Weekly Announcements

September 23rd Announcements


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.


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.


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!


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.


Jeremiah 11:18–20

James 3:13—4:10

Mark 9:30–37


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


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


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.


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.


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.


Isaiah 50:4–10

Acts 19

Mark 9:14–29


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


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


- 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.


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


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.


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.


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.


Isaiah 35:4–7

Psalm 146

James 2:1–10, 14–18

Mark 7:24–37


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


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!


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


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.


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.


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!


Isaiah 29:11–19

Psalm 14

Ephesians 5:22–33

Mark 7:1–13


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


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!


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.


Proverbs 9:1-10

Psalm 34:12–22

Ephesians 5:6–21

John 6:51–69


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!


1 Kings 19:1–8

Ephesians 4:17—5:2

John 6:35–51


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.