The Fourteenth Sunday after the Festival of the Holy Trinity

also known as  the Sixteenth Sunday of the Pentecost Season

September 13, 2020

How Do I Deal With My Guilt?


         A little boy was visiting his grandparents and was given his first slingshot.   He practiced and practiced in the woods, but he could never ever hit his target.  One day, as he came back to Grandma’s back yard, he spied her pet duck. On an impulse he took aim and let it fly. The stone hit, and the duck fell dead. The boy panicked. Desperately he hid the dead duck in the wood pile, only to look up and see his sister watching his every move.    Sally had seen it all……but she said nothing.

            After lunch that day, Grandma said, “Sally, let’s wash the dishes.”   But Sally said, “Johnny told me he wanted to help in the kitchen today. Didn’t you, Johnny?”   And she whispered to him, “Remember the duck!”    Grabbed by his guilt….and fear….Johnny did the dishes.   Later Grandpa asked if the children wanted to go fishing.   Grandma said, “I’m sorry, but I need Sally to help make supper.”   Sally smiled and said, “That’s all taken care of.   Johnny wants to do it.”    Again she whispered to her guilty brother, “Remember the duck.”   Johnny stayed, while Sally went fishing.

After several days of Johnny doing both his chores and Sally’s, he finally

couldn’t stand it any longer.     He confessed to Grandma that he’d killed the duck. “I know, Johnny,” she said, giving him a hug. “I was standing at the window and saw the whole thing.    Because I love you, I forgave you the moment it happened.   I just wondered how long you were going to let Sally make a slave of you and your guilty feelings.”

            Guilt…… affects and afflicts us all, doesn’t it?    Some times we cover that guilt up, hoping that no one else will ever know.     At other times we try to ignore, or suppress, our guilty feelings – vainly trying to convince ourselves that our “sin” either “wasn’t that bad”….. that “it wasn’t really wrong”……..or that “I had every right to do (or not do) that.”     Over time guilt, left unaddressed and unconfessed, can have devastating – even damning – results.  

            In addition to the preceding story, let’s consider another familiar story – this one from Scripture:   David’s sins of murder, adultery, and deceit…..and his unsuccessful attempts to cover up his sin from II Samuel 12 & 13.     Through he knew he had sinned against the LORD, Bathsheba and her husband, Uriah, and his conscience…..David tried to repress his guilt, cover up his sin, and “go forward” as though nothing had happened.   And David was “successful” – at least on the surface.    Only after Nathan the Prophet masterfully led David to see and confess his sin through, did the dam of guilt and impenitence break that David had built and then tried to ignore.  Then, finally, the refreshing waters of God’s forgive-ness washed over him.   In today’s Psalm Reading David writes “after the fact” (that is, after he was finally brought to confession and repentance) about how his guilt over his sin and literally devoured him.    He speaks here (as well as in other Psalms, like Psalms 32 and 38) about how guilt had crushed him, making him miserable and separating him from God — and yet…..for the longest time David would not confess his sin, and could not feel the Lord’s comfort and forgiveness.   Only after confessing his guilt, and being reminded of God’s mercy, were David’s heart and soul again at peace.   

            Likewise, in today’s Children’s Lesson Adam and Eve have sinned against God and attempt  to deal with their sin and guilt by foolishly trying to “hide” from God (Who knows and sees all….).    What’s more – like us?? – when found out by God and called to repent, our first parents tried to put the blame on others, before finally acknowledging their guilt and accepting the consequences for their sin.  

            Immediately on the heels of that story comes our Old Testament Lesson – the story of the first murder:   Cain killing his brother Abel in a fit of jealousy.    Again, as with Adam and Eve, the LORD came to a clearly guilty Cain and gave him an opportunity to repent.    Instead, Cain arrogantly tied to evade the matter by asking “Am I my brother’s keeper?”    He was….and he was guilty.    Sadly, even though Cain acknowledges what he did and indicates a fear of being harmed by others, we do not hear him repenting…..and are left to wonder if he ever did.   

