Join us on Sunday for Divine Service at 9:30 a.m. & Sunday School and Bible Class at 10:45
Reminder: Installation of Church Officers for 2018 this Sunday.
Jesus’ First Miracle Reveals God’s Glory
The coming of the Messianic kingdom means the restoration of creation. The sign of this restoration is that “the mountains shall drip sweet wine” (Amos 9:11–15). When the elements of a fallen creation fail and run short at a wedding feast, our Lord Jesus steps in to restore creation and miraculously changes water into an abundance of the very best wine (John 2:1–11). With this sign, Christ manifests His glory. The “back” of God (Ex. 33:12–23) is revealed to those who believe. The hour will come when Jesus will again manifest His glory by taking creation’s curse into His own body to release us from its power. The Bridegroom will give His life for the Bride (Eph. 5:22–32), and from His side will flow water and blood, the holy sacraments by which she is cleansed and made one with Him. Through this sacrificial love of Christ we are enabled to “love one another with brotherly affection . . .” and to “outdo one another in showing honor” (Rom. 12:6–16).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:
* Larry Phillips knee surgery. * Brian Crabb and family grieving the death of his grandmother. * Joyce Louden’s sister, Donna Cox, recovering. * Rick Nyman’s niece, Elizabeth Nyman, 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; also a family friend, Taylor, and his family with medical issues.
*If you would like a prayer in the bulletin, please call or email pastor by Thursday*For pastoral emergencies and care, please call me at 972-802-0444
January is the month that many Christians set as as Pro-life month since Roe v. Wade was January 22, forty-five years ago. There have been over 60 million abortions in American since that decision. All life is valuable in God’s eyes, and we do well to speak up for our neighbors who can’t speak for themselves, whether in the womb or in old age. For good information and resources on life issues, please visit https://www.lutheransforlife.org/ If you are interested in helping our congregation participate in life-issues, please speak with pastor. Hurting from abortion? Speak with pastor and use resources like, www.word-of-hope.org; 888.217.8679. Christ died for all sin(s) and sinners!
North Texas Free Conference information: http://faithplano.org/faith-lutheran-fc2018
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)