DEVOTION: "May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge." The Story, p. 123 We often wonder what the payoff is for doing the right thing especially when everyone else seems to be getting away with whatever they want. It would be so much easier to just do what is more physically satisfying, or what will most benefit me. At least then I'd be getting something out of it.
In this story we see Ruth, who could have taken the easy road and went back to her own family and yet, she takes the hard road, leaving her hometown and going to a foreign and even hostile land all to be loyal to her family and to her mother-in-law. She took the road less traveled, she took the God pleasing and honorable way.
And God did bless her. He gave Ruth a home and a family. He gave her food to eat and a place to stay. He gave her all that she needed to support this body and life. Even more, she would become the 28th great grandmother to the Lord Jesus himself. That is how the Lord would reward her faithfulness.
You may not ever be directly rewarded for your faithfulness. You may even suffer for it. It is not an easy road, but it is the right road, and down that road you will be rewarded. You will be rewarded with the satisfaction that can only come from knowing that you have done God's will. You will be rewarded with a peace that passes all understanding. You will be rewarded by your Father in heaven.
Live according to God's will in faith and in love.
Let us pray: Lord God, bless us as we do Your will that we would continue to do it despite the consequences or the circumstances. Amen.
___________________________________________________________________________________________________ MONDAY'S QUIZ: What was Ruth's father in law's name? Elimelech
Tues- Quilters 9-2; Bible Study 11:30-12:15; trustees meeting 7pm
Wed- Supper 5:30; Worship 6:30
Fri- Bible Study and Fellowship at Hendershots 7pm Sat- NO BIBLE CLASS at 4pm; worship 5pm; Sun- worship 8:30 and 11; Sunday school and Adult Bible Class 9:45 __________________________________________________________________________________________________ WORSHIP WORKERS FOR THIS COMING WEEKEND Acolytes- 8:30- Patrick Schaumberg; 11- Ryan Spoede Altar guild- Set up- Cheri' Hofeldt; Clean up- Sandy Robine Greeters- 8:30- Don and Donna Sherman; 11- Dan and Lisa Rausch Communion Assistants- Sat Rich Talbert; 8:30- John Hachtel; 11- Dave Winter Lay Readers- Sat- Marcia Sevier; 8:30- Sandra Perricone; 11am- Sophie TInnin Sat. Pianist- Tim Sherman 8:30 Ushers- Dave Winter, Gary Scott, Larry Schulze, Scott Schulze
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DARBY DAY THIS SATURDAY EVENING AT 6PM!!
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Come and hear David's Psalm 32:1-7 "Blessed is the one whose transgression is FORGIVEN!" ___________________________________________________________________________________________
LITTLE LAMBS ENROLLMENT IS OPEN FOR ST. JOHN'S MEMBERS AND FAMILIES!!! There is a $30 nonrefundable registration fee. Students must be 3 or 4 years old by Aug 1. Enrollment for the community will begin April 1. For more info call Lisa Rausch or Karin Klaustermeier. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ PASTOR NEEDS SPONSORS FOR HIS BIKE ACROSS KANSAS!! I will be biking across part of Kansas, about 250 miles in all, on June 7-9 to raise money for Leadachild.org. Lead a Child is a LCMS recognized service organization that provides funding for kids to attend schools, many of them Christian schools, in third world countries. It has provided A LOT for ministries and missions to help kids who would otherwise have NO EDUCATION in places like Guatemala, Kenya, Uganda, Mexico, and many other places. Please consider supporting me so that we can continue to support children throughout the world! As of January 1, I am also on the board of directors for this organization. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ BIBLE STUDY THIS WEEK: TAKING A BREAK FROM THE STORY FOR A WEEK!!! Pastor Terry Grund will be here to preach and lead Bible study! He will be having a Bible study on the GOSPEL reading- John 3:1-17.
___________________________________________________________________________________________ PRAYER REQUESTS: (If you have a prayer request please reply to this email or call me at 636-359-1061)
For SCOTT CLARK who has an infection in his finger that has gone all the way to the bone after a severe cut from a saw.
For CAROL HINKLEMAN, a friend of Cheri Verme (Lil WInter's daughter) who is in ICU with spinal meningitis.
For ED AND MARGARET KOHRS who are mourning the loss of Margaret's son in law.
FOR NANCY SPINIOLAS who fell and tore a muscle in her arm and had to get 21 stiches in it.
FOR ERNA VAN HORN who was put on hospice care yesterday due to inoperable and untreatable cancer.
FOR WENDELL AND MARY ANN ROEHRS who have decided to move down to the Lake of the Ozarks after losing their home to a fire.
THOSE WITH CANCER, the many among our family and friends who are struggling with cancer.
PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING FOR A NEW BABY GIRL TO MARK AND JAYME VESSEL, an "almost" member of St. John's.
COUGAR CLIFFORD, 15 year old who had an accident playing in the snow on Jan 7 and broke his neck. He has undergone extensive surgery and is recovering but is still unable to move his legs.
JONAS BORCHERT, grandson of Don Nolte, as he continues to deal with cancer in his lungs.
DONNA HEITGERD recovering at Scott and Lani Heitgerd's from a broken hip.
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