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GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH

(Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod) LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS April 10, 2011

THE FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT

PRAYER UPON ENTERING CHURCH

Lord Jesus Christ, You are the Resurrection and the Life so that all who believe in You will live even though they die. By Your Holy Spirit’s power I confess You as my Lord and Savior, trusting that You are the fulfillment of all of God’s promises and by faith seeing in You and Your life, death and resurrection the very glory of God. Keep me steadfast in this faith and confession. I pray this in Your holy name. Amen

WELCOME

Welcome to Grace! We especially welcome our guests and visitors this morning. It is our prayer that your faith will be strengthened by God’s Word shared with you today. We are currently in that part of the Church Year known as Lent. Lent is a time for greater personal reflection, even self-denial. It is also a time to remember that in the waters of Holy Baptism we were made children of God and a time for us to consider the great love the Father has poured out on us in Christ Jesus. 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. If you have any questions please ask one of our greeters or ushers. Children are welcome in our Service and will be invited to come forward for a Children’s Message. Parents may accompany them. A nursery for infants and toddlers is located downstairs for anyone who has need.

HOLY COMMUNION

Holy Communion will be celebrated in the 8:15 Service today.

In this sacrament we

receive Christ’s 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.

AS WE GATHER

Throughout these forty days of Lent we have seen how our Lord Jesus revealed Himself and His purpose through Word and sign. Today we see the greatest sign so far as Jesus called the dead to life, prefiguring His own resurrection. The Old Testament reading for today tells us how long ago our Lord spoke to prophet Ezekiel of the day when the dry bones of death would give way to the power of life and resurrection. As that hope once sustained God’s people, so are we sustained in hope and renewed for life’s journey until it leads us at last to our own joyful resurrection with Christ, who is the resurrection and the life.

THE ALTAR FLOWERS

The Altar Flowers are given today to the glory of God and the beautification of His House by Maxine Biggers in loving memory of her mother Mrs. Edythe Brundage and in thanksgiving for God’s many blessings.

THOSE WHO SERVE

Pastor:

Rev. James C. Walter

Director of Parish Music:

Nathan Beethe

Secretary:

Pat Funk

Early Childhood Center Director:

Colleen Moorman

Acolyte:

(8:15)

Perryn Andrews

Cantor:

(8:15)

Joel Junkans

Communion Assistant:

(8:15)

Tim Loyd

Ushers:

(8:15)

Roy Andrews, Roy Bullard, Gary Proud

Greeters:

(8:15)

Janet Killough

Altar Guild:

(8:15)

Lori Dumont and Angie Proud

Acolyte:

(10:45)

Bradley Stillman

Cantor:

(10:45)

Sharon LeBlanc

Assisting Elder:

(10:45)

Rudy Bischof

Ushers:

(10:45)

Gervais LeBlanc, Jacob Ralston Jeff Ralston, Josh Ralston

Greeters:

(10:45)

Warren and Judy Rivers

Altar Guild:

(10:45)

Ken and Becky Ross

Duet:

Elisabeth Graf & Tabitha Wildhirt

Coffee Hosts:

Demitri, Leah and Maryn Villarreal

Altar Guild:

(Wed. evening)

Suzanne Raddle and Wilma Richter

Nursery Attendant:

Mary Ann Dyer

NEXT WEEK’S READINGS - The appointed readings for next Sunday, April 17 th , Palm Sunday, Sunday of the Passion: The Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 50:4-9a, The Epistle Reading: Philippians 2:5-11, and The Gospel Reading: Matthew 27:11-66.

