Today is Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent, the church’s 40-day journey of repentance and renewal in preparation for Holy Week and Easter. The readings for Ash Wednesday issue a strong call for repentance and Lenten preparation. Our worship services this evening will be at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. The service will include Holy Communion and the Imposition of Ashes. Placing ashes on the foreheads of worshippers is an ancient custom. Many churches in modern Lutheran churches have worshippers place ashes on a Lenten banner that remains displayed throughout the Lenten season. Saint Peter Lutheran will make use of this custom tonight. This becomes a very fitting visual reminder that our sins are to be laid on Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. We invite you to join in with God's people to confess your sins and be strengthened in our Savior's love and forgiveness. Ash Wednesday 2021
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Epiphany (Jan. 6 – Feb. 14, 2021)
The Baptism of Our Lord During the Epiphany season we want to get to know Jesus. This Sunday we get to know him by baptism, both his and ours. Take note! Jesus’ glory is evident only to a chosen few; the glory of our life with Christ is by faith, not by sight. 2021 - Epiphany 1--1-10
The Lord Calls Us to Serve In the Word we hear the call of God. That call has the hidden power of God in it to give what he commands. He commands: Believe! and the Word creates faith. He says, Follow me! and the Word creates the desire and the ability to follow him. This power of Jesus reveals his glory as our Epiphany Lord. 2021 - Epiphany 2--1-17
The Lord's Call Changes Hearts and Lives As the Epiphany season moves forward we come to know Jesus as the One whose word is powerful. His Word makes changes in the hearts and lives of those who hear it, and calls them to be followers of Christ and fishers of men. 2021 - Epiphany 3--1-24
The Authority of Jesus' Words and Works Jesus shows his glory by his triumph over the devil. In his own day he sometimes did that openly for many to see. He still does it just as effectively but in a less public, less obvious way. Just as his victory made manifest his glory then, so it does now. Just as then, so now, everything is accomplished through his Word. 2021 - Epiphany 4--1-31
Jesus Heals the Hopeless Jesus has power over all things—that includes maladies of the body. When he one of his believers is taken by illness, he can heal them. He can drive away those who are oppressed by demons. In the midst of any situation that seems hopeless, Jesus gives us a reason to look to the future trusting him. 2021 - Epiphany 5--2-7
Transfiguration Sunday For more than 500 years, the Church has celebrated the Sunday known as the Festival of the Transfiguration. The word “transfiguration” simply means “a change in appearance.” It refers to the account in the Gospel lesson for today when Jesus shined forth in all his heavenly glory. Jesus gave his disciples a glimpse of his glory, because the cross was coming. Jesus left that mountain and headed to Jerusalem where he would suffer, die, and rise again for all mankind. Transfiguration Sunday signals the end of the season of Epiphany. When we next meet, it will be the season of Lent, a time of reflection on our Savior’s suffering. So on this day, we say our last Alleluias until the Day of Resurrection. 2021 -Transfiguration--2-14
THEME: The Festival of the Reformation The Festival of the Lutheran Reformation of the Church emphasizes the true Church's unfailing reliance on the Word of God and unflinching testimony to it in the face of persecution. Jesus promised to pour out his Spirit on the Church that we might be God's mouthpiece even before kings. Today the Church prays that the Lord give us strength to be faithful and the peace of knowing our lives are safe in his hands. CLICK HERE to see the bulletin for The Festival of Reformation
THEME: Rejoice at the Lord's Feast! Today God's salvation is compared to a rich feast of the finest food. God's banquet has been fully prepared through the redeeming work of Jesus Christ. Since all is prepared our God extends his invitation to all people. While many reject the invitation, we find delight and joy in the banquet. CLICK HERE to see the bulletin for Pentecost 21
THEME: A Giving and Patient God Wants Fruits of Faith Whose responsibility is it to care for the Lord's vineyard, the Church? The task is for all of us who love the Lord and produce abundant fruits of faith in His service. Conversely, there are those who reject their Savior and live for self. In the case of such individuals, invariable the judgment of God is not far behind. CLICK HERE to see the bulletin for Pentecost 20
Guest Speaker Today This morning our worship features a guest speaker who will deliver a different approach to worship than we might normally see. Pastor Patrick Feldhus of Jesus Cares Ministries will not only preach, but will lead us through a simplified worship service that could be used for people with disabilities. By doing this he will illustrate the need for and manner in which Jesus Cares equips congregations to serve people with special needs. In coming months, our outreach committee will continue to work with Pastor Feldhus to make further use of JCM in our efforts to spread the gospel in Saint Peter.
THEME: Your Lord Loves Showing Mercy - Jonah 4:5-11
THEME: Sing to the LORD a New Song! In 1990, a new staff minister of music and his wife arrived at Saint Peter Lutheran to direct and provide for music befitting our majestic God. Now 30 years later, our congregation says a tearful farewell to Jim and Deb Bakken. Through their extensive body of work our congregation has brought forth musical excellence in the praise of our gracious Lord and extensively developed Christian education. As the Bakkens depart, we remind ourselves how deserving our Lord is to receive our very best in worship.
THEME: In Worship Christians Confess Their Faith Christians confess their faith in the world, even in the face of persecution and evil. It is important to have clear confessions that state what we believe about God, as we do in the Apostles’, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds, and in the Te Deum. These words speak against the world’s unbelief and solidify our hearts in the true faith. May we boldly confess the faith as countless others who have gone before us.
THEME: In Worship Christ Speaks Through Called Workers God calls people, sinful people, to represent him in Christian ministry. God calls his servants to proclaim the work and words of Jesus Christ, rather than themselves. Whether as pastors, teachers, missionaries, or staff ministers, they publicly proclaim the gospel in Word and Sacrament. It is good for Christians to pray for called servants and ask God to bless their services in his name.
THEME: In Worship Sinners Find Mercy Jesus Christ calls sinners to follow and worship him. He calls them, not because they are worthy, but in spite of their unworthiness. The gospel message is for sinners. It’s for this very reason that we begin our worship services with a confession and absolution. We confess our sins to God, and we are confident in the gospel message proclaimed to us that forgives our sins and calls us to worship Christ.
THEME: The Holy Ministry Stand on Rock-Solid Truth On this first Sunday of the return to public worship we will talk about foundations. Over the past 3 months we have faced a torrent of adversity and social challenges. What has kept us secure during these times? How have we been able to cope? How can we be confident of our future? Our lives are built on the rock-solid foundation of Jesus Christ and His Word. The teachings of the inspired Word of God are our secure foundation. 2020_Pentecost_2_6_14
THEME: The Holy Ministry Proclaims the Triune God and CONFIRMATION We have eight confirmands this year! They have worked hard for three years in preparation. They have completed their examinations with Pastor Heise. Now, they are ready to be confirmed in the Christian faith and participate in our congregation as adult members. This Sunday, they will receive the Lord’s Supper for the first time. Please remember them in your prayers and greet them when you see them in worship. May our Triune God continue to bless them as they continue to grow in their faith.We have eight confirmands this year! They have worked hard for three years in preparation. They have completed their examinations with Pastor Heise. Now, they are ready to be confirmed in the Christian faith and participate in our congregation as adult members. This Sunday, they will receive the Lord’s Supper for the first time. Please remember them in your prayers and greet them when you see them in worship. May our Triune God continue to bless them as they continue to grow in their faith. 2020_Trinity_Sunday_and_Confirmation_6_7
THEME: I Will Pout Out My Spirit on All People As everyone watches this week’s chaos in Minneapolis with shock and horror, we wonder if anything has the power to restore order and good will. Tomorrow is the Festival of Pentecost and its message about the Holy Spirit is so needed. God the Holy Spirit is almighty and he alone has the power to reach sinful, rebellious hearts and turn them into calm, thankful hearts. The Holy Spirit has been poured out on us abundantly and we have been empowered to share the life-giving message of redemption in Jesus Christ.