Thursday, April 02, 2020

          St. John’s Lutheran Church

         109 Maple St. Burt, Iowa|Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

 

                    Pastor: Rev. Thomas Cowell                         Secretary: Rosann Shipler

                    Pastor’s Cell: 319-464-5548                             Church Office: 515-924-3344

                   Pastor’s Email: pastor@stjohnsburt.org      Church Email: churchoffice@stjohnsburt.org               


PALM SUNDAY

APRIL 5, 2020

 

Almighty and everlasting God, You sent Your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, to take upon Himself our flesh and to suffer death upon the cross. Mercifully grant that we may follow the example of His great humility and patience and be made partakers of His resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

 

 

THIS WEEK AT ST. JOHN’S

 

All services and activities at St. John’s are cancelled this week. 

 

Our next service will potentially be Sunday, April 19th.  We will provide you with more details as they come. 

  THIS WEEK IN THE CHURCH YEAR

  

 April 6

    Commemoration of Lucas Cranach, 

        Albrecht Duerer, Artists

 

ST. JOHN’S NEWS

 

St. John’s Closed until April 19th – Governor Reynolds has extended Iowa’s health emergency restrictions until April 16th.  This means that, Lord willing, Sunday April 19th will be our first service together again.  

 

Stay connected during our time away - During our time away please be sure that the church has your current phone, cell phone, and email.  Also be sure that your Flocknote communication preferences are up to date.  You can call Pastor Cowell at 319-464-5548 if you need help with this.  Flocknote will be our means of communicating the most important details about our schedule in the weeks to come. 

 

Pastoral Care Available - Pastor Cowell continues to be available for pastoral care.  He is happy to hear your confession and absolve your sins or to give you Holy Communion at home or at church at any time.  If you are not comfortable visiting or being visited, he is happy to talk with you on the phone.  His cell phone is 319-464-5548.  If you have any bodily need in these next few weeks (like needing someone to pick you up groceries or medication, etc.) he is happy to help or to find you help. 

 

Resources for your faith at home - St. John’s is offering a variety of resources to feed your faith during our time away.  Here is a list of some of them:

  • There is a table in the back of church full of devotions, prayer services, Bible studies, and Lutheran magazines. Feel free to stop in at church any time and grab some.

 

  • Click the microphone on the homepage of stjohnsburt.org to listen to services and sermons, including all Holy Week and Easter Day services. A service folder and announcement document will be available here as well for you to follow along.  

 

  • Click on the Youtube icon on the homepage of stjohnsburt.org to see live-streamed and recorded video services from Trinity, Algona.  Here is a list of upcoming services:

Palm Sunday – Sunday, April 5 – live at 9:00 a.m. (you can access later as well)

Holy Thursday – Thursday, April 9 – live at 6:00 p.m. (you can access later as well)

Stations of the Cross – Friday, April 10 – a pre-recorded video will be posted

Good Friday – Friday, April 10 – live at 6:00 p.m. (you can access later as well)

Easter Vigil – Saturday, April 11 – live at 6:00 p.m. (you can access later as well)

Easter Sunday – Sunday, April 12 – live at 9:00 a.m. (you can access later as well)

 

  • You can also click on the Youtube icon on the stjohnsburt.org homepage to access daily video devotions from the partnership pastors. 

 

  • Follow @stjohnsburt on Facebook to receive daily online resources spanning many areas of your Christian faith. 

 

Palms for Palm Sunday - Feel free to stop by church and pick up a Palm Sunday palm!  We will have instructions available for folding palm crosses. 

The New Portals of Prayer Booklets are in your church bulletin boxes. You may stop by the church anytime to pick those up.

 

Birthday Greetings for Esther Christensen  whose birthday is on Easter Sunday, April 12.  You can send her a birthday card at: 

Esther Christensen

Titonka Care Center

312 1st Ave. NW

Titonka, Iowa 50480

 

Offerings and Alms during our time away – With our cancellation extending to April 19th, our need for your financial support during our time away has become more necessary.  If it is within your financial means, consider mailing your weekly offering to church or arranging to have it dropped off in person.  

Also, consider planning for giving special offerings in the future for others in need as a 

result of this health emergency.  If this emergency has put your family in financial need, 

you should feel no shame in reducing your offering to the church during this time.  If 

your need becomes great, don’t hesitate to contact Pastor Cowell to see if our 

congregation can help in any way. 

