Sunday Services 9:00am
Adult Bible Class 10:00am (Thursday’s)
Sunday School Sunday’s 10:15am (Fall, Winter, Spring)
Adult Bible Class Sunday’s 10:15am
Sr. LYF 2nd Sunday 10:15am (Falls, Winter, Spring)
Communion 1st, 3rd & 5th Sunday
Pastor Michael Boothby
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Sixth S. of Easter-May 21, 2017
BLESSED BY THE MEANS OF GRACE LAST WEEK
Divine Service 139
May 21-Jeanna Negaard
Clayton Gradert & Zach Finzen
Terry & Linda Van Wyhe, Robert & Gail Vander Hamm
Elder of the Month:
Marty Toczek, Bonnie Van Den Berg & Cindy Koopmans
THIS WEEK WITH GOD
Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – Divine Service w/Communion
10:15 a.m. – Adult Bible Study
Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – Adult Bible Study
Next Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – Divine Service/Building Fund
10:15 a.m. – Adult Bible Study
In Our Prayers:
From our congregation: Phyllis Winterfeld, Delta Pies, Family of Marian Moeller, Crystal Gradert, Ruth Trageser, Kevin Schlumbohm
Other requests: Jesse (Sonichsen) West, Shirley Cain (brain tumor), Kathy Huitink, Family of Norman Van Wyk, (father of Marva Hoogland)
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
WORSHIP SERVICE: You may follow the worship service today on the TV screens or in your hymnal on page 203. Readings and hymn numbers are on the insert.
GRADUATION CAKE: Today we are honoring our St. Paul’s graduates. Trent Rus graduated from Alcester-Hudson last Saturday, May 13th and Mikella Coons graduates from West Sioux next Sunday, May 28th. Following services today we will have cake provided by Thrivent Choice in their honor. Congratulations and best wishes to the both of you!
ADULT BIBLE STUDY: Please join us in the church basement today for Bible Study following fellowship time. The series we are studying is "Holy Baptism: The Lutheran Difference." Today we will discuss “What Baptism Bestows”. We will also continue our Thursday morning Bible Study at 10:00am.
HUGE THANKS: Huge thanks to the LYF Group and our Church Family for another successful Easter Breakfast. We appreciate the help and great attitudes from all the LYF members and the support from those who donate time, food, community center rent, and numerous other items! We are blessed to be a part of a congregation that is supportive and hard-working!
NEWSLETTER: The June/July newsletter deadline is this Wednesday, May 24th. If you would like something included, please have it to the church office by noon on Wednesday.
SUMMER GREETERS: After much discussion, it has been determined that we will continue serving cookies, bars, etc. during the fellowship time after worship services. However, due to lower attendance during summer months, please feel free to bring no more than 2 dozen baked goods when you are greeting. Also, please know that you are under no obligation to have home-baked goods.
BUILDING FUND OFFERINGS: The May & June Building Fund offerings will go toward the sound system overages.
COMMUNING AT ST. PAUL’S: St. Paul's Lutheran Church holds to a confession of faith shared by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. We believe that the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ is truly in, with, and under the bread and wine in the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Communing at our altar serves also as a public confession of agreement with the doctrines of the LCMS. If you have not yet been instructed, are in doubt, or hold a confession differing from that of this congregation and the LCMS, please speak to Pastor Mike before communing.
MEMORIAL DAY BREAKFAST: Ireton Christian Reformed Church will be serving their annual Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast in the Ireton City park shelter house, Monday, May 29th, serving from 7:00-10:00AM. Menu includes: pancakes, sausages, scrambled eggs, oj, milk and coffee. Free will donation. All are welcome!
HABITAT HOME DEDICATION: Please join Siouxland Habitat for Humanity Saturday, June 3, at 11:30 AM, as we welcome home the Adams family and give thanks to God for His love working throughout this project. The home is located at 703 5th St. in Ireton. Enjoy fellowship and lunch with everyone afterwards.
STEWARDSHIP QUOTE: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” Jesus is clear: our obedience to His Word comes from our love for Him. But where does that love come from? Jesus tells us that as well, “She was forgiven much, so she loved much” (Luke 7:47). Christ shows us His love and gives us the forgiveness of our sins – and this causes love to well up in us, which in turn causes us to keep the commandments of Jesus. For after all, the summary of the Law is “Love.” John 14:15
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The liturgy of the church serves as a backbone for our worship together. This is why we use a defined liturgy almost every time we worship. The liturgy offers us a beautiful summary of what God is doing for us both in our worship and in our daily lives. Oftentimes we find ourselves not understanding or appreciating the words that are spoken to us or by us simply because they have become so expected and memorized. It's a good thing to know these words and responses by heart, but it's also good to take some time and understand why we say what we say and do what we do. The past several months, I have used my newsletter article as a place to highlight and explain various parts of our liturgy. Last month, we ended after the Sanctus that we sing as we prepare to eat and drink the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. This month we begin immediately following the Sanctus with a prayer that Jesus Himself taught us to pray.
The Lord's Prayer
While explaining to His disciples about the nature of prayer, Jesus gives them an example of how to pray rightly. In the sixth chapter of Matthew's Gospel, the prayer, which we label “The Lord's Prayer”, is spoken by Jesus. We connect with the disciples and with Jesus as we say the same words spoken to them and by them so many years ago. Each petition in the Lord's Prayer is full of meaning and importance for the life of a Christian. Martin Luther made this prayer a part of what he considered the 6 chief parts of Christian doctrine. He takes space within his catechism to teach what each of these petitions mean.
Words of Institution
Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.” In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
As the elements of bread and wine are presented on the altar, the pastor speaks with Christ's words from the night of the Last Supper. The words are specifically from St. Paul's account of this meal that he records in 1 Corinthians 11:24-25. As these words are spoken over the bread and wine, a sign of the cross is made over each element. This is called “consecration” which literally means, “to set apart”. This action indicates that the elements are not just food and drink for the normal purpose of satisfying hunger and thirst, but they are to be eaten and drank for a special purpose.
We believe that when the communicant comes forward and receives the Lord's Supper they are not simply receiving bread and wine, but the body and blood of Christ “in, with, and under” the bread and wine. The congregation is reminded of this reality by the careful recitation of the words of Christ. “Take, eat; this is my body...Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in my blood...” The guests at this supper are also reminded of the reason for the meal when Christ himself says, “...which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.”
God's blessings to you all!