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GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH

(Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod) LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS November 18, 2012

THE ALTAR FLOWERS
The Altar Flowers are given today to the glory of God and the beautification of His House by Bill and Anita Allaben in honor of the November 23rd birthdays of Grace members Bill Allaben, Art Langlais, Nash Langlais, Florence Marvin, Verna Rieve and Hope Wistrand and in memory of Vera Rieve.

FOOD FOR THE POOR SUNDAY
PRAYER UPON ENTERING CHURCH
Good and Gracious Lord, You provide me with all that I need to support my body and life and through Your Son You have given me forgiveness to eternal life. Thank You for giving Jesus to be my Savior. Grant that I recognize all of the blessings that You have given to me and give me a heart that willingly shares those physical and spiritual blessings with others. In Jesus’ name. Amen

THOSE WHO SERVE Pastor: Guest Preacher: Vicar: Director of Parish Music: Secretary: Early Childhood Center Director: Acolyte: (8:15) Cantor: (8:15) Ushers: (8:15) Greeters: Altar Guild: Acolyte: Cantor: Ushers: Greeters: Altar Guild: Coffee Hosts: Altar Guild: Nursery Attendant: (8:15) (8:15) (10:45) (10:45) (10:45) (10:45) (10:45) (Wed. evening) Rev. James C. Walter Rev. Gerald L. Kovac David Witte Nathan Beethe Pat Funk Colleen Moorman Lily Woodyard Joel Junkans Tommy Borchert Dennis Fastenau, Jack Funk Paula Walter Janet Killough Maxwell Baker Suzanne Lambert David Faulkner, Cole Hill Wes Mainard, Chris Pils Laine Krueger Ken and Becky Ross Suzanne Raddle and Wilma Richter Mary Ann Dyer

WELCOME
Welcome to Grace! We are a family of believers dedicated to sharing the Good News of salvation in Jesus Christ. We believe and confess that this is done as the Means of Grace, God’s Word and Sacraments are shared and administered in their truth and purity. Living as His people we bear witness to His love and mercy shown to us and to all. We recognize that others will know that we are Christians by our love shared in word and deed which is our response to His love for us. If you are visiting it is our prayer that you will realize these things about us as God’s people gathered in this place. If you wish to learn more about our teachings as drawn from God’s Word please speak with our Pastor. 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. Children are welcome in our Service and will be invited to come forward for a Children’s Message. Parents may accompany them if they wish. We have a staffed nursery facility for infants and toddlers located downstairs in this building for anyone who has need. Restroom facilities are located downstairs as well as on this floor level across the bridge before entering the fellowship hall. If you have any questions, please speak with an usher or greeter.

HOLY COMMUNION
Holy Communion will be celebrated in our 10:45 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
Every other year we designate a Sunday to be observed as “Food For the Poor” Sunday. “Food For the Poor” according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, is the first-largest international relief organization in the United States. Since its inception, FFP has provided more than $8.3 billion in aid and has built more than 78,000 homes for the destitute. This morning Rev. Gerald Kovac will once again share with us the story of this ministry for the “lest of these” through a message entitled, “Letting the Son Shine Through.” You will be invited to prayerfully consider participating in this ministry through a special offering to be collected at the end of the Service.

NEXT WEEK’S READINGS - The appointed readings for next Sunday, November 25th, the Last Sunday of the Church Year, are: The Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 51:4-6, The Epistle Reading: Jude 20-25, and The Gospel Reading: Mark 13:24-37.
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 MATINS FOR FOOD FOR THE POOR SUNDAY

Pre-Service Music Lighting of the Chancel Candles Prelude Ringing of the Church Bell Opening Hymn: Lord of Glory, You Have Bought Us
Stand Lord of Glory, You Have Bought Us - John A. Behnke

LSB 851

Psalmody
Antiphon

Opening Versicles

Psalm 51:15; Psalm 70:1

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The Lord will come again in glory.

Venite

Psalm 95:1–7

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P Your decrees are very trustworthy; C holiness befits your house, O LORD, forevermore. 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
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Children's Message Office Hymn: Jesus Hears His Children Crying

Antiphon
P The Lord will come again in glory.

