Pastor’s Email Blast, “Anxious Bondage vs. Confident Trust”

SJLC ElderNews

15th Sunday after Trinity – Join us on Sunday for Divine Service at 9:30 a.m.

Bible/catechism Class from – 10:45-11:45

Sunday School for the little ones – 10:45-11:45

Anxious Bondage vs. Confident Trust

 

“You cannot serve God and money” (Matt. 6:24–34), for they require two contrary forms of service. Worry is the worship given to the false god of mammon, an unbelieving anxiousness and focus on the things of this world. Faith is the worship of the true God, a confident trust that He is a loving Father who will care for all of our needs in both body and soul. The widow of Zarephath served God— that is, she believed the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah that the bin of flour would not be used up nor would the jar of oil run dry (1 Kings 17:8–16). He who feeds the birds and clothes the flowers will certainly provide for our daily needs. For He has already provided for our eternal needs, clothing us with Christ’s righteousness in Baptism and feeding us His body and blood for our forgiveness. With such confidence we are liberated from worry and freed to do good with our material resources, especially to those who are of the household of faith (Gal. 5:25–6:10). 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. Children’s Bulletins Available.

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.

* Those recovering from hurricanes.

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

Voters’ Meeting to discuss and approve the 2018 budget is scheduled for Sunday October 1st. This will affect what next (larger) location we budget for.

Sunday School: We now have Sunday school in the conference room after service for the little ones.

Wednesday Bible Study: When? 10 a.m. Where? Here @ Holiday Inn Express Conference Room. Topic: Ephesians. Join anytime.  Please R.S.V.P. to pastor@sjlcfrisco.com

Other Weekly or Monthly Bible study opportunities or ideas: I need your feedback. As a Called teacher of God’s Word, I am always interested in teaching. If you are interested in me teaching a topic (Evangelism, a book of the Bible, Stewardship, etc.) or a class, let me know. I know a new congregation without a fixed facility, busy schedules, and different stages in life are challenging in trying to get a Bible study going, but let me hear from you so I can try to offer other studies outside of Sunday morning–evenings, mornings, daytime, for men, for women, etc. I want to teach; how can I serve you?

Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken and produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL. You can listen at your convenience at www.issuesetc.org and on the Lutheran Public Radio mobile app. You can listen to Lutheran music at www.lutheranpublicradio.org

Issues etc. Conference in Houston, November 10-11th. For more information visit: https://issuesetc.org/2017conferences/

Great detailed summary of the Reformation in a new book from Concordia Publishing House entitled, “The Reformation”. https://www.cph.org/p-31445-the-reformation.aspx

Stewardship: Matthew 6:25 – “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on.” Our anxieties and fears all come down to one thing: worrying that we will not have what we think we need. But God is our loving heavenly Father: He will always care for us, His will is always best, and He actually knows what we actually need. That confidence should set us free from worry and free us for service according to the callings God has given us.

Amazon Smile: Don’t forget you can support our church by designating St. John through Amazon Smile.

Evangelism:  Sharing our website with others is a great way to let others to learn about us. Also, you will find good resources like the Sunday sermons. www.stjohnfrisco.org Church Business Cards still available for you to take. Let’s get our name out there and invite others to hear the sweet Gospel!  Evangelism tracts coming soon! 

Other Theological Reading and Resources:

http://steadfastlutherans.org/2017/08/apostles-and-nicene-creeds-according-to-scripture/

http://steadfastlutherans.org/2017/09/athanasian-creed-according-to-scripture/

In Christ,

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)