The Twentieth Sunday after the Festival of the Holy Trinity

also known as  the Twenty-second Sunday of the Pentecost Season

October 25, 2020


What Does Jesus Think of the Gifts I Give To Him?

When I was in the fourth grade or so, my parents bought me a battle of Iwo Jima toy soldier set. It

was one of the neatest gifts I have ever received.  It had all kinds of green colored Marines and tan Japanese soldiers, a couple of plastic pillboxes that looked like they were built into the side of a hill, tanks, bazookas and everything else to make up an imaginary battle scene.    I had hours and hours of fun with this toy.   My best friend and I would set up the Americans verses the Japanese, and then take rubber bands and try to knock down the other guy’s forces.

            Did you ever receive a gift like that – something that you could never forget?   It’s kind of funny – because those especially memorable gifts aren’t always the most expensive or the fanciest – but for some reason they have special meaning for us.   

            That’s also something that – I hope – every one of you wants to do when it comes to showing your love for your Lord, namely giving Him the kind of gifts that truly mean something to Him….gifts given from a spirit of genuine gratitude, love and trust.   But more to the point today and every day, does it matter to you what you give to your Lord and does it matter what He thinks about your gifts to Him?

            Today’s Scripture lessons will remind us of two very important Biblical truths:  First, that everything we have comes from (and ultimately, belongs to…) God;  and second, that we are responsible to be good and faithful caretakers of the varied resources which our Lord has entrusted to our care……including, our willingly returning to Him (as an expression of our trust, love and gratitude for His goodness) an appropriate (in His estimation), generous portion of our resources as offerings/gifts of love to Him.

            A George Barna religious survey taken not that long ago provides some sobering information that isn’t intended to guilt us into giving more, but should provide perspective on overall Christian giving – and perhaps get each of us to re-evaluate where our resources are spent….and where they could and should be going instead.   First, Barna concluded that across America – and across generational lines – “church giving” continues to drop.   He noted that the average American pays $1000 a year in interest, yet gives only $754 per year in offerings to God.  But, there’s more.   On average we annually spend:    $1,251 per person on entertainment;  $1,091 per person on clothing;    $1,517 per person on eating out/food away from home;    $186 per person on tobacco and smoking supplies;   $292 per person on alcoholic beverages, and $156 per person on non-alcoholic beverages;   $5,243 per person on transportation (vehicle, gas, and insurance).   And we even charge an average of $1150 per household on credit cards just during the Christmas gift-giving season.   Yet the average American household gives only 2.5 percent of its income in thank-offerings to the Lord…..a far cry from the tithe/tenth that God deserves.   

            It might surprise some to know that Scripture has much to say about the Christian’s stewardship of the time, treasure, and talents which the Lord has placed into our care.   We’ll be looking a just a few of those portions of God’s Word this morning.

            In today’s Old Testament Lesson the Lord rebukes the people of Judah for their selfishness in bringing Him inadequate, dishonorable offerings.   They had been robbing God by giving Him offerings of lesser quality than what they kept back for themselves.  In our reading the Lord challenges them (and us) to be faithful, trusting and generous in bringing Him the best offerings possible.  He further promises to be even more generous to those who are genuine in bringing best, first-fruits offerings to Him.   Through our Epistle Lesson Paul encourages the Corinthians to participate in a church-wide offering for needy Christians in Jerusalem.  He motivates them, not with threats or feelings of guilt, but by the example of Christ’s selfless sacrifice for their sakes.   He also reminds them that those who are cheap toward God should not expect generosity from Him, while those who are generous will learn that they can’t “out give” the Giver of all things — since the Lord will even more abundantly bless their generosity…..insuring that they have all they truly need in life.    Through the Gospel Lesson, Jesus’ parable of the talents, we want to learn that God will take inventory of all that He has entrusted to us.  He expects us to put to good use the resources He’s placed in our care, rewarding those who are faithful in their service to Him, but rebuking those who are lazy, selfish and unfaithful.  In our Children’s Lesson we will briefly talk about why it pleases our Lord (and why it’s really good for us, too) when we give Him offerings that are our “first fruits” – that is, offerings that are the biggest and best (like the first fruits of the season that come from a plant or tree).  After all, those are the kind of offerings that He deserves as both the Giver of everything and as (most important) our Savior-God.  Finally, today’s Sermon will focus on the story of the Widow’s Mite – particularly on how her offering showed her generous, believing heart, her gratitude to God, and her faith and trust that the Lord would continue to provide for her.


