The Christian’s Powerful

Privilege of Prayer


On this Sixth Sunday of the Easter season, the Christian church, by custom, focuses its attention on the powerful (though often under-used) privilege of prayer that God has given us.   We all pray, no doubt.  But we can all pray better, more faithfully, more confidently, and more persistently.   May God’s Word that we will hear this morning encourage and enable us to do that!  Perhaps this story will too:


One night a father heard his young daughter speaking, although she was alone in her room. The door was cracked just enough so that he could see that she was kneeling beside her bed in prayer. Interested to find out what subjects a child would bring before God, he paused outside her door and listened. After tuning in to her speech he was puzzled to hear her reciting the alphabet: “A, B, C, D, E, F, G ……” She just kept repeating it. He didn’t want to interrupt her, but soon curiosity got  the best of him and he broke into her prayer, “Honey,” he asked, “what are you doing?”
“I’m praying, Daddy,” she replied.  “Well, why are you praying the alphabet?” he asked.   She explained, “I started my prayers, but I wasn’t sure what to pray. I decided to just say all the letters of the alphabet and let God put them together however He thinks best.”


The Necessity of Prayer in our lives

Confident prayer should be at the heart of every Christian’s life.  In fact, as one of our hymns suggests “Prayer is the Christian’s vital breath, the Christian’s native air.”  It’s every bit as important to our spiritual nature as breathing is to our physical nature.  Therefore, prayer should never be used as a last resort, after all else has failed.  Nor should we pray only when we are in trouble or need.  And we shouldn’t use prayer as a last-resort spiritual “distress signal.”   Such attitudes and approaches to prayer don’t do justice to such a sacred exercise, nor do they bring honor to our God Who invites us to approach and speak to Him in prayer.  


Rogate Sunday and its Emphasis on Prayer

This morning, then, we will be giving our attention to the spiritual discipline and privilege of prayer, and we couldn’t pick a more appropriate day to do so.  According to the historic “Church Calendar,” today is known as “Rogate” Sunday (taken from “keep on asking” in verse 9 of our Gospel lesson for today), while the three days whic                                                h follow it (up to Ascension Day, which will be this Thursday) have been traditionally referred to as “Rogation Days.” 


The “History” Behind Rogate Sunday

“Rogate” is the Latin word for “ask,” which is found in the ninth verse of our Gospel Lesson for this morning (a summary of that lesson comes later in this “worship focus”). The custom of  “Rogate Sunday/Rogation Days” originated in 466 B.C. when there was great distress throughout Europe because of a number of earthquakes and other natural disasters.  Bishop Claudius of Vienna decreed that the first three days before the festival of the Ascension that year should be set aside as a period for special prayer by the Church, calling upon God to remove the sufferings of His people.   Gradually this custom found its way into other places, so that by the year 591 it had become an annual, church-wide practice.   Even to this day, it is often used as a time during which Christians are encouraged to spend a considerable amount of time praying especially that the Lord would bless their land, safeguarding it from famine and their crops from pestilence.  


Our Participation This Week  in the Church’s Tradition of “Rogation Days”

As a way of participating in that age-old tradition, and quite possibly as a means of enhancing your prayer practices, in today’s bulletin we have included a folder of “Daily Prayer Suggestions”.   I hope that you will use this prayer-tool not only this week, but on a continuing basis as you pray for your fellow members, our congregation’s leadership and ministry, our Wisconsin Synod, our government, and our spiritually weak and unbelieving friends. 


