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Our summer schedule has started!  This means there are church services on Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM with a repeat on Monday evenings at 7:00 PM. **Look under INFORMATION above for attendance directions. 
For the time being, we will continue to stream the 9:00 am Sunday service on Facebook.


 

GRACE EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH   

2720 – 26th Street South   La Crosse , WI   54601

  Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod      

  www.gracelacrosse.org

Pastor Jonathan E. Rimmert – (Home) 788-7978  (Office) 608-788-6262
 

Our Sunday Organist: Mrs. Susan Siegler                                   Our Monday Pianist: Mrs. Susan Siegler

 

Mt. Calvary-Grace Lutheran Elementary School Teachers

Dana Gramarossa - 385-0796                Rachael Thompson – 451-1445                     Vicky Gates – 784-0668

    Luther High School    1501 Wilson Street, Onalaska   783-5435

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July 05 and 06, 2020                    
If you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession.  Although the whole earth is mine,

you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. 

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OUR PRAYER:

 O Lord, our God, govern the nations on earth and direct the affairs of this world so that your Church may worship you in peace and joy;  through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

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NUMBERS FROM LAST WEEK:          

Attendance: 06-28) 9:00 – 48     06-29 -  13    Total: 61

          Loose: $47.00  General Fund: $3,282.00  Energy Fund: $20.00

          Luther High School : $25.00    Capital Improvement Fund: $5.00*

* Includes a Memorial for Isabelle Stigen from Lynn Bentzen

 

The Order of Service: Service of the Word – p. 38 in Christian Worship

The Hymns: 195 – 440 – 449 - 322

We sing Psalm 31 on p. 77 in Christian Worship

 

Old Testament Reading: Jeremiah 20:7-13

Jeremiah proclaimed the Lord’s judgment against sin.  On the one hand, he wants to quit preaching to avoid persecution at the hands of his countrymen.  On the other hand, he cannot hold back.  Spirit-borne zeal for his Lord burns within him.  The same conflicting forces are at war within us.  To whom can we turn for help?  We confidently commit our cause to the Lord Almighty, who will rescue us from our enemies. 
 

Epistle Reading: Romans 5:12-15

Sin is never alone.  It is always accompanied by death.  All of Adam’s children must die as Adam did because all of us inherited Adam’s sin.  But, thanks be to God!  He sent the second Adam, Jesus Christ, who by his death restored holiness and life to all of Adam’s children.   
 

The Gospel Reading: Matthew 10:24-33

Jesus plainly tells us about the crosses we will bear as his disciples.  We can expect the world to treat us no better than it treated our Master.  What a comfort to know that our life, death, and eternal future are in the hands of a God who gives loving attention to creatures far less significant than we are!  We are bold witnesses of his gospel.
 

The Sermon:  Exodus 19:2-8a

GOD’S GRACIOUS MESSAGE:

YOU ARE MY TREASURED POSSESSION

                            

We thank Pastor Roger Sachs from First Lutheran in La Crosse for his message from God’s Word today. 

Pastor and Faith will be on vacation from July 1-July 23.  In case you have the need for a WELS Pastor, please call: 

Pastor Pamperin from First Lutheran at 780-7800 or

Pastor Wassermann from Mt. Calvary at 787-7443 or 784-5324.
 

ACTIVITIES AT GRACE FOR THIS WEEK:

Today – Worship at 9:00 AM.

Monday – Worship at 7:00 PM.  This will be a repeat of the Sunday morning service. 

Next Sunday – Worship at 9:00 AM.  Pastor Bader with be our speaker. 

 



Words of Encouragement from Pastor Rimmert
 

    We have a great encouragement for a firm faith – Hebrews 12:1-2
 
    The inspired writer of Hebrews reminds us that we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses to faith.  In the eleventh chapter of this letter he unfolds an inspiring list of Old Testament examples of triumphant, enduring faith, pointing to the faith of men like Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Moses and David.
 
    Throughout the New Testament era, including the present times, there has been quite an expansion of this impressive cloud of witnesses to their faith.  All these believers who persevered to the end are witnesses to faith in that they all direct our attention to the blessed prize that they received in their persevering faith, namely eternal salvation.
 
As we think about the goal that they reached in faith, the heavy crosses that they bore and the bitter temptations that they overcame begin to appear as nothing more than of light and short duration.  Even though we cannot see these witnesses or communicate with them, we know that they live in the presence of the Lord.  By that fact they encourage us to cling to our Savior in spite of the crosses and temptations that face us.
 
The current covid-19 pandemic has laid a heavy burden on some and brought new concerns for many.  But one thing that has not changed is the love that our heavenly Father continues to have for all of his children.  It is that knowledge that can keep us calm in the world that seems to be so caught up in this current turmoil.
 
The author of our faith is a faithful Lord.  He is “the same yesterday, and today and forever.”  Having begun the good work of faith in us He will, according to his gracious promise, also sustain and preserve it working through the Holy Spirit in his word.  Through the Gospel in word and sacrament, through the joy in God’s grace that it brings, through the glorious hope that it sets before us, through the thankful love that it inspires, he will give us continuous strength to overcome every temptation from within and from outside.  With his almighty power he promises to check the devil and the world that they may not tempt us beyond what we can bear.  To run our race of faith let us always look to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.  Do not be dismayed our God is with us in the good times and in the bad times. 

 

May the Lord bless you and keep you in his care.      
Pastor Rimmert


 


Welcome to Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church (WELS)  
What a blessing to be a part of Grace! By this statement, we mean more than just being a member of our congregation here in La Crosse. That, in itself, is a special blessing from the Lord. But there is much more to it. To be a part of God's grace is the greatest blessing of all because it means that God has showered us with his undeserved love. That love is evident in the fact that he has called us to be his children and the heirs of everlasting life.
God, in his love, sent his one and only son into the world to suffer and die for the sins of the world. But death could not hold the Prince of life. Jesus showed his power over death by rising from the dead. Jesus also ascended into heaven where he sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
Everyday we see reminders of God's amazing grace in our own lives. The Lord continues to forgive us all our sins, and he continues to shower us with so many blessings. Being a part of God's grace gives us every reason to give our thanks to the Lord for all that he continues to do for us. Never forget what Grace is all about, and pray that the Lord will keep you ever firm in his word.


We welcome you to come for a visit, hear the Lord's Word and enjoy some Christian fellowship. 

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