Sing Praises to the LORD


Nearly fifty years ago (it’s hard to believe it’s been so long!) , a song was played over the  airwaves that quickly became a popular hit.   That song, sung by singing duo, The Carpenters, was simply titled “Sing.”   Many of you might have heard it and some of you  might even remember it.   Its opening lyrics went:   “Sing.  Sing a song.   Sing out loud.   Sing out strong.    Sing of good things, not bad.   Sing of happy, not sad.    Sing.   Sing a song.   Make it simple, to last your whole life long.    Don’t worry that it’s not good enough for anyone else to hear.   Just sing.   Sing a song!’  It was an easy-to-listen to, happy, and uplifting piece of music.   It was also (obviously) a secular – rather than a spiritual – song.  Fit for listening to on the radio, it clearly is not the most  appropriate selection if a person wants to sing God’s praises.                  So, why even mention an old, secular, “pop song”  as a part of this worship flyer introduction?  In part because “Sing”’s title coincidentally matches the traditional church theme for this fourth Sunday after Easter.  You see,  today has been traditionally identified for centuries on the church’s calendar as “Sing” Sunday (actually, its name is “Cantate” Sunday – Cantate being Latin for “sing”).    But, more to the point,  the concept of “singing a song… last your whole life long” – particularly when that “song” worships the LORD – really is an important aspect of


every Christian’s  calling.            Both through our daily lives gratefully lived for the God of our salvation, and with our lips – as we consistently use those lips and our lives to confess our faith in Jesus Christ crucified, risen and reigning for us, and as we publicly and privately worship our LORD for His grace to us in Christ – you and I, as Christians, have the opportunity and privilege to “sing” God’s praises our whole life long.  No matter what our circumstances in life might be, whether we’re experiencing satisfaction and success or enduring suffering and sadness, we can always praise God for His many blessings to us (even if we can’t always clearly see them or correctly interpret them) – especially His love, forgiveness and guarantee of heaven to us for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Savior.   


This Sunday on the Church’s “Calendar”:   Over the 6  Sundays that follow Easter, the Christian church traditionally focuses its energies during its worship on continuing the celebration of Christ’s resurrection.  One of the ways we’ll do that today is by singing as our opening hymn the Easter Hymn “I Know That My Redeemer Lives”.    Each Sunday in “Easter” has a particular emphasis (Strengthened Faith in the Risen Savior, Jesus as the Good Shepherd, the Joy we have as Christians, etc.) which serves to reinforce the truths and blessings that we share as believers in the risen Christ.   And so, according to the calendar of the Church, this Fifth Sunday of the Easter Season is traditionally known as “Cantate Sunday,” a designation name taken from the Latin word for “sing,”   which is found throughout our Psalm for this morning, Psalm 98, starting with the first verse.   As Christians we want to gratefully ponder the significance of Christ’s resurrection for our salvation.  And so we’ll want to follow the good counsel of Psalm 98 and “sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done marvelous things;   His right hand and His holy arm (i.e., the crucified and risen Christ) have worked salvation for Him.”      


Today’s Scripture Readings:   On this “Cantate”/Sing Sunday, the concept of and the Christian’s responsibility to worship the LORD are at the center of each of this morning’s Scripture readings.   Our English word “Worship” has its origins in the Old English term “worthship.”   Both the latter and the former mean the same thing:   what someone is “worth” to another – and more specifically, what our God is worth to us.   It’s also worth noting that worship encompasses far more than a just being a spectator in a “service” on Sunday morning for an hour or so.   It involves sincerely  singing His praises, eagerly and earnestly listening to God’s Word (and taking it to heart), as well as bringing generous, willing offerings (of our treasure, time and talents) to the LORD.   What’s more, true worship goes well beyond Sunday… is a 24 hour per day/7 day a week/lifelong activity that centers on the Christian’s willingness to live for God in all aspects of his/her life.  