Today’s Scripture Lessons


Today’s Old Testament Lesson presents us with the example of Moses praying to the Lord for Israel’s victory in its battle  against the Amalekites.   Note that the success of the battle hinged, not on Israel’s strength, but on God’s answering Moses’ prayer.    Let us make no mistake about it….prayer is as vital for our “successes” today as it was valuable to victory then.   Notice also that Moses was aided in prayer by his brother Aaron and friend Hur, who held his arms aloft whenever Moses grew weary.  In this morning’s Epistle Lesson James urges his readers to pray faithfully and confidently for those who are sick, as well as in confession of their sins.   Further, using the prayers of Elijah as an example, he reminds us that God powerfully blesses the prayers of faithful, believing prayers.  This morning’s Gospel Lesson  actually gave us the traditional name for this Sunday (“Rogate” – Latin for “ask”….in bold type).   Here Jesus teaches His disciples how to pray by giving them the Lord’s Prayer (notice also that Luke’s version is abbreviated compared to the “more complete” version found in Matthew 7). He also urges us to “Ask, Seek, and Knock.”   Finally, He reminds us that the Father wants to (and will) give good gifts to those who ask Him..  (Do we lack because we don’t ask?) Today’s Children’s Lesson will remind us that wherever we are, whatever we’re doing we can ASAP (“Always Say A Prayer”).  And finally, this morning’s Sermon is built upon the encouragement Jesus gives us to pray without giving up.   The example before us in our text is that of the “Persistent Widow” — a woman who was denied justice by an unjust judge.   Yet she ultimately received the justice due her because that persistent widow simply refused to give up her appeals.   Our Savior encourages us to prayerfully approach our Heavenly Father with the same consistency, commitment and persistence.


About Our Worship Service . . . . . The order for our worship service is printed in this service bulletin.   You will find that our worship is made up of three essential ingredients:  praise, instruction from God’s Word, and prayer.   We sing our praises to God for all of His gracious blessings.   We receive instruction from His Word in our various Scripture Lessons and through the Sermon.  Our prayers consist of expressions of our repentance for our sins, plus requests for God’s forgiveness, guidance, and continued blessings.     A few additional brief explanations of how we worship may be helpful.   The congregation in worship (we are not part of an audience, but participants in the action of worshiping) generally are seated to listen to God’s Word and sing the regular hymns.   The pastor faces the congregation when he is serving as God’s spokesman.  He faces the altar both when he is serving in the capacity of the congregation’s spokesman, and when he joins the congregation as a fellow worshiper.   One final note:  Because Jesus is our Lord and King as well as our Savior and Redeemer, we customarily stand out of respect for the words of Jesus during the reading of the Gospel Lesson. 

About Our Congregation . . . . . . . Grace Lutheran Church is a fellowship of families and individuals who have found the Lord 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, or the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.  Wisconsin indicates the geographical origin of a group of Christians (organized in Milwaukee, WI in 1850) who believe, teach, and confess that the Bible is the inspired and error-free Word of God, and who are united in their efforts to proclaim Christ crucified and risen for the forgiveness of sins.   Evangelical declares that we believe and proclaim the great Gospel principles of the Bible that sinners are saved by Grace alone,  through Faith alone,  in Christ Jesus alone,  on the basis of Scripture alone.      Lutheran indicates that we hold to the historic Christian faith of Jesus Christ and the Apostles, almost lost to the Church at one time before God restored it through the Lutheran Reformation.   Synod states that we are part of a gathering of over 1200 Christian congregations throughout the United States plus congregations in 24 other nations, all of which “walk together” for the express purpose of serving and sharing the Good News about our gracious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.



     PreService 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.  

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

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


                  Pre-service prayer and Pre-worship music                                                                                          


Let Us Praise The Lord


     Welcome and Invitation to Worship


Today’s Opening Hymn                                                          “Dearest Lord, While You Are Watching”

                                                                                                                                         sung to the melody of “Neander”


Dearest Lord, while You are watching  O’er Your universe today.

Pause a moment as we’re praying,  Hear the words we have to say.

Bless us, please, oh Friend so dear,  As to You we now draw near.

We have thrived on Your attention.   We have prospered at Your hand.

Gifts too numerous to mention,  You have showered on our land.

Earth and heaven sing Your praise,   Mighty Ancient of all days!

Though at times we groan and grumble,   Though our sinful deeds You see,

Though our prayers we often mumble,   You forgive us constantly.

