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(Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod) LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS August 11, 2013


Almighty God, heavenly Father, You have made me and then remade me in the waters of Holy Baptism to be Your child and heir by faith. This is the Spirits work in me and I pray this day that You would keep me steadfast in this great gift of faith which trusts all of Your promises made certain through the suffering, death and resurrection of Your Son, my Lord Jesus Christ. Though I have not seen Him, I believe in Him through Your Word of promise. In His name I pray. Amen

We welcome you this morning to Grace! It is indeed good for you to be here today. May the Lord bless your time as you hear His Word and respond with hymns, praise and thanksgiving as your faiths response to the Good News of forgiveness and life. If you are not a member of Grace and desire to learn more about our teachings as drawn from Gods Word, please speak with our Pastor. Once again we are glad you are here and we invite you to come and worship with us again. We ask that everyone fill out an attendance registration card found at each pew and return it to an Usher as the Offering is collected. Restrooms are located on the lower level of this building or across the bridge on this floor level before entering the fellowship hall. Children are welcome in our Service and will be invited to come forward for a Childrens Message. Parents may accompany them if they wish. A nursery for infants and toddlers is located downstairs for anyone who has need. If you have any questions please speak with an Usher or Greeter.

Holy Communion will be celebrated in the 8:15 Service today. In this sacrament we receive Christs very body and blood for the forgiveness of sins. Those who are not members of Grace are asked to speak with our Pastor before partaking of this sacrament so that the unity of faith might be established. Thank you for honoring this request.

Todays Word is all about faith. The reason for the existence of the Church and why we are here today is this very thing called faith. Faith is a divine gift from God. It is not just a thought or the production of our minds. Faith is the assurance and conviction that it is not because of anything in us but because of what faith grasps hold ofnamely, the Word of God is the very content of faith even as it is the very power to believe. Walking by faith, as have the saints before us (most notably Abraham, the Father of Faith), increases our security, as we seek to rely on Gods Word of grace. The world, steeped in sin and its own pursuits, rallies against Gods divine promises, discounting them and confusing us and causing our hearts and minds to be insecure. But, through Holy Baptism, God grounds us firmly in the gift of faith, magnifies our joy, and assures us of forgiveness of our sins and gives us the promise of everlasting life. That was accomplished for us by the object of our faith, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

THE ALTAR FLOWERS The Altar Flowers are given today to the glory of God and the beautification of His House in loving memory of Mrs. Lois Berner by Kathryn and Roger Bost, Becky and Rett Tucker, and Margaret and Gary Faulkner. THOSE WHO SERVE Pastor: Vicar: Director of Parish Music: Secretary: Early Childhood Center Director: Acolyte: (8:15) Communion Assistant: (8:15) Cantor: (8:15) Ushers: (8:15) Greeter: Altar Guild: Acolyte: Cantor: Assisting Elder: Ushers: Greeters: Altar Guild: Coffee Hosts: Altar Guild: Nursery Attendant: (8:15) (8:15) (10:45) (10:45) (10:45) (10:45) (10:45) (10:45) (Wed. evening) Rev. James C. Walter David Witte Nathan Beethe Pat Funk Colleen Moorman Ethan Andrews Frank Royster Randy Middaugh Roy Andrews, Roy Bullard John Ketcher, Gary Proud Ralph and Joan Ann Olsen Dorris Deislinger, Mildred Wilkins Maxwell Baker Jeff Ralston John Calvillo Paul Krueger, Gervais LeBlanc Jacob Ralston, Jeff Ralston Ron, Russlynn, Paul and Zachary Krueger Ginny Ralston Ann Stoker and Pat Funk Suzanne Raddle and Wilma Richter Mary Ann Dyer

THE APPOINTED READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY, August 18th, The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, are: The Old Testament Reading: Jeremiah 23:16-29, The Epistle Reading: Hebrews 11:17-31; 12:1-3, and The Holy Gospel: Luke 12:49-53.
Grace Lutheran Church P. O. Box 250769, Little Rock, AR 72225 Telephone Number: 501-663-3631


Pre-Service Music Lighting of the Chancel Candles Prelude Ringing of the Church Bell Opening Hymn: The God of Abraham Praise LSB 798 sts. 15
The God of Abraham Praise - Fritz Lubrich Great Is Thy Faithfulness - Mark E. Bloedow By Grace I'm Saved - Kevin Hildebrand

Confession and Absolution (8:15)

Stand The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their baptism.


