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November 17th, 2013

Third Sunday of End Time


One day we will all be eternally glorified saints living before our God in heaven. This Sunday focuses on that reality already realized by some, awaited with longing by others. It is the color of the Triune God and eternity; of the robe of the glorified Christ and of the angels and saints in heaven; of perfection, joy, purity.

The Lords Supper at Zion


participation in the Blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the Body of Christ? Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf. Those who celebrate the Sacrament together are expressing unity with both each another and Christ Jesus their Savior. When the faith publically confessed by the participants is unified, what God gives us in the Sacrament is pure Gospel and a truly a blessed communion and union with one another and our God. But if there is disagreement concerning Gods Word underlying a celebration of the Sacrament, its intended purpose is spoiled and those involved are improperly declaring unity where unity does not fully exist. The Lords Supper is truly a most high and intimate expression of unity. Paul writes in I Corinthians 10:16-17: Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a

Welcome in the Name of Christ!


We pray that you enjoy your time with us and that your spirit is enriched as we together sit at the feet of our Savior. Gods richest blessings be on you! Bathrooms are located in the north and south side of the entryway as you go down into the basement. The mens is on the north side and the womens on the south side. A small Nursery with a changing table and rocking chair is in the back of church on the south side; a carpeted play area is found in the basement; and black activity bags are available in the entryway. If you would like talk to Pastor about anything, catch him after worship or give him a call at 507-648-3601 (Cell: 507-276-5225).

Our practice as it involves the Lords Supper is based on a deep reverence for God and His Word; it is based on our profound respect for the purpose of the Sacrament; and it is based on a deep desire to in every way honestly, accurately, and clearly confess all of Gods Word to the world. Therefore, those who are not yet fully united to us are cordially invited and encouraged to speak with Pastor or an Elder so that we may work together for the truth (III John 8); for when spiritual unity is achieved on the basis of Gods Word, outward unity can and will be joyfully celebrated. Those who have declared their unity with us, either by their membership here or by their membership in another congregation with which we are unified, are cordially invited to express that unity at the Lords Table.

Order of Service Sermon Text Sermon Theme Hymns Psalm

Service of the Word on Page 38 Luke 20:27-38 There Is a GodAnd Through Him Real Life 727, 141, 434, 728 118 (Sung by St. Johns Children)

Service Notes
This morning we have the pleasure of welcoming children from St. Johns Lutheran Elementary School into our worship service! They will be singing before the Opening Hymn, in place of the Congregational Psalm, and during the Offering. Two of our Hymns this morning, There Is a Higher Throne and Jerusalem the Golden, are taken from Christian Worship Supplement and are printed on the goldenrod inserts. Following the Gospel Lesson we will be observing a Rite of Remembrance for Saints Triumphant; it is printed on the green insert.

First Lesson: Isaiah 65:17-25 Behold, I will create new heavens and a

new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I will create, for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight and its people a joy. I will rejoice over Jerusalem and take delight in my people; the sound of weeping and of crying will be heard in it no more. Never again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not live out his years; he who dies at a hundred will be thought a mere youth; he who fails to reach a hundred will be considered accursed. They will build houses and dwell in them; they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit. No longer will they build houses and others live in them, or plant and others eat. For as the days of a tree, so will be the days of my people; my chosen ones will long enjoy the works of their hands. They will not toil in vain or bear children doomed to misfortune; for they will be a people blessed by the LORD, they and their descendants with them. Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear. The wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox, but dust will be the serpents food. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, says the LORD.

Opportunities to Grow and Serve


SundayNovember 17th
Greeters Youth 8:45 am 8:45 am 10:00 am After Church 7:00 pm Elaine Steffen Josh Altermatt Morning Bible ClassLove Speaks Sunday School in the School Building Sunday Morning Worship ServiceSt. Johns Kids Sing! Fellowship Time in the Basement NO Evening Bible Class Worship Service at Cottonwood Ridge in Springfield Televised Worship Service (Springfield Channel 8) DVD PresentationRoad to EmmausAll Welcome! Regular Midweek Worship Service Valley View Worship Service in Lamberton Televised Worship ServiceLamberton Channel 6 Televised Worship ServiceSpringfield Channel 8 Choir Practice in the School Building Dale & Mary Fennern Erika Rogotzke Morning Bible ClassLove Speaks Sunday School in the School Building Sunday Morning Worship Service NEW Evening Bible ClassWhats in a Name?

