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"Watching and Waiting" #82-13
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Presented on The Lutheran Hour on November 30, 2014
By Rev. Ken Klaus, Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour
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Text: Mark 13:33

Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed! Although we don't know the day and time of corporate or individual judgment, today we give thanks that because of the Savior's sacrifice we can be ready, watching, and waiting. Dear Lord, grant such faithfulness to us all. Amen. 

For those of you who don't know, and I imagine many of you don't, this Sunday is the beginning of the Church Year, the beginning of Advent, the time when pastors, preachers, and priests encourage their people to watch and to be ready for the Savior's coming. Most certainly we ought to be ready to remember why Jesus was born 2,000 years ago, and we need to be ready to welcome Him when He comes again. Watch and be ready. It sounds like an easy thing to do. It's not. It's not, because it's not human nature to watch and wait for anything. 

There is an old story which speaks about the day when the devil called a council of his chief servants. The purpose of the conference was to improve their methods and increase their effectiveness in stealing souls from the Savior. During the course of the discussion, one demon said, "I propose that our representatives go to the earth and tell everyone that the Bible is a myth." Satan smiled and nodded approvingly. He commented, "Not bad. The idea has some merit, but I think we may be able to do better." One of the devil's closest advisers suggested, "Why not be direct. Let's have our associates tell everyone, "Relax, after all, there is no God, no Savior, no hell, and no heaven." "That is a distinct improvement," was the Boss's reaction. The greatest response was given to the comments made by a demonic superstar who had a fine grasp of human nature.

He received a standing ovation when he got up and said, "My friends, my fellow members of the hellish host, we must be more clever than that which I have heard suggested today. Yes, there are some humans who are too busy, or too set against Christ, or too narrow to think about the inevitability of Judgment Day. They are easy and we will get them. But I am afraid the vast majority of people will see through any such proposal." 

He continued, "No, I suggest this: let our salesmen canvass their territories and suggest the following to their clients. They should say: 'Yes, the Bible is true, and the Savior is real.' And then... and this part of the plan is absolutely crucial; then let our sales force add, 'These things are true, but there really is no need to hurry. Judgment Day hasn't come for thousands of years and Jesus' return is not about to happen in the next few minutes.' Then, when our sales force has said these things, I would have them whisper this: 'There's no need to rush into repentance and redemption. Take your time; take your time.'" 

At that moment the conversation and convention ended. The devils, knew they had heard a plan which would work, That's why today, every time Jesus says, "Repent, be baptized, be saved." Every time the Savior says "Watch and wait..."; Satan's sales force adds, "By all means. Absolutely you should watch and wait for Jesus' return. You should repent of your many misdeeds and feel sorrow for your sins. You should come to the Savior and receive His forgiveness and mercy. You should do all these things and you will do them... tomorrow. As for today, it's highly unlikely that Jesus is coming back today." 

The plan has proven incredibly successful. It has worked because it appeals to a few of humanity's most widespread flaws: in religion, as well as in everything else, we hate to watch and we hate to wait. If you doubt me, may I point to the story of the German ship, Danio. The Danio, which set out from Perth, Scotland on March 15th of last year, was carrying a shipment of logs. The Danio had every intention of steaming across the North Sea to its destination in the Belgian city of Antwerp. Things went well enough until the ship reached the Farne Islands. The crew knew they had reached the Farne Islands when their boat crashed into them. Since the Farne Islands are marked by the brilliant beacons of the Longstone Lighthouse, it was an accident which never should have happened. Unfortunately, the Lighthouse beams were not seen because the Danio's Chief Officer, a man who had been up and working for eighteen hours, fell asleep on the bridge. An automatic alarm system should have warned of the impending collision, but the crew had found the device to be annoying and switched it off. The lookout should have called out an alert, but none of the crew were ever scheduled to serve as lookouts. Because the sailors of the Danio didn't like to watch and wait they ended up with their great cargo ship sitting on a reef.

In 2012, another vessel, a passenger vessel, the Costa Concordia sank and snuffed out the lives of 32 people. Did it make a difference that the ship's Captain had turned off the vessel's navigation system... did it make a difference that the captain didn't have his reading glasses and had to keep asking for help seeing the ship's instruments? Did it make a difference that the Concordia sailed far closer to land than any other cruise line? Of course; these things made a difference but mostly the disaster occurred because the people who should have been watching, weren't. No, it's difficult to watch and wait. 

