 am                                                                                            

Tuesday          Morning Bible Class,   10:30-11:30 am

Saturday         Women’s Retreat, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday           Morning Worship, 9:30 a.m.                          Fellowship Time, 10:40 a.m.  

                        Bible Class and Sunday School – 11:05 a.m.  

Serving Us Next Sunday (9-25)                                                                 Elders: Rick Tragasz, John Johnson

Ushers: Taylor Ashley, John Wambold      Fellowship:   Women’s Group    Altar Guild:   Mary Karloski, Vicki Walker

Our Women’s Retreat will be held THIS COMING SATURDAY, September 24 from 9am-3pm.   Its theme is:   “God’s Light;   Our Light.”  Please be a part of this special Spiritual opportunity and bring a friend!   For more information please speak with Harriet Johnson.