The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
September 4, 2011
Lord Jesus Christ, be present now; Our hearts in true devotion bow. Your Spirit send with grace divine, And let your truth within us shine. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 230:1)
Worship Focus: The Lord is near
Order of Worship: Service of Word and Sacrament, p. 26
Hymns: 357, 384, 431, 439
Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156
First Lesson: 1 King 19:9-18
The Lord is near. But don't look for signs of great power to know that he is near. As he came to Elijah in a gentle whisper, so he comes to us through the Scriptures through which he whispers to us.
Psalm 73, p. 94
The Lord, our God, is our strength. How good that he is near!
Second Lesson: Romans 9:1-5
Paul longs for his fellow Jews to know Christ as he does. We too long for others to know Jesus, for he is near.
Gospel: Matthew 14:22-33
The disciples might have felt rather alone on that boat in the storm. But Jesus was near. He is near to you as well.
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.
Fall Schedule: Next week, September 11, we begin the fall schedule. Sunday school at 9:15am. Bible Class and Youth Bible Class at 9:30am. Divine service at 10:30am. Wednesday, September 7, will be the last Wednesday evening service.
Church Council: The church council will meet after service next week for the monthly meeting.
Bible Translations: Our Synod faces a decision. The NIV publisher has discontinued the Bible translation we have been using. Even though the Synod only decides what translation Northwestern Publishing House will use, no doubt that decision will also have a long term impact on our congregation.
The first few Bible classes this year open this discussion up for us. What are your thoughts or questions? What translations do you prefer? What makes a “good” translation? Come to share your ideas and ask your questions. The class is offered on Sunday mornings at 9:30am, starting September 11, and repeated on Wednesday evenings at 7:00pm, starting September 14.
Finances: Here's how the Lord has blessed us in August. The General Fund began August at $56.19 and ended at $1548.61. General Fund offerings totaled $6965.25 and bills were $5472.83. August missions offering toward the CMO was $486.00. So far $4967.75 has been given toward our annual mission commitment of $8000. We're about $365 behind.
September ushers: Duane Hausmann (capt.), Tom Mohr, Harvey Flaten, Scott Boettcher, Ryan Flaten
September cleaners: John & Tawnia Jepma, Jason & Amy Brown
Today's Greeters: Norma Osterman