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“Hallowed Be Thy Name”
February 18, 2024
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As We Gather
Our Lent Midweek series, “Lord Teach Us To Pray,” focuses on The Lord’s Prayer. Once when Jesus disciples observed Him praying, they asked Him to teach them how to pray. In response He gave them the prayer we know as The Lord’s Prayer. This prayer serves as both a prayer to pray and pattern for structuring our daily time in prayer. But above all, it reveals what our Lord knows we need on our Lenten journey.
Our prayer begins with praise, an acknowledgment of the holiness of the name of God. Such acknowledgement of His holiness also entails a confession of our lack of holiness. And yet, because His holy name has been placed on us in Baptism, we share in His holiness.
“Giving Up to Receive”
February 18, 2024
Please CLICK HERE to download the service notes. (Notes will upload soon.)
As We Gather
Are you giving up something for Lent? In our text today, Abraham was called to give up his son in obedience to God’s call. Why did God call Abraham to make such a supreme sacrifice? And why did He stop him from carrying it out? What is God calling me to give up in my life today, not just to observe Lent, but to follow Him more faithfully?
Live-stream and in-person worship begin at 9:30 AM. Please CLICK HERE to download the link to the live-stream itself.
There are two opportunities for growth on Sunday mornings. Pastor Mike is leading “Foundations” in Room 10 (see below). Joel Wahlers is leading a study on the Gospel of Mark in Room 8 (see below).
The Gospel of Mark
The Gospel of Mark chronicles Jesus’s journey from Galilee to Jerusalem. Along the way, the Messiah gathers a ragged band of disciples. As crowds grow and dwindle on the road to Jerusalem, only a few stick by the Suffering Savior on the road of discipleship.
In this 11 part class, Joel Wahlers will be making use of a Right Now Video course led by author and speaker Francis Chan. Tracing the steps of Jesus and the Twelve through Israel, Francis explores the major themes of the Gospel of Mark, and asks: Are we willing to take this journey to embrace discipleship?
Foundations: An Overview of the Christian Faith
What are the essential teachings of the Christian faith? What do they mean in our lives and in our world today?
Pastor Mike will be leading a nine-session overview of the basic teachings of the Christian Faith. This study in basic Christianity will cover all the essential teachings, how they fit together into one compelling story, and what they mean for our lives today.
This class is required for those who are interested in membership at St. John’s. But it is also helpful for those who seek to better understand the Christian story in order to grow in their faith and be better equipped to share it with others. Throughout the class we will be considering the major challenges to faith, and how the Christianity provides a better story for our world today.
Ash Wednesday February 14
Lent begins on February 14 with Ash Wednesday. There will be a Communion service at 7:00 PM on Ash Wednesday, which will include the imposition of ashes. Our Lent midweek worship series this year will focus on the meaning and use of The Lord’s Prayer. Our theme for Ash Wednesday is “Hallowed By Thy Name.”
I have created a sign up sheet for the upcoming dates. Pleases indicate if you would like to host the evening or just help by supporting a host. Please feel free to sign up to host or help on any Wednesdays you are able. As we get additional volunteers, they will be added. CLICK HERE for the sign-up link. Thank you! Joshua Wright
Memorial Service for Curtis Schoenfeld
Service will be on Sunday, March 10th at 1:30 PM.
Fellowship at St. John’s Survey
We are planning to offer a variety of fellowship opportunities this coming year. If you didn’t fill out the blue paper survey in church, please click the link below to fill out this form and indicate which events are of interest to you, as well as which ones you would like to help make happen. Thanks for taking the time to help us plan fellowship events!
CLICK HERE for the link.
Pastor Mike’s Bookshelf
10 Questions Every Teen Should Ask (and Answer) About Christianity
By Rebecca McLaughlin
It’s not an easy time to be a Christian teenager. There are many questions that teens might have about their faith and what it means in today’s world, when many of the values of the post-Christian West seem to be out-of-sync with historic Christianity. On the other hand, they may also be aware that the Christians have not always handled these issues well, and at times have responded to challenges and disagreements in very unchristian ways.
In this helpful book, Rebecca McLaughlin identifies ten important questions, and then provides answers. After the introduction, entitled “Note to Parents, Grandparents, Guardians and Friends,” the rest of the book is addressed to teens, speaking to them as teens. She uses familiar books and movies to illustrate her points, and addresses concerns that teens have today. Here are a few chapter titles: “Can Jesus Be True For You But Not Me?” “Is Christianity Against Diversity?” “How Can You Believe The Bible Is True?” “Hasn’t Science Disproved Christianity?” “Why Can’t We Just Agree That Love Is Love?” “Who Cares If You Are A Boy Or A Girl?”
That being said, parents should read the entire book, not just the introduction. Her presentations are very straightforward and understandable. Her illustrations from movies and books and music are very helpful as well. Parents who read this book will be better equipped to meaningfully and compassionately discuss these topics with their teen. (And other adults as well!)
