Thursday, February 14, 2019

Anticipating Worship (February 17)


Worship Focus:
          Our good works reveal that God's grace is in our hearts.

Scripture Readings:
          Jeremiah 7:1-7
          Psalm 92
          1 Corinthians 16:5-9,13-14
          Luke 6:39-49

Sermon: Luke 6:39-49
          "Planks, Plants, and Permeability"

Prayer of the Day:
          Almighty and eternal God, you govern all things in heaven and on earth. In your mercy hear our prayers and grant us your peace all the days of our life; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.



           

Pastor Pechman letter-returns call

Dear St. John Lutheran Church:
The Lord of the Church has issued me a call to serve as the shepherd of St. John Lutheran Church in St. Paul, Minnesota. I have appreciated the opportunity to evaluate my current ministry and ministry goals. I have sat at the feet of my Savior in prayer and thought. He has provided me with the counsel of leaders and people at both churches, as well as faithful and wise brothers in the ministry. Through prayer and counsel, the Lord has led me to return my call to St. John Lutheran Church.
It seems like it will be key for the saints at St. John to develop and take ownership of a vision and direction as you move forward with self-assessment and adjustment. This will be instrumental for the shepherd the Lord has selected to lead you through the changes St. John envisions. In thinking and praying through Risen Savior’s current ministry plans, a lag in momentum and inertia at this juncture would be challenging to our Academy’s building project and the mission efforts beginning in Bluffton, South Carolina. The people of St. John and your current transition period will be part of my regular prayers. May the Lord bless your endeavors in the kingdom of God and provide you with a shepherd in his time!
God’s grace in Jesus to each of you,
Brian Pechman

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Lenten Services and Suppers





Lenten Season begins on Wednesday, March 6th, with Ash Wednesday.
Please join us for supper and worship. 

Suppers — 5:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall

Services — 6:30 pm

Ash Wednesday, March 6th, in the Sanctuary

Wednesdays, March 13th-April 10th, Lower Chapel.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Anticipating Worship (February 10)


Fifth Sunday After the Epiphany

Worship Focus:
     Jesus reveals himself as the Lord who gives blessings.

Scripture Readings:
      Jeremiah 17:5-8
      Psalm 1
      1 Corinthians 15:12,16-20
      Luke 6:17-26

Sermon:
      1 Corinthians 15:12,16-20
      "With the Resurrection, it's All or Nothing"

Prayer of the Day:
Lord God, in mercy, receive the prayers of your people. Grant them the wisdom to know the things that please you and the grace and power always to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.


Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Divine Call Acknowledgement Letter


Dear St. John Lutheran Church:

The Lord of the Church has issued me a call to serve as the shepherd of St. John Lutheran Church in St. Paul, Minnesota. I look forward to the opportunity to learn about St. John and its ministry in God’s kingdom. This call also provides me with the opportunity to reflect and access my ministry and fit at Risen Savior. During this time, both you and I will have a tremendous opportunity to learn and grow from each other. May our risen Savior, Jesus Christ, bless each of us to that end. I would be appreciative of a prayer from each of you for myself and my family as we deliberate over these two calls. In Epiphany, we celebrate Jesus…far from home, God in human garb…and his advent into this world to give us a heavenly home far from this earthly home. May you discover the beauty of knowing you don’t belong here. God’s grace in Jesus to each of you,
Pastor Brian Pechman.