"The Promise of the Holy Spirit"
1 In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, 2 until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. 3 He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.
4 And while staying[a] with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, "you heard from me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with[b] the Holy Spirit not many days from now."
6 So when they had come together, they asked him, "Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?" 7 He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." 9 And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11 and said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven."
It is always interesting to me how dependent we are on God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The disciples would have had no power to do anything if Jesus wouldn't have sent His Holy Spirit ten days from the time of this reading. They would have still been gazing up into heaven if Jesus had not sent His angels to instruct them on where to go and what to do next. They would have never been his witnesses even in Jerusalem, much less Judea, Samaria and the ends of the earth if the Holy Spirit had not entered them.
The same is true for you as a Christian. You don't do anything in faith apart from the Holy Spirit moving you to do it. In fact, your old sinful nature is what often keeps you from doing what the Holy Spirit wants to do in you. This is why, when you try to do something without the guidance of God and only with your own human will, you will be frustrated and fail. Once you give that part over to the Holy Spirit and pray for Him to move you to do the right thing, you will experience the freedom that you truly have in Christ, the freedom to do what is right and rest in His grace.
As you read through the book of Acts you will see that it is only and always by the Lord's bidding, calling, prodding, and converting that things happen. All we are called to do is go where he calls us to go, live in His love, and open our mouths to speak His praise.
Prayer: O Lord, open my lips and my mouth will declare Your praise. Move my feet and I will go where you send me. Lift my hands to do Your work, and at the end of the day close my eyes in Your peace and rest. Amen.
Tues- Quilting 9-2
Wed- Choir practice 7
Thurs- NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER BREAKFAST 7am; WORSHIP 7:30am; 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- Perricone; 8:30- John Pezold 11- Jacob Cluver
YESTERDAY'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.
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.