July 8, 2012
Speak, O Savior; I am list'ning. As a servant to his lord. Let me show respect and honor To your holy precious Word, That each day, my whole life through, I may serve and follow you. Let your word e'er be my pleasure And my heart's most precious treasure. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 283:1)
Worship Focus: National Thanksgiving
Order of Worship: Special Order
First Lesson 2 Kings 19:14-19
Sennacherib lays siege to Jerusalem with the Assyrian army. They have already destroyed the northern kingdom. What chance does King Hezekiah and his small kingdom of Judah have against this world power? He takes it to the Lord in prayer, asking that God's name be glorified.
Psalm 33, page 79
Nations rise and fall, but God's plans stand forever.
Second Lesson 1 Timothy 2:1-6
Pray for wise leaders in the government so that we can live lives for God's glory.
Gospel Matthew 22:15-23
We give the government the taxes and honor due it in it's God-given position of authority. But above all, we give God what is God's.
Voters' Meeting: The quarterly voters meeting is after serve next Sunday, July 15. Some items on the agenda include: the General Fund deficit, going back to once-a-month communion, discontinuing the phone land-line at the church, and updating the memorial book.
Vacation Bible School: The Vacation Bible School theme is Team Jesus. We'll host the games Monday, July 23, to Friday, July 27, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Children ages three to those entering sixth grade are invited to attend. All families and members are invited to the closing ceremonies starting at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, July 27. Anyone interested in helping please speak with Bridget Joos or Pastor Bitter
Outdoor Service: We're planning a joint outdoor service with St. Paul's of Morris at Pomme de Terre Park on Sunday, July 29, at 10:30 a.m. Bring some lawn chairs or sit at a picnic table. After the service we'll have a potluck picnic, so bring a dish to pass.
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