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February 7, 2021


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

February 7, 2021


February 4 & 7, 2021



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



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.



 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!



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.



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




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.



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)



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



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.

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