Pre-Service Prayer  In the name of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.    I thank You my Heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your Son, for keeping me through the night from all harm and danger.  Keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You.  Into Your hands I commit my body and soul and all things.  Let your holy angel be with me, that the Devil may have no power over me.   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.


Pre-Service Prayer

Pre-service Music                                                                                                                                            


We Praise Our God


     The Greeting and Invitation to Worship


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 for Today                                                                           I Chronicles 16:8-12, 23-36


           P:  Give thanks to the Lord.   Call on His name.     Make known His deeds among the peoples.   Sing to Him.   Make music to Him.   Tell about all His wonderful acts.

                 Praise His holy name.    The hearts of those who seek the Lord will rejoice.

           C:  Seek the Lord and His strength.   +   Seek His presence continually.   +   Remember His wonderful acts, His signs,   +   and the judgments from His mouth,    +   you descendants of Israel, His servant,    +   you sons of Jacob, His chosen ones.    +


           P:  Sing to the Lord, all the earth.    Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.   Declare His glory among the nations,   His wonderful acts among all the peoples,   for great is the Lord and greatly to be praised.

C:  He is to be feared above all gods.   +   For all the gods of the peoples are not gods at all.   +    But the Lord made the heavens.     +  Honor and majesty are before him.


           P:  Strength and joy are in his place.   Ascribe to the Lord, you families of the peoples.

Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.   Ascribe to the Lord the glory of His name.  Bring an offering and come before Him.     Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.

           C:  Tremble before Him, all the earth.    +   Surely the world stands firm.    +   It shall never be overthrown.    +   The heavens will be glad.    +    The earth will rejoice.

                 They will say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.”


           P:  The sea and everything that fills it will roar.   The fields and everything in them will celebrate.  The trees of the forest will sing for joy before the Lord, for He is coming to judge the earth.


           C:  Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good,   +     for His mercy endures forever.    +   Say, “Save us, O God of our salvation. +    Gather us and save us from the nations,   +    to give thanks to Your holy name,   +   to glorify You by praising You.”    +   Blessed is the Lord, the God of Israel,    +    from everlasting to everlasting.



            The Opening Hymn                                                                                         “Beautiful Savior”


l Beautiful Savior,     King of creation,

Son of God and Son of Man!    Truly I’d love Thee,

Truly I’d serve Thee,   Light of my soul, my joy, my crown.

2 Fair are the meadows,   Fair are the woodlands,

Robed in flow’rs of blooming spring;    Jesus is fairer,

Jesus is purer;   He makes our sorr’wing spirit sing.


3 Fair is the sunshine,    Fair is the moonlight,

Bright the sparkling stars on high;    Jesus shines brighter,

Jesus shines purer     Than all the angels in the sky.


4 Beautiful Savior,    Lord of the nations,

Son of God and Son of Man!     Glory and honor,

Praise, adoration,    Now and forevermore be Thine!      Amen


Hear Our Confession of Sin and Forgive Us, Lord


      Pastor –    “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you.          


      Congregation       “And also with you.”


      Pastor –    “God invites us to come into His presence and worship Him with humble and penitent hearts.  Therefore, let us now turn to Him, acknowledging our sinfulness and seeking His forgiveness.


