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ASCENSION                 May 13, 2018

Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church

Wisconsin Synod

Pastor Stephen Smith…682-1878    Sunday Service…9:30 AM

Church Telephone…682-4573    Sunday School…10:30 AM

Organist………… 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 Jesus, on this day You ascended far above the heavens and at God’s right hand you rule the nations. Leave us not alone, we pray, but grant us the Spirit of truth that at Your command and by Your power we may be Your witnesses in all the world. Amen.

HYMNS: Hymn fest, see bulletin insert

ORDER OF SERVICE: see insert

 

THE WORD

FIRST LESSON: Acts 1:1-11

Jesus promises the Holy Spirit to the apostles and commissions them as His messengers. We see Jesus go to heaven visibly, and hear the comforting message of the angels that He will come again in the same way.

PSALM OF THE DAY: Psalm 47 on page 47 (s)

“God has ascended amid shouts of joy,” and He rules from “His holy throne.”

SECOND LESSON: Ephesians 1:16-23

Paul thanks God for them, and He prays that they would better know their hope and God’s power. Christ’s ascension shows God’s power and the kingship of Christ over all things, especially the Church.

GOSPEL: Luke 24:44-53

The end of Luke’s Gospel shows us Jesus interpreting the past (“He opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures”), predicting the future (“repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached”) and ascending (“taken up into heaven”).

THE SERMON

Theme:

ATTENDANCE AT THE LORD’S HOUSE 91

 

THE SCHEDULE

Monday 7:00 PM Outreach/Activity Committee

Tuesday 11 AM Pastors’ Study Club – Elk River

Wednesday 10 AM Chapel at Park View

 

OUR FATHER’S BUSINESS

NEW MEDITATIONS are available in the narthex. They have a nice one-page devotion for each day of the week.

FOR THE LORD’S WORK AT HOME April 22 General $2513.16, B/I $40, Fishers $35. April 29 General $1124, Organ $580.

A LOT OF BUILDING will go on during the 20-18 one-day Vacation Bible School (VBS) with a building theme. Build on the Rock offers a great day of fun that teaches us how Jesus is our rock-solid foundation. It is scheduled from 9 AM to 3 PM on Saturday, July 14th. Pre-registration isn’t required but would be helpful in planning. Contact Pastor Smith or Julie Gutknecht. The program is free and open to young people from 5 years old through 8th grade. mark your calendars. Plan to attend. Invite your friends and neighbors. There are door-hanger invitations in the narthex. Help yourself to as many as you’d like.

FUNERAL SERVICES will be conducted for Mr. Thomas Kleist

tonight, Sunday May 13, at 7 PM. Review will be from 4-7 PM. His time of grace on this earth was 63 years, 9 months and 19 days. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 (two of the verses Tom chose).