If you were to name the top ten of the biggest superpowers the world has ever known, you would have to include Egypt in that list, although you'd never know it today. Oh, it is still a country, and they are still doing relatively well, but they are no longer rulers of much of anything. In fact, there seems to be continual upheaval and unrest there.
It used to be the ruler of the world. Throughout the Old Testament you can see that they were always near the top if not at the top. yet, God warned them, over and over again, to stop being so prideful, arrogant, and ruthless. He brought plagues against them to get his people out and to show his power over them.
This is a warning to us as well. When things are going well and everything seems to be working out for us, the first thing we need to do is praise and thank God for his goodness. The last thing we need to do is to think that we had anything to do with it.
The Lord wants us to remain humble, not because he is jealous or covetous, but because he wants us to keep from becoming so conceited that we forget Him or deny Him all together.
And lest you think that sort of thing doesn't happen, believe me, it does, every day! I have seen person after person who thinks that he or she doesn't need God or His gifts, that he isn't doing anything for them anyway, the worst of them deny that he even exists. All of this is because of the pridefulness of man.
I warn you to keep yourselves from becoming to prideful. Thank the Lord when he disciplines you and when you are going through more than you can bear, because through it and in it God is keeping you for himself. He is growing you in His grace. he is lifting you up in His arms and loving you as He wants.
Let us pray: Lord, keep us from becoming too conceited and prideful by whatever means necessary, but help us to remember to humble ourselves first so your discipline doesn't have to be so severe. Amen.
LAST TIME'S QUIZ: What happened to Zedekiah after he was taken captive?
TODAY'S QUIZ: Where is Tyre on a map?
Tues- Quilters 9-2; Bible Study 11:30-12:15
Fri- Assemble Newsletter; Youth Flashlight Tag 6pm
Sat- Worship 5
Sun- Worship 8:30 and 11; Sunday school 9:45
Acolyte- 8:30- Gus Klaustermeier; 11- Isabella Linstruth
Ushers- Dave Winter, Gary Scott, Larry Schulze, Scott Schulze
Altar- Set up- Linda Callies; Clean Up- Don and Ann Panhorst
Communion Assistants- Sat- Randy Fischer; 8:30- Randy Sweet; 11- Charlie Figura
Greeters- 8:30- Randy and Patty Sweet; 11- Charlie and Lynn Figura
Lay readers- Sat- Kathy Fischer 8:30- Randy Sweet 11- Christy Winn
Sat. Pianist- Molly Hendershot
Organist- Rachel Fisher
Projectionists: Sat- Perricone; Sun- 8:30- Panhorst
NEWS!!!! PLEASE READ IT ALL!!!!
YOUTH EVENT FOR THIS FRIDAY NIGHT HAS BEEN CANCELLED!!
Due to the BHMS social being held at 7pm, flashlight tag has been cancelled. We are planning another activity for sometime soon.
SHOP WITH SCRIP!! A NEW AND EASY FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITY!!!
A new fundraiser was unveiled at our last voter's meeting!! You may purchase gift cards from church to be used as you would any other gift card. The only difference is that you purchase it from church and St. John's gets a percentage of the sale. Order forms are on the counter in the narthex. The first order will be place next Sunday, August 30. Place your order for, along with your check, made payable to St. Johns, in the "Bob the Builder" box. For additional information or to get your questions answered, call the church office. 456-2888.
WE NEED YOUR HELP WITH THE CARNIVAL ON SEPTEMBER 12 from 11am-7pm
The carnival committee is in need of the following items for our carnival on Sept. 12!!
1. POP UP CANOPIES-- for stations and coolers. Make sure yours is marked clearly with your name so you get it back.
2. EMAIL ADDRESSES-- If we have your email address you will get an invitation to share with others and a coupon to use for free food. This email list will not be used for any other purpose.
3. VOLUNTEERS!!! It will take a small army to make this the huge success we want it to be!! Please sign up on the counter in the narthex or call the church office!
Do you enjoy the outdoors? Do you like to float down lazy rivers with friends? Do you enjoy rafts and coolers filled with all sorts of beverages and snacks? Then sign up and join us for the fourth annual Labor Day float trip!
1. We will once again go through Ozark Outdoors.
A. Canoe rental is $20 per person. A child can ride for free as the THIRD person in the canoe.
B. Single person kayaks are available at $28 per person.
C. Rafts are available at $29 per person. Children 7-12 yrs old can ride for $15 and children under 7 are free if raft minimums are met.
D. Tubes are $25 per person
E. Rides on the bus are $30 a person if you have your own equipment.
2. ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT IS IT IS A FLOAT AND NOT A RACE! Float a little, stop, have a snakcc and a drink, wait for the rest of the group and then move on.
3. What will you need? Sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, cooler, drinks, lunch, and a positive attitude.
4. Contact Teresa Scott to sign up firstname.lastname@example.org , 359-5041, or Schraer Heating and Cooling at 456-5041. When signing up please provide your email address and BEST contact number.
5. If you choose to spend the weekend down there, please make camping, hotel, or cabin arrangements through Ozark Outdoors, www.ozarkoutdoors.net or with Onondaga State Park. Currently there are reservable basic sites available for the weekend at Onandaga.
UNMARKED BLUE ENVELOPE CONTRIBUTIONS ARE GOING TO THE BUILDING EXPANSION PROGRAM
If you'd like it to go to the DCE fund you need to mark it for that! Please make sure you mark the ENVELOPE clearly for the DCE PROGRAM!
DO YOU HAVE A KROGER CARD? ENROLL IT IN THE COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM!!!
Register it online www.krogercommunityrewards.com and have it swiped each time you shop to earn money for Little Lambs.
For the family of JOYCE SCHIEN as she passed from death to life last evening.
For JOYCE PIETZSCHKE as she is recovering from illness and weakness at Parklane Rehab in Wentzville.
For NINA BRENDEL, Barb Dreyer's mom, as she is recovering from hip replacement surgery.
For SANDY ROBINE who is recovering well from knee replacement surgery
For CORA CLUVER'S DAD, who is recovering from a severe motorcycle accident that paralyzed him from the neck down.
For DAVE AND CAROL KOHRS, who are BOTH on hospice care.
For WILMA WEIGLE as she continues to deal with the after effects of a severe stroke almost two years ago.