Next Sunday, December 7th, America will remember how, on December 7, 1941, 353 Japanese airplanes, in an attempted surprise attack, swarmed over America's fleet at Pearl Harbor. The day was a disaster as, in a few short hours, 2,400 lives were lost, 8 battleships were taken out of commission, 6 major airfields were destroyed as were most of their planes. Now I say it was an attempted surprise attack, because it really wasn't a surprise at all. 

The following information I share with you was never made public during the war, It would have caused a terrible reaction among the already demoralized nation. That being said, you should know that at 7 a.m., when the Japanese warplanes were 137 miles and 50 minutes away, two U.S. soldiers, stationed at a small outpost saw their little radar screen fill up with dots. These soldiers notified their lieutenant who decided these planes must be coming in from California. Without another thought he said, "Don't worry about it." If he had sounded the alert, there might have been time to scramble the planes at Pearl Harbor, There might have been time to do something. But this lieutenant, at the most critical moment of his career, didn't keep watch. It's not normal for people to watch and wait. 

In ancient China, the people wanted to be protected from the barbarians to the north. To that end they built the Great Wall of China, a defense which is 30-feet high, 18-feet thick, and 1,500 miles long. It was designed so an invading army would find it too high to climb over, too thick to break down, and too long to go around. That being said, during the first 100 years of the wall's existence, China was successfully invaded three times. Please, don't blame the wall. None of the aggressors climbed the wall, went around the wall, broke through it, or tunneled under it. The invaders didn't have to do any of those things. All they did was bribe a guard to leave his post and allow a gate to remain unlocked and unwatched. The Lord knows it's a difficult thing to patiently watch and wait. 

But that's enough of history. Let us concentrate our attention on the words of the Savior who wants to warn the world, who wants to warn you and me about the moment of our judgment, that moment when it will be too late for you or me to make changes or plans concerning eternity. In the 13th chapter of Mark, the Lord says, "Be on guard, keep awake for you don't know when the hour will come." As is the case for most of the directions which the Savior gives to humankind, His words are crystal clear. That being said, over the centuries, humankind has still managed to muddy the waters of the Redeemer's words. So, let me share what the Savior wasn't telling you to do.

Although some have misread His directive, you should know Jesus wasn't telling us to quit our jobs or stop planting seeds in our fields. The Lord wasn't urging us to cut our ties to family and friends. He wasn't telling us to pack up a few essential belongings and go to live by ourselves in a cave or out in the desert. He wasn't telling us to gather everybody together and climb to the top of a mountain on a certain, specific day. He wasn't telling us to get out our calculators and try to figure out the day when He comes back in judgment. You can be sure if someone does come up with a such day, they will be wrong. The Lord's words stand: nobody knows the day or hour. 

And if you're wondering what you SHOULD do, the answer is simple. Christians should keep busy living each day in readiness for when the Lord will come. He wants us to do the things we have to do, which we ought and should do. Might I suggest that, a few days ago, the grandmother who was basting the turkey in her kitchen and mashing the potatoes and, at the same time, was listening for her children's car in the driveway, was better prepared for Thanksgiving Day than the grandmother who plunked herself down on a chair in the living room, pulled back the curtains, and just waited for her children's unknown arrival. The first Grandma is better prepared because she's working and she's watching and she's really ready for the moment of celebration. 

My friends, as you listen to this Lutheran Hour message, there are others who are also tuned in to this broadcast. They are wonderful examples on how a Christian should live waiting for Jesus' return. In that list of listeners I would include the policeman who is watching traffic. He hears Scripture's message and, at the same time, his ear is ready to receive a relay from the dispatcher or to be of assistance to a motorist who has had an accident or a breakdown. There are firefighters who are listening to the Lord's words even as they are ready to respond to the call of the alarm. There are paramedics who wait for the phone to ring, but still hear how God wants their hearts ready for the Savior's 2nd coming. 