 

The Giving Pew - This is a reminder that the season of Lent would be a great time to take a quilt or stuffed bear from the TLC Quilter’s giving pew by the east doors at St. John’s and deliver them to a friend in need of comfort or support. 

 

SYNOD, DISTRICT, & PARTNERSHIP NEWS

 

Trinity, Algona Schedule - All congregational activities at Trinity, Algona have been suspended effective immediately until further notice.  You can receive updates and resources from Trinity at: trinityalgona.org/corona.  

 

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

 

Churches of Burt Volunteer Facebook Group - The Churches of Burt organization has created a Facebook group with the purpose of connecting people who need help with people who are willing to help.  It is our hope that this group will facilitate Christian mercy in our community.  You can search “Churches of Burt Volunteers/Help Wanted” to join the group.  Or, if you would like to offer a volunteer service or are in need of help but don’t have a Facebook account, contact Pastor Cowell and he will post your request for you. 

 

 

LECTIONARY SUMMARY (Palm Sunday)

 

John 12:12–19; Isaiah 50:4–9a; Philippians 2:5–11; John 12:20–43

 

Now Is the Hour When the Son of Man Is Glorified

“Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your King is coming.” He comes in gentle humility, “sitting on a donkey's colt,” yet also as the King of Israel “in the name of the Lord” (John 12:13, 15). His royal glory is faithful obedience and self-sacrificing service “to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Phil. 2:8). The Love of God is manifested in the Cross and Passion of His Son for the salvation of sinners. Since He has borne our sins and suffered our death, “God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the Name that is above every name” (Phil. 2:9), and He exalts us in His Resurrection. Our Lord did not hide His face “from disgrace and spitting” (Is. 50:6), but He trusted His God and Father, who raised Him from death and the grave and exalted Him to His right hand. This same King Jesus now comes to us in gentle humility in His Supper, feeds us with His Body, and cleanses and covers us with His Blood, so that “after His Resurrection” we also shall rise and enter the holy city (Matt. 27:52–53).

 

FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORD

 

Large Catechism, Apostles Creed, paragraphs 29-31

There was no counsel, help, or comfort until this eternal Son of God—in His immeasurable goodness—had compassion upon our misery and wretchedness. He came from heaven to help us. So those tyrants and jailers are all expelled now. In their place has come Jesus Christ, Lord of life, righteousness, every blessing, and salvation. He has delivered us poor, lost people from hell's jaws, has won us, has made us free, and has brought us again into the Father's favor and grace. He has taken us as His own property under His shelter and protection so that He may govern us by His righteousness, wisdom, power, life, and blessedness.

 

Let this be the sum of this article: the little word Lord means simply the same as redeemer. It means the One who has brought us from Satan to God, from death to life, from sin to righteousness, and who preserves us in the same. But all the points serve to explain and express this redemption. They explain how and by whom it was accomplished. They explain how much it cost Him and what He spent and risked so that He might win us and bring us under His dominion. It explains that He became man, was conceived and born without sin, so that He might overcome sin. It explains that He suffered, died, and was buried so that He might make satisfaction for me and pay what I owe, not with silver or gold, but with His own precious blood. He did all this in order to become my Lord. 

 

 

Announcements

St. John’s Lutheran Church

109 Maple St. Burt, Iowa|Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

Pastor: Rev. Thomas Cowell                             Secretary: Rosann Shipler

Pastor’s Cell: 319-464-5548                                 Church Office: 515-924-3344   stjohnsburt.org

Pastor’s Email: pastor@stjohnsburt.org          Church Email: churchoffice@stjohnsburt.org               



PALM SUNDAY

APRIL 5, 2020

 

Almighty and everlasting God, You sent Your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, to take upon Himself our flesh and to suffer death upon the cross. Mercifully grant that we may follow the example of His great humility and patience and be made partakers of His resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

 

THIS WEEK AT ST. JOHN’S

 

All services and activities at St. John’s are cancelled this week. 

 

Our next service will potentially be Sunday, April 19th. 

We will provide you with more details as they come. 

  THIS WEEK IN THE CHURCH YEAR

  

 April 6

    Commemoration of Lucas Cranach, 

        Albrecht Duerer, Artists

 

ST. JOHN’S NEWS

 

St. John’s Closed until April 19th – Governor Reynolds has extended Iowa’s health emergency restrictions until April 16th.  This means that, Lord willing, Sunday April 19th will be our first service together again.  

