"Thanksgiving and Prayer"
15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love[a] toward all the saints, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
This should be the prayer that each of us prays for each other in the church. We don't need to be jealous. We don't need to be angry or bitter toward each other. We don't need to criticize all of our other brothers and sisters in the Christ. We need to pray for each other.
Certainly we may have difference. Paul really had nothing in common with the Ephesians. He was a Jew and they were Gentiles. He grew up in a different way than they did. He was raised to hate the Gentiles and likewise, they hated him. Yet, because of their faith in Jesus, they had something very much in common. They were indeed a part of the same body, the body of Christ.
We can have our differences. We can be Democrat and Republican, Blues fan and Wild fan, Cardinal fans and Twins fans, Vikings fans and...... oops.... sorry about that, but in the end we will all be in the same heaven because of the faith we have together in Jesus Christ our Savior.
We need to respect and honor each other as children of God. God created each and every one of us human beings that are on the earth, as strange and unusual as some of us are, to love us, care for us, and bring us to be with Him forever. Let's live like it today!
Prayer: Lord, I thank you for all off my brothers and sisters in Christ no matter how different they are than me. Help me to see everyone as you see them, Your children, created, redeemed, forgiven. Amen.
Oh, and May the 4th be with you.
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: How is Psalm 119 divided and ordered? It is divided according to the Hebrew alphabet?
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.