Sermon: Wednesday August 16, 2017

First Reading: 2 Samuel 6:1-19

1 Corinthians 9:1-23
Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are not you my workmanship in the Lord? If to others I am not an apostle, at least I am to you, for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.

This is my defense to those who would examine me. Do we not have the right to eat and drink? Do we not have the right to take along a believing wife, as do the other apostles and the brothers of the Lord and Cephas? Or is it only Barnabas and I who have no right to refrain from working for a living? Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard without eating any of its fruit? Or who tends a flock without getting some of the milk?

Do I say these things on human authority? Does not the Law say the same? For it is written in the Law of Moses, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain.” Is it for oxen that God is concerned? Does he not certainly speak for our sake? It was written for our sake, because the plowman should plow in hope and the thresher thresh in hope of sharing in the crop. If we have sown spiritual things among you, is it too much if we reap material things from you? If others share this rightful claim on you, do not we even more?

Nevertheless, we have not made use of this right, but we endure anything rather than put an obstacle in the way of the gospel of Christ. Do you not know that those who are employed in the temple service get their food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar share in the sacrificial offerings? In the same way, the Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel.

But I have made no use of any of these rights, nor am I writing these things to secure any such provision. For I would rather die than have anyone deprive me of my ground for boasting. For if I preach the gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting. For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward, but if not of my own will, I am still entrusted with a stewardship. What then is my reward? That in my preaching I may present the gospel free of charge, so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel.

For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.

Bulletin: Wednesday August 16, 2017

A New Women’s Bible Study

Women’s Bible Study
Peter: From Fisherman to Fisher of Men by Donna Pyle

Peter failed. Jesus redeemed. Jesus restored. Peter triumphed. His story is our story. God uses people who make mistakes!

WHO: All women are welcome!
WHAT: 8-week Women’s Bible Study of the life and ministry of Peter
WHEN: Thursday nights; August 31st - October 19th, 7:15 - 8:45 p.m.
HOW: Please SIGN UP in the Narthex or contact Linda at linda.w.kroeger@gmail.com

Workbook/DVD fee is $15 payable to Zion.

Pastor’s Corner – “Looking Ahead”

Pastor’s Corner – “Looking Ahead”

Romans 8:23-25
.. . . .we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the re-demption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

August is here. August has always seemed to be a bit of a “reset” button – people are reflecting back upon the Summer while also looking ahead to the Fall. If there were vacations, people may be organizing photos. Since the Summer is ending, the shorts and tank tops are getting packed away, the beach balls are being deflated, the pools are being prepared for their last hoorah this month. But at the same time we are reminiscing over our Summer, we are also starting to dip our toe into the chilliness of Autumn; back to school clothes are being bought, back-packs are getting filled. Many of our members who enjoyed the Summer sun with nice tans and joints that didn’t ache so badly, are now faced with the coming of Fall with a chill in the air and sometimes even a chill in our bones. Both Summer and Fall have their blessings and we, as Christians, should be aware of the good things God brings us in both.

In our church we are also beginning to make a shift from Summer to Fall. VBS is over and now we are beginning to look ahead for new activities. Not only does Fall bring along with it the season of Advent and the celebration of Thanksgiving, but we also have new events we are planning and looking forward to enjoying. On September 10th, we have the pleasure of welcoming Rev. Charles Wokoma, LCMS called missionary to come and preach at both of our services as well as give a presentation during the Bible study hour on his work in Nigeria. On October 29th, we will be celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation for the entire day at Zion. Both of our morning worships services will celebrate that we are saved by grace through faith and also have some excellent special music. Following worship, at 12:30 we will begin our daylong celebration with an outside picnic (weather permitting) then continuing with games, worship and special music throughout the day. Look ahead for future bulletin inserts high-lighting this wonderful celebration.

We have a lot to look forward to in our church. But nothing surpasses what we are looking forward to in Christ. As we remember the past, and look ahead to future events, never forget the greatest future event you have in Christ – His second coming. In this life, we will wait for this day and hope for this day, and I pray this is a day we yearn to see and pray for it to come.

The Lord be with you,
Pastor Grimenstein

What is a Hymn? (part 6 of 22)

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What is a “hymn”?
The word “hymn” comes from a Greek word which means “song of praise.” Webster’s Dictionary tells us that a hymn is “a song of praise especially in honor of God.” In the Church, we sing hymns because they are God’s Word put to music. What an awesome way to praise our Lord!

Why do we sing hymns?
During the early years of the Christian Church, its music came from the Psalms. As new people came into the Church, they added new hymns. The Church’s hymns have stood the test of time, never failing God’s people as generations change. When we sing hymns, we are praising God with the words He has already put on our tongues! There is no better way to pray, praise, and give thanks to God than with the words He has given us.


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Parents:
In order to answer questions as to why we do what we do as Lutherans, including utilizing the hymnody, read the introduction on pages 6 and 7 in Lutheran Worship. Here you will find a brief summary of what Lutheran worship and hymnody are all about.

Sermon: Sunday August 13, 2017

The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the fourteenth chapter.
Immediately [Jesus] made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”

And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

View the Sunday August 13, 2017 Bulletin