But not so with you; rather the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like one who serves. Luke 22:26
In this passage, the disciples were fighting over who was the greatest. Jesus confronted their arrogance by offering an example of himself. Jesus was a servant-leader who did not force God’s love on anyone. Instead, he spoke the truth and confronted evil, if necessary. But in the end, he did not resist evil’s final attempt to silence him, even to death on a cross. God calls us to lead – and follow – looking to Jesus’ example to serve. (The Word in Season, Sunday, March 20th)
Together, join both Grace and St. Luke’s at Grace Lutheran Church on Maundy Thursday for a potluck dinner served at 5:30pm and the worship service at 6:30pm. Good Friday service will be held at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 2315 I Street, at 6:30pm. Celebrate Easter Sunrise Service at Grace Lutheran, Sunday, March 27th at 6:30am with a breakfast meal to follow at 8:00am.
Click the link to read the latest Grace Lutheran news: March 2016 Newsletter*
Grace Lutheran Calendar can be located here: March Calendar
Lent begins with a solemn call to fasting and repentance as we begin our journey to the baptismal waters of Easter. The Councils of Grace and St. Luke’s have decided to combine our Lenten worship journey this year. We are hopeful that you will be supportive of this joint effort during Lent. Together we will encourage one another. Together we will develop new friendships and relationships. Please decide now to participate in this combined Lenten observance.
Grace Lutheran February Newsletter can be found here: February 2016 Newsletter
Click the following link to find February’s ministry calendar: February Calendar
This inspirational message was found written on the wall of Mother Teresa’s home for children in Calcutta and is widely credited to Mother Teresa herself. Happy New Year! Click the image to enlarge it.
The Grace January Messenger can be found here: January 2016 Newsletter
Click the link to locate the Grace January Calendar: January Calendar
When we offer hope, love, and friendship in the name of Jesus, we offer his light to the world. That light has never gone out. It is the light that makes it possible for us to see goodness in the world, even in darkness. Come and join in the celebration of Christmas and the Birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ during the Christmas Eve Service on Thursday, December 24th at 4:30 p.m.
The December Grace Messenger issue can be found here: December 2015 Newsletter
The Grace December Calendar can be found here: December Calendar
November brings additional opportunities for fellowship. Grace Lutheran is hosting the Thanksgiving Eve Service, inviting congregations from St. Luke’s Lutheran, First Lutheran, Augustana, and San Andreas to attend and celebrate the thanksgiving of God on Wednesday, November 25th at 7:00 p.m. Dessert and fellowship time will follow the worship service. Let’s gather as friends and thank God for the marvelous gift of friendship and grace as God’s people in Christ.
The November Grace Messenger can be found here: November 2015 Newsletter
Click the link to read Grace’s November Calendar: November Calendar
October has a couple of opportunities to reach out and be a blessing with the upcoming 33rd Annual Omaha Crop Walk which not only supports to end hunger and poverty worldwide but also locally. Omaha Crop Walk is on Sunday, October 11th. The end of the month is Grace’s big outreach in celebrating Halloween. The Halloween party will be held here at Grace Lutheran Church on Friday, October 30th from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Please read the following links to find out additional information with these two events and more!
Grace Lutheran October Messenger can be found here: October 2015 Newsletter
Click the link to see Grace’s October 2015 Calendar: October Calendar
The Word in Season Devotional for August 25th:
One reason I love the psalms is that they are very human words and prayers to God, which have, in the course of time, been adopted as the word of God. In my mind, it confirms that God wants us to keep communicating in prayer even when we express negative feelings. God wants us to get them out. The book of Psalms is the ideal place to start when you want to pray but words fail you.
Too often we mistakenly think that we need to face and solve our troubles on our own. Psalm 119 is a celebration of God’s law. Clearly the psalmist saw great value in God’s word as a source of wisdom and comfort in time of need. It is a reminder that when we feel alone, we may always turn to the Bible as a place to find a connection to God.
Lord, stay near to those who feel alone, and make your presence known. Amen.
The Grace Messenger can be found here: September 2015 Newsletter
Click the link to read The Grace Lutheran September Calendar: September 2015 Calendar