            Next, this morning’s Epistle Lesson comes from Paul’s letter to the Romans.    He speaks first about what our theologians call the “Natural Knowledge of God” – namely how God has revealed Himself to our human race in two ways:   through His creation and in our conscience.   (God’s third – and best – “revelation” of Himself to mankind is the Scriptures, through which He shows us not only His power and right to judge sin, but especially His mercy in Christ;   we call this more complete information the “Revealed Knowledge of God.”)   Paul goes on to say that many people deliberately ignore the “evidence” of God’s existence and deny their accountability to Him by suppressing the call of the conscience….but they do so to their eternal peril, because the consequences can be damnable.    For those who irresolutely, impenitently, and persistently deny the guilt of their sin, God eventually gives them over to the hardness of their hearts such that repentance becomes impossible, and they immerse themselves deeper in their sins, insuring their eternal damnation.   

            Today’s Gospel Lesson is the story of “the adulterous woman.”  Caught in the sin against the 6th Commandment, a woman is brought to Jesus by His enemies – pretending they want His advice on how to deal with her sin (actually they’re trying – unsuccessfully, as ever – to discredit Him).  They claimed – though they distorted Scripture – that the Law demanded such persons were to be stoned to death (Dt 22, Lev 20).    Actually, such punishment was to be delivered only when a woman was engaged and a virgin – and the punishment was to be delivered both to the offending woman AND the man who sinned with her.   Jesus knew this.  He also knew those men were guilty of sin too.   So, He says, simply, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”    Their guilty consciences quickly got the better of them and, starting with the older men, the entire mob walked away in silence.   They knew they were guilty too.

            Finally, this morning’s Sermon Text, drawn Genesis 42, presents us with the story of Joseph’s brothers coming down to Egypt during a famine to buy food.   Unknown to them, the brother that they had hated so much that they sold him into slavery, after which they then lied about it to their father – claiming Joseph had been killed by a wild animal, was the powerful “Egyptian” ruler doing business with them.   (Actually, Joseph was about to “give them the business!”)    Through a method every bit as masterful as that which Nathan employed in dealing with David and his sin, Joseph works on the collective, guilty  conscience of his brothers until in chapter 45 he reveals himself as their brother, comforting their stricken, guilty-consciences and assuring them of his forgiveness (which he has to do again in chapter 50).   Our theme is “How Do I Deal With My Guilt?” Specifically, we’ll speak about the ways in which people try to suppress, evade, and ignore their guilt over sin, as well as about the blessing that a guilty conscience can be for the believer… long as that guilty conscience leads him/her to repentance and that person is able to hear and believe the Gospel-comfort of forgiveness that is all ours through faith in Christ.



Pre-Service PrayerHeavenly Father, please guide me in wisdom and truth

through Your Holy Spirit, as I spend this hour meditating on Your Word and rejoicing in Your limitless love for me.  Assist me in being attentive in heart and mind to Your Word, as well as to the hymns of praise, the various petitions, and the prayers of thanksgiving my voice directs toward You.  Use this worship service, O Lord, to deepen my love for You, to strengthen my trust in You, and to renew my commitment to You.  All this I ask for the sake of and in the name of Your One and only Son, Jesus Christ, my Savior.  Amen.



Grace Lutheran Church of Northwest Arkansas

is affiliated with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, a church body which spans the United States and Canada, and which also operates a number of foreign missions.

Our Vision:      Extend God’s Kingdom through His Word,

serving each Soul.

Our Mission:  Share the Gospel, Encourage Faith, and Prepare Souls

through Worship, Education and Fellowship.



Scripture quotations in this worship flyer, unless otherwise noted,  are taken from the EVANGELICAL HERITAGE VERSION of the Bible.  Copyright 2019

 by the Warburg Project.   All rights reserved.



Prayer upon entering the sanctuary

Pre-service Music                                                                                                                                                                           


Greeting and Invitation to Worship


We Praise Our God


The Opening Hymn                                                                        “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”


1 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty,

the King of creation!

O my soul, praise him, for he is your health and salvation!

Let all who hear now to his temple draw near,

joining in glad adoration!


2 Praise to the Lord, who o’er all things is wondrously reigning

and, as on wings of an eagle, uplifting, sustaining.

Have you not seen all that is needful has been

sent by his gracious ordaining?