 

Stay connected during our time away - During our time away please be sure that the church has your current phone, cell phone, and email.  Also be sure that your Flocknote communication preferences are up to date.  You can call Pastor Cowell at 319-464-5548 if you need help with this.  Flocknote will be our means of communicating the most important details about our schedule in the weeks to come. 

 

Pastoral Care Available - Pastor Cowell continues to be available for pastoral care.  He is happy to hear your confession and absolve your sins or to give you Holy Communion at home or at church at any time.  If you are not comfortable visiting or being visited, he is happy to talk with you on the phone.  His cell phone is 319-464-5548.  If you have any bodily need in these next few weeks (like needing someone to pick you up groceries or medication, etc.) he is happy to help or to find you help. 

 

Resources for your faith at home - St. John’s is offering a variety of resources to feed your faith during our time away.  Here is a list of some of them:

  • There is a table in the back of church full of devotions, prayer services, Bible studies, and Lutheran magazines. Feel free to stop in at church any time and grab some.

 

  • Click the microphone on the homepage of stjohnsburt.org to listen to services and sermons, including all Holy Week and Easter Day services. A service folder and announcement document will be available here as well for you to follow along.  

 

  • Click on the Youtube icon on the homepage of stjohnsburt.org to see live-streamed and recorded video services from Trinity, Algona.  Here is a list of upcoming services:

Palm Sunday – Sunday, April 5 – live at 9:00 a.m. (you can access later as well)

Holy Thursday – Thursday, April 9 – live at 6:00 p.m. (you can access later as well)

Stations of the Cross – Friday, April 10 – a pre-recorded video will be posted

Good Friday – Friday, April 10 – live at 6:00 p.m. (you can access later as well)

Easter Vigil – Saturday, April 11 – live at 6:00 p.m. (you can access later as well)

Easter Sunday – Sunday, April 12 – live at 9:00 a.m. (you can access later as well)

 

  • You can also click on the Youtube icon on the stjohnsburt.org homepage to access daily video devotions from the partnership pastors. 

 

  • Follow @stjohnsburt on Facebook to receive daily online resources spanning many areas of your Christian faith. 

 

The New Portals of Prayer Booklets are in your church bulletin boxes. You may stop by the church anytime to pick those up.

Birthday Greetings for Esther Christensen  whose birthday is on Easter Sunday, April 12.  You can send her a birthday card at: 

Esther Christensen

Titonka Care Center

312 1st Ave. NW

Titonka, Iowa 50480

 

Offerings and Alms during our time away – With our cancellation extending to April 19th, our need for your financial support during our time away has become more necessary.  If it is within your financial means, consider mailing your weekly offering to church or arranging to have it dropped off in person.  

Also, consider planning for giving special offerings in the future for others in need as a 

result of this health emergency.  If this emergency has put your family in financial need, 

you should feel no shame in reducing your offering to the church during this time.  If 

your need becomes great, don’t hesitate to contact Pastor Cowell to see if our 

congregation can help in any way. 

 

The Giving Pew - This is a reminder that the season of Lent would be a great time to take a quilt or stuffed bear from the TLC Quilter’s giving pew by the east doors at St. John’s and deliver them to a friend in need of comfort or support. 

 

SYNOD, DISTRICT, & PARTNERSHIP NEWS

 

Trinity, Algona Schedule - All congregational activities at Trinity, Algona have been suspended effective immediately until further notice.  You can receive updates and resources from Trinity at: trinityalgona.org/corona.  

 

Building Healthy Families: Holy Week is perhaps the most important week of the year for Christians, but it can also be somewhat of a confusing time for young children. Don’t assume they know what you know (i.e., “What does Maundy mean?”; “Why ashes on Ash Wednesday”?) During the week, take time to read John 18-19 with them and be ready to answer questions they may have. Take them to church services with you during Holy Week. Conclude with a reading of John 14: 1-3 and remind them that Holy Week isn't the end but only the beginning of the story! Lutheran Family Service  www.LutheranFamilyService.org

 

COMMUNITY NEWS


Churches of Burt Volunteer Facebook Group - The Churches of Burt organization has created a Facebook group with the purpose of connecting people who need help with people who are willing to help.  It is our hope that this group will facilitate Christian mercy in our community.  You can search “Churches of Burt Volunteers/Help Wanted” to join the group.  Or, if you would like to offer a volunteer service or are in need of help but don’t have a Facebook account, contact Pastor Cowell and he will post your request for you.