Psalm
P The LORD reigns; he is robed in majesty; C the LORD is robed; he has put on strength as his belt. P Yes, the world is established; C it shall never be moved. P Your throne is established from of old; C you are from everlasting. P The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; C the floods lift up their roaring. P Mightier than the thunders of many waters, mightier than the waves of the sea, C the LORD on high is mighty!

Psalm 93

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Readings
Old Testament Reading
Ezekiel 34:11–16, 20–24 Stand

under him. When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all. P C This is the Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

“For thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out. As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land. And I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the ravines, and in all the inhabited places of the country. I will feed them with good pasture, and on the mountain heights of Israel shall be their grazing land. There they shall lie down in good grazing land, and on rich pasture they shall feed on the mountains of Israel. I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I myself will make them lie down, declares the Lord GOD. I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them in justice.” “Therefore, thus says the Lord GOD to them: Behold, I, I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. Because you push with side and shoulder, and thrust at all the weak with your horns, till you have scattered them abroad, I will rescue my flock; they shall no longer be a prey. And I will judge between sheep and sheep. And I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. And I, the LORD, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them. I am the LORD; I have spoken. P C This is the Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Holy Gospel
P C The Holy Gospel according to Matthew, the twenty-fifth chapter. Glory to You, O Lord.

Matthew 25:31–46

[Jesus said:] “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” P C This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to You, O Christ.

Epistle

1 Corinthians 15:20–28

But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection

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Responsory

Psalm 119:89; 26:8; Luke 11:28

Canticle
Te Deum

Sit

Sermon “Letting the Son Shine Through”
Stand

Matthew 25:40

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Stand

Prayer
Kyrie
Mark 10:47

Lord's Prayer
P C Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray: 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 6:9–13

Salutation

2 Timothy 4:22

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Offering

Jesus Hears His Children Crying - John A. Behnke

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Collect of the Day
P Let us pray. Eternal God, merciful Father, You have appointed Your Son as judge of the living and the dead. Enable us to wait for the day of His return with our eyes fixed on the kingdom prepared for Your own from the foundation of the world; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Benedicamus

Psalm 103:1

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.

Benediction

2 Corinthians 13:14

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

Closing Hymn: For the Fruits of His Creation Postlude

LSB 894

Collect for Grace
P O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, You have safely brought us to the beginning of this day. Defend us in the same with Your mighty power and grant that this day we fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger, but that all our doings, being ordered by Your governance, may be righteous in Your sight; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

For the Fruits of His Creation - Jim Vyhanek

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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 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 Walter’s Bible Class upstairs in Parker Hall 10:45 a.m. – Divine Service with Holy Communion 1:00 p.m. – Children’s Choir 7:30 a.m. – Early Childhood Development Center NO 8th Grade Confirmation 7:00 p.m. – Parish Planning Council 12:00 noon – Fellowship Club NO 7th Grade Confirmation 6:30 a.m. – Men’s Bible Study at St. Vincent’s 6:30 p.m. – Musicians’ Rehearsal 9:00 a.m. – Thanksgiving Day Service

REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS: Larry Jones has returned to Brookside Healthcare. Gisela Spieker returned to her home on Saturday. Jeanette Keehn continues receiving care at home. Sherry Bischof continues her recovery and treatments. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY AND GOD’S BLESSINGS TO: Nov. 18 – Jennifer and Richard Haddock HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND GOD’S BLESSINGS TO: Nov. 19 – Diane Bruce Nov. 20 – Debbie Penny Nov. 21 – Pam Welling Smith Nov. 23 – Bill Allaben, Art Langlais, Nash Langlais, Florence Marvin Verna Rieve, Hope Wistrand Nov. 24 – Julia Malbrough LAST WEEK’S STEWARDSHIP – Attendance: Sunday 11/11: 214 (8:15 – 127 and 10:45 – 87). Mid-week Service 11/14: 11. Offerings: Sunday 11/11: $8,783.00. Midweek Service 11/7: $186.00. Building Fund: $155.00. Fan into Flame: $70.00. Memorials: $250.00. Scholarship Fund: $120.00. 7th and 8th GRADE CONFIRMATION CLASSES will not meet this week. OUR CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY to the family of Mrs. Elaine Berner who died this week in Springdale. Elaine is the sister-in-law of Elsie Westerfield and Lois Berner. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Berner family. CONGRATULATIONS to Kurt and Rose Shrader on the birth of their daughter Evelyn Grace Shrader who was born on Thursday, November 15th. Congratulations and God’s blessings to the Shrader family. PARISH PLANNING COUNCIL will meet on Monday, November 19th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Parlor. VOTERS’ MEETING will be held on Monday, November 26th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Randy Middaugh is the executive director. INVITATIONS – We have invitations available on the tables at both entrances to the sanctuary for our Thanksgiving Day Service on Thursday, November 22nd, at 9:00 a.m. Please use them to invite your family and friends to join us for worship. - 16 -

