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02/22/21

  06:45:00 pm, by Pastor Plagenz   , 1925 words  
Categories: Devotions

February 21, 2021

THE FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT  

February 21, 2021

OUR SERVICE TODAY  

The Service of the Word, page 38 in Christian Worship

 

HYMN # 472, V. 1 Rise, My Soul, to Watch and Pray

THE INVOCATION

P:  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you.

C:    (Spoken)  And also with you.

 

THE CONFESSION OF SINS

 P:   We have come into the presence of God, who created us to love and serve him as his dear children.  But we have disobeyed him and deserve only his wrath and punishment.  Therefore, let us confess our sins to him and plead for his mercy.

C  (Spoken):  Merciful Father in heaven, I am altogether sinful from birth.  In countless ways I have sinned against you and do not deserve to be called your child.  But trusting in Jesus, my Savior, I pray:  Have mercy on me according to your unfailing love.  Cleanse me from my sin, and take away my guilt.

 P:   God, our heavenly Father, has forgiven all your sins.  By the perfect life and innocent death of our Lord Jesus Christ, he has removed your guilt forever.  You are his own dear child.  May God give you strength to live according to his will.

 C (Spoken):  Amen.

 

P:  In the peace of forgiveness, let us praise the Lord.

 THE SONG OF PRAISE

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good.  Blessed are they who take refuge in him.

Your Word, O Lord, is eternal; It stands firm in the heavens.

Your faithfulness continues forever.

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good.  Blessed are they who take refuge in him.

 

THE PRAYER OF THE DAY

P:  Lord, our strength, the battle of good and evil rages within and around us, and our ancient foe tempts us with his deceits and empty promises.  Keep us steadfast in Your Word, and when we fall, raise us up again and restore us through Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C:    (Sung)  Amen

 

THE OLD TESTAMENT LESSON – Genesis 22:1-18 (excerpts)

Some time later God tested Abraham. He called to him, “Abraham!” Abraham answered, “I am here.”

God said, “Now take your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah. Offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains there, the one to which I direct you.”

Abraham got up early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, along with Isaac his son. Abraham split the wood for the burnt offering. Then he set out to go to the place that God had told him about. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance.

Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey. The boy and I will go on over there. We will worship, and then we will come back to you.” . . .

They came to the place that God had told him about. Abraham built the altar there. He arranged the wood, tied up Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar on top of the wood. Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son.

The Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, “Abraham, Abraham!”

Abraham said, “I am here.”

He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy. Do not do anything to him. For now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.”

Abraham looked around and saw that behind him there was a ram caught in the thicket by its horns. Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. Abraham called the name of that place “The Lord Will Provide.” So it is said to this day, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”

The Angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven and said, “I have sworn by myself, declares the Lord, because you have done this thing and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will bless you greatly, and I will multiply your descendants greatly, like the stars of the sky and like the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the city gates of their enemies. In your seed all the nations of the earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.”

 

THE PSALM OF THE DAY – Psalm 6:      

 Refrain:  (sung)  Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;      have mercy on us

 P: O LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger

  C: or discipline me in your wrath.

P: Be merciful to me, LORD, for I am faint;

  C: O LORD, heal me, for my soul is in anguish.

P: Turn, O LORD, and deliver me;

  C: save me because of your unfailing love.

Refrain:  (sung)  Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;      have mercy on us

P: I am worn out from groaning.

  C: My eyes grow weak with sorrow.

P: Away from me, all you who do evil,

 C: for the LORD has heard my weeping.

 P: The LORD has heard my cry for mercy;

  C: the LORD accepts my prayer.

All:  Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,

       As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.  Amen.

 Refrain:  (sung)  Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;      have mercy on us

 

 THE EPISTLE – Romans 8:31-39

 What then will we say about these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Indeed, he who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also graciously give us all things along with him?

Who will bring an accusation against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies! Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus, who died and, more than that, was raised to life, is the one who is at God’s right hand and who is also interceding for us! What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will trouble or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? Just as it is written:

For your sake we are being put to death all day long.

We are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor rulers, neither things present nor things to come, nor powerful forces, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

  

THE GOSPEL – Mark 1:12-15

 The Spirit immediately sent Jesus out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels were serving him.

