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GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH THE ALTAR FLOWERS

(Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod)


LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS The Altar Flowers are given today to the glory of God and the beautification of
February 20, 2011 His House by David and Diane Roberts in honor of their 10-year-old miracle, Alex
Madison, who is celebrating her birthday with the other princesses at Disney World.
THE SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
THOSE WHO SERVE
PRAYER UPON ENTERING CHURCH
Lord God, Heavenly Father, You have removed from me the curse of sin by granting me Pastor: Rev. James C. Walter
forgiveness through Your Son Jesus. By Your grace I am at peace with You and by Your Holy Director of Parish Music: Nathan Beethe
Spirit’s power I am enabled to share that peace with others. Grant me the wisdom and the Secretary: Pat Funk
strength to do so in Your name. I pray this in Jesus’ holy name. Amen Early Childhood Center Director: Colleen Moorman
Acolyte: (8:15) Emily Junkans
WELCOME
Cantor: (8:15) Paula Walter
Welcome to everyone! As the season of Epiphany moves towards it end, our Lord Jesus Ushers: (8:15) Jim Keppel, Robert Nichols
continues to teach us what it means to be His disciples and how we are called to show forth our Robert Wilimzig, David Witte
discipleship in this world. It is good for you to be here today and we pray you will come again. Greeters: (8:15) Bill and Anita Allaben
We ask that everyone fill out an attendance registration card found at each pew and return Altar Guild: (8:15) Janet Killough
it to an Usher as the Offering is collected. Restrooms are located on the lower level of this
Acolyte: (10:45) Erich Cline
building or across the bridge on this floor level before entering the fellowship hall. If you have
any questions please ask one of our greeters or ushers. Children are welcome in our Service and Cantor: (10:45) Ron Krueger
will be invited to come forward for a Children’s Message. Parents may accompany them. A Communion Assistant: (10:45) Terry Eustice
nursery for infants and toddlers is located downstairs for anyone who has need. Ushers: (10:45) Shaun Baker, Jeremy Hammond
Michael Hawkins, Ron Krueger
HOLY COMMUNION Greeters: (10:45) Larry, Faye, Melanie and Bradley Stillman
Holy Communion will be celebrated in the 10:45 Service today. In this sacrament we Altar Guild: (10:45) Rudy and Sherry Bischof
receive Christ’s very body and blood for the forgiveness of sins. Those who are not members of Choir: Handbell Choir
Grace are asked to speak with our Pastor before partaking of this sacrament so that the unity of Coffee Hosts: Verna, Vera and Shirley Rieve
faith might be established. Thank you for honoring this request.
Altar Guild: (Wed. evening) Suzanne Raddle and Wilma Richter
Communion instructions: The Pastor invites the communicants, those who are able, to
kneel and then distributes the host which may be received into the hand or the mouth. The Elder Nursery Attendant: Mary Ann Dyer
distributes the individual cups. The communicants are asked to hold their cups until the Pastor
says, “Take and drink.” NEXT WEEK’S READINGS - The appointed readings for next Sunday, February 27th, The
Eighth Sunday after the Epiphany: The Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 49:8-16a, The
AS WE GATHER Epistle Reading: 1 Corinthians 4:1-13, and The Gospel Reading: Matthew 6:24-34.
“An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” This principle is called lex talionis by
Grace Lutheran Church
biblical scholars. It indicates that the punishment should fit the crime. There is an element of
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justice and revenge with the principle today, yet, if understood properly, this principle limited the
degree of punishment to not exceed the offense. It was as if the law read, “No more than an eye www.gracelutheranlr.org
for an eye or tooth.” But Jesus wants us to understand that there is a higher principle at work Telephone Number: 501-663-3631
here. There is the principle of love. No matter what offense is inflicted against us, our response
as Christians is not to equivocate but to turn the other cheek, walk the extra mile, love, and pray.
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THE ORDER OF MATINS
FOR
THE SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY

Pre-Service Music

Lighting of the Chancel Candles

Prelude Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation - Melvin Rotermund

Ringing of the Church Bell Psalmody


Opening Hymn: Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation LSB 909 Antiphon
Stand P The Christ has appeared to us.
Opening Versicles Psalm 51:15; Psalm 70:1

Venite Psalm 95:1–7

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P Turn away the reproach that I dread,
C for your rules are good.
P Behold, I long for your precepts;
C in your righteousness give me life!
C Glory be to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be forever. Amen

Sit

Children's Message

Antiphon Office Hymn: Lord of Glory, You Have Bought Us LSB 851
P The Christ has appeared to us.

Readings

Old Testament Reading Leviticus 19:1–2, 9–18


Psalm Psalm 119:33– 40 (antiphon: v. 35)
P This is the Word of the Lord.
P Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes; C Thanks be to God.
C and I will keep it to the end.
P Give me understanding, that I may keep your law Anthem Zimbelstern - Susan T. Nelson
C and observe it with my whole heart.
P Lead me in the path of your commandments,
C for I delight in it. Epistle 1 Corinthians 3:10–23
P Incline my heart to your testimonies,
C and not to selfish gain! P This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.
P Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things;
C and give me life in your ways.
P Confirm to your servant your promise, Stand
C that you may be feared.