Matthew 28:19b; [18:20]

In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
Psalm 124:8; Psalm 130:34; Luke 18:13

P C P C P Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

If You, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? But with You there is forgiveness; therefore You are feared. Since we are gathered to hear Gods Word, call upon Him in prayer and praise, and receive the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ in the fellowship of this altar, let us first consider our unworthiness and confess before God and one another that we have sinned in thought, word, and deed, and that we cannot free ourselves from our sinful condition. Together as His people let us take refuge in the infinite mercy of God, our heavenly Father, seeking His grace for the sake of Christ, and saying: God, be merciful to me, a sinner.


Confession of Sins
C Almighty God, have mercy upon us, forgive us our sins, and lead us to everlasting life. Amen
John 20:1923


Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Sacrament of Holy Baptism (10:45)

Holy Baptism Baptism Hymn: Father Welcomes

LSB 605

Service of the Word

P Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; C make melody to our God on the lyre! P He covers the heavens with clouds; he prepares rain for the earth; C he makes grass grow on the hills. P He gives to the beasts their food, C and to the young ravens that cry. P His delight is not in the strength of the horse, C nor his pleasure in the legs of a man, P but the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him, C in those who hope in his steadfast love. C Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen P Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; C make melody to our God on the lyre!
Ps. 147:811; antiphon: Ps. 147:7



Mark 10:47

A For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.

A For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of God, and for the unity of all let us pray to the Lord.

A For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.

A Help, save, comfort and defend us, gracious Lord.


Gloria in Excelsis

Luke 2:14; John 1:29

Salutation and Collect of the Day

P The Lord be with you. C And also with you. P Let us pray. Almighty and merciful God, it is by Your grace that we live as Your people who offer acceptable service. Grant that we may walk by faith, and not by sight, in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. C Amen



Old Testament Reading

P This is the Word of the Lord. C Thanks be to God.

Genesis 15:16


Ps. 34:9, 19, alt.

Fear the Lord, | you his saints,* for those who fear him lack | nothing! Many are the afflictions of the | righteous,* but the Lord delivers him out | of them all.

P This is the Word of the Lord. C Thanks be to God.

Hebrews 11:116


Alleluia and Verse

Luke 12:32

P Fear not, | little flock,* for it is your Fathers good pleasure to give you the | kingdom.


Holy Gospel
P The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the twelfth chapter. C Glory to You, O Lord. The reading of the Holy Gospel. P This is the Gospel of the Lord. C Praise to You, O Christ.

Luke 12:2234

Nicene Creed (8:15)

C I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible.
And in

one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made; who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried. And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures and ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father. And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, whose kingdom will have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church, I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins, and I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life T of the world to come. Amen


Apostles' Creed (10:45)

C 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 Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life T everlasting. Amen

Children's Message Sermon Hymn: The God of Abraham Praise Sermon An Eternal Gift

LSB 798 sts. 69

Genesis 15:16

Prayer of the Church

P Let us pray for the whole Church of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs. Each petition ends with the following: P Lord, in Your mercy, C hear our prayer.


The prayers conclude with the following: P Into Your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy; through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. C Amen


The God of Abraham Praise - Richard Heschke

Offertory: We Give Thee But Thine Own

LSB 781

And we believe Thy Word, Though dim our faith may be: Whateer for Thine we do, O Lord, We do it unto Thee.

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10:45 Service continues on page 15

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Service of the Sacrament (8:15)

P The Lord be with you. C And also with you. P Lift up your hearts. C We lift them to the Lord. P Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. C It is right to give Him thanks and praise. P It is truly good, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, O Lord, holy Father, almighty and everlasting God, for the countless blessings You so freely bestow on us and all creation. Above all, we give thanks for Your boundless love shown to us when You sent Your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, into our flesh and laid on Him our sin, giving Him into death that we might not die eternally. Because He is now risen from the dead and lives and reigns to all eternity, all who believe in Him will overcome sin and death and will rise again to new life. Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You and saying:
2 Timothy 4:22; Colossians 3:1; Psalm 136