Grace Lutheran Church P. O. Box 250769, Little Rock, AR 72225

www.gracelutheranlr.org Telephone Number: 501-663-3631

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THE ORDER OF DIVINE SERVICE for THE FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT

Pre-Service Music

Lighting of the Chancel Candles

Prelude

Ringing of the Church Bell

Opening Hymn: My Song Is Love Unknown

My Song Is Love Unknown - Jeffrey Blersch

LSB 430

Service Note: cong st. 1-2, women st. 3, cong st. 4, men st. 5, cong st. 6-7

10:45 Service continues with the Sacrament of Holy Baptism on page 4

Confession and Absolution (8:15)

Stand

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

Invocation

Matthew 28:19b; [18:20]

P

In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C

Amen

Exhortation

1 John 1:8–9

P

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

C

But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Silence for reflection on God's Word and for self-examination.

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Confession of Sins

P

Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.

C

Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen

Absolution

[John 20:19–23]

P

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.

C

Amen

Sacrament of Holy Baptism (10:45)

Holy Baptism

Baptism Hymn: See This Wonder in the Making

Service of the Word

Introit

p 268

LSB 593

Ps. 116:1–4, 8; antiphon: Ps. 116:15

P

Precious in the sight of the LORD

C

is the death of his saints.

P

I love the LORD, because he has heard

C

my voice and my pleas for mercy.

P

Because he inclined his ear to me,

C

therefore I will call on him as long as I live.

P

The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me;

C

I suffered distress and anguish.

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P

Then I called on the name of the LORD:

C

"O LORD, I pray, deliver my soul!"

P

For you have delivered my soul from death,

C

my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling.

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

Precious in the sight of the LORD

C

is the death of his saints.

Canticle: Your Heart, O God, Is Grieved

LSB 945

his saints. Canticle: Your Heart, O God, Is Grieved LSB 945 © 1970 Concordia Publishing House.
his saints. Canticle: Your Heart, O God, Is Grieved LSB 945 © 1970 Concordia Publishing House.
his saints. Canticle: Your Heart, O God, Is Grieved LSB 945 © 1970 Concordia Publishing House.
his saints. Canticle: Your Heart, O God, Is Grieved LSB 945 © 1970 Concordia Publishing House.

© 1970 Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License .NET, no. 100011479. Public domain

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Salutation and Collect of the Day

Public domain - 5 - Salutation and Collect of the Day P Let us pray. Almighty

P Let us pray. Almighty God, by Your great goodness mercifully look upon Your people that we may be governed and preserved evermore in body and soul; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Sit Anthem The Lamb -

Sit

Anthem

The Lamb - Gerald Coleman

Old Testament Reading

Ezekiel 37:1–14

P

This is the Word of the Lord.

C

Thanks be to God.

Gradual

Heb. 12:2

Lord. C Thanks be to God. Gradual Heb. 12:2 [O come, let us fix our eyes

[O come, let us fix our eyes on] | Jesus,* the founder and perfecter | of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despis- | ing the shame,* and is seated at the right hand of the | throne of God.

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Epistle

Romans 8:1–11

Sit

 

P

This is the Word of the Lord.

C

Thanks be to God.

Stand

Verse of the Day

John 11:25

 

P

I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live.

Verse for Lent

 

Joel 2:13

yet shall he live. Verse for Lent   Joel 2:13 © 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship.

© 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship.

Holy Gospel

John 11:1–45

P The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the eleventh chapter.

The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the eleventh chapter. The reading of the Holy Gospel.

The reading of the Holy Gospel.

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.

of the Holy Gospel. P This is the Gospel of the Lord. - 7 - Children's

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Children's Message

Sermon Hymn: O Christ, Who Shared Our Mortal Life

LSB 552

Sermon Hymn: O Christ, Who Shared Our Mortal Life LSB 552 © 2003 GIA Publications, Inc.
Sermon Hymn: O Christ, Who Shared Our Mortal Life LSB 552 © 2003 GIA Publications, Inc.
Sermon Hymn: O Christ, Who Shared Our Mortal Life LSB 552 © 2003 GIA Publications, Inc.
Sermon Hymn: O Christ, Who Shared Our Mortal Life LSB 552 © 2003 GIA Publications, Inc.