 

LECTIONARY SUMMARY (Palm Sunday)

 

John 12:12–19; Isaiah 50:4–9a; Philippians 2:5–11; John 12:20–43

 

Now Is the Hour When the Son of Man Is Glorified

“Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your King is coming.” He comes in gentle humility, “sitting on a donkey's colt,” yet also as the King of Israel “in the name of the Lord” (John 12:13, 15). His royal glory is faithful obedience and self-sacrificing service “to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Phil. 2:8). The Love of God is manifested in the Cross and Passion of His Son for the salvation of sinners. Since He has borne our sins and suffered our death, “God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the Name that is above every name” (Phil. 2:9), and He exalts us in His Resurrection. Our Lord did not hide His face “from disgrace and spitting” (Is. 50:6), but He trusted His God and Father, who raised Him from death and the grave and exalted Him to His right hand. This same King Jesus now comes to us in gentle humility in His Supper, feeds us with His Body, and cleanses and covers us with His Blood, so that “after His Resurrection” we also shall rise and enter the holy city (Matt. 27:52–53).



FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORD

 

Large Catechism, Apostles Creed, paragraphs 29-31

There was no counsel, help, or comfort until this eternal Son of God—in His immeasurable goodness—had compassion upon our misery and wretchedness. He came from heaven to help us. So those tyrants and jailers are all expelled now. In their place has come Jesus Christ, Lord of life, righteousness, every blessing, and salvation. He has delivered us poor, lost people from hell's jaws, has won us, has made us free, and has brought us again into the Father's favor and grace. He has taken us as His own property under His shelter and protection so that He may govern us by His righteousness, wisdom, power, life, and blessedness.

 

Let this be the sum of this article: the little word Lord means simply the same as redeemer. It means the One who has brought us from Satan to God, from death to life, from sin to righteousness, and who preserves us in the same. But all the points serve to explain and express this redemption. They explain how and by whom it was accomplished. They explain how much it cost Him and what He spent and risked so that He might win us and bring us under His dominion. It explains that He became man, was conceived and born without sin, so that He might overcome sin. It explains that He suffered, died, and was buried so that He might make satisfaction for me and pay what I owe, not with silver or gold, but with His own precious blood. He did all this in order to become my Lord. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Announcements

St. John’s Lutheran Church

109 Maple St. Burt, Iowa|Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

Pastor: Rev. Thomas Cowell                                  Secretary: Rosann Shipler

Pastor’s Cell: 319-464-5548                                     Church Office: 515-924-3344   stjohnsburt.org          

Pastor’s Email: pastor@stjohnsburt.org              Church Email: churchoffice@stjohnsburt.org           


THE FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT

March 29, 2020

 

Almighty God, by Your great goodness mercifully look upon Your people that we may be governed and preserved evermore in body and soul; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

 

 

THIS WEEK AT ST. JOHN’S

 

All services and activities at St. John’s are cancelled this week. 

 

Our next service will potentially be Sunday, April 5th. 

We will provide you with more details as they come. 

  THIS WEEK IN THE CHURCH YEAR

  

  March 31

    Commemoration of Joseph, Patriarch



ST. JOHN’S NEWS

 

Stay connected during our time away - During our time away please be sure that the church has your current phone, cell phone, and email.  Also be sure that your Flocknote communication preferences are up to date.  You can call Pastor Cowell at 319-464-5548 if you need help with this.  Flocknote will be our means of communicating the most important details about our schedule in the weeks to come. 

 

Pastoral Care Available - Pastor Cowell continues to be available for pastoral care.  He is happy to hear your confession and absolve your sins or to give you Holy Communion at home or at church at any time.  If you are not comfortable visiting or being visited, he is happy to talk with you on the phone.  His cell phone is 319-464-5548.  If you have any bodily need in these next few weeks (like needing someone to pick you up groceries or medication, etc.) he is happy to help or to find you help. 

