Friday, April 24, 2015

Anticipating Worship (April 26)

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Worship Focus:  The risen Jesus, the Good Shepherd, unites his sheep.

Scripture Readings:
Acts 4:23-33
Psalm 23
1 John 3:1,2
John 10:11-18

Sermon Text:  John 10:11-18

Jesus Is the Good Shepherd
1.  Because of his commitment
2.  Because of his care

Prayer of the Day:  O Lord Jesus Christ, you are the Good Shepherd who laid down your life for the sheep.  Lead us now to the still waters of your life-giving Word that we may abide in your Father’s house forevermore; for you live and reign with him and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Happy Easter.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Memorial Day Service at Elmhurst Cemetery

There will be a Memorial Day Service at Elmhurst Cemetery, Monday, May 25th, beginning at 9:00 am.  Elmhurst Cemetery is located at 1510 N. Dale St., St. Paul.

Letter to congregation from Cindy Lendt.

Dear members of St. John Lutheran,

I want you to know I’ve received a call to teach at Lakewood Lutheran School in Lakewood, Washington. They're asking me to teach Kindergarten and 1st grade, with the opportunity to teach Spanish for the school. Right now I’m considering where my talents would serve God’s kingdom the best: either here at St. John or at Lakewood Lutheran. Please pray that God gives me the wisdom to make the right choice. This kind of decision is hard to make, and I sincerely appreciate your input!

Your sister in Christ,
Cindy Lendt

Friday, April 17, 2015

Anticipating Worship (April 19)

Third Sunday of Easter

Worship Focus:  We build our faith on the crucified and risen Savior.

Scripture Readings:
Acts 4:8-12
Psalm 118
1 John 1:1-2:2
Luke 24:36-49

Sermon Text:  1 John 1:1-2:2

Believe a Witness
1.  As he shares the Word of life
2.  As he shows the way of light

Prayer of the Day:  O God, by the humiliation of your Son you lifted up this fallen world from the despair of death.  By his resurrection to life, grant your faithful people gladness of heart and the hope of eternal joys; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Happy Easter.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Anticipating Worship (April 12)

Second Sunday of Easter

Worship Focus:  Faith in Jesus, our risen Lord and Savior, gives Easter blessings—forgiveness and peace.

Scripture Readings:
Acts 3:12-20
Psalm 16
1 John 5:1-6
John 20:19-31

Sermon Text:  1 John 5:1-6

Easter Equals Victory
1.  God gives it
2.  We live it

Prayer of the Day:  O risen Lord, you came to your disciples and took away their fears with your word of peace.  Come to us also by Word and sacrament, and banish our fears with the comforting assurance of your abiding presence; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Happy Easter!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Anticipating Worship (April 5)

The Resurrection of our Lord—Easter Sunday

Worship Focus:  Alleluia!  Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed!  Alleluia!

Scripture Readings:
Isaiah 25:6-9
Psalm 118
1 Corinthians 15:19-26
Mark 16:1-8

Sermon Text:  Mark 16:1-8

Easter Is a Big Deal
1.  Because it changes our expectations
2.  Because it changes our explanations

Prayer of the Day:  Almighty God, by the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ you overcame death and opened the gate to eternal life.  Grant that we, who have been raised with him through baptism, may walk in the newness of life and ever rejoice in the hope of sharing his glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit be dominion and praise now and forever.  Amen.

The Easter breakfast begins at 8:00 AM.  Come and enjoy the food and fellowship before we feast and feed on God's Word.

Happy Easter.