© 2003 GIA Publications, Inc. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License .NET, no. 100011479.

© 2004 Kevin J. Hildebrand. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License .NET, no. 100011479.

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Sermon

John 11:1–45

Apostles' Creed (10:45)

Stand

Nicene Creed (8:15)

“Seeing the Glory of God”

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 TTTT of the world to come. Amen

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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 TTTT everlasting. Amen

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.

Sit

Each petition ends with the following:

P

C

Lord, in Your mercy,

hear our prayer.

The prayers conclude with the following:

P

C

Into Your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy; through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Amen

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Offering

Stand

Offertory

My Song Is Love Unknown - Wilbur Held

Psalm 116:12-13, 17-19

My Song Is Love Unknown - Wilbur Held Psalm 116:12-13, 17-19 10:45 Service continues on page
My Song Is Love Unknown - Wilbur Held Psalm 116:12-13, 17-19 10:45 Service continues on page
My Song Is Love Unknown - Wilbur Held Psalm 116:12-13, 17-19 10:45 Service continues on page
My Song Is Love Unknown - Wilbur Held Psalm 116:12-13, 17-19 10:45 Service continues on page
My Song Is Love Unknown - Wilbur Held Psalm 116:12-13, 17-19 10:45 Service continues on page
My Song Is Love Unknown - Wilbur Held Psalm 116:12-13, 17-19 10:45 Service continues on page

10:45 Service continues on page 17

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Service of the Sacrament (8:15)

Preface

2 Timothy 4:22; [Colossians 3:1]; [Psalm 136]

(8:15) Preface 2 Timothy 4:22; [Colossians 3:1]; [Psalm 136] Proper Preface P It is truly good,
(8:15) Preface 2 Timothy 4:22; [Colossians 3:1]; [Psalm 136] Proper Preface P It is truly good,
(8:15) Preface 2 Timothy 4:22; [Colossians 3:1]; [Psalm 136] Proper Preface P It is truly good,

Proper Preface

P It is truly good, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who overcame the assaults of the devil and gave His life as a ransom for many that with cleansed hearts we might be prepared joyfully to celebrate the paschal feast in sincerity and truth. Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You and saying:

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Sanctus

Isaiah 6:3; Matthew 21:9

Sanctus Isaiah 6:3; Matthew 21:9 Prayer of Thanksgiving P Blessed are You, Lord of heaven and

Prayer of Thanksgiving

P

Blessed are You, Lord of heaven and earth, for You have had mercy on those whom You created and sent Your only-begotten Son into our flesh to bear our sin and be our Savior. With repentant joy we receive the salvation accomplished for us by the all-availing sacrifice of His body and His blood on the cross.

Gathered in the name and the remembrance of Jesus, we beg You, O Lord, to forgive, renew, and strengthen us with Your Word and Spirit. Grant us faithfully to eat His body and drink His blood as He bids us do in His own testament. Gather us together, we pray, from the ends of the earth to celebrate with all the faithful the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom, which has no end. Graciously receive our prayers; deliver and preserve us. To You alone, O Father, be all glory, honor, and worship, with the Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C

Amen

The Words of Our Lord

Matthew 26:26–28; Mark 14:22–24; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23–25

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.”

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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.”

Proclamation of Christ

1 Corinthians 11:26; Revelation 22:20

P

As often as we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.

C

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

P

O Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, in giving us Your body and blood to eat and to drink, You lead us to remember and confess Your holy cross and passion, Your blessed death, Your rest in the tomb, Your resurrection from the dead, Your ascension into heaven, and Your coming for the final judgment. So remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

Lord's Prayer

Matthew 6:9–13

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

Pax Domini

John 20:19

from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever.