3 Praise to the Lord, who will prosper your work and defend you;

surely his goodness and mercy shall daily attend you.

Ponder anew what the Almighty can do

as with his love he befriend you.

4 Praise to the Lord! Oh, let all that is in me adore him!

All that has life and breath, come now with praises before him!

Let the amen sound from his people again.

Gladly forever adore him!    Amen.


after which, at the pastor’s invitation,  the Congregation will rise for



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 Reading for Today                                                                                                     Psalm 51


P:         Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your unfailing love; according to Your great compassion blot out my transgressions.

C:        Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.

            P:         For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.

            C:        Against You, You only, have I sinned and done what is evil in Your sight,   +  so that You are proved right when You speak +  and justified when You judge.

P:         Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

C:        Surely You desire truth in the inner parts ;   + You teach  me wisdom in the inmost place.


P:         Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

C:        Let me hear joy and gladness;     +   let the bones You have crushed rejoice.

P:         Hide Your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.

C:        Create in me a pure heart, O God,   +   and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

P:         Do not cast me from Your presence or take Your Holy Spirit from me.

C:        Restore to me the joy of Your salvation   +   and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.


P:         Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners will turn back to You.

C:        Save me from bloodguilt, O God, the God who saves me,   +  and my tongue will sing of Your righteousness.

P:         O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare Your praise.

C:        You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;   + You do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.

P:         The sacrifices of God are  a broken spirit;

C:        a broken and contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.



The Prayer For This Morning


Almighty God + Father of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, + You have safely and graciously    brought us to the beginning of this new day.    +    Guard and defend us today and in the future,   +   as You have every day of our past   +    through Your mighty power.    +    Insure that this day   +   we neither lapse into any kind of sin    +   nor encounter any danger.    +    Rather, grant that all we say, think, and do   +   will be pleasing in Your sight.   +    Increase our faith and our knowledge of Your Word +   as we spend this time in worship of You.    +    Enable us, through Your Holy Spirit,   +    to have sincere and attentive hearts   +   as we meditate upon Your Word   +   and bring You our offerings and praises.    +    As You bless our faith today   +   help us too, to grow in love and service +   to You and to each other.   +   And keep us strong in this one, true Christian faith   +   by which we worship You today.     Keep us spiritually strong    +   throughout the course of our lives   +   until we reach everlasting life in heaven   +   through the merits of   +   and by faith in Your Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,  +    in Whose name we humbly   +   and confidently offer this opening prayer .  +   Amen.



We Make Confession Of Our Sins To God


Pastor God, our Heavenly Father, invites us to come into His presence and to worship Him with humble and penitent hearts.  Therefore, let us now turn to Him, acknowledging our sinfulness and seeking His forgiveness for all our sins.


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 in Your

sight   and have failed to do what is good.    For this I know that I deserve Your punishment, both now and for eternity.     But I am truly sorry for all my sins,   and trusting in the perfect life   and innocent death of my Savior,   Jesus Christ, I plead:   God have mercy on me, a sinner.


Pastor             Our gracious Lord and Master has shown us His mercy:   He has given His one and only Son to save us from all our sins.     And now, carrying out my office as a called

 servant of Christ,  and according to His command and authority,   I forgive you all your sins   in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  May the peace of God rest upon all of you.    Amen.


In joyful response to this reassurance of God’s love and forgiveness for us in Christ, please join me now as we sing the praises of our gracious and majestic Lord:



“Majesty”                                                                             written by Jack Hayford, Rocksmith Music

                                                                                                        used with permission, CCLI # 1366699


Majesty  Worship His majesty

Unto Jesus Be all glory, honor and praise

Majesty  Kingdom authority

Flow from His throne   Unto His own His anthem raise

So exalt, lift up on high   The name of Jesus

Magnify, come glorify   Christ Jesus the King

Majesty   Worship His majesty   Jesus who died, now glorified   King of all kings 

After which the Congregation will be seated


We Hear God’s Word


The Children’s Lesson                                                                                                         Genesis 3:7-13


7 The eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized that they were naked. They sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for their waists.[a] 8 They heard the voice of the Lord God, who was walking around in the garden during the cooler part[b] of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.


