March 3, 2019 Prayers

Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” John 11:21

The loss of a dear family members leaves a gaping hole in life. When a loved one is suddenly gone, emptiness follows. It fills the house, the schedule, even the heart. If only that dear one would not have died! This is what Martha was feeling. She would not be experiencing this void in her life if only the Lord had kept her brother from dying.

Dealing with death is tough. Emptiness and grief are tough. Jesus knows this and comes to us in those times. His temporary answer for Martha’s brother was to bring him back to life, only to die again. His answer for us lies in His enduring words to Martha – and to us, “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25b). Even in grief, Jesus brings life, filling emptiness with resurrection hope day by day unto eternity. Present pain will be erased in heaven on reunion day.

Mission Journeys program – Lord Jesus, by your Great Commission you directed us to go and make disciples. Make us eager to do that. Bless programs like WELS Mission Journeys, which provides the opportunity for WELS members to take a short trip to help with ministry at a WELS home or world mission. Fill participants with your Spirit so that they bring home with them the joy and enthusiasm for witnessing your salvation to others. Amen.

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New this Week – March 10, 2019

For Lent 2 – Think ahead for next week

Take Him Away! (John 19:14-18) In this text, we see the contrast between man’s earthly mind-set and God’s loving, eternal perspective. Ultimately, the crowd was earthbound; they were pinning all their hopes for greatness upon worldly powers and politics. But John notes the arrival of the Passover, that OT festival which foreshadowed Christ’s redeeming work most clearly.

From the Board of Stewardship

During this penitential season of Lent, we kneel at the cross, pondering the perfection of our Savior and the sin of our souls which led Him to that place (1 Peter 1:18-20).  We ask for forgiveness, and we ask that we might be strengthened through His Word and Sacrament to rise as new creatures, eager to do His will, eager to thank Him with grateful hearts, and eager to speak the message of His love and sacrifice for all.  Prayer:  Heavenly Father, You are the Creator and Sustainer of the universe.  You are the King of glory, the Lord strong and mighty.  We pray that You will strengthen us to follow Your ways.  Help us to boldly proclaim the Good News of the Gospel to those around us.  In Christ’s name we pray.  Amen

Mission Festival – Sunday, March 17th

…features the Administrator of World Missions, Pastor Larry Schlomer.  We will hear of the outstanding, unusual new opportunity which has been opened for us in Hanoi, Vietnam to teach among the Hmong peoples.  This is almost unheard of in foreign communist countries.  And, we are invited to train the leaders of a Christian group of over 100,000 members who may soon join us in the world fellowship groups of churches.  Between services Pastor Schlomer will explain in more detail and with PowerPoint pictures how this new door for mission work has come open. Continue reading “New this Week – March 10, 2019”

New this Week – March 3, 2019

For Lent 1 – Think ahead for next week – Is it I?  (Matthew 26:20-25) 

On Ash Wednesday, Christians are called to examine themselves—internally identify their sins—as the cause of the Savior’s passion. Jesus reveals the truth of his own coming betrayal, which brings the disciples to examine their own hearts.  They are drawn to the one and only one they know who can accurately judge the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. They ask him for a right heart, for forgiveness and faith.

EASTER FLOWERS

Please check the table in back of church for the Easter Flowers order forms.  Please place the order and your payment in the church office mail slot.  The cost is $14.00 per plant.  Deadline to order is Sunday, April 7th.   Plants can be picked up after the second service on Easter Sunday.

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February 24th Prayers

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver. 

Proverbs 25:11

Think for a moment of a treasured piece of jewelry — the gold cross given to you on your confirmation day, your wedding band, grandma’s antique brooch. Perhaps fond thoughts and happy memories flood your mind. The writer of Proverbs compares an appropriate word to a treasured piece of jewelry.

A loving word, an encouraging word, even a correcting word may have more value than any jewel. It may bring about forgiveness after anger, joy after sorrow, peace after pain. Jesus gives us beautiful examples of words fitly spoken.… “your sins are forgiven” (Matthew 9:2b). “Fear not, … you are of more value than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:31). “Let the little children come to me … ” (Matthew 19:14b).

