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Weekly Announcements 08.11.17

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN EVER SAY!

August 13, 2017

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

We live in a world full of competing “truths.” There is only one truth that secures our salvation. Today we take a deeper look at what Saint Paul says in Romans about  our eternal future. God has made us His children of promise.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Our new schedule presents many new ways for you to serve in worship!

  • WD-40 — The contemporary services are in search of crew members (40 or so) to help set-up and tear-down the elements for worship in the gym. Men, women, and youth may serve. Time commitment: one Saturday from 4-5:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11:45-12:45 p.m. per month.
  • Altar Guild—Serve behind the scenes by assisting with communion ware, candles, and cleaning the altar area. Work with a team of 4-5 members twice a year for one month. Time commitment: One service each week for the month, two months per year.
  • Sunday School Assistants— Aid the Sunday School teacher with the lessons for the week. Join them in building the foundation of faith in the lives of our young members.
  • Food Pantry—Help serve our community by sorting, packaging, and distributing donated food to those who seek our assistance. Confirmation service hours are awarded for volunteer time. Time commitment: 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month 9 a.m.—Noon, and/or the preceding Friday from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

IN OUR PRAYERS

Lori Boettcher, Ray Brabo, Wolfgang Daube, Henry F., Jackie Hilmer, Kathy Ruggles, Marian Schafer, Herb Schortemeyer, Nancy Schuch, Annette Stoneking, Dian and Stephen Summerlot, and John Widau. For all of our homebound members including Cheryl Barksdale. Blessings on all marriages including John and Ashley Lepley who were wed by Pastor Lepley this weekend. For all who mourn including the family and friends of Betty Zimmermann. For our active Armed Forces members: Ryan Enlow, Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, David Rieger Sr., Robert Ritter.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Israel Study, Aug. 16th, 7:15 p.m./Aug. 20th, 12:15 p.m.

Ladies Circle Workshop, Aug 17th, 10 a.m.

BLAST Event, Aug. 19th, 3:30 p.m.

Church Picnic, Aug. 27th, 12:15 p.m.

SCRIPTURE READINGS

 Job 38:4-18

4 “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements—surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?“Or who shut in the sea with doors when it burst out from the womb, when I made clouds its garment and thick darkness its swaddling band,10 and prescribed limits for it and set bars and doors, 11 and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther, and here shall your proud waves be stayed’? 12 “Have you commanded the morning since your days began, and caused the dawn to know its place,13 that it might take hold of the skirts of the earth, and the wicked be shaken out of it?14 It is changed like clay under the seal, and its features stand out like a garment. 15 From the wicked their light is withheld, and their uplifted arm is broken. 16 “Have you entered into the springs of the sea, or walked in the recesses of the deep? 17 Have the gates of death been revealed to you, or have you seen the gates of deep darkness? 18 Have you comprehended the expanse of the earth? Declare, if you know all this.                             

Romans 10:5-17

For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that the person who does the commandments shall live by them. But the righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. 

Matthew 14:22-33 

22 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24 but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. 25 And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. 26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” 28 And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” 31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Weekly Announcements 08.04.17

WHO IS "ISRAEL"?

August 6, 2017

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

One of the reasons the Bible can seem so confusing is because many words have multiple meanings. “Israel” can refer to the patriarch formerly known as Jacob, the Old Testament people of God, the modern secular state, or even God’s faithful people of all time. Today, we will explore the inclusive, not exclusive, meaning of “Israel,” to find our place in God’s family. Because of Christ’s death and resurrection, God has made us His children of promise.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Our new schedule presents many new ways for you to serve in worship!

  • WD-40 — The contemporary services are in search of crew members (40 or so) to help set-up and tear-down the elements for worship in the gym. Men, women, and youth may serve. Time commitment: one Saturday from 4-5:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11:45-12:45 p.m. per month.
  • Sunday School Assistants— Aid the Sunday School teacher with the lessons for the week. Join them in building the foundation of faith in the lives of our young members.
  • Worship Assistant (contemporary services) — Aid the contemporary worship service in the following ways: recruit ushers (as necessary), read the Scripture passages during the service, and help with Communion distribution. Time commitment: 15 minutes prior to assigned worship service, flexibility regarding number of weeks per year.
  • Greeters—Provide a warm welcome to all who enter our doors for Sunday morning services. Time commitment: one Sunday every 3-4 weeks.
  • Usher (traditional or contemporary services) — Serve with a team of ushers at worship to greet worshipers, distribute bulletins, collect offerings, and dismiss rows for Communion. Men, women, or youth (min. 6th grade) may serve. Time commitment: one worship service every 3-4 weeks.

IN OUR PRAYERS

Lori Boettcher, Ray Brabo, Wolfgang Daube, Henry F., Jackie Hilmer, Marian Schafer, Herb Schortemeyer, Nancy Schuch, and Brenda Tierney. For all of our homebound members including Cheryl Barksdale. For our active Armed Forces members: Ryan Enlow, Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, David Rieger Sr., Robert Ritter, and Shad Singer.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Confirmation Orientation, Aug. 6th, 6:00 p.m.

Israel Study, Aug. 16th, 7:15 p.m./Aug. 20th, 12:15 p.m.

BLAST Event, Aug. 19th, 3:30 p.m.

Church Picnic, Aug. 27th, 12:15 p.m.

SCRIPTURE READINGS 

Isaiah 55:1–5

1 “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.   Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David. Behold, I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples. Behold, you shall call a nation that you do not know, and a nation that did not know you shall run to you, because of the Lord your God, and of the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you.

Romans 9:1-8

1 I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit— that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh. They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises. To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen. But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel, and not all are children of Abraham because they are his offspring, but “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring.

 Matthew 14:13-21 

13 Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14  When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick. 15 Now when it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16 But Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” 17  They said to him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.” 18  And he said, “Bring them here to me.” 19 Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20 And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. 21 And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

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