The 23rd Sunday of after Trinity

 the 25th Sunday of the

Pentecost Season


November 07, 2021



The Lord’s Signs To His Church That The Last Day Is Approaching




One of my favorites stories is the one told about a particular media preacher who went on and on at great length on his show, telling his hearers about his latest book.   He claimed it explained everything a person ever needed to know about the coming of Jesus and the end of time. “You must have this book,” he said over and over again, all the while with a telephone number (not even toll-free) constantly flashing at the bottom of the screen.  He made it sound as if he was the only one who had the proper prophetic insight into world events and its future.   However, he promised that everyone could have the benefit of his wisdom, contained in his latest book….for a mere $14.95.   What’s more,  he rather emphatically suggested that it would be difficult – if not impossible – for anyone to survive the coming terrors of the End Times unless that person had (and read) his book.  

     His interest (and his ire) piqued, a certain parish pastor called the number at the bottom of the screen and began speaking to the operator at the other end.  He started by suggesting that if this preacher really thought the information in his book was truly vital to  the survival and salvation of his listeners, and since the end was so near (as he had been claiming), that – for the love of souls – he ought to be giving the book away….not charging $14.95 for it!     What’s more, since the

world was going to be coming to an end immanently (as the media preacher was predicting) he wouldn’t need the money anyway, right?   After all, once the world ends what good would any money in a bank account be?  Yes, it was true, suggested the calling-in pastor, that it does cost money to publish a book, but the TV preacher wouldn’t have to be concerned about paying the printing charges.   After all, if the end was as near as he’d suggested, Judgment Day would arrive before the printer’s bill arrived!   As you might imagine, the person on the other end of the phone call was not at all amused.  “I’m sorry, sir,” she said, “I simply do what I’m told, and my job is to take book orders;  not debate with customers.   Besides, I  don’t really know that much about theology.” ….To which the phone-in pastor responded, “That’s okay.   Neither does the writer of the book you’re selling.”   

     That pastor was right, wasn’t he?  The media preacher/book writer & seller didn’t know much at all about theology (theology is the study of what God’s Word has to say to us).   Of course, an ever sadder fact is that  many people today don’t know much about the theology of the Last Times – long-time church members and ministers included.   And that’s a shame!


It’s Very Important for us to Study the Last Times

     And that’s why it’s long been the custom in Christian Churches like ours (sometimes known as “liturgical [structured worship] churches” ) to focus our public worship and study attention during the month of November on what the Bible teaches concerning the Last Times and Judgment Day, about Heaven and Hell, as well as the importance of our being spiritually prepared either for Christ’s Second Coming to judge the world, or for the moment of death (at which point eternity for us will begin).    We do this annually in order to maintain a proper understanding of what the Lord teaches us in Scripture about how the world will end, about what will take place on the Last Day, and about why these are teachings which are not only important for us to know, but which can – and should – be very edifying and encouraging for our Christian faith.  

     We maintain that custom in our congregation by annually following what is known as “the Church Calendar.”   Through the course of a twelve month period that begins in late November/early December with the season of Advent, then follows with the Epiphany, Lent and Easter seasons, and concludes with the half-year long Pentecost/Trinity season, we try to devote our public worship and study time in God’s Word to an organized approach that covers both the major events of Christ’s life and the principal ways that we Christians life out our lives of faith.  

Today’s Worship Service and Scripture Lessons

     In this morning’s Old Testament Lesson the Lord gives Daniel a glimpse of what the Last Times will be like for God’s people.   Here we see the world as a battlefield between the forces of God and those opposed to Him.  That battle between the two sides will intensify as the end approaches.   We need not despair, however, because while trouble certainly is in the future for us,  ultimately by God’s protecting grace, we will triumph.  In fact, included among our defeated enemies will be death itself – which will be defeated through the resurrection of our bodies to glory by the power and promise of our risen Savior.  At the same time those who opposed the Lord will be sent into everlasting condemnation in hell, while we will receive everlasting life in heaven.  Daniel wondered, as we sometimes do, how long it would be before the Last Day arrived.   The answer he received: “a time, times, and half a time” is a mysterious one which many have tried to explain and quantify.   But the answer, finally, is known only by the Lord – as He teaches us elsewhere in Scripture (e.g., Matt 24:36).   It is enough for us to trust in God’s promise that He will deliver His Church from this world of sin in His own appointed time.  (Which happens to be the main point of our Children’s Lesson for today.)    Our Epistle Reading is part of Paul’s letter to the church in Thessalonika.   Here he is clearing up some confusion in that congregation regarding what happens to those who die in the faith before the Lord Jesus returns for Judgment Day.   He reminds them that the dead will rise and join those who are still alive to meet the Lord “in the air” for judgment.   He also talks about the suddenness of the Last Day and of how it will come as quickly and surprisingly as a thief in the night or labor pains for a pregnant woman.    All in all the purpose of Scripture’s teachings about the End of Times is to encourage believers to remain firm and unmoved in their faith until the Lord returns or calls us home to heaven through physical death (whichever comes first for us).    In our Gospel Lesson and Sermon Text for today Jesus gives His disciples some of the signs to watch for, which will signal the nearness of the Last Day.  We will hear about natural disasters, distress in society, persecution for the church, and the falling away of many.    In addition, the Gospel will continue to be proclaimed and souls will continue to added to Christ’s Kingdom.   Throughout these verses are two key emphases we dare not miss:   1)  that we must remain prepared for Christ’s return for judgment and deliverance;   and 2)  that the Lord will preserve us and His Church as we remain steadfast in our faith. 



