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(Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod) LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS November 24, 2013

THE SUNDAY OF THE FULFILLMENT The Last Sunday of the Church Year
Lord Jesus, You are the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, all things were made through and for You. You are also the firstborn from the dead. By Your suffering and death I have forgiveness of sins, and by Your resurrection I have everlasting life with you in Paradise. Keep me steadfast in my faith and ever watchful for Your return. Grant that I am not afraid of Your coming but confidently know that You have worked all things for my good. In Your name I pray. Amen

Welcome to Grace! This morning is the Last Sunday in the Church Year. As Christians we await the second coming of Christ even as we seek strength for our lives of faith that may end before that great and awe-full Day of the Lord. For the Christian there is not fear in Christs Second Advent but true joy as we look to that day when the Lord will come to raise the dead and give unto us and all believers in Christ, eternal life. We also realize that this is what is ours even now by grace through faith as we are Gods redeemed and forgiven children made His in Holy Baptism. We are glad you are here today! We invite you to come and worship again. We ask everyone to fill out an attendance registration card found at each pew and return it to an Usher during the Offering. Children 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. Restrooms are also located downstairs in 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. If you need more information about Grace Lutheran Church please speak with our Pastor.

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.

At New Years Eve celebrations, people often take time to pause and reflect on the past year as well as look ahead to the future. In many ways, today, the Last Sunday of the Church Year, is the Churchs New Years Eve. As we reflect on our lives over this past year, perhaps our sins and the many times we have fallen short of Gods glory come to mind. As we look ahead to the future especially the Last Dayperhaps we wonder where we sinners will stand on the day of Christs return. Todays Gospel reading answers the question at the cross, where we see that for Jesus sake, in repentant faith, we will stand among the righteous. For this, we give thanks to our Savior.


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 23 rd birthdays of Grace members Bill Allaben, Nash Langlais, Florence Marvin, Matt McIntyre and Verna Rieve and in memory of Arthur Langlais and Vera Rieve.


Pastor: Vicar: Director of Parish Music: Secretary: Early Childhood Center Director: Acolyte: (8:15) Cantor: (8:15) Communion Assistant: (8:15) Ushers: (8:15) Greeter: Altar Guild: Acolyte: Cantor: Ushers: Greeter: Altar Guild: Euphonium: Coffee Hosts: Altar Guild: Nursery Attendant: (8:15) (8:15) (10:45) (10:45) (10:45) (10:45) (10:45) Rev. James C. Walter David Witte Nathan Beethe Pat Funk Colleen Moorman Annalia Buchanan Paula Walter Raymond Harrill Tommy Borchert, Sam Cate Dennis Fastenau, Jack Funk Paula Walter Sandy Price and Pat Funk Lauren Faulkner Suzanne Lambert David Faulkner, Cole Hill Wes Mainard, Chris Pils Laine Krueger Nancy Wade Paul Walter Lori Bloom and Paula Walter Suzanne Raddle and Wilma Richter Mary Ann Dyer

(Wed. evening)

NEXT WEEKS READINGS - The appointed readings for next Sunday, December 1st, the First Sunday in Advent, are: The Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 2:1-5, The Epistle Reading: Romans 13:11-14, and The Gospel Reading: Matthew 21:1-11. 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

Sing, My Tongue, the Glorious Battle - Robert J. Powell

Wake, Awake, for Night Is Flying [BWV 645] - J.S. Bach

Opening Hymn: Wake, Awake, for Night Is Flying

LSB 516

Confession and Absolution

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


Matthew 28:19b; [18:20]

P In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit. C Amen


1 John 1:89

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.

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 -3-

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 (8:15)

John 20:1923

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

Declaration of Grace (10:45)

John 1:12; Philippians 1:6

P 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. C Amen

Service of the Word

P Let all the earth fear the LORD; C let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him! P Come, bless the LORD, all you servants of the LORD, C who stand by night in the house of the LORD! P Lift up your hands to the holy place C and bless the LORD! P May the LORD bless you from Zion, C he who made heaven and earth!
Ps. 134; antiphon: Ps. 33:8


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 Let all the earth fear the LORD; C let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him!


