Pastor’s Email Blast for 9/23, “Whoever Humbles Himself Will Be Exalted”

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Whoever Humbles Himself Will Be Exalted


“Do not put yourself forward in the king’s presence” (Prov. 25:6–14). Rather, take the lowest position at the table. Humble yourself before Him. For your place is not for you to take but for Him to give. Conduct yourself with all lowliness and gentleness, bearing with one another in love (Eph. 4:1–6), that the King may give you glory in the presence of those at the table with you. “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Luke 14:1–11). Is this not the way of Christ? He is the one who took the lowest place, who humbled Himself even to the point of death for us. He is now exalted to the highest place at the right hand of the Father that penitent believers may be exalted together with Him in the resurrection. To the humble at His Supper He says, “Friend, move up higher,” giving you His very body and blood for your forgiveness that you may ascend to take part in the great wedding feast which has no


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: *All affected by hurricane. *Susan Folkmann’s aunts, Connie Mavroudis and Christine Felter, cancer. * Tammy Bailey’s father’s health. * 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.


Issues, etc. Conference at Faith, Plano, November 9-10th
This a great conference that you would appreciate and benefit from. You can register online and see more information here: (Paper registration forms in the narthex.) Childcare is provided. If you register, please sign-up in the narthex so we can coordinate transportation and see who is attending.  Also, if at least 5 from our congregation register to go, my wife and I get to attend for free. Pastor


GRACE, FAITH, SCRIPTURE & CHRIST ALONE…Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show and podcast hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken and produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL.  You can listen live or on-demand at and on the LPR mobile app.


Ordering More Hymnals: We are in the process of ordering more hymnals for our services. If you would like to purchase a hymnal in memory or honor of someone, which would be noted on the inside cover, please speak with an elder or email

Chuck Tontz is looking for a local room to rent for 6-12 months before moving to WI. If you know of anything, please let him know.

Stewardship: Luke 14:5 – “And he said to them, ‘Which of you, having a son or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day, will not immediately pull him out?’ ” The time is always right to do right. God is always calling us to faithfulness and love, which is the fulfillment of the Law. The Pharisees wanted an easier law, something less than love, which was easier to keep. Why? Because they thought they had to in order to be saved. But since we know that Jesus saves by His sacrifice, we are free to see the real Law of love and to strive to fulfill it not out of fear, but out of thanksgiving.

Adult Catechesis: If you know someone who would like to learn more about what we as Lutherans believe, please have them contact Pastor.

Building Fund: If you would like to contribute to the fund, please write, “Building Fund” on your check/envelope along with the amount.

HELP NEEDED! With our new location we are looking for a few good men to serve as Trustees. Help us take care of our new facility and plan for the future. Additionally, we are looking for a Financial Secretary. If you can help serve, talk to any Council Member or Elder.

Don’t forget to check the Church Calendar on the website for up to date activities and times.


Week at a Glance:

Today: Divine Service 9:30 a.m.; Sunday School & Bible Class 10:45

Wednesday: Men’s Study 6:00 a.m.; Youth Catechesis 6:45 p.m.

Friday: 11:00 a.m. Bible Study

Friday-Sunday: District Pastors’ wives retreat at Camp Lonestar

Sunday: Divine Service 9:30 a.m. & Sunday School & Bible Class 10:45

Private Confession and Absolution offered all-week upon request. 

Pastor Clint Stark

St. John Lutheran Church

Frisco, TX