Readings and Sermon: Wednesday January 16, 2019

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View the Bulletin for Wednesday January 16, 2019
Service Time: 7:00 p.m.
Bible Study: 7:40 p.m.

Ezekiel 38:1-23
Romans 7:1-20
Or do you not know, brothers—for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law is binding on a person only as long as he lives? For a married woman is bound by law to her husband while he lives, but if her husband dies she is released from the law of marriage. Accordingly, she will be called an adulteress if she lives with another man while her husband is alive. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law, and if she marries another man she is not an adulteress.

Likewise, my brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God. For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death. But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code.

What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. For apart from the law, sin lies dead. I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died. The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me. For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me. So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.

Did that which is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, producing death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure. For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.

Mission Moment: Promoting Zion’s internal, local, and international missionary efforts

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To those who support me prayerfully, for those who sponsor me, those who sojourn with me in this mission field, and to those who are considering joining us: Advent Greetings in the Name of Him who is to come, and whose first birth we look forward to celebrating, and yet, who is with us this day as He comes to us in His Word and Sacrament. Amen!

It has been a little hectic with Lutheran Council coming to a close just before St. Andrew’s Day. St. Andrew’s Day was observed at the Seminary, as usual, with communion, myself being the preacher and the presiding minister. We are now preparing for examinations and the closing for Christmas break.

We are grateful for the financial gifts we have received which have kept many students at the seminary however, I am a little heartbroken right now. After our most recent visiting professor was here, the Rev’d Professor Naomichi Masaki of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, IN, USA, over half of the students were asked to leave for lack of school fees, or incomplete payment of school fees. There is the possibility that they will not even be allowed to sit for the exams. This is a result of the recent, sudden, drastic cut of support we experienced during the previous year when the Office of International Mission was forced to cut back their support. Some of you were curious about the former rector who died that I mentioned in my last report. He taught part-time at the seminary, then fell sick and didn’t recover. I am now fully in charge of teaching all his courses, making the need for visiting professors a continuous one. In addition, now more than ever, it is also important for us to send indigenous pastors to our LC-MS Seminaries in the U.S. for further training to come back and serve in the field, especially back at the Seminary to train future pastors. "The Harvest is ripe, but the reapers are few."

Prayer Requests:

1) Pray for the seminary and the students, especially those who are yet to pay school fees.

2) Pray for the Lord to touch the hearts of potential visiting professors from Ft. Wayne and all over the synod to come and help with the 4 additional courses I have acquired, over and above my existing courses, beginning with next semester which resumes February 1, 2019.

As we look forward to our Christmas celebration, and you go about your preparations, may the Lord touch your heart to include something for the needy in Africa, especially those at JEM Lutheran Seminary. May the Lord replenish you several-fold this Christmas and always as you prayerfully consider supporting our mission in Afri-ca with a year-end gift. Amen.

Have a blessed Advent season from the Advent King!

Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Wokoma
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The Chairman’s Corner

Happy New Year! On Behalf of the Council here's hoping everyone is doing well. Let's hope as the winter turns to spring we are all on our way to a wonderful year here at Zion. I was surprised to be asked to serve as Chairman and I thank you for allowing me this privilege. Over the last three decades we've had some wonderful Chairmen and I'm so very thankful for their work. I will try to do a good job and will need your help as we move forward to support and grow our ministries.

For the next three years, we will return to the format in which we have four Voter's Meetings per cal-endar year, (plus a dedicated Budget Meeting on the last Sunday in June, in which the next Fiscal Year's Budget will be the only order of business). The "Regular" Voter's Meetings will be the last Sunday in the months of January, April, July and October. Hope to see you all at those meetings!

Incoming Congregational President—Paul Klemash

Incoming Congregational President—Paul Klemash

Unity Lutheran Community Mission (Part 2)

WISH LIST
Volunteers to assist children with homework. (3 - 6 p.m. Monday - Thursday)
Special funds to take the children on local field trips.

A Very Special Thank You to All Our Supporters
On behalf of Unity Lutheran Community Mission and our after-school ministry
Thank you/or your prayers!

CHILDREN'S OUTREACH
Monday through Thursday 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Ages 4 - 16
For more information, please call Rev. Reholma McCants
Unity Lutheran Community Mission 7825 1/2 Hamilton Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15208
Phone: 412-731-281 I

PRAYERS
Pray for the children who attend Unity After School Program, Pray that the Word will work in their lives which are filled with anger, violence, and disorder.

Pray for Pastor McCants as he works diligently to support the children in Homewood and teaches God's Word to them.

Thank the Lord for providing food, homework assistance, and a safe, positive environment for the children to spend time after school

Thank the Lord for generous donors and volunteers who share the love of Christ with the kids through financial, material or social ways.

SUPPORT UNITY LUTHERAN MISSION THROUGH CONCORDIA LUTHERAN MINISTRIES
Make check payable to:
Unity Lutheran Community Mission and mail to:
Concordia Lutheran Ministries Foundation
134 Marwood Road, Cabot, PA 16023
(If you prefer, you may make the check payable to Unity Lutheran Community Mission and include on memo CLM Foundation for matching funds)
Make a credit card gift by phone: (724) 352-1571,ext. 8355
Give safely and conveniently online at: http://give.concordialm.org
Any donated amount will be matched by Concordia Lutheran Ministries' Angel Tear Ministries Fund

Thank you for your generosity!