      Congregation –   “Holy and most merciful Father,     I confess that I am by nature sinful, and that I have disobeyed you in my thoughts, words, and

actions; Each day I turn away from Your Will.    I have left undone those things which  You have asked me to do,    and I have done those things which You tell me not to do.    I do not love You or my neighbor the way I should.     Because of these,    and all of my other sins,    too numerous for me to recall,      I acknowledge that I deserve nothing less than Your punishment      both now and for eternity.     But I am truly sorry for the evil that I have thought, spoken, and done,     and trusting in the perfect life,   and innocent death of my Savior, Jesus Christ, I pray:    Lord, forgive me all my sins,      restore to me the joy of Your salvation,   and strengthen my weak faith through the promises of Your divine Word     that I may obtain Your promised grace.


      Pastor –          “Find comfort for your souls, then, in these words of our Lord:   “If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just,  and will purify us from all

           unrighteousness,  because we have One Who speaks to the Father in our defense –

Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.   We have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.”   And now, upon this, your voluntary confession,  I, because of my office as a called servant of God’s Word,  announce the grace of God to all of you.  And, in the place of, and according to 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 Spirit.   May the peace of God be with you.  Amen.”


     Our Response To God’s Forgiveness


                       ALL sing:                                          to the tune of “I Know That My Redeemer Lives”


All praise, eternal Son, to Thee    For Thy forgiveness, full and free,

He, who by grace, this truth believes    The blessings of Christ’s love receives

Praise God the Father, God the Son    And God the Spirit,   Three in One,

As ’twas, is now, and so shall be   World without end,  eternally!     Amen.


     The Prayer for the Morning 


Lord God, Heavenly Father,   +  I humbly thank You this morning   +   for the countless physical, emotional, and spiritual blessings   +   which You have graciously entrusted to me.   + Please guide me through Your Word today,   +   that I might become more grateful to You,   +  as the Source and Owner of everything,   +   more generous and selfless in my giving,   +   and more willing to make use of the Spiritual gifts   +   which You have given me    +   to faithfully serve and glorify You.   +   All this I ask in the name of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior,   +  Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,   +    one God forever and ever.   +   Amen.


After which the Congregation may be seated


Grow Us, Lord, through Your Word


The Old Testament Lesson                                                                                            Malachi 3:6-12


6 Certainly I, the Lord, do not change. That is why you, sons of Jacob, have not come to an end. 7 Since the days of your fathers, you have turned aside from My statutes and have not kept them. Return to Me, and I will return to you, says the Lord of Armies.   You say, “In what way should we return?”   8 Will a man rob God? You are robbing Me!   You say, “How have we robbed You?”


In regard to the tithe and the special offering.   9 You are being cursed since all of you, the whole nation, are robbing Me. 10 Bring the complete tithe to the storehouse so that there may be food in My house. Just test Me in this, says the Lord of Armies. See whether I do not open for you the windows of heaven and pour down blessing on you, until there is more than enough. 11 I will restrain the devouring swarm so that it will not destroy your produce from your soil. Your vine in the field will not be without fruit, says the Lord of Armies. 12 All the nations will call you blessed, because you will be a delightful land, says the Lord of Armies.



The Epistle Lesson                                                                              II Corinthians 8:1-9; 9:6-11


Now brothers,  we want you to know about the grace of God that was given in the churches of Macedonia: 2 In a severe test of trouble, their overflowing joy and their deep poverty overflowed into an abundance of their generosity.  3 I testify that of their own free will they gave according to their ability, and even beyond their ability, 4 pleading with us with an urgent request for the gracious privilege of joining in this service to the saints. 5 And they did this not as we had expected, but in keeping with God’s will they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us. 6 As a result we urged Titus, since he had already made a beginning, to bring to completion this gracious gift on your part. 7 But just as you overflow in every way—in faith, in word, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us—see that you also overflow in this gracious gift.


8 I do not say this as a command, but to test how genuine your love is, by comparing it with the eagerness of others. 9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that although He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, so that through His poverty you might become rich.


……… 6 This is what I mean: The one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly. The one who sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each one should give as he has determined in his heart, not reluctantly or under pressure, for God loves a cheerful giver.