Could we find a friend so true,   As the Friend we’ve found in You?

If You see some tear-drops falling,   Lord, You know the reason why.

We are saddened at recalling,   How You sent Your Son to die.

Such a wond’rous gift of love,   We are so unworthy of!

Gracious God, oh please direct us,   Every day and every night.

Send Your angels to protect us,   From the Tempter’s evil might,

‘Til the day when we can see   You in heav’nly majesty!       Amen.


after which 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                                                                                                    Psalm 86:1-13


Pastor             Turn Your ear,  O Lord.   Answer me, for I am poor and needy.


     Congregation  Guard my life,   for I am favored by You.   You are my God.    Save Your servant who trusts in You.


     P          Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I call to You all day long.

     C         Bring joy to the soul of Your servant,    for to You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.


     P          Indeed, You, Lord, are good and forgiving, and abounding in mercy to all who call to You.

     C         Give ear to my prayer, O Lord.   Pay attention to the sound of my cries for mercy.    In the day of my distress I will call to You,   because You will answer me.


     P          There is no one like You among the gods, O Lord.   There are no deeds like Your deeds.

     C         All the nations You have made will come.   They will bow before You, O Lord;     And they will give glory to Your name.


     P          Because You are great and do marvelous deeds;  You alone are God.

     C         Teach me Your way, O Lord, and I will walk in Your truth.


     P          Give me a wholehearted commitment to fear Your name.

     C         I will thank You, O Lord my God, with all my heart;   and I will glorify Your name forever.


We Confess our Sins Before the Lord


P:         Most holy and merciful Father:

C:        We confess to You and to one another that we have sinned by our own fault, by our own grievous fault in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.


P:         We have not loved You with our whole heart and mind and strength. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We have not forgiven others as we have been forgiven.

C:        Have mercy on us, Lord.

P:         We have been deaf to Your call to serve as Christ served us. We have not been true to the mind of Christ. We have grieved the Holy Spirit.

C:        Have mercy on us, Lord.


P:         We confess to You, Lord, all our past unfaithfulness. The pride, hypocrisy, and impatience in our lives:

C:        We confess these sins to You, O Lord.

P:         Our self-indulgent appetites and ways, our manipulation of other people:

C:        Forgive us, O Lord.

P:         Our anger when our selfish aims are denied, and our envy of those more fortunate than ourselves:

C:        We confess to You, O Lord, our disobedience.

P:         Our love of worldly goods and comforts, and our dishonesty in daily life and work:

C:        Forgive us, Lord, for our many transgressions.

P:         Our negligence in worship and prayer, and our failure to show the faith that is in us:

C:        Lord, we admit that we have sinned against You.


P:         Forgive us, Lord, for the wrongs we have done. For our blindness to human need and suffering, and our indifference to injustice and cruelty:

C:        Have mercy upon us, gracious O Lord.


P:         For all false judgments, for uncharitable thoughts toward others, and for our prejudice and contempt for those who differ from us:

C:        Forgive us, O Lord, for we have sinned against You.

P:         For what we think or say or do that is at variance with Your will:

C:        We confess our repeated failures to be righteous in Your sight, O Lord.

P:         Restore us, good Lord, and let Your anger depart from us.

C:        Hear us, Lord, for Your mercy is great. Amen.


P:         Accomplish in us, O God, the work of Your salvation,

C:        that we may show forth Your glory in the world.

P:         As we meditate on the life, death and resurrection for us,  of Your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ,

C:        O Lord, enable us to celebrate Your forgiving grace, +   rejoice in the new life that is ours through faith in Christ,   +   and live every day certain of our eternal salvation.  Amen.