 

Resources for your faith at home - St. John’s is offering a variety of resources to feed your faith during our time away.  Here is a list of some of them:

  • There is a table in the back of church full of devotions, prayer services, Bible studies, and Lutheran magazines. Feel free to stop in at church any time and grab some.

 

  • Randy is doing a great job of keeping our website, stjohnsburt.org, up to date these next few weeks.  Click the microphone on the homepage to listen to Scripture and sermons which will continue to be updated each Wednesday and Sunday.  Also click on the Youtube icon on the homepage to see live-streamed services from Trinity, Algona Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. and Sundays at 9:00 a.m. as well as previously recorded sermons.

 

  • You can also click on the Youtube icon on the stjohnsburt.org homepage to access daily video devotions from the partnership pastors. 

 

  • Follow @stjohnsburt on Facebook to receive daily online resources spanning many areas of your Christian faith. 

 

Offerings and Alms during our time away - If it is within your financial means during this quarantine, consider continuing your regular pattern of giving your offering to the church - either by saving your offerings for when you return or by dropping it off at church.  Also consider planning for giving special offerings in the future for others in need as a result of this health emergency.  If this emergency has put your family in financial need, you should feel no shame in reducing your offering to the church during this time.  If your need becomes great, don’t hesitate to contact Pastor Cowell to see if our congregation can help in any way. 

 

Easter Lilies - If you would like to purchase an Easter Lily for the church to use on Easter Sunday, there is a sign-up sheet on the table at the back of the church. You may take your lily home after Easter services if you choose to. Please, pay Cheryl Batt $16 per lily. 

The Giving Pew - This is a reminder that the season of Lent would be a great time to take a quilt or stuffed bear from the TLC Quilter’s giving pew by the east doors at St. John’s and deliver them to a friend in need of comfort or support. 

 

Birthday greetings for Ruth Nerem - Ruth Nerem turns 98 on April 1st!  You can send her a birthday card at: 

Ruth Nerem

Accura Healthcare

546 Ramsey St. E

Bancroft, IA 50517

 

SYNOD, DISTRICT, & PARTNERSHIP NEWS

 

Trinity, Algona Schedule - All congregational activities at Trinity, Algona have been suspended effective immediately until further notice.  You can receive updates and resources from Trinity at: trinityalgona.org/corona.  

 

The TLC Quilters will again have a silent auction during Lent to benefit Camp Okoboji.  Bidding on the quilts will continue at a later date yet to be announced.     

 

Thrivent Choice Dollars for 2019 will be expiring on March 31! If you are a Thrivent member, you may be eligible to direct Thrivent Choice Dollars to St. John’s. Go to www.thrivent.com/thriventchoice or call 800-847-4836 before March 31 and say “Thrivent Choice.”  Reminder: $250 Community Impact Gift Cards are also available (2 per member per year). 

 

Building Healthy Families: “We didn’t realize we were making memories; we just knew we were having fun.”-- Winnie the Pooh  It’s true! Simple activities create lasting memories for families. Consider a family devotion, a game night, or going for a walk together. Take a clue from the Pooh and carve out time for some fun with your family this week! Lutheran Family Service  www.LutheranFamilyService.org

 

 COMMUNITY NEWS

 

Churches of Burt Volunteer Facebook Group - The Churches of Burt organization has created a Facebook group with the purpose of connecting people who need help with people who are willing to help.  It is our hope that this group will facilitate Christian mercy in our community.  You can search “Churches of Burt Volunteers/Help Wanted” to join the group.  Or, if you would like to offer a volunteer service or are in need of help but don’t have a Facebook account, contact Pastor Cowell and he will post your request for you. 

 

 

LECTIONARY SUMMARY (Fifth Sunday in Lent)

 

Ezekiel 37:1–14; Romans 8:1–11; John 11:1–45 

 

Jesus Christ is the Resurrection & the Life

The illness and death of Lazarus happened “that the Son of God may be glorified through it” (John 11:4). Jesus’ miracle of raising Lazarus prompted His arrest and crucifixion, whereby He would die “for the nation” and gather “into one the children of God who are scattered abroad” (John 11:51–52). As He called Lazarus from the tomb and commanded others to “unbind him, and let him go” (John 11:44), Jesus also calls us and releases us from the bondage of sin and death. We would not “submit to God’s law,” nor could we “please God” (Rom. 8:7–8), but “He condemned sin” in His own flesh, so “that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us” (Rom. 8:3–4). Now, through the Gospel, “the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells” in us (Rom. 8:11). His Word breathes His Spirit into our mortal flesh, animating us with His own life.  As His ministers preach according to His divine command, the Lord Jesus calls us from the grave into the good land that He gives us (Ezek. 37:12, 14).