Isaiah 6:3; Matthew 21:9

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Prayer of Thanksgiving
P Blessed are You, O Lord our God, king of all creation, for You have had mercy on us and given Your only-begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. In Your righteous judgment You condemned the sin of Adam and Eve, who ate the forbidden fruit, and You justly barred them and all their children from the tree of life. Yet, in Your great mercy, You promised salvation by a second Adam, Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, and made His cross a life-giving tree for all who trust in Him. We give You thanks for the redemption You have prepared for us through Jesus Christ. Grant us Your Holy Spirit that we may faithfully eat and drink of the fruits of His cross and receive the blessings of forgiveness, life, and salvation that come to us in His body and blood. Hear us as we pray in His name and as He has taught us:

Lord's Prayer
C Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, 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

Matthew 6:913

The Words of Our Lord

P Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: Take, eat; this is My T body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me. In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My T blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.

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Pax Domini
P The peace of the Lord be with you always. C Amen

John 20:19

Agnus Dei

John 1:29


Distribution Communion Instructions: The Pastor invites the communicants, those who are able, to kneel and then distributes the host which may be received into the hand or the mouth. The Elder distributes the individual cups. The communicants are asked to hold their cups until the Pastor says, Take and drink. Hymn: Draw Near and Take the Body of the Lord Hymn: Great Is Thy Faithfulness Hymn: By Grace I'm Saved LSB 637 LSB 809 LSB 566

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Nunc Dimittis

Luke 2:2932

Post-Communion Collect
P Let us pray. We give thanks to You, almighty God, that You have refreshed us through this salutary gift, and we implore You that of Your mercy You would strengthen us through the same in faith toward You and fervent love toward one another; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. C Amen

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P Let us bless the Lord. C Thanks be to God.

Psalm 103:1

P The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift His countenance upon you and T give you peace. C Amen

Closing Hymn: Have No Fear, Little Flock Postlude

LSB 735

Have No Fear, Little Flock - Jeffrey Blersch

Service Concludes (10:45)

Lord's Prayer
C Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, 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

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P Almighty God, grant to Your Church Your Holy Spirit and the wisdom that comes down from above, that Your Word may not be bound but have free course and be preached to the joy and edifying of Christs holy people, that in steadfast faith we may serve You and, in the confession of Your name, abide unto the end; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. C Amen

P The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift His countenance upon you and T give you peace. C Amen

Closing Hymn: Have No Fear, Little Flock Postlude

LSB 735

Have No Fear, Little Flock - Jeffrey Blersch

Acknowledgments Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Created by Lutheran Service Builder 2006 Concordia Publishing House.

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THIS WEEK AT GRACE SUNDAY: 8:15 a.m. Divine Service with Holy Communion Coffee and Fellowship in the Parlor 9:45 a.m. Sunday School downstairs in Parker Hall 9:45 a.m. Junior and Senior High classes downstairs in the church 9:45 a.m. Pastor Walters Bible Class upstairs in Parker Hall 10:45 a.m. Divine Service 3:00 p.m. Memorial Service for Lois Berner 7:30 a.m. Early Childhood Development Center 7:00 p.m. Board of Elders 5:30 p.m. Board of Church Properties 6:30 a.m. Mens Bible Class at St. Vincents 7:00 p.m. Mid-Week Service with Holy Communion 3:30 p.m. ECDC Graduation 1:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. Wedding Shower for Ashley Hicks and Mark Weinhold in Parker Hall


TODAYS SUNDAY SCHOOL - This summer our students delve into I Spy Salvations Story. Each week students use clues from the Bible account to investigate and solve a mystery. Today students delve into The Case of the Sharp Sword: Jesus in the Garden. In the face of treachery, violence, and all kinds of evil, Jesus steadfastly serves the Fathers will to fulfill the Scriptures and save His people. Discuss, Why is it important that Jesus fulfilled His Fathers will? Where do you learn Gods will? PASTOR WALTERS CLASS meets on Sunday morning at 9:45 a.m. upstairs in Parker Hall. Pastor Walter continues a study of The Augsburg Confession and Its Apology The Lutheran Confessions Series. Come and review what we believe, teach and confess as Lutheran Christians. SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES for children ages 3 years through 6th grade meet in the lower level of the Family Life Center. JUNIOR HIGH AND HIGH SCHOOL CLASSES meet in their classrooms downstairs in the church. HOLY BAPTISM - In our 10:45 Service, Annaleigha Faye Davis, daughter of Wesley and Melanie Davis, will be received into Gods Kingdom of Grace through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. Her sponsor is her uncle, Bradley Stillman. Annaleigha is the granddaughter of Larry and Faye Stillman. - 17 -

