Friday, April 28, 2017

Anticipating Worship (April 30)

The Third Sunday of Easter

Worship Focus:  The risen Lord lives to bring hope.

Scripture Readings:
Acts 2:14a,36-47
Psalm 67
1 Peter 1:17-21
Luke 24:13-35

Sermon Meditation:  Luke 24:13-35

Pray for Heartburn!

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 14, 2017

Anticipating Worship (April 16)

The Resurrection of our Lord—Easter Sunday

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

Scripture Readings:
Jonah 2:2-9
Psalm 118
Colossians 3:1-4
Matthew 28:1-10

Sermon Meditation:  Matthew 28:1-10

Don't Be Afraid at Easter
1.  Go ahead and worship
2.  Go forward and witness

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.

Happy Easter!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Celebration of Ministry 2017 - Pastor Voigt's 25th Anniversary

It is not too late to support Pastor in his 25th ministry anniversary retreat in San Antonio.
To date,St. John has received about $400 toward the $1700 needed. (A letter with more detail was left in your church box in February.) If you have it in your means and your heart, your special offering to St. John should be marked "Celebration of Ministry 2017." You are also encouraged to pray that this retreat would be a safe, refreshing, renewing blessing for the Voigts - and all our WELS Pastors in attendance.

Open Forum Summary

The church council secretary compiled all the comments and suggestions from our first congregational open forum  (April 2).  If you would like a copy of the document, you can pick one of them up.  They are on the table in the entrance of church.  If they are all gone, we can easily make more.  Please speak to the church secretary to request one in that case.  Included is the preliminary report from the recent visit of the consultant, Mr. Paul Hartwig.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Movie Presentation of a Return to Grace: Luther’s Life and Legacy

Crown of Life Ev. Lutheran Church will be hosting the new Luther movie at AMC Showplace Inver Grove 16 on Wednesday, April 26, 6:30-8:20 pm.  Tickets are $9.00 and can be purchased through a link on the Crown of Life website.  Please go to

Anticipating Worship (April 9)

The 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
Matthew 21:1-11

Sermon Meditation:  Psalm 24:1-10

Welcome the King of Glory
1.  Who brings wonderful blessings for us
2.  Who deserves joyful praises from us

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 obedience; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Happy Lent!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Opportunity to Help!

We have become aware of a woman on the East Side who could use some baby items for a newborn girl. If anyone has a small donation of used items they are done with and are willing to contribute, or if you would like to purchase a small package of diapers or other consumables, please notify the church office by noon on Friday, as we need an accounting of the items. Donations should be dropped off in the church office by church time this Sunday. Questions can be directed to Tamara.

Letter from Cindy Lendt

Dear members of St. John,

Four weeks ago I received a divine call to teach at St. John’s in Neillsville, WI. I’ve been deliberating where I can serve best, either here in St. Paul or in Neillsville, and with the Lord’s guidance I’ve reached a decision. I’m returning the call to teach at St. John’s in Neillsville.

I asked you to include me in your prayers, and I want to thank you for that and for the time many of you took to talk with me. Please keep on praying. Ask God to bless the spread of the Gospel in Neillsville, here in St. Paul, and throughout the world.

In our Savior’s Name,

Cindy Lendt