Pastor’s Email Blast, “Holding God to His Word” 2/24

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Join us on Sunday for Divine Service at 9:30 a.m. & Sunday School and Bible Class at 10:45

Reminder: Wednesday Vespers Services at 7:00 p.m. throughout Lent 

Private Confession and Absolution offered all-week upon request.

Holding God to His Word

Jacob wrestled with God; he would not let Him go until he received a blessing from Him (Gen. 32:22–32). So it was with the Canaanite woman. Though Jesus seemed to ignore and reject her, she continued to call upon His name and look to Him for help (Mt. 15:21–28). Even when the Lord called her a little dog, she held on to Him in faith and would not let Him wriggle out of His words: “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” This Gentile woman shows herself to be a true Israelite, who struggles with God and man in Christ and prevails. “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire” (Mt. 15:27–28). This is the sanctifying will of God (1 Thess. 4:1–7)—to test your faith in order that it may be refined and strengthened. For tribulation produces perseverance; perseverance, character; character, hope. And hope in Christ does not disappoint (Rom. 5:1–5).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:

* Pam Tontz, surgery recovery. Ron Martinez’ sister, Nancy. * Matthew Eggert, surgery. * Rick Nyman’s niece, Elizabeth Nyman, recovering from surgery and cancer. Also, his friends, Howie and Jan—Jan has advanced cancer. * The Whitmire’s neighbor, Russ Wheat, who has advanced 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.

Announcements

ESSENTIAL EXERCISE FOR THE CHRISTIAN MIND… Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show and podcast produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL and hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken.  This week’s topics include: The Movie “Black Panther,” State Islam in France, The Hymn “In the Cross of Christ I Glory,” Creation, Ruth, The Church and more.  You can listen live or on-demand at www.issuesetc.org and on the LPR mobile app.

 

Wednesday Morning Bible class has started a new study on Apologetics (defending the faith). This will help strengthen our faith, and prepare us to give a reason for the hope that we have to the dying world (evangelism). Additionally, we have changed the start time to 11:15 a.m. for those who work in Frisco and could attend over their lunch break.

 

Building Fund: As reported at the last Voters’ meeting, we have started a building fund, for our long-term goal of a permanent location. If you would like to contribute to the fund, please write, “Building Fund” on your check/envelope along with the amount.  If the check is more than the designated amount, it will post to weekly offering.

 

Stewardship: Matthew 15:27-28 – She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith!” Faith says “Yes” to all that the Lord gives us. The Canaanite woman trusted Jesus and so she knew there was a blessing for her in everything the Lord says – even when His words seemed difficult or harsh. We all need a faith like that!

New Location Update: As was reported last week, the elders and council continue vigorously to pursue a new location.

 

Frisco Family Services. Reminder, bring your donations to Church or drop them off directly to the food pantry.

 

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

  

The Season of Lent

 

Lent is penitential because we focus on the reason why Jesus came to earth to save us—because of our fall into sin. He came to die on Good Friday to save us from our sins, death, and the power of the devil. Because it is a somber season of the church year, you will also notice some liturgical changes. Our altar cross is veiled until Easter. Our music is less festive. There are some joyous parts of our liturgy (as noted in the hymnal), like singing the Alleluias, that are buried during Lent and then resurrected on the joyous occasion of Easter. The color of Lent is purple, which symbolizes royalty and repentance. Jesus is our “King Who comes to save us.”

In addition to Sunday Divine Service, we have 7:00 p.m. Wednesday midweek Vesper services.  During Advent and Lent the church historically has focused on studying the catechism.  Therefore, our Wednesday sermons will be drawn from Luther’s Small Catechism (SC). We currently are learning The Ten Commandments, which is the first chief part (1 of 6) of the SC. We will also recite parts of the SC and sing a catechetical hymn. Remember, Lutherans love to sing, and repetition is the mother of all learning.

 

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)