A MEMORIAL SERVICE for Mrs. Lois Berner will be held this afternoon at 3:00 p.m. here at Grace with Pastor Walter officiating. A reception will be held in Parker Hall following the service for the family to greet those attending the service. Please continue to keep Lois family in your prayers. REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS: Judy Borchert is recovering at home following surgery. Gisela Spieker continues her recovery at home. Jeanette Keehn continues receiving care at home. Sherry Bischof continues her recovery and treatments. HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND GODS BLESSINGS TO: Aug. 11 Melanie Stillman Davis Aug. 12 Janet Killough Aug. 13 Megan Gipson, Benjamin Hardman, Doris Holzhauer Aug. 16 Mike Paulson HAPPY ANNIVERSARY AND GODS BLESSINGS TO: Aug. 13 Ginny and Jeff Ralston Aug. 14 Lisa and Jeff Hicks Aug. 15 Rose and Kurt Shrader LAST WEEKS STEWARDSHIP Attendance: Sunday 8/4: 156 (8:15 95 and 10:45 61). Mid-Week 8/7: 9. Offerings: Sunday 8/4: $8,519.00. Mid-Week 7/31: $100.00. Memorials: $1,070.00. Building Fund: $565.00. Fan into Flame: $200.00. Seminary Scholarship Fund: $200.00. Megan Kincaid Missionary Fund: $25.00. BOARD OF ELDERS will meet Monday, August 12th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Parlor. Carter Stein is the director. BOARD OF CHURCH PROPERTIES will meet Tuesday, August 13th, at 5:30 p.m. in the Parlor. Charles Stein is the director. BOARD OF EVANGELISM will NOT meet on Tuesday, August 13th. The meeting is being rescheduled for September 10th. THANK YOU Our thanks to everyone who donated items and helped with the ACTS Rummage Sale last weekend. The sale profited over $7,000.00. A special thank you to Bette Bogart, Paulette Goldsby and Janet Killough for all they did to make our sale a success!!!! - 18 -

FELLOWSHIP CLUB The Summer Cookout for the Fellowship Club and friends is Tuesday, August 20th, at 5:00 p.m. in Parker Hall. Call the church office, 663-3631, to RSVP (by August 14th) or also if you need a ride. The Cookout is hosted by Pastor and Paula Walter. WEDDING SHOWER You are invited to a Wedding Shower for Ashley Hicks on Saturday, August 17th, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in Parker Hall. Ashleys fianc is Mark Weinhold. Ashley and Mark are registered at Dillards, Target, and Bed, Bath and Beyond. The shower is hosted by Bette Bogart, Mona DeMilt, Paulette Goldsby, Elaine Hoggatt, Deena Reynolds and Mildred Wilkins. TUESDAY MORNING BIBLE CLASS has decided to take a break this summer and will resume their Bible study on the Tuesday after Labor Day. If you would like more information about their class, contact Joan Ann Olsen. DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES Grace continues to support the foster care program in the East Office of DCFS. The last several weeks have been a busy time for the DCFS East Office so they are in need of items to support these children until they are placed in a foster home. Some of the items needed include: Individually packaged snacks and juice, diapers and wipes. Please bring your donations to the church and place them in the box for DCFS on the bridge to Parker Hall. GRACE FALL CRAFT SHOW AND USED BOOK SALE - Applications now being accepted for booth rentals at the Fall Craft Show. Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 2, 2013 for the Fall Craft Show and Used Book Sale. Do you make craft items and wish an opportunity to display and sell your talent? Rent a booth in Parker Hall, the Grace Family Life Center, for $40 ($30 for Lutheran church members). We gladly accept donations of used books for the Book Sale beginning mid- October. A Lutheran Crafters Booth will also need donations of craft items. Please consider donating items to this booth. If you would more information about the booth, contact Sammye Harrill at 501-352-1877 or email at The Fall Craft Show proceeds will benefit Kevin Ray, a second-year Seminary student at Concordia, St. Louis. Matching funds will be donated by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Contact Riley Middaugh at 954-9281 or email at for more information.