After John was put in prison, Jesus went to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God. “The time is fulfilled,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near! Repent, and believe in the gospel.”

 THE CONGREGATION SINGS:    Praise be to you, O Christ!

  

THE CHILDREN’S SERMON

 

HYMN # 419, vs. 5-7 If God Himself Be For Me

 

THE SERMON – Romans 8:31-39

HOW DOES THE DEVIL GET IN MY HEAD?

  1. He keeps trying to make me feel like a horrible sinner.
  2. He keeps trying to make me feel like an unloved loser.

 

 THE APOSTLES’ CREED - Spoken by all

I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth. 

I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  He descended into hell.  The third day He rose again from the dead.  He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.  From there He will come to judge the living and the dead. 

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.  Amen.

  

MANCHESTER:  Oboe Solo:  (Cindy Floeter) – Jesus Walked this Lonesome Valley

 

 A Ceremony of Dedication of the Entry to the Glory of God

Pastor:  Brothers and sisters in Christ, today we seek God’s blessing as we gather with thankfulness to set apart this entry to His glory.  Let us pray.

O Lord our God, we praise and thank You for establishing among us a place where we may worship You and where Your Word may be proclaimed and Your sacraments received.  You have enriched our lives with every good and perfect gift.  You are pleased with the offerings of faith which Your people bring to glorify Your holy name.  Look with favor on us as we present this entry to Your praise and glory and in memory of Phyllis Kirst.  Amen.

P:  How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD Almighty!

C:  My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD.

P:  Better is one day in your courts

C: than a thousand elsewhere;

 P:  I’d rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God

C:  than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

P:  Blessed are those whose strength is in you,

C:  who have set their hearts on praise.

P:  They go from strength to strength,

C: till each appears before God in Zion.

P:  Blessed are those who dwell in your house;

C: they are ever praising you.

Pastor:  We, the members of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, set apart and dedicate this entry to the glory and honor of God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  May it reflect our love for you, benefit this body of believers, and bring joy to those who use it.  Amen.

  

THE PRAYERS AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

 THE BENEDICTION

M:  Brothers and sisters, go in peace.  Live in harmony with one another.  Serve the Lord with gladness.  The Lord bless you and keep you.  The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.  The Lord look on you with favor and give you peace.

C:      (Sung)  Amen. Amen. Amen.

 

HYMN # 449 – Children of the Heavenly Father

OUR SERVICE THIS WEEK  

Tuesday                  9:30 am – Bible Class in Manchester

Wednesday             3:45 pm – Confirmation Class in Manchester

                                  7:00 pm – Lent Service in Marquette

Sunday                    8:30 am – Worship in Marquette

                                  9:15 am – Sunday School in Manchester

10:00 am – Worship in Manchester

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Since the Manchester congregation is dropping its Thursday evening service during Lent, we are not asking you to sign up for church on Wednesday or Sunday.  Thank you!

Our Lenten Services continue this Wednesday with a 7:00 p.m. service in Marquette.  This week we hear about Hands of Repentance (Tax Collector).  We hope you will be able to worship with us! 

Our next Youth Group outing will be a trip to Pizza Ranch on Sunday, March 21st.  We’ll leave right after church.  Thanks!

The Manchester Church Council will once again be serving Easter breakfast immediately following the 7:00 a.m. service.  We are planning to offer dine-in or carry-out.  There is a sign-up sheet in the entry.  Please sign up and indicate which you prefer.  (At the present time, we are not asking for donations of food.)  Thanks! 

02/14/21

  06:42:00 pm, by Pastor Plagenz   , 2139 words  
Categories: Devotions

February 14, 2021

THE TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD  

February 11 & 14, 2021

OUR SERVICE TODAY  

HYMN Jesus, Take Us to the Mountain

 

THE INVOCATION

P:  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you.

C:  (Spoken)  And also with you.

 

THE CONFESSION OF SINS

P:  God invites us to come into His presence and worship Him with humble and penitent hearts.  Therefore, let us acknowledge our sinfulness and ask Him to forgive us.

