"When Brothers Dwell in Unity: A Song of Ascents. Of David."
133 Behold, how good and pleasant it is
when brothers dwell in unity!
2 It is like the precious oil on the head,
running down on the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
running down on the collar of his robes!
3 It is like the dew of Hermon,
which falls on the mountains of Zion!
For there the Lord has commanded the blessing,
Quite a few of us, because it is Spring and we are out in the sun a bit more, have sunburn. What feels good on sunburn? How about lotion, aloe, or oil? It is soothing. It is comforting.
A church that is in unity of belief and purpose is a soothing and peaceful place to be. A church where we can look forward to what God would have us to do instead of individual agendas and personal vendettas. When churches are full of individuals instead of acting as the body of Christ it isn't as effective as witnessing to the community. Likewise, when people think that they don't matter to the church, when they think their attendance isn't necessary at worship and fellowship, then they are not dwelling together in unity with the rest of the family of Christ.
Everyone loves it when our sanctuary is full for worship. It is a soothing thing to hear 250 voices together in unity singing hymns and praising God. Everyone likes it when we are working together to bring more people to Christ and His church! It is a soothing thing to see another person washed in the waters of Holy Baptism. There is a peace that passes all understanding for the whole people of God when we hear His Word and receive His body and blood together.
My prayer for you, my brothers and sisters in Christ, is that you where we are in disagreement and disunity, we would reconcile our differences, and where those disagreements are about things that have nothing to do with our unity in Christ, we would agree to disagree so that we can dwell together fully as brothers and sisters in Christ until the day of Christ's return!
Let's make St. John's a beacon of unity, hope, and peace in our community!
Prayer: Lord, you have given us a Spirit of unity in a bond of peace. Help us to dwell together in unity of heart, body, and mind so that we and all around us can have that continual peace that passes all understanding. Amen.
Tues- Quilting 9-2
Wed- Choir practice 7
Thurs- Alzheimers Support group 1pm; Lutheranism 101 7pm
Fri- Set up for Vendor fair, bake sale, and flea market.
Sat- Bake Sale, Vendor Fair, Flea Market 7am-1pm; Worship 5pm
Sun- MOTHER'S DAY; worship 8:30; Bible Study 9:45; Worship 11
Acolyte- 8:30- George Pezold 11- Dawn Sherman
Ushers- Marv Hendershot, Don Luebke, Dave Callies, Don Nolte
Altar- Set up- Linda Callies; Clean Up- Wanda Turnure
Elders- Sat- Jason Cluver; 8:30- Roy Bohning; 11- Steve Robine
Greeters- 8:30- Erv Yoder; 11- Joan Sexton
Lay Readers- Sat- Sandra Perricone 8:30- Christy Winn; 11- Dawn Sherman
Organist- Rachel Fisher
Piano- Barb Dreyer
Projectionists: Sat- Toni Mauch???; 8:30- John Pezold 11- Jacob Cluver
TODAY'S QUIZ: What is a coney? (And no it's not a style of hotdog.)
This year's menu is a little different. We are going to have biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, and fruit.
Prayer and worship will begin at 7:30 and will be done close to 8am.
Please RSVP to this message if you plan to come so I know approximately how much food to buy and make.
Go to www.nationaldayofprayer.org to learn more about it.
Outside spaces are available for $10 for a double parking spot.
PASTOR KLAUSTERMEIER IS BIKING 1,000 MILES THIS SUMMER FOR LEADACHILD!!!
We have been blessed beyond measure in the United States haven't we? I want you to join me in making a global difference by releasing children from poverty through Christian education.
Instead of taking a week off and joining my fellow Lead a Child bikers who are riding the Fault Line across four states this year, I have decided to go solo and bike 1,000 miles locally and while on vacation by August 1 to raise funds for LeadaChild. Would you sponsor me so that I can raise funds to support this most worthy organization? In my opinion, there is no more worthy organization to support than LeadaChild!
LeadaChild provides educational assistance to over 26,000 children and shares the love of Jesus Christ with the students and their families! LeadaChild supports the poorest of the poor children through Christian education in the following countries:
Guatemala Chad Honduras Palestine Haiti Uganda
Gambia Ivory Coast El Salvador Nigeria Panama Nicaragua
Burma Ghana Chile Venezuela Bolivia Mexico
Liberia Uruguay Sri Lanka India Guinea Sierra Leone
Bangladesh Cambodia South Africa Togo Thailand
These students need your help to find a way out of poverty through Christian education and learn of the hope of Christ our Savior.
Please fill out your information below and send it with your check or donate online through the LeadaChild website: http://www.leadachild.org/bike
Every dollar makes a difference. Please give generously. Please remember all of the riders in your prayers! Thank you much for your support!
Biking For Kids Together,
Pastor Jeremy Klaustermeier
LeadaChild is a 501 C-3 non-profit organization and is a Recognized Service Organization of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.