Friday, May 29, 2015

Anticipating Worship (May 31)

The First Sunday after Pentecost—Holy Trinity

Worship Focus:  Our Triune God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—works together to save us.

Scripture Readings:
Deuteronomy 6:4-9
Psalm 150
Romans 8:14-17
John 3:1-17

Sermon Text:  Deuteronomy 6:4-9

1.  Your one God
2.  Your one goal

Prayer of the Day:  Almighty God and Father, dwelling in majesty and mystery, filling and renewing all creation by your eternal Spirit, and manifesting your saving grace through our Lord Jesus Christ:  in mercy cleanse our hearts and lips that, free from doubt and fear, we may ever worship you, one true immortal God, with your Son and the Holy Spirit, living and reigning, now and forever.  Amen.

This Sunday is also graduation for our St. John Lutheran School 8th graders.  Congratulations.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Choir Practice

Just a friendly reminder to our choir members.  There will be practice on Sunday,
May 31st, at 8:30 am, prior to the worship service.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Anticipating Worship (May 24)

The Coming of the Holy Spirit—The Day of Pentecost

Worship Focus:  The Holy Spirit gives life.

Scripture Readings:
Ezekiel 37:1-14
Psalm 51
Acts 2:1-21
John 14:25-27

Sermon Text:  John 14:25-27

Have a Happy Pentecost
1.  With the Spirit's presence
2.  With the Savior's peace

Prayer of the Day:  Holy Spirit, God and Lord, come to us this joyful day with your sevenfold gift of grace.  Rekindle in our hearts the holy fire of your love that in a true and living faith we may tell abroad the glory of our Savior, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Father, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Happy Pentecost.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Anticipating Worship (May 17)

Seventh Sunday of Easter

Worship Focus:  The risen and ascended Lord prepares his Church for its work.

Scripture Readings:
Acts 1:15-26
Psalm 8
1 John 4:13-21
John 17:11b-19

Sermon Text:  1 John 4:13-21

There Is Reason for the Repetition of Love
1.  Love found in the Savior
2.  Love flowing from the Source

Prayer of the Day:  Almighty God, your Son our Savior was taken up in glory and intercedes for us at your right hand.  Through your living and abiding Word, give us hearts to know him and faith to follow where he has gone; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Happy Easter.  (This is the final Sunday in the Easter season.)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Note from Ms. Elaina Mercier...

Ms. Elaina Mercier, Chair of the 8th Grade Banquet, needs your help.
If you could lend a hand and help move tables in the Fellowship Hall after
church on Sunday for the upcoming 8th Grade Banquet it would be greatly appreciated. You may contact Ms. Mercier at

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Letter from Ms. Cindy Lendt

Dear members of St. John, 

So many of you have talked with me, emailed me, and prayed for me that I don't even know how to begin to thank you. You've been especially helpful as I've deliberated a call to teach in Lakewood, Washington. For 3 weeks I've been looking very hard at where my talents fit best: either at St. John or at Lakewood Lutheran School. This past week I've solidified my decision: I am returning the call to Lakewood Lutheran. Lord-willing, I will continue to serve here at St. John.

Please remember Lakewood Lutheran in your prayers. God is accomplishing some wonderful things at their church and school, so please pray that God blesses them with the right teacher soon. May God continue to bless his ministry all over the world as we serve our Lord and Savior.

Your sister in Christ,
Cindy Lendt  

Friday, May 8, 2015

Anticipating Worship (May 10)

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Worship Focus:  Learning about our risen Savior’s love leads to living in Christian love.

Scripture Readings:
Acts 11:19-26
Psalm 98
1 John 4:1-11
John 15:9-17

Sermon Text:  Acts 11:19-26

Learn from the Mother Church
1.  To be sharing
2.  To be caring

Prayer of the Day:  Father of lights, every good and perfect gift comes from you.  Inspire us to think those things that are true and long for those things that are good, that we may always make our petitions according to your gracious will; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Happy Mother's Day.

And Happy Easter.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Anticipating Worship (May 3)

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Worship Focus:  Faith connects us to our risen Savior, the Vine who is our source of life.

Scripture Readings:
Acts 8:26-40
Psalm 67
1 John 3:18-24
John 15:1-8

Sermon Text:  Acts 8:26-40

We Have Good Answers to Good Questions
1.  Explained by people
2.  Revealed through Scripture
3.  Assured in baptism

Prayer of the Day:
O God, you form the minds of your faithful people into a single will.  Make us love what you command and desire what you promise, that among the many changes of this world, our hearts may ever yearn for the lasting joys of heaven; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

This Sunday is also Confirmation.  Please keep our one confirmand in your prayers as she promises to be faithful to her God who is faithful to her.

Happy Easter.