New Women's Bible Study Starting Thursday October 3rd

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We have a new Women's Bible Study starting on Thursday October 3rd from 7:00 0-8:30 p.m.
Sign-up sheet in the narthex
Contact linda.w.kroeger@gmail.com

Called the “letter of joy,” the book of Philippians contains the encouraging words of Paul to the new believers of Philippi (the first church in Greece).

“…there is JOY in absolutely everything: every situation, event, encounter, task, sadness, prayer, opportunity, and every hour of every day.” Discover JOY in all circumstances!

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Luther says ...

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“I wait for the Lord.” — Psalm 130:5

There are some people who want to show God the goal and to determine the time and the manner and at the same time suggest how they wish to be helped. If things do not turn out as they wish, they become fainthearted or, if they can, they seek help elsewhere. They do not wait upon God; instead God is supposed to wait for them and be ready at once to help them in the way they planned.

But those who truly wait upon God ask for grace, and they leave it free to God’s good pleasure how, where, and by what means he shall help them.

Readings and Sermon: Sunday September 15, 2019

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View the Bulletin for Sunday September 15, 2019
Service Times: 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Bible Study, Breakfast with Pastor Wokoma and Sunday School: 9:15 a.m.


Old Testament Reading - Ezekiel 34:11–24
“For thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out. As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land. And I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the ravines, and in all the inhabited places of the country. I will feed them with good pasture, and on the mountain heights of Israel shall be their grazing land. There they shall lie down in good grazing land, and on rich pasture they shall feed on the mountains of Israel. I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I myself will make them lie down, declares the Lord GOD. I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them in justice.

“As for you, my flock, thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I judge between sheep and sheep, between rams and male goats. Is it not enough for you to feed on the good pasture, that you must tread down with your feet the rest of your pasture; and to drink of clear water, that you must muddy the rest of the water with your feet? And must my sheep eat what you have trodden with your feet, and drink what you have muddied with your feet?

“Therefore, thus says the Lord GOD to them: Behold, I, I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. Because you push with side and shoulder, and thrust at all the weak with your horns, till you have scattered them abroad, I will rescue my flock; they shall no longer be a prey. And I will judge between sheep and sheep. And I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. And I, the LORD, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them. I am the LORD; I have spoken.”


Epistle - 1 Timothy 1:5–17
The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion, desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions.

Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully, understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, in accordance with the glorious gospel of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted.

I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.


The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the fifteenth chapter.
Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear [Jesus]. And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”

Rev. Charles Wokoma, guest speaker

Rev. Charles Wokoma, guest speaker

So he told them this parable: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

“Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

The Chairman's Report

Bee Hive of Activity
The dog days of summer are waning. Hopefully you've all seen some changes around the church as we move into autumn. The trustees were on the job all summer dealing with some needed projects like resurfacing the en-trance steps and the ceiling over the entrance to the church. A new sign was installed that will provide some di-rectional guidance and has room for growth if needed in the future. More painting was completed. The CCTV security system was totally upgraded so we have a good situational awareness as to what is happening on the property. The tree near the lot was removed because it was rotting from the inside-out and a potential hazard. Your stewardship made all this and more possible.

Your church facility is busy. The ECDP ministry is maxed out at over 185 children! Additionally, we are leasing some space to an Extended Daycare Service who have about 50 additional students in the building. Hopefully, during Chapel services these impressionable souls will have a seed planted that might grow and provide the "armor" necessary to help them live with the Lord in their hearts. It's all about "hearing" and believing---growing the church.

On the weekend of September 15th, we're going to be visited by Pastor Wokoma who is on the front lines in Africa on behalf of our Lutheran Church here on this Earth. Please save that date and attend church to hear this man speak and worship with us. He will be witnessing to us on behalf of his calling to take the Great Commission to the masses and spread the Good Word in a far away place. This man has chosen a winding road, difficult to navi-gate and treacherous. He will make straight the way of the Lord and let's pray the foe shall always be behind this Christian Soldier. He deserves our support and love. Let's stand with him.

September 8th is Rally Day---yet another opportunity to celebrate the beginning of another season of ministry and love toward the future of the church. I heard there is a really interesting video that will be shown to help celebrate the day. Curious? Plan on seeing it...

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Before you know it, September will have come and gone. The holiday season will be upon us. There are quite a few things coming your way before winter is over, so, stay tuned. Watch the Newsletters, bulletins, eBlasts and come to the Voter's Meetings.

Let's all give thanks for the waning summer and the dawn of autumn. Let's hope and pray for continued success in providing for our needs at Zion and especially for the opportunity that our ministries provide to teach and preach Christ crucified to any ears that will hear---and believe.

Paul