DEVOTION: Matthew 5:33-6:18 English Standard Version (ESV)
33 "Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.' 34 But I say to you, Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, 35 or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36 And do not take an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 Let what you say be simply 'Yes' or 'No'; anything more than this comes from evil.[a]
38 "You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' 39 But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic,[b] let him have your cloak as well. 41 And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.42 Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.
Love Your Enemies
43 "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers,[c] what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Giving to the Needy
6 "Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.
2 "Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
The Lord's Prayer
5 "And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
7 "And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.9 Pray then like this:
14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, 15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
16 "And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 17 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
Fri- Bible Study at Hendershots 7pm
Sat- Bible Study Breakfast for Men and Women 8-10am
Sun- Adult Bible Class 8am; Traditional Worship 9; Fellowship, Sunday school and Adult Bible Class 10:15; Chapel 10:45
Organist- Pat Golden
Acolyte- Abby Vossen
Ushers- Lew Feldkamp, Rich Boeger, Brett Nordwald, Scott Schulze
Communion assistant- Steve McDowell
Lay reader- Steve McDowell
Projectionist- Erv Yoder
Altar Set Up- Terry McKenzie
Tellers- Team #3
Acolyte- Luke Rausch
Worship assistant- Randy Fischer
Projectionist- Loren Howard
Acolyte- Grant Jacobsmeyer
Worship assistant- Sam Johnson
Projectionist- Terry McKenzie
Altar clean up- Molly Hendershot
Organist- Pat Golden
Acolyte- Isabelle Morris
Ushers- Alan Hofeldt, Tim Linke, Gary Hoelscher, Paul Brockfeld
YESTERDAY'S QUIZ:. What three tribes of Israel lived east of the Jordan? ½ tribe of Manasseh, Gad and Reuben
BREAKFAST AND BIBLE STUDY THIS SATURDAY AT 8am!!
Come and enjoy some good hearty breakfast, fellowship, and Bible study with your brothers and sisters in Christ!
The men will continue their study on prayer
The women will continue their study on the Bad Girls of the Bible.
RSVP if you didn't come last time and are planning on coming this time!
WORSHIP FROM 3/10/19
NATHAN RAUH FROM NAISMITH-ALLEN ARCHITECTURE WILL BE OUR ARCHITECT FOR OUR BUILDING PROJECT!!
At our voter's meeting yesterday, the congregation approved the building committee's recommendation. We will keep moving forward taking one step at a time! Praise the Lord for HIS timing!
PREGNANCY OPTIONS CENTER NEEDS
- Underwriters for our fundraiser banquet coming up Thursday, March 21. This is so we can allow people to attend without having to have people purchase tickets.
- Banquet attendees. It begins at 6:30 on March 21 at Holy Rosary, and will go to approximately 8:30
- Nurses with ultrasound certification or those willing to take the training to be certified. We are very close to getting our ultrasound, and we just need people who are able to do it!
OPERATION BACKPACk FOOD FOR MARCH IS INDIVIDUALLY WRAPPED SNACKS (granola bars, fruit snacks, Little Debbie Snack Cakes, Instant Oatmeal)
CHECK YOUR MAILBOXES AND THE SHELVES BELOW THEM FOR YOUR OFFERING ENVELOPES!!!
Some of you haven't emptied your church mailboxes in a while. Others of you might not even know that you have a mailbox. If you are an adult member of St. John's you have a church mailbox! Your copy of the new constitution is in your mailbox and your 2019 offering envelopes are on the shelves underneath the mailboxes. Get your stuff!!!
ST JOHN'S GOALS FOR 2019!!!
A 10% increase in worship attendance.
A 5% increase in Bible study attendance
Add two new Bible study opportunities during the week
Add two new outreach events to reach out to the community.
For SUE RUHL on hospice care.
For BOB YATES (Lil's son's father in law) who is hospitalized with meningitis.
For those dealing with cancer and treatments HAROLD ANDERSON, JOHN MORRIS, father in law of Elise Morris; GEORGE HOELSCHER, MARILYN FOSTER, PASTOR RON LEHENBAUER, MARY BREUER, MARI GILB, both friends of Sandy Robine, Toni Mauch's brother RAY KOLN, and hundreds of others who are dealing with this dreaded disease. That God would provide healing and relief, but that God would also work through the pain and suffering to bring faith and in crease faith in those who need it. .
For DIANNE FELDKAMP'S SISTER, DONNA MAYES, who has been diagnosed with ALS, and her other sister, DEBBIE BURGER, who has been diagnosed with Grave's disease.
PRAYERS FOR OUR MILITARY PERSONNEL:
For COLTON FIGURA AND DANNY DREYER who are both home but remain on active duty in the military.
For CONNER FIGURA going through tech training for the Air Force. .
For DAVID TATE stationed in Japan, and ALEX WALTERS, stationed in Tennessee. That God would bless their service to our country and keep them safe as they all await possible deployment.
For CALEB FIGURA AND VINCE MASTERS who are both serving our country in the National Guard and take time out of their