grace lutheran church

“God’s Work, Our Hands” is a tagline for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) when its congregations have a day of service, both within the congregation and out in the community. Different places do different sorts of activities. Common examples are making fleece blankets, doing...
How would you answer this question: Why do you come to church? Some may answer because it is what they have always done. Others may say because they like fellowship with friends. Perhaps children like Sunday school classes or Vacation Bible School and being with friends. Youth may say so they can...
Last Sunday was Easter Sunday, and every year, the story of “Doubting Thomas” is the reading for the Sunday after Easter. (John 20:19-31) The risen Christ appears to the disciples on Easter evening, even though the doors were locked. Jesus said, “Peace be with you,” then he breathed the Holy Spirit...
With so many activities happening in the summer, a gradual move back to “normal,” and people going out again to do the things that they have been unable to do for almost two years, worship may once again take a back seat. Summer is upon us, and with the full swing into a summer season, I’d like to...
“Love, love, love, that’s what it’s all about. ’Cause God loves us, we love each other – mother, father, sister, brother. Everybody sing and shout, ’cause that’s what it’s all about—it’s about love, love, love.” These are the words to a song I learned as a youth. And love IS what it’s all about!...
This coming Sunday celebrates Jesus’ Transfiguration, when Jesus meets Moses and Elijah on the mountaintop. His clothing shines dazzling white, and his true identity as Son of God is made known to the disciples Peter, James and John, as a cloud envelops them. Peter mumbles something about being...
“Silent Night, Holy Night, all is calm …” We all know this beloved Christmas carol, and may have fond memories of singing it, likely with a lit candle in hand, seeing the faces of family and friends bathed in soft light, warm and snuggly at the end of the Christmas Eve worship service, before...
As the people of God came into the land that God had promised, God first instructed them to bring to the holy place a first fruits offering. A portion of what God had first given them was to be shared with the Levites (Priests), foreigners, orphans, and widows. As God had blessed them, they were to...
“O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.” Psalm 136:1 Giving thanks to God is something that Christians are supposed to do as part of our practice of our religion. It is easy to thank God for good things that happen, or for crises averted. But it is more...
As the weather is getting nicer out, I have been walking more around my neighborhood. I have enjoyed seeing the grass turn from winter brown, to a few blades of light green, to darker green lawns .I have watched the trees and bushes go from bare branches to little leaf buds. Some trees actually...

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