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meetings and activities.
Worship Service Bulletin and Announcements
For the Week of September 17th
Today 9:45 am Adult Sunday School: “Sabbath
Today 11:00 am Worship Service
Today Noon New Members Class (Parlor)
Today Brief Homecoming
in Parlor after Worship
Mon. 11:45 am Lectionary Bible Study: Exodus
Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45; Phil.1:21-30;
Matthew 20:1-16 (Parlor)
12:00 noon Lunch Bunch
Wed. 12:00 noon Bible Study
1:00 pm Lunch Bunch
4:45 pm Kids Club
5:00 pm Bible & More: Apocalyptic– Daniel and
Revelation, Part IV (Chapel)
6:00 pm Dinner
6:30 pm Choir
Sat. 10:00 am Anyone who would like to help
the Fellowship Hall for Homecoming
Next Sun. 9:45 am Adult Sunday School: “Spirit Filled Heart”
Ezekiel 36:22-32 (Chapel)
Next Sun. 11:00 am Worship Service / Homecoming
noon Congregational Lunch
Birthdays This Week
Shannon Sharp 18
Margaret Alice Rader 20 Alex Reinhardt
Mattie Stutts John Wepner
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 17, 2017
- 11:00 a.m.
Ringing Of The Hour
Prelude of Sacred Music
WChoral Call to Worship
of God never ceases, God’s mercies never come
to an end. When we are lost, God sweeps away the
darkness of the depths.
When we are spiritually lost, God
gathers us in from
Every time we turn toward our
home and remember whose
we are, the scriptures
proclaim there is joy in the presence
of the angels.
With thankful hearts,
let us sing our thanks and praise!
WHymn Insert (The
Worshipping Church Hymnal) Morning Has Broken
of the Day
Gracious God, when our spirits lift at
the beauty of your creation,
you are Lord. When chaos threatens to overwhelm and we
dread what lies ahead—still, you
are Lord. Speak your mercy
and love into our hearts until
we discover the courage to open
our eyes, unclench our hands,
and move toward fulfilling what
you would have us do, until all
the world moves with the
rhythm of your grace; for we
long to honor you. Amen.
Special Music Without
(Scott Curtis, soloist with Nancy
After the Children’s
Moment, all children (Preschool-5th Grade) are invited
to remain in worship with their
families or attend Children’s Church.
Pastor: This is the Word of the Lord. Response: Thanks be to God!
Sermon “Forgiveness? Again?”
444 (Blue Hymnal) I Love to Tell the Story
Sharing Our Joys & Concerns
Prayers of the People & The Lord’s
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
and forgive us our sins as we forgive
those who sin against us, and lead us not
into temptation, but deliver us from
evil. For thine is the kingdom and
power and the glory forever. Amen.
Offering & Offertory
& Prayer of Dedication
God from whom all blessings flow. Praise Him, all creatures here
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host.
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Insert (Celebrating Grace) The Spirit Sends Us Forth
Welcome to all who
are worshiping with us today!
are glad you are here!
Please sign the Friendship Register
and pass it down the pew.
Passages for Sept. 17, 2017
21Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, if another
member of the church sins against me, how often should
I forgive? As many as seven times?” 22Jesus
said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.
23“For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be
compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. 24When
he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought
to him; 25and, as he could
not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and
children and all his possessions, and payment to
be made. 26So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying,
‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ 27And
out of pity for him, the lord of that slave released
him and forgave him the debt. 28But that same slave, as he went out, came upon one
of his fellow slaves who owed
him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat, he
said, ‘Pay what you owe.’ 29Then his fellow slave fell
down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and
I will pay you.’ 30But he refused; then he went and threw
him into prison until he would pay the debt. 31When
fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly
distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken
place. 32Then his lord summoned him and said
to him, ‘You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt
because you pleaded with me. 33Should you not have had mercy on your fellow
slave, as I had mercy on you?’
34And in anger his lord handed him over to be
tortured until he would pay his entire debt. 35So my
heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive
brother or sister from your heart.”
Welcome to Worship at Grace Reformed Church
We are grateful for your presence and invite
you to participate
worship, service, and ministries of Grace Church!
During Today’s Worship
Please sign the red Friendship Pad
located on the end of each pew so
we might know you are here and
to provide updated information.
