Join us Sunday for Divine Service at 9:30 a.m. & Sunday School & Bible Class at 10:45
The Cry of Faith: Lord, Have Mercy
The ten lepers cried out from a distance, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” (Luke 17:11–19). Their condition cut them off from God and others. So also do the works of the flesh cut us off from God and others. “Those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God” (Gal. 5:16–24). Thus we cry out with the lepers, “Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy; Lord, have mercy,” eagerly seeking His good gifts. Jesus said to the lepers, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. So too, we walk by faith and not by sight, being confident of Jesus’ help before we see any evidence of it, trusting that Jesus’ cleansing words of forgiveness will restore us to wholeness in the resurrection. Let us be as the one leper who returned to the true High Priest to give Him thanks and glory. For Jesus bore our infirmities in His sacrifice at Calvary. His words are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh (Prov. 4:10–23).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: *Pam Tontz’ brother-in-law grieving, and a safe move to WI for Pam. *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, and friends, Howie and Jan, now cancer free—praise the Lord. * 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.
If you are able, please stand and face the processional cross during the opening and closing hymns. The processional cross symbolizes Jesus’ sacramental presence to forgive sin and strengthen faith in Word and Sacraments.
Faith Lutheran School has two part-time positions that they are trying to fill in just a short amount of time. 1. K-8 PE teacher. Approximately 3 hours per day. Looking for someone who has worked with children and preferably is athletic. 2. Extended Care. 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily. No degrees required. Must pass a background check. Please contact Rev. Kieser at firstname.lastname@example.org if you or someone you know might be interested.
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.
Sunday School resumes TODAY. Installation of teachers after the offering.
Ladies’ Group Sign-up: If you are interested in starting a ladies’ group, please sign-up on the sheet on the table in the narthex.
Evening Bible Study Sign-up: If you are interested in an evening Bible study, please sign-up on the sheet on the table in the narthex.
Midweek midday Bible study resumes THIS Friday, September 7th, at 11 a.m. Please sign-up on the table in the narthex.
EQUIPPING THE PRIESTHOOD OF ALL BELIEVERS…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: Miscarriage, Teaching Our Children the Christian Faith, The U.S. Constitution, Stealing, Moses, Jeremiah and more. You can listen live or at your convenience at www.issuesetc.org and on the LPR mobile app. Conference at Faith, Plano, November 9-10th http://issuesetc.org/2018conference/
Home Devotions Resources: Reminder that there are resources on the table in the Narthex. The “Lesson for Lambs” and “Lambs at Pasture” are great resources to use in the home during the week. There is even an answer guide. Also, additional resources are on our website.
Stewardship: Luke 17:18-19 – Jesus said, “Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.” Faith and thanksgiving go together. How could they not go together? Our Lord gave Himself for us, and we trust Him and His every Word. Once we have this faith, we want to say thank you – it’s only natural. And thus our stewardship is only a natural part of the Christian faith – we thank the Lord with our gifts which enable the Church to reach more with the Good News of Christ.
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.
Don’t forget to check the Church Calendar on the website for up to date activities and times.
Pastor Clint Stark
St. John Lutheran Church