Pre-Service Prayer 

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



Grace Lutheran Church of Northwest Arkansas

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

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

serving each Soul.

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

through Worship, Education and Fellowship.




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

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

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



Prayer upon entering the sanctuary

Pre-service Music                                                                                                                                                                           


Greeting and Invitation to Worship


We Praise Our God


The Opening Hymn                                                                                      “The Morning Sun Is Dawning”

The morning sun is dawning,    And I thank God once more

Beneath Whose care awaking    I find the night is o’er:

I thank Him that He’s called me     To be His child and heir;

I know, whatever happens    I’m safely in His care.


O Lord of all creation,    Watch over me this day;

In all I do be near me,     For others too I pray –

To You I do commend them:   Our church, our youth, our land;

Direct them and defend them,    When dangers are at hand.


You are the Vine, O Savior,    May we, Your branches be,

Connected to You firmly,     And for eternity.

Your Spirit place within us,     And let His gifts of grace

Empower us to serve You – throughout our earthly race.


So grant us, Lord, Your blessing       That we may do Your will,

No more Your ways transgressing,     Our calling to fulfill;

To go and tell the Good News:    Christ died for all, that we –

through faith in Him, forgiven —  Have heaven eternally.    Amen.


after which the Congregation will rise



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

                             and of the Son,

                             and of the Holy Spirit.   Amen.”



Our Psalm for Today                                                                                                                        Psalm 139

P:  Lord, You have investigated me, and You know.    You know when I sit

     down and when I get up.    You understand my thoughts from far off.

You keep track of when I travel and when I stay, and You are familiar with all my ways.   Before there is a word on my tongue, You, Lord, already know it completely.



C: You put a fence behind me and in front of me,   +   and You have placed Your hand on me.   +   Such knowledge is too wonderful for me.    +

     It is too high—I cannot grasp it.


P:  Where can I go from Your Spirit?   Where can I flee from Your Presence?   If I go up to heaven, You are there.   If I make my bed in hell—there You are!   I rise on the wings of dawn.    I settle on the far side of the sea.   Even there Your hand guides me,  and Your right hand holds on to me.


C: And if I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me   +   and the light will become night around me,”  then even the darkness will not be too dark for You.   +   The night will be as light as the day.   +  Darkness and light are the same to You.


P:  For You created my inner organs.   You wove me together in my mother’s womb.   I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.   Your works are wonderful, and my soul knows that very well. My bones were not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place,  when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.   Your eyes saw my unfinished body.  In Your book all of them were written. Days were determined, before any of them existed.  


C: Your thoughts to me are so precious, O God!    +   How great is the sum of them!   +  If I would count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand.   +  I awake, and I am still with You.


P:  If only You would slay the wicked, O God,  so that bloody men would depart from me,   men who speak against you maliciously.   Your adversaries misuse Your name.   Do I not hate those who hate You, O Lord,  and detest those who rise up against You?  I absolutely hate them. To me they are enemies.


C: Investigate me, God, and know my heart. +   Test me and know my troubled thoughts.   +    See if there is any way in me that causes pain, +    and lead me in the way everlasting.


The Prayer For This Morning

O God + Eternal Author and Giver of Life,   +   Who gave us Your Son, Jesus Christ,   + that  – through faith in Him  –  +   we might one day enjoy that life which knows no end:   +   Make our faith complete   +   through the final victory that will enable us    +   to overcome this sinful world   +   so that one day    +   we might be with You forever,   +   experiencing heaven’s glory +  with all Your angels and the Church Triumphant,   +   praising You, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,   +  in the home of love, and light, and everlasting life.   +   Grant our prayer, for Jesus’ sake.  Amen.




