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
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Second Sunday of the Epiphany-January 15, 2017
BLESSED BY THE MEANS OF GRACE LAST WEEK
Divine Service 142 Sunday School 30
January 15-Zach Steckelberg & Levi Koopmans, January 22-Brenna Reinking & Kamryn Rus
January 15-*Russ & Ruth Coons, Mike & Kris Ebel, Jeff & Missy Eilts, January 22-*Marlene Eilts, Paul & Tami Eilts, Brian & Nikki Eisma
Elder of the Month:
Connie Koopmans, Kathy Heuer, Missy Eilts
THIS WEEK WITH GOD
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. – Divine Service w/Communion
10:15 a.m. – Sunday School
Wednesday: 5:45 p.m. – Confirmation Classes
Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – Adult Bible Study
6:30 p.m. – Council Meeting
Next Sunday: 9:00 a.m – Divine Service
10:15 a.m. – Sunday School
In Our Prayers:
From our congregation: Phyllis Winterfeld, Sandy Gradert
Other requests: Jesse (Sonichsen) West, Shirley Cain (brain tumor), Randee Peters (cancer), Kody Hedden, Kathy Huitink, Marjorie Smith, Brandon Rogers
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
COUNCIL MEETING: The Council will meet this Thursday, January 19th at 5:30pm in the conference room in the upper education wing.
COOKIE INGREDIENTS: Cookies for Mission Central will be made in the next month and ingredient donations would be appreciated. Items needed are flour, sugar, brown sugar, oatmeal, peanut butter and Nestle or Hershey’s chocolate chips. Items may be left in the church kitchen. Contact Marty Toczek with questions.
OFFERING STATEMENTS: Your 2016 offering statements can be found in your church mailboxes.
NEWSLETTERS: Remember to get your monthly newsletters from your mailboxes.
ADULT CATECHISM: Adult Catechism classes will be offered in February. Anyone interested in becoming members of St. Paul's or current members looking to refresh their knowledge of our doctrine are welcome to attend! We will meet at 7:00pm on all four Wednesdays in February (1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd) in the church basement. Please speak with Pastor Mike if you have any questions.
VOTER’S MEETING: Our Quarterly Voter’s Meeting will be Sunday, January 29th at 10:15am.
KSOU RADIO: Please listen to KSOU-93.9FM for church cancellations.
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.
STEWARDSHIP QUOTE: “…so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.” Our Lord has cleansed us with His blood – in His sight we are now pure and holy. He has given Himself, laying down His life for us. Now we are his spotless and beautiful bride. By His sacrifice, we are moved to sacrifice. By His cleansing, we find a desire to ourselves be clean and live blamelessly as He is blameless. Ephesians 5:27
On Sunday mornings, we join together to sing and speak through the liturgy of the Divine Service. It can be tempting to go through the motions of worship without thinking about the significance of what we are saying and doing. This month, we continue to look at the elements of the Divine Service. This series of newsletter articles have been based around Divine Service setting 3, but the explanations can be applied to any of the settings of the Divine Service. Last month, we ended after discussing the scripture readings. This month, we begin with the Confession of Faith.
Apostles' Creed (non-communion Sundays)
Nicene Creed (communion Sundays)
In the Church, the word “confess” is often understood as “confessing sins” But “to confess” literally means “to admit as true.” The Church’s Creeds are confessions that we make not only in the presence of the Lord, but also in the presence of our fellow worshipers.
The Apostles’ Creed is the baptismal creed of the gathered guests and summarizes the Christian faith in the most simple, scriptural, and apostolic terms. It reflects the unity of all Christianity as it unites all who have confessed this creed with all those who are still confessing this creed today. It has been said that if a person wholly believes the words confessed in this creed, that is the mark of a saved Christian person.
The Nicene Creed was written in 325 AD at the Council of Nicaea. At this time in the Church's history, there were some theologians saying that Jesus Christ was simply a man and not God. This Creed's purpose was to correct those errors, to emphasis the divine nature of Christ, and to clarify the teaching of the Trinity. The phrasing: “God of God, Light of Light, Very God of very God, begotten, not made” highlights the Church's teaching that Jesus Christ is not just a man, but is also God.
Hymn of the Day
Every hymn in our hymnal has its basis in Scripture. Matching the hymns to that day's particular scripture readings can help direct the congregation to their meaning and importance. The hymn of the day, sometimes referred to as the Sermon hymn, is meant to focus the congregation on the common theme of the day as well as the theme of the upcoming sermon.
It has been tradition since before Jesus Christ’s birth that believers met to hear commentaries on the scriptures. In the Gospels we hear of Jesus continuing this practice, as well as his disciples preaching throughout the book of Acts. The sermon is the proclamation of God’s love in Christ for the whole world and is the high point for the Service of the Word. Law and Gospel are the two messages that every sermon must make clearly known. Law is not merely information about what God wants. It convicts hearers of the sin in their hearts. Likewise, the Gospel is not merely a mention of Jesus or of God’s general love for the world. It proclaims God’s gift of forgiveness, life, and salvation through faith in Jesus. The central message of every sermon should be the forgiveness and grace won for the sinner by the life, sacrifice, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Peace to you all,
Pastor Mike Boothby
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