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Agnus Dei

John 1:29

Agnus Dei John 1:29 Sit Distribution Communion instructions: The Pastor invites the communicants, those who are

Sit

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: To Thee, Omniscient Lord of All Hymn: Draw Near and Take the Body of the Lord Hymn: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Stand

Nunc Dimittis

LSB 613

LSB 637

LSB 425

Luke 2:29–32

Stand Nunc Dimittis LSB 613 LSB 637 LSB 425 Luke 2:29–32 - 15 - Post-Communion Collect

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Nunc Dimittis LSB 613 LSB 637 LSB 425 Luke 2:29–32 - 15 - Post-Communion Collect P
Nunc Dimittis LSB 613 LSB 637 LSB 425 Luke 2:29–32 - 15 - Post-Communion Collect P
Nunc Dimittis LSB 613 LSB 637 LSB 425 Luke 2:29–32 - 15 - Post-Communion Collect P
Nunc Dimittis LSB 613 LSB 637 LSB 425 Luke 2:29–32 - 15 - Post-Communion Collect P

Post-Communion Collect

P Let us pray. O God the Father, the fountain and source of all goodness, who in loving-kindness sent Your only-begotten Son into the flesh, we thank You that for His sake You have given us pardon and peace in this Sacrament, and we ask You not to forsake Your children but always to rule our hearts and minds by Your Holy Spirit that we may be enabled constantly to serve You; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,

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Benediction

Numbers 6:24–26

Benediction Numbers 6:24–26 Closing Hymn: Blest Be the Tie That Binds Postlude T T LSB 649

Closing Hymn: Blest Be the Tie That Binds

Postlude

T

T

LSB 649

Blest Be the Tie That Binds - Ludwig Lenel

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Service Concludes (10:45)

Concluding Collect

P

C

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 Christ’s 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.

Amen

Benediction

P

C

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.

Amen

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Closing Hymn: Blest Be the Tie That Binds

Postlude

T

T

LSB 649

Blest Be the Tie That Binds - Ludwig Lenel

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Acknowledgments

Verse for Lent © 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship. 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 Parker Hall 9:45 a.m. – Sunday School and Pastor Walter’s Bible Class 9:45 a.m. – Young Women of Grace Bible Study 10:45 a.m. – Divine Service 4:00 p.m. Financial Peace University 7:30 a.m. – Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC)

MON - FRI:

MONDAY: 4:15 p.m. - 8 th Grade Confirmation

TUESDAY:

7:00 p.m. – Board of Elders 9:30 a.m. – Tuesday Morning Bible Class

WEDNESDAY:

6:00 p.m. – Handbell Choir 7:00 p.m. – Adult Choir 6:30 a.m. – Men’s Bible Study (St. Vincent’s)

THURSDAY:

5:30 p.m. – Lenten Dinner 7:00 p.m. – Lenten Service 12:00 noon – Noon Devotions with Pastor

FRIDAY:

4:15 p.m. – 7 th Grade Confirmation

SATURDAY:

8:30 – 11:30 a.m. – Work Day at church

NEXT SUNDAY:

LWML Bake Sale between services

TODAY’S SUNDAY SCHOOL lesson is the raising of Jesus good friend, Lazarus. In resurrecting Lazarus (John 11:1–45), Jesus demonstrated that He can indeed raise all who believe in Him for salvation. True life is eternal life with Jesus. Talk with your children about how in this life we see and experience the effects of sin—sickness, injury, and death. Assure them that Jesus, our savior from sin and death, has guaranteed that in heaven our lives will be free of sin and its effects eternally. As a family, confess the second article of the Apostles’ Creed together.

SUNDAY BIBLE CLASS Pastor Walter’s Bible Class meets at 9:45 a.m. each Sunday morning in Parker Hall. Pastor is leading a study on the book of Genesis.

THE YOUNG WOMEN OF GRACE will meet for Bible study each Sunday morning in the classroom downstairs in the church. Bible study materials are provided, and child care is available in the church nursery. Contact Gina Junkans for more information.

