Sunday School & Bible Study

Please join us!

  • 9:00 AM, Sunday mornings
  • No registration necessary
  • If your child is too young for a class, they can be with you during Adult Bible Study
  • If your child is too old for a class, we have a Teen Bible Study group as well!

Topics for Adult Bible Study this fall:

  • The Lord’s Prayer
  • Isaiah 49
  • Male & Female He Created Them
  • From Heaven Above to Earth I Come

Our Worship service begins at 10:00. Please join us!

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The Listener

In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice.  ~ Psalm 18:6

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There was a machine repairman who had an unusual knack for correctly diagnosing where the trouble was in faulty factory equipment. And he could fix it quickly. His co-workers noticed that he normally left the lunchroom 10 minutes early. One day someone followed him to see what he did before the others started working again. The repairman didn’t touch a wrench or a screwdriver. Instead, while everyone else was gone and there was no sound of conversation, he stood in the middle of the large room, closed his eyes, and listened to the machinery. His ear caught every subtle sound, every click, every change in pitch or vibration. He could identify the first signs of a problem before it became apparent to the others. It’s as if he knew each machine personally.

That’s how God knows us. God knows us personally and intimately. He monitors our thoughts and feelings all the time. And when we need help, he is listening. Today’s Bible verse assures us that when we cry out to him, the Lord hears us. Why does the Almighty God want to hear us? Because he loves us and he wants to help us. He’s proved his love through Jesus—the incarnate love of God came to rescue us from sin’s destruction.

God hears us when we call on him. He hears the shouts and the groans of our hearts. He knows when we are “broken” or “out of tune.”  And when we call on him, he knows exactly what we need.

Facing a problem today? Cry out to the Lord. Through Jesus, you can be sure he will hear you!

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, thank you for always listening to the groans and troubles of my heart and life. Thank you for always being there to answer with your solution to all my problems— Jesus my Savior.  In his name I pray. Amen.

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Nebraska~Iowa LWMS Circuit Fall Rally 2021

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Shannon Bohme will be presenting on his work with Mission Journeys. WELS Mission Journeys provides an opportunity for all WELS members to walk together in the Great Commission.

Grace Lutheran Church

1101 South Cornelia Street, Sioux City, Iowa

Registration starts at 8:30 a.m.

Rally will conclude with lunch at 12:30 p.m.

RSVP by September 26th

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Stubborn Old Man

Then [Jesus] placed his right hand on me and said: “…I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever.” ~ Revelation 1:17-18

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The stubborn old man was stuck on an island. The island was small—about 7 miles long and 6 miles wide. The island was desolate and rocky. And there the stubborn old man sat.

But please understand—the old man was not stubborn in the sense of being difficult or unpleasant. On the contrary, he had the reputation for patience and extreme kindness. Rather, he was stubborn when it came to what he had done with his very long life.

His name was John. Sixty-plus years earlier, John had been a young man working for his father in the fishing industry. Indications are that the family business was successful. Very likely John could simply have carried on after his father and lived a good life.

But he didn’t. Instead, his life took a very different turn.

Two things took place to make this happen. One, he met Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus was unlike anyone John had ever met. From the miracles Jesus performed to the message he proclaimed, John came to believe that Jesus was the very Son of God, the One sent by God to make all things right.

But it was one other thing Jesus did that changed everything for John. After giving his life as the ransom for sin, Jesus raised himself from the dead. Before that moment, John had been hesitant, even fearful, about a lot of things. But after that Sunday morning of long ago, John’s hesitation evaporated, and a joyful stubbornness took its place.

And now John was an old man, having spent the last six decades of his life telling others about their Savior from sin. He did this even when people beat him for it. He did this even when people imprisoned him for it. He did this even when people threatened him with death. He did this even when people put his old, tired body on a boat and exiled him on a desolate, rocky island.

It made no difference to John. His Savior from sin was alive. That’s all that mattered.