MON - FRI: MONDAY: TUESDAY: WEDNESDAY: THURSDAY:

TODAY IN SUNDAY SCHOOL – Today’s Sunday School lesson involved the wellknown story of David and Goliath. As David slew the giant Goliath, so Jesus, our David, slew the jeering giants of sin, Satan, and death with the weapon of His own death. Discuss, “How could David approach his battle with Goliath confidently? How can we face the ‘Goliaths’ in our life with confidence?” PASTOR WALTER’S BIBLE CLASS meets at 9:45 a.m. each Sunday morning in Parker Hall. Pastor is leading a study that is looking at the liturgy and worship. This morning Rev. Gerald L. Kovac will share information on the FOOD FOR THE POOR ministry. 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. FOOD FOR THE POOR SUNDAY – Rev. Gerald L. Kovac, St. Louis, Missouri is our guest preacher in both Services today. Pastor Kovac was ordained in 1965. He served as a Chaplain for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections and as Executive Secretary of the Mission Board of the SELC District of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Before preaching on behalf of Food For the Poor he served as Pastor in St. Louis for thirty-one years. Please keep the FOOD FOR THE POOR in your prayers.

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FELLOWSHIP CLUB will meet on Tuesday, November 20th, at 12:00 noon, in Parker Hall to enjoy “Stone Soup” served by the ECDC. This is a great time for fellowship and to enjoy a great meal made by the children in our ECDC. SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE HOSTS – We have openings for the last Sunday in November and all of December for you to sign up to serve refreshments” between the early service and Sunday School/Bible Class. This is a great time for everyone to visit and for our visitors to get to know our members. The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board by the Parlor so take a minute and sign up for the Sunday you can serve. Thanks!!! ACTS CHRISTMAS DINNER is December 2nd at Red Lobster in Little Rock. Come and visit at 5:30 p.m. and order at 6:00 p.m. Everyone is invited. Please e-mail Sammye Harrill at sammyeharrill@yahoo.com or call her cell number 501-352-1877 if you are able to come. A sign-up sheet is on the bridge today. Hope you can come; this is always a good time. Sammye Harrill CHRIST LUTHERAN SCHOOL is seeking someone who loves kids and would like to work part time in our extended care program. The hours are 2:50-5:45 M-F. The pay is $8 per hour. Please contact Catherine McKnight at 663-5212 if you are interested in applying. You must be over 18 years of age and complete a criminal background check. NOTES AND CARDS – The holidays are fast approaching, please remember our sick and home bound members in your prayers and send them a note or card to let them know we’re thinking of them and praying for them. CHURCH CLEANING DAY - It is time again to do a thorough cleaning of the Sanctuary and other areas of the Church. Please come on December 1, 2012. Kim will be there by 8:00 a.m. for the early-to-bed-early-to-rise contingent, but please, come any time in the morning to help polish the pews and altar area, dust the light fixtures and all that really fun stuff. We need all willing hands--including some long arms on tall legs. If you have questions, call Kim Woodyard at 425-6681. DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES – Grace continues to support the foster care program in the East Office of DCFS. Some of the items they need for the children coming into their office include: baby bottles, baby wipes, diapers (all sizes), individual packaged snacks and small hand sanitizers. If you can help provide any of these items, please bring them to the church and place them in the box for DCFS which is in the church breezeway. For more information, contact Abby Buchanan or Pat Funk. - 17 -