Tuesday
10:30 am 4:00 pm 6:00 pm 7:00 pm

Second Lesson: II Thessalonians 2:13-3:5 But we ought always

Wednesday

to thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter. May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word. Finally, brothers, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you. And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men, for not everyone has faith. But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one. We have confidence in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we command. May the Lord direct your hearts into Gods love and Christ's perseverance.

Thursday
10:00 am 4:00 pm

Friday
4:00 pm 9:00 am

Gospel Lesson: Luke 20:27-38 Some of the Sadducees, who say there is

Saturday
Greeters Youth 8:45 am 8:45 am 10:00 am 7:00 pm

no resurrection, came to Jesus with a question. Teacher, they said, Moses wrote for us that if a mans brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, the man must marry the widow and have children for his brother. Now there were seven brothers. The first one married a woman and died childless. The second and then the third married her, and in the same way the seven died, leaving no children. Finally, the woman died too. Now then, at the resurrection whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her? Jesus replied, The people of this age marry and are given in marriage. But those who are considered worthy of taking part in that age and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage, and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels. They are Gods children, since they are children of the resurrection. But in the account of the bush, even Moses showed that the dead rise, for he calls the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.

SundayNovember 24th

Altar GuildMary Fennern & Elise Schoer Councilman on DutyArlan Beyer UshersGreg Graff, Doug Leopold, Lonnie Leopold, Tom
Trapp, Jim Zimmerman

Rite of Remembrance for Saints Triumphant


M: Our Savior Jesus said: I tell you the truth, whoever hears My word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life and will never be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life. (John 5:24) We hear also the words of Saint Paul which remind us: all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death. We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. (Romans 6:3-5) On this day, we take time to remember the great company of saints who have finished their lives in faith and now rest from their labors. At this time, we pause to remember our loved ones called home to heaven these last twelve months. May the Spirit sustain our faith until the day when weand all the Church of Godstand before the throne in heavenly glory.

Called home to her eternal rest on August 12th, 2012 at the age of 77 Committal Service Held on July 27th, 2013

+ Mavis Jean Pint+

M: I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end He will stand upon the earth. C: And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God. (Job 19:25-26)

AFTER EACH VERSE IS READ, A SINGLE TOLL IS RUNG IN MEMORY OF A BROTHER OR SISTER IN CHRIST CALLED OUT OF THIS VEIL OF TEARS THIS PAST YEAR

Called to his eternal rest on December 16th, 2012 at the age of 82

+ Leonard Earl Halvorson +

M: I am resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; C: And whoever lives and believes in Me will never die. (John 11:25-26)

Called to her eternal rest on January 25th, 2013 at the age of 98

+ Alvina Margaret Trapp +

M: I tell you the truth, whoever hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has eternal life and will not be condemned; C: he has crossed over from death to life. (John 5:24)

Called home to her eternal rest on July 19th, 2013 at the age of 63

+ Julie Ann Panitzke +

M: My flesh and my heart may fail; C: But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. (Psalm 73:26)

Weekly Attendance in Worship


Wednesday 7:00 pm on October 30th: 17 Wednesday 7:00 pm on November 6th: 16 Sunday 10:00 am on November 3rd: 109 Sunday 10:00 am on November 10th: 54

Announcements Continued
Christmas for Kids: Our annual Christmas for Kids event will be held Saturday, December 7th, as part of Hometown Christmas. We will once again be in the front part of the City Building and will be up and running from 10:00 am through 2:00 pm. If youd like to help with setting up, taking down, or helping the kids with the activities please talk to Becky Prell as soon as possible! We be looking for two shifts of three people each to cover the morning and early afternoon to help the kids with games and crafts. Ladies Aid Christmas Luncheon: The Ladies Aid will be holding their annual Christmas potluck luncheon on December 4th at 12:00 pm in the church. As always, all women of the congregation are invited; this invitation also extends to the husbands of women attending as well! Mark your calendars and well see you then! MVL Travelling Choir and Dinner: On Sunday, December 8th, the travelling choir from MVL will join us for our morning worship service! Following the service we will be having a dinner for the choir, members, and visitors. The Church Council will be taking care of the main dish and members are asked to bring side dishes and desserts. DVD Presentation and Invitation: On Wednesday, November 20th, at 6:00 pm our Catechism students will view of the DVD Road to Emmaus. This DVD presents the Gospel message through the eyes of two of Jesus disciples on the afternoon of Easter Sunday. The parents of our confirmation students and any other interested individuals are cordially invited to come watch this movie at the church. We will begin at 6:00 pm and go until 6:45 pm. The Regular Midweek Service (which everyone is invited to stay for) will begin at 7:00 pm. Thanksgiving Service: Our annual Thanksgiving Service will be held on Wednesday, November 27th at 7:00 pm in the church. This service will be in place of the regular Wednesday Evening Service; all members, guests, and visitors are invited and encouraged to use this opportunity to thank God for all His blessing and grace this past year New Sunday Evening Bible Class: Beginning Sunday evening November 24th, we will be starting a new series in the Sunday Evening Bible Class entitled Whats in a Name? Old Testament Names for God. It will be presented by MLC President Pastor Mark Zarling. This Bible Class will be held Sunday evenings beginning at 7:00 pm in the church and will usually run about an hour. It will explore the meaning and significance of various names for God in the Old Testament. We look forward to seeing you there! Hospital Visits: If you or a loved one is going to be in the hospital for surgery, tests, etc., please call Pastor Prell and let him know. He will add you to the Prayer Chain (if you wish) so that others can join in prayers for you. This also helps Pastor know who he needs to visit; due to health care regulations concerning privacy, hospitals no longer publish who is in the hospital. Thanks in advance for your help!

Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another. Hebrews 10:25 I rejoiced with those who said to me, Let us go to the house of the LORD. Psalm 122:1

Announcements
Church Decorating: The time is quickly approaching for us to decorate the House of the Lord in anticipation of the celebration of His birth! There are a couple of Sundays which would work well this year: December 1st is the first Sunday in Advent and is open; December 8th is busier with MVL singing and the dinner following, but would perhaps have the advantage of having people there and a lunch ready to go. In the next couple of weeks please give Pastor some feedback as to what would work best for you so we can pick a Sunday within the next few weeks. Thank You! St. Johns Grade School Singing: This morning, November 17th, St. Johns Grade School isjoining us for our worship service. They will sing a number of songs and following the service there will be time for fellowship in the church basement. The fellowship time will be hosted by our Youth Group; youth 6th grade through 12th grade are asked to be ready to help serve that morning! Baptism: This past Sunday, Archer Jared Krueger was brought into the family of Christ through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. He is the son of Jared and Tara Krueger and grandson of Warren and Jill Gramstad. We pray that the Holy Spirit would work powerfully in Archer not just on the day of his baptism, but also every day of his life in this world. May the blessing of Almighty God rest upon him always! Christmas Giving Tree: The Giving Tree organized by the Ladies Evening Circle will be back again this year! They invite members to take an envelope off the tree and buy a gift for that person whose name is found in the envelope. This years list is primarily made up of congregational shut-ins and the elderly. If there is a person youd like to get a gift for and youre not sure theyre on the list, please talk to either Becky Prell or Elaine Steffen. If you would like to deliver the gift yourself, you are more than welcome to; if you would like the Ladies Evening Circle to deliver your gift, please have it to church by Sunday, December 15th. Sunday School Christmas Practice: The Sunday School has begun work on their parts of the Christmas Eve Service. Information will be sent to parent concerning each childs parts, songs, and other details.

How wonderful it is to have our church decorated every year for the Advent and Christmas Seasons! Wreaths and Christmas themed potted arrangements are gladly accepted! If you would like to order a flower or plant with which to beautify our church for Christmas, an order form is printed below. You may place the completed form in the Offering Plate, or just drop it off with Pastor. If you are ordering from the form, all orders must be in and paid for by Sunday, December 1st to guarantee availability! No exceptions! Please make checks payable to Zion Lutheran Church. If you would like to take your plant or arrangement home, you may do so after the Christmas Day Service on December 25th. If you are purchasing the flower in memory of a loved one, please use the space below to indicate that. Thank you so much in advance for your aid in beautifying the House of God!

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