The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

August 11, 2013


Lord, your words are waters living Where I quench my thirsty needs. Lord, your words are bread life-giving; On your words my spirit feeds. Lord, your words will be my light Through death's cold and dreary night; Yes, they are my sword prevailing And my cup of joy unfailing. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 283:3)

The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

August 11, 2013

Worship Focus: Christ’s promises take care of his little flock

Order of Worship: Service of the Word, p. 38

Hymns: 536, 442, 538, 333

God's Word

First Lesson: Genesis 15:1-6

Abraham was so isolated and alone. Yet the Lord shielded him and promised that he would have a son through whom the Savior of the world would come. Abraham believed the Lord’s promise.

Psalm 42-43, p. 82

Why are you downcast, O my soul? Hope in God.

Second Lesson: Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16

Faith grasps God’s promises which give us hope for what is yet to come. For God’s promises do not fail, no matter how impossible they seem. Consider how the Lord’s promises took care of Abraham.

Gospel: Luke12:32-40

No matter how little a flock we are, the Lord’s promises will not fail. He will take care of us. So we can follow him with our hears and minds focused on heaven as we serve him faithfully in this life.

Psalm 42:1-6a

Hope Thirsts for God

  1. Enduring the taunts of others
  2. Remembering the fellowship of God’s people around God’s word

Psalm 42:1-6a

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? My tears have been my food day and night, while men say to me all day long, "Where is your God?" These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go with the multitude, leading the procession to the house of God, with shouts of joy and thanksgiving among the festive throng. Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

Upcoming Kingdom Work
Week of August 11, 2013

  • Sunday -- August 11, 2013
    • 2-4pm Ann Hartman bridal shower
      @ American Legion, Morris
  • Wednesday
    • @St. Paul's, Morris:
      5:30 p.m. Friends of China Presentation
      6:30 p.m. Supper
      7:15 p.m. Musician Stephen Bautista

News and Notes

Bridal Shower: You are invited to the open house bridal shower of Ann Hartman, the bride-to-be of David Lubenow, today, August 11, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the American Legion in Morris. She is registered at Kohls and Target.

Church Cleaning: We plan to do the annual church cleaning in October this year. Similar assignments will be made as in previous years. If you have any changes or requests, please talk with Gloria Zeltwanger (392-5985) as soon as possible.

Finances: Balance Jul 1 $522.99
Jul Offering +$5694.58
Jul Expenses −$5627.21
Balance Jul 31 $590.36

Congregational Mission Offering:

July $604.00 -- YTD $4980.50; Needed/month $667
Annual Commitment: $8,000; (7/12 is $4667)

Roof Fund Balance: (−$3527.68)

Sewer Repair: The toilets in the church were not flushing and after much investigation it was discovered that the sewer pipes underneath the sidewalk were not matching up right. Although the toilets are working for now, the sewer pipes needs to be dug up to prevent the problem from happening again.

Invitation: St. Paul's of Morris invites us to an evening of Christian fellowship this Wednesday, August 14.

Beginning at 5:30 p.m Nathan Reich will share his experience with outreach work in China. Nathan is a recent graduate of Martin Luther College who spent the last year serving the Lord in China.

At 6:30 p.m. St. Paul's will serve a meal; guest may bring a side or dessert. Drinks will be provided.

At 7:15 p.m Stephen Bautista will present a Christian concert. Stephen is a WELS singer, songwriter, and musician from Las Vegas, Nevada. He seeks to "enlighten the lost and encourage the found" with a solid Gospel message and a "James Taylor" style. His ministry is supported by freewill donations and the sale of his two Nashville-produced CDs, which will be available for purchase the night of the concert.

Sermon series: Today we begin a three part sermon series on Psalm 42 & 43. The theme of the series is based on the refrain that occurs three times in these two Psalms: "Why are you downcast, O my soul? Hope in God."

Why Are You Downcast, O My Soul? Hope in God

  • Aug. 11 - Hope Thirsts for God (Psalm 42:1-5)
  • Aug. 18 - Hope Calls out to God (Psalm 42:6-11)
  • Aug. 25 - Hope Praises God Forever (Psalm 43:1-5)

From the President: Two week ago, the 62nd biennial convention of the synod met at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minn. Nearly 400 delegates (half of them called workers, half laymen) considered reports and recommendations from leadership groups, areas of ministry, and special committees. This issue of Together will summarize the highlights and important decisions made.

The ministry financial plan (budget) proposed by the Synodical Council was approved with little discussion. The plan enables careful expansion of World Mission efforts in Asia and provides for a significant number of new Home Missions. It also enables our ministerial education schools to continue to operate with the staffing and resources needed to produce the quantity and quality of called workers needed in our congregations. To carry out this plan fully, the convention recognized that the congregations of our synod will need to provide a four percent increase in Congregation Mission Offerings. The convention encouraged congregations to support the plan by committing to the four percent increase.

The convention welcomed the news that the synod’s capital debt, which had been $22.4 million in 2009, has been reduced to less than $8 million. A recommendation by the Conference of Presidents to hold a special offering in 2015 to retire the debt completely was approved. Once the debt is removed, the $1.6 million annual allocation for debt retirement will be available for other mission and ministry support.

Convention delegates made three decisions relating to the issue of Bible translations. Delegates chose not to adopt the NIV 2011 for synodical publications, preferring instead to allow Northwestern Publishing House to use whatever translation judged to be best for any given project. Delegates also decided that a new translation of the Bible would not be done as a synodical project. Finally, delegates approved the formation of a special standing committee that would provide input and suggestions for improvement to other existing translations as they are revised.

The convention was marked with a spirit of unity, brotherly debate, and thankfulness for the blessings that God has showered on our synod. Delegates returned home with a more complete understanding of the work we do together and with a desire to share what they learned with their congregations.

Serving in Christ, President Mark Schroeder

For more convention news please see the “Together” insert in last weeks bulletin.

August Ushers: Dick Lubenow (capt.), John Jepma, Barry Nelson, Dennis Schroeder, Cory Schroeder

August Cleaners: Dave & Phyllis Joos; Gerald & Karen Hoffman

Today’s Greeter: Gene DeGier


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