Bulletin Announcements – January 31, 2016

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January 31, 2016

THOUGHTS ON STEWARDSHIP:  1 Corinthians 13:4-5: “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful.” Love is the greatest of the three “theological virtues” because God is Love. That is why love is the fulfillment of the Law, because the Law is the reflection of God’s being and God is love. St. Paul urges the Corinthians to grow in love, to grow up into the image of Christ who demonstrates what love looks like with His sacrifice on the cross. For love always seeks the good of the other, always seeks to serve, to give, to bless.

THE ADULT BIBLE CLASS, led by Pastor Lueck and meeting in the church basement at 9:15 a.m. is studying “Lutheran Doctrine and Practice Today”.

TODAY IN SUNDAY SCHOOL:  The lesson today is “The Boy Jesus in the Temple.” As a boy, Jesus was found in His Father’s house. In God’s house I hear His Word, see that Jesus is my Savior, and receive His gifts of forgiveness and salvation. Because of sin, we are like Jesus’ parents and do not understand what Gods says to us. We don’t recognize who Jesus truly is—our Savior. Ask your children, “How does the Holy Spirit help identify who Jesus is?”

LENT IS EARLY THIS YEAR! Yes, it seems like we just got through Advent/Christmas/Epiphany. Ash Wednesday Worship with Holy Communion is on Wednesday, February 10th at 7:00 p.m. Our Lenten Theme this year is based on the Book of Job: Blessed Be The Name of the Lord! Plan to join your church family during this penitential season.

WINTER WEATHER PLAN: If bad weather is likely, the Elders will send an email reminder to the Newsletter email list the night before services reminding you to check WJBC or email to see if church is cancelled. If you do not receive the Newsletter email and want to receive cancellation emails, subscribe to the Newsletter email at: http://www.goodshepherdblm.org/about-us/contact-us/

FELLOWSHIP HOSTS: The sign-up for help with coffee/doughnuts is posted on the wall by the north stairwell. We need an individual/family to sign-up each week to pick up the donuts and make the coffee. If no one is signed up by Friday of each week, the order will be cancelled. We thank everybody who continues to help with this part of our church fellowship.

LUTHERANS FOR LIFE FISH FRY: Pastors Joe Burns of Eureka and Bruce Scarbeary of Roanoke are sponsoring a Lutherans For Life Fish Fry. It is a dinner for up to twenty people with the proceeds going to a local Lutherans For Life Chapter. They are taking “bids” until March 13, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. If you would like to bid on this group outing, please place your bid and information on the sheet in the narthex. The current high bid is $500.00.

LUTHERAN MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER: Marriage is for a lifetime. Want to get out of the rut and focus on the Biblical principles of fidelity, commitment, physical enjoyment and marriage as the Bride of Christ? Lutheran Marriage Encounter is here for you. The next weekend is scheduled for April 1-3, 2016 in Peoria IL. For more information and/or to register visit: www.GodLovesMarriage.org.

THE LUTHERAN HOUR: “It’s Best To Be With Jesus” is the topic for next Sunday. The sermon text will be from Luke 9:28-36. Life is not a do-it-yourself project. To live life to its fullest, we need Jesus. The speaker will be Reverend Gregory Seltz. Hear this Sunday’s message on the Lutheran Hour on WGN (720) at 6:00 a.m.; WJWR (104.7 FM) and WJWR (90.3 FM) both on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Also, if you can receive Lincoln, IL radio station WLLM (1370 AM) the program is broadcast two times on Sunday at 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Tune in! You can also listen to The Lutheran Hour on your personal computer at RealAudio, www.lhm.org.

PRAYER CHAIN: If you have a prayer request please submit them by email to Mary Anne Kirchner at makirchner@yahoo.com or you may phone a Prayer Request to Mary Anne; her home # is (309) 661-6522; her cell phone# is (309) 532-2582. The Prayer Request box is on the table in the narthex for any written requests.