The Confessional Order of Service


Pastor            “O LORD, Open my lips.”


     Congregation –     And my mouth shall show forth Your praise



Pastor            “Make haste, O God, to deliver me.”


     Congregation      Make haste to help me, O Lord.



Pastor            “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit.”


     Congregation –   A broken and a contrite heart, O God

                                         You will not despise.


Glory be to the Father

And to the Son

And to the Holy Ghost.

As it was in the beginning

Is now and ever shall be.

World without end.   Amen.



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.”


After which the Congregation will be seated


We Hear God’s Word


Today’s Old Testament Lesson                                                                                                 Daniel 12:1-11

Then at that time, Michael, the great prince who stands over your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress that has not happened from the first time that there was a nation until that time.


At that time your people will be delivered, everyone who is found written in the book. 2 Many who are sleeping in the dusty ground will awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame, to everlasting contempt. 3 Those who have insight will shine like the brightness of the sky, and those who bring many to righteousness will shine like the stars forever and ever. 4 Now you, Daniel, close up the words and seal the scroll until the time of the end. Many will continue running back and forth, and knowledge will increase.


5 I, Daniel, looked, and there were two others standing there, one on the near bank of the river and the other on the far bank of the river. 6 Someone said to the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the river,

“How long until the end of these amazing things?” 7 Then I heard the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the river. He raised his right hand and his left hand to heaven and swore by him who lives forever that it would be for a time, times, and half a time, and then, when the rejection of the holy people is finished, all these things will be finished.[a]


8 I myself heard, but I did not understand. So I said, “Lord, what will be the end result of these things?”


9 He said:  Go, Daniel, because the words are closed up and sealed until the time of the end. 10 Many will be purified, made white, and refined, but the wicked will act wickedly. None of the wicked will understand, but those who have insight will understand.


11 From the time when the regular daily offering is removed and an abominable thing that causes desolation is set up, there will be one thousand two hundred ninety days. 12 Blessed is the one who waits and reaches one thousand three hundred thirty-five days.  13 But you, go on your way to the end. You will rest and rise to your assigned inheritance at the end of the days.



The Epistle Lesson                                                                                                   I Thessalonians 4:13-5:11

13 We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who have fallen asleep, so that you do not grieve in the same way as the others, who have no hope. 14 Indeed, if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, then in the same way we also believe that God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep through Jesus.


15 In fact, we tell you this by the word of the Lord: We who are alive and left until the coming of the Lord will certainly not go on ahead of those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven with a loud command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together with them, to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore, encourage one another with these words.

5:1    Concerning the times and dates, brothers, there is no need to write to you, 2 for you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 When people are saying, “Peace and security,” destruction will suddenly come on them, like labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will certainly not escape. 4 But you, brothers, are not in the dark so that this day takes you by surprise like a thief, 5 for you are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or the darkness. 6 So then let us not sleep like everyone else, but rather let us remain alert and sober.


7 To be sure, those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. 8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. 9 You see, God did not appoint us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 He died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with Him. 11 Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up, just as you are also doing.


After which the Congregation will rise

out of respect for the words of our Savior and Lord


The Gospel Lesson                                                                                                                 Matthew 24:1-35

As Jesus left the temple and was walking away, His disciples came up to Him to call His attention to the temple buildings. 2 Then He replied to them, “Do you see all of these things? Amen I tell you: Not one stone here will be left on another that will not be thrown down.”


3 While He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately and said, “Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the world?”


4 Jesus answered them, “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 Because many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will deceive many people. 6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, because all these things must happen; but that is not yet the end. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 But all these things are only the beginning of birth pains. 9 Then they will hand you over to be persecuted, and they will put you to death. You will be hated by all nations because of My name. 10 Then many will fall away from faith. They will betray each other and hate each other. 11 Many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because lawlessness will increase, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But whoever endures to the end will be saved. 14 This gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.


15 “Therefore when you see the abomination that causes desolation, that was spoken of through the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place—let the reader understand— 16 then those who are in Judea should flee to the mountains. 17 The one on the housetop should not go down to take anything out of his house. 18 The one who is in the field should not return to get his clothes. 19 How terrible it will be for those who are pregnant or are nursing babies in those days! 20 Pray that your flight will not take place in the winter or on a Sabbath. 21 For at that time there will be great distress, unlike any that has happened since the beginning of the world until now, and unlike any that will happen again. 22 If those days were not shortened, nobody would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, those days will be shortened.


