Friday, November 30, 2018

Anticipating Worship (December 2)

First Sunday in Advent

Worship Focus:  The Lord is coming.

Scripture Readings:
Jeremiah 33:14-16
Psalm 25
1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
Luke 21:25-36

Sermon Meditation:  Luke 21:25-36

Look Up during Advent
1.  Joyfully
2.  Closely
3.  Prayerfully

Prayer of the Day:  Stir up your power, O Lord, and come.  Protect us by your strength and save us from the threatening dangers of our sins; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Advent is a time of preparation for Jesus' coming.  We can do that together on Sunday.  See you at 9:30 AM.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Pre-Call Meeting

There will be a pre-call meeting for a pastor on December 9th, at 1:00 PM.  Our District President, Pastor Klatt, has asked that we have this congregational meeting to discuss our needs at St John and our future direction to help better prepare a call list that fits our needs.  Our membership and church attendance has been stagnant or decreasing over the last few years.  We need a rebirth and a sense of purpose beyond "going to church." This meeting is where it begins. It is extremely important that you become part of the process now. So we are urging everyone to stay for this meeting.  A regular call meeting is planned for January after the Christmas holiday.

Pastor Voigt's Farewell

Pastor Voigt has accepted a call to Calvary Lutheran Church in Sheboygan, WI. A farewell and thank you is scheduled for December 9th, after the potluck dinner at 11:00.  Please plan to attend and wish them God's blessings at Sheboygan.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Anticipating Worship (November 25)

Last Sunday of End Time—Christ the King

Worship Focus:  Christ is a King like no other.

Scripture Readings:
Daniel 7:13,14
Psalm 45
Revelation 1:4b-8
John 18:33-37

Sermon Meditation:  Revelation 1:4b-8

Give Glory to the King
1.  Who makes us clean
2.  Who makes us calm

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.

We close out the church year with the reminder that our King, Jesus, rules.  He is worthy of our praise.  We will do that together on Sunday.  See you at 9:30 AM.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Thanksgiving Eve Worship

We will have a special service of Thanksgiving on Wednesday night  (November 21).  Worship begins at 6:30 PM.

The theme is:  Praise the Lord all day long.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Anticipating Worship (November 4)

First Sunday of End Time—
Reformation and Confirmation Sunday

Worship Focus:  We celebrate God’s gift of eternal life.

Reformation Meditation:  Romans 6:23

Eternal Life Is the Gift of God

Prayer of the Day:  Gracious Lord, 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.

We will have a special order of service to commemorate the Reformation and to celebrate Hunter's confession of faith and desire for membership.  Please come and be a part of this big day.  See you at 9:30 AM.