      Pastor Upon this, your voluntary confession, and in accordance with the responsibilities entrusted to me as a called and ordained servant of the Living Word, I assure you that God, our heavenly Father, has forgiven you all your sins.   By the perfect life and innocent death of our Lord Jesus Christ, He has removed your guilt and condemnation forever.   You are His own dear child –  an heir of everlasting life through faith in Christ.   May God now give you the strength of faith to live according to His will.   Go in His grace and peace.   Amen.


after which the Congregation may be seated for


We Give Our Attention to God’s Word


The Old Testament Lesson                                                                                             Exodus 17:8-13

                                                                                                                                                                    8 Then the Amalekites came and fought against the Israelites at Rephidim. 9 Moses said to       Joshua, “Select some men for us, and go out and fight against the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on the hilltop, and God’s staff will be in my hand.” 10 So Joshua did just as Moses told him.

While Joshua was fighting against the Amalekites, Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the hilltop. 11 Whenever Moses held up his hand, the Israelites would start winning, but whenever he lowered his hand, the Amalekites would start winning. 12 When Moses’ arms became tired, they took a stone and placed it under him, and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held up his hands—one on one side, and one on the other side. In this way his hands were steady until sunset. 13 So Joshua defeated the Amalekite army with the sword.

The Epistle Lesson                                                                                                             James 5:13-20

13 Is anyone among you suffering? He should pray. Is anyone cheerful? He should sing songs of praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? He should call the elders of the church, and they should pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 So confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, in order that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is able to do much because it is effective. 17 Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. 18 Then he prayed again, and the sky gave rain, and the land produced its harvest.

19 My brothers, if anyone among you wanders away from the truth and someone turns him back, 20 let it be known that the one who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.


After which the Congregation will rise for     


The Gospel Lesson                                                                                                               Luke 11:1-13


On another occasion, Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John also taught his disciples.”

2 He said to them, “When you pray, say, ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  3 Give us each day our daily bread. 4 Forgive us our sins, as we also forgive everyone who sins against us.   And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.’”


5 He said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and tell him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, 6 because a friend of mine who is on a journey has come to me, and I do not have anything to set before him.’ 7 And the one inside replies, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give it to you.’ 8 I tell you, even if he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his bold persistence, he will get up and give him as much as he needs.


9 “I tell you, keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep seeking, and you will find. Keep knocking, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives. The one who seeks finds. And to the one who knocks, it will be opened.

11 “What father among you, if your son asks for bread, would give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, would give him a snake instead of a fish? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, would give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?”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 Children’s Lesson                                                                                                Ephesians 6:18-20

18 At every opportunity, pray in the Spirit with every kind of prayer and petition. Stay alert for the same reason, always persevering in your intercession for all the saints. 19 Pray for me also, that when I open my mouth a message will be given to me that boldly reveals the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may speak about it boldly, as it is necessary for me to speak.


“ASAP”……Always Say A Prayer


The Hymn of the Day                                              Hymn 408  “Christians, While On Earth Abiding”


                  Sermon Text                                                                                                                      Luke 18:1-8


Jesus told them a parable about the need to always pray and not lose heart: 2 “There was a judge in a certain town who did not fear God and did not care about people. 3 There was a widow in that town, and she kept going to him, saying, ‘Give me justice from my adversary!’ 4 For some time he refused, but after a while he said to himself, ‘Even though I do not fear God or care about people, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice so that she will not wear me out with her endless pleading.’”

6 The Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 Will not God give justice to his chosen ones, who are crying out to him day and night? Will he put off helping them? 8 I tell you that he will give them justice quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”


Keep on Praying and Never Give Up!

following the sermon the Congregation will REMAIN SEATED for


      The Post-Sermon Blessing


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



Lord, Receive our Offerings and Prayers


      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.

as the pastor’s invitation, the Congregation will rise for

The Prayers of the Church


In our Prayers this morning we include:

A Prayer of Intercession for Susan Bauer (Pastor’s sister) who remains hospitalized in

Michigan, recovering from injuries she received in an automobile accident;   and

A Prayer of Thanksgiving on behalf of  Terry and Amy Bruns

who are celebrating their wedding anniversary this Thursday.