23 “At that time if anyone tells you, ‘Look, here is the Christ,’ or ‘There He is,’ do not believe it. 24 For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will perform great signs and wonders so as to deceive even the elect, if it were possible.


25 “See, I have told you in advance. 26 So if they tell you, ‘Look! There He is in the wilderness,’ do not go out there, or ‘Look! Here He is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 27 Just as the lightning flashes from the east and shines as far as the west, so it will be when the Son of Man comes. 28 Wherever the carcass may be, there the vultures will gather.


29 “Immediately after the misery of those days, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky. And at that time all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. 31 He will send out His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.


32 “Learn this lesson from the fig tree. When its branch has become tender and produces leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 In the same way, when you see all these things, know that He is near, right at the doors. 34 Amen I tell you: This generation will certainly not pass away until all these things take place. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.


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.


After which the Congregation may be seated for



The Children’s Lesson                                                                                                              Matthew 24:36


36 “No one knows when that day and hour will be, not the angels of heaven, not even the Son, but only the Father.

Can You Guess The Right Answer?



The Sermon Hymn                                                               Hymn 207    “The Day Is Surely Drawing Near”

                                                                                                                                                            verses 1-5

1 The day is surely drawing near  When God’s Son, the Anointed,

Shall with great majesty appear As judge of all appointed.

All mirth and laughter then shall cease

When flames on flames will still increase,    As Scripture truly teaches.


2 A trumpet loud shall then resound   And all the earth be shaken.

Then all who in their graves are found   Shall from their sleep awaken

And with the living in that hour

By the Almighty’s boundless pow’r  Be changed at his commanding.


3 A book is opened then to all,   A record truly telling

What each has done, both great and small,  

When he on earth was dwelling,   And ev’ry heart be clearly seen,  

And all be known as they have been  

In thoughts and words and actions. 


4 Then woe to those who scorned the Lord  

And sought but carnal pleasures,  

Who here despised his precious Word

And loved their earthly treasures! 

With shame and trembling they will stand

And at the judge’s stern command   To Satan be delivered.


5 My Savior paid the debt I owe  And for my sin was smitten;

Within the Book of Life I know   My name has now been written.

I will not doubt, for I am free,   And Satan cannot threaten me;

There is no condemnation!


The Greeting


Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge

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


Sermon Text                                                                                                                           Matthew 24:1-14

                                                                                                                                       Today’s Gospel Lesson


The Evidence That The End Is Near

following the sermon the Congregation will REMAIN SEATED for


The Post-Sermon Blessing


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



We Offer Our Gifts to the Lord


Our Offerings of Love to our Lord


We offer you the following suggestions for providing God with Your thank-offerings through our ministry:

1) Those in the chapel can  place their offerings in the offering plates

2) You can send a check (no cash) in the mail to Grace Lutheran Church (415 N. 6th Place, Lowell, AR 72745)

3) Or, go online to our website ( and use the giving option there.


At the Pastor’s invitation, the Congregation will rise

We Offer Our Prayers to the Lord


The Prayers for this Day  – 


Included in our prayers this morning are:

Rudy Ryskey, who is hospitalized in Mountain Home;

JoAnne Diewock, who will undergo knee surgery this Monday;   and

Lisa Pudas, who will undergo brain surgery Tuesday in Little Rock



The Lord’s     Our Father, Who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name;  

Prayer            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 Celebrate the Lord’s Supper


Pastor –          The Lord be with you.


     Congregation        And also with you.



Pastor –          Lift up your hearts.


     Congregation        We lift them up to the Lord.



Pastor –          Let us give thanks unto the Lord, our God.


           Congregation        It is good and right so to do.



Consecration of the Elements                                                                                                                                                                            


Pastor –          The peace of the Lord be with you always.


           Congregation –      Amen



The Exhortation Regarding the Lord’s Supper





(Please read the following if you have not spoken with

our Pastor about taking communion.  Thank you.)



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

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

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

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

     It is our prayer that our Scripture-based practice of “Close Communion” will encourage anyone among us today who is not presently in full fellowship with us to seriously examine the teachings and

practices of his/her church in order to determine if those teachings and practices are really in full agreement with God’s Word. 