The same is true for you and me.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, you live. And because you live, I stand forgiven through faith in you. Eternal life is mine. Fill me with a joyful stubbornness to tell others about you. Amen.

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Labor Day Prayer

Gracious heavenly Father, as the United States pauses to rest and contemplate the freedom to work and the employment opportunities that are available to us, may we never lose sight of the fact that it is only because of your grace and favor that we are able to work.

Thank you, Lord, for all your blessings, past and  present. Thank you for the joy of relaxation. May all that I do give glory to you and your precious name. I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, whom I love and serve. Amen.

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Wish You Were Here

“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.” ~ John 17:24

Taking a vacation away from the hectic pace and pressures of daily life is precious indeed. When you are enjoying such a relaxing time away from home and work, you might stop by a gift shop and see the postcard rack with a number of images that capture the fun and enjoyment you are having, and your friends back home aren’t. Across the front are printed the words, “Wish you were here!” Not that you are serious about your friends or other family members joining you on your vacation, but the card is meant to rub it in a little that you are enjoying a great vacation, while others are going on with the grind of life.

Can you imagine if God sent you a message from heaven which said, “Wish you were here?” but really was just “rubbing it in.” That you had to still endure a world filled with hardship, tragedy, and suffering. Quite the opposite! As Jesus prayed, he said, “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am.” Jesus has a heartfelt desire for you. He absolutely wants you to join him in heaven. Yet he doesn’t just wish it, but also provided the means to get there. He sends you an “all-expense paid ticket” which he personally paid for with his perfect life, his suffering and death, and glorious resurrection. There’s nothing more that you have to do or pay to get it; it’s a free gift by faith in him.

When life gets challenging, we oftentimes think of our favorite vacation spot and “wish we were there.” Today Jesus is inviting you, in the midst of whatever life brings you, to look forward to the eternity in heaven he has paid for you to enjoy. Through him don’t just wish you were there, but definitely look forward to actually being there!

Prayer: Savior Jesus, by what you accomplished through your death and resurrection, I am confident that I will live with you forever in heaven and see your great glory. Strengthen and sustain me now while I wait for you to come and take me where you are. Amen

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The Ultimate Encourager

Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. ~ Hebrews 10:24-2

“He just found out that he’d been cut from the high school basketball team.” “She didn’t get accepted to the college she wanted” “They knew that layoffs were coming, but they hadn’t expected their jobs to be lost.” “What a challenging health report!”

Each of us has times in life when we’re discouraged and need encouragement. God is the ultimate encourager, as he assures us that he loves us, that our sins are forgiven, that we’re on the road to heaven.

Because he’s gracious, God also gives us tangible ways to be encouraged. One of the key ways that God brings that encouragement to us is through our church-home. As we worship and study together, God encourages us, and we encourage each other.

For example, as we confess our sins together, we’re reminded that we all have the same problem. That’s encouraging; I’m not alone. As we hear the message that our sins are forgiven, we’re reminded that each of us stands before God as right, as innocent. That’s encouraging! I know what God thinks about me, what he feels about me, and that’s true for each of us gathered there. As we study the Word together, we find out how the Bible applies to our lives, and how it has applied to the lives of our fellow Christians. That’s encouraging!

In fact, we encourage each other just by being there. Coming to the worship service or Bible study brings encouragement to those around us, because it says, “We are united in our belief in the true God; we treasure the same message of forgiveness; we look forward to eternal life together.” By our attendance, we give encouragement to many others. And they encourage us.

No wonder God, who loves us dearly, encourages us to not give up meeting together. As we meet together, God encourages us, and we encourage each other. And that’s just what I need!

Prayer: O Savior God, encourage me in my walk of faith. Then use me to encourage those around me. Amen.

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Be Certain

The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen. ~ 2 Timothy 4:18

How bad does life need to get before your certainty in God’s Word and his love is gone? Imagine that you are in prison. Not the county jail, but a Roman dungeon. Your sentence is not months or years—you are on death row. And the reason you are on death row is because you are a Christian.