8 God is able to make all grace overflow to you, so that in all things, at all times, having all that you need, you will overflow in every good work. 9 As it is written:   He scattered; He gave to the poor.   His righteousness remains forever.  10 And He Who provides seed to the sower and bread for food will provide and multiply your seed for sowing, and will increase the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be made rich in every way so that you may be generous in every way, which produces thanksgiving to God through us.


            Our Sequence Hymn                                                                         “We Give Thee But Thine Own”


  1. We give Thee but Thine own, Whate’er the gift may be;

        All that we have is Thine alone,            A trust, O Lord, from Thee.


  1. May we Thy bounties thus As stewards true receive

        And gladly, as Thou blessest us,      To Thee our first-fruits give!


  1. Oh, hearts are bruised and dead, And homes are bare and cold,

        And lambs for whom the Shepherd bled    Are straying from the fold.


  1. To comfort and to bless, To find a balm for woe,

        To tend the lone and fatherless,    Is angels’ work below.


  1. The captive to release, To God the lost to bring,

        To teach the way of life and peace,     It is a Christlike thing.


  1. And we believe Thy Word, Though dim our faith may be:

        Whate’er for Thine we do, O Lord,      We do it unto Thee.    Amen.



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


            The Gospel Lesson                                                                                            Matthew 25:14-30


14 “You see, the kingdom of heaven is like a man going on a journey. He called his servants and entrusted his possessions to them. 15 To one he gave five talents,  to another two talents, and to still another one talent, each according to his own ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The servant who had received the five talents immediately put them to work and gained five more talents. 17 In the same way, the servant who had received the two talents gained two more. 18 But the servant who had received one talent went away, dug a hole in the ground, and hid his master’s money.


19 “After a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 The servant who received the five talents came and brought five more talents. He said, ‘Master, you entrusted five talents to me. See, I have gained five more talents.’


21 “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You were faithful with a few things. I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master.’


22 “The servant who received the two talents came and said, ‘Master, you entrusted me with two talents. See, I have gained two more talents.’


23 “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You were faithful with a few things. I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master.’


24 “Then the servant who received one talent came and said, ‘Master, I knew that you are a hard man, reaping where you did not plant and gathering where you did not scatter seed. 25 Since I was afraid, I went away and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’


26 “His master answered him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! You knew that I reap where I did not plant and gather where I did not scatter seed? 27 Well then, you should have deposited my money with the bankers so that when I came I would get my money back with interest. 28 Take the talent away from him and give it to the servant who has the ten talents. 29 Because everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. But the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. 30 Throw that worthless servant into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’



            The Apostles’ Creed                                                to the melody of “What A Friend We Have in Jesus”


I believe in God the Father,   Maker of the heav’ns and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, our Savior, God’s own Son, of human birth.

Virgin born, the Lord incarnate,    Whom the Spirit did conceive,

Suffered under Pontius Pilate;     Our salvation to achieve.


Crucified, was dead and buried,    Down to hell in victory;

From the dead He rose the third day;    Up to heav’n triumphantly.

There at God’s right hand He’s ruling,     By His will the world is led.

He will come to judge the nations,    Both the living and the dead.


I believe in God the Spirit,    In His Church, His chosen band.

They are joined in close communion,    Holy in His sight they stand.

I believe in sins forgiven;    That the dead will rise again;

I believe in life eternal.    Amen!   Amen!   A – – men!



The Children’s Lesson                                                                                                        Proverbs 3:9-10


9   Honor the Lord with your wealth,   with the firstfruits from your entire harvest.   10 Then your barns will be filled to capacity, and your wine vats will overflow with fresh wine.


What Does It Mean (and Why does it Matter)

For Us To Give God Our “First Fruits?



            The Hymn of the Day                                     “Lord, At Your Word The Heav’ns Were Made”

                                                                                          cwh, 2006   C.M.  (sung to the tune of “St. Anne”)


Lord,  at Your word the heav’ns were made   And all that they contain.

