The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
October 7, 2012
O Spirit of life, O Spirit of God, Lead us to love your sacred Word; The holy flame of love impart, That kindness may inspire each heart, O Spirit of life, O Spirit of God. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 186:4)
Worship Focus: The Holy Spirit Changes Us
Order of Worship: Service of Word and Sacrament, p. 26
Hymns: 186, 192, 310, 183
Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156
First Lesson: Number 11:16, 24-29
The Holy Spirit provides help for Moses by enabling faithful leaders to assist him.
Psalm 51b, p. 87
The Holy Spirit leads us to offer our hearts to our Lord.
Second Lesson: James 4:7-12
The Holy Spirit changes the way we live so that we submit to God, resist the devil, and speak well of our fellow Christians.
Gospel: Mark 9:38-50
As the Holy Spirit lives in us, we do not want to drive others away from Jesus but to draw them to him. With the Spirit's power we fight sin in ourselves, even willing to give up members of our bodies if that could keep us from dishonoring our Savior by sinning. We live as salt, so that Jesus is honored.
Catechism Student Questions:
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.
Finances: 1 Sept. balance: -($1853.61)
Sept offerings: $8883.83
Sept expenses: $7170.45
30 Sept balance: -($140.23)
Sept. CMO: $542.00; CMO YTD $5050.00;
Annual Commitment: $8000
We give thanks to our God that he has opened your hearts to generously support his work here at St. John's. Even though our monthly bills ran high in September (for example, quarterly pension payment, annual Sunday school material), through your gifts we not only covered the monthly bills but also made up most of the operating deficit. May the Lord continue to move each of us to give according to his riches in view of his great love toward us in Christ.
Quarterly Meeting: The quarterly voters' meeting will be next week on October 14 after service. Some items for business include moving the Thanksgiving Eve Service to start at 7:00pm instead of 7:30pm. We'll also discuss the Christmas schedule. If you have any opinions on these matters, please talk to a voter.
Sunday School Sings: The Sunday school children plan to sing at the beginning of the service next Sunday.
October Ushers: David Paul (capt.), Dale Kraft, Dean Rohloff, Kerry Roth, Don Spencer
October Cleaners: Chad & Mackensie Rohloff; Dean & Moni Rohloff
Today's Greeters: Jason & Amy Brown