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Sermon — January 24, 2016, Text: 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a

January 24, 2016                                       Text:  1 Corinthians 12:12-31a

 

Dear Friends in Christ,

 

Have you ever put a jigsaw puzzle together?  At our house we have put 4 or 5 together and a couple of them are framed in my office.  One of those puzzles is a picture from the “Andy Griffith Show.”  It shows Andy and Opie going fishing along with frames of some of the other main characters like my all-time favorite Barney Fife.  As with most jigsaw puzzles this was going to take time and patience.

We usually spread our puzzles out on our cardboard table and work on them when we have time or even as we pass by and see where a piece might go.  Each piece would get us closer to a finished product.  The closer to completing the puzzle the easier the pieces were to find.  What was at first a conglomeration of confusion was now a harmonious symphony of order.

Then the symphony struck a sour note.  There it was a missing piece.  All this labor for naught.  The family searched everywhere – on the floor, in the box, behind the sofa cushions, under the chair.  The search was futile.  The puzzle was incomplete, it was not whole.

Our lives can be like that jigsaw puzzle.  Young people who are just beginning their lives have a difficult time fitting all the pieces together.  Teenagers don’t know where they fit in as they find themselves between childhood and adulthood.  The elderly at times feel as if they have been taken out and replaced and forgotten.

What we want to do this morning is focus in on a deeper level.  The missing piece of a jigsaw puzzle means that the puzzle is not whole, it can never be until what is missing is found.  Today then . . .

“THE MISSING PIECE”

Paul uses an interesting metaphor in our text, He states that “the body is one and has many members…if one member suffers, all suffer together.” (vs. 12a, 26a)  I know that when my back hurts, the rest of my body suffers as well.  If you get a sore throat or migraine the rest of your body “suffers” with your head.  You don’t feel like doing anything until that part of the body that is suffering has time to heal.

Paul, however, sees a deeper meaning to his metaphor.  He sees us, Christians, as the many members that make up the body, the church.  We are members of the body with Christ as the head.  Just as any body cannot function without the members working in perfect harmony, so too the body of Christ, the Christian Church.  The church cannot function in perfect harmony unless all its members work together.

Does the church work in harmony?  Do we make an effort to welcome a visitor or make another member feel comfortable in worship?  Do you call on a member who has not worshipped with us?  My experience has been that people who have not been here in a while want to be called, they want to be missed.  Do you make an effort to seek out the pains of other members of this body?  If we just look inward then the missing pieces are not missed.  When the members of the body are not here, the picture is incomplete, there’s a hole in the church.

When our bodies become injured we take care of it.  We visit a doctor to get a shot or a prescription to relive the pain and quicken the healing.  We take care of the injury until it is healed.

Is it any wonder that we refer to our Lord Jesus Christ as the “Great Physician?”  He alone is the One who has taken our sin of self-centeredness upon his shoulders to the cross of Calvary.  He is, as the Gospel lesson states, “sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering sight to the blind.”

Unlike the parts of our body suffering, Christ suffered in order that the entire body might not suffer.  Upon His shoulders were the infections of our souls.  By his cuts and bruises we are whole.  St. Paul writes in Romans 5:8 that “while we were still sinners Christ died for us.”  By way of His forgiveness He wraps us and heals us to such an extant that there is no scar, no reminder of our sins.  The healing balm of the empty tomb bursts forth in glory to each and every one of you as you come to his throne of grace and forgiveness.  Each time we take the Lord’s body and blood the soothing ointment of grace heals the suffering of sin.

Paul in our text is calling us a family; the many-membered body of Christ.  We have family members that need to be reached. We don’t have to travel thousands of miles to see them.  They may be in your family, under your same roof, or those you have become friendly with.  They need the good news of the Resurrected Christ.  They need the same love that Christ has shown you.  They need to know they are missed.  They suffer if they don’t hear about the healing of God’s grace.  Is there a missing piece or two that you notice as you look around the pews this morning?

Paul gives the direction in our text.  “For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body.”  In other words, no one is more important than another.  We have an equality in the body of Christ.  It is like the Trinity:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  All are equal in majesty, divinity and eternity.

