God comes in the stillness and amidst the storm – Take heart

Elijah finds the presence of God not in earthquake, wind, or fire, but in the sound of sheer silence. When the disciples face a great storm on the sea, they cry out with fear. Jesus says: “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” Amid the storms of life, we gather to seek the calm presence of Christ that soothes our fears. In comforting words of scripture and in the refreshing bread and cup of the eucharist, God grants us peace and sends us forth to be a sign of God’s presence to others

Worship Liturgy

Order of Worship & lessons


Learning Resources

Watch the worship service for this week here.

Worship Liturgy



Opening Song:  LBW#513 “Listen God is Calling” Djembe, Swahili

 Apostolic Greeting 

 Prayer of the Day 

 Children’s Message:  


First Lesson  Isaiah 55:1-5

Psalm 85:8-13

Second Lesson   Romans 10:5-15

Alleluia New, “Hallelujah! We Sing Your Praises,” 

Gospel        Matthew 14:22-33

Message    Why Did You Doubt?”  Pastor Wendell Hendershott

Message Hymn –  LBW#785 “When Peace Like a River,”  vv 1, 2, 4

Prayer of the Faithful  

Lord’s Prayer 



Final Blessing


Postlude   “Suite No. 1 BWV 1007 – Prelude” by J. S. Bach, Jason Han, cello.


Prayer of the Day

O God our defender, storms rage around and within us and cause us to be afraid. Rescue your people from despair, deliver your sons and daughters from fear, and preserve us in the faith of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.


Readings & Psalm

1 Kings 19:9-18
The Lord speaks to Elijah on Mount Horeb
Psalm 85:8-13
I will listen to what the Lord God is saying. (Ps. 85:8)
Romans 10:5-15
Hearing and confessing the word of faith
Matthew 14:22-33
Jesus walking on the sea

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.

Learning Resources

Learn more with the additional resources in this post.  Click through this post to find the materials.

Nativity Event 2021

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...

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Adult Bible Study  – Justice, Law, History- Dec 2021- Feb 2022

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 fssndavis@msn.com 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...

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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.

Giving Options:

  • Mail a check to church address below
  • Online bill pay through your bank
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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 

Copyright texts may be a smaller font to fit more information on a slide. These copyright acknowledgments are in the approximate order they occur in the service.

Liturgy and Hymns, Arr. © 2020 Augsburg Publishing House, admin. Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #SAS000406.

“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.