Scripture Texts and Prayers of the Day

Helps while Worshiping at Home in September

(Click link at bottom of worship guide for today's song selections)


September 20, 2020  16th Sunday after Pentecost     

                                                                          Faithfulness in Exile

                                                              Sermons for a Scattered People

Part 3: "Wrath and Repentance"  Deuteronomy 4:23-31

PRAYER OF CONFESSION                                                       

Faithful God, have mercy on us. We confess that we are captive to sin and cannot free ourselves. We turn from your loving embrace and go our own ways. We pass judgement on one another before examining ourselves. We place our own needs before those of our neighbors. We keep your gift of salvation to ourselves. Make us humble, cast away our transgressions, and turn us again to life in you through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

GATHERING SONG  "Have No Fear, Little Flock"; ELW #764

KYRIE  ELW P. 165 


God of the covenant, in this time of pestilence, fear, and exile, our idols have come fully before our eyes and they clearly cannot save us. Do not leave us alone with them but remember us  in your mercy and draw our wayward hearts back to you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and  Lord. Amen.

SONG OF PREPARATION FOR THE WORD  "O Word of God Incarnate" vs 1; ELW #514

SCRIPTURE READING: Deuteronomy 4:23-41

SONG OF THE DAY  "Lord Jesus, Think of Me"; ELW #599

SENDING SONG  "My Hope is Built on Nothing Less"; ELW #597


Weekly Grace News - September 20-26, 2020

  • WORSHIP ON THE NORTH LAWN on Sunday, September 20,  our weekly 9:30 lawn church option throughout the fall season—worshiping on this green space adjacent to McDonald’s. For the North Lawn service and any future services in this location, we want to tip you off about the lack of shade and ask that you park in the main part of the parking lot, so those who wish to sit in the preschool parking area, rather than on the grass, may do so. In the event of rain, the 9:30am outdoor service will simply be cancelled. Please listen at the start of the 8am service, or check Facebook, for an official announcement of any service cancellation. Note also that the radio and livestream service have shifted back to the 8am schedule .

  • IOWA COUNTY FOOD PANTRY FOOD DRIVE. The 3rd Quarterly Food Drive for the Iowa County Food Pantry and Social Services started Sunday, September 13 and runs through September 27. The need for all of the regular food items as well as personal care items is great at this time. We will have a table outside the front entrance to the church from 9 - 11am on all three Sundays (9/13; 9/20; 9/27) for your donations, so please bring them at those times only to honor Covid-19 safety measures. As always, checks made out to Grace Lutheran Church with "food pantry" written on the memo line, are greatly appreciated.

  • UPCOMING BIBLE STUDY: GOSPEL OF MARKYou are invited to join in a virtual bible study series, starting September 20th. We will read through the gospel of Mark, taking 2 chapters each week, up until  Advent; you may join one, or both, weekly sessions.  Dive into the Word of the Lord and learn with members from the small town and rural churches. Simply sign-up ahead by sending an email to Rachel Mueller at

  • READ A GOOD BOOK WITH GRACE THIS FALL: Looking for something good to read that addresses the contemporary cries for justice in American society from a biblical perspective? Pastor Mark has been reviewing a lot of books over the summer to find something that fits the bill for the general reader and is highly recommending Prophetic Lament: A Call of Justice in Troubled Times by Soong-Chan Rah, available for sale for $15.  You can read the book on your own, or indicate if you’re interested in joining a small group—maybe on a front porch or over Zoom—to discuss it. Wish to reserve a copy for pick-up during the week, Monday-Thursday? Please contact the church office to arrange a pick-up along with  your $15 (checks made out to Grace Lutheran). 

  • OUR NEXT MEMBERSHIP INQUIRY CLASS is coming up Thursday, October 1 at 5pm and will be held outside in one of the south shelters of Centennial Park. Are you interested in learning more about our faith community and its mission? Those considering membership at Grace are invited to a class with Pastor Mark. This will be a chance to ask questions, make connections, and be introduced (or reintroduced) to the distinctive marks of Lutheran Christianity. After taking the class, those who wish to join Grace will be received into worship on a Sunday soon after at the 9:30 North Lawn service (probably October 11). Please let Pastor Mark know in advance if you plan on attending (935-5718; A rain date will be the following Thursday, October 8 at 5pm.