Thank you all who donated!
Thank you all who donated!
Directions to the range: DO NOT follow the signs to Whetstone Creek. If you follow the signs, you will not go to the firearms range. From Warrenton take I-70 to the Williamsburg exit. At the top of the ramp turn right and head north into Williamsburg. At the first stop sign go straight (Sign will tell you to turn left to go to Whetstone Creek CA - do not turn left). At the second stop sign go straight. Road will turn to gravel as you leave Williamsburg. Once road turns to gravel it is approximately 2.3 miles to the range on the right. Parking lot is before the range.
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,2 To the saints and faithful brothers[a] in Christ at Colossae:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father.
3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4 since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, 5 because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, 6 which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth, 7 just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant.[b] He is a faithful minister of Christ on your[c] behalf 8 and has made known to us your love in the Spirit.
9 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. 11 May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, 12 giving thanks[d] to the Father, who has qualified you[e] to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
If only we would greet each other as saints in the way that Paul greets the Colossians in this passage. "We ALWAYS" thank God, the father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus......"
We don't do this enough. We aren't thankful for the faith of our brothers and sisters in Christ around us. We don't thank god nearly enough for the faith he has given us and those who are of the household of faith. We need to do that more?
Why? Because when people see our joy and thanksgiving for the faith we have received, and they see the difference it makes in our lives and in the lives of our families, they can't help but want it for themselves. I am convinced of this.
We are a growing church! You read that right.... St. John's is a growing church! It may not always look like it, but we are definitely growing. Six new people this past week! Two baptisms and four new members in the very near future. We just keep on growing in the middle of a society that seems to see Christianity shrinking. We're not doing anything special. We have very formal worship on Saturday and early Sunday, and a very informal chapel worship on Sunday morning, so it definitely isn't about the latest or best worship style. We aren't compromising God's Word or the Lutheran confessions. We are sticking to it as we are a part of the LCMS.
So what is causing our growth? It is the Holy Spirit working through his children! It is the joy we see, feel, and express when another person comes to Christ. It is the way we are proud of our church and the Word and Sacraments that it stands for. Most importantly it is the love and family atmosphere we have with one another!
It has nothing to do with me. I am just the hands, feet, and mouth of God. It has nothing to do with you! You are just the hands, feet, and mouth of God. It has everything to do with the Holy Spirit working in you and through you. The more you rest in Him, and the more you open your life to the Spirit's work, the more blessings he will bring!
Are you partaking of this growth? Are you thankful for the faith God has given to those around you? Are you all about the ministry and mission of St. John's to grow up in faith, to grow out into the community, and to grow together in fellowship? Or are you being selfish with your faith and faith life? If you are, I can only tell you to repent and get on board! Start thanking God for the faith of your brothers and sisters in Christ! Be joyful for His blessings! Give peace and forgiveness to those who need it! Invite people to worship! Most importantly, live and rest in God's grace so that he can work through to do His will!
Prayer: Lord, help me to rest in you, get out of your way, and let you do your work through me. Amen.
Thurs- Alzheimer's Support group 1pm; Lutheranism 101 resumes 7pm
Sat- Worship 5pm; Pastor out of town helping sister move, Pastor Grund will be here
Sun- worship 8:30; Sunday school 9:45; Worship 11
WORSHIP WORKERS FOR THIS COMING WEEKEND:
Acolyte- 8:30- Jack Bunge 11- Jacob Cluver
Ushers- Brett Nordwald, Charlie Figura, Jason Figura, Erv Yoder
Altar- Set up- Marilyn Foster and Sue Ruhl; Clean Up- Wanda Turnure
Elders- Sat- Steve Robine; 8:30- John Hachtel; 11- Dave Winter
Greeters- 8:30- Terry and Lynn Russell; 11- Dan and Lisa Rausch
Lay Readers- Sat- Marcia Sevier 8:30- Jacob Nagel; 11- Sandy Robine
Piano (Saturday and Sunday)- Kathy Barrow
Projectionists: No projection this week
YESTERDAY'S QUIZ: Who did Isaiah prophecy against? I'll leave this up for one more day since no one answered it yesterday!
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