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Holy Gospel Matthew 5:38–48 Canticle
P The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the fifth chapter.
C Glory to You, O Lord. Te Deum

The reading of the Holy Gospel.

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.


C Praise to You, O Christ.

Responsory Psalm 119:89; 26:8; Luke 11:28

Sit

Sermon Matthew 5:38–48


“Perfect Peace”

Stand

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Stand

Prayer

Kyrie Mark 10:47

Lord's Prayer Matthew 6:9–13

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

Salutation 2 Timothy 4:22

Sit

Offering Lord of Glory, You Have Bought Us - Wilbur Held

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Collect of the Day Benedicamus Psalm 103:1

P O God, the strength of all who put their trust in You, mercifully grant that by Your power
we may be defended against all adversity; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who
lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Prayer of the Church


Benediction 2 Corinthians 13:14
P Let us pray for the whole Church of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to
their needs.

Each petition ends with the following:

P Lord, in Your mercy,


C hear our prayer.

The prayers conclude with the following:

P Into Your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy;
through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.
C Amen

Collect for Grace Closing Hymn: Love in Christ Is Strong and Living LSB 706
L O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, You have safely brought us
to the beginning of this day. Defend us in the same with Your mighty power and grant
that this day we fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger, but that all our
Postlude Love in Christ Is Strong and Living - Ralph C. Schultz
doings, being ordered by Your governance, may be righteous in Your sight; through Jesus
Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God,
now and forever.
T T T

Acknowledgments
Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright ©
2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Created by Lutheran Service Builder © 2006 Concordia Publishing House.

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THIS WEEK AT GRACE HAPPY ANIVERSARY AND GOD’S BLESSINGS TO:
Feb. 21 – Sherry and Irvin Clawitter
SUNDAY: 8:15 a.m. – Matins Feb. 25 – Russlynn and Ron Krueger, Nancy and Jim Wade
Coffee and Fellowship
9:45 a.m. – Sunday School and Bible Class REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS:
10:45 a.m. – Divine Service with Holy Communion Joe Gelzine is hospitalized at St. Vincent Doctors for rehab.
2:00 p.m. – LWML Evening Guild White Elephant Sale Jim Robinson has returned home from the hospital.
4:00 p.m. – Financial Peace University Dick Jenkins is at Baptist BRI for rehab.
DEADLINE FOR THE MARCH NEWSLETTER Henry Grever is recovering from a fall. He’s at his son’s home in Florida.
MON - FRI: 7:30 a.m. – Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC)
MONDAY: 4:45 p.m. – 8th Grade Confirmation LAST WEEK’S STEWARDSHIP – Attendance: Sunday 2/13: 200 (8:15 - 106 and
7:00 p.m. – Board of Endowment 10:45 - 94). Mid-Week Service 2/16: 12. Offerings: Sunday 2/13: $8,446.50. Building
TUESDAY: 9:30 a.m. – Tuesday Morning Bible Class Fund: $255.00. Fan into Flame: $340.00. Memorials: $415.00. Thrivent Builds: $100.00.
WEDNESDAY: 6:30 a.m. – Men’s Bible Study (St. Vincent’s)
6:00 p.m. – Handbells LWML EVENING GUILD will meet this afternoon at 2:00 p.m. in the Parlor for the
7:00 p.m. – Adult Choir Annual White Elephant Sale. Proceeds from our sale will support the LCMS chaplaincy
7:00 p.m. – Mid-week Service with Holy Communion program: LCMS World Mission-Ministry to the Armed Forces. Bring your wrapped
THURSDAY: 6:00 p.m. – Women’s Weekly Bible Study items for the sale and join us for a fun-filled afternoon!! Verna, Vera and Shirley Rieve
FRIDAY: 4:15 p.m. – 7th Grade Confirmation are the hostesses. Contact Judy Rivers for more information.
NEXT SUNDAY: CONCORDIA SEMINARY CHORUS, St. Louis in both services
BOARD OF ENDOWMENT will meet on Monday, February 21st, at 7:00 p.m. in the
TODAY IN SUNDAY SCHOOL, the theme is love for one’s enemies as recorded from Parlor. Randy Middaugh is the director.
Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:38–48). The children studied the account of
Ananias and Saul from Acts 9:10–19. Talk with your children about what made these THE SPRING CRAFT SHOW - Spring is here and so is the Spring Craft Show -
two natural enemies. Ask your children to tell you how Jesus instructs us to treat our Saturday, March 5th. Here’s how you can help: YARD SIGN - Available in the
enemies. Talk about how we were enemies of God and how through Jesus God has Bridgeway. Please place in a visible location on Sunday, Feb. 27. (There is no date on the
made us His friends. sign; do not put it out early.) VOLUNTEER- We need a few people to work the
admission table and greet our visitors. We also need help at 7:00 a.m. to set up the
SUNDAY BIBLE CLASS – Pastor Walter’s Bible Class meets at 9:45 a.m. each Sunday vendors and again at 3:00 p.m. to help with clean up. Our vendors always comment on
morning in Parker Hall. Pastor is leading a study on the book of Genesis. how friendly and helpful we are! GET the WORD OUT - Flyers for bulletin boards and
sample email invitations are available in the office. Tell your friends to check for
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND GOD’S BLESSINGS TO: information on the Grace website www.glclr.org.
Feb. 20 – Riley Middaugh
Feb. 21 – Kay Jenkins, Wilma Richter SPRING CRAFT SHOW - Do you Facebook? Help us advertise the Grace Spring Craft
Feb. 22 – Alex Roberts Show by going to the Grace Lutheran Facebook page, click on the Spring Craft Show
Feb. 24 – Annalia Buchanan, Robert Wilimzig event and invite your friends. What a great way to get the word to folks who would like
Feb. 25 – Crystal Taylor to come!! If you have questions, call Riley Middaugh.
Feb. 26 – Linnea Weed

