DEVOTION: Psalm 91:1-13 English Standard Version (ESV)
91 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say to the Lord, "My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust."
3 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his pinions,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
5 You will not fear the terror of the night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only look with your eyes
and see the recompense of the wicked.
9 Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place—
the Most High, who is my refuge —
10 no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
no plague come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways.
12 On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the adder;
the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.
Wait a minute, I get hurt all the time. I stub my toe. I make stupid mistakes. There are people who are against me. What is David talking about?
It has been said that the armed forces want to get men between the ages of 18 and 25 to join, because the thing in their brain that causes a man to fear and to count the costs of what he is about to do is not fully developed, so he is much more likely to go into battle full throttle than to be afraid of what he is about to face.
If we were to observe infant and toddlers for just a few hours, we would realize that most of them have no fear of danger. The only fear they have is of their mommy or daddy leaving them, because they know that their parents keep them safe. You should watch the first couple days of preschool to see what I mean.
As Christians we should be the same way when it comes to both our physical life and our spiritual life. There is going to be danger all around us. We may even stumble and fall into that danger from time to time. We will have pain and sorrow befall us. It's just a part of being human. At the same time, as fast as that pain comes is as fast as it will go on the day you enter eternal life. You may continue to mourn the loss of a loved one the rest of your earthly life, but that mourning will come to an end. You may suffer a physical malady that will never leave you as long as you are alive on this earth. When the day of the Lord comes, His angels will pluck you out of this earth and you will be completely restored.
You are guarded by angels from Satan too. Satan cannot harm you! We pray it in Luther's Morning prayer when we say, "Let your holy angels be with me that the wicked foe may have no power over me. When the Lord allows things to come upon you, as he did with Job, it is only to make you stronger and to prove the devil wrong. In the end, the Lord will save you from all pain, sorrow, and death.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for protecting me from evil and for guarding me so that I will not stumble or fall but will live with you in perfect peace and security forever. Amen.
Mon- confirmation 5-6:15; NO FAMILY NIGHT TILL AFTER EASTER
Tues- Quilters 9-2; "Christianity the First Three Centuries" 11:30-12:15; Trustees Meeting 7pm
Wed- Supper 5:30; Ash Wednesday worship 6:30; Choir practice 7:30
Thurs- Board of O and E meeting 5pm????
Fri- Set up for Steak Dinner and Auction
Sat- worship 5pm; STEAK DINNER AND AUCTION DOORS OPEN AT 5PM; SUPPER STARTS AT 6PM
Sun- Worship 8:30 and 11; Sunday school 9:45; Elder's meeting noon; Youth Bible Study at 5pm
Acolyte- Wed- Gus Klaustermeier 8:30- Kalene Masters; 11- Lydia Miller
Ushers- Wed- Alan Hofeldt, Tim Linke, Rich Talbert, Don Turnure; Sun- Scott and Alex Heitgerd, Bob and Tom Linke
Altar- Wed Set up and Clean up is Terry McKenzie; Sun Set up- Cheri' Hofeldt; Clean up- Joanne Hachtel
Elders- Wed- ????? Sat- Randy Fischer; 8:30- Dave Winter; 11- Jim Rahn
Greeters- 8:30- Dave and Hope Tinnin; 11- Marv and Molly Hendershot
Lay readers- Sat- ??????; 8:30- Dawn Sherman; 11 - Jim Rahn
Sat. Pianist- Barb Dreyer
Organist- Rachel Fisher
Projectionists: Sat- ????? 8:30- Schaumberg; 11- Gus Klaustermeier
YESTERDAY'S BIBLE QUIZ: What rite made the priest a priest? (Hint: It's the same thing that makes a pastor a pastor.)
All I was looking for was a one word answer..... ORDINATION (It is the same thing that makes a pastor "legal" in our church today.)
There were a couple good answers that were much more thorough and will help you better understand the rite of ordination!
DON NOLTE- A priest had to be of the tribe of Levi. Aaron and his son's were the first priests of the children of Israel. They were brought to the entrance to the tent of meetings and washed with water. Then they put the robe of the ephod on Aaron and the ephod, and the breastplate, and gird him with skillfully woven band of the ephod. They put a turban on his head and put the holy crown on the turban and took the anointing oil and poured it on his head to anoint him. Then his sons had coats put on them and Aaron and his sons were gird with sashes and caps were bound on the sons. I think this is similar to your ordination if my memory serves me well
We'll be looking at different rough drawings of economical ways that we can accomplish what we want to do to accommodate our growing congregation and support the future of our church! EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO ATTEND THIS MEETING!!
Unfortunately over the past several years, they have barely broken even on these dinners. The parents usually donate the desserts and even much of the other food out of their own pockets. Without that the youth would probably lose money.
It is especially important that they make money this year, as they will need all they can get to make their goal for the National Youth Gathering in new Orleans.
I want to encourage you all to attend these dinners, and, while there is no set price per person for these dinners, a generous free will offering is strongly encouraged!!
Below is the Menu for each week:
Feb. 10-- Ash Wednesday
baked potato bar
taco bar w/all the fixings
As always, thank you for your continued support of the future of Christianity!!!