Welcome to Grace Lutheran Church

Service Times:

Saturday Worship: 6:30 PM

Sunday Worship: 9:30 AM

Sunday School/Bible Study: 8:30 AM

Welcome To Grace Lutheran Church

Yorba Linda California

Weekend Service Schedule

Saturday Worship: 6:30 PM

Sunday Worship: 9:30 AM

Sunday School/Bible Study: 8:30 AM

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“Who is the Greatest?”

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

  1. Not the one with status
  2. Not the one with strength
  3. But the one who serves
SERMON TEXT:  Mark 9:30-37

They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know this, because he was teaching his disciples. He told them, “The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill him. But three days after he is killed, he will rise.” But they did not understand the statement and were afraid to ask him about it. They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” But they remained silent, because on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. Jesus sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he will be the last of all and the servant of all.” Then he took a little child and placed him in their midst. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me. And whoever welcomes me, welcomes not just me but also him who sent me.”


Bible Readings

FIRST LESSON:  Numbers 12:1-15

Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman he had married (for he had married a Cushite woman). They said, “Has the LORD really spoken only through Moses? Hasn’t he also spoken through us?” The LORD heard this. (Now the man Moses was very humble, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.) Right then the LORD spoke suddenly to Moses, Aaron, and Miriam, “You three come out to the Tent of Meeting!” The three of them came out. The LORD came down in a pillar of cloud and stood at the entrance to the tent. He called Aaron and Miriam, and they both came forward. He said, “Now listen to my words: If there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD, will make myself known to him in a vision. In a dream I will speak with him. Not so, however, with my servant Moses. He is faithful in my whole household. With him I speak face to face, clearly, and not in riddles. He sees the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant, against Moses?” The LORD’s anger burned against them, and he left. The cloud went up from above the tent, and immediately Miriam was leprous, as white as snow. Aaron turned to Miriam and saw that she was leprous. Aaron said to Moses, “My lord, please do not hold this sin against us. We have acted foolishly. We have sinned. Please do not let her be like a stillborn infant that comes out of its mother’s womb with its flesh half-eaten away.” Moses cried out to the LORD, “God, please heal her, please!” The LORD said to Moses, “If her father had merely spit in her face, would she not be disgraced for seven days? Have her confined outside of the camp for seven days, and after that she can be brought back in.” Miriam was confined outside of the camp for seven days, and the people did not set out until Miriam was brought back in.

SECOND LESSON:  James 3:13-18

Who among you is wise and intelligent? Let him by his good way of living show that he does things in wise humility. But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not boast and lie, contrary to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but it is worldly, unspiritual, and demonic. In fact, where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and every bad practice. But the wisdom that comes from above is first pure, then also peaceful, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial, and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who practice peace.

VERSE OF THE DAY:  1 Corinthians 12:9a

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.

GOSPEL: Mark 9:30-37

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We Need the Bread of Life–Jesus!

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

SERMON TEXT:  John 6:51-58

“I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats this bread, he will live forever. The bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” At that, the Jews argued among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” So Jesus said to them, “Amen, Amen, I tell you: Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life in yourselves. The one who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the Last Day. For my flesh is real food, and my blood is real drink. The one who eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like your fathers ate and died. The one who eats this bread will live forever.”


Bible Readings

FIRST LESSON:  Proverbs 9:1-6

Wisdom has built her house. She has carved out her seven pillars. She has prepared her meat. She has mixed her wine. She has already set her table. She has sent out her servant girls. She calls from the highest point in the city, “Whoever is naïve, let him turn in here.” To someone who lacks sense she says, “Come, eat my food, and drink the wine that I have mixed. Abandon your naïve ways and live. Travel the road to understanding.”

SECOND LESSON:  Ephesians 5:15-20

Consider carefully, then, how you walk, not as unwise people, but as wise people. Make the most of your time, because the days are evil. For this reason, do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk on wine, which causes you to lose control. Instead, be filled with the Spirit by speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs (singing and making music with your hearts to the Lord), by always giving thanks for everything to God the Father, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

PSALM READING: 

Jesus said, “I am the bread of life.”
How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty!
My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord.
My heart and my flesh cry out for the Living God.
Even the sparrow has found a home
And the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young.
A place near your altar.
O Lord Almighty, my King and my God, blessed are those who dwell in your house. They are forever praising you.

