Reminder: Ladies’ Group starts tonight at 6:30 p.m. All ladies are invited, even if you didn’t sign-up.
Join us Sunday for Divine Service at 9:30 a.m. & Sunday School & Bible Class at 10:45
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.” lcms.org
HOLY COMMUNION is celebrated today. Mindful of the Scriptural teaching concerning church fellowship, we practice Closed Communion. This means we invite to The Lord’s Table communicant members in good standing of this congregation or another congregation in official fellowship with the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. ALL GUESTS are asked to speak with the pastor or elder on duty before the service before coming to The Lord’s Table. If you have not spoken with one of them, please do not come forward at this time. If you would like to learn more about the loving and biblical practice of Closed Communion, we encourage you to read the brochure in the chair-pocket and talk with the pastor. Please register for communion on the pew pad.
Prayers for the week: *Susan Folkmann’s aunts, Connie Mavroudis and Christine Felter, cancer. *Greta Johnson, grieving of step-mother * Tammy Bailey’s father’s health. * Joyce Louden post surgery. * Bert Whitmire, health. * Rick Nyman’s niece, Elizabeth, cancer. * The Whitmire’s neighbor, Russ Wheat, cancer. *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.
Pastor Clint Stark
St. John Lutheran Church