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(Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod) LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS March 17, 2013

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 Anita’s birthday and in thanksgiving for God’s many blessings. THOSE WHO SERVE Rev. James C. Walter David Witte Nathan Beethe Pat Funk Colleen Moorman Lily Woodyard Joel Junkans Terry Bradshaw, Gary Goldsby Jim Marvin, Mark Peterson Greeter: (8:15) Jim and Florence Marvin Altar Guild: (8:15) Jim and Judy Keppel Acolyte: (10:45) Jack Manchester Communion Assistant: (10:45) Tim Sweeney Cantor: (10:45) Kurt Shrader Ushers: (10:45) Charlie Buchanan, Terry Clawitter Bryan Gipson, David Roberts Greeters: (10:45) David, Diane and Alex Roberts Altar Guild: (10:45) Beverly Sanders Symphonic Band: Martin Luther High School, Greendale, WI Coffee Hosts: Lori Bloom, Paula Walter, Sheila Wilimzig, Pat Funk Altar Guild: (Wed. evening) Suzanne Raddle and Wilma Richter Nursery Attendant: Mary Ann Dyer NEXT WEEK’S READINGS - The appointed readings for next Sunday, March 24th, Palm Sunday, Sunday of the Passion, are: The Old Testament Reading: Deuteronomy 32:3639, The Epistle Reading: Philippians 2:5-11, and The Gospel Reading: Luke 23:1-56
Grace Lutheran Church P. O. Box 250769, Little Rock, AR 72225 Telephone Number: 501-663-3631

Heavenly Father, You sent Your Son, Jesus, to suffer at the hands of those who hated Him. From the seeds of His suffering, You have brought to me a harvest of joy! Accept my praise as I lift up my voice in thanksgiving for the great blessing of knowing sins forgiven and eternal life that You freely give to me for Jesus’ sake. To know Him is to know eternal life. In His name. Amen

Welcome to Grace this morning and we invite you to our Lenten Vespers Services on Wednesday evening! Grace is a family of believers dedicated to sharing the Good News of salvation in Jesus. 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 from God’s Word please speak with our Pastor. 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.

Pastor: Vicar: Director of Parish Music: Secretary: Early Childhood Center Director: Acolyte: (8:15) Cantor: (8:15) Ushers: (8:15)

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.

St. Paul had much for which he could boast, but he also knew that before God he could boast of nothing except knowing Jesus as his Lord and Savior. When Jesus entered time and space He was rejected, much as the son of the vineyard owner in the parable found in this morning’s Gospel reading. But by His death and resurrection Christ has become the cornerstone of the Church; in His infinite mercy He has opened our hearts so that we may know Him and the salvation He came to bring. It is the “new thing” the Lord promises through Isaiah and the surpassing worth for which St. Paul considered all his boasting worthless. In our Lenten journey today we focus on the great things God has done for us, for He has given us to know Jesus and the power of His resurrection.



Confession and Absolution
Stand The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.

Pre-Service Music Lighting of the Chancel Candles Prelude (8:15) Prelude (10:45) Ringing of the Church Bell Opening Hymn: Thy Works, Not Mine, O Christ LSB 565 (tune: Darwall's 148th)
Crown of Thorns - Julie Giroux Thy Works, Not Mine, O Christ - Sam Eatherton


Matthew 28:19b; [18:20]

In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
1 John 1:8–9


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

Confession of Sins
P C Let us then confess our sins to God our Father. 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
John 1:12; Philippians 1:6

Declaration of Grace (8:15)

Public Domain

In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for us, and for His sake God forgives us all our sins. To those who believe in Jesus Christ He gives the power to become the children of God and bestows on them the Holy Spirit. May the Lord, who has begun this good work in us, bring it to completion in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen



Absolution (10:45)

John 20:19–23


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

Service of the Word
P Salvation belongs to the LORD; C your blessing be on your people! P But you, O LORD, are a shield about me, C my glory, and the lifter of my head. P I cried aloud to the LORD, C and he answered me from his holy hill. P I lay down and slept; C I woke again, for the LORD sustained me. P I will not be afraid of many thousands of people C who have set themselves against me all around. 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 Salvation belongs to the LORD; C your blessing be on your people! 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.
© 1970 Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License .NET, no. 100011479. Public domain

Ps. 3:3–6; antiphon: Ps. 3:8

Salutation and Collect of the Day

Canticle: Your Heart, O God, Is Grieved

LSB 945




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

Isaiah 43:16–21

Holy Gospel
P The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the twentieth chapter.

Luke 20:9–20


Heb. 12:2

The reading of the Holy Gospel. [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. P This is the Gospel of the Lord.


Philippians 3:4b–14


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

Children's Message Sermon Hymn: My Song Is Love Unknown
Service Note: Stanza 4 - Women, Stanza 5 - Men. Luke 20:17b

LSB 430

Verse of the Day
P The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.

Sermon “Something Worth Knowing”
Joel 2:13 Stand

Philippians 3:4b–14

Verse for Lent

Apostles' Creed (8:15)
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.

© 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship.



