The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
August 26, 2012
Jesus, may our hearts be burning With more fervent love for you! May our eyes be ever turning To behold your cross anew, Till in glory, parted never From the blessed Savior's side, Graven in our hearts forever, Dwell the cross, the Crucified. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 108:3)
Worship Focus: True wisdom feeds us Jesus
Order of Worship: The Common Service, p. 15
Hymns: 279, 185, 376, 354
First Lesson: Proverbs 9:1-6
True wisdom comes from God. Proverbs 9 personifies wisdom. Listen to her call. Come feast on the words revealed by our God.
Psalm 1, p. 64
As we feast on God's word, meditating on it, chewing it over in our hearts, we are like a healthy, leafy tree bearing much fruit.
Second Lesson: Ephesians 5:15-20
As we inwardly digest God's word, we put it into practice by living wisely. We follow the Lord's will resisting sin, being filled with the Holy Spirit, and encouraging one another with spiritual words and songs.
Gospel: John 6:51-58
Over the last several weeks, you have heard Jesus word's to the crowd pointing them to the Bread of life that came down from heaven. He continues this message today.
Fall Schedule: In two weeks on September 9, we return to our regular fall schedule. 9:15am Sunday school; 9:30am Bible Class; 9:30am Youth Bible Class; 10:30am worship.
Bible Class: Many have questioned who the real Jesus was. What do we mean when we confess Jesus as the Christ, our Lord? On September 9 at 9:30am we explore what the Bible teaches us about Jesus in the course: Christ: He Is My Lord by Pastor Robert Koester.
Concert Invitation: The Youth Group at Immanuel Lutheran in Willmar is pleased to tell you that Koine is coming to Willmar for an outdoor concert on Friday, September 7. We would like to invite your youth group for a time of music, fun, fellowship, and food. The rest of the congregation is invited as well. The concert is at 1816 5th Street SW, Willmar. Bring your lawn chairs. Youth arrive early (at 5:30) for a picnic style supper. Congregation arrives at 6:30 for concert. A free will offering will be taken to support Koine's ministry. If the weather does not permit, the concert will be in the church. Please see the poster in the narthex for more information.
Immanuel would like us to RSVP the number of youth attending the supper, so let Pastor Bitter know if you plan to go. If you need a ride, let him know as well.
LWMS: The Crow River circuit of the Lutheran Women's Missionary Society will host their fall rally at St. Paul's Lutheran church, Alexandria, on Saturday, September 22. The theme will be "The God of All Comfort." Su Hanson from the Comforter Ministry will be the guest speaker. The Comforter Ministry is a mission of comfort and compassion, reaching out to women with cancer with God's Word and the love of the Comforter through journals and comforters.
Joy in Jesus 2012: MN District Special Ministries and Jesus Cares Ministries are looking for volunteers to help staff camps held in Waterville MN from Sept. 28-30 and Spicer MN, Oct. 7-9. Volunteers will help adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities participate in the various scheduled activities such as crafts, music, outside activities, and Bible study. Volunteers will work under experienced supervisors. This is an opportunity to let the Light of Jesus shine through you as you too are blessed. Many have said, “I got so much more out of helping than I put into it!” For more information please contact: Julie Luetke, 320-522-2379.
Fall Festival: Great Plains Lutheran High School is hosting a fall festival, Sunday, September 30, from 3:00pm -- 6:00pm to raise funds for their music program. There will be a silent auction, mini-concert, supper, and live auction. For a detailed schedule and updated list of auction items visit www.gplhs.org/music
August ushers: Dick Lubenow (capt.), Jason Brown, Barry Nelson, Dennis Schroeder, Cory Schroeder
August cleaners: Dave & Phyllis Joos, Gerald and Karen Hoffman
Today's Greeter: Scot Zeltwanger