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					Welcome to

GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH
A Celebration of 50 Years of Mission & Ministry Worship Service and Holy Communion September 24, 2006 10:00 am

Welcome and Announcements Invocation
P In the name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

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Confession and Forgiveness
P Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

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If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive our sins and will cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
(Silence for reflection and self-examination)

Most merciful God,

C We confess that we are in bondage to sin and cannot free ourselves. We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves...

C …For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name. Amen

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Almighty God in his mercy has given his Son to die for us and, for his sake, forgives us all our sins. As a called and ordained minister of the Church of Christ and by his authority, I therefore declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen

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Opening Song

A Mighty Fortress is Our God
#229 in the Green Hymnal

Greeting and Kyrie
(p.78 in the front of the Green Hymnal)

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.

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In peace, let us pray to the Lord.

For the peace from above, and for our salvation, let us pray to the Lord.
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A For the Peace of the whole world, for the

well-being of the Church of God, and for the unity of all, let us pray to the Lord.
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For this holy house, and for all who offer here their worship and praise, let us pray to the Lord.
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Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.
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Hymn of Praise

(p.81 in the front of the Green Hymnal)

The Prayer of the Day
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Let us pray together:

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Most High God, whom the heavens cannot contain, we give you thanks for the gifts of those who have built this house of prayer to your glory; we praise you for the fellowship of those who by their use have made it holy; and we pray that all who seek you here may find you and be filled with your joy and peace; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

First Reading from the Bible

Leviticus 25:1-2a, 8-12, 55 (p. 142)

The Psalm of the Day
Psalm 54
Refrain: “The Lord upholds my life.”

Second Reading from the Bible

Ephesians 2:1-10 (p. 1422)

P Please stand for the reading of the Gospel.
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P The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the fourth chapter.

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Let us read together…

Luke 4:14-21 (p. 1231)
… The Gospel of the Lord.
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Today’s Message

The Rev. Dean W. Nelson
Bishop of the Southwest California Synod, ELCA

Hymn of the Day

Now All the Vault of Heaven Resounds
#143 in the Green Hymnal

Apostles’ Creed
A Let us confess together that which we believe in the words of the Apostles’ Creed: I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth…

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C I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead…

C I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen

Prayers and Thanksgiving
Each petition will end with the words, “Lord, in your mercy”, to which you are asked to respond, “hear our prayer.”

Sharing God’s Peace
P C The peace of the Lord be with you all. And also with you.

Please share God’s peace with all those around you.

Our Offering
Choir Anthem: “ All Good Gifts”

-N. Sleeth

Offertory Song

(p.86 in the Green Hymnal)

Offertory Prayer
A C Let us pray. Merciful Father, we offer with joy and thanksgiving what you have first given us – our selves, our time, and our possessions, signs of your gracious love. Receive them for the sake of him who offered himself for us, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

We Commune (p.88 in the Green Hymnal)

P It is indeed right and salutary…. And join in their unending hymn: C

We remember Jesus in the Bread and the Wine

The Lord’s Prayer
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

If you are a baptized follower of Christ, you are welcome to partake in communion with us. It matters not your age or your background; all God looks at is your heart.

As you come to the rail, please feel free to stand or kneel, whatever helps you commune best.

If you are a baptized follower of Christ, you are welcome to partake in communion with us. It matters not your age or your background; all God looks at is your heart.

As you come to the rail, please feel free to stand or kneel, whatever helps you commune best.

Communion Blessing
The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in his grace. C Amen P

A Pour out upon us the spirit of your love, O Lord, and unite the wills of those whom you have fed with one heavenly food; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
C Amen

Benediction
P Almighty God, Father,  Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever.

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Closing Song

Lift High the Cross
#377 in the Green Hymnal

Dismissal
A C Go in peace. Serve the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Thank you for worshiping with us!

GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH
You are welcome here!
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