A Prayer for our President & New Message Series

by Pastor Pete Panitzke on October 03, 2020

When our President is ill, it affects all of us. Let us pray:

Lord God, heavenly Father, in your wisdom you have allowed this pandemic to strike our nation and our world. You have humbled us, calling us away from the "gods" we have made in our minds that our own wisdom and abilities can overcome every obstacle. Lord, we don't have the answers. You do. So we place all who are sick into your hands, especially our President, and ask that you would grant healing. Give success to the treatments that President Trump is receiving. Spare him from serious illness. Protect our nation during this critical time. Continue to comfort the many who have lost loved ones to this pandemic. All this we ask in Jesus' name. Amen. 

New Message Series: Unexpected

Often Jesus’ parables take an unexpected turn. The way our God deals with us can also seem unexpected. The “Unexpected” message series takes up both of those issues as we look at four parables.

  • October 4: The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard – Matthew 20:1-16  Unfair! Children often complain that their parents are unfair. God’s children do too. Is the problem that God is unfair? Or is the problem in us?
  • October 11: The Parable of the Two Sons – Matthew 21:28-32  Inconsistent! We say one thing but do another. We are inconsistent. Is that true of God too? It can seem that way to God’s children.
  • October 18: The Parable of the Tenants – Matthew 21:33-43  Permissive! To us it seems like God is being way too permissive when he deal with the ungodly. Why doesn’t he come in judgment sooner? God’s children can be glad he does not.
  • October 25: The Parable of the Wedding Banquet – Matthew 22:1-14  Biased! Is God biased? Does he play favorites? What is the key to God being able to welcome all into his heavenly banquet? What can we learn from him?

Worship With Us 

Click here for our service times. Our Traditional Service will be live streamed at 9:15 am and The Bridge will be live streamed at 10:15 am. Both will be available on our Online Resource Page (click here). 

Today's Bible Reading 

Our Old Testament reading (find Isaiah 63-65 here) begins with a startling picture: The Servant of the LORD covered in blood! He comes from bringing judgment on the nation of Edom, a nation to the south of Judah that celebrated the destruction of Jerusalem. What are we to think of that?

This verse is the key: “For the day of vengeance was in my heart, and the year of redemption has come” (63:4).

The LORD’s judgment on the enemies of God’s people means salvation for God’s people. This is a recurring theme throughout the Old Testament.
As you read this section, let the question be: Am I an enemy of God or God’s child? Do I deserve that frightening vengeance or is the LORD coming to ransom me?

In humble confession, let us join Isaiah and admit that we deserve the vengeance: “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rages” (64:6). Let us claim the promise of Isaiah 53:5, “The punishment that brought us peace was upon him.” Let us cry out to Him, “Do not remember our sins forever” (64:9). Preserve us, LORD, as the remnant who will inherit the new heavens and new earth (65:17).

In our New Testament lesson (find Philippians 3:12-4:1 here), the Apostle Paul joins us in this daily “forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.”

The day of vengeance of God’s enemies will come. By God’s grace through Christ, it will be our day of redemption. He “will transform our lowly bodies to be like his glorious body” (Philippians 3:21).

Kids Club begins in-person this weekend!

Nearly 60 children have registered for Kids Club in-person. Click here to register your child(ren).  Dr. Nelson will continue to produce the weekly Kids Club Family Resources (click here for the Oct 4 edition) to serve the families who cannot join us in person and to help the children who do attend to dig deeper into God's Word. 

Register for the Responding to Abuse Seminar (click here)

On Saturday, October 17, from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm Michelle Markgraf, now of WELS Kingdom Workers and formerly executive director of an organization that served survivors of abuse, will present a seminar to which all members of the congregation are invited. In the seminar we will learn about the different forms of abuse, the effects of abuse on the survivor, and how our church and community can help survivors. This seminar will also be live streamed for those who are not able to join us in person. Register here.

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