God wants to hear our earnest requests brought in faith
In Isaiah we hear that God’s house shall be a house of prayer for all people and that God will gather the outcasts of Israel. The Canaanite woman in today’s gospel is a Gentile, an outsider, who is unflinching in her request that Jesus heal her daughter. As Jesus commends her bold faith, how might our church extend its mission to those on the margins of society? In our gathering around word and meal we receive strength to be signs of comfort, healing, and justice for those in need.
Watch the worship service for this week here.
Opening Song: LBW#835. “All Creatures, Worship God Most High,”
Prayer of the Day
Children’s Message: Rachel Harrington
First Lesson Isaiah 56:1, 6-8
Alleluia New, “Hallelujah! We Sing Your Praises,”
Gospel Matthew 14:22-33
Message “Outwitted by Audacious Humility” Pastor Netsie Griffith
Message Hymn – LBW#523, “Let Us Go Now to the Banquet,” vv. 2-3,
Prayer of the Faithful
Postlude “Suite No. 1 BWV 1007 – Prelude” by J. S. Bach, Jason Han, cello.
Prayer of the Day
God of all peoples, your arms reach out to embrace all those who call upon you. Teach us as disciples of your Son to love the world with compassion and constancy, that your name may be known throughout the earth, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Readings & Psalm
Isaiah 56:1, 6-8
A house of prayer for all peoples
Let all the peoples praise you, O God. (Ps. 67:3)
Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32
God’s mercy to all, Jew and Gentile
Matthew 15: 21-28
The healing of the Canaanite woman’s daughter
Celebrate Holy Communion together “virtually”.
Please join with other worshipers and the pastors for this Sunday’s Communion service at 11:00 on ZOOM via computer, tablet or smart phone.
You simply need to have ready your own wine, grape juice, or apple juice as you choose, in a separate glass for each person. And have a piece of bread of your choice, or wafer, or cracker as you choose.
If you didn’t receive an email to join us this Sunday, you may find the ZOOM login information to login by entering your name and email in the green form.
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Nativity Event 2021
Drive-through Nativity Story Saturday, December 18, 5:00pm - 8:30 pm This year we will again tell the story of Jesus' birth outside in lights, art, music, and a living creche scene. Come enjoy a colorful lighted series of signs and characters that show and tell the Biblical Nativity story with classical Christmas carols as you pass slowly through the parking lot. The story of Christ's birth will be told in lighted signs and figures lining the path from the entry of the Grace...
Adult Bible Study – Justice, Law, History- Dec 2021- Feb 2022
Adult Bible Study - Starts December 5 Sundays after Worship: 11:15am in Ronnencamp Hall However, we will continue to email to those that wish. Contact Frank or Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to get the Bible Study lessons emailed to you or want to learn more about the class. Stay well.Justice, Law, History The study focuses on Old Testament scriptures and the interaction between the ideal of justice, God’s pursuit of justice in history, and God’s gift of the law that allows humans to...
Offerings of Thanksgiving
While we are keeping physical social distance, there are still options for you to continue bringing your offerings to God and support the ministries of Grace.
- Mail a check to church address below
- Online bill pay through your bank
- Online giving – Orange button
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord!
We thank the following for today’s flowers: Carol Erickson
Pentecost 10, Lectionary 19, 8/9/2020 copyright wordings
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“Listen, God Is Calling” Tune: Public Domain, Text and musical arrangement: Text © Lutheran Theological College, Makumira, Tanzania, admin. Augsburg Fortress. Arr. © 1968 Austin C. Lovelace, admin. Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission, One License.Net # A-706744
New Revised Standard Version Bible, Copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
“When Peace Like a River:” Public Domain.
“Take My Life,” Text, Public Domain; Music, Music © 1999 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved, see above.