The Fourth Sunday in Lent
March 14, 2010
With broken heart and contrite sigh,
A trembling sinner, Lord, I cry.
Your pard'ning grace is rich and free --
O God, be merciful to me! (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 303:1)
Worship Focus: The Father's Welcome Turns Tears to Joy
Order of Worship: Service of the Word, p. 38
Hymns: 71(LAPPY), 304, 428, 111
First Lesson: Isaiah 12:1-6
The Lord has saved us from the depths of our sin. So we burst forth in joy, praising his name.
Psalm 30, p. 76
The Lord's forgiveness turns our sadness into gladness as we anticipate the eternal joy of heaven
Second Lesson: James 4:7-10
James calls on us to submit to God so that he can lift us up in joy.
Gospel: Luke 15:1-3,11-32
Jesus illustrates the welcoming love of the Father. As we humbly fall on his mercy, he embraces us with his forgiveness in Christ. Be careful that you do not reject the Father's love, imagining that you have earned it.
Council Notes: The council met at 8:00pm on March 8. The meeting opened with a Bible study on Romans 8. Under old business it was reported that LifeTouch will be here to take pictures for the Church Photo Directory on July 7 & 8 from 4:00pm -- 9:00pm.
Pastor's report is in the narthex. The Treasurer's report gave a balance of $312.91 at the beginning of March. $1070.75 had been given for WELS missions in Jan & Feb.
The Trustees will look at repairing the parsonage gutter that was damaged by sliding snow. Barry Nelson will look into what it takes to repair the plaster on the outside of the church.
The council is looking for a voting member to be the delegate to the MN District Convention in New Ulm from the evening of June 15 to June 17.
The council authorized registering for the Thrivent Choice program.
The pastor's vacation dates will be June 29 to July 13.
Outdoor worship is tentatively scheduled for July 11.
A survey regarding Sunday service time for the summer will be distributed so that voters can make a decision at the April Quarterly Meeting.
$1,180.87 was accepted from the Duane L. Hjelmstad Memorial Fund to be used for providing Bibles for the second graders in Sunday school each year. This money will be invested in a 1 year CD from WELS CEF (Church Extension Fund). More information about the origin of this memorial is posted in the narthex.
The Quarterly Voters' Meeting is April 11 after service. Next council meeting is May 10 at 8:00pm.
Ladies' Society: The Ladies' Society meeting on March 10 began by discovering water on the kitchen floor. After cleaning up the spring thaw, we continued with a Bible study on the 4th Commandment. Seven members were present to discuss redoing the flower arrangements and the new banners. They voted to give $10 instead of $5 as a memorial when a member of St. John's passes away. Lilies and palms for Palm Sunday and Easter were discussed. Next months meeting will be at Skyview Plaza. We adjourned with prayer and had cake.
Today's Devotions: God tells us: “Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). Another opportunity for us to grow spiritually is to use Today’s Devotion that are provided by www.whataboutjesus.com and www.wels.net. These devotions are written by WELS pastors and appear every weekday. Devotions on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday are based on the Scripture readings (Old Testament, Epistle and Gospel) that were used in many of our churches the previous Sunday. Every Tuesday and Thursday, there is a continuing series of devotions based on a chapter by chapter study of a book of the Bible—presently we are studying the Gospel of Matthew. A podcast of every devotion is also included. To make it easy to access the devotion every day, subscribe to have them delivered to you by email. Simply go to www.wels.net/subscribe and sign up.
Thrivent: March 15 at 6:00 at Faith Lutheran Church in Morris there will be an informational meeting for Thrivent. We will be learning about the big change that is taking place in Thrivent in regards to the money that the churches have received in the past and how they will be getting it now. A light supper will be served first please RSVP to Gloria Zeltwanger 392-5985.
March ushers: Duane Hausmann (capt.), Tom Mohr, Harvey Flaten, Doug Nelson, Ryan Flaten
March cleaners: Barry & Sandy Nelson; Chuck & Lisa Nelson
Today's Greeters: Dean & Moni Rohloff