SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST | BAKKENS FAREWELL SERVICE
July 12, 2020
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.
FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST – July 2 & 5, 2020
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.
FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST – June 25 & 28, 2020
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.
THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST – June 18 & 21, 2020
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.
SECOND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST – June 11 & 14, 2020
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.
CONFIRMATION & TRINITY SUNDAY – June 7, 2020
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.
FESTIVAL OF PENTECOST – May 31, 2020
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.
SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER EASTER – May 24, 2020
THEME: Victory Over Final Judgement
Have you thought about the last day? Have you wondered what it takes to stand confidently for the final judgment? Come listen to God’s Word this weekend as he assures you he has done all things necessary for you to be saved. The faith he creates in your heart makes us confident no matter what we might face in this life. May God bless you as you hear his Word.
ASCENSION – May 21, 2020
THEME: Forty days after his resurrection Jesus Christ ascended into heaven. Since the early centuries of the early Christian church this event has been celebrated with enthusiasm and triumphant joy. Knowing that Jesus Christ is in heaven, we are assured of his absolute authority and control over all things. Trusting in his undeserved love for us, we are comforted that he always uses his almighty power to bring us good.
–Worship Bulletin and Sermon