DEVOTION: Matthew 10:5a, 21-33
5 These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them,
21 Brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death,22 and you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 23 When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next, for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.
24 "A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant[a] above his master. 25 It is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign[b] those of his household.
Have No Fear
26 "So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. 27 What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. 28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.[c]29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?[d] And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30 But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. 32 So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, 33 but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.
Not Peace, but a Sword
34 "Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
More good news today….. right? At first it doesn't sound like it. In this reading we are hearing Jesus talk about families being split apart and about fear of all different sorts and kinds. It tears me up just thinking about it.
At the same time, we need not fear any of this, because we have the truth. We do not have to fear those who can only kill the body. We only need to fear, that is hold in reverence and awe, the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. If we fear the Lord, we will never need to fear the world. If we fear the Lord, all of those other things, as painful as they may be at the present time, will go away.
So if you are a believer and have fear of the things on the earth, remember that these things will eventually go away. Your torn up relationships will be gone. Your aches and pains will vanish. Your past mistakes will be forgotten.
The only thing that will remain is the everlasting love, mercy, grace, peace, and rest of the Lord! He is the one who can send your soul and body to hell, but if you simply believe and trust in Him, he will take you to be with Him forever! Fear Him! Love Him! Honor Him!
Prayer: Lord, thank you for giving me the ability to fear and honor you! Amen. _______________________________________________________________________
Thurs- Karate 6:15-7:45; Lutheranism 101
Fri- Assemble Newsletter 9am
Sat- Worship 5pm
Sun- Worship 8:30; Sunday school 9:45; Worship 11am; Youth and pastor leave for Lutheran Island Camp 12:30
________________________________________________________________WORSHIP WORKERS FOR THIS WEEK:
Acolyte- 8:30- Lydia Miller; 11- Luke Rausch
Ushers- Rich Boeger, Don Hance, Don Tate, Doug Walters
Altar- Set up- Alan Hofeldt; Clean Up- Anna Hoenig
Elders- Sat- Randy Fischer; 8:30- John Hachtel 11- Dave Winter
Greeters- 8:30- Tom and Pam Linke ; 11- Steve and Sandy Robine
Lay Readers- Sat- Judy Koprowski; 8:30- Derek Ebert; 11- ????
Organist- Rachel Fisher
Sat Pianist- Barb Dreyer
Projectionists: Sat- Toni Mauch, 8:30- Terry McKenzie; 11- Gus Klaustermeier
YESTERDAY'S QUIZ : Name one vision that Amos had.
HOLY YOGA DURING SUNDDAY SCHOOL THIS SUNDAY!!
This coming Sunday, during Sunday school, Amanda Nordwald will be teaching a special Holy Yoga class for kids and anyone else who wants to join her! No need to bring a mat. Please join in on the fun and exercise!!
ALL YOUTH NIGHT THIS COMING WEDNESDAY!!
Next Wednesday, June 28, there will be an ALL YOUTH night, 5:30-7:30!! There will be pizza and fun/games!! You are asked to bring everything for a birthday cake (a boxed cake mix, candles, and icing) for Turning Point… Why? A lot of times kids live there and even have their birthdays while they are there. This will help them out tremendously to take care of the kids who live there.
PASTOR AND YOUTH TO LEAVE AT 12:30 THIS COMING SUNDAY FOR OUR CAMP SERVANT EVENT!!
Please pray for us, that we may make an impact for Jesus in many different ways, and that, more importantly, Jesus may make an impact on pastor and the youth that will be going!
A WEEK LEFT TO SIGN UP FOR STEPHEN MINISTRY TRAINING!!
Right now we have seven people signed up! Will you join them? Reply to sing up or sign your name to the sign up sheet on the table in the narthex.
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!
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 CAL TAMELER, as he is dealing with severe pain in his legs due to poor circulation and blockage.
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.