 C (Spoken):  Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.  Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit.  When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.  Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity.  I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD”—and you forgave the guilt of my sin.

P:  Jesus says to His people, “If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven.”  His death paid for the guilt of your sins and the sins of the whole world.  Because of the promise of our Savior Jesus, I forgive you all your sins.  Be assured that you are a dear child of God and an heir of eternal life.

 C (Spoken):  Amen.

 

P: For all that we need in life and for the wisdom to use all Your gifts with gratitude and joy, hear our prayer, O Lord.

C (Spoken):  Lord, have mercy.

 P: For the steadfast assurance that nothing can separate us from Your love and for the courage to stand firm against the assaults of Satan and every evil, hear our prayer, O Christ.

C (Spoken):  Christ, have mercy.

 P:  For the well-being of Your holy Church in all the world and for those who offer here their worship and praise, hear our prayer, O Lord.

C (Spoken):  Lord, have mercy.

 P:  Merciful God, maker and preserver of life, uphold us by Your power and keep us in Your tender care.

C (Spoken):  Amen.

 

THE PRAYER OF THE DAY

P:  Lord God, before the suffering and death of Your one and only Son, You revealed His glory on the holy mountain.  Grant that we who bear His cross on earth may behold by faith the light of His heavenly glory and so be changed into His likeness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C:  (Spoken)  Amen

 

THE FIRST LESSON – II Corinthians 3:12-4:2

Therefore, since we have this kind of hope, we act with great boldness. We are not like Moses, who put a veil over his face, so that the Israelites could not continue to look at the end of the radiance, as it was fading away. In spite of this, their minds were hardened. Yes, up to the present day, the same veil remains when the Old Testament is read. It has not been removed because it is taken away only in Christ. Instead, to this day, whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their hearts. But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. But all of us who reflect the Lord’s glory with an unveiled face are being transformed into his own image, from one degree of glory to another. This too is from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

Therefore, since we have this ministry as a result of the mercy shown us, we are not discouraged. On the contrary, we have renounced shameful, underhanded methods. We do not operate in a deceitful way, and we do not distort the word of God. Instead, by proclaiming the truth clearly, we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.

 

THE PSALM OF THE DAY – Psalm 148:       (Read responsively)

 P: Praise the LORD from the heavens,

 C: praise him in the heights above.

P: Praise him, all his angels,

 C: praise him, all his heavenly hosts.

P: Praise him, sun and moon,

C: praise him, all you shining stars.

P: Praise the LORD from the earth,

  C: lightning and hail, stormy winds that do his bidding,

P: you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars,

  C: wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds,

P: kings of the earth and all rulers on earth,

 C: young men and maidens, old men and children.

P: Let them praise the name of the LORD,

 C: for his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.

All:  Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,

       As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.  Amen.

  

THE GOSPEL – Mark 9:2-9

 After six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John with him and led them up a high mountain where they were alone by themselves. There he was transfigured in front of them. His clothes became radiant, dazzling white, whiter than anyone on earth could bleach them. And Elijah appeared to them together with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus.

Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us make three tents: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He did not know what to say because they were terrified.

A cloud appeared and overshadowed them, and a voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him.”

Suddenly when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus alone.

As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

  

HYMN # 95 How Good, Lord, to Be Here

 

THE SERMON – II Kings 2:1-12a (excerpts)

When the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind, Elijah was traveling with Elisha from Gilgal. . . .

The sons of the prophets who were in Bethel came out to Elisha and said to him, “Do you know that today the Lord is taking your master away from you?”

Then he said, “Yes, I know. Be quiet.”

Then Elijah said to him, “Elisha, stay here because the Lord has sent me to Jericho.”

But he said, “As surely as the Lord lives and as your soul lives, I will not leave you.” So they went to Jericho. . . .

Then fifty men from the sons of the prophets came and stood and watched them from a distance, while the two of them were standing at the Jordan. Elijah took his cloak, folded it together, and struck the water. The water divided to the right and to the left. Then the two of them crossed on dry land.

When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask me for whatever I can do for you before I am taken from you.”

Then Elisha said, “Let there be a double portion of your spirit on me.”