Understand, this list of folks who live their days in readiness for the Redeemer's return is not limited to those who are emergency responders. Today's message is being heard on golf courses and fishing boats and in ice houses. It is being picked up by families headed for Disney World and couples who are taking a vacation to Europe, South America, Australia, or Asia. All of them are hearing how the Lord, in His love, sent His Son into this world to seek and save the lost. By successfully keeping all the Commandments, by resisting the devil's temptations, by dying the death we deserved and then conquering the grave through His resurrection, Jesus has provided forgiveness, hope, happiness, and heaven for all who are brought to faith in Him. By God's grace, the faith of these Christians, like the rest of their affairs, is in order and they are ready for that unknown hour when they will be judged, that is when they will, because of their faith in Jesus, be found innocent of wrongdoing and be warmly welcomed into the mansions of heaven. 

Yes, that is the wonderful way it is for those who know Jesus. But things are not nearly as blessed for those who have shut their eyes to the Day of Judgment. You know, an air traffic controller who doesn't pay close attention to his screen, which lists the coming and going of aircraft, is endangering the lives of hundreds. An inattentive bus driver can cause a high-speed accident which takes the lives of 30 grade school students. The security official at the airport dare not let a package slip by him unexamined. To let any of these things happen could be terribly tragic. 

Still, these events caused by negligence and apathy are nothing when they are compared to the soul which neither recognizes, nor believes in, nor waits for Jesus. That is why we ask, "Are you listed among the many souls who have listened to Satan's salesmen and decided your spirituality and your eternity is something which is for someday, but not this day? Have you put eternity on the back burner because you believe Judgment Day is not going to be today, tomorrow, or anytime soon? 

If that is the case, I ask you to forgive me for saying "That is dangerous and unwise." Now it is true, Jesus may NOT come to judge the entire world today or tomorrow. But that doesn't mean He isn't coming to judge you. Are you sure, are you absolutely sure that you will see the end of this day or the rising of the sun which may come tomorrow? If this message lasts 20 minutes, from the second I began with: "Christ is risen!" to the moment I say the final "Amen," more than 2,100 people will have breathed their last. Jesus may not have come back to judge the world, but He has judged them. And if, at the moment of their deaths, He was not their Savior when they breathed their last, they were lost for all of eternity. 

That is why we ask, "Are you prepared? Is your soul in readiness for the coming of the Son of God? And when He appears, what will be His verdict on your life?" Understand this is not a rhetorical question which calls for no answer. This is not a question which you ought to dismiss. "Is Jesus your Savior and are you ready for eternity" are probably the most important questions you will ever answer. So, once again, I ask, "Are you ready?" 

When I was at seminary, they used to teach ministers to take care of the dying, and what to do after someone had died. One rather unorthodox professor even had each student write his own obituary. Then that student had to lie down on a desk top, place a handkerchief over his face, and pretend to be dead. Then the other members of the class, playing the role of family, friends, and guests, came in and spoke about the "dearly departed"... with the "dearly departed" being us. Our classmates talked about us so we could hear. What was said was both revealing and surprising. As I remember it now, some of us heard things which were a bit too revealing. We heard things about ourselves which we never expected to hear. 

Of course that was pretend and play. What I'm talking about today is reality and actuality. What, my friends, would they say about you? More importantly, what will God say about you? Will your life and your faith pass inspection? Will He say, "Welcome home. Any person who has been saved by My Son, has a place in heaven," or will He sadly say, "I'm sorry, I don't know you. You have no reservation in the home My Son has built for those who believe in Him as their Redeemer and Rescuer. If you are not sure, today you should know the Lord says, "Be ready. Today is the day; this is the time." 

It was in the early 1900s that a young man, with other young men, applied for the position of a telegraph operator. The group talked as they waited in the outer office for the boss to arrive. Nobody paid much attention for the small sounds of dots and dashes which came over a small loudspeaker. Then, without warning, one young man jumped up and rushed into the employer's office. He returned, shouting, "I got the job." When the others doubted him, he said, "I did get the job and you might have to." Those dots and dashes said, 'I'm in my office and I'll hire the first alert man who hears these words correctly." In a similar way the Lord says, "I will save all those who hear My Word, believe in My Son and stay waiting for the time this invitation becomes a reality." 

It is my prayer that you have heard and are ready, watching, and waiting. If that is not the case, then know, we stand ready to help. With that in mind, I extend this invitation: please, call us at The Lutheran Hour. Amen. 

LUTHERAN HOUR MAILBOX (Questions & Answers) for November 30, 2014
Topic: God's Protection

ANNOUNCER: Stay with us now for some thoughts concerning God's protection and blessing. I'm Mark Eischer, here once again with our Speaker Emeritus, Pastor Ken Klaus. 

