Thanksgiving Service ~ Wednesday, Nov 22nd at 7 p.m.

Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service
Wednesday, Nov. 22nd at 7 p.m.
(There will be no service on Thanksgiving Day)

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Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song.
For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth,
and the mountain peaks belong to him.
The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.
Come, let us bow down in worship,
let us kneel before the LORD our Maker;
for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture,
the flock under his care.  ~ Psalm 95:1-7a

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Thanksgiving Prayer

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Merciful God, you have done great things for us, and we owe you endless gratitude and love. We thank you, Lord, for each moment we enjoy in your blessed care, for each act of healing, for each meal to satisfy our hunger, for each friend and companion, for each little thing that keeps us going day by day. We especially thank you for the gift of your Son, Jesus Christ. Accept our thanksgiving and prayers, O God. Pardon our sins. Help our weaknesses, and receive us at last into eternal glory, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service:  November 22nd at 7 p.m.

(no service will be held on Thanksgiving)

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Thankful for the Lord’s eternal love

We ought always to thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. ~ 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14

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Photos often capture that special moment in the hospital when parents are able to hold their newborn child for the first time. Embodied in that first embrace is the selfless love that parents strive to give to their tiny, helpless child in the months and years that follow.

Photos could not capture the moment God first embraced us with his love. Long before God gave birth to the earth and all living things, through Jesus he chose us to be his own. He knew us and loved us before time began.

God’s timeless love for us gives us tremendous comfort. For the Bible reminds us that we were conceived and born in sin. Like newborn babes who cannot help themselves, we were born spiritually helpless. As surely as we were unable to choose who our earthly parents would be, we also had no ability to choose God and his love. Yet he saw our helpless condition, and prepared to rescue us from sin.

In love that the human mind cannot fully embrace, God chose us to be saved. How can we be sure that he chose us? We turn to the good news of the Bible. The Word comforts us with the message of the perfect life of Christ and the cross he willingly bore for us. His death and resurrection assure us that our sins are paid in full and that God’s eternal love for us endures!

The Holy Spirit extends God’s timeless love to us through the gospel. Therefore, we can always rest assured that God chose us to be saved because he called us to faith in Jesus through the gospel.

God’s love is so great he even promises that we will share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ in heaven. No photo can capture the splendor and joy that await us in our eternal home at our Savior’s side. Since God embraces us with endless love through Jesus, we are moved to give him endless thanks with our lips and our lives.

Prayer: Now thank we all our God with hearts and hands and voices, who wondrous things has done, in whom his world rejoices, who from our mother’s arms has blessed us on our way with countless gifts of love and still is ours today. ~ Martin Rinckart, 1636

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What’s on your calendar?

November

  • 19th: Stewardship Evening: Sarpy Co. mission church, 2 speakers, Panera meal
  • 22nd: Thanksgiving Eve Service at 7:00 p.m
  • 23rd: Thanksgiving Day (no service)
  • 29th: Advent Service, 7:00 p.m.

December

  • 5th: Women Serving Christ at 6:30 p.m. ~ cookie plate assembly, tree decorating, etc.
  • 6th:  Advent Service, 7:00 p.m.
  • 13th: Advent Service, 7:00 p.m.
  • 20th: Children’s Christmas Program, 6:30 p.m.
  • 24th: Sunday Worship Service: 10:30 a.m.
  • 24th: Christmas Eve Service: 7:00 p.m.
  • 25th: Christmas Day Service: 10:30 a.m.
  • 31st: Sunday Worship Service: 10:30 a.m.
  • 31st: New Years Eve Service: 7:00 p.m.

January

  • 1st: New Years Day (no service)
  • Financial Peace University (sessions to be announced)
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Who is ruling?

There before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed. ~ Daniel 7:13,14

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Look at the world, and you might wonder, “Who is ruling?” Hate, terrorism, persecution–all of it makes everything feel so chaotic and unsure. Really, who is ruling?

