Friday, February 16, 2018

Anticipating Worship (February 18)

First Sunday in Lent


Worship Focus:  Christ conquers all for us.

Scripture Readings:
Genesis 22:1-18
Psalm 6
Romans 8:31-39
Mark 1:12-15

Sermon Meditation:  Genesis 22:1-18

The Lord Will Provide

Prayer of the Day:  Lord our strength, the battle of good and evil rages within and around us, and our ancient foe tempts us with his deceits and empty promises.  Keep us steadfast in your Word, and when we fall, raise us up again and restore us through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.


As we move into the Lenten season, we focus on Jesus' cross.  It is not defeat, but victory.  For us.  That is worthy of our attention.  See you in worship on Sunday at 9:30 AM.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Anticipating Worship (February 11)

Last Sunday after the Epiphany—Transfiguration


Worship Focus:  God’s glory shines forth in Jesus.

Scripture Readings:
2 Kings 2:1-12a
Psalm 148
2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2
Mark 9:2-9

Sermon Meditation:  Mark 9:2-9

It Is Good to Be on The Top of the Mountain
1.  To see what Jesus does up there
2.  To see what Jesus does from there

Prayer of the Day:  Lord God, before the suffering and death of your one and only Son, you revealed his glory on the holy mountain.  Grant that we who bear his cross on earth may behold by faith the light of his heavenly glory and so be changed into his likeness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.


Soon Lent begins.  But not before a glance at Jesus' glory.  See you in worship at 9:30 AM on Sunday.  It is good for us to be there.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Anticipating Worship (February 4)

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany


Worship Focus:  Forgiveness and salvation are sure and certain because of God’s power and love.

Scripture Readings:
Isaiah 43:18-25
Psalm 23
2 Corinthians 1:18-22
Mark 2:1-12

Sermon Meditation:  Mark 2:1-12

Jesus Knows THE Need behind the Need

Prayer of the Day:  Gracious Father, keep your family, the Church, always faithful to you, that we may lean on the hope of your promises and be strong in the power of your love, through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.


Continued Epiphany Blessings as we see Jesus, the Savior of the world, our Savior.  Plan on being in God's house on Sunday at 9:30 AM.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Anticipating Worship (January 28)

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany


Worship Focus:  Our Prophet Jesus speaks God’s truth and acts with God’s authority.

Scripture Readings:
Deuteronomy 18:15-30
Psalm 1
Hebrews 3:1-6
Mark 1:21-28

Sermon Meditation:  Hebrews 3:1-6

Just Concentrate on Jesus Christ
1.  He is similar to Moses
2.  He is superior to Moses

Prayer of the Day:  Lord God, you know that we are surrounded by many dangers and that we often stumble and fall.  Strengthen us in body and mind, and bring us safely through all temptations; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.


Continued Happy Epiphany.  We will see you on Sunday as worship our Prophet.  We gather at 9:30 AM.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Congregation Meeting

Congregation/Voter’s meeting is this Sunday, January 28th, following worship. The annual report is printed and you may pick up a copy in the narthex. Please review the report and bring it with you to the meeting.  A light lunch will be provided and we are asking members to bring a dessert to share. All members are encouraged to attend.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Luther Chat

If there is any appreciable snow, Luther Chat on Monday evening will be postponed a week.  I will try to contact the participants.  If you don't hear from me, call me before going.
Thanks,
Tom

Friday, January 19, 2018

Anticipating Worship (January 21)

Third Sunday after Epiphany


Worship Focus:  God’s Word changes hearts and lives.

Scripture Readings:
Jonah 3:1-5,10
Psalm 62
1 Corinthians 7:29-31
Mark 1:14-20

Sermon Meditation:  1 Corinthians 7:29-31

Paul Reveals Epiphany Wisdom about Relationships
1.  Regarding spouses
2.  Regarding sentiments
3.  Regarding stuff

Prayer of the Day:  Almighty God, you sent your Son to proclaim your kingdom and to teach with authority.  Anoint us with the power of your Spirit that we, too, may bring good news to the afflicted, bind up the brokenhearted, and proclaim liberty to the captive; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.


Continued Happy Epiphany.  We worship on Sunday at 9:30 AM.  See you then.