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EPIPHANY 4                 Jan 28, 2018

Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church

Wisconsin Synod

Pastor Stephen Smith…682-1878    Sunday Service…9:30 a.m.

Church Telephone…682-4573    Sunday School…10:30a.m.

Organists……….. Mrs. Karen Davis

WELCOME, VISITORS: We are glad you could be with us and we welcome you back any time. Please sign our guest register in the narthex/entry.

PRAYER: Lord God, You, You know that we are surrounded by many dangers and that we often stumble and fall. Strengthen us in body and mind, and brings us safely through all temptations. Amen.

HYMNS: 462, 395, 92, 562

ORDER OF SERVICE: Service of the Word p 38ff

 

THE WORD

FIRST LESSON: Deuteronomy 18:15-20

Moses gives the promise of another Prophet who will be like Moses, yet greater.

PSALM OF THE DAY: Psalm 1 on page 64

This psalm provides an appropriate introduction to the entire Psalter. There is a stark contrast between “the way of the righteous” and “the way of the wicked.”

SECOND LESSON: 1 Corinthians 8:1-13

Our Lord wants us to be careful in our Christian freedom so that we do not offend the weak. The use of meat sacrificed to idols is something neither commanded nor forbidden by God. In matters of concern today, we remember not to wound weak consciences merely to show that something is permissible.

GOSPEL: Mark 1:21-28

This lesson shows us the Prophet spoken of by Moses in today’s Old Testament reading. Jesus teaches with divine authority and then demonstrates it by driving out evil spirits. Jesus reveals His glory.

THE SERMON: Mark 1:21-28

THEME: Jesus Has Real Authority

ATTENDANCE AT THE LORD’S HOUSE 71

 

THE SCHEDULE

 

Wednesday 6:00 PM Confirmation Class

Friday 10 AM Chapel at Cottagewood

6:30 PM Choir

 

OUR FATHER’S BUSINESS

 

WEST LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL Sunday is March 11th. Choir from West Lutheran (Western Accents) plans to come,

LENTEN WORSHIP SERVICES this year begin with Ash Wednesday on Feb 14th. Lenten Worship will be at 7 PM. The theme of our Lenten Series this year will be “Jesus Christ is Our Great High Priest.” We will be having Soup Suppers again this year.

ANNUAL VOTERS’ MEETING Mr. Andrew Benzer was elected to be Secretary/Elder, Mr. Terry Weese as Trustee and Mr. Herman Ernst as Financial Secretary. Outgoing Council members are Mr. Ray Schmidt, Mr. Brian Weese and Mr. Paul Nowack. More organ work is scheduled to start in May of this year. $2700 is still needed for that. $5000 match from 2017 is now in Organ Fund. We plan to send $600 to LIMA ($300 from Missions and $300 from General). Missions goal stays the same at $15000. Pastor’s salary remains at $2291.66 a month. (Amount listed in Annual Report includes $125/month expense allowance and $250 Health Savings Account.) Organist salary will be bumped up to $65/Sunday (KLD), other organists will be at $35.

LIMA = Lutheran Institutional Ministry Association and supports visits to people in hospitals in the Twin Cities area and Rochester. It supports campus ministry for college students in Mankato and Twin Cities. Speaker from LIMA was here about a year ago.