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(Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod)

October 19, 2014

Gracious God and Lord, You provide me with good gifts for both body and soul. From You I
am given faith which recognizes You as the source for all blessings. Living in that faith I respond to
Your great love and provision by offering You my thanks and praise, and empowered by Your Holy
Spirit I seek to do the good works which You have prepared for me to do so that my life becomes a
witness to Your love. Keep me steadfast in my faith and its response to You so that it continues to
receive Your gifts with gratitude and thanksgiving. In Jesus name I pray. Amen
Welcome to Grace! The Psalmists words used in our Offertory from Psalm 116 are sung,
What shall I render to the Lord, for all His benefits to me? We continue by singing, I will offer the
sacrifice of thanksgiving and will call on the name of the Lord. We come together this morning to
hear Gods Word, receive His gifts and respond by offering our hymns and spiritual songs of thanks
and praise and also calling upon His name trusting that He graciously invites us to come to Him with
believing hearts. A special welcome to those visiting! If you have any questions about Grace and
what we believe, teach and confess as Lutheran Christians, please speak with our Pastor.
We ask that everyone here this morning 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 Childrens Message. Parents may accompany them. Restrooms
are located on the lower level of this building or across the bridge on this floor level before entering
the fellowship hall. A nursery for infants and toddlers is located downstairs for anyone who has need.
Holy Communion will be celebrated in the 10:45 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.
Faith is Gods gift to His people. It receives forgiveness of sins and eternal life. Faith
responds to this grace. That faith response is more than words; it is the entirety of life. It is more than
having your expectations met, it asks what can I do and how can I serve? All different aspects of
life work together in harmony as God gives direction. Gathered here in this place the Lord serves us
through Word and Sacrament. The Holy Spirit uses these gifts to empower us to serve Him and our
neighbor through sanctified living. With the hymnwriter Frances Havergal, we pray, Take my life
and let it be consecrated, Lord to Thee (LSB 783). That consecration includes our hands, our voices,
our intellects, our very being, so that with willing and thankful hearts we are glad to be of service.

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The Altar Flowers are given today to the glory of God and the beautification of
his House by Lucia Jones in loving memory of her parents, Albert and Mildred Hursey,
and in thanksgiving for blessings received.


Pastor: Rev. James C. Walter
Vicar: David Witte
Director of Parish Music: Nathan Beethe
Secretary: Pat Funk
Early Childhood Center Director: Colleen Moorman
Acolyte: (8:15) Mason Andrews
Cantor: (8:15) Randy Middaugh
Ushers: (8:15) Robert Jones, Robert Nichols
Ed Mahnken
Greeters: (8:15) Debbie Craig, Bill and Mildred Wilkins
Altar Guild: (8:15) Janet Killough
Acolyte: (10:45) Annalia Buchanan
Communion Assistant: (10:45) Craig Schluterman
Cantor: (10:45) Jeff Ralston
Ushers: (10:45) Shaun Baker, Ron Krueger
Tim Sweeney, Greg Warren
Greeters: (10:45) David and Andrea Faulkner and
Lauren and Matthew
Altar Guild: (10:45) Russlynn Krueger
Trombone: Joel Junkans
Coffee Hosts: LWML Women of Grace
Altar Guild: (Wed. evening) Suzanne Raddle and Wilma Richter
Nursery Attendant: Mary Ann Dyer

, Reformation Day (observed)
are: First Reading: Revelation 14:6-7, The Epistle Reading: Romans 3:19-28, and The Holy
Gospel: John 8:31-36.

Grace Lutheran Church
P. O. Box 250769, Little Rock, AR 72225
Telephone Number: 501-663-3631

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Pre-Service Music

Lighting of the Chancel Candles

Prelude Holy God, We Praise Thy Name - Jeffrey Blersch

Ringing of the Church Bell

Opening Hymn: Holy God, We Praise Thy Name LSB 940


Opening Versicles Psalm 51:15; Psalm 70:1

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P Glorious is God with His angels and saints.

Venite Psalm 95:17

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P Glorious is God with His angels and saints.