He said, “You have asked for a difficult thing. If you see me being taken from you, it will surely be yours. But if not, then it will not.” While they were walking and talking, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire came and separated them. So Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. Elisha was watching and crying out, “My father! My father! Israel’s chariot and its charioteers!” Then he did not see him anymore.

WHAT DOES GLORY LOOK LIKE?

  1. In the life of one of God’s saints?
  2. In the death of one of God’s saints?

  

THE NICENE CREED - Spoken by all

 We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. 

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one being with the Father.  Through him all things were made.  For us and for our salvation, he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary, and became fully human.  For our sake he was crucified under Pontus Pilate.  He suffered death and was buried.  On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures.  He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.  He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. 

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son,      who in unity with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets.  We believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church.  We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.  We look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.  Amen.

 

THE PRAYERS

 THE LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever.  Amen.

 

THE SERVICE OF HOLY COMMUNION

P:  Lift up your hearts.

C (Spoken):  We lift them up unto the Lord.

P:  Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

C (Spoken):  It is good and right so to do.

P:  Praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  In love he has blessed us with every spiritual blessing.  In the past he spoke to us through the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, who is the radiance of his glory.  Now has come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ.  To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and thanks and honor and glory for ever and ever.

C:  (Spoken)  Amen

 

The Words of Institution

Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night he was betrayed, took bread; and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body, which is given for you.  Do this in remembrance of me.”

Then he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for you for the forgiveness of sins.  Do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

P:  The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C (Spoken):  Amen.

 

THE DISTRIBUTION

 

Prayer by the Pastor:

Hear the prayer of your people, O Lord, that the lips which have praised you here may glorify you in the world, that the eyes that have seen the coming of your Son may long for his coming again, and that all who have received in his true body and blood the pledge of your forgiveness may be restored to live a new and holy life, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C (Spoken):  Amen.

 THE BENEDICTION

M:  The Lord bless you and keep you.  The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.  The Lord look on you with favor and give you peace.

C:  (Spoken)  Amen

 HYMN # 369 Beautiful Savior

 

OUR SERVICE THIS WEEK  

Monday                        7:30 pm – Church Council Meeting in Manchester

Tuesday                  9:30 am – Bible Class in Manchester

                                  7:00 pm – Ladies Aid Meeting in Manchester

Wednesday             3:45 pm – Confirmation Class in Manchester

                                  7:00 pm – Lent Service with Communion in Manchester

Sunday                    8:30 am – Worship in Marquette

                                  9:15 am – Sunday School in Manchester

10:00 am – Worship in Manchester

ANNOUNCEMENTS  

Ash Wednesday is this week.  The theme for our Lenten worship this year will be The Hands of the Passion.  Our service on Wednesday will be in Manchester at 7:00 p.m.  We will celebrate Communion in the service, and the sermon theme will be Hands of Misguided Zeal (Peter).

Confirmation parents:  From now on, Confirmation Class will finish at 5:00 instead of 6:00 p.m.

During the season of Lent we will drop our Thursday evening service in Manchester.

In the Manchester service next Sunday, we will have a Ceremony of Dedication for the new entry.  The entry is a gift in memory of Phyllis Kirst.  On that day, we will dedicate it for our use to the glory of God.

02/07/21

  09:47:00 pm, by Pastor Plagenz   , 1546 words  
Categories: Devotions

February 7, 2021

THE FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY

February 4 & 7, 2021

 

OUR SERVICE TODAY  

HYMN: Page 98 in the Praise Book God Will Take Care of You

 

OPENING RESPONSES

M:  O Lord, open my lips.

C:  (Spoken)  And my mouth shall declare Your praise.

M:  Hasten to save me, O God.

C:  (Spoken)  O Lord, come quickly to help me.

 

THE CONFESSION OF SINS

 P:  Let us in true repentance make confession of our sins and receive the assurance of God’s forgiveness in Christ Jesus.

C:  Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your unfailing love; according to Your great compassion blot out my transgressions.  Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.  For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.  Against You, You only have I sinned and done what is evil in Your sight; hide Your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.

 P:  The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.  He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.  For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us, through the perfect obedience and willing suffering and death of Christ Jesus, our Savior and Lord.