9 The Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”


10 The man said, “I heard your voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, so I hid myself.”


11 God said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree from which I commanded you not to eat?”


12 The man said, “The woman you gave to be with me—she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”


13 The Lord God said to the woman, “What have you done?”


The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”


Found Guilty!



The Old Testament Lesson                                                                                                 Genesis 4:1-16


The man was intimate with Eve, his wife. She conceived and gave birth to Cain. She said, “I have gotten a man with the Lord.”  2 She also gave birth to Cain’s brother Abel.


Abel tended sheep, but Cain worked the ground. 3 As time passed, one day Cain brought an offering to the Lord from the fruit of the soil. 4 Abel also brought some of the firstborn of his flock and their fat portions. The Lord looked favorably on Abel and his offering, 5 but he did not look favorably on Cain and his offering. Cain was very angry, and his face showed it.


6 The Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why do you have that angry look on your face?  7 If you do good, will you not be lifted up? If you do not do good, sin is crouching at the door. It has a strong desire for you, but you must rule over it.”


8 Cain said to Abel, his brother, “Let’s go into the field.”  When they were in the field, Cain attacked Abel, his brother, and killed him.


9 The Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel, your brother?”


He said, “I don’t know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”


10 The Lord said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to me from the soil. 11 Now you are cursed and sent away from the soil which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 12 When you work the soil, it will no longer give its strength to you. You shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth.”


13 Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is too great for me to bear. 14 Look, today you have driven me away from the soil. I will be hidden from your face, and I will be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth. And whoever finds me will kill me.”


15 The Lord said to him, “No!  If anyone kills Cain, he will face sevenfold revenge.” And the Lord appointed a sign for Cain, so that anyone who found him would not strike him down.


16 Cain went out from the Lord’s presence and lived in the land of Nod, east of Eden.




The Epistle Lesson                                                                                                             Romans 1:18-32


18 Indeed, God’s wrath is being revealed from heaven against all the ungodliness and unrighteousness of people who try to suppress the truth by unrighteousness. 19 This happens because what can be known about God is evident among them, because God made it evident among them. 20 In fact, his invisible characteristics—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen since the creation of the world, because they are understood from the things he made. As a result, people are without excuse, 21 because, even though they knew God, they did not honor him or give him thanks as God. Instead, their thinking became nonsense, and their senseless heart was darkened.


22 Although they claim to be wise, they have become fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human, or like birds, four-footed animals, and crawling things. 24 So, as they followed the sinful desires of their hearts, God handed them over to the impurity of degrading their own bodies among themselves. 25 Such people have traded the truth about God for the lie, worshipping and serving the creation rather than the Creator, who is worthy of praise forever. Amen.


26 For this reason God handed them over to disgraceful passions. Even their females exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 And, in the same way, their males, after abandoning natural sexual relations with females, were consumed by their lust for one another. Males perform indecent acts with males and receive in themselves the penalty that is fitting for their perversion.


28 And since they did not consider it worthwhile to hold on to the true knowledge of God, God handed them over to a corrupted mind to do things that should never be done. 29 They are filled with every kind of unrighteousness, evil, greed, and wickedness. They are full of envy, murder, quarreling, deceit, and malice. They are gossipers, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent mockers, arrogant boasters, and loudmouths. They dream up evil things. They disobey their parents. 31 They are senseless, faithless, heartless, and merciless. 32 Even though they know God’s righteous decree that those who do these things are worthy of death, such people not only continue to do them, but also approve of others who continue to commit such sins.


After which the Congregation will please rise, out of respect for the words of Christ


The Gospel Lesson                                                                                                                     John 8:1-11


But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 Early in the morning, he came back into the temple courts. And all the people kept coming to him. He sat down and taught them.


3 Then the scribes and Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery and had her stand in the center. 4 “Teacher,” they said to him, “this woman was caught in the act of committing adultery. 5 In the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” 6 They asked this to test him, so that they might have evidence to accuse him.


Jesus bent down and started writing on the ground with his finger. 7 But when they kept on asking him for an answer, he stood up and said to them, “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Then he stooped down again and wrote on the ground.