Large-print bulletins and hymn
inserts are available. Also, individual
listening devices for improved
sound are offered. Please see the
ushers for assistance.
Worship bags for children,
containing activities and a bulletin
designed for children, are
available from the ushers.
Children are invited to remain in
worship with their families after
the Children’s Moment or attend
Children’s Church which is
located in the Kids Club room
on the lower level. Children’s
Church offers Bible stories
and devotions, a craft, and snacks.
Prayer request cards are found in
the pews and may be placed in
offering plate or given to
the ushers or pastor.
If You Are New to Grace Church
We invite you to meet with the pastor after
worship to receive a
visitor’s packet with more
information about our church including
a current newsletter, monthly
church calendar, and a Bible.
Inquirer’s Class for New Members
is offered to explore our church’s
ministries, history, and
beliefs. This one-session gathering
typically lasts 45 minutes
and includes refreshments. The next
class will meet today,
September 17th, after worship in the Parlor.
Grace Church Cares
Please notify the pastor of hospitalizations,
illnesses, or deaths. Please note that under current law,
institutions no longer
automatically inform churches when a
member is admitted. For a pastoral visit or home Communion,
contact Pastor Ryan at
828-404-2100 (cell phone).
Grace Church receives a special
offering each month for members
of our congregation who are
experiencing financial distress.
Envelops for the Deacons’
Fund offering are located in the pews.
SUPPORTING ONE ANOTHER
as WE WALK TOGETHER as a
FAMILY of FAITH
have such a caring and loving congregation and
the members of Consistory have asked
us to help
keep track of all the ways that we have reached out to
other members of the congregation.
If you have sent
a card, made a phone call, or visited someone in our
congregation, please let us know through this form
which will be a constant fixture in the weekly bulletin.
YOUR NAME: ______________________________
Number of Cards: _____________________________
Number of Phone Calls: ________________________
Number of Visits: _____________________________
Again, no names of the recipients are needed,
just the total amount of cards, calls, and visits
that you have made. Call Janet
if there are questions or more information is needed
about this important ministry.
Thanks so much for your continued care and support
of our family of faith and for the blessing that
you are to our church!
invitation to join the Prayer Chain!
At each worship service and every Bible study or
committee meeting, we include in our prayers the joys and concerns of our
family of faith. We invite you to
include these prayer requests in your daily prayers by joining our church’s
Prayer Chain. Please state in the red
Friendship Pads that you would like to receive Prayer Chain notifications
and include your email address (or your phone number if you do not have an
email address). Thank you for
considering this ministry!
GRACE CHURCH SHIRT!
year around parade time
several members of our church
will say, “it would be great if all of us had a Grace Church shirt!” Well, we finally have a reasonably priced
solution! Our youth are selling
personalized shirts (seen in the photo) for $10.
Order forms are available at the back of the church and we encourage
everyone to purchase a shirt or two.
Also, we will mail a shirt to out-of-town members or family members
for an extra $5. Any extra profits
will be donated to the Kids Club fund.
We hope that you will not
only wear your shirt on upcoming parade days, but when we volunteer
together OR when you are out and about!
Thanks again so much for your continued support of Grace Church!
Rev. Ryan Brakemeyer 828-404-2100 or 828-294-8889 Choir Director Scott Curtis Organist Margaret Alice
Pastors Emeritus Dr. Tom Hamilton, Rev. Lawrence
Lutz Altar Guild Millicent Crawford
Ushers Caroline Keenan, Janet Roberts
Ed Sain Sound
Mark Geitner, Chad Linebarger
Att. Last Sun. 51, Offering $1,742.00, Deacons Fund
$100.00, AC Fund $13.34, Playground $6.04, Wed. Night Meal $13.00, Kids
Club $20.00, Mums $150.00
United Church of Christ
117 East J Street Newton, NC 28658
Visit us at: www.GraceUCCNewton.org
Office Hours: Monday &
Wednesday—8:30 am—12:00 noon;
am—12:00 noon, 1:00—4:00 pm
Inclement Weather Policy: It has been the policy of Grace
Church that in case of inclement weather any cancellations of
meetings / worship services be made in consultation with the
that notification be made to the church members by means of Radio
Station WNNC-AM 1230, WBTV and WSOC at least one hour
ahead of time, that church groups / organizations be encouraged to
follow this same policy.
Cable 10 also carries WNNC Audio.