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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Eighteenth Sunday a. Pentecost-September 25, 2016
BLESSED BY THE MEANS OF GRACE LAST WEEK
Divine Service 108 Sunday School 32
Clayton Gradert & Cassie Koopmans
*Bev & Kevin Schlumbohm, Paul & Tami Eilts
Elder of the Month:
Marty Toczek, Bonnie Van Den Berg, Cindy Koopmans
THIS WEEK WITH GOD
Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – Divine Service /Building Fund
10:15 a.m. – Sunday School
Monday & Tuesday: IA District Pastor’s Conference
Wednesday: 5:45 p.m. – Confirmation Classes
Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – Adult Bible Study
Next Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – Divine Service w/Holy Communion
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
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
ADULT BIBLE STUDY: Please join us for Adult Bible Study Thursday mornings at 10:00am as we continue to study Romans.
2017 CHURCH LEADERSHIP: If you are interested in being a church leader in 2017, please check out the sign up list and board in the Narthex of needed leaders. Copies of the constitution and the new possible revisions can be found by the list so you can check out the leader responsibilities.
GIFT BASKET FUNDRAISER: Check out all of the great gift baskets on display in the Narthex! There is still time to bring one! The final bids and winners will be at the Harvest Dinner on October 16th. Proceeds will go toward the new sound system. Contact Cheryl Ten Napel or Gail Vander Hamm with questions.
HARVEST DINNER: The Sr. LYF will host their annual Harvest Dinner on Sunday, October 16th from 11:00am-1:00pm at the Ireton Community Center. Ticket costs are: Adult $10.00, 6 yrs-10yrs $5.00 and 5 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased from any LYF member, Transformations, The Willlow Tree, Iowa State Bank or the day of the dinner. Carry outs are available. The meal includes Turkey, Dressing, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Corn, Salads, Rolls, Drinks & Dessert.
HARVEST DINNER SIGNUP SHEETS: There are signup sheets in the Narthex for Pies, Desserts, Salads, Dinner Rolls, Corn, Cool Whip, Butter, Lemonade and Coffee for the Harvest Dinner. Please check them out.
NEW GREETING CARDS: New greeting cards have been ordered and arrived. We now have Confirmation, Easter, Thanksgiving and assorted that can be purchased for 50¢ each. We also have Sympathy cards that be purchased by the box or individually and also napkins and Danny Duzits.
CRC CHRISTIAN EDUCATION UNIT SOUP SUPPER AND BAKE SALE: CRC Soup Supper & Bake Sale will be held on Wednesday, October 5 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at Ireton Christian Reformed Church. We will be serving potato, chili, chicken, and vegetable soup, tavern and cream chicken sandwiches, and desserts.
STEWARDSHIP QUOTE: “Woe to those who are at ease in Zion. . . .” The Book of Amos is a warning to God's people who have been given great material wealth. As Jesus Himself mentions, material blessings can turn into temptations – chiefly the temptation to think of ourselves as self-sufficient and independent. What does Amos suggest as a way to combat this temptation? First off: faith in the Lord and dependence upon Him! And if our faith is right we will want to follow the rest of Amos's instructions: to bless the poor with our alms and to make sure the Lord's House is properly cared for. In other words: to align our actions with God's priorities and put others ahead of ourselves. Amos 6:1
BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES: Every day LFS counselors meet with people who are experiencing a trial of some kind or have been deeply hurt by their own or someone else’s actions. We can help and we do, but we know we don’t work alone or by our own power. It’s certainly good news that we serve a God who can turn a trial into a triumph and a victim into a victorious survivor. Psalm 34 reminds us that He is not distant but is near to the brokenhearted and to those whose spirit has been crushed. God is with you today in whatever test, trial or pain you are experiencing. An LFS counselor is also here to walk with you through this hard time. 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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