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

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 C Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

The prayers conclude with the following: P C

Nicene Creed (10:45)
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

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

Offering (8:15) Offering (10:45)

Come, Sweet Death - J.S. Bach/arr. Alfred Reed My Song Is Love Unknown - Wilbur Held


Psalm 116:12-13, 17-19


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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. Amen


Closing Hymn: Glory Be to Jesus Postlude 10:45 Service continues on the next page

LSB 433
Amazing Grace - Frank Ticheli




Service Concludes (8:15)
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

Service of the Sacrament (10:45)
2 Timothy 4:22; [Colossians 3:1]; [Psalm 136]

Concluding Collect
P Blessed Lord, You have caused all Holy Scriptures to be written for our learning. Grant that we may so hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them that, by patience and comfort of Your holy Word, we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen


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

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:
Isaiah 6:3; Matthew 21:9

The Words of Our Lord

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.”


Proclamation of Christ

1 Corinthians 11:26; Revelation 22:20

As often as we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes. Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. 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:
Matthew 6:9–13

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

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.

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Pax Domini

John 20:19


Nunc Dimittis

Luke 2:29–32

Agnus Dei

John 1:29


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.

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: Jesus Comes Today with Healing Hymn: Amazing Grace Hymn: The Lamb LSB 620 LSB 744 LSB 547

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Numbers 6:24–26

THIS WEEK AT GRACE SUNDAY: 8:15 a.m. – Divine Service Coffee and Fellowship in Parker Hall 9:45 a.m. – Sunday School downstairs in Parker Hall 9:45 a.m. – Junior and Senior High classes downstairs in the church Pastor Walter’s Bible Class will not meet this morning 10:45 a.m. – Divine Service with Holy Communion MON - FRI: 7:30 a.m. – Early Childhood Development Center MONDAY: NO 8th Grade Confirmation TUESDAY: 9:30 a.m. – Tuesday Morning Bible Class 12:00 noon – Fellowship Club NO 7th Grade Confirmation 7:00 p.m. – Adult Choir WEDNESDAY: 6:30 a.m. – Men’s Bible Class at St. Vincent’s 5:30 p.m. – Lenten Dinner in Parker Hall 7:00 p.m. – Lenten Service THURSDAY: 7:00 p.m. – LWML Evening Guild NEXT SUNDAY: LWML Evening Guild Bake Sale after 8:15 Service on the bridge TODAY IN SUNDAY SCHOOL the children learned how in faith, a sinful woman lovingly anointed Jesus’ feet and how in faith we grasp God’s free mercy, receive the forgiveness of sins, and respond with acts of love and praise. As a family, consider ways that you might respond to God’s mercy. Ask your children what sins God forgives…all of them! In your catechism review, look at the section about the Confession of Sins. PASTOR WALTER’S CLASS will NOT meet this morning. Please take this opportunity during coffee time in Parker Hall to welcome the students from Martin Luther High School. Pastor Walter’s class will continue the study of “The Augsburg Confession and Its Apology” – The Lutheran Confessions Series next Sunday. 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. 7th GRADE and 8th GRADE CONFIRMATION CLASSES will NOT meet this coming week because of Spring Break. - 18 -

Closing Hymn: Glory Be to Jesus Postlude

LSB 433
Glory Be to Jesus - G. Winston Cassler




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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MARTIN LUTHER HIGH SCHOOL SYMPHONIC BAND from Greendale, Wisconsin, will be playing for our 8:15 Worship Service this morning. They are led by Instrumental Director Jessica Kindschi. The band also performed a concert at Christ Lutheran Church and School on Saturday evening. These performances are part of an eight-day concert tour that will take them to the New Orleans area. If you would like to help defray the cost of their tour, there will be baskets on the serving table during coffee time in Parker Hall. Thank you to our Grace families for your support of this event. OUR CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY to the family of Rev. Stephen Mazak who died Saturday evening, March 9th, in Birmingham, Alabama. Rev. Mazak is the father of Anne McIntyre. Our thoughts and prayers are with Rick, Anne, Alyson, Hannah, and Matt McIntyre and their family. OUR CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY to the family Bill Littlehales who died on Wednesday in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Littlehales is the father of Corey and Erica Proud Littlehales. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Littlehales family. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY AND GOD’S BLESSINGS TO:
March 18 – Andrea and David Faulkner March 20 – Karen and Rick Camacho, Carrie and Michael Eubanks March 21 – Janie and Kevin Derden March 22 – Linda and Terry Bradshaw