GRACE YOUTH - The Youth have organized an outing for fun and fellowship this afternoon at Millennium Bowl in Maumelle at 4:00 p.m. to bowl a few games then go to American Pie Pizza on Maumelle Boulevard (just east of Counts Massie) for some dinner and a meeting at 5:30ish. Any parent that wants to join for all is welcome or drop your youth off to bowl and return at 5:30 to meet and eat is fine too. The meeting will be a planning session for fund raising events as we look toward the Youth Gathering. Please join us at both the bowling and the dinner even if you aren’t sure you are going to go the Youth Gathering. This is a great time for fun and fellowship. Contact Dave Roberts at 590-5956 if you have questions or to reply so we will know who plans to attend. COOKIE WALK - The Annual Cookie Walk hosted by the JOY Club is Sunday, December 16th during coffee hour. We ask you to bring a batch of cookies (or several) to donate to the event. For the event, you purchase a bag…$7.50 per bag, which you may fill with your choice of an assortment of cookies. This gives you the enjoyment of sampling many different cookie types while knowing that your support of the event goes toward helping a Grace family have a better Christmas. The JOY Club identifies a family with needs to whom the proceeds are donated. If you have questions, contact Bev Sanders at 425-8806 or 225-6390. THE C.A.L.L. – Through the Board of Evangelism, Grace continues to support the The C.A.L.L. (Children of Arkansas Loved for a Lifetime). Some of the items needed for The CALL Mall are boys and girls clothes, kaki or blue slacks, white polo type shirts, and school supplies. Please place your donations by the DCFS box in the breezeway. GRACE FOOD PANTRY – Our thanks to everyone who has brought items for the Food Pantry. We have had a great response!!! If you still have items to donate, we have a table set up in the breezeway and will continue to collect food through Thanksgiving until right before Christmas. If you have any questions in this regard please do not hesitate to call Pat Funk or Dave Graf at 370-1540. Thank you in advance for your help! THRIVENT BUILDS–HABITAT FOR HUMANITY invites you to attend the home dedication for the Shaw Family, Ashley and her children Jessica, Andy and Anna, on Saturday, December 1st at 11:00 a.m. at 5004 Division Street, North Little Rock. Thanks to the support of the Heartland Arkansas Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and Habitat for Humanity of Pulaski County, the Shaw family now has their own home.

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MEMORIALS IN MEMORY OF MRS. VIRGINIA PROUD – Mother of Gary Proud TO THE GRACE GENERAL ENDOWMENT FUND By Warren and Judy Rivers Elsie Westerfield Bill and Mildred Wilkins TO THE GRACE BUILDING FUND By Raymond and Sammye Sue Harrill Kay Jenkins Beth Paulson IN MEMORY OF MRS. RUTH STELLJES – Grandmother of Gina Junkans TO THE GRACE BUILDING FUND By Raymond and Sammye Sue Harrill Beth Paulson IN MEMORY OF MRS. DORIS PARKER TO THE GRACE BUILDING FUND By Beth Paulson IN MEMORY OF MR. CHARLIE BROWN – Brother of Betty Wagoner & TO THE GRACE BUILDING FUND uncle of Sarah Gipson By Beth Paulson IN MEMORY OF MR. JULIUS BRECKLING TO THE GRACE GENERAL ENDOWMENT FUND By Bill and Mildred Wilkins TO THE GRACE BUILDING FUND By Beth Paulson IN MEMORY OF MR. BRAD BEMBERG – Cousin of Richard and Bobby Bemberg TO THE GRACE GENERAL ENDOWMENT FUND By Elsie Westerfield

Thanksgiving Day Service
November 22nd 9:00 a.m.
Join us on Thanksgiving Day as we come together for worship and to give thanks for the many blessings the Lord has provided.

Invite your family and friends!!

Invitations for you to send to your family and friends are available on the tables at both entrances to the Sanctuary. For more information call the church office.

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