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									GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH (ELCA)
110 E Third Ave, Ada, MN 56510  (218) 784-4010  graceada@loretel.net
Ministers: The Congregation Website: www.gracelutheranada.org Cheryl Berg, Interim Pastor Don Walker, Interim Visitation Pastor Wanda Chisholm, Office Manager Linnae Strand, Interim Youth Ministry Brenda Wagner, Interim Christian Education Liz Vaughn, Financial Secretary Scott Julin, Custodian

Second Sunday after Easter 8:30 & 10:45 am * Indicates to stand P = Pastor

April 19, 2009 C = Congregation

CELEBRATION WORSHIP TEAM: Stephanie Knutson, Deb Alexander, Karen Smith, Duane & Jacob Nelson, Jane Purrington, Genn Bervig Kris Wilkens, Accompanist
GATHERING MUSIC

“You Rolled Away the Stone” “Hallelujah, Jesus Lives” GATHERING

#71, Celebration book #73, Celebration book

WORDS OF WELCOME * CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS

P Trusting in the word of life given in baptism, we are gathered in the name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit. C Amen. P If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. P Loving God, C we fear, we doubt, we do not trust you; we do not love our neighbors as ourselves; we sin against you in thought, word, and deed. We pray for your mercy, forgiveness, and grace. We hope in the gift of your Spirit and we rejoice in the resurrection promise of Jesus Christ, our living Savior. Amen. P God, who is rich in mercy, loved us even when we were dead in sin, and made us alive together with Christ. By grace you have been saved. In the name of + Jesus Christ, crucified and risen, your sins are forgiven. Almighty God strengthen you with power through the Holy Spirit, that Christ may live in your hearts through faith. C Amen. * OPENING SONG
GREETING

“He Came to Set Us Free”

#1, celebration book

P Alleluia! Christ is risen. C Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia! P The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. C And also with you.

P Let us pray.

* PRAYER OF THE DAY C Almighty God, with joy we celebrate the day of our Lord's resurrection. By the grace of Christ among us, enable us to show the power of the resurrection in all that we say and do, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. WORD FIRST READING: Acts 4:32–35
While the apostles testified to others about the resurrection of Jesus, the early Christian community shared what they owned or sold their possessions to help their fellow believers who were in need .
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Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. 33With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. 34There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. 35They laid it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. R The Word of the Lord. C Thanks be to God.
PSALM: Psalm 133

R How good and how pleasant it is, when kindred live together in unity! C It is like fine oil upon the head, flowing down upon the beard, upon the beard of Aaron, flowing down upon the collar of his robe. R It is like the dew of Hermon flowing down upon the hills of Zion. For there the LORD has commanded the blessing: life forevermore.
SECOND READING: 1 John 1:1—2:2 The opening of this letter serves as a reality check. The reality of God is light, but our confessed reality has been sin. God cleanses us from our sinful reality through Christ’s death so that we live in fellowship with Christ and walk in God’s light.

Chapter 1 We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life — 2this life was revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us — 3we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. 5This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. 6If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; 7but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 8If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. Chapter 2 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; 2and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. R The Word of the Lord. C Thanks be to God.

P The holy gospel according to John C Glory to you, O Lord.

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*GOSPEL: John 20:19–31 The story of Easter continues as the risen Lord appears to his disciples. His words to Thomas offer a blessing to all who entrust themselves in faith to the risen Lord.
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When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." 20After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you." 22When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained." 24But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe." 26A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." 27Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe." 28Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!" 29Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe." 30Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. 31But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name. P The gospel of the Lord. C Praise to you, O Christ.
CHILDRENS MESSAGE SERMON SONG OF THE WORD

“He’s a Light to Guide the Nations”

Pr. Don Walker #62, Celebration book

*PRAYER RESPONSE Alleluia * PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE P Lord, in your mercy, *PRAYER RESPONSE Alleluia * SHARING OF PEACE

C hear our prayer.

P The peace of Christ be with you always. C And also with you.
OFFERING AND ANNOUNCEMENTS * OFFERTORY RESPONSE

“Jesus, Name Above all Names”
MEAL

#87, celebration book

* WORDS OF INSTITUTION
* THE LORD‘S PRAYER

*THE INVITATION P Come to the banquet, for all is now ready.

