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DEVOTION: Acts 2:14English Standard Version (ESV)
Peter's Sermon at Pentecost
22 "Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know— 23 this Jesus,[a]delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. 24 God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. 25 For David says concerning him,
It doesn't take flowery language. It doesn't take engaging stories. It doesn't take a quick wit or a very big sense of humor. It just takes the truth of God's Word to bring people to Christ and to bring people from death to life.
Peter doesn't spend any time getting to the point. He gets right to it. In fact, it takes about five minutes to read through his whole first sermon, part of which is your reading for today. Yet, afterwards 3,000 souls were brought from death to life.
It's sometimes frustrating as a pastor when you preach and preach the good news of Christ and your church is not growing like the other ones. You wish you could have the same success as Peter did that day. Then you have to remember that it wasn't Peter's success. It was the Holy Spirit's.
In the same way, we always have to remember that when we speak and preach God's Word it will not return to Him void. It will do what He has sent it out to do.
The best we can do is confess and proclaim, confess and proclaim! We can confess what the Lord has revealed to us about himself, and we can proclaim the good news of Christ risen, ascended, and coming again! DO IT TODAY!!
Prayer: Lord, thank you for giving us your Word. Help us to simply confess it and proclaim it and then let you take care of the results. Amen.
Wed- Youth Bible Study 6:30-7:30
Thurs- Choir 7pm; Karate 6:15-7:45; Lutheranism 101 6:30-7:30
Fri- 7-12 grade lock in 8pm-8am
Sat- Lock in ends 8am; Worship 5pm
Sun- Worship 8:30; Sunday school 9:45; Worship 11am; Elders meeting noon
______________________________________________________________________WORSHIP WORKERS FOR THIS WEEK:
Acolyte- 8:30- Nova Luebke; 11- Kalene Masters
Ushers- Dave Callies, Marv Hendershot, Don Luebke, Don Nolte
Altar- Set up- Dave and Linda Callies; Clean Up- Wanda Turnure
Elders- Sat- Roy Bohning; 8:30- Al Benton 11- Charlie Figura
Greeters- 8:30- Paul and Cindy Klover; 11- Mike and Naomi Johnson
Lay Readers- Sat- Roy Bohning; 11- Steve Robine
Organist- Rachel Fisher
Sat Pianist- Barb Dreyer
Projectionists: Sat- Perricone, 8:30- Yoder; 11- Sarah Cluver
YESTERDAY'S QUIZ : Who came after Ahab as king?
From Pat King: During the battle to recover Ramoth-Gilead from the Arameans, Ahab disguised himself – idgit thought he could hide from God! - but was mortally wounded by an unaimed arrow (1 Kings 22). The Hebrew Bible says that dogs licked his blood, according to the prophecy of Elijah. (1Kings 21:19). But the Septuagint (the Greek translation of the Old Testament) adds that pigs also licked his blood, symbolically making him unclean to the Israelites, who abstained from pork. Ahab was succeeded by his sons, Ahaziah (lasted about a year, since he was a slumdog like his parents), then by his brother Jehram – who lasted about 12 years.
From Don Nolte: His son Ahaziah.
TODAY'S QUIZ: What did Elisha promise to the Shunammite woman?
STEPHEN MINISTRY: Throughout the month of June we will be highlighting our Stephen Ministry program.
Stephen Ministry is a caring ministry that is carried out by lay people. It has been a part of St. John's in various forms and levels since 2003. Many people have gone through the training and cared for others with their training. These people are called "care givers". Many more have benefitted from the help these people have provided. These people are called "care receivers". This is a tremendously beneficial ministry to both care giver and care receivers as both grow in faith and as many of them become friends if they weren't already.
It is also a great benefit to our congregation for many different reasons! Care givers learn how to be better Christian moms, dads, husbands, wives, friends, and church members. The congregation grows as our community finds out how caring and loving we are as a congregation through this ministry. It is a wonderful thing!
We are in need of some new Stephen ministers. It is a commitment, but the commitment is definitely worth it! You will be blessed beyond measure if you go through the training and become a Stephen Minister. PLEASE NOTE THAT WE NEED MEN TO BE STEPEHEN MINISTERS JUST AS MUCH AS WOMEN!!
Last Sunday at our 8:30 worship, Chrissy Groeber and Marcia Sevier were installed as our new Stephen Leaders!! They will be starting a new Stephen Ministry training as soon as everyone who is interested signs up and a start date and time can be established.
Please prayerfully consider this and then come to church this coming weekend and sign up or reply to this email and I will sign you up!
THERE WILL BE NO FLOAT IN THE PARADE
After our meeting, which was only the three folks from the board of outreach, we decided that there was not enough interest in having a float in the parade. Maybe next year….
7-12 GRADE YOUTH LOCK IN FRIDAY 8PM- SATURDAY 8AM!!
Please rsvp to let me know if you are coming and if you are bringing friends! Bring $5 for pizza!
GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP BEGINNING THURSDAY, JUNE 15 AT 7PM!!
If you are mourning the loss of a loved one, whether the loss is new or not, you need support and people with whom you can share your sorrow and joy. Please join us that evening to be a part of it.
NO BIBLE STUDY AT HENDERSHOT'S IN JUNE! They will be on vacation. It will resume in July.
LITTLE LAMBS ENROLLMENT FOR THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR IS OPEN!!!!
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.
OPERATION BACKPACK ITEMS COLLECTED FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE IS CANNED VEGETABLES!!
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.
For MARIANNE LINKE, as she continues to recover from heart surgery.
For SUE RUHL, as she continues to recover from a broken hip at Parklane rehab in Wentzville.
For PAT MANNESS as she is recovering from hand and wrist surgery at home.
For LOIS BOEGER'S MOM, EVELYN TOEDEBUSCH, as she has been moved to Breeze Park for more extensive and round the clock care.
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