The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
August 7, 2011
I, a sinner, come to you With a penitent confession. Savior, show me mercy, too; Grant for all my sins remission. Let these words my soul relieve -- Jesus sinners does receive. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 437:1)
Worship Focus: God's word works
Order of Worship: Service of Word and Sacrament, p. 26
Hymns: 283, 324, 304
Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156
First Lesson: Exodus 55:10, 11
Just as rain produces a harvest, God's word accomplishes his purpose.
Psalm 65, p. 89
God blesses us with food for our bodies even as his word fills our souls.
Second Lesson: Romans 8:18-25
God's word awakens in us the hope of heaven as we eagerly await our deliverance from this sin-bound world.
Gospel: Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
Like seed sown, God's word falls on our hearts. What kind of crop will you produce?
Sermons available on the website or in the narthex
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.
Women's Retreat: The fifth annual Women's Enrichment Weekend will be held September 9-11 at Salem Lutheran Church, Stillwater, MN. Four great speakers are lined up. Registration deadline is August 15. For more information visit www.salemlutheran.org/wew
Help needed: We are sharing a fair booth with St. Paul's again this year. Help us out by volunteering to sit at the booth. The more we have helping, the less time each volunteer needs to spend at the booth. Sign up today.
Finances: The General Fund's balance was $56.19 on July 31. For the first seven months of 2011, we've given $4481.75 towards our annual mission commitment of $8000.
Council meeting: The Council meets after service next Sunday.
August ushers: Dick Lubenow (capt.), Jason Brown, Barry Nelson, Dennis Schroeder, Cory Schroeder
August cleaners: Dave & Phyllis Joos; Gerald & Karen Hoffman
Today's Greeters: Seth Nelson, Evan Nelson