Grace Lutheran Church

Grace Notes

July 14, 2024 

Sunday Service: 
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
United Divine Service: 10:00 a.m.
As We Gather:

God unravels political systems schemes, and nations, using atypical prophets and preachers. God's chosen messengers attempt to subdue rebellion and call for repentance. Their efforts are met with resistance and fury. Amos, a herdsman and tender of fig trees, prophesies against Israel, but there is no repentance. John the Baptist, the forerunner of Jesus, is unjustly imprisoned and subsequently beheaded. Only through the blood-shed of Jesus is sin completely unraveled and forgiven.


Amos 7:7-15: The Lord commands Amos, "Go, prophesy to My people Israel."

Ephesians 1: 3-14: Having believed, you were marked with a seal.

Mark 6:14-29: The death of John the Baptist 

Sermon: "In Line or Out" (Amos 7:7-17) 

Music: Helga Danielson

Opening Hymn: "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing" (LSB 686)
Hymn of the Day: "Preserve Your Word,O Savior" (LSB 658)
Offertory Hymn: "We Give Thee but Thine Own" (LSB 781, stz. 1,2,6) 
Distribution Hymns: "Draw Near and Take the Body of the Lord" (LSB 637)                                 
"God of the Prophets" (LSB 682)                                 
"O Jesus, Blessed Lord, to Thee" (LSB 632)
Nunc Dimittis:  (LSB p.211)


Prayer for the Word of God

O Lord, as it was for John the Baptist, so it is for our LBTC missionaries today. We pray that you would keep them safe from harm and faithful in their witness to You. Amen. Prayer Requests: Please let Pastor Neil know if anyone needs to be added or removed.

  • Katherine Aitchison, Doreen Christensen, Margaret Day, Elizabeth Decorby,  Isabel Gladue (Joyce Wolski's granddaughter), Lisa Kempf, David Kraatz, Dieter Krentz, Allan Schole, Pastor Neil, Esther Townsend-Bridge, Elizabeth Tut, Mary Nyakoang Tut (Sarah Lam's mother), Cheryl Will,  Abraham Yoh, Peter Yoh, Nyabom Deng, Deborah Hoth and Zapf family as they grieve the loss of Bernice Zapf . 
  • Our brothers and sisters in Christ in war torn conflict areas of the world, in that they would be comforted in God's peace when lives are disrupted and displaced, but that in their witness they would point others to the salvation we have in our resurrected Lord and Savior, Jesus.

July 2024 Calendar 

Scuba Weekend VBS
August 9-11 (Friday: 5-7:30 pm; Saturday 3-5:30 pm; Sunday: 10-11 am), at Grace Lutheran Church (9907-114 Street). Take kids deep into an amazing undersea adventure where they'll experience the ever-flowing, never-ending love of God.
At Scuba VBS, kids will be immersed in the Word and discover what living water is really all about!
To register as a participant/ Volunteer, click on the link 

Grace Basketball Sports Camp
"I can do everything through [God] who gives me strength." (Philippians 4:13)
Created in God's image, we celebrate the life He has given to us, which includes the joy of being active and enjoying sports. 
For whom:
 Boys and Girls aged 9-12, When: July 29-August 2 (1-3 pm), Where: Grace Lutheran Church (9907-114 Street, Edmonton), How much: $20&*nbsp;. Please note a registration cap of 25 children. Click here to register  

The Lutheran Hour -  July 14. 
"Words of Grace Build Us Up". 
Guest Speaker: Rev. Dr. Daniel Paavola.
The gracious words of God change our lives for the better, tell us of our inheritance, and remind us that we are part of a much larger family. (Acts 20:32)

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Centenary Contemplations VII by Laura  1940-1945Pastor Clarence Klewer was Grace's fourth pastor.  Several of the parish records that would tell the story of his service at Grace have vanished, so the picture we can make of his time with our congregation is somewhat incomplete.  However, thanks to the reminiscences of a few long-time members, a couple of anecdotes have been preserved in Growing in Grace that show us a quiet and formal man-with a sneaky sense of humour!  He was apparently very fond of cake.  Prior to each monthly meeting of the Ladies' Aid, he would tell the next hostess that his birthday was coming up.  He received several birthday cakes before any inquiries were made; when the question was raised, he responded that his mother could only remember that he was born in haying season, and in their part of the United States, there were three haying seasons each year!  He was also known to play the odd practical joke on his pastoral colleagues. 

Pastor Klewer was installed just four months after the beginning of the second World War.  As the conflict deepened and Edmonton became a key centre for the construction of the Alaska Highway and the Northwest Staging Route, many American servicemen-and civilians-came through our city.  Pastor Klewer officiated at numerous wartime weddings.  He was also a member of the Lutheran Service Board for the A-BC District of LCMS.  This board provided spiritual care to service men and women for the duration of the war. Through the war years, the congregation was blessed with continued growth.  By 1943, Grace had 224 baptized members, 158 of whom were communicant members.  The church on 107th Street began to feel small; a second service was added on Sunday mornings and evening services were regularly conducted.  The city had widened 107th Street and parking was restricted to one side, which added to the feelings of congestion.  Less than a decade after building their long-anticipated church home, the people of Grace began to consider the choices of enlarging their existing building or relocating and building once again.  It was a dilemma with which they would wrestle for the next several years.  Source:  Bentsen, Barbara:  Growing in Grace:  A History of Grace Lutheran Church, Edmonton, Alberta.  Uvisco Press, 1984


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