     A few of the reasons and different ways that we can “Worship The Lord” will be a key part of this morning’s Children’s Lesson.    But at the center of it will be the real reason why we come to church, and why we worship God with our lives:   because we love our Savior, Who sacrificed Himself for us, to earn not only God’s forgiveness for all our sins, but a guaranteed place in heaven for everyone who believes in Him.

     For our Old Testament Lesson this morning we’ll get to listen to the Hymn of Praise that Moses and the people of Israel sang to the LORD immediately after He miraculously delivered the nation  from Pharaoh’s menacing army through the parted (for Israel) and then collapsing (for Egypt) waters of the Red Sea.    Moses and Israel  celebrate God’s saving mercy by stopping to worship the LORD in song.   We regularly have the privilege of doing the same as we praise God for an even greater, far more miraculous act of deliverance achieved by Christ for our benefit:  Jesus’ death and resurrection that secured for us salvation from sin’s curse and guilt, from eternal death in hell, and from Satan’s dominion of our souls.

     In our  Epistle Lesson Peter reminds us that many people reject Christ.  However, by God’s grace, we have been chosen to believe in Him.  We also have been called to serve and worship Him, the God of our salvation, with our lips and lives.  As we wait for Jesus either to call us first to heaven, or to return for judgment on the last day, Peter urges us to avoid conforming ourselves to the ways of the world, but to continue to faithfully live for Christ, glorifying Him before the world.

     Today’s Gospel Lesson is the account of Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well.   Asking her for a drink of water, Jesus offers her something far better – the “living water” of the Gospel.    He also touches on what makes for proper, versus improper, worship.   Lastly, He identifies Himself to her as the Messiah.

     Finally, today’s Sermon, is based on Scripture’s final book:  Revelation.   In chapter five John introduces one of the book’s “visions” – the Vision of the Seven Seals.   But before the vision is presented and the seals opened (in chapter 6) John describes the activity of the saints and angels in heaven as they worship Jesus because He is the Lamb of God Who, by virtue of His sinless blood shed to save us,  alone is worthy to open the seals (that is, to know and to control the future, since He is truly God).  As heaven worships the Lamb, may we too! 





We Welcome You To Grace Lutheran Church


     We welcome you this day in the name of our living Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.   May you find abiding peace and renewed strength for your faith and Christian life in His Word of truth today.

     The chief purpose of our ministry, as our Lord enables us, is to serve all people with the precious Gospel of Jesus Christ, revealed to us in the verbally inspired, inerrant Scriptures.    To that end, it is our privilege and responsibility:



  • To proclaim the Law and Gospel keenly and clearly, in order to convict sinners of their sins, to lead them to repentance, to comfort penitent souls, and to build each other up in our faith in the one, true, Triune God through the Means of Grace (the Word and Sacraments of our Lord).      ….


  • To equip believers, through that same Means of Grace, to grow in their Christian lives as faithful servants, stewards, and witnesses to others of the redeeming grace of our God in Christ Jesus.


     Grace Lutheran Church is a fellowship of individuals and families who have found Jesus Christ to be the only safe and reliable answer to all of life’s problems and critical questions.   We are members of the WELS, that is, the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.   

     Wisconsin indicates the geographical beginnings of a group of Christians who, over a century and a half ago, because of their comprehensive commitment to all that God’s Word teaches, united themselves in a join public ministry which we in the WELS carry on, by God’s grace, to this day.   

     Evangelical declares that we believe and proclaim the great, foundational principles of the Christian faith:   namely, that we are saved by God’s free grace alone (His undeserved love), through faith alone  in Jesus Christ.   And that this truth is found in Scripture alone (that is, the 66 “canonical” books of the Bible).    

     Lutheran affirms that we believe, teach, and confess all the doctrines of the historic Christian faith as taught by Jesus to His Apostles, now contained in the written Word of God.   Those truths, once all but lost o the Church because of the influences of false teachers, were – by God’s grace and blessing – restored to the Christian Church through the 16th century Lutheran Reformation led by Dr. Martin Luther.    We humbly remain today, the grateful heirs of that Lutheran Reformation, Apostolic legacy.  