LAST WEEK’S STEWARDSHIP – Attendance: Sunday 3/10: 143 (8:15 – 80 and 10:45 – 63). Mid-Week Vespers 3/13: 97. Offerings: Sunday 3/10: $6,597.00. Mid-Week Vespers 3/6: $767.00. Memorials: $125.00. Building Fund: $355.00. Fan into Flame: $150.00. Seminary Scholarship Fund: $350.00. National Youth Gathering Fund: $57.00. FELLOWSHIP CLUB will meet on Tuesday, March 19th at 12:00 noon in Parker Hall. Come and enjoy some food fellowship and another great lunch served by our friends in the ACTS group. Call the church office if you have questions. LENTEN SERVICE – The mid-week Lenten Services will continue this Wednesday, March 20th, at 7:00 p.m. Our Lenten theme is Restore the Roar! Dinner is served before the service in Parker Hall at 5:30 p.m. Parish Fellowship will be serving Tacos. THE GRACE YOUTH will hold a pancake lunch as a fundraiser on Sunday, April 14th, immediately following the second service. The funds are being raised for the Grace Youth who will attend the National Lutheran Youth Gathering in San Antonio in July. Please purchase tickets ahead of time so that we can prepare an adequate amount of food. Ticket prices are $10 per person or $20 for a family. The Grace Youth will sell tickets on Sundays after the first service (before Sunday School). If you purchase a ticket, you will be entered into a raffle for a gift basket. There will also be a silent auction of various gift baskets made by the Grace Youth at the lunch. We appreciate your support! LWML EVENING GUILD – On Palm Sunday, March 24th, the LWML Evening Guild will have their annual “Bake Sale”. The sale will be set up on tables on the bridge. The proceeds will be split between the Concordia Seminary Food Bank in St. Louis and the Arkansas Food Bank. Please join us in making this a great bake sale by bringing your baked goodies on Sunday morning, March 24th. All bake goods are acceptable and please price your own goods. If you have questions call Judy Rivers. THANK YOU – On behalf of Concordia Seminary I would like to extend our gratitude for hosting Pro Musica Sacra during our 2013 Lent tour. It was our privilege to be with you and we appreciate the wonderful hospitality we received from your congregation and their generosity. I know firsthand the logistics of hosting, and it is no small task. For everyone’s time and efforts I am very grateful. Our tour was wonderful in every way. We enjoyed getting to know our fellow brothers and sisters throughout the LC-MS, it was a blessing to worship with each congregation, and we pray our presence was a mutual blessing. Again, many thanks for hosting us. In Christ, Rev. Stephen M. Rosebrock
Interim Kantor, Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus

March 17 – Benjamin John David Bischof, Jr. March 18 – Kathrine Barlow, Isabella Ginnochio, Andrew Warren March 20 – John Ohnemus March 22 – Anita Allaben, Ricky Eustice, Bernice Wowra March 23 – John Miles Dunlap

REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS: Warren Rivers has returned home from the hospital. Frank Gutierrez has returned home from the hospital. Verna Rieve continues her rehab following knee replacement surgery. Janet Pulliam is recovering from a fractured shoulder. Jeanette Keehn continues receiving care at home. Sherry Bischof continues her recovery and treatments. PORTALS OF PRAYER for April through June are now available. Please pick up your copy from the table in the back of the sanctuary. - 19 -

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LWML EVENING GUILD will have their annual White Elephant Sale this Thursday, March 21st, at 7:00 p.m. Bring an item that can be new or used and be sure to wrap it for the auction. We will decide where the proceeds go before the auction begins. This is always a fun evening … you are encouraged to come and join in on the fun!! If you have any questions contact Judy Rivers or Pat Funk. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO SERVE – For April and May we need coffee hosts to serve Sunday morning coffee following the 8:15 Service. Please take a minute and sign up for the Sunday you wish to serve. The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board by the Parlor. ALTAR GUILD – Volunteers are needed to serve on the Altar Guild for the 10:45 Service in April and for the 8:15 Service in May. Please take a minute and sign up for the month you wish to serve. The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board by the Parlor (Notice that we’ve moved the sign-up sheet!!) BABY SHOWER - Please join us for A BABY SHOWER for Melanie (Stillman) Davis on Sunday, April 7th at 2:00 p.m. Melanie is registered at BabiesRUs. Hosted by: Rebecca Cate, Lori Dumont, Pat Funk, Gina Junkans, Suzanne Lambert, Riley Middaugh, Diane and Alex Roberts, Paula Walter, and Kim Woodyard. THRIVENT NEWS - There is a March 31st deadline for members to designate where your "Choice Dollars" are to be given; Log onto the website,, and go to "Direct Choice Dollars"; if you do not have access to a computer, please call 800-847-4836. MEMORIALS IN MEMORY OF MRS. PATSY WOODROW – Sister of Bette Bogart TO THE GRACE MUSIC FUND By Tommy and Judy Borchert IN MEMORY OF MS. BRENDA ZESCH TO THE GRACE NATIONAL YOUTH GATHERING FUND By Carroll and Doris Holzhauer IN MEMORY OF REV. ARNOLD WAGNER TO THE GRACE GENERAL ENDOWMENT FUND By Rudy and Sherry Bischof

Lenten and Holy Week Services – 7:00 p.m. Dinners – 5:30 p.m. in Parker Hall

Midweek Lent - March 20th - “Locust Here, Locusts There, Locusts Seem to Be Everywhere” (Amos 7:1-6) Dinner served by Board of Parish Fellowship - Tacos Maundy Thursday Service with Holy Communion – March 28th – “The Taste Test” (Amos 8:11-14) Dinner served by the Boards of Stewardship and Evangelism – Pork Loin Dinner Good Friday Service with Holy Communion – March 29th – “Buried!” (Amos 9:1-6)

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