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"The High Priestly Prayer"
March 26, 2015
"When Jesus had spoken these words, He lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said, 'Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son that the Son may glorify You'" (John 17:1).
Read John 17.
Jesus has finished His Last Supper and offers a special prayer before leading His disciples to the Garden of Gethsemane. We call it the High Priestly Prayer because Jesus our great High Priest offers prayers for Himself, His apostles, and all who believe in Him.
Jesus first prays that God the Father would glorify Himself through Jesus' coming death. The Roman cross was never connected with glory; it was a symbol of shame and dishonor. St. Paul would call it a "stumbling block to the Jews" and "foolishness to the Gentiles" (1 Corinthians 1:22). The Jews stumbled over the idea that God would let His own Son suffer and die on a cross, rather than sit in glory on a throne. The Gentiles thought it foolishness that you could receive salvation through someone else's execution.
Jesus prays to His Father to keep His eleven disciples in His Name. He is about to leave this world, so He asks the Father to keep them in faith, that believing they may share the one true Gospel, which brings salvation by God's grace through faith for Jesus' sake.
The final part of Jesus' prayer touches us, and all who have heard and believed the words of the apostles. May we glorify Him by trusting in Jesus as our only Savior from our sin and death, and tell others of His great and incomparable love.
THE PRAYER: Lord God, as You glorified Your Son Jesus Christ through His death and resurrection, keep us in Your Name through this true faith, and bless us to share it with all those around us. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Written by Rev. Wayne Palmer
MISSION STATEMENT: 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.
YESTERDAY'S QUIZ: What was the job/responsibility of a Levite? They were the priests and caretakers of everything holy. They were priests among all of the people so they didn't have an allotment of land for themselves. They were to receive a tenth of the land within each of the other tribes.
Thurs- Karate 5:30; Praise band practice 6pm
Sat- WORK DAY 8-noon; Worship 5pm
Sun- PALM SUNDAY Worship 8:30; Sunday school 9:45; Worship 11; Choir rehearsal 9:45
Acolyte- Wed- Jacob Winn; 8:30- Ian Brunson, 11- Kailyn Blechle
Ushers- Wed- Marv Hendershot, Don Luebke, Don Nolte, Dave Callies: Sun- Figura family
Altar- Wed Candles Terry Mckenzie; Sun Set up- Cheri' Hofeldt, Clean Up- Lynn Russell and Elaine Schauer
Communion Assistants- Sat- Randy Fischer; 8:30- Don Turnure; 11- Charlie Figura
Greeters- 8:30- Rob and Julie Schaumberg 11- Dan and Lisa Rausch
Lay readers- Sat- Marcia Sevier; 8:30- Sandra Perricone ; 11- Kailyn Blechle
Sat Pianist- Molly Hendershot
Organist: Melissa Pedersen
Projectionists: Sat- Perricone; 8:30- Terry McKenzie; 11- ??????
Menu: Fried chicken, potatoes, corn, rolls, and DESSERT
Worship Theme: "Calling Us Home..... "
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 29- Erv Yoder
Apr 5- EASTER BREAKFAST
Apr 12- Hachtels
Apr 19- ???
Apr. 26- ???
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SAVE THE DATE!!!! OUR FIRST ANNUAL FALL CARNIVAL WILL BE HELD SEPTEMBER 12, 2015!!!
We are looking for ideas for carnival games and also donations of carnival game prizes for the vent. Please donate prizes into the cardboard box in the narthex. Also, if any one has an idea for a carnival game, or a game itself they would like to donate please contact Joanna Hoelscher at 636-485-0635 or Karla Christophene at 314-397-1375.
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.
A PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING For DANIELLE MEINE, a senior at WHS, whose cancer seems to be in remission.
For PAM BUELTMANN'S friend ALEX and his family, as his brother passed away on Monday.
For DAVE KOHRS who has stopped receiving chemo treatments.
For BONNIE FRENZIA who is spending some time in Delmar Gardens for rehab.
For John Wehmueller, brother in law of Tony Perricone, who has just been diagnosed with prostrate cancer and will soon begin treatment.
For Brenda Schouten, aunt of Ptony Perricone, who has been treated for a cancerous tumor around her aorta. Although currently being treated with chemo, the tumor has grown about an inch larger than last month.
For OUR CONGREGATION AS WE SLOWLY MOVE FORWARD WITH OUR BUILDING PROGRAM!!
For OUR DCE INTERN, KELSEY OVERBECK, that the Lord moves a congregation in need of her abilities to call her into full time DCE ministry.
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 DENISE SCHLESSELMANN as she continues to work hard to bring the people of the Czech Republic to Christ. .