C:  Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Alleluia!

 

THE PRAYER OF THE DAY

M:  Almighty God, You sent Your one and only Son as the Word of life for our eyes to see and our ears to hear.  Help us believe what the Scriptures proclaim about Him and do the things that are pleasing in Your sight; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C:  (Spoken)  Amen

 

THE FIRST LESSON – I Corinthians 9:16-23

You see, if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast about, because an obligation is laid on me, and woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! If I do this as a volunteer, I receive compensation. But if not, I have been entrusted with a responsibility as a steward. What then is my compensation? To present the gospel of Christ free of charge when I preach it, instead of making use of the right I have when I preach the gospel.

In fact, although I am free from all, I enslaved myself to all so that I might gain many more. To the Jews, I became like a Jew so that I might gain Jews. To those who are under the law, I became like a person under the law (though I myself am not under the law) so that I might gain those who are under the law. To those who are without the law, I became like a person without the law (though I am not without God’s law but am within the law of Christ) so that I might gain those who are without the law. To the weak, I became weak so that I might gain the weak. I have become all things to all people so that I may save at least some. And I do everything for the sake of the gospel so that I may share in it along with others.

 

THE PSALM OF THE DAY – Psalm 103:       (Read responsively)

 P: Praise the LORD, O my soul;

 C: all my inmost being, praise his holy name.

P: He forgives all your sins

 C: and heals all your diseases;

P: he redeems your life from the grave

  C: and crowns you with love and compassion.

P: The LORD is compassionate and gracious,

  C: slow to anger, abounding in love.

P: He does not treat us as our sins deserve

   C: or repay us according to our iniquities.

P: For as high as the heavens are above the earth,

 C: so great is his love for those who fear him;

P: as far as the east is from the west,

 C: so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

 P: As a father has compassion on his children,

 C: so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;

P: for he knows how we are formed,

 C: he remembers that we are dust.

P: Our days are like grass, like a flower of the field;

 C: the wind blows over it and it is gone.

 P: But the LORD’S love is with those who fear him

  C: from everlasting to everlasting.

 All:  Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,

       As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.  Amen.

 

THE GOSPEL – Mark 1:29-39

 They left the synagogue and went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. Simon’s mother-in-law was lying in bed, sick with a fever. Without delay they told Jesus about her. He went to her, took her by the hand, and raised her up. The fever left her, and she began to serve them. That evening, when the sun had set, the people kept bringing to him all who were sick and demon-possessed. The whole town gathered at the door. He healed many people who were sick with various diseases and drove out many demons. But he did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew who he was.

Jesus got up early in the morning, while it was still dark, and went out. He withdrew to a solitary place and was praying there. Simon and his companions searched for him, and, when they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is looking for you!”

He told them, “Let’s go somewhere else, to the neighboring villages, so that I can preach there too. In fact, that is why I have come.” Then he went throughout the whole region of Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.

 C:  Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  Alleluia.

 

MANCHESTER:  The Children’s Sermon

HYMN # 411 What a Friend We Have in Jesus

 

THE SERMON – Job 7:1-7

Isn’t man’s time on earth like being compelled to serve in the army? Aren’t his days like those of a hired man? Like a slave, he longs for shade, or like a day laborer, he waits for his pay. In the same way, I have been allotted months of futility, and nights of agony have been assigned to me. When I lie down, I think, “How long before I get up?” But the night drags on, and I am filled with restlessness until dawn. My flesh is clothed with maggots and caked with dirt. My skin scabs over and then oozes again. My days pass by more swiftly than the shuttle of a weaver’s loom. They come to an end without hope.

Remember that my life is just a breath. My eyes will never again see good fortune.

 

REMEMBER ME, O GOD

  1. My life is a mess.
  2. My “friends” are no help.
  3. What are Your answers to my suffering?

 

 THE PRAYERS

 THE LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever.  Amen.