 

FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORD

 

Formula of Concord, Epitome, Article I: Original Sin, paragraphs 2, 4-6

We believe, teach, and confess that there is a distinction between man's nature and original sin. This applied not only when he was originally created by God pure and holy and without sin, but it also applies to [our] nature now after the fall. In other words, we distinguish between the nature itself and original sin. This distinction is as great as the distinction between God's work and the devil's work.

 

God created the body and soul of Adam and Eve before the fall. But He also created our bodies and souls after the fall. Even though they are corrupt, God still acknowledges them as His work, as it is written in Job 10:8, "Your hands fashioned and made me."

 

Furthermore, God's Son has received this human nature, but without sin. Therefore, He did not receive a foreign nature, but our own flesh in the unity of His person. In this way He has become our true Brother. Hebrews 2:14,17; 4:15 says, "Since the children share in flesh and blood,… He had to be made like His brothers in every respect,… yet without sin". In the same way, Christ redeemed human nature as His work, sanctifies it, raises it from the dead, and gloriously adorns it as His work. But original sin He has not created, redeemed, or sanctified. He will not raise it, or save it in the elect. In the (blessed) resurrection original sin will be entirely destroyed [1 Cor. 15:51-57].

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Announcements

St. John’s Lutheran Church

109 Maple St. Burt, Iowa|Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

Pastor: Rev. Thomas Cowell                                  Secretary: Rosann Shipler

Pastor’s Cell: 319-464-5548                                     Church Office: 515-924-3344  stjohnsburt.org           

Pastor’s Email: pastor@stjohnsburt.org             Church Email: churchoffice@stjohnsburt.org            


THE FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT

March 22, 2020

 

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, Your mercies are new every morning; and though we deserve only punishment, You receive us as Your children and provide for all our needs of body and soul. Grant that we may heartily acknowledge Your merciful goodness, give thanks for all Your benefits, and serve You in willing obedience; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

 

THIS WEEK AT ST. JOHN’S

 

All services and activities at St. John’s are cancelled this week. 

 

Our next service will potentially be Sunday, April 5th.  We will

provide you with more details as they come. 

  

  THIS WEEK IN THE CHURCH YEAR

  

  March 25

    Feast of The Annunciation of our Lord



 

 

ST. JOHN’S NEWS

 

Stay connected during our time away - During our time away please be sure that the church has your current phone, cell phone, and email.  Also be sure that your Flocknote communication preferences are up to date.  You can call Pastor Cowell at 319-464-5548 if you need help with this.  Flocknote will be our means of communicating the most important details about our schedule in the weeks to come. 

 

Pastoral Care Available - Pastor Cowell continues to be available for pastoral care.  He is happy to hear your confession and absolve your sins or to give you Holy Communion at home or at church at any time.  If you are not comfortable visiting or being visited, he is happy to talk with you on the phone.  His cell phone is 319-464-5548.  If you have any bodily need in these next few weeks (like needing someone to pick you up groceries or medication, etc.) he is happy to help or to find you help. 

 

Resources for your faith at home - St. John’s is offering a variety of resources to feed your faith during our time away.  Here is a list of some of them:

  • There is a table in the back of church full of devotions, prayer services, Bible studies, and Lutheran magazines. Feel free to stop in at church any time and grab some.

 

  • Randy is doing a great job of keeping our website, stjohnsburt.org, up to date these next few weeks.  Click the microphone on the homepage to listen to Scripture and sermons which will continue to be updated each Wednesday and Sunday.  Also click on the Youtube icon on the homepage to see live-streamed services from Trinity, Algona Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. and Sundays at 9:00 a.m. as well as previously recorded sermons.

 

  • Follow @stjohnsburt on Facebook to receive daily online resources spanning many areas of your Christian faith. 

 

Offerings and alms during our time away - If it is within your financial means during this quarantine, consider continuing your regular pattern of giving your offering to the church - either by saving your offerings for when you return or by dropping it off at church.  Also consider planning for giving special offerings in the future for others in need as a result of this health emergency.  If this emergency has put your family in financial need, you should feel no shame in reducing your offering to the church during this time.  If your need becomes great, don’t hesitate to contact Pastor Cowell to see if our congregation can help in any way. 

