Thursday, September 16, 2021

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 SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

September 19, 2021

 

O God, whose strength is made perfect in weakness, grant us humility and childlike faith that we may please You in both will and deed; 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

 

Today, September 19, 2021

   8:30 a.m.   SS School/Adult Class                   

   9:30 a.m.   Divine Service 

 

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

  10:00 a.m.  Morning Prayer

 

 Wednesday, September 22, 2021

  6:00 p.m.   Christian Catechesis

  7:00 p.m.   Elders Meeting  

 

Thursday, September 23, 2021    

  3:00 p.m.   Titonka Care Center Service    

    Sunday, September 26, 2021

       8:30 a.m.    SS School/Adult Class 

       9:30 a.m.    Divine Service   

     

  THIS WEEK IN THE CHURCH YEAR  

 

    September 21, 2021

      Feast of St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist 

 

    September 22, 2021

      Commemoration of Jonah

 

ST. JOHN’S NEWS

 

Organist Today:  Marcia Hanna       

Elder for September:  Tony Hatten   

Acolytes:  Breckin and Brayton Borchardt

 

Hymn of the Month devotions for September are available on the lectern in the back of the church. You can also view a digital version of the Hymn of the Month devotion at: trinityalgona.org/blog/2021/09/01/o-god-my-faithful-god

 

New Resources Available - Take a look at the several new booklets in the pamphlet rack in the back of church.  New titles include, from the A Simple Explanation series: Angels, the Bible, and Church Symbols, and from the A Biblical Response series: Suicide, Addiction, homosexuality, Transgenderism, Divorce, and Abortion. Feel free to take as many of these booklets as you’d like. 

 

St. John’s T-Shirts - If you missed your opportunity to purchase a St. John’s T-shirt a year ago (or you would like a second one!), we now have T-shirts available in the church office. The cost is $6.00 and can be picked up any time.

 

Greeter Sign-up - We're excited to reintroduce greeters to our Sunday mornings at St. John's!  Your family or you and a friend are welcome to sign up for a Sunday to greet on the back table. We have several opening spots for you to fill in.  Of course, hand shaking will be optional.  

 

Usher Sign-up - Also, we'd love to have at least one usher per month to help Jeff with duties as needed.  You can sign up for this on the back table as well. 

 

St. John’s Live-streamed Service - The easiest way to access our service livestreams and recordings is to click on the links posted on the homepage of stjohnsburt.org.  You can access a pdf of the service bulletin for the livestreams on YouTube by clicking on the link found under the title of each video.  Here is an example: 

 

 

Pastoral Care On Demand - Pastor Cowell would love to serve you Communion at church or at home, pray, read Scripture, offer Christian counsel, and/or just visit any time that works for you!  Call or text him any time at 319-464-5548. 



SYNOD, DISTRICT & PARTNERSHIP NEWS

 

Haiti Relief - If you would like to donate toward Haiti earthquake relief, you can do so online by going to ministryinmission.org and clicking the “donate” button.  You can also learn more about the situation in Haiti at this website.  You can also donate by sending a check to either: 

     Iowa District West-Haiti Relief, 409 Kenyon Road Suite B , Fort Dodge, Iowa 50502; or: 

     Ministry in Mission, Jackie Rychel, 13442 Shady Lane, Chesterland OH 44026  

 

Ida Relief - If you would like to provide financial support for Hurricane Ida disaster relief, you can make a check to “IDW - Ida Relief” and send to:  Iowa District West, 409 Kenyon Road Suite B, Fort Dodge, Iowa 50502

 

LWML Fall Rally for the Northeast Zone will be held at Trinity in Algona on Sunday, September 26 at 2 p.m. Monetary in-gathering offering will go to Lotus Community project, a women’s and children’s shelter at Vincent, Iowa. Speaker will begin right after the opening devotions and before the meeting. This is to accommodate any additional congregational members who may wish to come hear about the work at Lotus.

 

Trinity, Algona Resources - Visit trinitalgona.org or search “Trinity, Algona” on YouTube and Facebook to view Trinity’s several digital resources for your faith. 