LECTERN FLOWERS – The flowers by the lectern this morning are placed in honor of the Baptism of Charles Walker Stein by the Bowman Family.

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HOLY BAPTISM – In our 10:45 Service today, Charles Walker Stein, son of Emily and Carter Stein, will be received into God’s kingdom of grace through the sacrament of Holy Baptism. His sponsors are Abby and Kurt Stein and Whitney and Stefan Elmore. Charles is the grandson of Mary Kathryn and Charles Stein and Annie and Bill Bowman.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY AND GOD’S BLESSINGS TO:

Apr. 11 – Kay and Dick Jenkins

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND GOD’S BLESSINGS TO:

Apr. 10 – Suzanne Lindemann Apr. 11 – Jonathan Middaugh, Angie Proud Apr. 13 – David Raddle Apr. 14 – C. C. Cate Apr. 15 – Abby Buchanan Apr. 16 – Daniel Mainard

REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS:

Grover “Bud” Evans is recovering at home following surgery. Joe Gelzine continues his recovery at home. Larry Jones continues his recovery at home. Dick Jenkins is at Briarwood Health Care and is not accepting visitors at this time. Harold Wells is recovering at home following surgery. Frank Gutierrez is recovering at home.

OUR CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY to the family of Kathryn Jones who died on March 20 th in Fayetteville, Pennsylvania. Kathryn is the mother of Larry Jones and grandmother of Dawn Cline.

WELCOME – Carol Ann Honeywell has transferred to Grace from Our Savior Lutheran Church in Cabot. Please welcome Carol Ann to our Grace Family.

WELCOME – Cameron Hart and her son Lucas have been accepted by Profession of Faith as members of Grace Lutheran Church. Please welcome Cameron and Lucas to our Grace Family.

WELCOME – Harold and Elwanda Wells have been received as members of Grace Lutheran Church. Please welcome Harold and Elwanda to our Grace Family.

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LAST WEEK’S STEWARDSHIP Attendance: Sunday 4/3: 201 (8:15 - 124 and 10:45 – 77. Lenten Service 4/6: 81. Offerings: Sunday 4/3: $11,790.00. Lenten Service 3/30:

$968.00. Building Fund: $610.00. Fan into Flame: $450.00. Memorials: $390.00. Habitat for Humanity: $100.00. LCMS World Relief (Japan Disaster Relief): $300.00.

BOARD OF ELDERS will meet on Monday, April 11 th , at 7:00 p.m. in the Parlor. Rudy Bischof is the director. PARISH PLANNING COUNCIL will meet Monday, April 18 th , at 7:00 p.m. in the Parlor. VOTERS’ MEETING will be held the Monday after Easter, April 25 th , at 7:00 p.m. in the church sanctuary. Joel Junkans in the Executive Director.

LENTEN SERVICE – The mid-week Lenten Services will continue this Wednesday, April 13 th , at 7:00 p.m. The theme for this Lenten series is ChristChristChristChrist in the strangest places: Foreshadowed, Fulfilled, Forever. The focus this week is “Finish” – 1 Kings 11:3 – Solomon can’t finish what he started. Dinner will be served before the service in Parker Hall at 5:30 p.m. The ACTS group will serve a spaghetti dinner.

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7 th GRADE CONFIRMATION will meet on Friday at 4:15 p.m. in the Parlor.

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GRADE CONFIRMATION will meet on Monday at 4:15 p.m. in the Parlor.

PORTALS OF PRAYER for April – June are available on the table in the back of the sanctuary. Please pick up your copy and recycle the old one in the box in the breezeway.

CHURCH WORK DAY – There will be a Work Day at church this coming Saturday,

April 16 th , from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

various projects around the church. more details.

Plan to set aside some time to help with

See the April newsletter or call Roy Andrews for

LWML BAKE SALE will be held in the breezeway next Sunday, April 17 th , between services. The proceeds, including matching funds by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, will go for “Prayer books” for LC-MS Armed Forces, LC-MS World Relief and Human Care (Japan disaster) and Lutheran Camp on Petit Jean. All donations of baked goods are welcome. Stop by and check out our tempting desserts. Contact Judy Rivers for details.