So it is with us.  We have the same baptism and an equality of purpose.  The Council is not more important than the Elders, the Treasurer is not more important than the Trustees, the LWML is not more important than the Sunday School teacher.  All work together for the unity of the body, for the good of the body, for the glory of the body, Christ Jesus our Lord.

We never did find the missing piece.  Go into my office and there toward the upper left hand corner it stares you in the face, the puzzle is incomplete.  May God grant us all the strength to work as a body, in unison with one another in love, to bring back our missing pieces.

Amen.

Bulletin Announcements – January 24, 2016

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January 24, 2016

THOUGHTS ON STEWARDSHIP:  I Cor. 12:16: “And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body.” The Lord has called each of us individually and given each of us unique gifts. He has made our whole lives holy in our Baptism and has called us to a life together in the Church, His body. You are a part of that body, and that body needs you and the gifts the Lord has given you. This is your holy calling from the Lord.

THE ADULT BIBLE CLASS, led by Pastor Lueck and meeting in the church basement at 9:15 a.m. is studying “Lutheran Doctrine and Practice Today”.

TODAY IN SUNDAY SCHOOL: “The Visit of the Wise Men,” as told in Matthew 2, is the Bible story in Sunday School today. This Bible story teaches us that the Savior came into the world for the salvation of all people. Just as the Wise Men came to Bethlehem to see the Savior and honor Him, so we come to church to see the Savior in His Word and Sacraments. With these gifts, He both honors and blesses us. Consider discussing, “How are we sometimes like Herod? How are we like the Wise Men?”

TODAY is the deadline for items to be submitted for the FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER. Mandy Kluender is our Editor for the church newsletter and any announcements you want to be published in the Newsletter should be submitted to her at mgkluender@hotmail.com or you may call her at (309) 838-9868.

FORT WAYNE SEMINARY COOP COLLECTION: John & Paula Hardy will be traveling to Concordia Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana again this year. Please bring in any lightly used clothing or household items that you wish to donate for the seminarians and their families. The CoOp provides these items to the seminarians and their family free of charge and really helps in making their time at the seminary more affordable. Please have your donations to the church on or before this coming Thursday, January 28th. We will be packing up, and depending on weather, leaving on Friday, January 29th.

FROM THE OFFICE: If you do not receive the Church Newsletter by email, please pick up your copy of the January Newsletter on the table in the narthex. This is only for the month of January. Thank you!

WINTER WEATHER PLAN: If bad weather is likely, the Elders will send an email reminder to the Newsletter email list the night before services reminding you to check WJBC or email to see if church is cancelled. If you do not receive the Newsletter email and want to receive cancellation emails, subscribe to the Newsletter email at: http://www.goodshepherdblm.org/about-us/contact-us/

PORTALS OF PRAYER: The January – March 2016 Portals of Prayer are available on the book rack in the narthex. Pick up your free copy today.

FELLOWSHIP HOSTS: The sign-up for help with coffee/doughnuts is posted on the wall by the north stairwell. We need an individual/family to sign-up each week to pick up the donuts and make the coffee. If no one is signed up by Friday of each week, the order will be cancelled. We thank everybody who continues to help with this part of our church fellowship.

LUTHERANS FOR LIFE FISH FRY: Pastors Joe Burns of Eureka and Bruce Scarbeary of Roanoke are sponsoring a Lutherans For Life Fish Fry. It is a dinner for up to twenty people with the proceeds going to a local Lutherans For Life Chapter. They are taking “bids” until March 13, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. If you would like to bid on this group outing, please place your bid and information on the sheet in the narthex. The current high bid is $500.00

THE LUTHERAN HOUR: “If Jesus Had Stayed” is the topic for next Sunday. The sermon text will be from Luke 4:42b-43. God wants us to love Him in response to His love for us. The speaker will be Reverend Gregory Seltz. Hear this Sunday’s message on the Lutheran Hour on WGN (720) at 6:00 a.m.; WJWR (104.7 FM) and WJWR (90.3 FM) both on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Also, if you can receive Lincoln, IL radio station WLLM (1370 AM) the program is broadcast two times on Sunday at 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Tune in! You can also listen to The Lutheran Hour on your personal computer at RealAudio, www.lhm.org.