 

Lutherans in Africa Updates - Great things continue to happen at the Lutheran School of Theology in Kenya and throughout the surrounding area for the good of Christ’s Church.  Lutherans in Africa publishes very informative monthly newsletters which you can find at lutheransinafrica.com/updates or by searching @LutheransInAfrica on Facebook.  The lutheransinafrica.com website is also updated regularly and is a great way to stay up to date on the work our mission dollars are supporting. 

 

Omelet Brunch - Camp Okoboji’s final Omelet Bruch of 2020 will be held on Sunday, October 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with a free will offering held in the Ginny DeWall Dining Hall. Join us and enjoy good food and good fellowship!

 

Building Healthy Families - 10,080 is the number of minutes that we are given every week. How can you use a few of those minutes this week to help others? Maybe it’s an elderly neighbor, a single parent, or widow, or someone in your own family who needs you to stop what you’re doing and listen to them. All have needs that we can help to meet. “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2 Lutheran Family Service - www.LutheranFamilyService.org.

 

LECTIONARY SUMMARY (Proper 20)

Old Testament: Jeremiah 11:18-20

“I was like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter. I did not know it was against me they devised schemes, saying, “Let us destroy the tree with its fruit, let us cut him off from the land of the living.”

 

Epistle:  James 3:13-4:10

Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.

 

Gospel: Mark 9:30-37

Jesus places a child in the midst of the disciples and says: “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”

 

FROM THE CHURCH FATHERS

“Observe a tree, how it first tends downwards, that it may then shoot forth upwards. It fastens its root low in the ground that it may send forth its top toward heaven. Is it not from humility that it endeavors to rise? But without humility it will not attain to higher things.” - Augustine, The Gospel of John, Sermon 38, qtd. in ACCS: Mark, 126-127. 

 

LESSONS ON THE LITURGY 

The Cassock and Surplice

The black gown that Pastor wears is called a cassock.  The white garment on top of it is a surplice.  There is a long and complicated history as to how pastors came to wear the cassock and surplice, but these vestments also teach two simple lessons.  Notice how the white vestment covers the black, just as the righteousness of Christ covers our sin in Baptism.  Notice also that when Pastor is wearing his vestments you can only see his head and his hands.  In this way you are drawn to focus on his head (particularly his mouth) which proclaims God’s Word to you and his hands which deliver God’s Sacraments and blessing to you. 

 

FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORD

The Power and Primacy of the Pope, paragraphs 7-9

We will show from the Gospel that the Roman bishop is not above other bishops and pastors by divine right.

     I. Christ clearly bans lordship among the apostles. This was the very question: When Christ spoke of His passion, the apostles were disputing over who should be the head of the others, and, as it were, the vicar of the absent Christ. Christ rebukes this error of the apostles and teaches that there shall not be lordship or superiority among them. Instead, the apostles would be sent forth as equals to the common ministry of the Gospel. So, He says, "The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves" (Luke 22:25-26).

     II. When Christ, places a little child in their midst, He is teaching the same thing by parable. Just as a child neither takes nor seeks sovereignty for himself, so this shows that there is not to be sovereignty among ministers.

     III. Christ sends forth His disciples without any distinction . He says, "As the Father has sent Me, even so I am sending you." He says that He sends them individually in the same way He Himself was sent [John 12:44-50]. He grants no one a privilege or lordship above the rest. 

 

 

Thursday, September 09, 2021

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 SIXTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

September 12, 2021

 

Lord Jesus Christ, our support and defense in every need, continue to preserve Your Church in safety, govern her by Your goodness, and bless her with Your peace; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

 

THIS WEEK AT ST. JOHN’S

 

Today, September 12, 2021

   8:30 a.m.  SS School/Adult Class                   

   9:30 a.m.  Divine Service 

 10:30  a.m. Blessing of New Windows

 

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

   No Morning Prayer

   8:30 a.m.  Circuit Pastor’s Meeting at St. 