9 When they heard this, they went away one by one, beginning with the older men. Jesus was left alone with the woman in the center. 10 Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”


11 “No one, Lord,” she answered.


Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin anymore.”



The Apostles’ Creed


I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.  And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord;   Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost;   Born of the Virgin Mary;   Suffered under Pontius Pilate;   Was crucified, dead and buried;   He descended into hell;   The third day He rose again from the dead;   He ascended into heaven And sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;   From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.  I believe in the Holy Ghost;  The Holy Christian Church, the communion of saints;   The forgiveness of sins;   The resurrection of the body;    And the life everlasting.  Amen.

Following which the Congregation may be seated for


The Sermon Hymn                                                                         “All That I Was, My Sin, My Guilt”


1 All that I was, my sin, my guilt,   My death, was all my own;

All that I am I owe to Thee,   My gracious God, alone.


2 The evil of my former state  Was mine, and only mine;

The good in which I now rejoice  Is Thine, and only Thine.


3 The darkness of my former state,   The bondage, all was mine;

The light of life in which I walk,   The liberty, is Thine.


4 Thy Word first made me feel my sin,   It taught me to believe;

Then, in believing, peace I found,   And now I live, I live!

5 All that I am, e’en here on earth,   All that I hope to be,

When Jesus comes and glory dawns,   I owe it, Lord, to Thee.    Amen



The Greeting

Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge

of God, and of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen.



The Sermon Text                                                                                                               Genesis 42:21-28


21 They said to one another, “Surely we are being punished because of our brother. We saw how distressed he was when he pleaded with us for his life, but we would not listen; that’s why this distress has come upon us.”

22 Reuben replied, “Didn’t I tell you not to sin against the boy? But you wouldn’t listen! Now we must give an accounting for his blood.” 23 They did not realize that Joseph could understand them, since he was using an interpreter.

24 He turned away from them and began to weep, but then turned back and spoke to them again. He had Simeon taken from them and bound before their eyes.

25 Joseph gave orders to fill their bags with grain, to put each man’s silver back in his sack, and to give them provisions for their journey. After this was done for them, 26 they loaded their grain on their donkeys and left.

27 At the place where they stopped for the night one of them opened his sack to get feed for his donkey, and he saw his silver in the mouth of his sack. 28 “My silver has been returned,” he said to his brothers. “Here it is in my sack.”
Their hearts sank and they turned to each other trembling and said, “What is this that God has done to us?”


How Do I Deal With My Guilt?


following the sermon the Congregation will REMAIN SEATED for


The Post-Sermon Blessing


To Him Who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy — to the only God our Savior, be glory, majesty, power, and authority now and forever.  Amen.



We Offer Our Gifts to the Lord


Our Offerings of Love to our Lord


Because we aren’t able to pass an offering plate today during today’s worship

service those in attendance may leave their offerings in the offering plates

by the exit door at the close of our service today.

For those watching today’s service, we offer you the following suggestions for providing God with Your thank-offerings through our ministry:  

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

(415 N. 6th Place, Lowell, AR 72745)

2) You can go online to our website (

and use the giving option there.



At the Pastor’s invitation, the Congregation will rise

We Offer Our Prayers to the Lord


The Prayers for this Day  – 


In our Prayers this morning we include:


A Prayer of Thanksgiving on behalf of our brother, Phil Pudas, whom God in His

grace, called home to heaven this past Thursday.     As we thank God that Phil

 has received the goal of his faith – eternal life – so we pray for his wife, Mary,

and the rest of his family, who are faithfully dealing with their loss of our friend.


A Prayer of Thanksgiving on behalf of Nancy & Jody Larson who will celebrate

their wedding anniversary this coming Thursday.


P:         We give thanks to You, Lord and Father, for the rest and peace of the night and for the grace to share, with each other, in another day devoted to publicly worshiping You and studying Your precious Word. 


C:        Enable us to grow in Your grace   +   and mercifully build each of us up in our faith   +   having meditated upon Your Word,   +   and having received the blessed assurance that our sins are forgiven   +  and that new life and salvation are ours   +   through faith in You.


P:         Inspire us with wisdom through the proclamation of your Word, and grant us an unquenchable love for the Scriptures. 