Psalm Psalm 96:19 (antiphon: v. 9a)

P Oh sing to the LORD a new song;
C sing to the LORD, all the earth!
P Sing to the LORD, bless his name;
C tell of his salvation from day to day.
P Declare his glory among the nations,
C his marvelous works among all the peoples!
P For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised;
C he is to be feared above all gods.
P For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols,
C but the LORD made the heavens.
P Splendor and majesty are before him;
C strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.

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P Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples,
C ascribe to the LORD glory and strength!
P Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;
C bring an offering, and come into his courts!
P Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness;
C tremble before him, all the earth!
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


Children's Message

Office Hymn: Lord of Glory, You Have Bought Us LSB 851


Old Testament Reading I saiah 45:17

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

Anthem The God of Abraham Praise - Wilbur Held

Epistle 1 Thessalonians 1:110

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


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Holy Gospel Matthew 22:1522

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

The reading of the Holy Gospel.

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C Praise to You, O Christ.

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


Sermon 1 Thessalonians 1:110
While You Wait


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Te Deum

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Offering Lord of Glory, You Have Bought Us - Scott Hyslop

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Kyrie Mark 10:47

Lord's Prayer Matthew 6:913

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

Salutation 2 Timothy 4:22

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Collect of the Day

P Let us pray. O God, the protector of all who trust in You, have mercy on us that with You
as our ruler and guide we may so pass through things temporal that we lose not the things
eternal; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the
Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

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

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.

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Benedicamus Psalm 103:1

Benediction 2 Corinthians 13:14

Closing Hymn: Take My Life and Let It Be LSB 783

Postlude Improvisation

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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SUNDAY: 8:15 a.m. Matins
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 with Holy Communion
5:30 p.m. Young Adult Bible Study at the Schlutermans
MON - FRI: 7:30 a.m. Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC)
MONDAY: 5:30 p.m. The CALL Information Meeting
TUESDAY: 12:00 noon Fellowship Club
5:15 p.m. 8
Grade Confirmation
5:30 p.m. Handbell Choir
6:30 p.m. Adult Choir
7:00 p.m. Board of Elders
WEDNESDAY: 6:30 a.m. Mens Bible Study (St. Vincents)
7:00 p.m. Mid-Week Service with Holy Communion
THURSDAY: 5:15 p.m. 7
Grade Confirmation
NEXT SUNDAY: 8:45 a.m. Sunday School and Bible Class
10:00 a.m. Reformation Service with Holy Communion
11:30 a.m. Potluck Dinner recognizing our new members
3:00 p.m. Central Arkansas Reformation Service at First Lutheran

TODAY IN SUNDAY SCHOOL, our children will see how Abram Rescues Lot. This
account is an Old Testament picture of how God rescued all of us from sins
condemnation. Parents might ask, How has God rescued you from sin?

PASTOR WALTERS CLASS meets each Sunday morning upstairs in Parker Hall. Pastor
Walter is leading a study of the Letter to the Hebrews, and today he will begin with
Lesson 11 Calm after the Storm (Hebrews 12).

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES for children ages 3 years through 6
grade meet in the
lower level of the Family Life Center. JUNIOR HIGH AND HIGH SCHOOL CLASSES
meet in classrooms downstairs in the church.

LWML SUNDAY - We will celebrate LWML Sunday today. Following the 8:15 Service,
Grace Women in Mission will host our coffee fellowship in the Parlor. Talk with any of
the women serving today to get more information or if you are interested in being a part
of our Lutheran Women in Mission.

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OUR CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY to the family of Mr. Fred Albert Al Martin who
recently died in Tucson, Arizona. Mr. Martin and his family were members of the Grace
Family for many years before moving. Please keep the Martin family in your prayers.

Janet Pulliam is recovering following a heart procedure.
Carol Jones is recovering following surgery at St. Vincent Medical Center.
Joan Ann Olsen was hospitalized and now is moving to rehab.
Allen Deislinger continues his recovery following some heart issues.
Dennis Fastenau is continuing his treatments and recovery at home.
Rudy Bischof has completed treatments and praying for successful test results.
Grant Geuther is continuing his recovery at home.
Bill Wilkins is continuing his rehab at home.

