The Second Sunday in Lent

February 17, 2008

Prayer:

Jesus, may our hearts be burning
With more fervent love for you!
May our eyes be ever turning
To behold your cross anew,
Till in glory, parted never
From the blessed Savior's side,
Graven in our hearts forever,
Dwell the cross, the Crucified!
(Christian Worship 108:3)

The Second Sunday in Lent

February 17, 2008

Focus: Faith trusts Jesus

Order of Worship: Service of the Word, p. 38

Hymns: Hymn Sing, 391, 416, 108

God's Word

First Lesson Genesis 12:1-8

God's promises moved Abraham to trust that the Savior would come from his family.

Psalm 121, p. 112

Faith trusts Jesus to watch over us wherever we go.

Second Lesson Romans 4:1-5, 13-17

Faith trusts the Lord's promise that he freely credits Jesus' righteousness to us. This faith is not a work that we manufacture in ourselves. Then righteousness would come by our work and not by grace. Rather faith trusts that God justifies us, even though we are wicked law-breakers.

Gospel John 4:5-26

Jesus reaches out to this Samaritan woman. Through his promise that he is the Christ, he works faith in her heart.

Genesis 12:1-8

The Lord's Promises Move Us in Faith

  1. Faith trusts the Lord without visible evidence
    1. What powers faith?
    2. What promise had the Lord made to Abraham?
    3. How is your faith moved to trust the Lord?
  2. Faith acts with godly obedience
    1. What did Abraham do in faith?
    2. What do the Lord's promises move us to do?

This Week's Kingdom Work
Week of February 17, 2008

  • Wednesday
    • 4:00pm Catechism Class: The Church
    • 6:00pm Lenten Supper
    • 7:00pm Lenten Worship
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday School: The Widow's Offering
    • 9:30am Youth Group
    • 9:30am Bible Class:The Service Zone
    • 10:30am Worship

News and Notes

Youth Game Night: Game Night for the Youth Group has been rescheduled to Sunday, March 2. Meet at the church at 3pm for some board game fun and food.

Lenten Suppers: Supper will be served before the Lenten services each Wednesday beginning at 6:00pm. Please pick up the service schedule in your boxes today.

Lent: Come, see your Savior. Lent focuses our attention on what Jesus has done to rescue and save you and me. This year our series is:

Testimonies about Jesus from Unlikely Witnesses

Feb. 6 - Caiaphas testifies about substitution

Feb. 13 - False witnesses testify about resurrection

Feb. 20 - Pilate's wife testifies about innocence

Feb. 27 - Pilate testifies about kingship

March 5 - Mockers testify about Messiahship

March 12 - The centurion testifies about divinity

Sunday Bible Class: Next week we continue The Service Zone, a video Bible class to help us examine the joys and challenges of Christian service towards others. It runs from January 13 to March 2. Even if you have never been to a Bible class, come and see what it's like.

Feb. Ushers: Barry Nelson (capt.), Jason Brown, Jeff Flaten, Ryan Flaten, Dick Lubenow, Eric Zeltwanger

Feb. Cleaners: Kevin & Gloria Zeltwanger; Kerry & Mona Roth

News from the WELS

WLS immersion trip prepares students for ministry:

Ten students from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary (WLS), Mequon, Wis., returned from Torreón, Mexico, on Jan. 18 after spending two weeks in the Spanish Immersion Cultural Experience—a program designed to better equip future pastors to minister to growing Spanish-speaking populations both at home and abroad.

The highlight of the trip was the 7th annual Mequon-Mexico workshop—a two-day conference attended by the seminary students, WELS missionaries, and pastors and seminary students of WELS' sister synod, the Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Church of Mexico.

"The workshop is an opportunity for fellowship between the Mexican church and WELS, and provides some interaction between the two groups," says Rev. John Schuetze, WLS professor and coordinator of the trip. "It also strengthens our students and their ability to understand Spanish and the culture of Mexico."

"We got to work with the pastors and seminary students on real issues," says Ryan Cortright, second-year student at WLS. "Just by being there, we were learning ourselves and they were helping us. It's really a great thing that both seminaries can have that compañerismo, that fellowship every year." Paul Fritz, also a second-year student, says he enjoyed the cultural experience. "You're able to see that these students are the same as you are, and you see they have the same enthusiasm about the Word of God that you have."

As part of the program, seminary students studied the Spanish language intensively, visited cultural sites, and stayed with host families. "We want to strengthen our students and give them an opportunity to grow in their understanding of the culture and the language," says Schuetze. "Even if these students never serve overseas, odds are they'll be serving some people from Mexico in one way or another in their ministry."

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