The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
July 1, 2012
In, you, O Lord, I put my trust -- Leave me not helpless in the dust; Let me not be confounded. My faith, O Lord, Must in your Word Be always firmly grounded. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 448:1)
Worship Focus: Trust God's firm promises
Order of Worship: The Common Service, p. 15
Hymns: 169, 384, 376, 433
Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156
First Lesson: Job 38:1-11
The Lord never explained to Job why he suffered the losses he did. Rather the Lord calls on Job to trust his wisdom and power. Does not our Creator know what is best for us?
Psalm 46, see refrain
Even when the foundations of our life break apart, God's promises stand firm.
Second Lesson: 2 Corinthians 5:14-21
God's promises are centered in Christ. He became our sin and gave us his righteousness to reconcile us to God through his death. He has made us new. His love compels us to live for him as we trust God's firm promises.
Gospel: Mark 4:35-41
Jesus shows his care and power. Have no fear for God's promises will not fail, no matter what the storm.
Copies of sermon are in the narthex and online.
The Lord's Supper
At St. John’s we observe the biblical practice of “close communion.” 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.
Parade Float: Bridget Joos volunteered to coordinate the float again this year. But she needs volunteers to ride/walk with the float. If you're able to do so, give Bridget a call (320-392-7426) by Wednesday, July 4. That's when we'll decide whether the float is workable this year or not. The parade theme is “Remembering Past, Present and Future Owls.” Thanks for considering helping out.
Next Sunday: For our regular Sunday service at 9:00 a.m. on July 8, we will give thanks to God for our nation and the freedoms he has blessed us with. We'll follow a special order of service.
Youth Room Project: Bridget Joos has been working on plans for the youth group room and would like your help and feedback to make it all come together before VBS on July 23. Check out the display board in the narthex to see the layout and the accessories that are planned. Take a peak downstairs to see the work in progress. Let Bridget know what you think or if you have suggestions. How could you help out?Here are some ideas:
Donations of furnishings: chairs or storage cabinet (Contact Bridget for more information on what they're looking for.)
Volunteer to help build the benches. (Contact Bridget for more details.)
Donations of money toward supplies and furnishings.
If you have any questions, please talk with Bridget (320) 392-7426.
July ushers: Justin Flaten (capt.), Jeff Flaten, Chuck Nelson, Evan Nelson, Kevin Zeltwanger
July cleaners:Doug Nelson (capt.), John Jepma, Dave Joos, Seth Nelson, Delroy Thielke
Greeter today: Sam Roth
Commitment: $8,000 (6/12 = $4000); Monthly $667
As you can see, the General Fund balance continues to fall deeper into the negative. Ask our Lord to see us through this time with trusting hearts that rely on his strength. Consider how the Lord has blessed you. Is this an opportunity for you to share in his work and support your congregation to a greater degree than you've done in the past? Gifts of thanks given in faith are a testimony of our trust and reliance on God's grace.
District Convention: As mentioned in the newsletter, the bulletins in the weeks ahead will fill you in on some of what went on at the MN District Convention. Here are two items for your attention.
First, the resolution concerning the proposed marriage amendment for the Minnesota State Constitution is printed in full on the back of this insert. The resolution explains in greater detail than the newsletter why the District is speaking on this issue although we normally do not become involved in political questions.
Second, we heard about mission work in Pakistan. I can't post the details on the web so as not to endanger those carrying it out. But the Gospel is reaching out to thousands. Thanks be to God.