December 16th Announcements

CONGRATULATIONS

Two POP members graduated yesterday from college. Harry M. graduated from Iowa State University with a computer science degree. Lexi S. graduated from University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Textiles and Apparel.

THANK YOU

We thank Choir Coordinator, Jan M., and the choir singing God’s Praises at the 10:15 service.

WEDNESDAY SERVICES CONTINUE

Join us this Wednesday, December 19, for our third and final Advent service, 7:00 pm., with Holy Communion.

CHRISTMAS SERVICES

- Christmas Eve service will be held , December 24th, 7:00 pm. It is a candlelight service along with Holy Communion.

-Tuesday, December 25, 9:00 am, is Christmas Day service with Holy Communion.

Everyone is welcome to attend the services. Merry Christmas!

OFFICE HOLIDAY HOURS

The office will be closed December 26th, flexible hours the remaining week.

Readings

Zephaniah 1-3

Luke 1:39-56

Hymns

515 Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers

849 Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness

818 In Thee Is Gladness

338 Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

803 Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee

Order of Service

Divine Service, Setting One

The Gospel

39In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, 40and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, 42and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the Fruit of your womb! 43And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.” 46And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48for He has looked on the humble estate of His servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; 49for He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name. 50And His mercy is for those who fear Him from generation to generation. 51He has shown strength with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; 52He has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; 53He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent empty away. 54He has helped His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy, 55as He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his offspring forever.” 56And Mary remained with her about three months and returned to her home.


December 9th Announcements

WELCOME

Our beloved Assistant Pastor, Rev. Michael Musick, will give the sermon today. We are grateful to have him here and to hear him give us the Gospel.

WEDNESDAY SERVICES CONTINUE

Join us this Wednesday, December 12, for our second Advent service, 7:00 pm., with Holy Communion.

SUNDAY SCHOOL ACTIVITY

This morning the Sunday School children will be compiling Cookie Mix and Snack Mix. In the past, in a similar way, they made cookies and soup mixes in a jar. The mixes will go in plastic bags and then into a holiday-themed cloth bag. The cookie mixes are sold out but there are still snack mixes available if you would like to get some for gifts. No set price, simply a free-will offering to support their Mission Project this year: The Christian Preschool.

ADVENT DEVOTIONS

Free from Lutheran Hour Ministries: “The Coming King” day-by-day devotion. Go to their website, www.lhm.org/advent. Share with a friend. Also available in Spanish.

Readings

Isaiah 7:10–14

Luke 1:26–38

Hymns

359 Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming

349 Hark the Glad Sound

350 Come, Thou Precious Ransom, Come

628 Your Table I Approach

643 Sent Forth by God’s Blessing

Order of Service

Divine Service, Setting One

The Gospel

Luke 1:26-38

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call His name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.” And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.


December 2nd Announcements

CHRISTMAS PAGEANT

Tonight is the night! All are invited to attend this evening’s Christmas Pageant, 6:00, to witness the Christmas account proclaimed by our children, and to hear songs sung by our Christian Preschool. Fellowship will be held following the pageant. Thank you to everyone who has helped and helping tonight!


ADVENT WEDNESDAY SERVICES

Join us this Wednesday evening at for the first of three seasonal services. Holy Communion will be held at each night.


THANK YOU

The Human Care Committee thanks everyone who made pumpkin and apple pies for the Coralville Food Pantry. Forty pies were delivered in time for the Thanksgiving Holiday. The pie donation was greatly appreciated.


ADVENT DEVOTIONS

Free from Lutheran Hour Ministries, “The Coming King” beginning Monday, December 2nd. Go to their website, www.lhm.org/advent. Share with a friend and the devotions are available in Spanish.

Readings

Malachi 4

Luke 1:1–25

Hymns

332 Savior of the Nations, Come

343 Prepare the Royal Highway

624 The Infant Priest Was Holy Born

331 The Advent of Our King

636 Soul, Adorn Yourself with Gladness

Order of Service

Divine Service, Setting One

The Gospel

Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught. In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, of the division of Abijah. And he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were advanced in years. Now while he was serving as priest before God when his division was on duty, according to the custom of the priesthood, he was chosen by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense. And the whole multitude of the people were praying outside at the hour of incense. And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. And Zechariah was troubled when he saw him, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great before the Lord. And he must not drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God, and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.” And Zechariah said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years.” And the angel answered him, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. And behold, you will be silent and unable to speak until the day that these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time.” And the people were waiting for Zechariah, and they were wondering at his delay in the temple. And when he came out, he was unable to speak to them, and they realized that he had seen a vision in the temple. And he kept making signs to them and remained mute. And when his time of service was ended, he went to his home. After these days his wife Elizabeth conceived, and for five months she kept herself hidden, saying, “Thus the Lord has done for me in the days when he looked on me, to take away my reproach among people.”



November 25th Announcements

CHRISTMAS PAGEANT

-The day is getting closer! Pageant practice will be held Saturday, December 1st from 10:00 am-noon, pizza to follow. Another practice will be held Sunday morning, December 2nd during the Sunday School hour, 9:00. The pageant is that night at 6:00 pm.

-Looking for volunteers to bring cookies/bars (please no nuts, peanut butter, or peanuts), fruit punch and 7-up. There is a sign-up sheet by the kitchen. The Christian Preschool families will join us.

-There is a basket at the back of the Sanctuary if you would like to give a free-will offering to fill the treats sacks with fruit, candy and other treats. The bags are handed out after the pageant and always a hit with the kids.

CHRISTMAS PRESENT IDEAS

Do your shopping at Prince of Peace. The Sunday School will be making gift packages filled with ingredients to make cookies or snack mix on December 9th. You are encouraged to preorder today as quantities will be limited to 25 each. Oder Forms are on the table in the back of the Sanctuary. Fill them out and place them in the basket. There is no set price. Simply use the small Sunday School yellow envelopes to give a free-will offering for the support of The Christian Preschool.

SUNDAY SCHOOL SCHEDULE

Sunday School will NOT meet this morning and will not meet December 23rd or December 30th. However, the Adult Bible Class will meet those Sundays at 9:10.

Readings

Isaiah 51:4–6

Jude 20–25

Mark 13:24–37

Hymns

516 Wake, Awake, for Night Is Flying

515 Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers

523 O Word of God Incarnate

905 Come, Thou Almighty King

336 Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending

Order of Service

Divine Service, Setting Three

The Gospel

Mark 13:24–37

[Jesus said:] “In those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.

“From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

“But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the cock crows, or in the morning— lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.”

Thanksgiving Eve service at 7:00

November 18th Announcements

THANKSGIVING EVE SERVICE

Everyone is welcome to join us this Wednesday evening, November 21, at 7:00, for our Thanksgiving Eve Service.

CHRISTMAS PAGEANT

-The day is getting closer! Pageant practice will be held Saturday, December 1st from 10:00 am-noon. Pizza to follow. Another practice will be held Sunday morning, December 2nd during the Sunday School hour, 9:00. The pageant is that night beginning at 6:00 pm.

-Looking for volunteers to bring cookies/bars (please no nuts, peanut butter, or peanuts), fruit punch and 7-up. There is a sign-up sheet by the kitchen. We will have the Christian Preschool families joining us.

-There is a basket at the back of the Sanctuary if you would like to give a free-will offering to fill the treats sacks with fruit, candy and other treats. The bags are handed out after the pageant and always a hit with the kids.

CHRISTMAS PRESENT IDEAS

Do your shopping at Prince of Peace. The Sunday School will be making gift packages filled with ingredients to make cookies or snack mix on December 9th. You are encouraged to preorder today as quantities will be limited to 25 each. Oder Forms are on the table in the back of the Sanctuary. Fill them out and place them in the basket. There is no set price. Simply use the small Sunday School yellow envelopes to give a free-will offering for the support of The Christian Preschool.

MITES MISSION OFFERING

The offering is collected the last Sunday of each month. Grab a purple and white box and add coins. Keep the grace flowing and double your impact on Giving Tuesday! Giving Tuesday is November 27th. It’s a day of giving, fueled by people sharing about non-profits online, celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. How can we help? This Giving Tuesday, two anonymous donors will match up to $20,000 for the LWML Mission Goal. You can donate on line, www.lwml.org/givingtuesday. Spread the word about Giving Tuesday.

Readings

Daniel 12:1–3

Hebrews 10:11–25

Mark 13:1–13

Hymns

511 Herald, Sound the Note of Judgment

671 Sing with All the Saints in Glory

645 Built on the Rock

637 Draw Near and Take the Body of the Lord

564 Christ Sits at God’s Right Hand

Order of Service

Divine Service, Setting Three

The Gospel

Mark 13:1–13

As [Jesus] came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!” And Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? There will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.”

And as he sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when all these things are about to be accomplished?” And Jesus began to say to them, “See that no one leads you astray. Many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray. And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. This must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains.

“But be on your guard. For they will deliver you over to councils, and you will be beaten in synagogues, and you will stand before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them. And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations. And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit. And brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death. And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.”

November 11th Announcements

PUMPKIN PIE KITS

The Human Care Committee will once again make pies for the Coralville Food Pantry to give out at Thanksgiving time. Today is the last day to pick up the pumpkin pie kits. Pies need to be returned on Sunday, November 18th.

LOYALTY SUNDAY

You recently received a packet which included a pledge card. Review the information, fill out the pledge card and bring with you next Sunday, November 18th. The cards will be collected at both services. The cards are used by the Treasurer and the Council to determine the 2019 Prince of Peace budget. If you are unable to attend the services next Sunday, you can drop it off or mail it to the church.

CHRISTMAS PAGEANT

-There is a sign-up sheet by the kitchen if anyone would like to bring cookies/bars (please do not bring items with nuts, peanuts, peanut butter, etc-there is an allergy), fruit punch or 7-up. We have fellowship following the pageant. The Christian Preschool families will be here too.

-Treat sacks filled with fruit, candy, and other goodies are given to all the kids following the pageant. The kids look forward to the treat sacks. There is a basket at the back of the Sanctuary if you would like to make a free-will offering.

Readings

1 Kings 17:8–16

Hebrews 9:24–28

Mark 12:38–44

Hymns

531 Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus

738 Lord of All Hopefulness

801 How Great Thou Art

894 For the Fruits of His Creation

741 Jesus Christ, My Sure Defense

Order of Service

Divine Service, Setting Three

The Gospel

In His teaching Jesus said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes and like greetings in the marketplaces and have the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, who devour widows’ houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.” And Jesus sat down opposite the [Temple] treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. And Jesus called His disciples to Him and said to them, “Amen, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”




November 4th Announcements

WELCOME

We welcome our Assistant Pastor, Rev. Michael Musick, who will lead our morning services.

ALL SAINTS’ DAY

This morning at our services, Rev. Musick will read the names of Christians from family and friends who have passed away this past year. This is an ancient tradition in the Christian Church.

PUMPKIN PIE KITS

The Human Care Committee is asking the congregation’s help in baking 20 pumpkin pies to be delivered to the Coralville Ecumenical Food Pantry before Thanksgiving. There are 10 pumpkin pie kits with all ingredients needed to made two pies per kit. Pie crust can be picked up from the kitchen refrigerator. The committee asks the baked pies be returned to the church kitchen by 10:00 am Tuesday morning, November 20th.

TREAT BAGS FOR PAGEANT

There is a basket at the back of the Sanctuary if you would like to give a free-will offering to support the purchase of treats that go in bags for all the kids attending the Christmas Pageant, December 2nd.

Readings

Revelation 7:2–17

1 John 3:1–3

Matthew 5:1–12

Hymns

677 For All the Saints

676 Behold a Host, Arrayed in White

507 Holy, Holy, Holy

680 Thine the Amen, Thine the Praise

733 O God, Our Help in Ages Past

Order of Service

Divine Service, Setting Three

The Gospel

Seeing the crowds, Jesus went up on the mountain, and when He sat down, His disciples came to Him. And He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”




October 28th Announcements

VOTER’S MEETING

POP members will come together this morning at 9:10 am. Come, find out what’s going on at POP, get an update on the installation of the new HVAC units. We will have an update on the dollar amount of contributions given to this fund.

ALL SAINTS’ DAY

On Sunday, November 4th, names of Christian family members or friends are remembered this day as their names are read during the service. If you have name(s), give them to Marcia, Office Secretary.

PUMPKIN PIE KITS

The Human Care Committee will once again make pies for the Coralville Food Pantry to give out at Thanksgiving time. The kits to make pumpkin pies will be available to pick up next Sunday, November 4 and Sunday, November 11th in the Fellowship hall. Pies need to be returned on Sunday, November 18th.

THE GOSPEL OF MARK

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Iowa City is hosting this event, it’s free and open to the public. It is a presentation comprised of LCMS pastors and members of Concordia Seminary’s faculty-will enthrall you with St. Mark’s words, his images, and his message of the rule and reign of God. The presentation will be Saturday, November 3rd from 6:30 pm—9:00 pm. There is more information on the poster located on the bulletin board.

Readings

Revelation 14:6–7

Psalm 46

Romans 3:19–28

Matthew 11:12–19

Hymns

497 Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord

657 A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

655 Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word

954 We All Believe in One True God

578 Thy Strong Word

Order of Service

Divine Service, Setting Five

The Gospel

John 4:1-43

Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John (although Jesus Himself did not baptize, but only his disciples), He left Judea and departed again for Galilee. And He had to pass through Samaria. So He came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as He was from His journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour. There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” (For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to Him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” The wom-an said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do You get that living water? Are You greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” Jesus said to her, “Every-one who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty forever. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.” Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” The woman answered Him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but You say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when nei-ther on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you wor-ship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship Him. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ). When He comes, He will tell us all things.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”Just then His disciples came back. They marveled that He was talking with a woman, but no one said, “What do You seek?” or, “Why are You talking with her?” So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” They went out of the town and were coming to Him. Meanwhile the disciples were urging Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” But He said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” So the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought Him something to eat?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work. Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.” Many Samaritans from that town believed in Him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me all that I ever did.” So when the Samaritans came to Him, they asked him to stay with them, and He stayed there two days. And many more believed because of His word. They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.” After the two days He departed for Galilee.


October 21st Announcements

USHER TRAINING

Mike M., Council Chairman, will lead usher training this morning after the 10:15 service. If you are or aren’t an usher and would like to usher, stay after the 10:15 service. It is a very important job and a great way to serve the Lord. If you would like training, and can’t make it, contact Mike M.

VOTER’S MEETING

POP members will come together Sunday, October 28 at 9:10 am. Come, find out what’s going on at POP, get an update on the installation of the new HVAC units. We will have an update on the dollar amount of contributions given to this fund. Mark your calendar, October 28th.

MITES MISSION OFFERING

Our most recent report for total mites received this biennium as of Sept. 30th is $1,348,037.96. We thank God for you and your generosity. Please pray for the recipients of these mite grants that they may know & love our Savior, Jesus Christ as a result. We gather the MITES Offering the last Sunday of each month.

ALL SAINTS’ DAY

On Sunday, November 4th, names of Christian family members or friends are remembered this day as their names are read during the service. If you have name(s), give them to Marcia, Office Secretary.

Readings

Ecclesiastes 5:10–20

Psalm 119:9–16

Hebrews 4

Mark 10:23–31

Hymns

906 O Day of Rest and Gladness

781 We Give Thee But Thine Own

617 O Lord, We Praise Thee

770 What a Friend We Have in Jesus

918 Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer

Order of Service

Divine Service, Setting One

Gospel

Mark 10:23–31

Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how difficult it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.” Peter began to say to him, “See, we have left everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”

October 14th Announcements

USHER TRAINING

If you are an usher, or would like to be an usher, Mike M., Council Chairman, will lead a training session, Sunday, October 21st after the 10:15 service. It is a very important job and a great way to serve the Lord. If you would like training, and can’t make it, contact Mike.

VOTER’S MEETING

POP members will come together Sunday, October 28 at 9:10 am. Come, find out what’s going on at POP, get an update on the installation of the new HVAC units. We will have an update on the dollar amount of contributions given to this fund. Mark your calendar, October 28th.

CONCERT

Trinity Lutheran Church School in Davenport is hosting Concordia University Chicago’s Kapelle Choir. Our congregation is invited to attend the concert, October 27th at 7:00 pm. There will be a free will offering to support the music department. Everyone is invited. There is a flyer on the bulletin board.

THE GOSPEL OF MARK

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Iowa City is hosting this event, it’s free and open to the public. It is a presentation comprised of LCMS pastors and members of Concordia Seminary’s faculty-will enthrall you with St. Mark’s words, his images, and his message of the rule and reign of God. The presentation will be Saturday, November 3rd from 6:30 pm—9:00 pm. There is more information on the poster located on the bulletin board.

Readings

Amos 5:6–7, 10–15

Psalm 90:12–17

Hebrews 3:12–19

Mark 10:17–22

Hymns

576 My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less

712 Seek Ye First

809 Great Is Thy Faithfulness

601 All Who Believe and Are Baptized

641 You Satisfy the Hungry Heart

Order of Service

Divine Service, Setting One

The Gospel

Mark 10:17–22

As [Jesus] was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’” And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth.” And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

October 7th Announcements

THANK YOU, CHOIR

Thank you to Jan M. for leading the Choir this morning at the 10:15 service. We enjoy hearing you sing to the Lord!

FALL CLEAN UP DAY

Next Saturday, October 13th, 8:00-noon is clean up day. Cleaning and/or paint supplies will be provided, just bring yourselves. Mark this date on your calendar and hope you can come help do some cleaning. Questions, contact Head Elder, Alan B.

USHER TRAINING

If you are an usher or would like to be an usher, Mike M., Council Chairman, will lead a training session, Sunday, October 21st after the 10:15 service. It is a very important job and a great way to serve the Lord. If you would like training, and can’t make it, contact Mike M.

CONCERT

Trinity Lutheran Church School in Davenport is hosting Concordia University Chicago’s Kapelle Choir. Our congregation is invited to attend the concert, October 27th at 7:00 pm. There will be a free will offering to support the music department. Everyone is invited. There is a flyer on the bulletin board.

THE GOSPEL OF MARK

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Iowa City is hosting this event, it’s free and open to the public. It is a presentation comprised of LCMS pastors and members of Concordia Seminary’s faculty-will enthrall you with St. Mark’s words, his images, and his message of the rule and reign of God. The presentation will be Saturday, November 3rd from 6:30 pm—9:00 pm. There is more information on the poster located on the bulletin board.

Readings

Genesis 2:18–25

Hebrews 2

Mark 10:2–16

Hymns

594 God’s Own Child, I Gladly Say It

864 Shepherd of Tender Youth

424 O Christ, You Walked the Road

495 Look, Ye Saints, the Sight Is Glorious

490 Jesus Lives! The Victory’s Won

Order of Service

Divine Service, Setting One

The Gospel Reading

Mark 10:2–16

Pharisees came up and in order to test [Jesus] asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce and to send her away.” And Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment. But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”

And in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. And he said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her, and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”

And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.

September 30th Announcements

THANK YOU

Thanks to Ethan A. for playing the organ for our services today.

FALL CLEAN UP DAY

The Board of Trustees will have their clean up day, Saturday, October 13th from 8:00 am—noon. Cleaning and/or paint supplies will be provided, just bring yourselves. Mark this date on your calendar.

CONCERT

Trinity Lutheran Church School in Davenport is hosting Concordia University Chicago’s Kapelle Choir. Our congregation is invited to attend the concert, October 27th at 7:00 pm. There will be a free will offering to support the music department. Everyone is invited. There is a flyer on the bulletin board.

THE GOSPEL OF MARK

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Iowa City is hosting this event, it’s free and open to the public. It is a presentation comprised of LCMS pastors and members of Concordia Seminary’s faculty-will enthrall you with St. Mark’s words, his images, and his message of the rule and reign of God. The presentation will be Saturday, November 3rd from 6:30 pm—9:00 pm. There is more information on the poster located on the bulletin board.

Readings

Numbers 11:4–6, 10–16, 24–29

Mark 9:38–50

Matthew 3:7–12

Hymns

670 Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones

850 God of Grace and God of Glory

700 Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

803 Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee

Order of Service

Service of Prayer and Preaching

The Gospel

John said to Him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” But Jesus said, “Do not stop him, for no one who does a mighty work in My name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. For the one who is not against us is for us. For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward. “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, ‘where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’ For everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”


September 23rd Announcements

FALL CLEAN UP DAY

The Board of Trustees will have their clean up day, Saturday, October 13th from 8:00 am—noon. Cleaning and/or paint supplies will be provided, just bring yourselves. Mark this date on your calendar.

SUPPORTING OUR PRESCHOOL

The Council had designated this year’s Sunday School and Adult Bible Class Offerings for the Christian Preschool, our most visible mission, next to the Members of Prince of Peace themselves, in spreading the Gospel in our community.

MITES MISSION OFFERING

Don’t forget next Sunday, September 30th we collect the MITES offering. The latest report on our LWML Mission Goal shows that over half of the final $2,075,000 goal has been reached. One of the mission grants is for education loan repayment assistance grants for twenty called church workers each year in the biennium. Take a look at the LWML bulletin board for more information and updates. Your Mites and prayers are making a difference as we serve the Lord with gladness!

LWML ZONE FALL RALLY

All woman of POP are invited to attend LWML Cedar Rapids Zone Fall Rally, Saturday, October 6 at King of Kings Lutheran Church, Cedar Rapids. See bulletin board for speaker information. The schedule and sign up is located on the bulletin board by the kitchen.

Readings

Jeremiah 11:18–20

James 3:13—4:10

Mark 9:30–37

Hymns

525 Crown Him with Many Crowns

725 Children of the Heavenly Father

605 Father Welcomes

577 Almighty God, Your Word Is Cast

Order of Service

Matins

The Gospel

The disciples went on from there and passed through Galilee. And Jesus did not want anyone to know, for He was teaching His disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man [Jesus] is going to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill Him. And when He is killed, after three days He will rise.” But they did not understand the saying, and were afraid to ask Him. And they came to Capernaum. And when He was in the house He asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. And He sat down and called the twelve. And He said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” And Jesus took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in His arms, He said to them, “Whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me, and whoever receives Me, receives not Me but Him who sent Me.”


September 16th Announcements

SUPPORTING OUR PRESCHOOL

The Council had designated this year’s Sunday School and Adult Bible Class Offerings for the Christian Preschool, our most visible mission, next to the Members of Prince of Peace themselves, in spreading the Gospel in our community.

YOUTH GROUP EVENT

Mark Saturday, September 29th on your calendar, you won’t want to miss out on the trip to Galena, Illinois. The plan is to leave the church at 8:30 am for Chestnut Mountain Resort in Galena, Illinois. Pack a lunch or bring money for lunch. Each youth will get an adventure pass which includes Unlimited Alpine Slide Rides, One Soaring Eagle Ride and one round of Miniature Golf. If time allows, the youth will go on a stroll at Mines of Spain in Dubuque. Plan to be back at church around 5:30. Please RSVP to Jenni B. if you plan to attend by September 21st. If there is enough people, Nate and Jenni plan to rent a van so the youth can travel together.

FALL CLEAN UP DAY

The Board of Trustees will have their clean up day, Saturday, October 13th from 8:00 am—noon. Cleaning and/or paint supplies will be provided, just bring yourselves. Mark this date on your calendar.


Readings

Isaiah 50:4–10

Acts 19

Mark 9:14–29

Hymns

709 The King of Love My Shepherd Is

849 Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness

611 Chief of Sinners Though I Be

783 Take My Life and Let It Be

696 O God, My Faithful God

Order of Service

Divine Service, Setting Three

Gospel

Mark 9:14–29 When they [Jesus, Peter, James, and John] came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and scribes [Bible experts] arguing with them. And immediately all the crowd, when they saw Jesus, were greatly amazed and ran up to Him and greeted Him. And Jesus asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?” And someone from the crowd answered Him, “Teacher, I brought my son to You, for he has a[n evil] spirit that makes him mute [unable to speak]. And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid. So I asked Your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.” And He answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to Me.” And they brought the boy to Him. And when the spirit saw Jesus, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” And Jesus said to him, “If you can! All things are possible for one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, “He is dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when he had entered the house, His disciples asked Him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” And Jesus said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”

September 9th Announcements

IT’S A GREAT DAY!

- Sunday School and Adult Bible Class will take on a slightly new look today. It starts with everyone, including the adults, meeting in the Sanctuary at 9:00.

- Confirmation begins tonight at 6:00! Parents and Elders are encouraged to attend.

THANK YOU

Ethan A. will play the organ for our services today.

MEN’S BIBLE STUDY

A new year begins with Men’s Bible Study this Saturday at 8:00 am. We will meet most first and third Saturdays through May. Pastor brings the doughnuts, you bring your favorite coffee.

YOUTH GROUP

Mark Saturday, September 29th on your calendar. We are going on an all day trip to Galena, Illinois, Chestnut Mountain, for an adventure pass to unlimited Alpine Slide Rides, One Soaring Eagle Ride and one round of Miniature Golf. Please bring a sack lunch or money to purchase lunch. If time permits, we will go on a stroll at Mines of Spain in Dubuque. RSVP to Jenni B. by September 21st.

SUPPORTING OUR PRESCHOOL

The Council had designated this year’s Sunday School and Adult Bible Class Offerings for the Christian Preschool, our most visible mission, next to the Members of Prince of Peace themselves, in spreading the Gospel in our community.

Readings

Isaiah 35:4–7

Psalm 146

James 2:1–10, 14–18

Mark 7:24–37

Hymns

875 Father, We Praise Thee

793 Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven

528 Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing

761 Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me

624 The Infant Priest Was Holy Born

Order of Service

Divine Service, Setting Three

The Gospel

Mark 7:24–37

And from there he arose and went away to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And he entered a house and did not want anyone to know, yet he could not be hidden. But immediately a woman whose little daughter was possessed by an unclean spirit heard of him and came and fell down at his feet. Now the woman was a Gentile, a Syrophoenician by birth. And she begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. And he said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” But she answered him, “Yes, Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” And he said to her, “For this statement you may go your way; the demon has left your daughter.” And she went home and found the child lying in bed and the demon gone.

Then he returned from the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged him to lay his hand on him. And taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue. And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. And Jesus charged them to tell no one. But the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

September 2, 2018

ONE MORE WEEK AND IT’S HERE!

Next Sunday we begin a new year of Sunday School at 9:00 am. There is a little change to what we’ve done in the past. Everyone, including the adults, will meet in the Sanctuary. Pastor will lead an opening devotion and then we will go into our groups. The Sunday School children will go downstairs, the high school students and adults will head to the Fellowship Hall. All of us will study the same lesson. Parents are encouraged to talk to their children about the lessons afterward. The theme is the same for one month and then we will change to another theme for the next month. Come, everyone, hear the great news about Jesus Christ!

YOUTH GROUP MEETING

Hello all eighth graders through twelfth graders! Did you know you are in the Youth Group, yes you are, and we hope you can come for fellowship and fun! The leaders are Nate and Jen B. September 5th is get to know you ice cream social, 7:00 pm-8:00 pm. Save the date, Saturday, September 29th! The surprise will be announced at the September 5th meeting, come find out the mysterious activity! Please contact Nate and Jen B. if you have questions.

Service: Dive Service III with Holy Communion

August 26th

MITES MISSION OFFERING

Check the LWML bulletin board to see how LWML mites are helping share the good news of Jesus with refugees in camps in Lebanon by working with the Middle East Lutheran Ministry center. Thank you for your prayers for the mission & your support with mites.

SUPPORTING OUR PRESCHOOL

The Council had designated this year’s Sunday School and Adult Bible Class Offerings for the Christian Preschool, our most visible mission, next to the Members of Prince of Peace themselves, in spreading the Gospel in our community.

FOOD COLLECTION

All through the year, the congregation gathers food items for the Coralville Food Pantry. Any non-perishable food items or toilet paper are greatly appreciated. The tubs are located under the table in the Fellowship Hall. Your next trip to the grocery store, don’t forget about the Coralville Food Pantry.

September 9th is the BIG DAY!

2 Weeks until Sunday School Begins!

2 Weeks until Confirmation Begins!

Readings

Isaiah 29:11–19

Psalm 14

Ephesians 5:22–33

Mark 7:1–13

Hymns

616 Baptismal Waters Cover Me

523 O Word of God Incarnate

802 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

923 Almighty Father, Bless the Word

Order of Service

Matins

The Gospel: Mark 7:1-13

When the Pharisees gathered to Jesus, with some of the scribes [Bible scholars] who had come from Jerusalem, they saw that some of Jesus disciples ate with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. (For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands, holding to the tradition of the elders, and when they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash. And there are many other traditions that they observe, such as the washing of cups and pots and copper vessels and dining couches.) And the Pharisees and the scribes asked Jesus, “Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” And Jesus said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, “‘This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me; in vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men.” And Jesus said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition! For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’ But you say, ‘If a man tells his father or his mother, Whatever you would have gained from me is Corban’ (that is, given to God)— then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother, thus making void the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And many such things you do.”


August 19th

Counting down to the beginning of a new Sunday School year on Sept. 9th!

HVAC UPDATE

As of August 8th, $5,720 dollars has been donated to the fund. In addition, the air conditioner for the Office Secretary’s Office, Pastor’s Office and the room next to his office has failed and needs replacing. Please pray and consider giving a donation to the HVAC Fund.


Readings:

Proverbs 9:1-10

Psalm 34:12–22

Ephesians 5:6–21

John 6:51–69

Hymns:

818 In Thee Is Gladness

526 You Are the Way; through You Alone

636 Soul, Adorn Yourself with Gladness

789 Praise and Thanksgiving

655 Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word

Order of Service:

Divine Service, Setting One

The Gospel Reading: John 6:51–69

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not as the fathers ate and died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” Jesus said these things in the synagogue, as he taught at Capernaum. When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, said to them, “Do you take offense at this? Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is of no avail. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.) And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.” After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. So Jesus said to the Twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”

Sermon Outline

John 6:51-69 8/19/2018

In Mark 10:45, Jesus said, “Even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve. To give His life as a ransom for many.”

1. We are malnourished.

- You and I…

- We are desperately missing something from our diet.

2. No, we have plenty of food.

- There is no end to what we can put in our mouths.

- But we are malnourished.

- What we choose to eat isn’t keeping us alive.

- In some cases, what we eat is not just killing us, but killing us faster than if we never ate at all.

3. We are malnourished.

- These are the symptoms…

- A young woman is missing now for over a month.

- No one can find her.

- Like the boy up in La Port City, we assume she is dead.

- Even if she is found, her family now says… she won’t be the same.

- We are malnourished.

4. We are malnourished.

- On one hand we build the largest building in all of our city…

- The children’s hospital.

- Millions and millions of dollars to save the lives of our babies.

- Yet, we abort them even faster…

- We call babies tumors in their mother’s bodies.

- We are malnourished.

5. We are malnourished.

- It is not uncommon these days for two people to get married, yet never mix their money together.

- They make vows of life-long faithfulness…

- But they are always prepared for divorce…

- Keeping their money in two different banks…

- Arguing over who will pay what bills…

- Of course, arguing over money is a leading cause of divorce.

- We are malnourished.

6. We are malnourished.

- I came home for lunch on Friday.

- There is a rental house two doors down from us.

- A problem house in our neighborhood.

- I know that in our neighborhood there are problems in every house.

- Houses that look so quiet, normal, and peaceful on the outside often harbor unspeakable horrors within…

- But this house has bled problems for the entire time we have lived there.

7. A new family moved in in June while we were away.

- The previous family… I could tell you nothing about them but who the kids were… fled from their landlord.

- A new set of cars sit in the driveway, curtains drawn.

- But on Friday a young man and a young woman… only a girl, really…

- With a beat-up car sitting in the middle of the street—driving has never been the strong-suite of anyone who has lived there…

- The young man and the girl were arguing loudly in the driveway.

- I was concerned.

- She wanted her money…

- And she wanted him to stop calling her retarded.

8. They were half hidden by cars in the driveway, but I was on alert.

- Honestly, I was waiting for him to strike her.

- I was waiting to see if I needed to move out and become visible to them so to prevent an assault.

- But he never raised his hand to her.

- His words were doing the work.

9. Her voice escalated, and I watched.

- Relieved, I saw her run for the car in the street.

- I thought it was over.

- The car was in front of my house and I could see her, very clearly, sitting inside screaming and pounding the steering wheel with her hands.

- He followed and spoke to her.

- I didn’t hear what he said…

- She screamed even more, pounded the inside of the car harder.

- She tore away down the street….

- I thought it was over…

- But she turned back and roared up the street toward him.

- In ourt little quiet neighborhood, with the one weird house, I believe she would have run him over if she could have.

10. Two more times she passed the house and turned around.

- I was out on the sidewalk now, in full view, my phone in my hand.

- She ignored me.

- She flew into the driveway and they began to yell at each other one again.

- Only feet from them, I dialed 911.

- This they saw.

- He jumped into the car with her and they sped off together.

- I had no license plate number.

11. We are malnourished.

- We are eating all of the time…

- But what we eat is killing us.

12. We are malnourished… and dying.

13. And then Jesus said, “If you do not eat of the flesh of the Son of Man… and drink His blood… you have no life in you.”

- You are the walking dead

- For there is no food grown on the face of this planet…

- There is no cut of meat in the grocery store…

- There is no diet or supplement in this world that can save us.

- We are born malnourished and dying.

- Our mother’s milk cannot keep us alive.

14.But Jesus stands in the midst of us and proclaims it.

- I am the living Bread that came down from heaven.

- Whoever eats of this bread will live forever.

- And on the last day of this universe, I will raise that person from the dead.

15. Christians, there is a Tree of Life Eternal among us once again.

- In mercy, God expelled us from the Garden of Eden so we wouldn’t eat of that Tree and live forever damned.

- But living a short time… and then dying forever… wasn’t God’s mercy either.

- God promised He would send His Son and save us from our diet of death.

16. We are malnourished to the point of death…

- You can see on people’s faces…

- It isn’t sugar that is killing us…

- It’s our sinning.

17. But the Tree of Life is here.

- The cross of Jesus Christ on which He died in our place here.

- For all who believe and come to Him, it’s not just a hunger that is satisfied for a moment, to come roaring back in two hours…

- There is a food among us that ends our hunger forever…

18. It is the Tree of Life…

- It is nourishment.

- It is Jesus Christ.

- Come to His Table.

- Eat of His blood and flesh forgiveness.

- Have hope in this place.

- Live eternally by His crucified body and blood.

- Be malnourished no more. Amen.

August 12th

The new Sunday School year will start Sept. 9th at 9:00!

Prince of Peace Christian Preschool will have its Parents Night this Wednesday at 6:30. This is our 13th academic year! Enrollment is very strong this, but there are openings.

Beyond the Bars Support Group will hold its next meeting this Thursday at 5:00. This group is for those who have family or friends in prison who wise to share and learn from others and their experiences.

Head Elder Dennis M. is at the State Fair operating his Dipped In Chocolate stand. If you are going to the Fair, Pastor Otto highly recommends stopping there... first!