 

Easter Lilies - If you would like to purchase an Easter Lily for the church to use on Easter Sunday, there is a sign-up sheet on the table at the back of the church. You may take your lily home after Easter services if you choose to. Please, pay Cheryl Batt $16 per lily by Sunday, April 5th.

 

The Giving Pew - This is a reminder that the season of Lent would be a great time to take a quilt or stuffed bear from the TLC Quilter’s giving pew by the east doors at St. John’s and deliver them to a friend in need of comfort or support. 

 

SYNOD, DISTRICT, & PARTNERSHIP NEWS

 

Trinity, Algona Schedule - All congregational activities at Trinity, Algona have been suspended effective immediately until further notice.  You can receive updates and resources from Trinity at: trinityalgona.org/corona.  

 

The TLC Quilters will again have a silent auction during Lent to benefit Camp Okoboji.  Bidding on the quilts will continue at a later date yet to be announced.     

 

Thrivent Choice Dollars for 2019 will be expiring on March 31! If you are a Thrivent member, you may be eligible to direct Thrivent Choice Dollars to St. John’s. Go to www.thrivent.com/thriventchoice or call 800-847-4836 before March 31 and say “Thrivent Choice.”  Reminder: $250 Community Impact Gift Cards are also available (2 per member per year). 

 

 COMMUNITY NEWS

 

Churches of Burt Volunteer Facebook Group - The Churches of Burt organization has created a Facebook group with the purpose of connecting people who need help with people who are willing to help.  It is our hope that this group will facilitate Christian mercy in our community.  You can search “Churches of Burt Volunteers/Help Wanted” to join the group.  Or, if you would like to offer a volunteer service or are in need of help but don’t have a Facebook account, contact Pastor Cowell and he will post your request for you. 


LECTIONARY SUMMARY (Fourth Sunday in Lent)

 

Isaiah 42:14–21; Ephesians 5:8–14; John 9:1–41

 

By His Word of the Gospel, Jesus Calls Us Out of the Darkness into His Marvelous Light

The Lord is grieved by the spiritual blindness of His people, yet in mercy He does not forsake them. He restrains His anger and keeps His peace, until He opens their ears and eyes to hear and see Him. “For His righteousness’ sake” He magnifies His Word and makes it glorious in the coming of Christ Jesus (Is. 42:21). Jesus turns “the darkness before them into light” (Is. 42:16), because He is “the Light of the world” (John 9:5). The incarnate Son of God works the works of His Father and displays the divine glory in His own flesh “while it is day” until that night “when no one can work” (John 9:4). By the washing of water with His Word He opens the eyes of the blind and grants rest to the weary. Therefore, though “at one time you were darkness,” now “you are light in the Lord” (Eph. 5:8). By our Baptism into Christ we live in the eternal day of His Resurrection, wherein He shines upon us. As often as we fall back into the darkness of sin, He calls us by the Gospel to “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead” (Eph. 5:14).



FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORD

 

Formula of Concord, Solid Declaration, Article II: Free Will, paragraphs 38-41

The Scriptures call natural man in spiritual and divine things darkness (Ephesians 5:8). John 1:5 says, "The light shines in the darkness" (that is, in the dark, blind world, which does not know or regard God), "and the darkness has not overcome it." Likewise, the Scriptures teach that a sinful person is not only weak, but also entirely dead (Ephesians 2:1-5; Colossians 2:13).

 

A person who is physically dead cannot from his own powers make himself come back to life again. So the person who is spiritually dead in sins cannot by his own strength make or apply himself to acquire spiritual and heavenly righteousness and life. This is true unless he is delivered and brought to life by God's Son from the death of sin.

 

The Scriptures deny to the intellect and will of natural man all capacity, and ability to undertake anything good and right in spiritual things.

 

The darkness has not overcome it [the light]. (John 1:5) "The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God" (1 Corinthians 2:14). This means he is not capable of spiritual things. For they are foolishness to him; neither can he know them. Much less will he truly believe the Gospel or agree with it and regard it as truth.

 

For the mind [of the natural man] that is set on the flesh is hostile to God. (Romans 8:7)