C:        Bless every person in our congregation, that we might grow in Your grace, and rededicate ourselves to conforming our faith and lives to Your sure Word alone.


P:         Daily cover our human faults, frailties, and sins, that they might not hinder the work which You have entrusted to us as Your servants here on earth.    And grant that all our words, our actions, and our intentions reflect our love for the Lamb of God who has taken away the sin of the world.


C:        Keep our sinful instincts and ambitions from dominating our lives + and, instead, empower us through Your Spirit +   to make the crucified and risen Christ   +   the very center of all our worship, faith, and living.


P:         Bless our church body – indeed, Your church at large throughout the world – by granting them faithful pastors, teachers, leaders, and lay members.  


C:        Everywhere and in every way may they be Your devoted servants……believers who are gladly committed to Your Word, Your Work, and Your Ways now   +   until, for Jesus’ sake, they can celebrate Your grace eternally in heaven.


P:         Encourage our missionaries wherever they serve, both at home and abroad.   Remind us and our people to pray for them and to support them generously with our gifts.  Let no area of Your harvest field wither and perish because we have failed as a congregation to do what You require of us.


C:        Fill all the leaders and teachers of our own congregation   +    with zeal and wisdom to carry out their appointed tasks.   +   Never let them forget the importance of their responsibilities in the spiritual lives of Your people.   +   Keep them from discouragement   +  and may they prove to be pillars of strength   +  and sources of encouragement and Christian faithfulness +  for all who are a part of this church family.


P          Also hear us, dear Father, as we take a few moments to silently offer our personal petitions to You.


A Moment for Silent Prayer  


P:         Finally, Lord God, accept our thanks for the tremendous privilege of being called Your children, and of being able to come to you now and at any time in prayer.   Help us to grow intellectually, emotionally, spiritually through Your Word and Sacraments, so that we may be faithful servants for You in our homes, and communities, in this congregation, and as members of Your Church on earth.     Mercifully hear our prayer, and bless us one and all, for the sake and in the name of Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord.  We offer this prayer in His name, as we continue now with that special prayer which has been given to us by our Savior:


C:        Our Father, Who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name;   Thy 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 Leave With The Lord’s Blessing


The Benediction                 


                        The LORD bless you and keep you.

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

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



The Closing Hymn                                                        “Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow”


Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

Praise Him, all creatures here below;

Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host;

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.   Amen.




Last Week at Grace Lutheran                                                                             Worship Attendance: 51

Sunday School Attendance:  1      Bible Class Attendance: 19                        Tuesday Bible Class:  17

Budgetary Fund: $5132                                    School Fund: $11                                                             Online Offerings:   $62.10


Serving Us Next Sunday                                    Elders:   John Johnson, Steve Stone, Tim Pfortmiller

Ushers:   Tim Huebner, Pat Quinlan, Taylor Ashley

Altar Guild: Tammy Schwartz, Linda Winnat


This Coming Week at Grace Lutheran Church

Today            Morning Worship at 9:30 a.m

                                    Sunday School/Bible Class – 15 minutes after worship concludes

                                    Youth Confirmation, 12:15-1:30 p.m.

            Tuesday        Morning Bible Study, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

            Wednesday   Men’s and Women’s Bible Studies, 6-7 p.m.

Saturday        Morning Outreach Visits, 10:00 a.m.

            Sunday          Morning Worship with the Lord’s Supper, 9:30 a.m.  

                                    Sunday School/Bible Class – 15 minutes after worship concludes

                                    Youth Confirmation, 12:15-1:30 p.m.


Birthdays and Anniversary This Coming Week:                                                                                                                                   Sept 13 – Henry Strackbein;    

Sept 14 – George Layton;    Sept 15 – Kelvin Johannes;     Sept 16 – Elissa Ferguson;   

Sept 17 – Bev Anderson;     Sept 17 – Sean Krohn;     Sept 17 – Jody and Nancy Larson



Bible Classes This Week ………Today our adult class continues its general study called “Lessons Learned From Believers of the Past.”   This morning, we’re studying I Samuel 3, and the importance of listening attentively to the Word of the Lord.