DEVOTION: John 12:23-50 English Standard Version (ESV)
23 And Jesus answered them, "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.25 Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.
The Son of Man Must Be Lifted Up
27 "Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? 'Father, save me from this hour'? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name." Then a voice came from heaven: "I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again." 29 The crowd that stood there and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, "An angel has spoken to him." 30 Jesus answered, "This voice has come for your sake, not mine. 31 Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out.32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself." 33 He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die. 34 So the crowd answered him, "We have heard from the Law that the Christ remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?" 35 So Jesus said to them, "The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. 36 While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light."
The Unbelief of the People
When Jesus had said these things, he departed and hid himself from them. 37 Though he had done so many signs before them, they still did not believe in him, 38 so that the word spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:
39 Therefore they could not believe. For again Isaiah said,
41 Isaiah said these things because he saw his glory and spoke of him.42 Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.
Jesus Came to Save the World
44 And Jesus cried out and said, "Whoever believes in me, believes not in me but in him who sent me. 45 And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. 46 I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness. 47 If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. 48 The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day. 49 For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment—what to say and what to speak. 50 And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I say, therefore, I say as the Father has told me."
Tues, April 16- Council Meeting
Thurs, April 18- Maundy Thursday worship 6:30
Fri, April 19- Good Friday worship 6:30
Sat, April 20- Breakfast and Set up for Easter
Sun, April 21- Worship 6:30am; Breakfast 7:45am; Easter Egg Hunt 9am; Worship 10am
Organist- Barb Dreyer
Acolyte- Isabelle Morris
Ushers- Rich Talbert, Tom Linke, Don Hance, Kent Jacobsmeyer
Altar set up- Jodi Baldwin
Altar Clean Up- Molly Hendershot
Worship assistant- Roy Bohning
Organist- Barb Dreyer
Acolyte- Luke Rausch
Ushers- Alan Hofeldt, Tim Linke, Gary Hoelscher, Paul Brockfeld
Fill Candles- Don Hance
Resurrection Day, Sunday
Organist- Pat Golden
Acolyte- Nova Luebke
Ushers- Lew Feldkamp, Rich Boeger, Brett Nordwald, Scott Schulze
Communion assistant- Al Benton
Lay Reader- Karen Benton
Projectionist- Erv Yoder
Altar set up- Ruth Walters
Tellers- Team #3
Organist- Barb Dreyer
Acolyte- Cameron Faerber
Ushers- Don Turnure, Dave Burmeister, Brent Davis, Larry Schulze
Communion Assistant- Jason Cluver
Lay Reader- Kathy Fischer
Projectionist- Terry McKenzie
Altar Clean Up- Steve and Sandy Robine
YESTERDAY'S QUIZ: Who was Mephibosheth? He was the son of David's best friend, Jonathan, and he was taken in to David's house and lived with him after the death of Saul.
ATTACHED IS A HOLY WEEK FLYER THAT YOU CAN PRINT OUT OR FORWARD TO ANYONE YOU WANT!
Invite your friends, neighbors, and anyone else that needs to hear the Gospel! Let's fill this place up!
BREAKFAST AND GETTING CHURCH READY FOR EASTER THIS SATURDAY MORNING AT 8AM!!
French toast bake
After breakfast we will have a short devotion and then set up for Easter breakfast and worship! (Jobs include, setting up tables, food prep, decorating, setting up the empty tomb, cleaning the pews and making sure everything is neat and tidy, setting up the Easter lilies, and a few other odds and ends)
Please plan on joining us! Many hands make light and quick work.
Please RSVP by Friday!
NO MONDAY WORSHIP ON APRIL 22!!!
Due to it being the day after Easter on the 22nd there will not be worship next Monday. Please note that this makes some changes to your regular monthly calendar.
We will resume regular Monday worship on April 29.
OPERATION BACKPACK FOOD FOR APRIL IS SOUP AND RAMEN NOODLES.
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!!!
For LINDA CALLIES, as her surgery has been pushed back to Thursday.
For ALAN HOFELDT, as he is having surgery to deal with cancer tomorrow, Wednesday.
For RAY STARK who is dealing with cancer.
For HAROLD ANDERSON who is recovering from a esophageal ablation (removing of the lining of the esophagus.
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