Friday, November 24, 2017

Anticipating Worship (November 26)

Fourth Sunday of End Time—Christ the King

Worship Focus:  Lord, keep us joyful in our King!

Scripture Readings:
Ezekiel 34:11-16,23,24
Psalm 47
1 Corinthians 15:20-28
Matthew 27:27-31

 Sermon Meditation:  Matthew 27:27-31

"Hail, King Jesus"

Prayer of the Day:  Lord Jesus Christ, by your victory you have broken the power of the evil one.  Fill our hearts with joy and peace as we look with hope to that day when every creature in heaven and earth will acclaim you King of kings and Lord of lords to your unending praise and glory; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

This Sunday is the final one of the Church year.  We finish with the reminder that Jesus reigns and rules over all.  See you in worship.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Thanksgiving Eve Worship

We will join our hearts in worship on Wednesday evening as we give thanks to our God for who he is and what he does.

The theme of the service is:  "We praise our God with thankfulness."

We base our meditation on King David's prayer in 1 Chronicles 29:10-13.

David praised the LORD in the presence of the whole assembly, saying, “Praise be to you, O LORD, God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting.  Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours.  Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all.  Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things.  In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all.  Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name."

We will see you at 6:30 PM tomorrow.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Special Sunday Service (November 19)

If you are on the synod’s monthly mailing list, you received the following newsletter segment by WELS Board for World Missions Administrator, Larry Schlomer, over the summer:

“I had no idea WELS was doing so much!” Have you ever had a similar thought?

WELS partners with over 700 congregations and preaching station outside of North America to help spread the good news of salvation through Jesus. Over 400 national pastors have been trained in our WELS world mission fields. There are 14 countries where new mission work is currently being explored. The Lord is using WELS in mighty ways as his gospel goes to work.

WELS members need to know that our missionaries and partners are reaching souls around the world so that more can join the celebration of the angels in heaven. And yet many are unaware of what God is doing in WELS missions.

One of the tools we use to get the word out is the WELS mission festival. Our missionaries and their families spread out to WELS congregations each year to lead celebrations of what God is allowing us to do together. As they preach and present, they connect you and many others to the work you support.

Out missionaries leave encouraged by the outpouring of love and support for their work. Our congregations are amazed at what God is doing. Most importantly, we are all invigorated to reconsider our role in the Lord’s Great Commission.

Brothers and sisters of St. John, we have a MISSION FESTIVAL opportunity this coming Sunday!

We are privileged to have our WELS Home Mission Administrator, Pastor Keith Free, coming to preach for us and give a presentation following worship in our normal Bible class timeslot. He will give an overview of Home Mission work around the United States.

You are encouraged to come. See you at 9:30 AM.

Immanuel Hmong Invites St. John Members

Immanuel Hmong will celebrate Hmong New Year and Thanksgiving this coming Sunday,
November 19th. St. John members are invited to worship and have dinner with them.
The worship service begins at 12:30 pm with the meal to follow. They will be dressing in
Hmong traditional attire.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Anticipating Worship (November 12)

The Second Sunday of End Time—Last Judgment

Worship Focus:  Lord, keep us mindful of the Judgment!

Scripture Readings:
Daniel 7:9,10
Psalm 90
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Matthew 25:31-46

Sermon Meditation:  1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

Encourage On Another about Judgment Day
1.  With caution
2.  With confidence
3.  With comfort

Prayer of the Day:  Lord God Almighty, so rule and govern our hearts and minds by your Holy Spirit that we may always look forward to the end of this present evil age and to the day of your righteous judgment.  Keep us steadfast in true and living faith and present us at last holy and blameless before you; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

As the church year comes to a close, we want to be prepared for Jesus to make a return.  We will do that together this coming Sunday.  See you at 9:30 AM.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Anticipating Worship (November 5)

First Sunday of End Time—Reformation Sunday

Worship Focus:  Reformation Realities—Old and New
                             Grace Alone.  Faith Alone.  Scripture Alone.

We will have three devotions based on the truths of the Bible restored through the Reformation.

- Grace Alone
Exodus 34:6,7
Ephesians 2:4,5

- Faith Alone
Genesis 15:6
Romans 4:1-5

- Scripture Alone
2 Samuel 7:25
Luke 24:27

Prayer of the Day:  Heavenly Father, our refuge and strength, pour out your Holy Spirit on your faithful people.  Keep them steadfast in your Word, protect and comfort them in all temptations, defend them against all their enemies, and bestow on the Church your saving peace; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

This year marks the 500th anniversary of Luther's posting of the 95 Theses  (October 31, 1517).  Our special worship on Sunday will commemorate the beginning of the significant event that allows us to appreciate our God.

See you at 9:30 AM.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Daylight Saving Time Ends

Day Light Saving Time ends Sunday, November 5th. Remember to set your clocks back 1 hour before turning in on Saturday night.