Walking humbly with our God and forgiving one another
With what shall we come before the Lord (Micah 6:6) who forgives all our sins, and how often shall our fellow Christians sin against us and we forgive them (Matt. 18:21)? Our gracious God on high does not need our “burnt offerings” or “thousands of rams” (Micah 6:6-7), which we could legitimately offer in thanksgiving. He is the Savior who gave His only-begotten Son for our transgression. He offers the fruit of His body, once hanging dead on a cross but now living and giving life in His holy Meal, for the sin of our souls (Micah 6:7). Because He releases us from our enormous debt of sin against Him, we need not imprison our fellow sinners with our lack of love and refusal of forgiveness (Matt. 18:24, 27, 30). As partakers of His grace, we yearn for one another “with the affection of Christ Jesus” (Phil. 1:8). As forgiven sinners, “filled with the fruit of Christ’s righteousness,” our “love may abound more and more, with knowledge and discernment” (Phil. 1:11, 9), for He leads us “to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with [our] God” (Micah 6:8).
Join us on Sunday for Divine Service at 9:30 a.m. & Sunday School and Bible Class at 10:45
*The Elder and Council has located what they feel is a good location for our congregation to allow us to grow. They will be giving a short slide presentation this Sunday after service.
Preparing for Worship: For those preparing to receive The Lord’s Supper, please refer to p. 328 in the hymnal. Prayers for worship are located on the first page of the hymnal.
Lord’s Supper: Christ gives His body and blood in the Sacrament for the forgiveness of sins. Those who are in fellowship with the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod are welcome to Holy Communion. Others we ask that you wait until our pastor can review with you the Gospel and the Lord’s Supper.
Prayers for the week:
* Tony Folkmann’s grandmother, Dorothy Folkmann, on hospice care. * Rick Nyman’s niece, Elizabeth Nyman, diagnosed with cancer. Also, his friends, Howie and Jan—Jan has advanced cancer. * The Whitmire’s neighbor, Russ Wheat, who has advanced cancer. * Joyce Louden’s brother-in-law, Jim Cox, and granddaughter, Maya. * Jennifer Doerschlag, health issues. * Chuck Tontz’ coworker, Carolyn. * Justin Johnson recovering from surgery. *Wisdom for a new church location.
If you would like a prayer in the bulletin, please call or email pastor by Friday*For pastoral emergencies and care, please call me at 972-802-0444
Pastor Clint Stark
St. John Lutheran Church
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
(Hebrews 10:23-25 ESV)