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WEDDING SHOWER - You are invited to a shower for Kristin Johnson, bride of LITTLE ROCK MARATHON will be held Sunday, March 6th, beginning at 8:00 a.m.
Jonathan Middaugh, on Saturday, March 12th, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the church with the race route going past Grace. Both lanes of Lookout will be closed and one lane
Parlor. Kristin and Jonathan are registered at JC Penney, Target, and Bed Bath & of Kavanaugh from downtown to Hillcrest will be closed. The best route to the church
Beyond. The shower hostesses are Lori Dumont, Sammye Sue Harrill, Stephana Loyd, will be to go east on Lee to Beechwood, turn left on Beechwood going across Kavanaugh
Margaret Schulz, Paula Walter and Sheila Wilimzig. to Hillcrest. Turn left on Hillcrest and come to the church. Coming from the west on
Cantrell, you can also take Kavanaugh to Hillcrest and very carefully turn left onto
ESV BIBLES – If you missed the opportunity to order an ESV Bible during the sale last Hillcrest. Please proceed with care and courtesy.
fall, the ACTS group has a supply available in the church office. Cost - $45 each.
DONATION - Kids' Bible Facts in memory of Michael Parscale, and Kids' Guide to Bible
FITZ MINISTRIES will present a Parent ‘Brain’ Workshop: “Heart, Soul, Mind, Animals in honor of Michael and Brenda Parscale’s granddaughter, Genevieve Boelkens,
Strength” on March 1st at 6:30 p.m. at Christ Lutheran School. For more information were donated to our Grace library by Bill and Mildred Wilkins.
call Christ Lutheran School or go to www.fitzfamily.org.
MEMORIALS –
CHRIST LUTHERAN YOUTH are sponsoring a “Princess Night Sleepover,” for ages 4 – IN MEMORY OF MR. MICHAEL PARSCALE
10, on March 4th from 6:00 p.m. on Friday to 9:00 a.m. on Saturday. Cost is $20 if you TO THE MICHAEL PARSCALE MEMORIAL FUND
sign up before March 3rd or $25 at the door. Dinner and Breakfast will be served. This is By Bette Bogart Rebecca Cate
a fundraiser for their youth mission trip this summer. Registration forms are in the church Joe and Nicki Hilliard Bill and Jan Church Jackson
office. Contact Tabitha Wildhirt, 414-4726, for more details. Randy and Riley Middaugh Verna, Vera, and Shirley Rieve
Doris Sarver Bill and Mildred Wilkins
TO THE GRACE GENERAL FUND
Thrivent BUILDS with Habitat for Humanity 2011 By Maxine Biggers
Once again, the wonderful opportunity of building a new home and a new life for a deserving Irvin and Sherry Clawitter
family is here! This is the third year in a row that our Thrivent chapter has collaborated with TO THE GRACE BUILDING FUND
Habitat for Humanity and that our congregation has joined forces with other central Arkansas By Dennis and Judy Fastenau
Lutheran churches. Your help is needed by volunteering on the jobsite, pitching in financially Ed and Susan Mahnken
and praying for the safety and timely completion of the project. As volunteers you can show up TO THRIVENT BUILDS-HABITAT FOR HUMANITY FUND
once, twice or even weekly if you have the time. Don’t worry that you don’t have building skills, By David and Diane Roberts
because there is a fantastic crew there to show and teach you. Volunteers are scheduled Tuesday,
Thursday and Saturday each week, usually for half a day. The Lutheran community is IN MEMORY OF MRS. ANN TSCHIEMER
responsible for $8,800 of the total cost for the “build”. Our portion of this is $2,400. We are TO GRACE BUILDING FUND
trying to make this goal by March 1st. Please consider giving – any amount is welcome. By Ed and Susan Mahnken
Envelopes are available on the tables at each entrance to the sanctuary and by the coffee in the
breezeway. Once the final decision is made for the “build” site and family, there will be
further bulletin announcements as well as visual displays to show you what an awesome IN MEMORY OF MS. NOLA WADE – Sister of Jim Wade
experience this is. Contact me for additional information and or if you can help. See me in TO GRACE BUILDING FUND
person or call me on my cell 681-8034. By Ed and Susan Mahnken
In Christ’s name I serve, Diane Roberts TO GRACE GENERAL FUND
By Bill and Mildred Wilkins

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