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All are welcome at the Lord’s table
COMMUNION DISTRIBUTION MUSIC

“Eternity” Stephanie Knutson, soloist “I’ll Bless the Lord Forevermore” #14, celebration book
* PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

P Good Shepherd, lead us from the fulfillment and joy of this meal to bring joy and fulfillment to others. Guide us on paths of justice. Teach us to live for you as servants to one another. Enfold us in your abiding love. We give thanks in the name of the risen Christ. C Amen.
SENDING
* BLESSING

P Children by the grace of God, one in Christ, and inspired by the Holy Spirit, rejoice in the resurrection and live in hope, peace, and joy. Almighty God, Father, + Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever. C Amen.
* DISMISSAL

P Go in peace. Share the good news C Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia!.
* CLOSING SONG POSTLUDE

“Go My children, With My Blessings” #20, celebration book Kris Wilkens, accompanist

Community Breakfast

– Sunday, April 19th from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Ada VFW. Menu: Ham and Egg Scramble, Hash Browns, and beverages. Sponsored by the Ada Veteran‘s of Foreign Wars Post #7557 and the Ladies‘ Auxiliary. Charity of the Month: Norman County DAC LUCINDA PINS The Jr. High youth attending Bible Camp this summer are raising money to help defray the cost of camp. They will be selling Lucinda Pins. (Knowing there was something she could do to help herself overcome poverty and homelessness, Lucinda Yates used her creativity and drive to launch a successful line of fashion jewelry.) Check out her website to see the pins at Lucindapins.com. Contact Stacy Erdal for more information and orders. Mary Circle – a reminder that we will be cleaning the large kitchen on Wednesday, April 22 at 9:00 am.

PRESCHOOL VBS MAY 18-22
We are in need of volunteers to help with Preschool VBS in teaching, room helpers, snack helpers & room decorators. This years theme is “Celebrate with Jesus”, with the stories being, Christmas, Easter, Zacheaus, Baptism and Prayer. If you are interested please call the church office or Brenda.

BE A SHAREHOLDER IN THE 2009 NATIONAL YOUTH GATHERING!!

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We are doing a fundraiser that will give you the opportunity to support the National Youth Gathering participants financially without having to ‗buy something‘. One ―share‖ is $10.00 and you can buy as many shares as you want. You will receive a Shareholder Certificate and will be invited to a dinner put on by the National Youth Gathering participants once they return from the gathering. They will share their stories and experiences with you at the dinner. We thank you for your support!

GRACE NOTES DEADLINE – if you have an article or information to share in the May Grace Notes please have it turned into the church office by April 24th. Anything turned into the office after that date will not be printed until the following month.
BRIDAL SHOWER A bridal shower will be held for Ruth Rasmusson on May 9, 2009, at 9:30 am in the Social Room of Grace Lutheran Church. Ruth will marry Carl Epping on June 20th here at Grace. Ruth and Carl are registered at Ada Pharmacy, Target, Herberger's and Pampered Chef. No invitations being sent locally. Come join us for a fun morning honoring Ruth.

GLCW WOMEN – The Cluster meeting for Spring is Wed. April 29th at Rollag Lutheran Church, Rollag. Registration begins at 4:15 pm. Program from 5-8 pm, with supper at 6pm. Cost is $5.00 at the door. Sign up is still open until Monday, April 20th. For rides to Rollag meet at Grace Lutheran at 3:30 pm Wed. April 29th.

STEWARDS OF TIME AND TALENT
TODAY, April 19, 8:30 am Greeters: Gordon & Ellen Ramstad Reader: Betty Wilkens Acolytes: Theo Solseng, Payton Rohrbach Ushers: Ron Rasmusson, PJ Rund, Kim Habeck, Julia Liebl Comm: Fran & Margaret Liebl, Jade Liebl NEXT SUNDAY, APRIL 26 8:30 am Greeters: Viola Eklund, Olive Hess Reader: Ardell Erstad Acolytes: Gabe Power, Sage Brandt Ushers: Ron Rasmusson, PJ Rund, Kim Habeck, Julia Liebl Comm: none TODAY, April 19, 10:00 am Greeters: Clint & Maxine Rasmusson Reader: Luverne Petry Acolytes: Rhea Ogard Ushers: Kelly Thronson, Larry Lelm, Kevin Lindell, Dorella Lelm Comm: Ann Larson, Sue & Jade Sourdif NEXT SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 10:45 am Greeters: Ronald & Kathryn Hanson Reader: Jean Parrow Acolytes: Heidi Purrington, Emily Lindell Ushers: Kelly Thronson, Larry Lelm, Kevin Lindell, Dorella Lelm Comm: none

THIS WEEK

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Sunday, April 19 8:30 am Celebration Service with communion 9:30 am Education Hour 9:30 am Coffee & fellowship 10:45 am Celebration Service with communion Monday, April 20 1:00 pm Quilting 6:00 pm Bell Choir Tuesday, April 21 7:00 am Men‘s Breakfast at Bridges 9:00 – 1:00 pm Food Shelf 2:00 pm Staff meeting Wednesday, April 22 1:30 pm GLCW Bible Study at Bridges – Mary Circle 3:20 pm Gr. Choir 6:30 pm H2H Guide Huddle 7:00 pm Sr. Choir

Thursday, April 23 10:00am-1:30 pm Interim meeting in DL Friday, April 24 Grace Notes Deadline 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Concordia College Corporation meeing Saturday, April 25 9:00 am Transformational Task Force meeting with Keith Zeh & Steve Peterson Sunday, April 26 8:30 am Worship Service 9:30 am Coffee & Fellowship 9:35 am Education Hour 10:45 am Worship Service

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