     And, finally, Synod states that we, as a congregation, have united in a shared ministry together with 1259 other like-minded WELS congregations across this country, as well as like-teaching Lutherans in 23 other nations.   We join them in working together for the purposes of growing in our Christian faith, serving our glorious Lord, and proclaiming His gracious salvation in Christ to the world.



As You Prepare for Worship Today

…Please Consider these Special Notices and Requests


*   Other than with family members, please refrain from any physical contact (hand shaking, hugging, etc) with others.  

*   We respectfully ask that you would strictly maintain physical distancing of 6 feet –  except for family groups.

*   Face coverings are to be worn at all times indoors, by everyone over 10 years old.   (Please bring your own masks if you have them.   If you do not have  a face mask, we will have cloth masks that you can use during the service.  We ask that you return them, following the service, in the baskets that will be set near the entrance/exit doors.)

*   Hand sanitizing stations are  available at each outside entrance, and at the entrance of each restroom.

*   Instead of passing an offering plate, we will set out offering plates AT THE CLOSE of worship, near the entrances.   You may place your offerings in them.

*   The entire worship flyer, including all hymns, will be placed on each seat in the gym-chapel.  (So hymnals will not be utilized.)

*   Seats have been arranged with appropriate 6 feet spacing.   We ask that single worshipers  use the single chairs throughout the gym…..that couples  use the tow-chair sets placed throughout the gym…… and that larger families use the three, four and five chair groupings that can be found placed throughout the building.

*   Maintaining safe spacing, we will usher persons both into the worship area and – after the conclusion of worship – from the worship area.

*   According to the governor’s guidelines, we will not be offering refreshments for fellowship.

*   According to the governor’s guidelines we will not hold Sunday school classes for youth.


And finally….   To our Guests Today  – 1) If you haven’t already done so, please sign our

Guest Book in the entryway before you leave us today

(and please take one of our complimentary pens!)  

2) Thank you and God bless you for being here with us today.  

Please come back again soon!




Pre-Service Prayer   Heavenly 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.




All Scripture Quotations in this worship flyer have been taken, with permission, from

The Evangelical Heritage Version, 2019 The Wartburg Project.    All rights reserved.




The Order of Service

for the 5th Sunday of the Easter Season



     Pre-service prayer

  • Pre-worship music


Let Us Praise The Lord


     The Greeting and Introduction to Worship


At the Pastor’s invitation, the Congregation will rise for


     The Invocation


Pastor             We begin this service in the name of the Father, and of the Son

                                         and of the Holy Spirit.   Amen.



  • Our Psalm Reading for Today Psalm 98


     P:   Oh, sing to the LORD a new song!   For He has done marvelous things;  His right hand and His holy arm have worked salvation for Him.

C:  The LORD has made His salvation  known;    + He has remembered  His righteousness to the eyes of the nations.


     P:  He has remembered His mercy and His faithfulness to the house of Israel;   

C:  All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.


P:  Shout for joy to  LORD, all the earth;   Break out in joyful song!   Make music!
C:  Make music to the LORD with the lyre,    +   With the lyre and the sound of music.P:   With trumpets and the sound of the ram’s horn;
C:  Shout for joy before the King, the LORD.

P:   Let the sea roar, and everything that fills it   +   the world and all who live in it;
C:  Let the rivers clap their hands;   Let the mountains sing for joy together before the


P:   For He comes to judge the earth.
C:  He will judge the world in righteousness   +   and the peoples with fairness.


After which the Congregation will be seated for


  • The Opening Hymn                                              Hymn 145   “I Know That My Redeemer Lives”


1 I know that my Redeemer lives;     What comfort this sweet sentence gives!

He lives, He lives, who once was dead;   He lives, my ever-living head.


2  He lives to bless me with His love;      He lives to plead for me above;

He lives my hungry soul to feed;   He lives to help in time of need.


