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Archive: How Are You Getting Ready? - Observer Message - December 2012

Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John. 14 He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, 15 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from birth. 16 Many of the people of Israel will he bring back to the Lord their God. 17 And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” (Lk 1:13-17)

Did you notice the last words in this portion of the Gospel of Luke? They are “a people prepared for the Lord.” That is in fact the purpose for which the Church over the ages has used the Advent Season prior to the celebration of Jesus’ birth. But this should not surprise any of us. After all we always prepare for those major events or celebrations in our life.

Archive: Deer Hunters' Worship Service

St. John's invites you to a special worship service, especially for those going away for the weekend for deer hunting (or shopping).

This service will be
Wednesday, November 14th at 7:00pm.

Both hunters and non-hunters are welcome to attend. This will not be a repeat of Sunday's service, but it will be a special service with holy communion served.

You are also invited to stay after the service for refreshments and fellowship time to discuss your hunting stories and plans with one another.

Come and worship!

Archive: How Precious the Lord’s Supper Is To You! - Observer Message - October 2012

17 On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?”
18 He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’ ” 19 So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.
20 When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve. ….
26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”
27 Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father’s kingdom.”
30 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.” (Matthew 26: 17 – 20, 26 – 30)
The words that I have just quoted should be familiar to all of us. I removed that portion of this account in which Jesus lovingly tries to get Judas to admit what is in his heart and repent. I removed it because I wanted to focus on one specific thing. I want you all to consider how precious the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper is to you!
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