The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 18, 2011
Lord, Jesus Christ, the Church's head, You are her one foundation. In you she trusts, before you bows, And waits for your salvation. Built on this rock secure, Your Church shall endure Though all the world decay And all things pass away. Oh, hear, oh, hear us, Jesus! (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 536:1)
Worship Focus: Jesus' name is our rock-solid foundation
Order of Worship: The Common Service, p. 15
Hymns: 370, 529, 536, 358:1-3
Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156
First Lesson: Exodus 6:2-8
As the Israelites awaited deliverance from slavery in Egypt, they would learn from experience what the name the Lord meant. He is the God who keeps his promises. He would redeem them from slavery and bring them to the land of Canaan, just as he had promised Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. So also, the Lord has kept his promise to redeem us through Jesus, the only name that saves.
Psalm 34, p. 80
Take refuge in the Lord, for he has redeemed you.
Second Lesson: Romans 11:33-36
How marvelous God's saving plan! How rich in grace and mercy! Far above all that we could ever imagine. How great his name!
Gospel: Matthew 16:13-20
Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. With your faith built on that truth, stand firm, sharing his message.
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.
Council Notes: The council met on August 14, 2011, after the Sunday service. Five members were present.
Minutes were read. Under old business the council approved two to four new windows for the parsonage. If anyone would like to help cover the cost of the windows, you can include it as a special gift along with your regular offering. Just make it clear on the envelope or check how much is for the windows.
The pastor reported on various activities over the summer including VBS, the joint outdoor service, youth rally, worship conference, and synod convention. It was mentioned that having the outdoor service earlier in the summer may be better. Pastor also reported that the youth are considering redecorating the room under the narthex where they meet.
The trustees reported that they had put in the trim under the edge of the basement ceiling and cleaned out the storage room where the electrical box is. There was a short discussion about the property/liability insurance.
Under new business the council is recommending that the voters adopt the following schedule for holiday services: Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 7:30pm, preceded by a light supper (6-7:00pm); Christmas Eve 6:30pm (Saturday); Christmas Day 10:00am (no Sunday school, youth group, or Bible class).
The quarterly voters' meeting is schedule for October 9, 2011. The meeting adjourned with the Lord's Prayer.
September ushers: Duane Hausmann (capt.), Tom Mohr, Harvey Flaten, Scott Boettcher, Ryan Flaten
September cleaners: John & Tawnia Jepma, Jason & Amy Brown
Today's Greeters: Chad & Mackensie Rohloff