Pastor’s Email Blast 11/26, “By Faith We Are Prepared for Christ’s Return”

SJLC ElderNews

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

Join us on Sunday for Divine Service at 9:30 a.m. & Sunday School and Bible Class at 10:45

By Faith We Are Prepared for Christ’s Return

“The day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night” (1 Thess. 5:1–11). The arrival of the bridegroom will be sudden and unexpected. Therefore you are to be watchful and ready like the five wise virgins. “For you know neither the day nor the hour” when the Son of Man is to return. (Matt. 25:1–13). The lamps are the Word of Christ. The oil in the lamps is the Holy Spirit, who works through the Word to create and sustain the flame of faith in Christ. The foolish are those who do not give proper attention to the working of the Holy Spirit in baptism, preaching, and the supper, and so their faith does not endure. The wise, however, are those who diligently attend to these gifts of the Spirit, and who therefore have an abundance of oil. The flame of faith endures to the end. By God’s grace they are received into the eternal wedding feast of the Lamb in His kingdom, the new heavens and the new earth created by the Lord for the joy of His people (Is. 65:17–25).lcms.org 

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. * Jennifer Doerschlag, health issues.

*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

Announcements

We will have again this year Wednesday midweek Advent Vespers services at 7:00 p.m. (12/6, 12/13, 12/20)

We thank The Roy D. and Ingaborg G. Randolph Memorial Endowment Fund for its continued support in 2018. We received a generous gift of 25K. Praise the Lord!

As was reported, the Elders and Council have located what they feel is a good location for our congregation to allow us to grow. They will continue to report updates to the congregation.

Voters’ Meeting is scheduled for December 3rd. The primary agenda item is election of officers for 2018. If you might be interested in serving, please speak with Mike Troncalli or Pastor.

 

Pastor Clint Stark

St. John Lutheran Church

Frisco, TX

www.stjohnfrisco.org

 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)