                       John’s Burt      

 

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

  6:00 p.m.  Christian Catechesis              

  Sunday, September 19, 2021

     8:30 a.m.    SS School/Adult Class 

     9:30 a.m.    Divine Service   

     

  THIS WEEK IN THE CHURCH YEAR  

 

    September 14, 2021

      Feast of the Holy Cross 

 

     September 16, 2021

       Commemoration of Cyprian of Carthage, Pastor 

         and Martyr

 

ST. JOHN’S NEWS

 

Organist Today:  Marcia Hanna 

Elder for September:  Tony Hatten 

 

New Stained Glass Windows! - We will be blessing our new windows immediately following the Divine Service today. You can view pictures of the installation process of our new stained glass windows at: stjohnsburt.org/new-stain-glass-window-installation.html

 

Wednesday Catechesis Parent Meeting - Our start of the year parent/child meeting for Wednesday Christian Catechesis will be at the beginning of our first class on Wednesday, September 15th at 6:00 p.m.  We’d love for both parents to attend if possible.  

 

Hymn of the Month devotions for September are available on the lectern in the back of the church. You can also view a digital version of the Hymn of the Month devotion at: trinityalgona.org/blog/2021/09/01/o-god-my-faithful-god

 

New Resources Available - Take a look at the several new booklets in the pamphlet rack in the back of church.  New titles include, from the A Simple Explanation series: Angels, the Bible, and Church Symbols, and from the A Biblical Response series: Suicide, Addiction, homosexuality, Transgenderism, Divorce, and Abortion. Feel free to take as many of these booklets as you’d like. 

 

St. John’s T-Shirts - If you missed your opportunity to purchase a St. John’s T-shirt a year ago (or you would like a second one!), we now have T-shirts available in the church office. The cost is $6.00 and can be picked up any time.

 

Greeter Sign-up - We're excited to reintroduce greeters to our Sunday mornings at St. John's!  Your family or you and a friend are welcome to sign up for a Sunday to greet on the back table. We have several opening spots for you to fill in.  Of course, hand shaking will be optional.  

 

Usher Sign-up - Also, we'd love to have at least one usher per month to help Jeff with duties as needed.  You can sign up for this on the back table as well. 

 

Many Thanks to those who volunteered in any way for Rally Sunday. A special thanks to Kitty, Lynn, and Karla for helping to prepare and serve the meal!

 

St. John’s Live-streamed Service - The easiest way to access our service livestreams and recordings is to click on the links posted on the homepage of stjohnsburt.org.  You can access a pdf of the service bulletin for the livestreams on YouTube by clicking on the link found under the title of each video.  Here is an example: 

 

Pastoral Care On Demand - Pastor Cowell would love to serve you Communion at church or at home, pray, read Scripture, offer Christian counsel, and/or just visit any time that works for you!  Call or text him any time at 319-464-5548. 

 

SYNOD, DISTRICT & PARTNERSHIP NEWS

 

Haiti Relief - If you would like to donate toward Haiti earthquake relief, you can do so online by going to ministryinmission.org and clicking the “donate” button.  You can also learn more about the situation in Haiti at this website.  You can also donate by sending a check to either: 

     Iowa District West-Haiti Relief, 409 Kenyon Road Suite B , Fort Dodge, Iowa 50502; or: 

     Ministry in Mission, Jackie Rychel, 13442 Shady Lane, Chesterland OH 44026  

 

Ida Relief - If you would like to provide financial support for Hurricane Ida disaster relief, you can make a check to “IDW - Ida Relief” and send to:  Iowa District West, 409 Kenyon Road Suite B, Fort Dodge, Iowa 50502

 

LWML Fall Rally for the Northeast Zone will be held at Trinity in Algona on Sunday, September 26 at 2 p.m. Monetary in-gathering offering will go to Lotus Community project, a women’s and children’s shelter at Vincent, Iowa. Speaker will begin right after the opening devotions and before the meeting. This is to accommodate any additional congregational members who may wish to come hear about the work at Lotus.

 

Trinity, Algona Resources - Visit trinitalgona.org or search “Trinity, Algona” on YouTube and Facebook to view Trinity’s several digital resources for your faith. 