Mark 10:47


Gloria in Excelsis

Luke 2:14; John 1:29


Salutation and Collect of the Day

P Let us pray. Lord Jesus Christ, You reign among us by the preaching of Your cross. Forgive Your people their offenses that we, being governed by Your bountiful goodness, may enter at last into Your eternal paradise; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.



Old Testament Reading

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

Malachi 3:1318


Rev. 7:14b; Ps. 84:5

These are the ones coming out of the great tribu- | lation.* They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood | of the Lamb. Blessd are those whose strength is | in you,* in whose heart are the highways to | Zion.

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

Colossians 1:1320


Alleluia and Verse

P Alleluia. Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise. Alleluia.

Luke 23:43


Holy Gospel
P The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the twenty-third chapter.

Luke 23:2743

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


Children's Message

Sermon Hymn: Sing, My Tongue, the Glorious Battle

LSB 454

Sermon The Past, The Future, The Present

Luke 23:2743


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. - 10 -

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 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


Sing, My Tongue, the Glorious Battle - Donald Johns


Psalm 116:12-13, 17-19

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10:45 Service continues on page 18

Service of the Sacrament (8:15)

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

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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 on this day overcame death and the grave and by His glorious resurrection opened to us the way of everlasting 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:


Isaiah 6:3; Matthew 21:9

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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 26:2628; Mark 14:2224 Luke 22:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:2325

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.

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 Lords 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: - 14 -

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

Pax Domini

John 20:19

Agnus Dei

John 1:29

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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: Come to Calvarys Holy Mountain Hymn: Crown Him with Many Crowns

LSB 620 LSB 435 LSB 525

Thank the Lord

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Post-Communion Collect
P Let us pray. Gracious God, our heavenly Father, You have given us a foretaste of the feast to come in the Holy Supper of Your Son's body and blood. Keep us firm in the true faith throughout our days of pilgrimage that, on the day of His coming, we may, together with all Your saints, celebrate the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom which has no end; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


Numbers 6:2426

Closing Hymn: Christ Is Surely Coming Postlude

LSB 509
Christ Is Surely Coming - Michael Burkhardt

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Service Concludes (10:45)

Lord's Prayer
P Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray: 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

Closing Collect
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: Christ Is Surely Coming Postlude

LSB 509
Christ Is Surely Coming - Michael Burkhardt


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 7:30 a.m. Early Childhood Development Center 7:00 p.m. Voters Meeting 7:00 p.m. Young Adult Bible Study NO Tuesday Morning Bible Class NO 7th Grade Confirmation 6:30 p.m. Adult Choir 6:30 a.m. Mens Bible Study at St. Vincents 9:00 a.m. Thanksgiving Day Service 10:00 a.m. Baby Girl Shower for Kirby and Aaron Walter


