The steps of a man are established by the LORD, when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the LORD upholds his hand. Psalm 37:23-24
One of the lesser-known meanings of the word graduate is “to take a step.” Graduation is a step forward; a step into the unknown. Graduation is a day to celebrate, to look back on where one has been over the past years. It is a day to remember the best of times. It is also a day to look forward and wonder what is ahead.
What is the next step? What will be encountered on that step? While we never know for certain what the future holds, we do have God’s assurance that we can confidently take each step along the path knowing He is with us and in us. It means never stepping out alone. We have God’s promise, “The steps of a man are established by the LORD … the LORD upholds his hand” (Psalm 37:23a, 24b).
So, we pray for all who are beginning a new phase of life, to hold fast to the promise through faith in Jesus Christ. The Triune God goes hand in hand to lead you or your loved one. We pray that you may be confident that as you step out into the world with Him, that He will hold you with His mighty hand.
Ministerial education schools – Father in heaven, today we ask your blessing upon all those who graduate this month from our synodical schools: Martin Luther College, Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Luther Preparatory School, and Michigan Lutheran Seminary. Bless these graduates as they enter a new phase of their lives as your witnesses, especially those receiving divine calls into the public ministry. May your wisdom and strength be with them in all that they do for the glory of your name. Amen. Continue reading “May 20, 2018 Prayers”
Our Savior School PTF meeting
All parents, grandparents, teachers, and friends of Our Savior are invited to the PTF meeting Come and learn about the PTF, discuss what things are coming up, offer any new ideas, and meet everyone. The meeting will be held on Monday, May 21st from 6:00 – 7:00 pm in the fellowship hall. Childcare is available!
OSLS 8th Grade Graduation
Our Savior’s 8th Grade Graduation Service will be held on Thursday, May 31st, 2018, at 7:00pm.
Annual Voters’ Meeting on June 24th
at 11:45am with a light lunch.
Mercy Ministry Fund
Can Recycling Project – We are collecting aluminum cans. They can be placed in the containers located in the fenced enclosure at the NE corner of the gym.
Special prayers for our members and friends are available in printed form on a clipboard hanging from the prayer box that is next to the mailboxes. You can also have the prayers emailed to you or read it online. If you have a special prayer, you can contact the church office, or place it in the prayer box.
The Flower Chart for 2018 is on the table in the back of church. Please consider providing flowers for the front of church for your wedding anniversary, birthdays, in memory of a loved one, etc.
Your Life – Your Plan – Your Legacy
KML is hosting a special three-night series on estate planning on June 12, 13, and 19 starting at 6:30 PM. Each presentation is unique and will provide valuable and practical information for all who attend. Come hear professionals who can offer clear advice, but without any cost or obligations. Attend any or all of the presentations. Go to foundation.kmlhs.org for more information and to RSVP.
Oh, how the Psalmist longed to worship in the house of God! Some circumstance kept him away for some time and he was even envious of the birds, who nested near his place of worship!
He wrote, “How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young – a place near your altar, O Lord Almighty, my King and my God. Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you (Ps. 84).
God grant us the same fervor to regularly worship him and receive the rich blessings of his grace through Word and Sacrament!
Puerto Rico – Gracious God, today we ask your blessing upon the new disaster response coordinator being called to serve and work with the pastors of the Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Church of Puerto Rico. May this pastor bring the comfort of the gospel to the people of this hurricane-devastated island as he helps identify and prioritize specific needs, plans construction and repair projects, and coordinates volunteer efforts. Bless also his efforts in overseeing the continuing theological training for two men whose training was interrupted by Hurricane Maria last fall. May all he does be done to your praise and to the glory of your name. Amen.
🌸 Happy Mother’s Day! 🌺
Our Savior Lutheran Church and School will hold a farewell reception for the Mrs. Hering and Mrs. Rodrigue between the 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services on Sunday, June 10 in the Family Life Center lower lobby. Plan on attending between 9:15 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.
From the Board of Stewardship
We wish God’s blessings to our young folks who were confirmed last weekend! What blessings might we wish for them? How about strong faith, comfort in God’s promises, confidence in God’s love and care, assurance of God’s forgiveness, appreciation for receiving Christ’s true body and blood, and joy in serving their Savior! Sounds like a great list for all of us!