 

Lutherans in Africa Updates - Great things continue to happen at the Lutheran School of Theology in Kenya and throughout the surrounding area for the good of Christ’s Church.  Lutherans in Africa publishes very informative monthly newsletters which you can find at lutheransinafrica.com/updates or by searching @LutheransInAfrica on Facebook.  The lutheransinafrica.com website is also updated regularly and is a great way to stay up to date on the work our mission dollars are supporting. 

 

Building Healthy Families - “He’s got the whole world in His hands, He’s got the whole world in His hands…” Do you recall the words to this Sunday School song? It’s more than just a fun song. This song speaks truth about how much God loves us and is in control – even during uncertain times like we’re living in today. Be assured: He has not forgotten or abandoned you. “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.” I John 4:9 Lutheran Family Service - www.LutheranFamilyService.org.

 

LECTIONARY SUMMARY (Proper 19)

Old Testament:  Isaiah 50:4-10

“The Lord God has given me [Isaiah] the tongue of those who are taught, that I may know how to sustain with a word him who is weary.”

 

Epistle:  James 3:1-12

No human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God.

 

Gospel: Mark 9:14-29

Jesus casts a demon out of a father’s son after the disciples were unable to do so. 

 

FROM THE CHURCH FATHERS

[Speaking on Mark 9:21: “Jesus said, ‘How long has the child had this evil spirit?’ And the father said, ‘from childhood.’”] “Lacking the premise of original sin, what possible cause can be imagined in this youth why he should since childhood have been vexed with this most fierce demonic possession? It seems clear that no actual sin of his own could have elicited this. So let the catholic remember and confess that no one is born into this world free from the taint of the first transgression. Let him implore the grace of God, through which he might be ‘delivered from this body of death through Jesus Christ our Lord.’” - Bede, Homilies on the Gospels 1.25, qtd. in ACCS: Mark, 123.

 

LESSONS ON THE LITURGY 

The Eight-Sided Font

Many baptismal fonts, including ours at St. John’s, are an eight-sided structure.  The number eight represents resurrection and new creation.  Ever since God created the world in six days and rested on the seventh, time has passed in seven day increments.  When Jesus came to save the world from sin He was crucified on the sixth day (Friday), rested in the tomb on the seventh day (Saturday), and by raising from the tomb on Sunday introduced a new eighth day into creation - the day of the new creation.  Our eight-sided baptismal font reminds us that all who are baptized into Christ are baptized into His resurrection and are made new creations in Him. 

 

FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORD

Solid Declaration of the Formula of Concord, Article VII: The Holy Supper, para. 68-71

Unworthy guests go to this Sacrament without true repentance and sorrow for their sins, without true faith and the good intention of amending their lives. By unworthy eating, they are guilty of profaning Christ's body and blood.

    Some Christians have a weak faith and are shy, troubled, and terrified because of the great number of their sins. They think that in their great impurity they are not worthy of this precious treasure and Christ's benefits. They feel their weakness of faith and lament it, and from their hearts desire that they may serve God with stronger, more joyful faith and pure obedience. These are the truly worthy guests for whom this Sacrament has been especially instituted. Christ says:

    - Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)

    - Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. (Matthew 9:12)

    - As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him; for God has welcomed him. [Romans 14:1-3]

    - Whoever believes in [the Son, be it with a strong or a weak faith,] may have eternal life. [Jn. 3:15]

Worthiness does not depend on the greatness or smallness, the weakness or strength of faith. Instead, it depends on Christ's merit, which the distressed father of little faith [Mark 9:24] enjoyed.

 

 

Thursday, September 02, 2021

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 FIFTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

September 5, 2021

 

O Lord, let Your merciful ears be open to the prayers of Your humble servants and grant that what they ask may be in accord with Your gracious will; 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

 

Today, September 5, 2021

  8:00 a.m.  Adult Class 

  9:00 a.m.  Divine Service 

 

 Tuesday, September 7, 2021

  10:00 a.m. Morning Prayer 

 

 Wednesday, September 8, 2021

   5:30 p.m.    Partnership Potluck

                       Hymn Sing

    Sunday, September 12, 2021

      8:30 a.m.    SS School/Adult Class 

      9:30 a.m.    Divine Service   

 

  THIS WEEK IN THE CHURCH YEAR  

 

   September 5, 2021

    Commemoration of Zechariah and Elizabeth



ST. JOHN’S NEWS

 

Organist Today:  Kitty Bierstedt          

Elder for August: Tony Hatten 

 

New Schedule - Beginning Sunday, September 12, Sunday School and adult class will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the Divine Service will begin at 9:30 a.m.  Stop by your church mailbox to pick up a reminder postcard for this time change. 