3 He lives to silence all my fears;   He lives to wipe away my tears;

He lives to calm my troubled heart;   He lives all blessings to impart.


4 He lives and grants me daily breath;    He lives, and I shall conquer death;

He lives my mansion to prepare;   He lives to bring me safely there.


5 He lives, all glory to His name!   He lives, my Jesus, still the same;

Oh, the sweet joy this sentence gives;   I know that my Redeemer lives!


After which, the Congregation will be asked to rise for



We Make Confession Of Our Sins To God


Pastor –                 “I now ask you before God, who searches your heart, do you confess that you have sinned against God  and deserve His wrath and punishment?  Then declare so by saying, “I do confess.”

Congregation –     “I do confess.”


Pastor –                 “Truly you should confess, for the Holy Scriptures say, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive  ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”

                                  Second, do you, with all your heart, repent of all your sins, committed in thought, word, and   deed?  Then declare so by saying, “I do repent.”


            Congregation –     “I do repent.”


Pastor –                 “Truly, you should repent, as other penitent sinners have done:  King David, who prayed for a contrite  heart;  Peter, who wept bitterly;  the sinful woman, the prodigal son, and others.

Third, do you sincerely believe that God, by grace, for Jesus’ sake, will forgive you all your sins?  Then declare so by saying, “I do believe.”


                 Congregation –     “I do believe.”

Pastor –                 “Truly you should so believe, for the Holy Scriptures say, “God so loved the world that He gave His  one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

Fourth, do you promise that with the help of the Holy Ghost, you will, from this time forward, reform your sinful life?  Then declare it by saying, “I do promise.”


                 Congregation –     “I do promise.”

Pastor –                 “Truly, you should so promise, for Christ, the Lord says:  “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”   

Finally, do you believe that through me, a called servant of God, you will receive from God the  forgiveness of all your sins?   Then declare it by saying, “I do believe.


                 Congregation –     “I do believe.”

 Pastor –                 “Upon this, your confession, I, because of my office as a called and ordained servant of God’s Word, announce the  grace of God to all of you.  And, in the place, and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ,  I  forgive you all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.  Peace  be with you.  Amen.”



     The Prayer for “Cantate” Sunday   (Offered by the Pastor)


Almighty and merciful God, +   You have filled us with the new light of the Word, +   Who became flesh and lived among us. +   Let the light of faith in You as the one, true God   +  shine forth in all that we say, think, and do +   as we worship You with our lips and our  lives.   +  And mercifully grant that we might continue to grow   +   in our faith, knowledge and service to You all our days,   +   until – by Your grace, through faith,  +    we inherit everlasting life in heaven ….. there to sing You our praises and worship You eternally.   +  We ask this in the name and for the sake of Jesus Christ,  +   Your Son our Savior and Lord,   +  Who lives and rules with You and the Holy Spirit   +  as the one true God, now and forever.   +   Amen.


We Hear God’s Word


  • The First Lesson Exodus 15:1-19


Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord. They said:    I will sing to

the Lord, for he is highly exalted.   The horse and its rider he has thrown into the sea.   2  The Lord is my strength and song.   He has become my salvation.   This is my God, and I will praise him;   my father’s God, and I will exalt him.   3  The Lord is a warrior.   The Lord is his name.   4  He has cast Pharaoh’s chariots and his army into the sea. His elite officers are drowned in the Red Sea.   5  The deep waters covered them.  They sank down to the depths like a stone.  6  Lord, your right hand is glorious in power.   Lord, your right hand has shattered the enemy.   7  In your great majesty you overthrew those who opposed you.  You sent out your burning anger.   It consumed them like stubble.   8  At the blast from your nostrils the waters piled up. The flowing waters stood up like a dam. The deep waters became solid in the heart of the sea. 9  The enemy said, “I will pursue. I will overtake. I will divide the plunder.  I will do whatever I want with them.   I will draw my sword, and my hand will destroy them.”   10  But you blew with your breath,  and the sea covered them.   They sank like lead in the mighty waters.