Oct. 21 Courtney and Jason Sutterfield
Oct. 22 Barb and Greg Warren

Oct. 21 Billy Wilkins, Jr.
Oct. 22 Terry Bradshaw
Oct. 23 Kristin Parsons, Ron Stewart
Oct. 24 Elizabeth Gipson
Oct. 25 Jennifer Morrison

LAST WEEKS STEWARDSHIP Attendance: Sunday 10/12: 186 (8:15 86 and
10:45 100). Mid-Week Service 10/15: 8. Offerings: Sunday 10/12: $7,489.00. Mid-
Week Service 10/8: $415.00. Missions: $125.00. Memorials: $100.00 Building Fund:
$175.00. Scholarship Fund: $125.00. Berner Endowment Fund: $1,000.00.

BOARD OF ELDERS will meet on Tuesday, October 21
, at 7:00 p.m. in the Parlor.
Carter Stein is the director.

grade instruction is on Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. and
grade instruction is on Thursday at 5:15 p.m. in the Church Parlor.

YOUNG ADULT BIBLE STUDY group will meet on Sunday, October 19
, at 5:30 p.m. at
Craig and Lauren Schlutermans home for a Bon Fire and Bible Study. For more details
contact Vicar David Witte at

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FELLOWSHIP CLUB will meet on Tuesday, October 21
, at 12:00 noon, in Parker Hall
to enjoy a great time for good food and fellowship served by our ACTS friends. Call the
church office for more information.

THE CALL INFORMATIONAL MEETING - There is a crisis shortage of foster and
adoptive families for children in the foster system. Come find out how YOU can help
them either through fostering, adopting, or volunteering! The CALL Informational
Meeting is Monday, October 20th, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. here at Grace. Hosted by the Board of
Evangelism. Register by calling 501-823-0607 or by going to Events - Pulaski County at

FALL CRAFT SHOW AND USED BOOK SALE - Please support our Used Book Sale and
Craft Show by donating your USED BOOKS. Donations may be brought to the church or
call Riley Middaugh at 954-9281. Hardbacks, paperbacks, magazines, childrens books,
cookbooks, etc. are all accepted. Then come and shop the sale to replenish your
bookshelves for winter reading!

PORTALS OF PRAYER Dont forget to pick up your copy of the Portals of Prayer for
October thru December. They are on the table in the back of the sanctuary. Please
recycle your old devotion books by placing them in the box in the breezeway.

LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF CARE VAN The Care Van will be at Grace on Friday,
November 7
, from 10:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 8
, from 9:00 to
11:00 a.m. Volunteers are needed to help Pastor Walter with receiving and loading the
boxes from congregations in the Central Arkansas area. Call the church office if you can
help for a couple of hours.

ATTENTION Christ Lutheran School Alumni! - Tickets are on sale now for the
Christ Lutheran Annual Alumni Event! Both Student & Staff Alumni are invited to join
us for an evening of reminiscing & fun on Saturday, Nov. 8th at The Lafayette Square
Building in downtown Little Rock. Tickets are $45/person & $80 per couple. Age 21 and
over please. You may purchase your tickets online through the school website (click on the Christ Lutheran Alumni Button), by mailing your check to
the school office Attn: Alumni (315 S. Hughes, LR 72205), or by stopping by the school
office during the week. This event will be catered by Taziki's, feature live music and
more! You will not want to miss it! Any questions, send a message through FB or email
Heather Lamb ( or Heidi Jerry ( We hope to
see you there!