TODAY IN SUNDAY SCHOOL - On this last Sunday of the fall quarter, Sunday School students study Esther. In the actions of Esther, we see the pattern of deliverance that God sketches throughout the story of Israel, a pattern that finds its fulfillment in Jesus, our Savior. Consider discussing, How did Esther preserve the Jewish people? Why is the story of Esther important? PASTOR WALTERS CLASS meets this 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 with Session 10 The Holy Supper of Our Lord. 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. OUR CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY to the family of Rev. James Meimerstorf who died on Sunday, November 17th, in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Rev. Meimerstorf is the nephew of Mildred Burgess. Please keep Mildred and her family in your prayers. THANKSGIVING SERVICE A Service of Prayer and Thanksgiving will be held on Thanksgiving Day, November 28th, at 9:00 a.m. There are cards at each entrance to use to invite your family, friends and neighbors to worship with us on Thanksgiving Day.
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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY AND GODS BLESSINGS TO: Nov. 26 Judy and Warren Rivers HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND GODS BLESSINGS TO: Nov. 24 Julia Malbrough Nov. 26 David Jones Nov. 27 Heather Starr Nov. 28 Terry Clawitter Nov. 30 Betty Wagoner, Mary Ellen McAllister REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS: Anita Allaben is at home recovering from pneumonia. Larry Jones is a patient at University of Arkansas Medical Center. Ron Krueger is recovering following shoulder surgery. Norma Bisgood is a patient in Hospice Home Care on Bowman Road. Lance Whitney is recovering following hip replacement surgery. Judy Rivers is recovering following knee replacement surgery. Jeannie Worlund is recovering following knee replacement surgery. Jeanette Keehn continues receiving care at home. Sherry Bischof continues her recovery and treatments. LAST WEEKS STEWARDSHIP Attendance: Sunday 11/17: 209 (8:15 110 and 10:45 99). Mid-Week 11/20: 10. Offerings: Sunday 11/17: $9,645.25. Mid-Week 11/6: $490.00. Memorials: $345.00. Fan Into Flame: $385.00. Building Fund: $400.00. Mission Fund: $25.00. Seminary Scholarship Fund: $50.00. VOTERS MEETING will be held on Monday, November 25th. Randy Middaugh is the executive director. BABY GIRL SHOWER You are invited to a Baby Girl Shower for Aaron and Kirby Walter next Saturday, November 30th, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Parlor. Aaron and Kirby are registered at BabiesRUs and on line at BuyBuyBaby. Aaron and Kirby are flying here, so if you want to have gifts shipped to their home that would be great. The hostesses are Lori Bloom, Pat Funk, Kaye Gilbert, Sammye Sue Harrill, Susan Mahnken, Carole Nichols, Angie Proud, Margaret Schulz, Ann Stoker, and Sheila Wilimzig. OUR THANKS to all to who help Pastor Walter load the Lutheran World Relief Care Van last weekend. We loaded 234 boxes totaling 5,284 pounds from 16 congregations in Arkansas. Thanks for your help!!!
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7th or 8th GRADE CONFIRMATION classes will NOT MEET this week. CHRISTMAS BRUNCH The LWML Evening Guild is hosting a Christmas Brunch on Saturday, December 7th, at 11:00 a.m. in Parker Hall. We will enjoy a delicious Christmas brunch and some great fellowship; and then if you wish, youll be ready for an afternoon of shopping. Call Nancy Finkbeiner at 562-0846 or Pat Funk at 663-3631 or 231-2225 to make your reservations. WE DID IT!! - With your help, LWML was able to assemble 60 school kits to be sent to Lutheran World Relief for distribution to children in need. A big thank you to all who made this possible by donating supplies, sewing and assembling backpacks,filling backpacks with supplies and boxing them for distribution. Thank you to those who loaded the Lutheran World Relief care van with boxed supplies from the surrounding Lutheran church community. Grace is blessed with a gracious congregation who made this all possible. Thank you again for your generosity. Ginny Ralston for the LWML NOTES AND CARDS Please remember our sick and home bound members in your prayers and send them a note or card to let them know were thinking about them and praying for them. DECORATE THE CHRISTMAS TREES in the sanctuary on Sunday, December 8th, at 2:00 p.m. We now have pre-lit trees so decorating is much easier. Join us for a couple of hours of fun and fellowship. FAITHnFAMILY - Have you listened yet on your Lutheran Radio Station Worldwide KFUO? FaithnFamily is a weekday, 11am-12pm live, call-in show with guests and a different family issue each week. This week, join us as we look into the history behind Luthers Small Catechism, for whom it was intended, and how can it be used as a handbook for family prayer. Send in your family questions to or call at 314.996.1519. Follow on Streaming and archived at

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AN HONORARIUM has been given to Grace by Mrs. Rita Mitchell in honor of Bette Bogart. This gift has been given to the Grace Building Fund.
MEMORIALS IN MEMORY OF MR. ARTHUR LANGLAIS TO THE GRACE GENERAL ENDOWMENT FUND By Gary and Angie Proud Mr. and Mrs. Donald Rabeneck Margaret Smith and family TO THE GRACE GENERAL FUND By Maxine Biggers Alma and Ken Carle TO THE GRACE BUILDING FUND By Robert and Sheila Wilimzig IN MEMORY OF MRS. POLLY HICKS Sister of Judy Keppel TO THE GRACE GENERAL ENDOWMENT FUND By Gary and Angie Proud IN MEMORY OF MRS. MIRANDA ELLING Mother of Nancy Wade TO THE GRACE GENERAL ENDOWMENT FUND By Gary and Angie Proud TO THE GRACE BUILDING FUND By Rudy and Sherry Bischof

Thanksgiving Day Service

November 28th 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!!

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