KLAUS: Hi, Mark. What's our question for today?

ANNOUNCER: Our listener's question comes about as a result of her reading Psalm 91.

KLAUS: Can you acquaint us a little bit with what that Psalm says.

ANNOUNCER: Right. The Psalm is written from God's perspective, describing someone-a believer-someone who trusts in God. The Lord says, "Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation." I'm sure we would agree those are meant to be comforting words, but they struck our listener much differently.

KLAUS: How so?

ANNOUNCER: She tells us she had recently attended the funeral of a dear friend, someone who had died and left behind a loving husband and two young daughters. This friend had held fast to the Lord in faith, even as she battled cancer. Even so, it doesn't seem to our listener that God delivered or protected this friend. She certainly wasn't blessed with a long life. So, our listener wants help in understanding what has happened and what kind of comfort there might be for friends and family who find themselves in this situation. 

KLAUS: And we thank that listener for sharing her concerns with us. It's a pain-filled question and the answers are not easy. 


KLAUS: First, as far as I know, nobody can say with absolute certainty who wrote this Psalm. Most experts say King David wrote it but some say Moses is the author. Either way, both men had their share of difficulties in life.

ANNOUNCER: That's right. King David suffered the death of children because of sin and rebellion. He was also a man acquainted with war and his best friend had to die in order for David to become king. 

KLAUS: Yeah. Moses was brought up in the court of Pharaoh, but he ended up committing murder, was sent into exile, reluctantly ended up leading the Israelite people to freedom. 

ANNOUNCER: During those 40 years of wandering about in the wilderness, Moses had to deal with people who rebelled, griped, complained, argued, and, I suppose, generally thought they could do the job much better than he did.

KLAUS: Yes. So whoever wrote this Psalm, these fellows were no strangers to problems. 

ANNOUNCER: Having said that, how could they believe they would be delivered, protected, rescued, and honored? 

KLAUS: Mark, I'm going to answer this question in a way which I hope will help our listener and others. First, in this Psalm the Lord talks about giving His angels charge over us to keep us in all we do. It's one of God's promises and it is true. But that does not mean a Christian only experiences good things in this life.

ANNOUNCER: In other words, believing does not vaccinate one against evil.

KLAUS: Yeah. We are sinners living in a sinful world. The results of humankind's disobedience are all around us. We are not immune from them. What the Lord does promise is that He will keep us, help us, lead us through our various problems and pains. We should also note that the devil used this Psalm when he was tempting Jesus. The Savior replied that we shouldn't test the Lord. 

ANNOUNCER: Because God will do what is best for His people.

KLAUS: Indeed, He always does what is right and best. Remember how St. Paul had that unidentified "thorn in the flesh." The Lord didn't take away that thorn; He used it to teach Paul to rely on Him. 

ANNOUNCER: But how about those last verses... what do you do with those promises? I think that is specifically what our listener wants to know today. 

KLAUS: I would agree, and I would answer this way. If we look at those verses again, I think the Lord is speaking about this life AND our eternity with Him. I think you will see that indicated when it says, "Because we hold fast to the Lord in love, He promises to deliver us." Let me ask, Mark-- this lady's friend, this friend who loved the Lord, was she ultimately delivered?

ANNOUNCER: Absolutely. She is now with her Savior in a place where there is no more crying, or cancer, or pain. 

KLAUS: Let's continue. The Lord says He will deliver us from this world. Then He adds, "I will be with him; I will answer him; I will rescue and honor him." Were those promises fulfilled when this friend was taken home to heaven?

ANNOUNCER: Indeed they were. And, the Lord is also keeping His other promise because our friend is now in heaven in the very presence of Jesus. 

KLAUS: Yeah, that's important. She has it better than us. We are saved but still struggling, she can see her salvation. She is in the presence of Jesus, the Winner of her salvation.

ANNOUNCER: Thank you, Pastor Klaus. This has been a presentation of Lutheran Hour Ministries.

Music Selections for this program:

"A Mighty Fortress" arranged by Chris Bergmann. Used by permission.

"Savior of the Nations, Come" arr. Henry Gerike. Used by permission.

"O Bride of Christ, Rejoice" arr. Henry Gerike. Used by permission.