11  Lord, who is like you among the gods?  Who is like you, glorious in holiness,

    awesome in praise, working wonders?  12  You stretched out your right hand,  and the                    earth swallowed them. 13  In your mercy you will lead the people that you have redeemed.  In your strength you will guide them to your holy pastureland.  14  The nations will hear and tremble.  Anguish will grip the inhabitants of Philistia.  15  Then the chiefs of Edom will be terrified. Trembling will seize the leaders of Moab. All the inhabitants of Canaan will melt away in despair. 16  Terror and dread will fall upon them. By the great power of your arm they will be as still as stone     until your people pass by, O Lord,     until the people whom you have purchased pass by. 17 You will bring them in and plant them  on the mountain that belongs to you,  the place, O Lord, that you have made for your dwelling,   the sanctuary, O Lord, that your hands have established. 18  The Lord will reign forever and ever. 19 When Pharaoh’s horses along with his chariots and charioteers went into the sea, the Lord brought the waters of the sea back on them, but the Israelites walked on dry land in the middle of the sea.


  • The Epistle Lesson                                                                                                    I Peter 2:4-12


4 As you come to him, the Living Stone, rejected by men but chosen by God and precious, 5 you also, like living stones, are being built as a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, in order to bring spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For it says in Scripture: See, I lay a stone in Zion,  a chosen and precious cornerstone,  and the one who believes in him will certainly not be put to shame.

7 Therefore, for you who believe, this is an honor. But for those who do not believe: The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,   8 and, a stone over which they stumble and a rock over which they fall.  Because they continue to disobey the word, they stumble over it. And that is the consequence appointed for them.

9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, the people who

are God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 At one time you were not a people, but now you are the people of God. At one time you were not shown mercy, but now you have been shown mercy.

11 Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and temporary residents in the world, to

abstain from the desires of the sinful flesh, which war against your soul. 12 Live an honorable life among the Gentiles so that even though they slander you as evildoers, when they observe your noble deeds, they may glorify God on the day he visits us.


after which the Congregation will rise for the reading of


  • This Morning’s Gospel Lesson John 4:1-26


Jesus found out that the Pharisees had heard he was making and baptizing more

disciples than John, 2 though it was not Jesus himself who was baptizing but his disciples. 3 So he left Judea and went back again to Galilee.  4 He had to go through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the piece of land Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there. Then Jesus, being tired from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour. 7 A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” 8 (His disciples had gone into town to buy food.)  9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)

10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”  11 “Sir,” she said, “you don’t even have a bucket, and the well is deep. So where do you get this living water? 12 You are not greater than our father Jacob, are you? He gave us this well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his animals.” 

                 13 Jesus answered her, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14

but whoever drinks the water I will give him will never be thirsty ever again. Rather, the water I will give him will become in him a spring of water, bubbling up to eternal life.”  15 “Sir, give me this water,” the woman said to him, “so I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”  16 Jesus told her, “Go, call your husband, and come back here.”  17 “I have no husband,” the woman answered.  Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say, ‘I have no husband.’ 18 In fact, you have had five husbands, and the man you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true.”

19 “Sir,” the woman replied, “I see that you are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshipped on this mountain, but you Jews insist that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”

21 Jesus said to her, “Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will not worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know. We worship what we do know, because salvation is from the Jews. 23 But a time is coming and now is here when the real worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for those are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”   25 The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (the one called Christ). “When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”  26 Jesus said to her, “I, the one speaking to you, am he.”


  • 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 on 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.                   


The Congregation will then be seated for


  • The Children’s Lesson Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7


1 Oh come, let us sing joyfully to the Lord!   Let us give a loud shout to the Rock Who saves us.  2   Let us approach His presence with thanksgiving;   With music we will shout to Him.     …..  6 Come, let us bow down.  Let us revere Him.   Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.  7   for He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the flock in His hand.

Let’s All Worship the LORD !!!