GOSPEL: John 6:51-58

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Let the LORD Be Your Strength in Difficult Times

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

  1. Everyone, Even Elijah, Could Become Discouraged
  2. The LORD is Always Present to Sustain You
  3. Doing the Work He Gives You Will Bless You
SERMON TEXT:  1 Kings 19:3-8

Elijah was afraid, and he ran for his life. He went to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and he left his servant there. But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. There he sat down under a broom tree, where he prayed that he would die. He said, “I’ve had enough, LORD. Take my life, for I am no better than my fathers.” Then he lay down and went to sleep under the broom tree. Suddenly an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.” Then he looked around, and near his head there was a loaf of bread baking on coals and a jar of water, so he ate and drank, and then he lay down again. Then the angel of the LORD came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, because the journey is too much for you.” So he got up and ate and drank. Then, with the strength gained from that food he walked for forty days and forty nights to Horeb, the mountain of God.


Bible Readings

FIRST LESSON:  1 Kings 19:3-8

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SECOND LESSON:  Hebrews 5:11-6:3

We have much to say about this, and it is difficult to explain, because you have become too lazy to listen. In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the beginning principles of God’s word all over again. You have become people who need milk, not solid food. For everyone who lives on milk is not acquainted with the word of righteousness, because he is still an infant. But solid food is for mature people, who have their senses trained by practice to distinguish between good and evil. :Therefore, leaving the beginning discussion of Christ, let us press on toward matters that require greater maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, of faith in God, of the teaching about baptisms, of the laying on of hands, of the resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And we will do this, if God permits

VERSE OF THE DAY:  Hebrews 11:1

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

GOSPEL: John 6:41-51

So the Jews started grumbling about him, because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” They asked, “Isn’t this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? So how can he say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” Jesus answered them, “Stop grumbling among yourselves. No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the Last Day. It is written in the Prophets, ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me. I am not saying that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God. He is the one who has seen the Father. Amen, Amen, I tell you: The one who believes in me has eternal life. “I am the Bread of Life. Your fathers ate manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that anyone may eat it and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats this bread, he will live forever. The bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

The Grace Messenger

Rejoice!

PHILIPPIANS 4:4 says, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”
The Holy Spirit gave these words to the Apostle Paul to write while he was “in chains for Christ.” Even though the Apostle was imprisoned in Rome due to his preaching of the gospel, he found reasons to rejoice. He was always thankful to God for the Philippian congregation (Philippians 1:3). He was thankful for their gospel partnership, for their gift, for their faith and life.
Paul could pray with joy even though he was in prison and longing to die and go to heaven (Philippians 1:21-23). He said going to heaven is to be with Christ, which is far better; but to go on living means fruitful labor, which is also a good thing.
He knew that suffering, hard work, exhaustion, disappointments, rivalries and false accusations are a small price to pay for the good that God would work through him for others, and for the glory that would be revealed in him (see Romans 8).
This Epistle (letter) to the Philippians is truly a letter filled with joy. Sixteen times the word “joy” is used in these 4 chapters. The NIV translates it as “joy” when it is a noun, “rejoice” in its verb forms, and “glad” when it is an adjective. How could Paul be joyful in these circumstances? How can we follow his lead and experience the joy of Jesus more and more?
1. Focus on Jesus, and what he has done for you. Read and meditate on the good news of Jesus Christ every day (Philippians 2:5-11).
2. Consider the needs of others, not just your own interests (Philippians 2:4).
3. Be thankful. Gratitude is a big part of joy. Rather than considering yourself entitled to good things, see each blessing as a gift from God (Philippians 4:10-20).
4. Keep on thinking about things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and admirable, excellent or praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8).
5. Present all your needs and requests to the Lord in prayer, confident that he hears you (Philippians 4:6).
6. Remember that “happiness” and “joy” are two different things. Happiness is dependent on what happens in our lives. I may feel sad because of sad events or I may be depressed because of illness, yet still have the deep joy of knowing my Savior loves me and is taking me to heaven.

In God We Trust

IN GOD WE TRUST is printed on all our American money. Officially it is our national motto. It is good to glorify God in such a way. But consider this: it does not really say very much.

How many Americans worship the true God? God can be defined in many different ways. There’s the “higher power” of AA, the Universe (as in, “Can’t the Universe just give me a break?!”), any of the gods of the ancient peoples or world religions. In fact, if there are 330 million Americans, there is the potential of 330 million gods being recognized as many either proclaim or silently believe, “I am God.”
The One True God is the LORD (Jehovah). He is the creator and preserver of the universe. He created it for mankind, whom he created good. God’s desire was for man and woman to live in harmony with him forever, but Adam and Eve followed Satan who rebelled against God. Sin brought about the curse of creation, death, and separation from God.

The One True God gave us his moral law to show us the right and best way to live. But if we don’t follow the law perfectly, it is called sin and it separates us from God’s love—potentially forever. The One True God demands obedience.

