The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
October 16, 2011
Lord, I believe your precious blood, Which at the very throne of God Forever will for sinners plead, for me -- e'en for my soul -- was shed. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 376:3)
Worship Focus: The wonders of God's grace
Order of Worship: The Common Service, p. 15
Hymns: 381, 390, 311, 474
Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156
First Lesson: Isaiah 55:6-9
God's grace -- that he would save a sinner like me -- is far beyond our understanding! It's higher than the heavens.
The Lord is our light and salvation. So great is his grace!
Second Lesson: Philippians 1:18-27
God's grace leads us to live for Christ and opens our eyes to see that death is gain. For then we will be with Christ forever.
Gospel: Matthew 20:1-16
How unfair grace is! It gives sinners the good they don't deserve. But if we want to insist on fairness, like those workers hired first in the parable, we'll end up last, locked out of his kingdom. For only his grace can save us.
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.
Reformation Festival: Our joint Reformation Festival will be at St. Paul's, Morris, this year on Sunday October 30, at 4:00pm. The theme is: What Luther's Seal Means for Us. If you would like to participate in a joint choir, please watch for practice times. St. Paul's also invites us to join them for a meal and Christian fellowship after the service. Guest congregations are asked to bring bars, etc. for desert.
Mission Festival: “Walking Together.” That's what we do as a synod. We are united in the same faith and walk together to live that faith. Walking together enables us to bring the Gospel of Jesus to places we could never go personally.
We'll ponder some of these truths during our missionary festival this year. The date is November 6. Pastor Seth Bode, who is serving as a tutor at Great Plains Lutheran High School, will be our guest preacher. A potluck meal will follow the service.
October ushers: David Paul (capt.), Dale Kraft, Dean Rohloff, Kerry Roth
October cleaners: Chad & Mackensie Rohloff; Dean & Moni Rohloff
Today's Greeters: Dennis & Karen Schroeder