Worship for Reformation Sunday, October 25: “The Lord Almighty is With Us”
Psalm 46 forms the basis of Martin Luther’s great Reformation hymn “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.” Both the Psalm and the hymn describe God as actively controlling everything. He delivers disaster and deliverance. He decides our fate. Both the Psalmist and Luther have no doubts about where they stand with God. They confidently assume that God is on their side. Do you have that confidence? Do you ever wonder in the midst of troubles if He is on your side or even around at all? Through this Psalm and this hymn God wants us to know where He is readily found in times of trouble, how He is our refuge and strength, and that in all circumstances the Lord Almighty is with us.
This Sunday’s service will be a Communion service. For more information, please go to the streaming page on the website. (https://stjohnslutheran.net/live-streaming-worship-at-st-johns/
Worship In Person and Live Stream
Worship will be live stream and in person at 9:30. We will not be handing out bulletins, but you are welcome to download and bring your own copy of the worship handout. Please go to this page (https://stjohnslutheran.net/live-streaming-worship-at-st-johns/) to download the handout, and to link to the live stream itself.
Family and Children Resources
We are pleased to offer several resources for families, parents and children.
“Children’s Church Lesson ”This is a weekly Sunday School/Children’s church type lesson for parents to lead with small children. Please use this at home during this time when we are unable to offer our regular children’s church. Here is this week’s:
- Children’s Church Lesson: Jesus Befriends Zacchaeus Click here
- Zacchaeus Coloring Page Click here
- Take It Home Flyer Click here
“Parenting Christian Kids” This is a monthly newsletter with helpful input for parents as they seek to nurture the spiritual growth of their children. Click here for the October issue:
We celebrate Reformation Sunday this week and we will learn about Martin Luther.
- Martin Luther Coloring Book Click here
- Luther’s Seal (Coat of Arms) Click here
- Description of Seal Click here
Wednesday Night Worship
This weeks we look at Matthew 7:1-6. As Jesus addresses the topic of judging He calls His followers to not be blind to their own faults and failings and hypocritically pass judgement on a fellow believer. Hypocritical judging destroys relationships. We continue our study of the Gospel of Matthew as we continue through the Sermon on the Mount. To join in, click here at 7:00 PM on October 28: https://www.youtube.com/user/stjohnsnapaca/live
RightNow Media Recommendation for the Week
In the United States, when you cast your vote in an election, you are exercising rights given to you by the government. God gives Christians specific instructions about government and citizenship that go beyond merely voting. In this 3-part course, Gospel Coalition Council members and pastors Bryan Chapell and Sandy Willson examine the United States’ past, the present responsibilities of Christians to their government, and the future hope Christians have in heaven.
Previous sermons and Wednesday night sermonic Bible studies are on the St. John’s Channel of Right Now Media. If you haven’t already signed up for Right Now Media, click on this link: http://bit.ly/STJOHNSNAPA
Podcast: The Big Book of New Testament Questions and Answers – narrated by Sarah Kramer
Have you ever wondered, “What does this verse mean?” or “How do I explain this part of the Bible to a non-Christian friend?” Check out this podcast which explores New Testament Q&As collected by Dr. Michael Eschelbach, a theology professor (formerly at Concordia University Chicago, now at CU Irvine), from his students. The first 12 episodes focus on Galatians, with more books to come!
And…if the voice sounds familiar, that’s because St. John’s member Sarah Kramer is the narrator! Please subscribe to the podcast (Apple, Google, Spotify, and more!) to be notified when a new episode is released. Please also rate and review the podcast – the more listeners it has, the more episodes they will make!
Can’t wait? Do you want all the answers now? You can also purchase the book, The Big Book of New Testament Questions and Answers, in paperback or ebook format. There’s more info at www.CPH.org .
This is a great resource to help us grow in our faith and knowledge of Scripture and to engage in discussions with fellow Christians and non-believers alike. Enjoy and share!
True Vine Music (Pastor Mike’s Music Website)
Pastor Mike mentioned his music website in the sermon last Sunday. On this site, he makes available his worship and school songs, as well as the school songs of Bob Hauch. All are available to listen and download for free. https://truevinemusic.com
Kindergarten Information Nights at St. John’s Lutheran School
Monday, November 2 and Thursday, November 5
6:00 – 6:45 p.m. via Zoom
Meet our Kindergarten teacher and learn more about: the Kindergarten curriculum, benefits of an SJL K-8 education, and what makes SJL a special place for families.
All interested parents are invited to attend and will receive $25 off the Kindergarten Enrollment Fee after attending the meeting!
RSVP required to: Kristin Goller, Admissions Counselor at 226-7970, Ext. 125;.
Support SJLS through Scrip! Easiest Fundraiser Ever!!
Click here to watch a video on how easy Scrip is using the RaiseRight app. Remember there are always cards you can purchase in the school office especially our local vendors, Foodshed, Hop Creek and Tarla Bar and Grill, but using the RaiseRight app is so convenient for all of your everyday purchases.
Your October 2020 monthly Vine is now on our website. To keep up-to-date with what is happening at St. John’s, Please click here.