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



 Distribution Hymns                                                 Hymn 306 “Before You Lord, the Judge of All”


1 Before you, God, the Judge of all,  With grief and shame I humbly fall.

I see my sins against you, Lord,  My sins of thought and deed and word

They press me sore; to you I flee:   O God, be merciful to me!


2 O Lord, my God, to you I pray:   Oh, cast me not in wrath away!

Let your good Spirit ne’er depart,   But let him draw to you my heart

That truly penitent I be:   O God, be merciful to me!


3 O Jesus, let your precious blood   Be to my soul a cleansing flood.

Turn not, O Lord, your guest away,   But grant that justified I may

Go to my house at peace to be:   O God, be merciful to me!


Hymn 315    “Here, O My Lord, I See You Face To Face”


1 Here, O my Lord, I see thee face to face;

here would I touch and handle things unseen,

here grasp with firmer hand th’eternal grace,

and all my weariness upon thee lean.


2 Here would I feed upon the bread of God,

here drink with thee the royal wine of heav’n;

here would I lay aside each earthly load,

here taste afresh the calm of sin forgiv’n.


3 This is the hour of banquet and of song;

this is the heav’nly table spread for me:

here let me feast, and, feasting, still prolong

the brief, bright hour of fellowship with thee.


4 I have no help but thine, nor do I need

another arm save thine to lean upon:

it is enough, my Lord, enough indeed;

my strength is in thy might, thy might alone.


5 Mine is the sin, but thine the righteousness;

mine is the guilt, but thine the cleansing blood;

here is my robe, my refuge, and my peace:

thy blood, thy righteousness, O Lord my God.

Following the distribution,

at the Pastor’s invitation the Congregation will rise as



We Leave With The Lord’s Blessing


The Closing Prayer                                                                                                                                           


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                                                 Hymn 207  “The Day Is Surely Drawing Near”

                                                                                                                                                                 Verse 6


6 O Jesus Christ, do not delay,   But hasten our salvation;

We often tremble on our way   In fear and tribulation.

Your saints are waiting patiently;   Come soon, Redeemer; make us free

From ev’ry evil. Amen.



Silent Prayer


Post-Service Music





Last Week At Grace:    In Worship: 74                                                              Online views of the service: 26

Bible Class:   29     Online views: 5

Tuesday Bible Class: 12        Wednesday Bible Class:   4 women, 4 men

Budget: $1886         Online Budget: $325.44



This Coming Week at Grace Lutheran Church

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

                 Bible Class/Sunday School, 11 am    Confirmation Class 12:15

Tuesday   NO Morning Bible Class

Wednesday   NO Evening Bible Study

Saturday  Outreach Calling/Visitation, 11 a.m.

Sunday   Morning Worship, 9:30 a.m.                     Fellowship, 10:45 a.m. Bible Class/SS 11:05 a.m.    Youth Confirmation Class, 12:15 pm.


Serving Us Next Sunday (11/14)                                                             Elders:   Steve Stone, Tim Pfortmiller

Altar Guild: Christine Quinlan, Linda Winnat       Video: Dale Johannes

Ushers:    Murray Mansch, Jim Taylor, Jim Winnat      Fellowship: ????


This Week’s Birthdays and Anniversary        11/07 Bill Krizsan;    

11/09 – Carl Boettcher;   11/09 – Ava Hoyord;

11/09 – Brian & Kim Nelson;   11/10 – Taylor Ashley


 Thanksgiving Day Worship and Special Dinner   We’d like to encourage you to make your plans now to join us in setting the tone for a “proper” Thanksgiving Day by starting November 25th   here at Grace with  a  service of celebration and thanksgiving at 9:30 a.m.   We’ll follow the service with a special pot-luck/fellowship Thanksgiving  dinner.   In  addition to it being a special occasion’  through which you can thank the Lord for His many mercies to you, please see this as an   “outreach  opportunity” (since few churches even hold Thanksgiving Day worship services), and consider inviting family members and a friend (or  friends) to join you in worship here Thanksgiving morning.


The Upcoming Edition of “Meditations”, our WELS’ daily devotional

booklet is available through our congregation to everyone who

worships here.  The November 28-February 26, 2022 edition can be

found on the table in the front entry.  This covers three months’ worth

of  devotions for time well-spent in God’s Word. 


Pastor Huebner and Debbie be out of town this week.    They will be in Jacksonville, FL at the Mayo Clinic, where Pastor will be tested and may receive treatment for the gift of cancer God has given him.   They will be returning home Friday evening.   Consequently, there will be no midweek Bible classes (Tuesday or Wednesday) this week