PRAYER CHAIN: If you have a prayer request please submit them by email to Mary Anne Kirchner at makirchner@yahoo.com or you may phone a Prayer Request to Mary Anne; her home # is (309) 661-6522; her cell phone# is (309) 532-2582. The Prayer Request box is on the table in the narthex for any written requests.

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Bulletin Announcements – January 17, 2016

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January 17, 2016

THOUGHTS ON STEWARDSHIP:  John 2:3: “When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.”” Behold the faith of Mary: she sees a problem and simply lays it before her Son and Lord, “They have no wine.” She does not offer a proposed solution, she does not demand, she simply states her need and waits for the Lord’s response. She trusts that the Lord is a giver and she knows that He always provides. May such a faith be ours!

THE ADULT BIBLE CLASS, led by Pastor Lueck and meeting in the church basement at 9:15 a.m. is studying “Created – Redeemed – Called: A Foundational For Life Bible Study”.

TODAY IN SUNDAY SCHOOL the lesson is “The “Presentation of Jesus” in the temple. Already in His infancy, Jesus was fulfilling the Law for us and for our salvation. Ask your children, “What happened and who was in the temple waiting to see the promised Savior? What does this text tell us about who we find in God’s house?

FROM THE OFFICE: If you do not receive the Church Newsletter by email, please pick up your copy of the January Newsletter on the table in the narthex. This is only for the month of January. Thank you!

FORT WAYNE SEMINARY COOP COLLECTION: John & Paula Hardy will be traveling to Concordia Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana again this year. Please bring in any lightly used clothing or household items that you wish to donate for the seminarians and their families. The CoOp provides these items to the seminarians and their family free of charge and really helps in making their time at the seminary more affordable. Please have your donations to the church on or before Thursday, January 28th. We will be packing up, and depending on weather, leaving on Friday, January 29th.

WINTER WEATHER PLAN: If bad weather is likely, the Elders will send an email reminder to the Newsletter email list the night before services reminding you to check WJBC or email to see if church is cancelled. If you do not receive the Newsletter email and want to receive cancellation emails, subscribe to the Newsletter email at: http://www.goodshepherdblm.org/about-us/contact-us/

PORTALS OF PRAYER: The January – March 2016 Portals of Prayer are available on the book rack in the narthex. Pick up your free copy today.

FELLOWSHIP HOSTS: The sign-up for help with coffee/doughnuts is posted on the wall by the north stairwell. We need an individual/family to sign-up each week to pick up the donuts and make the coffee. If no one is signed up by Friday of each week, the order will be cancelled. We thank everybody who continues to help with this part of our church fellowship.

LUTHERANS FOR LIFE FISH FRY: Pastors Joe Burns of Eureka and Bruce Scarbeary of Roanoke are sponsoring a Lutherans For Life Fish Fry. It is a dinner for up to twenty people with the proceeds going to a local Lutherans For Life Chapter. They are taking “bids” until March 13, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. If you would like to bid on this group outing, please place your bid and information on the sheet in the narthex. The current high bid is $500.00

THE LUTHERAN HOUR: “Not What You’d Expect” is the topic for next Sunday. The sermon text will be from John 2:1-11. Jesus turns water into wine and challenges our notions of what God should or shouldn’t do. The speaker will be Reverend Gregory Seltz. Hear this Sunday’s message on the Lutheran Hour on WGN (720) at 6:00 a.m.; WJWR (104.7 FM) and WJWR (90.3 FM) both on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Also, if you can receive Lincoln, IL radio station WLLM (1370 AM) the program is broadcast two times on Sunday at 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Tune in! You can also listen to The Lutheran Hour on your personal computer at RealAudio, www.lhm.org.

