Saturday, March 26, 2016

Anticipating Worship (March 27)

The Resurrection of our Lord—Easter Sunday

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

Scripture Readings:
Exodus 15:1-11
Psalm 118
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Luke 24:1-12

Sermon Text:  Luke 24:4-8

Know Where to Look for the Living One

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.

Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed!

Happy Easter!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Good Friday

Tomorrow is Friday. But not just any Friday or another Friday. It is a good one. It is the day that we commemorate Jesus' death on the cross for us.
SPOILER ALERT. Jesus did not stay dead. The grave could not hold him.
Our sermon meditation is on Matthew 27:62-66. Get a glimpse of Easter Sunday on Good Friday. Jesus enemies seal the tomb in vain.
The service is at 6:30 PM.
Happy Good Friday.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Campbell's Labels for Education Program Change

We are writing to update you about Campbell's Labels for Education program.
For the past 42 years, Campbell has proudly offered Labels for Education which has contributed more than $110 million in school supplies to tens of thousands of schools across the U.S. It is one of a number of ways in which we support America's kids and families as part of our commitment to being a responsible corporate citizen.
During the past year, we've been assessing the impact of these programs and through this, we've seen that participation in Labels for Education has declined considerably. Sadly, it is at the point where we have no choice but to make the very difficult decision to wind down the program.
There will be changes for next year's program starting August 1, 2016.
During the 2016 - 2017 school year and beyond we will continue to honor labels only from schools currently registered with the program. We will remove the Labels for Education logo mid-2016 and expect there will be a limited number of products that contain these labels in stores through 2017.
We would like to thank all the schools and families that have made Labels for Education so special over the years. We are proud to have been part of your communities and appreciate the support you have shown for our brands.
We will continue to support America's kids through a program called Grand Stand for SchoolsSM sweepstakes that will run annually in August and September. Last year, we contributed more than $1 million to schools through this program. In addition, we give around $70 million annually in funding and food to support programs aimed at building healthy communities and tackling hunger and obesity amongst America's most vulnerable children.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Anticipating Worship (March 20)

Sixth Sunday in Lent—Palm Sunday

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

Scripture Readings:
Zechariah 9:9,10
Psalm 24
Philippians 2:5-11
Luke 19:28-40

Sermon Text:  Luke 19:28-40

Join the Palm Sunday Praise of the King of Kings
1.  He comes in fulfillment
2.  He comes in fanfare

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 11, 2016

Daylight Saving Time-Spring Ahead

Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday, March 13th.  Remember to set your

clocks ahead 1 hour before you turn in for the night on Saturday.


Anticipating Worship (March 13)

Fifth Sunday in Lent

Worship Focus:  God offers us the precious gift of life and salvation.

Scripture Readings:
Isaiah 43:16-21
Psalm 73
Philippians 3:8-14
Luke 20:9-19

Sermon Text:  Luke 20:9-19

Learn the Lesson of the Vineyard

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.

Happy Lent.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Call to Ms. Cindy Lendt

Dear members of St. John Lutheran,

On Sunday I received a call to teach at Beautiful Savior Lutheran School in Cincinnati, Ohio. They are asking me to teach preschool and departmentalized music for grades 3-8 and to play organ for their church. Please pray for me as I decide where I can best serve God with the talents he has given me, either at St. John or at Beautiful Savior. As always, I appreciate your prayers and input! To God be the glory!

In our Savior’s Name,
Cindy Lendt

Friday, March 4, 2016

Anticipating Worship (March 6)

Fourth Sunday in Lent

Worship Focus:  Forgiven sinners rejoice that God has graciously saved them.

Scripture Readings:
Isaiah 12:1-6
Psalm 32
1 Corinthians 1:18-25
Luke 15:1-3,11b-32

Sermon Text:  Psalm 32:1-5

There Is Joy in Lent

Prayer of the Day:  Almighty God, we confess that we deserve to be punished for our evil deeds.  But we ask you graciously to cleanse us from all sin and to comfort us with your salvation; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Happy Lent!