 

Partnership Potluck and Hymn Sing - Join us Wednesday, September 8 at St. John’s for our Partnership Potluck and Hymn Sing!  The potluck begins at 5:30 p.m. in the church basement. Bring a main dish, side, or desert if you’re able.  (Feel free to come later if work prevents you from arriving at 5:30.)  Then, join us at the outdoor altar at 6:30 p.m. for a hymn sing; we'll be taking requests!  Please label your serving dishes if you’d like them back. 

 

Wednesday Catechesis Parent Meeting - Our start of the year parent/child meeting for Wednesday Christian Catechesis will be at the beginning of our first class on Wednesday, September 15th at 6:00 p.m.  We’d love for both parents to attend if possible.  

 

Hymn of the Month devotions for September are available on the lectern in back of church.  You can also view a digital version of the Hymn of the Month devotion at: trinityalgona.org/blog/2021/09/01/o-god-my-faithful-god

 

New Resources Available - Take a look at the several new booklets in the pamphlet rack in the back of church.  New titles include, from the A Simple Explanation series: Angels, the Bible, and Church Symbols, and from the A Biblical Response series: Suicide, Addiction, homosexuality, Transgenderism, Divorce, and Abortion. Feel free to take as many of these booklets as you’d like. 

 

St. John’s T-Shirts - If you missed your opportunity to purchase a St. John’s T-shirt a year ago (or you would like a second one!), we now have T-shirts available in the church office. The cost is $6.00 and can be picked up any time.

 

New Stained Glass Windows! - We will be blessing our new windows immediately following the Divine Service on Sunday, September 12. You can view pictures of the installation process of our new stained glass windows at: stjohnsburt.org/new-stain-glass-window-installation.html

 

Greeter and Usher Sign-up - We're excited to reintroduce greeters to our Sunday mornings at St. John's!  Your family or you and a friend are welcome to sign up for a Sunday to greet on the back table.  Of course, hand shaking will be optional.  Also, we'd love to have at least one usher per month to help Jeff with duties as needed.  You can sign up for this on the back table as well. 

 

Pastoral Care On Demand - Pastor Cowell would love to serve you Communion at church or at home, pray, read Scripture, offer Christian counsel, and/or just visit any time that works for you!  Call or text him any time at 319-464-5548. 

 

St. John’s Live-streamed Service - The easiest way to access our service livestreams and recordings is to click on the links posted on the homepage of stjohnsburt.org.  You can access a pdf of the service bulletin for the livestreams on YouTube by clicking on the link found under the title of each video.  Here is an example: 

 

SYNOD, DISTRICT & PARTNERSHIP NEWS

 

Haiti Relief 

To donate online (or to learn more about the situation), go to www.ministryinmission.org and click the donate button.   

·         If you wish to make a donation to help with disaster relief in Haiti, you may send a check to:  Iowa District West-Haiti Relief, 409 Kenyon Road Suite, B , Fort Dodge, Iowa 50502

·          Or to: Ministry in Mission, Jackie Rychel, 13442 Shady Lane, Chesterland OH 44026  

 

Trinity, Algona Resources - Visit trinitalgona.org or search “Trinity, Algona” on YouTube and Facebook to view Trinity’s several digital resources for your faith. 

 

Lutherans in Africa Updates - Great things continue to happen at the Lutheran School of Theology in Kenya and throughout the surrounding area for the good of Christ’s Church.  Lutherans in Africa publishes very informative monthly newsletters which you can find at lutheransinafrica.com/updates or by searching @LutheransInAfrica on Facebook.  The lutheransinafrica.com website is also updated regularly and is a great way to stay up to date on the work our mission dollars are supporting. 

 

Building Healthy Families: Have you ever been inside a cave? Besides the flashlight you hopefully brought in with you, it is complete darkness. The luxury of flipping on a switch to turn the electricity on just isn’t there. Many people right here in Iowa live every day in the darkness. We know that in a world of darkness, Jesus is our light! He invites us to share that Light. How can you do that this week? “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5:14 Lutheran Family Service - www.LutheranFamilyService.org.


LECTIONARY SUMMARY (Proper 18)

Old Testament: Isaiah 35:4-7a

Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.”

 

Epistle: James 2:1-10, 14-18

James teaches that we should show no partiality as we hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, and also that faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

 

Gospel: Mark 7:24-37

Jesus casts a demon out of the daughter of the Syrophoenician woman and heals a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment. 

 

FROM THE CHURCH FATHERS

“The very architect of the body itself and artificer of all flesh had come personally to [the deaf mute man], and with his gentle voice tenderly opened up his obstructed ears. Then his mouth which had been so closed up that it could not give birth to a word, gave birth to praise him who made its barrenness fruitful. The One who immediately had given to Adam speech without teaching, gave speech to him so that he could speak easily a language that is learned only with difficulty.” - Ephrem the Syrian, Homily on Our Lord, 10, qtd. in ACCS: Mark, 103. 

 

LESSONS ON THE LITURGY 

Stained-Glass Windows

Stained-glass windows serve three functions in the church.  First, they give us pictures of the Scripture lessons we are hearing from the lectern.  In this way the windows give us an opportunity to meditate on the Word which these images illustrate.  Second, stained-glass windows are beautiful.  Filling the eyes with beautiful things at worship reminds us that God himself is the author of beauty, seen foremost in the beauty of his incarnation in Jesus Christ.  Third, light filtered through stained-glass provides a “heavenly” effect.  Thus the windows show church to be the place where heaven and earth meet in Christ’s Word and Sacrament. 

 

FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORD

Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Article IV: Justification, paragraphs 98-102

Christ's name is received only by faith. Therefore, we are saved by confidence in Christ's name, and not by confidence in our works. For "the name" here means the cause that is mentioned, because of which salvation is gained. To call upon Christ's name is to trust in His name as the cause, or price, because of which we are saved. Acts 15:9 says, "cleansed their hearts by faith." Therefore, the faith that the apostles speak about is not useless knowledge, but a reality. It receives the Holy Spirit and justifies us.

   Hab. 2:4 says, "The righteous shall live by his faith." People are just by faith. By faith they believe that God is favorable, and he adds that faith gives life because this faith produces peace and joy in the heart and eternal life.

   Is. 53:11 says, "By His knowledge shall the righteous one, My servant, make many to be accounted righteous." What is Christ's knowledge unless it means to know Christ's benefits, the promises He has scattered throughout the world by the Gospel? To know these benefits is properly and truly to believe in Christ, to believe that He will certainly fulfill what God has promised for Christ's sake.

 

 

 

Thursday, August 26, 2021

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 FOURTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

August 29. 2021

 

O God, the source of all that is just and good, nourish in us every virtue and bring to completion every good intent that we may grow in grace and bring forth the fruit of good works; 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

Today, August 29, 2021

 8:00 a.m.  Adult Class 

 9:00 a.m.  Divine Service 

10:30 p.m. Rally Day at Smith Lake

 

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

 10:00 a.m. Morning Prayer 

 

Sunday, September 5, 2021

  8:00 a.m.    Adult Class 

  9:00 a.m.    Divine Service   

         

  THIS WEEK IN THE CHURCH YEAR  

 

  August 29, 2021

    Feast of The Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist 

  September 1, 2021

    Commemoration of Joshua

  September 2, 2021

    Commemoration of Hannah

  September 3, 2021

    Commemoration of Gregory the Great, Pastor

  September 4, 2021

    Commemoration of Moses

ST. JOHN’S NEWS

 

Organist Today: Marcia Hanna    

Elder for August:  Boyd Shipler  

 

New Schedule - Beginning Sunday, September 12, Sunday School and adult class will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the Divine Service will begin at 9:30 a.m.  Stop by your church mailbox to pick up a reminder postcard for this time change. 

