DEVOTION: John 4:5-30English Standard Version (ESV)
5 So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob's well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour.[a]
7 A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink." 8 (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) 9 The Samaritan woman said to him, "How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?" (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water."11 The woman said to him, "Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock." 13 Jesus said to her, "Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again.[b]The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." 15 The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water."
16 Jesus said to her, "Go, call your husband, and come here." 17 The woman answered him, "I have no husband." Jesus said to her, "You are right in saying, 'I have no husband'; 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true." 19 The woman said to him, "Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet.20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship." 21 Jesus said to her, "Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth." 25 The woman said to him, "I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things." 26 Jesus said to her, "I who speak to you am he."
27 Just then his disciples came back. They marveled that he was talking with a woman, but no one said, "What do you seek?" or, "Why are you talking with her?" 28 So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, 29 "Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?" 30 They went out of the town and were coming to him.
First of all she was talking to a woman. Second, she was telling her everything she had done. Third, he called himself the Messiah. All of these things are cool. But I think the coolest thing of the whole story is that she believed him and then went and told everyone about him.
I can just imagine what the conversations were like. She had not been the most upstanding person. She probably was looked down upon by most of the people in town. Yet, because of the power of Christ and His Word working in her heart, the townspeople also believed and many came out and went to him.
This is the miracle of faith. We don't believe because our intellect tells us to believe. We don't believe in Jesus just because he's a pretty cool dude with lots of good teachings. NO! We believe because the Holy Spirit has brought us to faith and continues to stoke that faith with His Holy Spirit power working through His Word and Sacraments.
Therefore, the more we are in His Word and Sacraments, the more our fire will be stoked. The less we are in those things through worship, fellowship and self study of God's Word, the less on fire we will be and the more discouraged we will become about faith and life in general.
I urge you to COME AND SEE THE CHRIST this weekend for worship and every day as you study God's Word and gather around Him n fellowship!
Prayer: Lord, thank you for creating and sustain faith in me. Help me t make use of your gifts of Word and Sacrament as much as possible so you can fire me up. Amen.
Thurs- Karate 6:15-7:45; Lutheranism 101 6:30-7:30; NEWSLETTER DEADLINE
Fri- Bible Study at Hendershot's is cancelled; (Church Basement reserved all day for wedding rehearsal dinner)
Sat- Men's Breakfast 8am; Toedebusch Wedding 2pm; Worship 5pm
WORSHIP WORKERS FOR THIS COMING WEEKEND:
Acolyte- 8:30- Nova Luebke 11- Gus Klaustermeier
Ushers- Larry Schulze, Scott Schulze, Gary Scott, Dave Winter
Altar- Set up- Linda Callies; Clean up- Pam Linke
Elders- Sat- Randy Fischer, 8:30- Al Benton, 11- Charlie Figura
Greeters- 8:30- Randy and Patty Sweet; 11- Marv and Molly Hendershot
Lay Readers- Sat- Marcia Sevier; 8:30- Jacob Nagel; 11- Lisa Lacy
Piano- Kathy Barrow
Organist- Wed and Sun- Rachel Fisher
Projectionists: Sat- Perricones; 8:30- Yoder; 11- Sarah Cluver
YESTERDAY'S QUIZ Where did Moses have to go to see the Promised Land before he died? Mt. Nebo in Moab
TODAY'S QUIZ: Where are Joseph's bones buried?
MEN'S BREAKFAST SATURDAY AT 8AM!! IF YOU'RE NEW OR HAVEN'T BEEN IN A WHILE PLEASE RSVP!! All males are welcome!!
Come and join us for good food (French toast bake, sausage, scrambled eggs, and fruit), for fellowship with a great group of guys, and for Bible study! We want some new folks to come!!!
CHOIR IS IN NEED OF MORE VOICES TO SING AND TO BE NARRATORS FOR THEIR CANTATA FOR PALM SUNDAY, MAUNDY THURSDAY AND GOOD FRIDAY!! Please call Barb Dreyer at 636-359-1906. They meet for practice after Wednesday worship at 7:15.
VENDORS NEEDED FOR OUR MAY 6 VENDOR FAIR AND FLEA MARKET!!