That was the exact situation the apostle Paul was in when he wrote 2nd Timothy. He was sitting in a dungeon, about to die for preaching Christ. If it were you, would you doubt? Would you start to think, “How can God’s Word be right when so many people tell me it’s wrong? How can I be certain of God’s love when I’m here?”

Since the Garden of Eden, Satan has been using doubt to kill certainty in Christ’s followers. He may never get you imprisoned for your faith, but he will remind you that many people think differently about God than you do. Saying that faith in Jesus is the only way to be right with God is unpopular. Telling people that their good works won’t get them to heaven is considered to be rude. So how can you be so certain when so many say that you are wrong?

Don’t let Satan kill your certainty in God’s Word and his love. Look to Jesus for building it up. That is how Paul handled his imprisonment. He knew that the Lord would rescue him from that evil attack. And when he died, the Lord would bring him to heaven.

So when you are uncertain, look to the Lord Jesus. If you just look at your life—the suffering, the loss, the pain—you will never be certain. But with the Lord Jesus is certain rescue. He was nailed to a cross, so he can tell you: Look at my pierced hands. I do love you. Your sins are forgiven. He rose from the dead, his tomb is empty. Your tomb will be empty too. Your heavenly home is waiting.

Because of Jesus, you can be certain that you will be in his heavenly kingdom. Heaven is being with God. Heaven is being free from death, mourning, crying, and pain. The Lord will rescue you and take you there. Be certain!

Prayer: Lord Jesus, destroy our doubts and give us certainty that you will keep your promises. Amen.

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Jesus has the Words of Eternal Life

From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” ~ John 6:66-68

During the Revolutionary War, Ethan Allen made a name for himself as a capable colonel and the leader of the Green Mountain Boys. He was also widely known as a religious skeptic who had no use for the Christian faith. Allen’s wife, on the other hand, was a devout believer and taught their daughter about Jesus as the one who loves and saves sinners. It happened that the daughter fell seriously ill and her father was summoned to her bedside. As the girl was nearing death, she took his hand and asked, “Father, should I believe what you have taught me, or what I have learned from my mother?” The long moment of silence after her question must have felt like an eternity. Her father finally found his voice to say, “My child, believe what your mother has taught you.”

In the twists and turns of life, we can fool ourselves into thinking that there are any number of paths we can take and that any road will do. But when we are finally forced to face the question of life and death, with the prospect of where we will spend eternity, our viable options begin to dwindle very quickly. How will we stand before the Almighty on the great Day of Judgment? How can we hope to enter Paradise when we have angered our Maker with our selfish deeds and our self-centered lifestyles? Will any amount of scoffing or pretending that God doesn’t exist make him go away or keep me from falling into the hands of my eternal Judge?

When faced with the reality that we too will one day die, we cannot ignore the question: “Where will you go? Whom will you follow?” The answer, like the one given by Peter, should be, “I believe that Jesus has the words of eternal life. I believe that Jesus is eternal life.” His death for sinners has paid my debt. His rising from the grave assures me of God’s love. His word promises me forgiveness for my sin. Who else can give me these blessings but the eternal Son of God?

Lord Jesus, keep my eyes and heart fixed on you through your Word. I have nowhere else to turn for blessings today and for salvation in eternity. Amen.

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Prayers for the start of school

After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it… After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. ~ Luke 2:43,46,47

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Bless the start of the school year
Lord Jesus, bless the start of this new school year. Bless students and teachers. As you sat at the feet of teachers in the temple when you were a 12-year old boy, so may our children sit at the feet of their teachers and grow in wisdom and love. Let your word be a lamp to their feet and a light for their path now and for the rest of their lives. Amen.

Thank you for our teachers
Lord, we thank you for our teachers. You yourself were a teacher. You know what a difficult task it can be. Use our teachers as your mouthpiece. Give them joy in their labors. Help their students to respect and obey them. Help parents to show their appreciation. Give our teachers extra strength, love, and patience as they begin this new school year. Amen.

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