Christ has come among us!
The psalmist calls on the natural world, celestial bodies, fire and earth, creatures, and all humanity, to praise God. The voices of Simeon and 84-year-old Anna join the chorus today, recognizing what God is doing in Jesus. Simeon’s song is often sung after communion, for we have seen God’s salvation in the assembled community and have held Jesus in our hands in the bread. Then, like the prophet Anna, we tell of Jesus to all who look for the healing of the world.
Call to Worship and Welcome Bryson
Bell Ringing & Walk into Sanctuary video (use through Jan 3)
Opening Song Sounds of Grace (Keep using Christmas songs, please)
Greeting Pr D+
P: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
C: And also with you
Prayer of the Day Pr D+
Almighty God, you wonderfully created the dignity of human nature and yet more wonderfully restored it. In your mercy, let us share the divine life of the one who came to share our humanity, Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
First Reading: Isaiah 61:10–62:3 Tom Kiersky, Reader
Epistle: Galatians 4:4-7 Tom Kiersky Reader
Gospel Acclamation ELW 715 Christ, Be Our Light v2 —through Epiphany season (to 2/14/21)
Gospel: Luke 2:22-40 Pr D+
Children’s Time Pr D+
Message Juan Carlos la Puente Tapia, Oregon Synod Bishop’s Associate
Hymn of the Day Once in Royal David’s City ELW#269 Sounds of Grace
Prayers of the Faithful Pr D+ and/or Reader lighting candles ??
Sharing Christ’s Peace Pr D+
Offering Pr D+
Offertory Carol of the Bells Isaac H. (Pre-recorded)
Offering Prayer (in unison) Pr D+
Announcements Pr D+
Blessing—Benediction Pr D+
Go in peace. Share the gift of Jesus.
Thanks be to God.
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.
Learn more with the additional resources in this post. Click through this post to find the materials.
Wednesday, March 24 - Change of Plans Meditation by Deaconess Donna King Service goes live at noon."Making Change" Join us in starting a Lenten path together considering ways of Making Change in our lives. During this season we look to refocus our lives on knowing God and following Jesus. We want to strengthen and deepen our good habits and remove those areas that distract or cause us to stumble.Our Wednesday Lenten services will continue virtually with premieres on YouTube by noon for 5...
Drive-through Nativity Story Saturday, December 19, 5:00pm - 8:30pm This year we will 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 parking lot...
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: