Readings and Sermon: Wednesday May 22, 2019

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Service Time: 7:00 p.m.
Bible Study: 7:40 p.m.


Leviticus 23:23-44 

Luke 12:35-53 
“Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them. If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them awake, blessed are those servants! But know this, that if the master of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have left his house to be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” 

Peter said, “Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for all?” And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. But if that servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed in coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and get drunk, the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces and put him with the unfaithful. And that servant who knew his master's will but did not get ready or act according to his will, will receive a severe beating. But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.

“I came to cast fire on the earth, and would that it were already kindled! I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how great is my distress until it is accomplished! Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. For from now on in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.” 

Mission Moments

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(please note, the report below was sent prior to the start of Easter)

Dear Brethren

Entrance exams to the seminary for the 2019/2020 academic year were successfully conducted and con-cluded this past month (March) in between the Federal/State election periods. The candidates were able to travel back and forth safely. We are still dealing with limited accommodations, etc. due to the cut-off funding, and therefore the scores had to be much higher.

The Rev'd. Dr. John Nordling, the Greek professor from CTS, Ft. Wayne, IN, arrived to teach Greek intensives for five weeks to almost 80 students. In ad-dition to this, he preached for mid-day chapel every day, and he taught three Exegetical Courses: Romans, Pastoral Epistles, and the Gospel of Matthew, all as intensives. He also preached some Sundays in the community. I doubt he has ever worked this hard before! We tried to milk all we could out of him since we are very short-handed. But does that mean I am relieved? Not quite. Two of the others slated to come as visiting professors this semester, that were supposed to have taken up five courses, are not able to make it due to lack of funding. As Lutherans we say, “What does this mean?” Answer: As usual, I have to carry more loads. I will have to teach the extra courses as intensives, which will translate into about ten courses total for this Semester that will end in June.

Snippets:

  • LCN National Women’s Rally is this month. It is an equivalent of an LWML convention but is held annually after Easter.

  • Easter break is coming up. The students will be happy for a break after all of the intensives and regular classes.

Sincerely in-Christ,
Fr. Wokoma
1 Tim 1:15.

In the Spotlight .... Zion Lutheran Preschool

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It’s so hard to believe, but another school year is coming to a close. As we prepare to finish out our last few weeks, we can’t help but look back on our fantastic year and give thanks and praise to God for His many blessings.

Our enrollment for the 2018/2019 school year has been 161. Between the morning and afternoon sessions, we have had 10 classes. So far, for the 2019/2020 school year, we have a combined 11 classes with enrollment currently at 180 … our maximum capacity is 183 … we surely are busting at the seams!

We continue to add new programs each year. One that we are very excited about is the addition of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), which Mrs. Barb Oechslein will be spear-heading. She will spend time in each PreK, PreK Plus and Stepping Stones class to introduce and teach this new curriculum. Sunmer Boost is another addition to our program starting this July. This program is for 5 weeks in July and meets on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. We will introduce/review letter sounds, word families, sight words, and writing uppercase and lowercase letters. We will also focus on math skills including sorting, counting, number recognition, addition, subtraction, and many other skills necessary for kindergarten. This program is for Zion’s oldest students.

Please consider coming to see one of our end of year programs on May 20th, 21st or 22nd at 9:15 am. We will be singing many of the songs we sing during Kids Praise and conclude with a very sweet video presentation of the school year.

Thank you for all of your prayers, and see you in the Fall!

Blessings,
Tracey

Readings and Sermon: Sunday May 19, 2019

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Service Times: 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Bible Study and Sunday School: 9:25 a.m.

First Reading – Acts 11:1-18
Epistle – Revelation 21:1-7

The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the sixteenth chapter.
[Jesus said] “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

“A little while, and you will see me no longer; and again a little while, and you will see me.” So some of his disciples said to one another, “What is this that he says to us, ‘A little while, and you will not see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’; and, ‘because I am going to the Father’?” So they were saying, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We do not know what he is talking about.” Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them, “Is this what you are asking yourselves, what I meant by saying, ‘A little while and you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me’? Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy. When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.

Readings and Sermon: Wednesday May 15, 2019

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Service Time: 7:00 p.m.
Bible Study: 7:35 p.m.

Leviticus 16:1-24

Luke 10:1-22
After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go. And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. Carry no moneybag, no knapsack, no sandals, and greet no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house!’ And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest upon him. But if not, it will return to you. And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages. Do not go from house to house. Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you. Heal the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ But whenever you enter a town and they do not receive you, go into its streets and say, ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near.’ I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.

“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But it will be more bearable in the judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You shall be brought down to Hades.

“The one who hears you hears me, and the one who rejects you rejects me, and the one who rejects me rejects him who sent me.”

The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”