If you saw who is ruling, you might have to do a double-take. There is nothing in his appearance that stands out and screams “king material.” He looks like us. He calls himself “the Son of man” (John 3:13). If you are not careful, he might disappoint you. If you are so obsessed with him providing a better life here and now, you might even turn against him. Many did. They cried, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”

But look closer at the one who is ruling. The one who even the winds and the waves obey is the one who hung on the cross for sinners and cried, “Father, forgive them” (Luke 23:34). He is the one who comforted the thief on the cross and promised, “Today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43). As he died, he is the one who moved a Roman officer to exclaim, “Surely he was the Son of God!” (Matthew 27:54). And when all seemed chaotic and unsure to his closest disciples, he is the one who removed all their doubt when he said to them in person, “Peace be with you” (Luke 24:36).

This is the same one who rules your heart with his grace and Spirit. This is the same one who sustains your faith with his forgiving love in Word and sacrament. And this is the same one who promises to come back for you. He is the one you will see on the clouds of heaven, the one for whose name every knee will bow and every tongue confess, the one who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

Who is ruling? He is the Jesus Christ the Lord!

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Veterans Day Pray 2017

Veterans Day poster.jpgDear Heavenly Father, from the day our nation began you have been with us. From the first time our armies marched against the foe you have preserved us. You have moved the hearts of men and women to place their lives in danger’s path so that we, whom they never would meet, might enjoy the blessings of liberty that you have bestowed on America.

Let the spirit of courage and the love of country that moved these heroes continue to thrive in our nation, that there will always be those ready to answer the call and pay the price for liberty. We thank you for our Veterans.

This Veterans Day, bless the men, women, and children who are grieving for the ones who gave their lives in service to our country. Guide their hearts to You for comfort and healing. We pray this in Jesus’ name, who died to make us truly free. Amen.

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WSC November Meeting

Women Serving Christ will meet on November 15th at 6:30 p.m.

Bible study, meeting, light snack, fellowship, etc.

We hope you can come and join us!

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A better place

I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men—the testimony given in its proper time. ~ 1 Timothy 2:1-6

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“What can I do to make this world a better place?” A look at the sad, scary state of current events, both local and worldwide, can lead one to wonder, “Is there really anything I can do that will make a difference?”

Yes, there is. The apostle Paul says to us, “Pray.” Paul urges us to pray for everyone. Pray for family, friends, neighbors, citizens of our country and for people around the world. Pray.

Especially pray for all those in authority. Pray for local authorities and national authorities. And pray for kings and authorities around the world. Whether it is the authorities at home or abroad, Paul doesn’t say, “Ridicule them.” He doesn’t say, “Put them down.” He doesn’t say, “Make sure everyone knows their faults.” He says, “Pray for them.” Pray for them so we can live peaceful and quiet lives.

When we live peaceful and quiet lives, we can live in all godliness and holiness. And then we can proclaim the real difference-maker, Jesus. God wants all people to be saved. That happens when people come to a knowledge of the truth. Not just any truth, but the truth that Jesus Christ is the mediator between God and people. The truth that Jesus Christ is the one who has established peace between God and all people. The truth that Jesus Christ is the one who has opened heaven for us. He did that by giving himself as a ransom, by taking our sins upon himself, by offering his body and blood for us on the cross.

Life with Jesus—that’s what truly makes this world a better place.

Prayer: Lord God, guide and bless all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. Then guide and bless us as we proclaim Jesus, the difference-maker for this life and for eternity. Amen.

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Reformation Service

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Six area WELS congregations held a joint service on Sunday morning, October, 29th, to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. This special service was held at Bennington High School. An auditorium full of worshipers came together as a mixed group, in a new setting, and sang:

God’s Word is our great heritage, and shall be ours forever;
To spread its light from age to age shall be our chief endeavor.
Through life it guides our way; in death it is our stay.
Lord, grant while worlds endure, we keep its teachings pure
throughout all generations.

Thanks to everyone who worked to make this very special event occur!

 

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