Sunday Services 9:00am
Adult Bible Class 10:00am (Thursday’s)
Sunday School Sunday’s 10:15am (Fall, Winter, Spring)
Sr. LYF 2nd Sunday 10:15am (Falls, Winter, Spring)
Communion 1st, 3rd & 5th Sunday
Pastor Michael Boothby
Church Phone: 712-278-2324
Pastor’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Twenty Third Sunday a. Pentecost-October 23, 2016
BLESSED BY THE MEANS OF GRACE LAST WEEK
Divine Service 141 Sunday School 40
Zach Steckelberg & Clayton Gradert
*Shawn & Heather Kaskie, Val Hultquist, Matt & Andrea Hill
Elder of the Month:
Gloria Ping, Denice Ping, Brenda Koopmans
THIS WEEK WITH GOD
Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – Divine Service
10:15 a.m. – Sunday School/Voter’s Meeting
Wednesday: 5:45 p.m. – Confirmation Classes
Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – Adult Bible Study
Sat.-Sun. Jr. Youth Gathering, Des Moines
Next Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – Divine Service/Building Fund
10:15 a.m. – Sunday School
In Our Prayers:
From our congregation: Phyllis Winterfeld, Jeanette Wakeman
Other requests: Jesse (Sonichsen) West, Shirley Cain (brain tumor), Randee Peters (cancer), Kody Hedden, Kathy Huitink, Marjorie Smith
Servicemen: 1SG. Mike Shannon, TSgt. Jesse Richardson, HM3 Rodrigo Banda, CPL Aaron Hoogland
Missionaries: Shaun Daugherty: Missionaries in China, Rev. Henry Witte: Missionary to Hispanics
HARVEST DINNER: The Harvest Dinner was once again a success! Thanks to the LYF kids and parents, everyone who donated food items and time, and to all who support the LYF program!
GIFT BASKET FUNDRAISER: Thank you to everyone that donated and purchased the gift baskets. We had 22 of them and $1890 was raised for the new sound system! If you have not paid for your basket, please bring check to Cheryl, Gail or the church office.
2017 LEADERSHIP BALLOT: The 2017 church leadership ballots can be found in today’s bulletins.
VOTER’S MEETING: Our Quarterly Voter’s Meeting is today at 10:15am. We will be voting on our new leaders for 2017 and the 2017 budget will be presented.
NEWSLETTER DEADLINE: The November newsletter deadline is this Wednesday, October 26th.
LWML RALLY: The LWML Fall Rally is this Saturday, October 29th at Grace Lutheran Church, Le Mars. Those going can bring women or children’s new underwear and socks in the packages or gift cards. Contact Jean Bertram with questions.
JR. YOUTH GATHERING: Our Jr. Youth, Pastor, Rachel and Counselors will be attending the Jr. Youth Gathering in Des Moines next weekend. They will leave early Saturday morning and return Sunday afternoon. Our retired guest Pastor will be Duane Jalas from Sutherland that Sunday.
HARVEST DISPLAY: The Altar Guild will meet after church next Sunday, October 30th to set up the Harvest Display.
NEW SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS: A new Sunday School class for parents and kids who are younger than age 3 has started! We meet in Room 11 on the lower level, during the Sunday School hour. If you have any questions please contact Rachel Boothby.
STEWARDSHIP QUOTE: “I always thank God… because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.” God doesn’t need anything we have. Yet He invites us to give so that we can indeed become “partners in the Gospel.” This is a gift of His grace: inviting us to do significant work in the Kingdom of God. Philippians 1:5
BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES: 30,000. That’s how many babies are now available right now to join families through adoption if only they could be matched with adopting parents. These tiny humans exist today in the form of frozen embryos who are ready to be donated by their biological parents to couples seeking to adopt. Realizing that life begins at the moment of conception and all life is precious in the sight of God, LFS offers embryo adoption as a life-giving action of love in this age of modern technology. LFS partners with Snowflake Embryo Adoption to place babies as embryos with Iowa couples who meet our adoption requirements and successfully complete a home study. Call LFS and visit www.embryoadoption.org to learn more and share this information today with a couple you know who might be interested in adoption! Lutheran Family Service (712) 276-9000, Sioux City, IA
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Worship is the activity at the center of our Christian life. We come to church in order to hear God's Word, receive His gifts, and enjoy the reality of His grace. Even though the worship service is a wonderful and faith-building experience, it is often seen as a chore or an obligation. One of the complaints that is pretty common among Christians is that the service can be difficult to access and understand. I believe that part of this problem stems from a lack of education from the pastor to the parishioners. The purposes of various sections of our liturgy are not immediately obvious. This is why I would like to explain some aspects of our liturgy over the next several months' newsletter articles. This month we will discuss the “Invocation” and the “Confession and Absolution.” I will use the liturgy specifically from Divine Service Setting 3, but the information can apply to any of our orders of worship.
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
The worship service does not begin with the ringing of the bell, the lighting of the candle or the opening hymn. In one sense, the worship service begins at the invocation. The gathered worshipers have assembled and now hear and recall the name of Him who promises to be with us always.
At the invocation, the members of the congregation may make the sign of the cross on themselves, a sign first placed on each gathered worshiper at the time of his or her baptism. The invocation reminds us that only through faith can we come into God’s house and approach God’s heavenly throne. We invoke God only because we have been made one of God’s gathered guests through the waters of Baptism.
O almighty God, merciful Father, I, a poor, miserable sinner, confess unto You all my sins and iniquities with which I have ever offended You and justly deserved Your temporal and eternal punishment. But I am heartily sorry for them and sincerely repent of them, and I pray You of Your boundless mercy and for the sake of the holy, innocent, bitter sufferings and death of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to be gracious and merciful to me, a poor, sinful being.
In Martin Luther's time, of private confession was misunderstood by the laity and misused by the clergy. This caused a general confession to be introduced in Lutheran Churches in later centuries. This confession clearly places the need for Christ at the center of the worshipers’ thoughts and words. The worshipers acknowledge that only through Christ is there forgiveness and the possibility of living Christlike lives in God’s presence.
Upon this your confession, I, by virtue of my office, as a called and ordained servant of the Word, announce the grace of God unto all of you, and in the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
The Office of the Keys is given to the Christian church. A Christian congregation by the command of Christ calls pastors to carry out the Offices of the Keys publicly in His name and on behalf of the congregation. Through the absolution, the pastor clearly speaks the word of forgiveness on God’s behalf. Luther reminds us in his small catechism that we receive forgiveness from the pastor as from God Himself.
Pastor Mike Boothby
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