AWAKE AND ALIVE
Awake and Alive summer one-day group gathering for 18 to 25 year olds: Are you 18 to 25 and looking for Christian inspiration and community? Do you want to BE a Christian inspiration to your community around you? We want you to join us for the Awake and Alive One-Day gathering on June 10, 2018 as we lay the foundation for our journey together this summer.
Pastor James Hein will be leading us in a discussion about “Yes, I’m saved. Now what?”-Working the eternal implications of a timeless gospel into a daily life. Join us in person at St. Paul’s Muskego from 5pm to 9pm or via the live stream that starts at 6:30pm. Tickets are free. Registration and more information can be found at awakealive.com. Have questions? Contact Jill Dunbar at [email protected] or Mike Westendorf at [email protected].
HEARTS TO HANDS
Join Hearts to Hands Monday, May 14 at 6:30 pm in the mezzanine of the school building. All are welcome, beginners and experienced alike. We have hooks. needles, and yarn to share. Hope to see you there.
✝️ God’s blessings to our confirmands! ✝️
OUR SAVIOR GOLF OUTING
The PTF has decided NOT to hold the Golf Outing this year as there is no one available to organize it. The event and planning will be revisited next year.
Traveling this Summer?
If you need help finding the location of a church during your travels, you can use the following website; or contact Sarah in the church office and she will be happy to help. https://yearbook.wels.net/unitsearch.
OUR SAVIOR MUSIC RECITAL
The recital will be held on Tuesday, May 22nd at 6:30 pm. Everyone is invited to come for this evening of family entertainment with performances by our young musicians.
KMLHS FRESHMEN EXHIBITION NIGHT ANNOUNCEMENT
All are invited to attend the Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School Freshmen Exhibition Nights on Sunday, May 6th, from 2-3 PM and Monday, May 7th, from 7-8 PM in the Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School Performing Arts Center lobby. You will have an opportunity to see, read and ask questions of the KMLHS freshmen students regarding the research they have done as part of their English 9 course, the experiment they have conducted as part of their Physical Science course and a product they have designed to solve a challenge that they have chosen. We hope you can make it! Contact Matt Moeller at [email protected] with any questions.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
St. John Mequon invites you to their Vacation Bible School. “Here Be Treasure” will take place June 18 – June 22. To register go to St John’s website http://www.stjohnsmequon.org and click on the events section.
SEMINARY CALL DAY AND GRADUATION
The final week of classes at the seminary is filled with excitement and joy as second year students are assigned as vicars and seniors receive their first calls into the pastoral ministry. We have plenty of room for guests and visitors and cordially invite you to attend any of these events.
Assignment of Graduates and Vicar Candidates – Thursday, May 24, 10:00 a.m.
Graduation Concert presented by the Seminary Chorus – Thursday, May 24, 7:00 p.m.
Graduation Service – Friday, May 25, 10:00 a.m.
KMLHS SPRING 2018 CONNECTION
Spring seems to FINALLY be here, and so is the next edition of the Connection! With our previous revamp from the Caring to the Connection, we made this publication better than ever. Now with 16 pages instead of 12, we’ve made it bigger than ever! Download your copy of the Spring 2018 Connection which is attached to this email, or view it online at www.kmlhs.org/connection.
This week in our “Getting to know our teachers” series, we hear from Mrs. Amy Grulke. Mrs. Grulke is our preschool teacher, teaching both 3K and 4K classes at Our Savior Lutheran Preschool in Grafton, WI.
Can you give me a brief description of your classroom, objectives, and curriculum for Our Savior’s Preschool?
Our Savior Lutheran Preschool serves to assist families in educating the whole child: spiritually, academically, physically, and socially.
Our Savior wants each child to KNOW Jesus as their Savior, GROW in loving service to God and each other, and GO into our community and the world with the good news of Jesus’ forgiveness.
3K and 4K Curriculum:
- Jesus Time
- Singing and Music
- Arts and Crafts
- Snack Time
- Physical Education/Recess Activities
- Story Time
- Guided Play/Playtime
What is your favorite bible verse and why?
Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10
Ps. 46:10 is a comfort to me because I know that God is with me as I journey through this life. I know God is saying to me, “I’ve got you covered. Just trust me, follow me, stay close to me and believe in me.”
When you were preschool age, what did you want to be when you grow up?
At the age of 3 or 4 I loved playing with baby dolls and playing house. I knew back then that I wanted to spend my time with children and taking care of them.
You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
My crayon color would be Sunshine Yellow, because I want to be able to brighten someone’s day.
If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why?
Rather than an animal, I would like to be a butterfly so I could view the world from the sky and gracefully land on delicate daisies and fragrant lilac bushes.
What inspires you about teaching 3K and 4K?
The children inspire me to teach when I see their smiles, enthusiasm and eagerness to learn. Those little ones are sponges waiting to soak in everything that is presented to them.
By far, the faith of a 3 or 4 year old is most inspiring, as they hear and believe in Jesus’ love for them and learn that they will someday be with Him in heaven forever.
1 John 4:1-11
“God Surrounds You with His Love”
The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance (67th) held on the first Thursday of May. Our Founding Fathers and Presidents through the years have urged the American people to seek God’s help during difficult times.
Our God invites us to pray.
- ACTS – Adoration (worship); Confession (sins); Thanks (awareness); Supplications (petitions or requests)
- Whatever is on our mind or heart (a heart to heart talk with God)
- Any – where, how, who, what, time…
- Lord’s Prayer is predominantly spiritual – our relationship with the heavenly Father – the Trinity through the Son of God who became one with us.
ADORATION – Our Dear Heavenly Father, while we come to You in complete humility, we also come to You with boldness in the authoritative name of Your One and Only Son, Jesus Christ, who is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. In Jesus’ name, fill us now with Your Holy Spirit and lead us as we pray in Jesus’ name for America.
CONFESSION – Oh God, we are burdened for our nation today. Turn us from the sins that we have committed against your Word and your Name. Turn us away from our contentious words and ways toward one another that has led us to division and polarization. Turn us away from our disrespect and lack of dignity toward each other, and away from our continual devaluation of all human life from the womb until death in this world. We also turn away from and refuse to participate in skepticism, criticism, and cynicism in our nation. We turn away from anything that divides us, and we run toward the gospel of Jesus Christ that is the only thing that has the power to unite us together.
- 1775– 242 years ago The First Continental Congress called for a National Day of Prayer asking the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a new nation.
- 1863-154 years ago President Lincoln’s proclaimed a day of “humiliation, fasting and prayer” in 1863 as our country struggled through the Civil War.
- 1952, 65 years ago a joint resolution by Congress, signed by President Truman, declared an annual national day of prayer.
- 1988, 29 years ago a law was amended and signed by President Reagan, permanently setting the day as the first Thursday of May.
- Each year the president signs a proclamation encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. (1952 to present). These proclamations include an emphasis on praying for those who serve, or have served our country in the armed forces and for peace.
UNITY of PURPOSE and COMMITMENT: Lord, in this critical hour in our nation, we pray for unity in America. Only You can bring unity, harmony, and oneness in America. As your Word calls us in Ephesians 4:3, “Making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace”, we ask You to empower us to make every effort to live in unity, to call for unity, and to forward unity in America continually.
Today we will give thanks to God and ask for His guidance, mercy, and protection for our nation and its people. What a privilege it is to take all our prayers to God.
GOVERNMENT: Guide and direct the leaders of our country, those who serve our state, such as our governor, senators and assembly persons, as well as those who serve in our local communities: including Grafton, Cedarburg, Port Washington, Saukville, Fredonia, Belgium, Mequon, Milwaukee and West Bend. Help our leaders to seek Your will as they lead and make decisions. May our president and national government leaders make good decisions for the well-being of all citizens in our country. Thank You for the freedom we enjoy as Americans where we as Christian people can peacefully tell others about You as our Savior and the only way to heaven. Thank you for all the blessings we receive from our government, including our policemen, firemen, and others who serve us in times of emergency and in times of peace. In Jesus name, Amen. Continue reading “2018 National Day of Prayer (67th) – May 3 @ 8:30 am”