At the tomb on Easter Day, Jesus’ simple “Mary” brought her joy and gave her direction (John 20:16). Thank You, Lord, for fitly spoken words that have brought Your love to me. Help me speak words of encouragement, direction, and peace so that others may know Your love. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

East Asia – Heavenly Father, there are millions of people living in East Asia who are in spiritual darkness. Governments in these areas make it challenging to carry out your Son’s Great Commission. Yet we praise your name for the 150 new souls who have received the blessing of forgiveness in baptism in the past two years. Be with the five national pastors and other spiritual leaders as they serve 7 congregations and 11 church plants. Protect them and give them boldness to proclaim your name, so that the light of the gospel will create faith in many more people. Amen.

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New this week – Feb 24, 2019

MOM’S CIRCLE

Please join us for Mom’s Circle on Friday, March 1st at 8:30 am in the church Narthex.   Want to stay up to date with Mom’s Circle events and get in touch with other moms? Join our Facebook Group!

Annual Christian Woman Today Retreat

You’re Invited! – To the 37th Annual Christian Woman Today Retreat. Come and be refreshed by God’s Word and uplifted with other sisters in Christ!  Christian Woman Today Retreat Our mission is to glorify God, grow in his grace and serve one another as sisters in Christ.
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Or go to our Website: ChristianWomanToday.org   Questions: Call Linda at 414-507-5341. The Christian Woman Today Retreat is sponsored by Christ the Lord Lutheran Church and School 1650 North Brookfield Road Brookfield, Wisconsin 53045.  Registration Deadline is March 1st.  2019.

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February 17th Prayers

So Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.  

2 Samuel 15:6b

The Bible story of King David and his son, Absalom, is a story of family betrayal. Absalom was plotting to overthrow his father and seize his kingship. His conspiracy left a trail of deceit, betrayal, lies, and even plans to murder his father. In the end, it was Absalom who would die, and only his father’s pain remained. 

O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would I had died instead of you…

2 Samuel 18:33b

Betrayal in a family exchanges doing for one another with “How could you do this to me?” Trust is destroyed when trust should abound. Forgiveness is withheld when grace is required. Betrayal is devastating but can be overcome when God’s love abounds and hearts are softened. David never stopped loving his son, as Scripture teaches us all, “…keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8b). Forgiveness and reconciliation are found in Christ.

Congregational Counseling – Lord Jesus, you gave yourself for the Church and continue to bless us with many gifts, including those who serve our synod through WELS Congregational Counseling. Bless these men and their support staff as they listen carefully to challenges congregations are facing. Give them the wisdom to provide helpful guidance to churches so that more souls can be reached with your saving Word. Amen.

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New this week – Feb 17, 2019

Divine Call Update

On Sunday, February 10, 2019 Our Savior Lutheran Church extended a Full Time, call to Mrs. Jillian Igl to teach first and second grade and music.  Mrs. Igl and her family live in West Bend, WI.  Please Keep them in your prayers as she considers her position in our ministry here at Our Savior Lutheran church and school.

LENT – LOOKING AHEAD

This year the Lenten season begins a little later than normal, arriving with Ash Wednesday on March 6.  As we look forward to Easter (and spring) with longing, we know that we still have to the make the journey called “his passion.”  To walk with Jesus along the way of commitment, the road to the cross, is to comprehend his mercy and grace.  There, when we have finally arrived at Good Friday and seen his atoning sacrifice, we will also find our peace and strength.  Let us go with him to the cross and hear him say, “It is finished!”

Our Savior Night Announced

The Board of Stewardship is pleased to invite all members and friends of Our Savior to our special annual fellowship and activity night on Friday, February 22, beginning at 6 pm. The primary emphasis is FELLOWSHIP. Basketball, volleyball and the “bounce house” will be available in the gym while ping pong and tables for games will also be played in the lower lobby (byog – bring your own game). Snacks and beverages will be provided. There is no cost to attend. Come one, come all… and enjoy the fellowship of brothers and sisters in Christ!

The spring PTF pizza sale

The spring pizza sale will kick off the second week in February. The PTF is looking for someone to shadow Becky Sander as coordinator of this event. She will guide you through the entire sale. It isn’t a difficult process, however, it would be great to learn alongside a long time loyal volunteer so that the PTF is able to continue to have pizza sales next year. Please contact the school office if you would like to consider the position.  Be sure to place Saturday, April 6 on your calendar and plan to be at school at 8:30 a.m. to make pizzas.

Our Savior Lutheran School Registration

If you are interested in our Early Childhood Christian Education Program, please stop by or contact the school office to obtain information to register for the 2019-2020 school year.  Registration is now open for students in grades 3K through the eighth grade.  We also invite you to visit our classrooms. Contact the school office for more information.

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