NOON DEVOTIONS WITH PASTOR is Thursday, April 14 th , at noon in Parker Hall. Bring your Bible and a sandwich for lunch. Drinks, chips, and dessert will be provided. This is a wonderful opportunity to study God’s Word and have a time for fellowship. Bring a friend and join us!!

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FELLOWSHIP CLUB is eating out on Tuesday, April 19 th , at 11:30 a.m. They will meet at Red Lobster Restaurant, 8407 West Markham, at 11:30 a.m. for lunch and fellowship. Call Maxine Biggers, 227-8458, to make a reservation or if you need a ride.

JOY CLUB FLOAT TRIP – Start making your plans now for the Annual Joy Club Float Trip, on Saturday, June 11 th . Meet at the Highway 14 Bridge at 9:45 a.m. for departure at 10:00 a.m. The cost is $45.00 per canoe plus $5 per person for lunch on the river. Lunch on the river is again being served by Marge and Crew. Contact Tim Loyd at 352- 4908 or email at timpaul59@att.net if you have questions. The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board by the Parlor.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – It's a jungle at Grace Lutheran Church!! Get ready for some vine swingin' fun at this year's Vacation Bible School, BIG JUNGLE ADVENTURE:

A FAITH JOURNEY WITH JESUS! Mark your calendars now for June 26 th - June 30th. Look for volunteer and registration opportunities beginning Easter Sunday!! See Ame Andrews & Heather Lamb for more information!!

CHURCH DIRECTORY – It’s time to update the church directory. If you have changed your address, email address or telephone number, please call the church office with the new information or email it to Pat at patfunk@gracelutheranlr.org. Thanks!!

JAPAN EARTHQUAKE RELIEF – Lutheran Church Missouri-Synod President Rev. Matthew C. Harrison announced that the LCMS was making available an initial $200,000 for the Japan Lutheran Church (an official partner church with the LCMS) and the West Japan Evangelical Lutheran Church to use as they decide for response to the disaster in Japan. There are several ways you can contribute to aid those affected by the 9.0- magnitude earthquake and tsunami that struck there on March 11: Mail your checks (noting "Japan Disaster Relief" in the memo line) to LCMS World Relief and Human Care, P.O. Box 66861, St. Louis, MO 63166-6861, call toll-free 1-888-930-4438, visit online at www.lcms.org/help, or place your check in the offering plate and mark it for “Japan Disaster Relief”. Call the church office if you have questions.

LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF – We are again collecting items for World Relief kits. This year our projects are “Layette Kits” and “School Kits”. During April we will collect newborn sweaters or sweatshirts for the Layettes. This summer we will publish a list of items that we will be collecting for the “School Kits”. Thank you for your continued support of Lutheran World Relief. Call the church office if you have questions.

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TUESDAY MORNING BIBLE CLASS meets each Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m. in the downstairs classroom in the church. This is a wonderful opportunity for an in-depth study of God’s Word. They are starting the Life Light Series on Ephesians/1 and 2 Thessalonians. Contact Joan Ann Olsen for more details.

SUPPLIES NEEDED As we continue to support The C.A.L.L. and the Department of Children and Family Services East Office we have a list of things needed for our supply closet at the East Office. As children come into foster care their needs are many and we try to provide for some of them. Here is a list of things we need: Peanut butter crackers, baby wipes, diapers size (1), juice boxes, and hand sanitizer. If you can help with any of these items, please put them in the box in the breezeway. Talk with Abby Buchanan or Pat Funk if you have questions.