You spoke and everything appeared,    And o’er it all You reign.


You give to us Your varied gifts  – Time, talents, treasure too;

You’ve charged us with their faithful use……Employed to honor You.


Each blessing is a sacred trust    From You – not ours to own;

We gratefully acknowledge, Lord,  That all is Yours alone.


God keep us from all selfishness;    True stewards may we be,

Of every asset that You’ve giv’n,   To use them faithfully.  


And let our motivation be   Your love, which moved You, Lord,

To earn for us salvation free – Your grace, fore’er adored.


Your Kingdom, by our service, Lord,   We pray that You’ll extend,

So precious souls, bought by Your blood,   Will gain a heav’nly end.


And then, when on that Day we’ll stand   Before You face to face,

Accounting all we’ve done in faith    For You, our God of Grace –


May we, dear Jesus, hear You say      As You speak from Your throne:

“Well-done, My faithful child and heir,     Enter Your heavn’ly home.”          Amen.


after which the Congregation will rise for


     The Pre-Sermon Salutation

Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus Christ, our Lord!   May the words of my mouth and the meditation of our hearts be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, our Rock and our Redeemer.  Amen.


The Sermon Text                                                                                             based on Mark 12;41-44


41 Jesus sat down opposite the offering box and was watching how the crowd put money into it. Many rich people put in large amounts. 42 One poor widow came and put in two small bronze coins, worth less than a penny.  43 He called His disciples together and said to them, “Amen I tell you: This poor widow put more into the offering box than all the others. 44 For they all gave out of their surplus, but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all that she had to live on.”


What Does Jesus Think of the Gifts I Give to Him?


after the Sermon, the Congregation will rise for


     The Post-Sermon Blessing


May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and God our Father, Who loved us and by His grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, now encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.  Amen.

We Offer Our Gifts to the Lord


Our Offerings of Love to our Lord

We Bring Our Prayers to the Lord


Today’s General Prayer


P   O Almighty God, Maker of heaven and earth, You never slumber nor sleep, but always watch over Your whole creation. Bless Your Church that it may always declare Your glory, tell of Your salvation, and make known the treasures You have prepared for those who call on Your name.


C: Help us, as Your people,    +    to proclaim the truth that there is no other god beside You    +    and to make known to others the story of Your marvelous works.   +     Enable us all to remain fully faithful to Your Word of truth,   +    and in every circumstance, near or far, keep us from physical and spiritual harm.


     P   For all the blessings You have bestowed on this congregation, we give thanks to You, O Lord. Help us remember each other in our daily prayers.


C: Send Your Holy Spirit with power among us   +   to strengthen our faith   +   and to equip us for works of service to You.    +    Give us true zeal to work and witness for You.   +    And teach us to warmly welcome all who seek Your mercy in this place of worship.  


P   O God, Yours is the glory and power that rules and judges the nations. Where there is division and strife, bring unity and peace. Where there is hunger and thirst, give rain, abundant harvest, and generous neighbors. Where there is prejudice and lack of justice, give understanding, fairness, and trustworthy rulers.


C: Bless our nation,   +   our President, +   and all who serve in government from the local to the national level,   +   that we who rejoice in Your truth may continue to publicly proclaim the Gospel +   and to serve You without restriction. Bless us especially as we approach election day   +   that our country might experience peace and harmony   +   in spite of the political and social divisions we face.   +   Allow us to choose the best leaders   +   to guide our land righteously and wisely at every level over government.


P   Gracious Lord, sustain and protect those who whose vocations call them to the service of their country, especially the members of our armed forces .Bless their efforts to establish peace and stability in the world. Sustain them during lonely times;   guard and defend them from all danger.


C: Be with their families as well,   +     that during their time of separation   +    they may receive support and encouragement from their communities, + and especially from the members of Your Church on earth.


