The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 16, 2012
Lord of my life, whose tender care Has led me on till now, Here lowly, at the hour of prayer, Before your throne I bow. I bless your gracious hand and pray Forgiveness for another day. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 232:1)
Worship Focus: God's goodness overflows
Order of Worship: Service of Word and Sacrament, p. 26
Hymns: 260, 235, 256, 316
Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156
First Lesson: Isaiah 35:4-7a
God's goodness gushes forth to save, like water in the desert.
Psalm 146, p. 120
God's goodness is steadfast and faithful.
Second Lesson: James 1:17-27
All goodness flows from our heavenly Father. We have been reborn through his word of truth. As his word grows in our hearts, we put it into action in our lives showing goodness toward others.
Gospel: Mark 7:31-37
Jesus communicates his goodness to a deaf man and puts his good intentions into action. He heals him.
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 on all that the Bible teaches. So we ask that only those commune who are confirmed members of churches which have declared fellowship with the WELS. If you have further questions, please talk with the pastor.
Sunday School: We give thanks that our Lord has brought us to another year of Sunday school. He's blessed us with Judy Lubenow, Mackensie Rohloff, and Lisa Nelson as Sunday school teachers; Leah Nelson as music director; and Bridget Joos as youth group teacher.
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 council opened its meeting on September 9 with prayer.
No bids had been received yet on replacing the roofs. The insurance company extended our window of repair time up to June 17, 2013.
The council approved the plans to landscape the east side of the church. Estimated cost for the necessary plants is about $200. Erik Lemke volunteered to do the work.
The quarterly voters meeting is coming up on October 14. Items of business include service times for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The council talked about moving the time of the Thanksgiving Eve service from 7:30pm to 7:00pm. This service would be Wednesday, November 21 and a light supper would be served from 6:00pm to 6:45pm. The Christmas schedule would be: Christmas Eve Worship 6:30pm (Monday); Christmas Day Worship 10:00am (Tuesday). The voters have the final say in October.
The meeting adjourned with the Lord's Prayer
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.
September ushers: Duane Hausmann (capt.), Tom Mohr, Harvey Flaten, Scott Boettcher
September cleaners: John & Tawnia Jepma; Jason & Amy Brown
Today's Greeter: Mary Bitter