 

THE BENEDICTION

M:  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

C:  (Spoken)  Amen

 

HYMN Give Me Strength, O Lord  (Printed on the insert)

 

OUR SERVICE THIS WEEK  

Monday                  9:30 am – Pastors’ Study Club in Ripon

Tuesday                  9:30 am – Bible Class in Manchester

Wednesday             3:45 pm – Confirmation Class in Manchester

Thursday                 7:00 pm – Worship in Manchester

Sunday                    8:30 am – Worship in Marquette

                                  9:15 am – Sunday School in Manchester

10:00 am – Worship in Manchester

 

Announcements

On Thursday, the Lord Jesus called Skip Heinz to be with Him in heaven.  His memorial service will be on Tuesday, at 1:00 p.m., in Marquette.  There will be a time of visitation from noon until the time of the service.  We pray that the Lord would be with Skip’s family with His comfort.

 

Our next Youth Group Fun Night will be Monday, February 15th, at the Manchester church, from 6:00 until 7:30 p.m.  We will play Candy Bar Bingo!  Join the fun!

 

The Hands of the Passion will be the theme for our Wednesday evening services this Lenten season.  Once again, we will alternate churches for our services.  The Ash Wednesday Service with Communion will be February 17th, at 7:00 p.m., in Manchester.  The next week the service will be in Marquette.  (During the season of Lent we will drop our Thursday evening service.)

 

In the Manchester service on Sunday, February 21st, we will have a Ceremony of Dedication for the new entry.  The entry is a gift in memory of Phyllis Kirst.  On that day, we will dedicate it for our use to the glory of God.

07/29/19

  12:41:00 am, by Pastor Plagenz   , 331 words  
Categories: Devotions

God Will Work It Out

God Will Work It Out

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

Written by Micah Hinds, WLA Class of 2019

Often times it is hard for us to see God's love.  We struggle daily with problems, changes, challenges, and temptations that God allows in our lives.  We tend to focus on the negatives.  We pick out every thing that goes wrong in our lives.  It is hard for us to see things as good.  God doesn't say all things in our lives will be good, but rather that He can and will work everything out for good.  I think we all agree that cancer isn't good, getting in a bad accident isn't good, war isn't good.  That is why as Christians we put our trust in God and His promise that He can and will work all things out for us in the way He sees best.

I picked this passage because it has helped me throughout my life and throughout the lives of many others.  We struggle with little things every day, get frustrated and wonder why we have to put up with them.  Even as Christians we sometimes struggle so much that we doubt God's existence, feel God hates us, or we hate Him.

This is when we need a reminder from a passage like this.  We all face challenges, and this passage serves as a constant, encouraging reminder that we're never alone and never have to go through anything alone.  This passage brings us the comfort of knowing that God really is there, He has a plan, and He is going to work things out in whatever way He know is best.

Dear Lord, sometimes we don't understand the trials You place in our lives.  Help us to remember Your promise to always be there for us and work things out for us, in whatever way You see best.  Amen.

01/18/18

  03:09:00 pm, by Pastor Plagenz   , 286 words  
Categories: Devotions

Lord, Keep Me on the Path

Written by Grant Manke, WLA class of 2018

The New Year and the month of January are here, bringing cold temperatures, ice, and snow.  Although winter is a jolly time of year, we still have to travel and deal with questionable, icy, snow-covered Wisconsin roads.  Being tough Wisconsinites, we may think that we have winter roads figured out and feel under control.  There's always that one low shoulder full of slush or that sheet of black ice that can send us spinning completely out of control.

Living in this world is like driving in a blizzard on an icy, snow-covered road.  We can only see what's right in front of us.  Just when we feeel under control, our lives can be sent spinning out of control.  We try to correct the situation on our own, but trusting ourselves we most often over-steer and end up in the ditch.  Our God makes His Word so easy to access.  It is the one thing that will keep us on the straight and narrow.  Yet our Bibles are sitting on our shelves covered in dust.  We look to ourselves for guidance and neglect what has been put right in front of us.

Thankfully, God doesn't leave us to die in the ditch.  He brings us back to His Word and graciously shines the light on our Savior who rescues us.  He lifts us out of the ditch of our sinful pride and sets us back on the path to heaven with His free forgiveness.  And the sweetness of it all is God's  promise of the warm, cozy mansion awaiting us after we have finished this long, cold, uncertain drive.  This is a drive we certainly couldn't make without our Lord.

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