The good news is that the One True God is Triune (3 in 1). God the Son took on human existence so that he could live under the law in our place, die on the cross in our place, and rise from the dead to guarantee that we too will live. God the Holy Spirit works in the Word to bring people to faith so that we can receive God’s gift of forgiveness and eternal life.

As Christians, we know who “God” is. We can sing “God bless America” and “God shed his grace on thee” and speak “under God” with thankfulness not only for God’s temporal gifts but especially his eternal ones. Don’t be fooled, however, by the outward appearance of spirituality that we see on display once in a while at Christmas time, national holidays, and state funerals. The outward form of American popular religion is not the same as Bible-based faith in Christ as Savior, the only faith that saves us from sin and guilt. American civic religion is based on good works. Therefore, it is important that we as Christians testify to the good news that faith in Jesus saves, not good works. God bless your witness.

Christian Education

The Bible contains abundant encouragement for parents to bring up their children in the training and instruction of the Lord. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Proverbs gives this general truth: “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn away from it.”

Paul commands fathers, “Do not exasperate your children but bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” There are also warnings abundantly stated throughout the Bible. After the Fall into sin, the descendants of Cain did not teach their families about God and each generation became more and more wicked. The descendants of Seth also became lazy in the raising of their children and their descendants also followed the ways of the wicked world. After the Israelites settled in the Promised Land, they neglected to pass on the Word of God to their children and in a few generations they had become so far estranged from God’s Word that “everyone did whatever was right in his own eyes,” without caring what God said.

These examples and encouragements show us how important it is for parents (especially fathers) to teach the Word of God to children. The church and its called teachers and pastors can assist, but cannot take the place of parents. Parents need to be learning the Word and being nourished by it so they can teach them every day by word and example.

My suggestion would be for the head of the household to read a section of Scripture at an agreed-upon time every day. Maybe it is after dinner or just before bedtime. Maybe start at the beginning and read a paragraph or a chapter and then discuss it. Of course the devotions in Meditations are also a great resource.

Grace Lutheran Church is privileged to be part of the California Lutheran High School Association. While we do not have any high school students attending CLHS at this time, we have many supporters. Eric Erickson, Garrett Challacombe, and Rob Krueger have attended in the past. We also are a member congregation of the WELS, which operates two high schools, a college, and a seminary for the preparation of pastors, teachers, and staff ministers. WELS congregations also support Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Grace member Bethany Wagenknecht is currently a senior there and Austin Wagenknecht is an alumnus. We are in fellowship with the ELS, which operates a college in Mankato, Minnesota. Former member Christi Jenkin Hagen is an alumna of Bethany.

Confirmation class, also called Catechism class, is meeting after church on Sundays. Three excellent teachers share responsibilities for teaching children on Sunday mornings at 8:30, beginning September 9. Please bring the children!

Praying Is Good!

It is hard to imagine a less controversial statement, at least among Christians and other people who believe in God or a god. Prayer is one of the most basic things humans, who have a sense of the infinite, will do.

God tells us in his Word that only certain people are heard, however. First, God only listens to those who direct their prayers to him in faith.  Without faith it is impossible to please God (Heb 11:6). The Lord heard Elijah’s prayer on Mount Carmel (1 Kings 18). He did not heed the prayers of the 450 prophets of Baal, who cried to their false god, even though they prayed more loudly and, it seemed, more fervently. Jesus tells us we are to pray “in his name” (Jn 16:23), that is, trusting in him.

Sin gets in the way of our prayers being heard, like a wall separating us from God. Only if our sins are forgiven through faith can we be sure of God’s answers to our prayers.

Children of God can pray about everything that is on our minds and hearts. First Timothy 2:1: I urge then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be made for everyone. Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything…present your requests to God.

God invites us to pray. He even gives us prayers that he loves to hear us use. One hundred and fifty Psalms are prayers God wrote for us to use. Jesus gave us the Lord’s Prayer, saying, “When you pray, say, Our Father, who art in heaven…” He warns us not to babble repetitively or to use nonsense sounds like the pagans, and he says we ought not pray for show, to impress people. But he welcomes our prayers, whether we pray from the heart in our own words, or a psalm or a prayer inspired by God himself or composed by others. When Pastors pray publicly and lead the congregation, it is my opinion that it is generally better to read a prayer, or at least to have an idea of what you are going to say in advance. That way, you don’t say “Father-God, we just…” too many times.

But I encourage all of us to get comfortable praying in our own words, from the heart. Make use of that skill often! Constantly, even!

It is one of the most wonderful privileges you have as a child of God, whose sins are forgiven through faith in Jesus Christ.

Forgiveness

AS A CALLED SERVANT OF CHRIST AND BY HIS AUTHORITY, I FORGIVE YOU ALL YOUR SINS…”

Those familiar words from the Common Service are very important words, but they are also often misunderstood. Forgiveness comes from God, and the question is often asked, “How can a human forgive sins?”