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MEMORIALS IN MEMORY OF MRS. LOIS BERNER TO THE LOIS BERNER MEMORIAL FUND By Juanita Baden Dr. and Mrs. Mike Bell Arminta and Leslie Berry Maxine Biggers Sid and Sue Brain Evelyn Chotkowski Nancy Finkbeiner David and Karen Florence Rosella Hargrove Stanley and Sue McCoy Pulaski County Farm Bureau Clint and Mary Saxton Bob and Beverly Sullenger Everett and Rebecca Tucker Elsie Westerfield TO THE GRACE EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT CENTER By Beth Paulson Grady and Jo Hanna Worden TO THE GRACE GENERAL FUND By Carol Ann Honeywell Janet Killough TO THE GRACE MUSIC FUND By David and Suzanne Raddle TO THE GRACE GENERAL ENDOWMENT FUND By Grace LWML Evening Guild TO THE SEMINARY SCHOLARSHIP FUND By Dorothy Wagner IN MEMORY OF MR. CHESTER BERNER TO THE GRACE EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT CENTER By Beth Paulson Grady and Jo Hanna Worden TO THE GRACE BUILDING FUND By Elsie Westerfield IN MEMORY OF MR. LUKE MOORMAN TO THE GRACE GENERAL FUND By Carol Ann Honeywell

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Our LWML Evening Guild Lutheran World Relief Project this year is School Kits. These kits provide the only supplies for children returning to school after the disruption of war or they help parents continue their childrens education while living in a refugee camp. Now is a great time to take advantage of the school supply sales. Our goal is to make 50+ school kits. We are in need of the following items: Four 70-sheet notebooks of wide- or college-ruled paper; no loose-leaf paper One 30-centimeter ruler, or a ruler with centimeters on one side and inches on the other One pencil sharpener One blunt scissors (safety scissors with embedded steel blades work well) Five unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers; secure together with a rubber band Five black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink); secure together with a rubber band One box of 16 or 24 crayons One 2 eraser

We are also in need of volunteers to make school bags for these supplies. Easy patterns for the bags and some fabric are available in the breezeway. Thank you for supporting our Lutheran World Relief Projects. Contact Ginny Ralston at 425-1487 if you have questions.

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The Wittenberg Caf How Then Shall We Live?

Introduction In the early 1500s, people flocked to Wittenberg, Germany to hear Martin Luther speak, and to discuss what it meant to be a Christian in those times. Several centuries later, we are faced with new challenges and some of the old ones. There is ample evidence that our nation has moved into a post-Christian era, with profound implications for Christians and our church institutions. The fundamental questions we will seek to address are: How then shall we live in this new era? How can we Be anxious for nothing (Philippians 4:6) and experience all joy and peace (Romans 15:13), regardless of circumstances? An Invitation to The Wittenberg Caf To provide a forum for us to learn about what is happening in our nation and the world, the challenges facing us as Christians, and a Biblical perspective on these challenges, we invite you to The Wittenberg Caf, an informal gathering of Christians seeking to understand the Biblical perspective on issues confronting us and our nation. We will take a look at what is happening in our nation, as well as more personal issues confronting us today in our homes and families. The discussion will draw on teachings from the Bible and Lutheran Church Missouri Synod to shed light on how we might be most true to our Lord in this time in this place on how to move from merely being informed, toward cultivating discernment, Godly wisdom, and the joy of the Lord. Where: Grace Lutheran Church In the Church Parlor When: Thursday, August 15, 2013 Time: From 5:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. Bring: A Bible Who is invited: The Wittenberg Caf is open to all interested individuals
For more information, contact Mark Peterson, 666-6504, e-mail:

Gods mission is urgent because the time is short As we strive to carry out faithfully the mission mandate of our Lord, we are comforted, refreshed, and strengthened by the assurance that the mission is the Lords. Although He has entrusted it to us, He continues to guide and direct it, sustains it with His presence and promises, and empowers it by providing the divine means through which the mission accomplishes its divine purposes. Source: A Theological Statement of Mission, The Commission on Theology and Church Relations, The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, November 1991

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