PRAYER CHAIN: If you have a prayer request please submit them by email to Mary Anne Kirchner at makirchner@yahoo.com or you may phone a Prayer Request to Mary Anne; her home # is (309) 661-6522; her cell phone# is (309) 532-2582. The Prayer Request box is on the table in the narthex for any written requests.

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January 10, 2016 – Baptism of our Lord, Text: Romans 6:1-11

January 10, 2016 – Baptism of our Lord                            Text:  Romans 6:1-11

 

Dear Friends in Christ,

 

Water can be very relaxing.  Lying in a raft floating along a river.  Listening to a stream bubbling through the woods.  Even relaxation CD’s use water as a sound to find peace and tranquility.  Our bodies wound tight by life’s tensions can unwind in water or to the soothing melody of a creek bed of flowing H2O.

Think of Holy Baptism in the same way.  The tension of our sin that can bring much misery to our lives is swept down the river so to speak as the waters of Holy Baptism flow down our forehead.  How comforting to recall that special day in our lives.  We live anew through water and the Word.

“LIVING BY DYING – THROUGH THE WATERS OF HOLY BAPTISM”

As good as all of this sounds, don’t think that everything is a picture of serenity.  Satan is always looking for a way to extricate us from our faith in Jesus.  He and his minions will stop at nothing until they’ve accomplished their mission.  He entices with the thought that if we sin more we will be showered with more of God’s grace.  Paul takes up the question in our text:  “What shall we say then?  Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?” (v. 1)  Continue you living the way you want because The Lord is there with His grace.

We fall for the lie.  “I know marriage is supposed to be between one man and one woman, but God’s grace covers that, right?  I don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings.  God wouldn’t really send someone to hell if they don’t repent, would He?”

“I know sex is supposed to be just in marriage, but what we do isn’t like, horrible.  We really like each other and we will probably get married someday.  God is gracious and loving.  He won’t really send us to hell if we don’t repent, right?”

What’s wrong with the picture?  Satan is talking, not the Lord.  Satan doesn’t listen to Holy Scripture, doesn’t honor Holy Scripture, hates Holy Scripture.  He tries to get us to question its authenticity.  He will twist the Word so that we will buy into his twisted logic.  This never holds water with God and His Word.  God’s judgment on unrepentant sin is real and exactly what He says in Scripture:  eternal suffering in hell.

Paul says we can’t even think about continuing in sin.  We are dead to all this nonsense.  “Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?  By no means!  How can we who died to sin still live in it?  Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?  We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death.” (vs. 1b-4a)  Mankind is satisfied to live and function in this perverse thinking and doing.  But Paul reminds the Roman congregation that this kind thinking has no power over us.  Our sin has been drowned.  We have been set free from these sins, not because they don’t matter, but because Jesus died for them.  Forgiven because they were taken to the cross.

Our sexual sins, our sins of silence when we should be defending marriage, our failure to keep our marriage vows, all were nailed to the cross.  Therefore, when we turn away from these sins, we no longer bear the punishment they deserve.  We are delivered from hell to heaven.  “For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.”  Christ’s death was on the cross, ours is in Baptism, which gives the benefits of His work on the cross.  New life has already begun for the child of God.  When Christ returns our bodies will be raised to life again.

How then does the Church, God’s people, continue to live in this world?  How do we not let the world’s authority take over our life?  How do we live having ben drowned and buried with Christ in Baptism?  It is a matter of “reemerging” to new life.

A Pastor Fuqua tells the story of his work as a scuba diver in Wichita, Kansas.  He would sometimes be called to search for a body in the water of a sandpit.  He’d gear up, test his regulator and him and a buddy would dive into the dark waters to search for the deceased.  It was sad duty.  After completing the work, they’d emerge from the dark waters and once again breathe God’s air!  Their hope was always that the one who had drowned emerged from death to God’s fresh air of heaven.