P   Heavenly Father, our eyes look to You to send help to all who are in need. Give work, we pray, to the unemployed. Give confidence in Your love to those who are anxious about tomorrow.


C: Grant strength and patience to those who bear heavy burdens at work,   +   school,   +  or home.   + Give the peace of Your forgiveness to those who live with regrets over past actions.  +  Grant the comfort of Your Holy Spirit to all who confess You  to be the only God,  +   that as they call on Your name they may find rest for their souls.


P   O God, before You we remember especially those who are hospitalized or recovering at home,  especially our sister  Mary Pudas, as she continues to recover from the effects of the Corona virus.    We also pray for the family of the extended family of Ralph Terrian, whose brother Tim, suddenly passed away last week, that God might grant this family peace and all necessary support in this time of loss for them.  We remember, too, Carol Ann Heinemann’s grandson, Bronson Bullock, in our prayers, asking that our Lord might allow him to very soon receive a successful heart transplant.    In addition, we pray for JoAnn Huebner, Ryan Bauer, and Austin Bauer (pastor’s mother, brother-in-law, and nephew) who have contracted the corona virus….that God would grant them a swift and complete recovery. 


C: Bless also Bev and Darrell Anderson, who are celebrating their wedding anniversary today,   +   plus Brenda and Robert Bontke, whose anniversary is this coming Tuesday.  +   Enable them to continue to grow in their love for each other.   +   Fill their home and hearts   +   with an increasing spirit of Your forgiveness and love for each other.   +   And when their days on earth draw to a close,    +   allow them, by Your grace,   +   to enter Your heavenly home,   +   there to enjoy forever the blessings   +   of being part of Your everlasting family of believers.


P   Please hear us also, Gracious God, as we now take a few moments to silently offer You our own, personal petitions and praises.

Silent Prayer


P   Finally, O Lord, into Your hands we commend everything and everyone for which we pray, trusting in Your wisdom and mercy; through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, in Whose name we offer this prayer, and in Whose name we continue now, by praying:


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 upon you with favor, and grant 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


            Post-Service Music                                                                                                                                




Last Week at Grace                       Worship Attendance: 64    Online views:  30          Communed: 52

Sunday School Attendance: 4           Bible Class: 29 + 5 online                    Tuesday Morning BC:  19

Wednesday Evening Bible Class attendance:       Men’s study: 5    Women’s Study: 6

Budgetary Fund: $ 1965.98


Noteables This Week:   Oct 25 – Darrell & Bev Anderson    Oct 27 – Brenda & Robert Bontke  Oct 27 – Michael King           Oct 30 – Chris Huebner          Oct 31 – Robert Pulley


This Coming Week at Grace Lutheran Church

Today     Morning Worship at 9:30 a.m with the Lord’s Supper

                       Sunday School/Bible Class – 15 minutes after      Youth Confirmation, 12:00pm

     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, 9:30 a.m.

                       Sunday School/Bible Class – 15 minutes after      Youth Confirmation, 12:00pm


Serving Us Next Sunday                                                                  Elders:   Steve Stone, John Johnson

Ushers:   Chris Roberts,   Kent Mayer

Altar Guild:    Tina Wambold,  Harriet Johnson


Bible Classes This Week ………Today our adult class continues its general study called “Lessons Learned From Believers of the Past.”   This morning, we’re part way through our study of I Kings 17, 18, & 19.   Today’s lesson is titled “A Most Faithful Witness” and is the story of the prophet Elijah.  We could all stand to be a lot more like Elijah…

           Our Tuesday Morning Bible Class (10:30 to 11:30;   both in-person and over-the-phone) is working its way through the book of 2 Samuel.  We’re currently studying the story of Absalom’s rebellion against David.   We’ll start with chapter 15.    To join this class over-the-phone, please dial 1-701-802-5405.  The access code is 7519304#.  

                        Also, on Wednesday Evening we’ll offer Bible classes for Women and Men (both in-person and over-the-phone).   The women are studying the book of Philippians under the theme: “Joy.”