16th Sunday after Trinity – Join us on Sunday for Divine Service at 9:30 a.m.
Jesus Calls forth Life from Death
A large funeral procession carrying the only son of a widow is confronted by another large procession, Jesus and His followers. Death and Life meet face to face at the gate of the city (Luke 7:11–17). Filled with compassion, Jesus comes into direct contact with our mortality in order to overcome it. He touches the coffin and speaks His creative words of life, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” Jesus does what is neither expected nor requested. For through Christ, God the Father “is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think” (Eph. 3:14–21). Jesus bore our death in His body that we may share in His resurrection. Even as Elijah stretched himself out three times over the Zarephath woman’s son (2 Kings 17:17–24), God stretched Himself out over us in the threefold application of His name in the baptismal water, breathing new and everlasting life into us. “To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
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.
* Chuck Tontz’ coworker, Carolyn.
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
We give thanks to the Lord for enlarging His kingdom through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. In addition to the three baptisms we have had this past year (Benjamin Stark, Drew Hinze and Sophia Johnson) TOMORROW Lucas and Thomas Doerschlag, children of Dustin and Jennifer, are set to be baptized. We welcome to the Doerschlag family to St. John, and give thanks that they found us through our website. Dustin and Jennifer are currently in catechesis with the intention of joining. Please join us as we celebrate this joyous occasion. Cake reception to follow until 11:15.
Voters’ Meeting to discuss and approve the 2018 budget is from 11:15 – 11:45. This will affect what next (larger) location we budget for.
Due to the above, there will be no Adult Class or Sunday school tomorrow.
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)