MOTHER/DAUGHTER TEA – Christ Lutheran Church’s LWML is sponsoring a Mother/Daughter Tea on Sunday, May 1 st , from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in their fellowship hall. Join them for afternoon tea, games and guest speaker Chris Olsen. They are also sponsoring a Table-scape contest. For more details see the flyer on the bulletin board. Call Christ Lutheran at 663-5232 to make your reservation. Deadline to sign-up is Tuesday, April 12 th .

EASTER EVENT for FAMILIES – On Friday, April 15 th , beginning at 5:30 p.m. Christ Lutheran is sponsoring an Easter Event with 5:30 p.m. pizza, 6:30 p.m. a movie and 7:30 p.m. an Easter egg hunt. Deadline for reservations is April 13 th – call 663-5232.

LIFE QUEST ADVENTURES IN LEARNING - A variety of classes are held on Wednesdays and Thursdays from April 6 th through May 26 th at 2 nd Presbyterian Church, 600 Pleasant Valley Drive. For more information on classes being offered pick up a LifeQuest newsletter on the table by the ramp door as you leave the sanctuary or talk with Maxine Biggers.

THRIVENT BUILDS with HABITAT FOR HUMANITY - Volunteers are scheduled Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday each week, usually for a half day. Your help is needed by volunteering on the jobsite at 5002 Division Street, North Little Rock (Levy area), pitching in financially and praying for the safety and timely completion of the project. To sign up, a volunteer sheet is posted on bulletin board. Thank you to all who have given donations, but we are still working to reach our goal of $2400. Thank you to those that have volunteered to work, but we still need more. God’s blessings, Diane Roberts

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MEMORIALS –

IN MEMORY OF MR. JOHN LOYD – Father of Tim Loyd TO THE GRACE GENERAL FUND

By

Joe and Debbie Craig Richard and Beverly Sanders

TO THE GRACE BUILDING FUND

By

TO THE GENERAL ENDOWMENT FUND

By

Bette Bogart

Irvin and Sherry Clawitter

IN MEMORY OF MS. MARY FRANCES PROUE TO THE MARY PROUE MEMORIAL FUND

By

Irvin and Sherry Clawitter Jeff and Ginny Ralston Betty Ray Richard and Beverly Sanders Tim and Sandy Sweeney

Bill and Mildred Wilkins Rev. Dr. Tom and Cheryl Wolbrecht TO THE GRACE BUILDING FUND

By

TO THE GRACE MUSIC FUND

By

Bette Bogart

Beth Paulson

LENTEN and HOLY WEEK SERVICES

and Dinners

Services – 7:00 p.m. Dinners – 5:30 p.m. in Parker Hall

Lenten Midweek 5 – April 13 th

“Finish” 1 Kings 11:3

Dinner served by the ACTS group – Spaghetti

Maundy Thursday – April 21 st

“Refuge” Joshua 20:7-9

Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. – Swedish Meatballs

and Beef Stroganoff over rice

Good Friday – April 22 nd No meal served.

“Nobody” Deut. 7:7

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HOLYHOLYHOLYHOLY WEEKWEEKWEEKWEEK SERVICESSERVICESSERVICESSERVICES

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Sunday of the Passion

8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.

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with Holy Communion 7:00 p.m. Dinner will be served before the service at 5:30 p.m. – Swedish Meatballs and Beef Stroganoff over rice

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with Holy Communion 7:00 p.m.

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6:30 a.m. - Easter Sunrise Service 7:30 a.m. – Breakfast in Parker Hall 8:15 a.m. – Easter Divine Service with Holy Communion 9:15 a.m. – Breakfast in Parker Hall 10:45 a.m. – Easter Divine Service with Holy Communion

Sunday - April 24 th - 10:00 a.m. – Easter Egg Hunt

There will be no Sunday School on Easter Sunday. The children up to 8 years old are invited to the Easter Egg Hunt beginning promptly at 10:00 a.m. in the grass area outside of Parker Hall. Our thanks to Bette Bogart for hosting the Easter Egg Hunt!!

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