"Once He Came in Blessing" From The Concordia Organist (© 2009 Concordia Publishing House)

"Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word" From The Concordia Organist (© 2009 Concordia Publishing House)

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Our church body's response to the trouble in Ferguson

Below is a letter from our Missouri District President concerning Ferguson.  When things calm down and rebuilding begins, I may be bringing a group of willing individuals down to Ferguson to help in whatever way the churches and the community needs help.  Not sure when it will be, but I will keep you posted.  Let me know if you'd like participate in such efforts.

November 26, 2014

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Members of LCMS Congregations, Lay Leaders, Principals, Teachers, All Commissioned Workers and Pastors,
After a night of the worst kind of behavior in Ferguson, beyond what most of us could have imagined, the only one to whom to turn is our heavenly Father. Psalm 91, as do many other Psalms focuses our attention on Him who alone is the answer to all that has happened. God alone has all power, all-knowledge, is always present and is ruler over all.
Psalm 91
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust."
3 Surely he will save you
from the fowler's snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, "The LORD is my refuge,"
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 "Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation."
The New International Version. 2011 (Ps 91). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
Psalm 91 is for Ferguson, North St. Louis County, the peace keepers, Brown family and those who believe looting, burning, and shooting is the answer to all that has happened since this past August. In this case it is fairly obvious taking matters into our own hands does not resolve the issues that trouble us. Instead, all of us need to depend upon God Almighty who promises, ". . . I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation." (Ps. 91:14-16 NIV)
You and I are not helpless. Our lives are anchored in Christ. We have the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, as Disciples of Jesus Christ, I encourage you to become engaged using the gifts His Father has given you:
1. Pray for the political leaders and peace keeping forces. Give them wisdom, proper restraint, protection and genuine concern for all citizens.
In their time of grief and mourning, pray for the Brown family. Ask God to give them peace, comfort and healing.
Pray for the City of Ferguson, especially the many, many long-time residents who have before their very eyes seen their city dramatically change in a matter of weeks. Give them patience, hope, wisdom and peace.
Pray God to bless His powerful Word and those who proclaim it. Ask Him to raise up and strengthen the spiritual leaders of greater St. Louis, but especially North St. Louis County. Ask Him to equip them with His right, good and powerful Word to address the evil that has gripped their community and people.
2. Be slow to speak and even slower to become angry. A gentle word bears much fruit. Become a Gospel voice through your own words and actions. Find ways to support those striving to restore order, enforce the law, minister to the hurting, and provide basic necessities of life to those who are currently finding it difficult to obtain them.
3. Become engaged and supportive of rebuilding the City of Ferguson.
4. Send financial gifts to the Missouri District for the support of the people and needs of Ferguson.
You and I can do much through Him who provides all we need. May God use us to be a blessing! Psalm 91: 2 says, "I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."
The peace of God which is beyond all understanding keep our hearts and minds in the true faith to life everlasting. AMEN
In The Service of Jesus Christ,
Rev. Dr. Ray G. Mirly
President, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

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Daily Devotion: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

DEVOTION:  Luke 6:27-36
27 "But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29 To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either. 30 Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. 31 And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.
32 "If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount. 35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. 36 Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.
I don't know what to make of things going on in Ferguson and the surrounding communities.  It is just sad.  I'm just saddened and angered by evil.  Evil will take every opportunity to do more evil and to get others to do evil.  There is more than enough evil to go around.  There is terror on every side.  There are people who know nothing of God, or grace, or forgiveness, or repentance. 
I learned a long time ago that you can't make people do what they are supposed to do.  You can't make people be good.  You can't make people believe in Jesus. Jesus himself couldn't do it, why do we think that we can?  And no amount of new laws, National Guard presence, right verdict, or anything at all is going to stop evil on the earth, Nothing but the love of JESUS! 
The question for you is how are you going to react?  Are you going to react in hate, anger frustration, racism, fear?  I have read some comments on Facebook already and I am ashamed at some of the comments made by supposedly Christian people.  As Christians we are called to be people of justice, peace, and grace.  We don't tolerate evil or excuse it, but we also don't take vengeance and we don't act out in hate or anger toward anyone. 
We pray, and pray, and pray, and pray.  We do good to those who hate us.  We bless those who curse us.  We give our cloak to those who need to take out tunic.  Lend, and do good, and expect nothing in return. 
I know it is hard.  It is hard for me too.  I can't stand to see evil win, ever.  But God has called us to something greater.  He has called us to live in the world but not be of it.  He has called us to bring grace and peace into every situation. 
Make no mistake, justice will be done.  GOD'S JUSTICE!  He will bring ultimate justice to those who do wrong and do not repent and believe.  Pray that those looting, and burning, and shooting, and whatever else repent so that they don't suffer the ultimate punishment of hell forever.  Pray that those who have done this junk will pay honestly for their actions according to the law so that they are caused to repent and turn from their sins.  Pray for yourself that you react according to God's will and that our conversations and your actions will be seasoned with grace and love.
Let us pray:  Lord, bless the law enforcement in Ferguson that they would remain safe and none get injured or killed.  Turn the hearts of all sinners to repentance and forgiveness.  Do Your justice in this and may Your will be done so that even through this more and more may come to know you as Savior and Lord for the day of salvation.  Amen.