Good and fair question. Let’s examine some Scriptures. It is true that only God can forgive sins against God. I can only forgive sins that are committed against me. You can forgive sins committed against you. All sins are against God.

Yet Jesus gave the special power and right he called “the keys of the kingdom of heaven” to his disciples. He says, “Whatever you loose (untie, release) on earth will be loosed in heaven” (Mt. 16:19). Even more specific, Matthew quotes Jesus saying, “I am sending you…. If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven” (John 20:23).

That doesn’t mean I can just forgive or withhold forgiveness based on my own feelings or whims. It is God’s forgiveness, not mine, to give. We follow his rules. He says we forgive those who repent. We cannot announce forgiveness to those who refuse to repent. In the Common Service, when the pastor announces forgiveness after the corporate confession of sins, the forgiveness extends to the penitent only.

Matthew 16 and 18, John 20, 1 John 1, and 2 Corinthians 2 are some New Testament chapters that encourage us to confess our sins to God and to each other. David confessed to Nathan (2 Samuel 12) and Nathan announced God’s forgiveness.

You do not need to confess your sins out loud to anyone to be forgiven. God knows your heart. But he has given us an extra way to receive emphatic assurance of forgiveness if we need it. There is power in the activity of confession and in receiving the announcement of forgiveness “out loud.”

The perfect life and innocent death of Christ on the cross is the cause of our forgiveness. The Word of God and the administration of the sacraments are the means by which this forgiveness becomes our own.

Pastors are available to hear confessions and announce absolution (forgiveness). This is done in strict confidence (secrecy). Forgiveness is announced immediately to one who repents, no matter what the past sin is.

Welcome To Grace Lutheran Church

 

Grace Lutheran Church is a Christian church located in Yorba Linda, CA, We are a member of Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). We believe that the Bible is the true word of God and the only guiding principle for the life of a Christian.

Our Mission

The mission of our congregation is to make disciples for Jesus Christ by sharing the gospel in God’s Word and sacraments.  With the help of God, we will fulfill this mission through the following activities:

  • glorifying and praising God through public worship services,
  • teaching classes for all ages (to strengthen those who believe, to train (equip) members to lead exemplary Christian lives, and reach out to others).
  • seeking the lost and the wayward,
  • administering the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion,
  • to help and encourage one another through fellowship activities,
  • supporting one another (carrying each others’ burdens),
  • finally, Grace Lutheran is a contributing member of a synod of churches (WELS). We do this to help to carry out Christ’s command to, “make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”

Grace Events

 

Upcoming From The Grace Calendar

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25oct7:00 pmGriefshare 7PM

27oct6:30 pm7:30 pmWorship 6:30PMSaturday Evening

28oct8:30 amSunday School/Bible Class 8:30AMChildren's Sunday School & Adult Bible Class

28oct9:30 am10:30 amWorshipSunday Morning

31octalldayReformation Day

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News & Announcements

 

Upcoming Events

Grace News & Events For The Week Of Jul 22 – Jul 28

ITEMS YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE TO CHURCH:

• Postage stamps and related collectibles—they are sold on eBay with proceeds going to Grace’s general fund

• Used ink and toner cartridges—Staples gives $2 credit per cartridge, with a maximum of 20 per month

• Christian books for the library—Books will be reviewed, and if approved, will be placed in the library. If not, they will be donated to other charities

• Coupons from the mail or newspaper—to be shared with the entire congregation

• Used eyeglasses—given to Dr. John Spaeth of All About Eyes Family Optometry, for distribution to needy

• CRV bottles and cans—turned in for CRV redemption for Grace general fund

• Pill bottles—used by Liz Ehlers for a charity

• Used cell phones, smart phones, and pagers—sent to be recycled, with money sent back to Grace for the general fund

• “Boxtops for Education”—sent to the Apache schools in Arizona

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Messenger Of Grace

 

The Messenger Of Grace – August

August 2017 ISRAEL'S ONLY SAVIOR Isaiah 43:1-3a But now, this is what the LORD says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be...

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The Messenger Of Grace – June & July

June & July 2017 Are you a “Theologian?” What is a theologian? Well, Theos is the Greek word for God and “Logia” is the Greek word for teaching, so a theologian is someone who teaches about God. There was once a Doctor of Theology at an Ivy League University. He was...

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May Messenger Of Grace

May 2017 ON THE ROAD TO EMMAUS… Two disciples of Jesus were walking home on the evening of the third day after Jesus died on the cross. One of them was called Clopas; the other one is not named but may have been Luke. This account is found in Luke 24:13-35. As they...

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