"God Himself Is Judge" A Psalm of Asaph.
50 The Mighty One, God the Lord,
speaks and summons the earth
from the rising of the sun to its setting.
2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,
God shines forth.
3 Our God comes; he does not keep silence;[a]
before him is a devouring fire,
around him a mighty tempest.
4 He calls to the heavens above
and to the earth, that he may judge his people:
5 "Gather to me my faithful ones,
who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!"
6 The heavens declare his righteousness,
for God himself is judge! Selah
7 "Hear, O my people, and I will speak;
O Israel, I will testify against you.
I am God, your God.
8 Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you;
your burnt offerings are continually before me.
9 I will not accept a bull from your house
or goats from your folds.
10 For every beast of the forest is mine,
the cattle on a thousand hills.
11 I know all the birds of the hills,
and all that moves in the field is mine.
12 "If I were hungry, I would not tell you,
for the world and its fullness are mine.
13 Do I eat the flesh of bulls
or drink the blood of goats?
14 Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving,[b]
and perform your vows to the Most High,
15 and call upon me in the day of trouble;
I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me."
The world is in chaos, but God is o n his throne? Saying this would make it seem like God is causing all this trouble. A second glance would make it seem like he is sitting on his throne and laughing at us all.
These two things couldn't be further from the truth. The real truth is that we caused the chaos. The world was perfect till Adam and Eve sinned, and ever since things have been falling apart. Since Adam and Eve sinned, all sin and since all sin, all die, for the ages of sin is death.
But God isn't just sitting back laughing and saying, "I told you so", or "You're getting what you deserve." For "God wants all to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth." Instead, he gives us the law to show us our sinfulness, to keep us from destroying ourselves, completely, and for giving us rules to live by, and he gives us His Son, Jesus, to save us from this cruel and chaotic world.
We can call upon Him in the day of trouble and He will deliver us! We can go to Him when we are weary and burdened and he will give us rest for our souls. We can confess our sins and He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
These catastrophes, like the flooding that is happening right now and has already devastated Louisiana, or the random shooting of Immanuel Lutheran, Joplin's church van in which four people and two comfort dogs were shot, or the wildfires that continue to blaze in Montana, or the riots in Milwaukee, ARE NOT GOD'S FAULT! It is all man's fault! It is our fault.... mine and yours. Repent and turn to God for mercy and grace for yourself and then proclaim the good news of salvation from this world to all who believe!
Prayer: Lord, we tend to blame you, or wonder why you are allowing these things to happen. Help us to repent of this false thinking and know that it is always because of sin in the world and sin with us that this is a fallen world. Then help us to turn to you, the only hope for true comfort and grace. Amen.
Mon- Holy Yoga 7-8pm
Tues- Quilting 9-2am
Wed- Sewing Dresses for Africa 10am-noon; Ladies Aid meeting at lunch noon-1pm
Thurs- Sept. newsletter deadline; Lutheranism 101 7-8pm
Fri- Bible Study at Hendershot's 7pm
Sat- Men's breakfast 8am; visitation and memorial for Charles Hargrove 1-3pm; Worship 5pm
Sun- worship 8:30; Kids Sunday school 9:45; Voter's meeting 9:45; Worship 11
WORSHIP WORKERS FOR THIS COMING WEEKEND:
Acolyte- 8:30- Jacob Winn 11- Hailey Blechle
Ushers- George, Gary, and Ben Hoelscher and Brent Davis
Altar- Set up- Lucille Luebke; Clean Up- Sandy Robine
Elders- Sat- Roy Bohning; 8:30- John Hachtel; 11- Steve Robine
Greeters- 8:30- Don and Wanda Turnure; 11- Mike and Naomi Johnson
Lay Readers- Sat- Roy Bohning 8:30- John Hachtel; 11- Steve Robine
Piano- Sat- Kathy Barrow
Projectionists: Sat- Mauch; 8:30- Perricone
YESTERDAY'S QUIZ: Who was Zedekiah?
From Pat King:
In November we will be at the end of the three years. The DCE Fund has dwindled down to near nothing and will be just about gone in December, and the regular offerings have not increased enough to increase the regular budget.
To make it clear, there is not enough money in the budget to pay Kelsey. (We cannot use special gifts, trusts or memorials or money designated for the building fund to pay Kelsey. We have never used those types off funds for salaries.)
Where? Warrenton Football Concession stand
What? Selling all sorts of concession stand food and drink. (No previous experience necessary)
Who? Any member of St. John's (Don't have to have a kid at the high school to help)
Please reply to this email or call/text me at 636-359-1061 to volunteer!
Here's how it works:
For the FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND COWORKERS OF TONI MAUCH'S BOSS, JOHN CROAK, as he passed away last week. He had a double lung transplant and was doing well with it until be developed a fungal infection which overtook him.
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