Readings

1 Kings 19:1–8

Ephesians 4:17—5:2

John 6:35–51

Hymns:

905 Come, Thou Almighty King

534 Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor

680 Thine the Amen, Thine the Praise

622 Lord Jesus Christ, You Have Prepared

628 Your Table I Approach

Order of Service: Divine Service, Setting One

The Gospel Reading: John 6:35–51

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” So the Jews grumbled about him, because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” They said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” Jesus answered them, “Do not grumble among yourselves. No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me— not that anyone has seen the Father except he who is from God; he has seen the Father. Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

Sermon Outline: John 6:35-51 8/12/2018

In Mark 10:45, Jesus said, “Even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve. To give His life as a ransom for many.”

1. Question…

- If you believe that you were not adopted… can you prove it?

- Likewise, if you believe you are adopted… can you prove it as well?

- Think about it.

2. Many of us wonder at times if we were adopted—because we just don’t seem to fit in with these parents.

- Maybe a sister suggested such in a tense sibling moment.

3. But then, I wonder if those who were told they were adopted… didn’t at times wonder if that wasn’t false as well…

- “Maybe I was born into this family, it sure seems like I belong here.”

4. Yes, I know you can produce pictures…

- Birth certificates…

- You have memories…

- But all of that can be faked or misleading.

- People are liars…

- Don’t show me a DNA, that’s just little lines across a piece of paper…

- Preschoolers can make that up.

5. This is the cornerstone of our fallen world… we can’t know for sure where we came from… even when we are sure.

- When my grandson was born, I was told he had his father’s feet…

- Really? That’s what you are going on?

6. So, consider the situation in the synagogue in Capernaum.

- Jesus has just said, “I AM the Bread that came down from heaven.”

- Now, Jesus’ point is that He will raise from the dead all who believe…

- That’s the big news!

- That’s the point!

- There is eternal death in hell…

- But now there is eternal life, with God in glory…

- There is only one way to this life: Jesus.

7. But never mind that…

- For the people are not arguing not over resurrection… but that Jesus said He has come down from heaven…

- That God is His Father.

- This is quite a problem.

- They argue Jesus’ parentage…

- Why? Because we wonder about our own.

- We don’t like someone who knows for sure.

- We vacillate between loving our parents and wondering if they didn’t abduct us from far better people…

8. They say, “This is Jesus of Nazareth…”

- “No one calls Him Jesus of Heaven!”

9. They say, “He is the son of Joseph.”

- A fact known to them… Isn’t it?

- Jesus was born of Mary, the wife of Joseph…

- “So, we know then,” they say, “that Joseph is Jesus’ father…”

10. But certainly they knew about Gabriel…

- About Bethlehem…

- Angels… wisemen…

11. Had any one, at any time, ever said that Joseph was Jesus’ father?

- Jesus Himself, at 12 years old, knew that God was His Father… and said so…

- But now, 18 years later, when Jesus says it again, “I AM the Bread That came down from Heaven…”

- They all get into an argument over something that no one ever claimed.

12. Is it important—yes!

- The son of Joseph cannot die for the sins of the world.

- As long as Jesus is man-man, and not the God-man, He has no meaning to our lives and deaths.

- A son of Joseph is a liar like the rest of us…

- But the Son of God…

- Here in our synagogue…

- Emmanuel promised of old…

- It can’t be.

13. But the can’t be part is not that Joseph is not Jesus father…

- It is that God is here... Emmanuel… God is with us…

- Jesus son of Joseph we like… no threat…

- Jesus, Son of God… terrifying for sinners like us.

- That Jesus was born of the virgin Mary is one of the most documented facts in this world…

- But who He claims His Father is… key to eternal!

14. How does Jesus respond to this argument raging in Capernaum?

- The same sort of diversion used to this day not to bow a knee to Jesus…

- Does He produce documents and witnesses?

- Baby pictures?

15. No. He will not be side-tracked.

- He simply says, “Stop!”

- He says, “No one comes to Me unless the Father draws them to Me.”

- This is a matter of God-given faith, not argument.

- “And, as I mentioned before, I will raise that person from the dead on the Last Day.”

16. Cain, Able and Seth… were probably the only three people ever born who could absolutely state that they knew who their parents were.

- After that, because of our sin, it gets pretty muddied pretty quickly.

- And, does it matter who fathered us?

- No. For every earthly father… gives death to his children…

17. But Jesus knows who His Father is.

- And it matters.

- Not just for Him… for you.

- For a son of Joseph is nothing…

- But the Son of God, He is the one who saves us from our deaths…

- The one who gives His body to death… and then the Lord’s Supper.

- The one who will, on the Last Day, undo even our deaths.

- Will make our bodies like His glorious body.

18. The man I am almost certain is my father…

- Up in Minnesota…

- He worked hard to raise.

- And a big part of that was making sure I knew the Son of God, Jesus Christ, crucified and resurrected for me.

- Dad was the first one in the car on Sunday morning for church.

- My dad and I… we don’t share a death… we share a Father in heaven, because of our brother Christ Jesus.

- A bit confusing right now…

- But on the Last Day, the Day of Resurrection…

- When the Church stands complete before the Lord…

- Dad and I will know and see exactly who our Father is.

Amen