Inside vendors are $25 a table/space. Outside parking spots are $10 a piece. Donations for the youth's pavilion sale can be left in the shed or in pastor's office.
WEDNESDAY'S DURING LENT::: SUPPER AT 5:30 WORSHIP AT 6:30
Our next Wednesday midweek service will focus on "The Art of Confessing Jesus as Lord" and we will look specifically at the second article of the Apostles' Creed and its explanation.
Menu: Taco bar and dessert
YOUTH STEAK DINNER AND AUCTION IS MARCH 25!!
Tickets are sold after every worship service TICKETS ARE $25 EACH!!
Our POT O' GOLD raffle tickets will be sold starting this weekend as well.
Bring in your items for the auction! We really like new, popular items that you know will sell well!
SUPPORT THE FUTURE OF OUR CHURCH!
LITTLE LAMBS ENROLLMENT FOR THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR FOR MEMBERS AND CURRENT STUDENTS BEGINS WEDNESDAY!
March 1 for current students and St. John's members!
April 3 open to all!
Student must be 3 for younger class or 4 for older class by August 1.
$45 nonrefundable registration fee required.
Registration packets can be picked up at Little Lambs during school hours and in the church office during non-school hours.
PREGNANCY OPTIONS CENTER FUNDRAISING BANQUET IS THURSDAY, APRIL 20!!
We need to fill up a couple tables with folks who are willing to support this ministry with their time and money. If you'd like to go to the banquet please let pastor know!! I have two seats left at my table and would like to fill up another one of I could.
TUURNING POINT IS HOSTING A FASHION SHOW FUNDRAISER ON THURSDAY, MARCH 30 at the QUAIL RIDGE LODGE IN WENZTVILLE!! DOORS OPEN AT 5:30!
Enjoy stylish fashions for all women, great vendors, raffles, delicious hors d'oeuvres and signature cocktails. Tickets are $35 each! Go to www.turningpointdvs.com or call 636-456-1186 to get tickets.
VENDOR FAIR/FLEA MARKET WILL BE SATURDAY, MAY 6!!
Inside vendor areas are rented for $25 per space
Outside vendors are $10 per parking spot.
Donations for the youth groups sale under the pavilion can be left under the pavilion or in the shed.
STEPHEN MINISTRY IS LOOKING FOR SOME NEW STEPHEN LEADERS
If you love caring for others and consider yourself a leader, this is the perfect way for you to serve the Lord and your church family!
The Stephen Leader training is April 23-29 at the Renaissance Hotel by the airport this year and the cost of the training is covered by the church. If you choose to stay at the hotel you will have to pay for that yourself. It's only a 35 minute commute to the training from Warrenton.
OPERATION BACKPACK ITEMS COLLECTED FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH IS
Individually wrapped snack and packets of oatmeal. Place them in the receptacle marked "Backpack Blessings" in the narthex.
AGAPE DONATIONS ALWAYS ACCEPTED!!
Any nonperishable food items, diapers, toiletries, etc.!!
Perishable food items can be taken directly to Agape at 713 Powell St. in Warrenton. Call 456-4645 to find out when they're open or for more info.
YOUR KROGER CARD CAN EARN MONEY FOR LITTLE LAMBS
Please pray for both Randy and Patty Sweet's mothers as they are both in failing health. Virginia, Patty's mom, has just been diagnosed with lung cancer. Rose, Randy's mom, had a bad seizure a month ago, and although she is walking and talking fine, the seizure caused some dementia.
For HANNAH LINSTRUTH who is recovering from a broken leg due to a car accident.
For MARIE HARVEY, a sister in law of CHERI VERME, and a friend of the Winters, who is near death from stage 4 cancer.
For DANIELLE MEINE KRAMER, whose leukemia is back after a brief respite from it. She had it for several years while in high school. (She grew up riding Karin's school bus to school.)
For Mim Dunn's nephew DAVID HAHN who is dealing with severe throat cancer.
For LOIS BOEGER'S MOM, EVELYN TOEDEBUSCH, who has been on hospice care for the last few months and slows down a little more every day, but is doing well.
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