It is the busy time of the year, take a few moments and read through the festivities planned for December including Poinsettia orders and details of the traditional Candlelight Service on Christmas Eve. All are welcome!
There is a variety of photos and recaps from the October activities and details for the Thanksgiving Eve Service.
Click the link to read the current up-to-date news in the Grace Messenger here: November 2018 Messenger
The November 2018 Calendar can be found here: November Calendar
October is a busy month with plenty of opportunities to connect with community; CROP Walk, Restoring Dignity donations, Halloween Party and in observance of Reformation Sunday, please wear the color red.
The October Grace Messenger can be located here: October 2018 Messenger
Click the link to browse the 2018 October Calendar here: October 2018 Calendar
A Prayer shared from Word in Season Devotional: Holy One, I ask you to get my attention and open my ears to hear your loving invitation to be restored. Quiet the noise of life and show me how to find rest in the stillness of your presence so I might know the joy of dwelling with you. Amen.
A Prayer shared from Word in Season: God of all people, remind me of my connections today – to the ones I know and love and to the people both far and near who are in any need. Direct my prayer, yes, but also direct my voice, hands, and my resources to be your answer to prayers. Amen.
A Prayer shared from Word in Season: I have woken to a new day. With you by me side, Gracious Lord, I am prepared to face all that it may bring. I pray that the day’s storms will be met with courage and strength. And I pray that I will receive its rewards, in all their forms, with humility and grace. Amen.
Grace Messenger for July 2018 can be located here: July 2018 Messenger
Click the link to view Grace Lutheran’s July 2018 Calendar: July 2018 Calendar
Devotional shared from The Word In Season, Sunday June 3rd: Mark 2:27, Jesus said, “The sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath.”
In the world outside the church, Sunday is rarely set aside as holy and special. Many people today have no choice but to work on Sundays – hospital and nursing home workers, retailers, those in the food service industry. More and more school sports and other activities are schedule without any thought to the sabbath day.
In today’s reading, the Pharisees gave Jesus an opportunity to lay some guilt on his disciples for plucking grain to eat on the sabbath. He refused to do such a thing.
Later, the Pharisees were delighted to catch Jesus healing a man’s withered hand on the sabbath day. He didn’t let that stop him from doing good.
Jesus’ actions show that he interpreted the sabbath as a gift from God for us, not a burden for us to shoulder. When we “remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy.” it means remembering that God in Christ has set us free to do good for others as well as to spend time with God (Exodus 20:8) As crazy as life can be, we need to make the most of the time that we are given.
The following is shared from ‘The Word In Season’ for April 1, 2018, Easter Sunday:
Some of the oldest copies of Mark’s gospel end with the silence of verse 8. Silence makes it easier for us to recognize holiness.
The north woods of Minnesota is a holy place, where God’s abounding love can be seen in every pinecone and lake. Still, whenever a new group of teenage campers would arrive at Wilderness Canoe Baes, a Lutheran camp way up north in Minnesota, their noises (even the happy ones) would overwhelm the quiet holiness. One summer, as the camp naturalist, it was my job to teach campers about the plants, rocks, and animals of the woods: to point out the holiness all around. I found it worked best if I could coax the campers into silence. We would walk down the nature trail hearing white-throated sparrows sing, watching sun glitter on the lake, and smelling the ancient resin of cedar. As the campers’ noise melted away, holiness was revealed.
In the midst of your joyful Easter celebrations, I hope you find some silence. Remember the women who fled the tomb, stunned into silence by the immense holiness of an empty tomb and the hope of a new day. May holiness be revealed to you, too.
The current and informative news in the Grace Messenger for April 2018 can be found here: April 2018 Messenger