Worship for Sunday, November 15:
The End of the World As We Know It
Are you ready for Jesus? In Matthew 25, Jesus paints three pictures to illustrate how He calls us to live while we wait and watch for Him. This refers to His return in glory but can also be applied to being called to Jesus in death. We are exploring these three pictures during this brief worship series.
Jesus focuses on how we make use of the “riches” with which we are entrusted. Are we faithful in putting God’s riches to work for God’s glory? What “profit” will we have to show the Lord on the day of His appearing?
Worship In Person and Live Stream
Worship will be live stream and in-person at 9:30 AM. 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 are this week’s suggestions:
- The Parable of the Talents Video CLICK HERE
- LEGO’S Parable of the Talents Video CLICK HERE
- Live Children Video CLICK HERE
6 Secrets to Raising Fearless Kids in a Fear-Filled World
- Check this out: https://childrensministry.com/raising-up-fearless-kids/.
Thanksgiving Eve Worship
Our Thanksgiving Service will be on Wednesday evening, November 25, at 7:00 PM. This will be a livestream only service. Please go to https://stjohnslutheran.net/live-streaming-worship-at-st-johns/ to learn more about the service and to join in. This service will be a Communion service.
Thanksgiving Food Bank Ingathering
The foodbank ingathering which normally takes place during the Thanksgiving service will take place during Thanksgiving week. Please bring your non-perishable food items to the church office on November 23-25.
Advent Midweek Worship
We will have Advent Midweek service on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM. These service will be both in-person in our sanctuary and streamed online.
- December 2 – The O Antiphons of Advent
For centuries the Church has used the Advent responses knows as the Great O Antiphons, so named because each one beings with an “O” addressing Christ by one of His biblical names. The familiar hymn “O Come O Come Emmanuel” is based on the O Antiphons. Our midweek service features the O Antiphons and the singing of this hymn.
- December 9 – The ABCs of Christmas
Our annual trip through the alphabet, thinking of the words and phrases that make up the Christmas Story. People can participate in person or through the chat stream.
- December 16 – Lessons and Carols
A service of Scripture readings and Christmas Carols led by our Sanctuary Choir. This traditional service of the season walks through the story of salvation, culminating in the birth of the Savior.
- December 23 – Christmas Hymn Stories
We will focus on the stories and Scripture behind several familiar Christmas Carols and Hymns. And we will sing them!
Wednesday Night Worship – Houses on Rock and Sand
We come to the end of the Sermon on the Mount with Jesus powerful parable calling us to put His words into practice. Join us on Wednesday, November 18 at 7:00 PM at https://www.youtube.com/user/stjohnsnapaca/live
Note: Wednesday Night Worship will become Thanksgiving Eve Worship and then Advent Midweek Worship. Our study of the Gospel of Matthew will resume on January 6, 2021.
To join in, click here .
RightNow Media Recommendation for the Week
“How to Read Matthew” CLICK HERE
The Bible can be hard to interpret. It’s lengthy, packed full of characters, and sometimes difficult to tie into daily life. The book of Matthew tells the story of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. In this post, The Bible Project breaks down the book into digestible pieces so we can understand and apply its truths. This study is in two parts, 16 and 17 minutes, and provides an overview of the entire Gospel.
Tarla Mediterranean Bar and Grill Dine and Donate…
Tarla Grill is running a special menu for locals to dine-in or take-out. November 2-12 they will be donating 10% of the sales from these special menus to St. John’s Lutheran School. Scrip is allowed for these purchases. Please mention St. John’s Lutheran when ordering. Stop by the school office to pick up cards in $25.00 increments.
Menu is available Sunday-Thursday for take-out and dine-in. Click here for details.
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
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 November 2020 monthly Vine is now on our website. To keep up-to-date with what is happening at St. John’s, Please click here.