Friday, October 31, 2014

Anticipating Sunday Worship (November 2)

The First Sunday of End Time—Reformation

Scripture Readings:

Daniel 6:10-12,16-23

Psalm 46

Galatians 5:1-6

Matthew 10:16-23

Sermon Text:  Psalm 46

Be Confident in God

1.  Because he is with you to comfort

2.  Because he is with you to control

Prayer of the Day
Gracious Lord, our refuge and strength, pour out your Holy Spirit on your faithful people.  Keep them steadfast in your Word, protect and comfort them in all temptations, defend them against all their enemies, and bestow on the Church your saving peace; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Area Reformation Service

This coming Sunday we will celebrate the Reformation at St. John at our 9:30 AM worship.  We thank our God for the truth that he restored to the church through his servant, Martin Luther.  It was on October 31, 1517, that he nailed the 95 Theses to the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany.  What a blessing to know that God has saved us by his grace.  That comes to us in Scripture and through faith.

There is also a special area service hosted by St. Croix Lutheran High School.  It begins at 4:00 PM. in their chapel.  The theme is:  "The Reach of the Reformation."  Pastor Birkholz is the guest preacher.  The worship will include different choirs.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Branches Band will be joining us on Friday, November 7th, at 7:00 pm, in our sanctuary. A tree is known by its leaves; but without the roots and main trunk, the leaves would neither bud nor thrive. The leaves identify the tree, but the tree gives life to the leaves. Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches...” Branches Band, a Milwaukee- based music group, uses their love for music to identify the Savior of the world - Jesus! From ancient hymns to modern songs, from guitars and piano to vocal harmonies, the Truth of God’s love and grace is at the root of the Branches Band ministry.  Branches Band travels all over the United States and Canada with their repertoire including hundreds of hymns and songs. Branches Band serves congregations by offering Christian concerts, assisting with worship, and developing music resources for today’s church leaders and worship teams. For more information, scheduling, albums, and other resources, visit or find us on Facebook at


Sunday's Potluck

This Sunday we will be having a potluck after church.  The idea is to enjoy some fellowship while we feast.  Please bring a dish to pass.  Considering the time of the meal, brunch type items might be a good suggestion.  See you there.
If you can help set up or clean up, please contact Rhonda.  Help for both before and after is appreciated.  Thank you.

Aniticipating Sunday Worship (October 26)

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Worship Focus:  The Lord wants his people to produce fruit.

Scripture Lessons:

Isaiah 5:1-7
Psalm 118
Philippians 3:12-21
Matthew 21:33-43

Sermon Text:  Isaiah 5:1-7

Listen to This Love Song about a Vineyard
1.  God invests the time
2.  God inspects the fruit

Prayer of the Day
Almighty God, in your bountiful goodness, keep us safe from every evil of body and soul.  Make us ready, with cheerful hearts, to do whatever pleases you; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.