The Lord’s Prayer and Response  


      Congregation  Our Father, Who art in heaven,  Hallowed be Thy name;

Pastor             Grant Father, that the Gospel of Jesus Christ may be proclaimed freely among us and throughout the world, and that we may live holy, Godly lives to the glory of Your name.


      C:        Thy Kingdom come;

P:         Grant, Father, that the proclamation of the Gospel may bear much fruit, so that large numbers of men, women, and children from every nation and tribe may come to know and believe in Your Son, Jesus Christ.


C:        Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven;

      P:         Grant , Father, that we may never forget that it is Your will that all men be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.   Grant that we may remember that we are to carry out Your will by being witnesses of Christ to the world.   Father,  may Your will be done through us!


      C:        Give us this day our daily bread;

P:         Grant, Father, that we may always remember that every good gift is from above and that the earth and all that is in it are Yours.  May we also trust in Your for our daily bread.  Then we will confidently share our blessings with others and return to You a large, generous portion of the gifts You have entrusted to us.


C:        And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us;

P:         Forgive us, Father, for all the times we have given offense and kept others from coming to You.  Forgive us for being so indifferent and cold to Christ’s command to preach the Gospel to every nation.  Forgive us for so frequently forgetting that Christ died for us and that we should no longer live for ourselves, as a result, but for Him who died and rose again for us.  Grant that we may also forgive those who sin against us, love our enemies,  pray for those who persecute us, and do good to those who hate us, that we might, by all means possible, lead some to Christ.


      C:        And lead us not into temptation;

P:         Grant, Father, that Satan, the world, and our own sinful flesh may not tempt us to neglect the supreme task of the Church.  Grant that we never squander away our time while the world rushes toward Judgement Day;  that we never waste our financial resources on the pleasures and luxuries of this life, and in so doing deny others the Bread of Life.  Heavenly Father, keep us from these and all other temptations.


      C:        But deliver us from evil;

P:         Protect us, Father, from all harm and danger, but grant that we will always boldly confess our faith in Jesus no matter what the circumstances, no matter what the result may be.


      C:        For Thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.  Amen.



We Celebrate the Lord’s Supper

      The Words of Institution – Spoken by the Pastor


      Our Self-Examination Before Receiving The Lord’s Supper


      Pastor –           Let us now examine ourselves in preparation for receiving this Sacrament of our Lord, as the inspired Apostle Paul so instructs us in I Corinthians

11, where he  writes,  “…whoever eats the bread and drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord.  A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup.  For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgement upon himself.”


      Pastor –           Accordingly, are you sincerely sorry for your sins and determined, with God’s help, to change your sinful ways?


      Congregation  Yes, I am sorry for my sins and desire to serve Jesus and not a sinful lifestyle.


      Pastor –           Do you believe that here in the Lord’s Supper you will receive, along with the bread and wine, the true body and blood of your Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ?                


      Congregation Yes, I believe that I will be receiving the true body and blood of my Lord and Savior, which was given into death for my sins.


      Pastor –           Are you coming to the Lord’s table as one in the faith with this Christian congregation, as the Scriptures teach?


      Congregation  Yes I have studied the teachings of this congregation concerning God’s Word;  I agree with them;  And am one in faith with them, as the Scriptures command me to be before I come to the Lord’s table with anyone.

      Pastor –           Finally, do you recognize your need for forgiveness and do you believe that you will receive through the Lord’s Supper the full and free forgiveness of all your sins?


      Congregation  Yes, I have examined my life, see the need for God’s forgiveness and believe that I will receive complete forgiveness for all my sins, as my Savior has promised.


      Pastor –           Having examined yourselves and confessed your sins, come now with confidence and joy to your Lord’s table and receive here, through His body and blood, the guarantee that your ins are all forgiven, and that eternal life and salvation are surely yours.



                                                                             (Please read the following if you have not spoken with

                                                                                      our Pastor about taking communion.  Thank you.)