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CULTURE AND CHRISTIANITY: Have you listened yet on your Lutheran Radio Station
Worldwide KFUO AM850? Culture and Christianity looks into the vocations and the
lives of todays top musicians, artists, chefs and more. Join host Lori Lewis as she looks
into the Christians place in modern culture as they interact with it in their service to God
and neighbors. Wednesdays @ 2pm CDT! Follow us on
Streaming and archived at

NOVEMBER CHOIR - I am looking for Adults, Youth, and Children to sing on
Thanksgiving Day (November 27th) and The Second Sunday in Advent (December 7th).
You do not need to be able to sing both days. We will be rehearsing four times before we
sing: November 16th & 23rd at 1 pm, as well as November 25th & December 2nd at 6:30
pm. The Advent piece, by J.S. Bach, will be sung with harp, violins, and clarinet
accompaniment. If you are interested in singing, please let me know by email at or calling me at (501) 663-3631. You don't have to let me
know ahead of time that you'll be at a rehearsal, but it will help me make sure I have the
right amount of music. I hope you'll decide to join us for some fun music!
Nathan Beethe

By Rudy Bischof

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Grace Food Pantry

For those of you that are unaware of this fact, Grace has a Food Pantry that it offers to those
who are in need. As Fall and Winter approach the Food Pantry appears to be severely under
stocked to meet the needs of those that are in need.

In conjunction with the upcoming Reformation Sunday New Member Potluck lunch to be
held in Parker Hall after the 10:00 a.m. Service on October 26, 2014, Grace is asking that each
individual bring non-perishable food items such as the following: canned items (hearty soups,
meat, vegetables, fruit, pudding cups, etc.), grain (rice, barley etc.), dry beans or cereal items
with them to donate to the Food Pantry. (Please do not bring broths or cream soups!) When
donating items please remember that some of the people we provide food for are homeless
and do not have the means to prepare food but need to be able to just open and eat the
food items.

A table (with a corresponding sign) will be set up on the bridge on Sunday, October 19
in Parker Hall at the Sunday, October 26
, Potluck for you to deposit your food item(s). In
response to this request when you are checking your pantry and/or when you are at the store
buying the ingredients to make your pot luck dish please remember the Food Pantry.

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!

David Graf
Elder Christian Action Coordinator

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October 26

10:00 a.m.

with Holy Communion
Sunday School and Bible Classes at 8:45 a.m.

A Potluck Dinner will follow immediately after the Sunday morning Worship Service.
Everyone is asked to bring a large dish (a dish and a half) of your choice to share. Meat
and drinks will be provided.

Following the meal, we will recognize all of our new members who have joined since
Reformation Sunday 2013. Mark this date on your calendar. Lets join together in
worship, fellowship and celebration of our church heritage.

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Festival of the Reformation

First Lutheran Church, Little Rock
Sunday, October 26

3:00 p.m.

First Lutheran Church, Little Rock, will host the annual Central Arkansas Festival of
the Reformation Service at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 26
. This year's guest
preacher is The Rev. Gregory Seltz, Lutheran Hour Speaker, and will be assisted by
Lutheran Pastors from the Central Arkansas area. Following the service, a German meal
will be served which is prepared by First Lutheran Mens Network funded by Thrivent
Financial. So come on down and join us for some great music, preaching, and food as we
celebrate our Lutheran heritage! Make your plans to attend!!!

LWML Mission Grant
Preparing Leaders for a Diverse World
Concordia College, Selma, Alabama

Concordia College Alabama has a strong teacher education program and deep
Lutheran roots in the African-American community of Alabama. It is uniquely
positioned to raise up needed African-American leaders for The Lutheran Church
Missouri Synod. A mission grant of $50,000 is providing endowed scholarships and
aid in national and international recruitment.

For more information on this and other 2013-2015 Mission Grants go to and scroll down to Mission Grants. Contact Judy Rivers for more

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Grace Fall Craft Fair and Used Book Sale

Saturday, November 1
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Needed: Volunteers to help with the Book Sale and Craft Show

Please sign up on the volunteer list in the bridgeway if you can help with set
up on Friday, October 31
or with the show on Saturday, November 1
Contact Riley Middaugh (954-9281) if you have any questions.

Have you seen the Raffle Quilt on display in the bridgeway? Tickets are $1
and sales benefit our Seminary student Kevin Ray.

The winning ticket will be drawn during the craft show on November 1. You
do not have to be present to win.