Saturday, December 26, 2015

Anticipating Worship (December 27)

First Sunday after Christmas

Worship Focus:  Jesus came to live for us as our Brother.

Scripture Readings:
1 Samuel 2:18-20,26
Psalm 111
Hebrews 2:10-18
Luke 2:41-52

Sermon Text:  1 Samuel 2:18-20,26

Grow in the Lord Like a Little Boy

Prayer of the Day:  Almighty God, in mercy you sent your one and only Son to take upon himself our human nature.  By his gracious coming deliver us from the corruption of our sin and transform us into the likeness of his glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Merry Christmas.

Friday, December 18, 2015

BOX TOP NEWS from Tina Ross, Coordinator — Thank you St. John congregation members for your Box Top participation.  I have a Box Tops collection box out in the link of the church.  There are always some Box Tops in there for me.  Thank you for bringing them in.  I count them and send them in to the company.  Each pink and blue box top is worth $0.10.  The company sends a check to the school.  Thank you for your time and scissor cutting skills.  Happy clipping.  


Thursday, December 17, 2015

Anticipating Worship (December 20)

Fourth Sunday in Advent

Worship Focus:  The Lord is coming:  Forgiveness and peace are ours.

Scripture Readings:
Micah 5:2-5a
Psalm 85
Hebrews 10:5-10
Luke 1:39-55

Sermon Text:  Hebrews 10:5-10

Hear a Heavenly Conversation
1.  It is about a perfect person
2.  It is about a perfect people

Prayer of the Day:  Stir up your power, O Lord, and come.  Take away the burden of our sins and make us ready for the celebration of your birth, that we may receive you in joy and serve you always; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Happy Advent.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Anticipating Worship (December 13)

Third Sunday in Advent

Worship Focus:  The Lord is coming:  Rejoice!

Scripture Readings:
Zephaniah 3:14-17
Psalm 130
Philippians 4:4-7
Luke 3:7-18

Sermon Text:  Philippians 4;4,5

Rejoice.  Rejoice!

Prayer of the Day:  Hear our prayers, Lord Jesus Christ, and come with the good news of your mighty deliverance.  Drive the darkness from our hearts and fill us with your light; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Happy Advent.

There are two events this Sunday.  It is the choir song service during worship and fellowship Sunday after the service.  See you at 9:30 AM.

Ladies Aid - Craft and Bake Sale

Ladies Aid Sponsored Craft & Bake Sale is Sunday, December 13th,
in the Fellowship Hall,  following worship.  If you would like to donate a craft or a baked item for the sale, please have them pre-priced and brought to the Fellowship Hall that morning.  If you have any questions you may speak with Ladies Aid President, Rhonda Evgen. Also that morning is Fellowship Sunday, which the Ladies Aid is hosting. The freewill offering from Fellowship Sunday and proceeds from the bake sale will go towards mission projects that the Ladies Aid help support.



Ms. Lendt-Letter to Congregation

Dear members of St. John Lutheran,

Four weeks ago I received a call to Grace Lutheran School in Oshkosh, WI, for 1st grade and organ. I’ve been looking at both of my calls – the call to Grace and my current call to St. John – and have been considering how well my God-given abilities match with each of them. I’ve gone both ways with it, but I’ve reached my final decision. I’ve decided to continue using my gifts at St. John and to return the call to Grace Lutheran.

Even at different locations we are serving the same Savior, so please keep Grace Lutheran in your prayers. God has been blessing their school with huge growth, and I’m praying that Grace will not have to wait much longer for their 1st grade teacher. May God continue to bless his ministry here at St. John, at Grace, and all over the world!

In our Savior’s Name,
Cindy Lendt

Friday, December 4, 2015

Your Invited...

Help decorate St. John for Christmas!  — This is a great opportunity to help beautify our church for the birth of the Savior. If you are interested in helping to set up the trees and hang some boughs, show up at St. John on Saturday December 5th, at
4:30 pm. The more the merrier!


Anticipating Worship (December 6)

Second Sunday in Advent

Worship Focus:  The Lord is coming:  God’s messengers prepare the way before him.

Scripture Readings:
Malachi 3:1-4
Psalm 24
Philippians 1:3-11
Luke 3:1-6

Sermon Text:  Philippians 1:3-11

Lord, Give Us an Advent Heart
1.  Full of joy
2.  Full of confidence
3.  Full of fruit

Prayer of the Day:  Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to prepare the way for your only Son.  By his coming give us strength in our conflicts and shed light on our path through the darkness of this world; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Happy Advent.