YESTERDAY'S QUIZ:   What was the name of the paralytic man who was bedridden for eight years and who was healed by Peter? Aeneas
TODAY'S QUIZ:  Who said the words in the verses in the devotion above?
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Please help decorate our church for the Advent and Christmas Season!!  Pizza will be served for those who help!!  The more people we get the quicker it will go!!
Supper at 5:30
Your elder will be calling you to direct you as to when to bring food!  Please come to all of the dinners though!  Yu can't beat fried chicken and tons of great sides every Wednesday night!  A small free will donation is appreciated to offset the cost of the chicken.  Please also make sure you bring your dishes home after supper!  And please be aware that they will not be washed.
Worship at 6:30
Our worship theme is COME, LORD JESUS! Focusing on the Lord's Prayer and the Common table prayer, we will talk about what it means that we want Jesus to come into the world, into our hearts, and into eternity!!
Larry Schulze is selling wreaths to be used at a wreath laying ceremony at the graves of veterans with an organization called Wreaths Across America.  You can purchase/sponsor them for $15 each. 
Call Larry Schulze at 636-359-1069 to order yours or if you have questions or need more info. 

As the body of Christ, we strive to make disciples of all, focusing on the next generation, through growing....
UP in God's Word and Sacraments
OUT into the community by caring for physical and spiritual needs
TOGETHER in fellowship to build lasting relationships in Christ
Memorize it!  Get used to it!  Live it!  It is YOUR mission statement as a member of St. John's Lutheran Church!
All voting members (men or women) are eligible.  In order for our congregation to have a complete voice we need to have complete representation!  Please call me or reply to this email if you would like to serve your church in this way!!
Elder duties- 
1. Assist the pastor in the spiritual matters of the congregation.
2. Consider complaints and grievances according to Matthew 18:15-18
3. Make every effort to get inactive members back to worship and supporting the church as they have pledged to God to do.
4.  See to it that all worship is held in an orderly and joyful manner.
5. Prepare a list of candidates during a vacancy.
6. Consider salary and benefits for all staff and make recommendations.
7. Consider those who are eligible for membership.
8. Be a good Christian example with regular worship and Bible study attendance and in their Christian conduct and conversation.
PRAYER REQUESTS:  (If you have a prayer request please reply to this email or call me at 636-359-1061)
For CORA CLUVER as she recovers from surgery to remove a possible cancerous tumor.  Biopsy results will come back later this week or early next week.
For the family of JUDY WHEELER, (Sean Wheeler, Lindsay Smith and Matt Wheeler's Grandma and friend to many in the congregation).  Her visitation will be tonight from 4-8 at Martin Funeral Home.
For ELTON TEMME, brother of  Harold Temme and Lois Frick, who had a seizure this past Tuesday.
For Alan Dreyer's  mom VIRGINIA, as she deals with late  stage parkinsons. She is having trouble  swallowing and has developed a  fever.
For GUS KLAUSTERMEIER, as he recovers from influenza A.
For ROSETTA JONES who fell and broke her wrist and is recovering from surgery on it at Delmar Gardens.
For BEVERLY WAALEN who has been placed on hospice care and is nearing the end of her earthly life.
For OUR CONTINUED FREEDOM OF RELIGION AND SPEECH in the United States, that we would continue to be able to freely speak the truth even in the face of opposition.
For our NATION'S MILITARY LEADERS AND SOLDIERS as they figure out what to do about the imminent threats from ISIS.
For MILLIONS OF CHRISTIANS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, who are being persecuted to the point of death for their faith. 

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