Friday, March 27, 2015

Anticipating Worship (March 29)

Sixth Sunday in Lent—Palm Sunday

Worship Focus:  Rejoice!  Christ, our King, comes to bring us salvation.

Scripture Readings:
Zechariah 9:9,10
Psalm 24
Philippians 2:5-11
Mark 11:1-10

Sermon Text:  Zechariah 9:9,10

1.  As you look at the Ruler
2.  As you look at the result

Prayer of the Day:  We praise you, O God, for the great acts of love by which you have redeemed us through your Son, Jesus Christ.  As he was acclaimed by those who scattered their garments and branches of palms in his path, so may we always hail him as our King and follow him with perfect confidence; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Happy Palm Sunday.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Anticipating Worship (March 22)

Fifth Sunday in Lent

Worship Focus:  Jesus, our High Priest, established a new covenant with us.

Scripture Readings:
Jeremiah 31:31-34
Psalm 143
Hebrews 5:7-9
John 12:20-33

Sermon Text:  Jeremiah 31:31-34

God's New Is Improved
1.  The Lord says so
2.  The Lord show so

Prayer of the Day:  Eternal God and Father, help us to remember Jesus, who obeyed your will and bore the cross for our salvation that through his anguish, pain, and death we may receive forgiveness of sins and inherit eternal life; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

We will also witness God's grace in the gift of baptism.

Happy Lent.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Anticipating Worship (March 15)

Fourth Sunday in Lent

This Sunday we have a special mission preacher in church and presentation in the Fellowship Hall during Bible Class time.  Pastor Mike Hartman will be with us.  He is a missionary in Mexico and field coordinator for Latin America.

Worship focus:  We share the peace that we have in Jesus.

Scripture Readings:
Acts 10:34-43
Luke 23:39-43

[We will sing the psalm of the day with hymn 249 which is based on psalm 67.]

Prayer of the Day:  O God, you have sent your Son to save all the peoples on earth and now send your messengers to preach peace to anyone anywhere.  Grant that by the work of your Church many may be brought into your kingdom and worship you, the only true God; though your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.

The children of St. John Lutheran School and Little Lights will be singing "Jesus Loves Me This I Know" in worship  (even one stanza in Spanish along with the playing of recorders).  We thank them for their willingness to be part of the service.

We will celebrate the Lord's Supper.

Happy Lent.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Mission Presentation-March 15th

Mission Presentation Sunday, March 15, Pastor Michael Hartman will be preaching and leading Bible Class.  He is a missionary in Mexico and the field coordinator of Latin America. He has asked for no reimbursement since this is what he and others do to raise awareness of the work we do together.  The Elders have decided to send the normal guest preacher stipend to the Synod for Latin America.  If you would like to make a special donation, there will be a free will offering basket in the Fellowship Hall during his talk.  There is no Little Lights on Sunday so that students and teachers can learn about the work of the WELS in Mexico and other places.


Friday, March 6, 2015

Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time begins next Sunday, March 8th.  Remember to set your clocks ahead 1 hour before you turn in for the night.

Anticipating Worship (March 8)

Third Sunday in Lent

Worship Focus:  God wants his people to live in his saving love.

Scripture Readings:
Exodus 20:1-17
Psalm 19
1 Corinthians 1:22-25
John 2:13-22

Sermon Text:  1 Corinthians 1:22-25

We Preach Christ Crucified
1.  Because it is the power of God
2.  Because it is the wisdom of God

Prayer of the Day:
Almighty God, look with favor on your humble servants and stretch out the right hand of your power to defend us against all our enemies; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Happy Lent.