Daily Email: Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016

DEVOTION:  Romans 1:1-7 (ESV)


Paul, a servant[a] of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning his Son, who was descended from David[b] according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, including you who are called  to belong to Jesus Christ,To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints:  Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.


How do you greet people?  "Hey!"  "Hello." "How are you?"  Have you ever considered greeting people the way Paul does here?  He puts the emphasis, almost immediately after introducing himself, on Christ.  He doesn't waste any time.  He says that he was called to be a sent one for the good news (Gospel) of God. 


Then he simply gives them that grace with a greeting of "Grace to you and peace from god our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ."  I usually use this or something like this at the beginning of the sermon.  It is usually as most people are getting settled in for their naps and straightening out whatever their kids need to stay quiet, so I'm sure many people don't pay much attention to it.  Frankly, I don't pay much attention either.  We take that greeting, and in fact, we take God's grace itself, for granted, don't we?  The few times we acknowledge his grace outside off worship and devotions is when we escape some sort of harmful thing, or when we are so in dire straits, spiritually and physically, that we have no other choice but to surrender and rely on God. 


When we truly hear this greeting with open ears during times of conflict or struggle, it has a different meaning to us.  We understand what that peace truly is, we can actually understand and fathom the reality of his grace on our lives. 


My prayer for you today is that you hear Paul's greeting "Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ", in a  refreshing and new at today and that it has fuller meaning for you. 


Lord, renew Your grace and peace in me today so that it may overflow from me to others and I can greet every one around me with peace and grace.  Amen.




Wed- Supper 5:30; Worship 6:30; Choir 7:15; SCRIP orders due
Thurs- Karate 5:15-7:30

Sat- Men's breakfast 8am; Sunday school Christmas program Worship 5pm
Sun- Worship 8:30; Sunday school 9:45; Chapel 11

Acolyte- Wed- Cierra Figura; 8:30- Addie Hoelscher  11- Gus Klaustermeier


Ushers-   Wed- Alan Hofeldt, Tim Linke, Rich Talbert, Don Turnure; Sun-Scott and Alex Heitgerd, Bob and Tom Linke

Altar-  Wed- Terry McKenzie; Set up- Dave and Linda Callies; Clean Up- Pam Linke

Elders-  Sat- Randy Fischer; 8:30- Don Turnure  11- Charlie Figura
Greeters-   8:30- Rich and Peggy Talbert;  11- Dan and Lisa Rausch

Lay Readers- Sat- Marcia Sevier; 8:30- Allan Dreyer; 11- Steve Robine

Piano- Doug Walters Sat and 11am Sunday


Organist- Rachel Fisher

Projectionists: Sat- Kathy Fischer; 8:30 Schaumberg  11- Cluver

Who did Paul appeal to after the previous three heard his case? Ceasar


TODAY'S QUIZ: From where did Paul write the letter (Epistle) to the Colossians?





Supper: 5:30

Worship with John the Baptist- 6:30


Those in elder groups 7 and 8 are responsible for bringing food!  Bring two of the following three- salad, side dish, or dessert.



You can still get the cards by Christmas!  Place your orders by this Wednesday night! 


____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________CHILDREN'S SUNDAY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM AND PARTY IS THIS SATURDAY at 5pm!!

Come and hear the Christmas story told by our Sunday school children!


AFTER THE PROGRAM AND WORSHIP THERE WILL BE A BIRTHDAY PARTY TO CELEBRATE JESUS' BIRTHDAY!  ALL kids and their parents are invited after church in the basement till 7:30!!  A LIGHT DINNER WILL BE PROVIDED!!



Any size can, and any kind of vegetable is appreciated.    Place them in the receptacle marked "Backpack Blessings" in the narthex.




Any nonperishable food items, diapers, toiletries, etc.!!


Perishable food items can be taken directly to Agape at 713 Powell St. in Warrenton.  Call 456-4645 to find out when they're open or for more info.



Go to www.kroger.com/communityawards and register your card today!!

__________________________________________________________________________________________GENERAL PRAYER

For BARB PERRICONE who is back home on hospice care.


For LOIS BOEGER'S MOM, who has been on hospice care for the last few months and slows down a little more every day, but is doing well.


For BETTY TAMELER who is recovering at home from surgery and is doing well.  She won't find out the results of her surgery till January.


For MIKE PUCKETT who is recovering from extensive lung surgery and is recovering at University Hospital in Columbia.


For DAVE CALLIES who is recovering from hand surgery


For PAT GERDING, Vickie McRae's brother in law, who is paralyzed, but is recovering at a nursing home.


For NORM BELINSKY, a friend of Jim and Vickie McRae, who is on hospice care and is nearing the end of his life.



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