Kind of like what happens in Baptism, isn’t it?  We dive into the depths but reemerge again to breathe fresh air.  We’ve died to sin and are brought back to life.  This new life is different because the power of God’s Word has taken over our lives.  How we conduct our daily life is different.  We will still sin but we will not be taken in by the falsehoods of Satan.  We reflect the glory of the Father – made available through a cross and empty tomb.  We reflect this new life – like Paul did after his Damascus road experience – and do it gladly and willingly.  We don’t live back there.  We share the resurrection of Jesus!

Breathe your new life and live it to the fullest in Christ Jesus!

Amen.

January 3, 2016 – Epiphany, Text: Matthew 2:1-12

January 3, 2016 – Epiphany                                                 Text:  Matthew 2:1-12

 

Dear Friends in Christ,

 

“Star light, star bright/ First star I see tonight,/ I wish I may, I wish I might,/Have this wish I wish tonight.”  And then there’s the Jiminy Cricket version:  “When you wish upon a star/Makes no difference who you are/Anything your heart desires/Will come to you.”

Stars.  There are numerous poems about them.  But the one star that always stands out most for us is the one in our text:  “For we saw His star when it rose and have come to worship him.”  His star?  Jupiter?  Venus?  A comet?  And the speculation goes on every year.  How about supernatural?  How about miraculous?  How about a question . . .

“WHAT STAR DO YOU FOLLOW?”

Today we celebrate “Epiphany”.  The word comes from a Greek word meaning, “to show, to reveal, to make manifest.”  It’s the time we celebrate the wonderful news that Christ reveals Himself to the Gentiles, the non-Jews.

So the Wise Men see his star and rise to go worship.  In this section of Scripture we always get caught up in the periphery of the story than the importance of the story.  Were there three wise men?  Nobody knows – only God.  There could have been thirty-three.  What is important is that they are Gentiles and God has guided them to that place and time.

“When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled and all Jerusalem with him.” (v. 3)  Disturbed at God’s presence?  Why?  Because God’s presence says something about sin, death, and judgment.  That would mess up Herod’s little heaven on earth.  He wants to be the star and somebody is pushing their way past.  Herod is a picture of many in the world.  They focus so much on themselves that they miss the Word in the flesh – Christ the Savior.  They excuse themselves from any judgment because they can do what they want – just like Herod.  How often are we guilty if this offense?  Looking out for #1.  “Hey, I’m the star here, don’t close the curtain.  Lord, I’ll do better next time.”

What comes next is down right fascinating.  We’re told, “…assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.” (v. 4)  Wow!  Herod knew enough and had enough confidence in the Old Testament Word of God to believe it contained information about the birth of Christ.  He knew the Messiah was coming into the world but wanted no part of it.  He knew- He had knowledge!

Herod is like so many today; those in the church and those outside the church who hear the Word of God and somehow conclude it doesn’t apply to them.  It’s post-modern math:  2 plus 2 equals 5.  They kick at the word.  They hate the word.  Why do atheists fight so hard to remove God’s Word from everything if they don’t believe anything about that Word?  Because down deep in places they don’t want to talk about at parties they are just like Herod.  They know the truth is there.  They know who the real star is.

So do the Magi.  Our text again, “After listening to the king, they went on their way.  And behold, the star they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the Child was.  When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.  And going into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother, and they fell down and worshipped Him. (vs. 9-11a)

There is that star again.  God is pulling the heartstrings of the Magi.  Nothing must get in the way of their journey.  Most people around them could care less about the star.  The fact that the Kings of kings is born in this backwater town does not stop them or cause them to doubt.

Today people are fascinated with stars.  Why are many Internet sights so popular?  Because they deal with the famous.  They deal with the important.  We have made stars out of people who otherwise would not have been noticed.  We love to watch TMZ and read “People” magazine.  We follow them on Twitter.

And if we are not getting caught up in that mess, then we must be following the latest rash explanation for the star.  Let’s see, now, is it the History Channel or the Discovery Channel which always wants to explain it rationally?  Isn’t the star really a reminder that no matter how long and rough and sin struggling the road of life is, God is always there directing and guiding His people?  Isn’t that it?  Word and Sacrament.  God coming to us over and over again, guiding and directing us to the place where God says, “Your sin is forgiven.  You belong to me.”