     We ask that only “Confirmed, Communicant” members of this congregation, or of one of our Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod congregations come forward to receive the Lord’s Supper at this time. To us the Lord’s Supper is both an expression of our common faith in Christ (which we share with all our fellow Christian worshipers this morning), and also a public expression of our complete doctrinal agreement as a congregation and church body (as I Corinthians 1:10 and 10:17, as well as Romans 16:17 and I John 4:1 require of us).  

     Accordingly if you are not a communicant member of Grace Lutheran Church or our Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, we are not, in any way, judging your Christian faith by respectfully asking you not to join us in the Lord’s Supper this morning.  Rather, we pray that our Scripture-based practice of “Close Communion” will encourage all those Christians who are not presently in full fellowship with us to seriously examine the teachings and practices of their church in order to determine if those teachings and practices are really in full agreement with God’s Word. It is our earnest desire that you might become familiar with the doctrines of our congregation, so that you might one day join with us at the Lord’s altar in this public expression of full unity of doctrine and practice. Until then, please know that we are most grateful for your participation as a fellow Christian in this worship service, and that we appreciate your patience and understanding of our Communion practice.   Finally, if you do have any questions or concerns about our “Close Communion”  practice, please speak with our Pastor following this evening’s worship service, or at your convenience.




      The Distribution of the Elements 


            The Distribution Hymn                                          Hymn 411  “What A Friend We Have In Jesus”


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


We Conclude Our Worship Service


      The Closing Prayer   


Almighty God, to Whom all hearts are open,   +    all desires known,   +    and from Whom no secrets are hid,   +      cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the power of Your Holy Spirit,   +     that we may love You more completely,   +     praise You more joyously,   +     and serve You more faithfully.   +     These requests we make   +     in the name of Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, +    Who lives and rules with You and the Holy Spirit,   +     as the one true, God –  now and forever.   +     Amen.                                                       




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


                  The LORD bless you and keep you.

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

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


                  The Closing Hymn Selection                             Hymn 504  “Bless Our Loved Ones, Holy Father”


silent prayer, announcements

            post-service music                                                                                                                                




Last Week at Grace                                     Sunday Worship Attendance:  34        Web Service Views:   44

Tuesday Bible Class:   17 participants           Wednesday Bible Classes:    5 men;   6 women

Budgetary Offerings:  $6620                           Online Offerings:  $2020


Serving Us NEXT SUNDAY (5-24)                                                                                              Altar Guild – Harriet Johnson, Debbie Jones

Ushers – Micah Galvan, John Johnson, Tom Otto

Elders — John Johnson, Steve Stone


Birthdays & Anniversary This Week                                                                                                            

5/20 — Baylee Hesgard;                 5/20  — Tim Pfortmiller;        5/20 — Jim Taylor;       

5/21 — Amy & Terry Bruns;               5/21 — Landen Finch (Ferguson);    


This Coming Week at Grace Lutheran Church


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

                              Tuesday         Over-The-Phone Morning Bible Study, 10:30 a.m.                                    

      Wednesday    Evening  Over-The-Phone Bible Classes, 6-7 p.m.

      Sunday           Morning Worship at 9:30 a.m.


“Over the Phone” Midweek Bible Classes…..

      You’re encouraged to be a participant in one of the two over-the phone Bible classes that we are offering each week.   One is on Tuesday morning from 10:30 to 11:30.   The other is held on Wednesday evening from 6-7pm.    With both classes, Pastor will begin  taking callers 15 minutes prior to when the class is scheduled to formally begin.     You can use your cell phone or land line to do this.  (It is  recommended you  use a phone that has a speaker feature, as this frees up your hands to hold your Bible, turn pages, take notes, etc.)



The Upcoming Edition of “Meditations”, our Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod’s daily devotional booklet, published every three months, and available through our congregation to every family who worships here, can be found on the table in the front entrance.   The “new” edition’s devotions  cover the next quarter (starting two Sundays from now, on May 31st, and proceeding through the end of August).  Please take home your copy today.