There will be a copy of this book on the library cart in the Narthex, but as of this writing, I have already loaned the book out, so it is not yet available. For previous recommendations CLICK HERE
Worship Tech Overhaul
“Faith Comes From Hearing”
We’ve heard your feedback and understand that one of the biggest challenges you and our visitors face when attending worship in person or watching the livestream is participating in the service because it’s difficult to see or hear God’s Word, the lessons, and the beautiful music that’s raised up to God in praise. With these concerns in mind, we’re doing a complete and total overhaul of the audio and visual technology in the St. John’s sanctuary and Faith Chapel. We’re working to create an experience that is free of distractions, allowing our members, visitors, students, and families to focus on the most import element of any gathering held at St. John’s: God’s Word. If you would like to help support this mission, we ask that you do so through your offerings. There are three ways you can give:
- In person using your offering envelope
- By clicking: Donate to St. John’s Lutheran (https://bit.ly/DonatetoStJohnsLutheran)
- By using the Vanco Mobile app
We ask that you notate your donation with “Faith Comes From Hearing” or “Worship Tech Overhaul” to ensure it is applied to this project.
LCC Hearts of Mercy and Compassion for Family of Chaplain Lee Shaw
What are they?
Lutheran Church Charities’ Hearts of Mercy & Compassion® provides a physical and spiritual symbol through the giving of hearts and crosses to families and friends who have suffered loss or serious illness of a loved one.
If you knew Chaplain Lee Shaw…
Please consider adding a message to the Heart that we have to give to the Shaw Family at Lee’s memorial service on February 24th. It will be available after service on Sundays as well as in the church office until the 23rd.
Women’s Bible Study
Happy New Year, St. John’s Women’s Study. We are starting the New Year off continuing with the Book of Ephesians. I’m excited to say that with the New Year comes a new day that we will be meeting. We have decided to move the study to Mondays, at our regular time (10:00). Looking forward to seeing all of you! Blessings, Judi Rock
Men’s Saturday Morning Bible Study
The Men’s Saturday Morning Bible Study is currently studying the Gospel of Luke. Join us for fellowship at 7:30 AM and Bible Study from 8-9 AM.
2024 Women’s Tea
New Email Addresses for the Church
Please make a note that we are changing the email addresses for the church. Please use the following email addresses for correspondence.
- Church Office: email@example.com
- Pastor Mike: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kevin Mathison: email@example.com
- Tim Kramer: firstname.lastname@example.org
What is different? The domain “stjohnsnapa.org” instead of “stjohnslutheran.net.” We are moving away from the “stjohnslutheran.net” so that all emails, church and school, will be “stjohnsnapa.org.” The old emails will remain active for a time to make sure we don’t miss anything, but please update your address books accordingly.
Coffee Ministry Needs Help
Do you enjoy the coffee hour after church? Would you like to be part of this ministry? We are looking for additional people to join us! Join a team or get some friends and make a team. Three or four people are ideal. On the job training will be provided.
Responsibilities are: • arriving prior to service to set up • providing refreshments – may be baked or purchased • making coffee • setting up serving tables and seating • serving the refreshments • clean up
We appreciate the people who help set up and put away tables and chairs and those who contribute refreshments. This is a welcoming time of fellowship for both members and visitors. Any questions or willingness to serve – please contact Susan or Bill Clark or the church office.
Biblical Counseling at St John’s?
The Biblical Counseling Center of Napa Valley
The Biblical Counseling Center of Napa Valley is a ministry to the families of St. John’s Lutheran Church and all Christians in the greater Napa area. Our center began some 25 years ago to offer strength and direction to those Christians suffering through trials and tribulations using the promises and hope the Bible offers to those who trust Jesus as their Lord and Savior. To learn more, CLICK HERE. If you, or someone you know, is struggling with life’s stressors, please consider giving us a call at 707-738-5306. (We are a free ministry to all).
Right Now Media
Right now media is an online resource providing Christian videos for all ages: Children’s resource, Bible Studies, lectures and more. As a congregation, we have subscribed to Right Now Media, so access is free for all in our St. John’s family. If you haven’t already signed up for Right Now Media, CLICK HERE.
Napa State Hospital Christmas Donation THANK YOU!
CLICK HERE to view list of requested items.
As a Thrivent member, you are eligible for two Thrivent Action Teams per year. Thrivent Action Teams are a great way to make a positive impact in your community. Thrivent offers all the resources you need to get started, including up to $250 in seed money. Your team below provide the passion that brings your project to life. Here are some ideas on how you can help us here at St. John’s…
- Youth Events, VBS, Mission Farm, Large Print Ministry and LCC K9 Comfort Dog Ministry
Please call the church office if you are inspired to help with projects like these above and much more. Christy Kramer will be happy to help you apply for your Action Team Card.
Do you wish to receive the E-Vine by text?
Signing up is simple. Just text “sjlctext” to 855-906-0515. When an e-vine is sent out, you will receive a text with a link which will take you to the current e-vine. If you currently receive the e-vine by email, you will continue to receive it that way as well, unless you request for it to stop.
Where do I find sermons and services that I missed?
You can find previous sermons in three places. The full services are available on the YouTube channel.
- YouTube Channel:
- There are playlists for sermons, Sunday Services, Wednesday Night Worship and teaching on Matthew
- RightNow Media Channel
- Scroll down to find recommendations as well as sermon and Gospel of Matthew lessons
- The sermons are arranged by worship series