The Lord Jesus Comes in Humility to Redeem Us
The new Church Year begins by focusing on the humble coming of our Lord. “Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey” (Matt. 21:5). Even as He was born in a lowly manger, so Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a beast of burden. For He bears the sin of the world. He is the Son of David riding to His enthronement on the cross, where He shows Himself to be “The LORD is our Righteousness” (Jer. 23:5–6). Our Lord still comes in great humility to deliver His righteousness to us in the Word and Sacraments. Before receiving Christ’s body and blood, we also sing, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” (Matt. 21:9) And as we receive the Sacrament, we set our hearts on His return in glory, for “our salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed” (Rom. 13:11).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:
* Tony Folkmann and family grieving the death of his grandmother, Dorothy Folkmann. * Rick Nyman’s niece, Elizabeth Nyman, diagnosed with 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. * Thanksgiving for Bob Kreul’s 90th birthday (Saturday).
*If you would like a prayer in the bulletin, please call or email pastor by Friday*For pastoral emergencies and care, please call me at 972-802-0444
Join us on Sunday for Divine Service at 9:30 a.m. & Sunday School and Bible Class at 10:45
We welcome into membership Sunday: The Hinze family (Ty, Erin, Reese, Ainsley, Drew) by way of transfer from Faith LCMS in Plano. Ron Martinez by way of transfer from Zion LCMS in Bonham. The Marx family (Damon, Melanie, Jacob, Justin, Joshua) by way of transfer from Grace LCMS in Arlington. Ray Ross by way of transfer from Calvary LCMS in Lincoln, NE. A cake reception to follow.
Voters’ Meeting is scheduled for Sunday after service. The primary agenda item is election of officers for 2018.
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)