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"Out of Control"
March 18, 2015
"So the Pharisees said to one another, 'You see that you are gaining nothing. Look, the whole world has gone after Him'" (John 12:19).
Read John 12:12-19.
The great Festival of Passover is near. Huge crowds make their way across the countryside toward Jerusalem, and our Lord Jesus enters Jerusalem in triumph, riding on a donkey.
The Pharisees throw up their hands in fear and frustration. They say to each other "You see that you are gaining nothing." The situation is totally out of control. But again they will not stop to consider Jesus' claims. They only react in frustration and fear of what Jesus might do with the huge Passover crowds gathering around Him in Jerusalem.
It is fascinating to compare their reaction to that of the crowds. The crowds cry out to Jesus, "Hosanna," which means "help" or "save." And they are right. The Lord Jesus is the mighty Son of God, who has come to battle Satan, sin, death and hell. He alone can save us from our bitter enemies.
As we begin this week of Jesus' suffering and death for our sins, we notice He is completely in control. We will notice He is in control through this entire week-clear up to and including His arrest, trials and crucifixion.
That's important to remember when we look at our own lives. Often we are as fearful and frustrated as the Pharisees, realizing situations in our lives are totally out of control. We can throw up our hands like the Pharisees, or call upon Jesus as the crowds do, remembering that Jesus is still in control, sitting at the right hand of the Father and guiding all things for our good.
THE PRAYER: Lord, please help and save us, especially when circumstances are at their worst and totally out of our control. Remind us that they are never beyond Your control. Amen.
Written by Rev. Wayne Palmer
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.
TODAY'S QUIZ: Who was Gideon?
Thurs- Karate 5:30
Sat- Worship 5pm
Sun- Worship 8:30; Sunday school 9:45; Worship 11; Pastor Jim Prince is here to preach and lead worship and Bible study this weekend.
Acolyte- Wed- Dawn Sherman 8:30- Dustin Toedebusch, 11- Gus Klaustermeier
Ushers- Wed- Alan Hofeldt, Tim Linke, Rich Talbert, Don Turnure: Sun- Scott Heitgerd, Alex Heitgerd, Bob Linke, Tom Linke
Altar- Wed Candles Terry Mckenzie; Sun Set up- Ruth Walters, Clean Up- Betty Schirr and Cheryl Bettlach
Communion Assistants- Sat- John Hachtel; 8:30- Rich Talbert; 11- Dave Winter
Greeters- 8:30- Don Nolte 11- Mike and Naomi Johnson
Lay readers- Sat- John Hachtel 8:30- Jacob Nagel; 11- Jennifer Figura
Sat Pianist- Tim Sherman
Organist: Melissa Pedersen
Projectionists: Sat- No projector this weekend
Menu: Mostaccioli, garlic bread, salad, and DESSERT
Worship Theme: "Calling Us Home..... Suffering"
Invite your friends and neighbors!! Enjoy some good food, great fellowship, and God's Word all in the span of two hours!!
CHURCH WORK DAY SATURDAY, MARCH 28 8am-noon!!
Here's what we have so far:
Mar 22- Luebkes
Apr 5- EASTER BREAKFAST
Apr 19- ???
Apr. 26- ???
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SAVE THE DATE!!!! OUR FIRST ANNUAL FALL CARNIVAL WILL BE HELD SEPTEMBER 12, 2015!!!
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TRAVELING FELLOWSHIP GROUP TRIP TO THE CLYDESDALE FARM AND THE JEFFERSON CITY STATE PENITENTIARY ON SATURDAY APRIL 11!!
We will visit the Warm Springs Ranch, World headquarters of the Budweiser Clydesdale OPERATION. After the tour of the ranch and some refreshments compliments of Budweiser, we will enjoy lunch at Settler's Inn. After that we are on to Jeff City for a tour of the historic Missouri State Penitentiary. An ICE CREAM BREAK us scheduled at Central dairy to round out the day. Reservations and tickets have to be purchased so it is NECESSARY that you SIGN UP NOW!!! Complete cost will be determined by number of people going.
For OUR CONGREGATION AS WE SLOWLY MOVE FORWARD WITH OUR BUILDING PROGRAM!!
For OUR DCE, KELSEY OVERBECK, that the Lord moves a congregation in need of her abilities to call her into full time DCE ministry.
For DAVE KOHRS who began chemo treatment last Tuesday.
For DAVE TINNIN'S MOM, JANE, as she continues to recover from several strokes and seizures.
For WILMA WEIGLE as she is having a lot of difficulty with congestion and possible pneumonia. .
For DANIELLE MEINE, a senior at WHS, a friend to many kids at St. john's, and a rider on Karin's bus since kindergarten, who has a very serious form of cancer.
For DENISE SCHLESSELMANN as she continues to work hard to bring the people of the Czech Republic to Christ. .