The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 19, 2010
I come, O Savior, to your Table,
For weak and weary is my soul;
O Jesus, you alone are able
To satisfy and make me whole.
Lord, may your body and your blood
Be for my soul the highest good! (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 310:1)
Worship Focus: Against all odds
Order of Worship: Service of Word and Sacrament, p. 26
Hymns: 234; 304:1,5-7; 419; 399
Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156
First Lesson: Judges 7:1-8
The Lord teaches Gideon that no matter what the odds, the Lord is in control
Psalm 2, p. 65
Jesus Christ reigns over all.
Second Lesson: 1 Timothy 1:12-17
What are the odds that a persecutor of Christians would become a missionary? But God's grace surpasses all odds, for he sent Jesus to save even the worst of sinners, even you and me.
Gospel: Luke 15:1-10
What are the odds of finding a lost sheep, a lost coin, a lost sinner? But that did not stop Jesus from finding you, so that even the angels rejoiced.
At St. John’s we observe the biblical practice of “close communion,” since the Bible teaches that communing together is an outward sign of the inner closeness of faith that seeks to agree in all that the Bible teaches. Therefore, we ask that only those commune who are confirmed members of our church body and of those churches which have declared fellowship with the WELS. If you have further questions about this, please talk with the pastor.
Sunday school: Anyone interested in teaching 3rd and 4th grade Sunday school, please talk to Pastor Bitter.
Lutheran Women's Missionary Society: The Crow River Circuit of the LWMS will have their Fall Rally on Saturday, September 25 at Immanuel Lutheran Church near Hutchinson. Opening devotion is at 11:00am and closing is at 3:00pm. The guest speaker is Liz Wessel. She was in Hong Kong with her husband, who served at the Asia Lutheran Seminary there.
All women of St. John's are members of LWMS. You're encouraged to attend the rally and bring a friend to share in the exciting work of missions.
The Crow River Circuit is also seeking volunteers who are willing to run for the Secretary position. If you would like more information, please contact Pastor Bitter or the LWMS Crow River President, Ardis Tobison (320-587-2758 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
LWMS Donation: The Ladies' Society is donating $25 to the Fall Rally offering on behalf of St. John's. If anyone would like to add to that amount, please give a check to Phyllis Joos as soon as possible. Make it out to the Ladies' Society and tell her its for the LWMS Rally.
Council notes: The council meeting on Sept. 13 opened with a Bible study on 1 Corinthians 13. The Pastor's report is available in the narthex. The General Fund balance on August 31 was $482.83. $4,262 has been given toward our mission commitment of $10,000.
Upcoming business for the Quarterly Voters' Meeting was discussed. The council is recommending to the voters to schedule Mission Festival on November 14 with Pastor Dan Koelpin as mission speaker. Pastor Koelpin is the Administrator for WELS Board for World Missions and gives an engaging presentation on World Missions in general and also highlights work being done in Pakistan and India; his areas of travel include 47 countries. To allow more people to hear the presentation, the following schedule for that Sunday will be proposed to the voters: Divine Service: 10:30-11:15; Presentation in the church: 11:15-12:00; Potluck 12:00. (Sunday school and Bible class at regular times.)
The voters will also need to discuss: 1)Whether to change back to the WELS VEBA health plan or not; 2) Thanksgiving Eve service (7:30pm last year, with a light supper before); 3) Christian Carol Service; 4) Christmas Eve Service (6:30pm last year); 5) Christmas Day Service (10:00am last year); 6) Whether to do a self-study to help us look forward; 7) Financial Secretary position.
The voters' meeting is scheduled for October 10, 2010 after divine service at about 11:30am.
September ushers: Duane Hausmann (capt.), Tom Mohr, Harvey Flaten, Doug Nelson, Ryan Flaten
September cleaners: John & Tawnia Jepma, Jason & Amy Brown
Greeters today: Dale Kraft, David Kraft