  • The Hymn of the Day   “How Great Thou Art”   verse 3 , cwh 1998


O Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder

 Consider all the works Thy hand hath made

I see the stars,  I hear the mighty thunder,   

Thy pow’r throughout the universe displayed.



Then sings my soul,   my Savior-God to Thee,  

“How great Thou art!   How great Thou art!”

Then sings my soul,   my Savior-God to Thee, 

 “How great Thou art!   How great Thou art!”


And when I think that God, His Son not sparing, 

 Sent Him to die,  I scarce can take it in.

That on the cross my burden gladly bearing

 He bled and died to take away my sin.    Refrain


On the third day, our Lord His body raises,

 Defeating sin, death, Satan, and the grave.

Today I bow and offer Him my praises,

For Jesus Christ alone my soul did save!    Refrain


When Christ shall come with shouts of acclamation 

And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart

Then I shall bow in humble adoration

And there proclaim:  “My God how great Thou art!”    Refrain


after which the Congregation will rise for


     The Greeting


Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge

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


  • Sermon Text Revelation 5:8-14


8 And when the Lamb took the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders bowed down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and gold bowls full of incense (these are the prayers of the saints). 9 And they sang a new song, saying:   You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain,   and you bought us for God with your blood  out of every tribe and language and people and nation.  10  You made them to be a kingdom and priests for our God, and they will reign on the earth.

11 And I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels who were around the throne

and around the living creatures and the elders. Their number was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands upon thousands. 12 With a loud voice they were saying:  Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing.   13 I also heard every creature that is in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:  To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever. 14 The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders bowed down and worshiped.


Why We Worship the LORD:   Because He Is Worthy!


following the Sermon, the Congregation  will REMAIN SEATED for the post-sermon blessing


     Pastor       To Him Who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you faultless in the presence of His glory with great joy – 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.


We Offer Our Gifts and Prayers 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  plabes 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.

The Prayers of the Church


included in today’s prayers are prayers of thanksgiving on behalf of:

Ryan and Lindsey Bratton, who will celebrate their wedding anniversary this Tuesday; 

and Joey and Tracy Weed, who will be celebrating their wedding anniversary on Saturday.

And a special intercessory prayer for

Susan Bauer (Pastor’s sister) who is hospitalized in Michigan, recovering from a

severe auto accident last Saturday.


     The Lord’s Prayer


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.


     Silent Prayer, Announcements

     Post-service music



Last Week At Grace:                                                                    Sunday’s service viewed online by  74 households, plus 5 DVD views                                                                                                                           Tuesday morning Bible Class:   17 participants


Wednesday Evening Bible Classes:       5 women      7  men

This week’s Budgetary Offerings:   $5778                 Offerings Given Online:   $412


PLEASE…….continue to share our web site and online services with people you know, whether here in NWArkansas, or elsewhere.     ALSO,, please invite (and bring) people you know to join us for public worship next Sunday and afterward.    AND DON’T FORGET to join us for our over the phone Bible studies on Tuesday morning and Wednesday evening.

Birthdays & Anniversaries:        

May 10 – Courtney Schaal;     May 10 – Angie Taylor;     May 12 – Rudy Ryskey;

 May 12 – Ryan & Lindsey Bratton;      May 16 – Tracy & Joey Weed;


This Coming Week at Grace Lutheran Church


Today      Morning Worship at 9:30 a.m

     Tuesday         Morning Bible Class, 10:30 a.m.  (Over the phone)

     Wednesday    Evening Bible Studies:   6 to 7: p.m.  (over the phone)

Sunday           Morning Worship, 9:30 a.m.


  • Serving Us Next Sunday

Altar Guild:   Marilyn Outlaw                                               Elders: Steve Stone & John Johnson

Ushers:    Terry Bruns, Tim Huebner, Dale Johannes, Pat Quinlan,


The Upcoming Edition of “Meditations” (starting the end of this month) is available for each worshiping family.  This is our Synod’s daily devotional booklet.   It can be found on both tables in the front entryway.   Please take home your copy today, and do put it to use.