Friday, August 31, 2018

Anticipating Worship (September 2)

The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Worship Focus:  God wants us to be faithful to his Word.

Scripture Readings:
Deuteronomy 4:1,26-8
Psalm 119:97-104
Ephesians 6:10-20
Mark 7:1-8,14,15,21-23

Sermon Meditation:  Ephesians 6:10-20

Be Strong in the Lord
1.  There is an enemy
2.  There is an armory

Prayer of the Day:  O Lord Jesus Christ, preserve the congregation of believers with your never-failing mercy.  Help us avoid whatever is wicked and harmful, and guide us in the way that leads to our salvation; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

God has given us his Word.  We gather around it to study it and stay in it so that we stick to it.  See you Sunday at 9:30 PM.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Little Lights Update

Hello Parents,
I want to call your attention to our Little Lights Sunday School Program as we start a new year. The first day of Little Lights will be September 9th. We’ve added some new programs to keep our children growing in God’s word at St. John.

If your child(ren) haven’t attended before, please consider bringing them. We have programs for all children up to Grade 6! If you are interested in helping as a volunteer, we would love to have you. On our Group Activity Sunday’s we are looking for volunteers to help chaperone the group and not teach a traditional lesson!

Please read the key changes/reminders below:
- Classrooms and Ages
o Ages 3 & Under
Location: main classroom (with toys and supplies)
o PreK-K
Location: classroom #7
o Grades 1-3
Location: Library
o Grades 4-6
Location: Music Room

- Snack
o Snack will be purchased in bulk for all classrooms (no snack sign up). If desired, parents can contribute via a monetary donation to Little Lights during offerings on Sundays (suggested $10/year).

- Large Group Activities
o NEW this Fall we will have a Large Group Activity on Sunday’s that we typically would have off (Fellowship Sunday’s and around Holidays).

- Christmas Hymn
o Looking for a few more volunteers to help with this effort. Practice schedule and song will be provided to parents this Fall.

If you are interested in helping out or have questions on the program, please contact Mary Meyer, or 651-983-1719.

Anticipating Worship (August 26)

The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Worship Focus:  Christians willingly follow Christ.

Scripture Readings:
Joshua 24:1,2a,14-18
Psalm 71
Hebrews 11:24-28
John 6:60-69

Sermon Meditation:  Hebrews 11:24-28

Faith's Eyes See Christ Clearly

Prayer of the Day:  Almighty and everlasting God, give us an increase of faith, hope, and love; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

We willingly spend time with the One who lovingly speaks to us.  See you in worship on Sunday at 9:30 AM.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Space Station Salvation-VBS

Space Station Salvation, our 2018 vacation Bible school (VBS), ended Thursday.  The 28 participants climbed into their J-pods on an adventure which showed God's power and faithfulness in providing the world a Savior from sin. Glow-in-the-dark outer space shirts, rocket launching, watermelon, popcorn, and ice cream made the ride much sweeter. The VBS coordinators are aware of 23 individuals who lent a hand, at least 7 who contributed financially and many more who committed our efforts to God in prayer.  Thank you!  We join now in praise and thanks to God for the amazing message he allows us to celebrate and share and for blessing our efforts in his name.
"LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens.
Through the praise of children and infants, you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon, and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor."  ~ from Psalm 8

Friday, August 3, 2018

Anticipating Worship (August 5)

The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Worship Focus:  God graciously and abundantly provides for the needs of our body and soul.

Scripture Readings:
Exodus 16:2-15
Psalm 145
Ephesians 4:17-24
John 6:24-35

Sermon Meditation:  Exodus 16:2-15

Behold the Glory of the Lord

Prayer of the Day:  O God, you reveal your mighty power chiefly in showing mercy and kindness.  Grant us the full measure of your grace that we may obtain your promises and become partakers of your heavenly glory; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

The Lord feeds our stomachs at home.  He feeds our souls at church.  We think about that and thank him for that together on Sunday.  See you at 9:30 AM.