This star we follow – this Star of Jesus – is not just for us, it is for others.  Those caught up in the wrong type of star gazing.  Those with no hope.  The Light of Christ – The Star – that will finally lift all who believe to eternal life and Light!

Amen.

Bulletin Announcements – January 10, 2016

Bulletin Announcements

January 10, 2016

THOUGHTS ON STEWARDSHIP:  Luke 3:21: “Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying. . .” We know why the people where baptized, but why was Jesus baptized? He didn’t need repentance or forgiveness. The answer is that Hes did it for us. The reason God sent His Son into the world is to fulfill all righteousness for us, to do what we could not do. The whole of Jesus’ life, everything He did and said, was one great offering to the Father in our stead to fulfill all righteousness for us. With our righteousness fulfilled in Jesus and given to us in Baptism – our hearts now overflow with thanksgiving and praise.

TODAY is our 2nd Sunday door Offering for Seminarian Bradley Ferch and his family. Bradley is in his 4th year of study at Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, IN.

FROM THE OFFICE: If you do not receive the Church Newsletter by email, please pick up your copy of the January Newsletter on the table in the narthex. This is only for the month of January. Thank you!

FORT WAYNE SEMINARY COOP COLLECTION: John & Paula Hardy will be traveling to Concordia Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana again this year. Please bring in any lightly used clothing or household items that you wish to donate for the seminarians and their families. The CoOp provides these items to the seminarians and their family free of charge and really helps in making their time at the seminary more affordable. We will be packing up, and depending on weather, leaving on Friday, January 29th.

WINTER WEATHER PLAN: If bad weather is likely, the Elders will send an email reminder to the Newsletter email list the night before services reminding you to check WJBC or email to see if church is cancelled. If you do not receive the Newsletter email and want to receive cancellation emails, subscribe to the Newsletter email at: http://www.goodshepherdblm.org/about-us/contact-us/

PORTALS OF PRAYER: The January – March 2016 Portals of Prayer are available on the book rack in the narthex. Pick up your free copy today.

FELLOWSHIP HOSTS: The sign-up for help with coffee/doughnuts is posted on the wall by the north stairwell. We need an individual/family to sign-up each week to pick up the donuts and make the coffee. If no one is signed up by Friday of each week, the order will be cancelled. We thank everybody who continues to help with this part of our church fellowship.

TODAY: You are invited to the Installation Service as Senior Pastor for Reverend Jonathan P. Huehn at Christ Lutheran Church, 311 N Hershey Rd. Normal, this afternoon at 3:00 p.m.

LUTHERANS FOR LIFE FISH FRY: Pastors Joe Burns of Eureka and Bruce Scarbeary of Roanoke are sponsoring a Lutherans For Life Fish Fry. It is a dinner for up to twenty people with the proceeds going to a local Lutherans For Life Chapter. They are taking “bids” until March 13, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. If you would like to bid on this group outing, please place your bid and information on the sheet in the narthex.

THE LUTHERAN HOUR: “Not What You’d Expect” is the topic for next Sunday. The sermon text will be from John 2:1-11. Jesus turns water into wine and challenges our notions of what God should or shouldn’t do. The speaker will be Reverend Gregory Seltz. Hear this Sunday’s message on the Lutheran Hour on WGN (720) at 6:00 a.m.; WJWR (104.7 FM) and WJWR (90.3 FM) both on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Also, if you can receive Lincoln, IL radio station WLLM (1370 AM) the program is broadcast two times on Sunday at 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Tune in! You can also listen to The Lutheran Hour on your personal computer at RealAudio, www.lhm.org.

PRAYER CHAIN: If you have a prayer request please submit them by email to Mary Anne Kirchner at makirchner@yahoo.com or you may phone a Prayer Request to Mary Anne; her home # is (309) 661-6522; her cell phone# is (309) 532-2582. The Prayer Request box is on the table in the narthex for any written requests.

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