 

Partnership Rally Day at Smith Lake - The entire congregation is invited to our Partnership Rally Day at the east shelter at Smith Lake today at 10:30 a.m.  We will begin with a brief prayer service including the installation of Sunday School teachers and presentation of Bibles and Catechism, followed by lunch and games. Bring a lawn chair or blanket!

 

Partnership Potluck and Hymn Sing - Join us Wednesday, September 8 at St. John’s for our Partnership Potluck and Hymn Sing!  The potluck begins at 5:30 p.m. in the church basement. Bring a main dish, side, or desert if you’re able.  (Feel free to come later if work prevents you from arriving at 5:30.)  Then, join us at the outdoor altar at 6:30 p.m. for a hymn sing; we'll be taking requests!  Please label your serving dishes if you’d like them back. 

 

Wednesday Catechesis Parent Meeting - Our start of the year parent/child meeting for Wednesday Christian Catechesis will be at the beginning of our first class on Wednesday, September 15th at 6:00 p.m.  We’d love for both parents to attend if possible.  

 

St. John’s T-Shirts - If you missed your opportunity to purchase a St. John’s T-shirt a year ago (or you would like a second one!), we now have T-shirts available in the church office. The cost is $6.00 and can be picked up any time.

 

New Resources Available - Take a look at the several new booklets in the pamphlet rack in the back of church.  New titles include, from the A Simple Explanation series: Angels, the Bible, and Church Symbols, and from the A Biblical Response series: Suicide, Addiction, homosexuality, Transgenderism, Divorce, and Abortion. Feel free to take as many of these booklets as you’d like. 

 

New Stained Glass Windows! - We will be blessing our new windows immediately following the Divine Service on Sunday, September 12. You can view pictures of the installation process of our new stained glass windows at: stjohnsburt.org/new-stain-glass-window-installation.html

 

Greeter and Usher Sign-up - We're excited to reintroduce greeters to our Sunday mornings at St. John's!  Your family or you and a friend are welcome to sign up for a Sunday to greet on the back table.  Of course, hand shaking will be optional.  Also, we'd love to have at least one usher per month to help Jeff with duties as needed.  You can sign up for this on the back table as well. 

 

Pastoral Care On Demand - Pastor Cowell would love to serve you Communion at church or at home, pray, read Scripture, offer Christian counsel, and/or just visit any time that works for you!  Call or text him any time at 319-464-5548. 

 

St. John’s Live-streamed Service - The easiest way to access our service livestreams and recordings is to click on the links posted on the homepage of stjohnsburt.org

 

SYNOD, DISTRICT & PARTNERSHIP NEWS

 

Trinity, Algona Resources - You can find a variety of digital media for your faith, including service livestreams, at trinityalgona.org or by searching Trinity, Algona on YouTube and Facebook. 

 

Lutherans in Africa Updates - Great things continue to happen at the Lutheran School of Theology in Kenya and throughout the surrounding area for the good of Christ’s Church.  Lutherans in Africa publishes very informative monthly newsletters which you can find at lutheransinafrica.com/updates or by searching @LutheransInAfrica on Facebook.  The lutheransinafrica.com website is also updated regularly and is a great way to stay up to date on the work our mission dollars are supporting. 

 

Building Healthy Families: Date night! When was the last time you planned a date for your spouse? A home cooked meal, a game night, or recreating your first date are just a few ideas. A date doesn’t have to cost a lot to make it fun. What counts most is the time spent together! “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.” I Peter 4:8 Lutheran Family Service - www.LutheranFamilyService.org.

 

This work of art, which will be referenced in today’s sermon, is an icon known as Christ Pantocrator.  It originates from St. Catherine’s Monastery at Sinai as early as the 6th century. Pantocrator is a Greek word meaning “all-powerful” or “almighty.”

 

LECTIONARY SUMMARY (Proper 17)

Old Testament: Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9

The Lord instructs Israel to keep His commands so that other nations might inquire as to the greatness of their God.

 

Epistle: Ephesians 6:10-20

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 

 

Gospel: Mark 7:14-23

Jesus taught: “There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.”

 

FROM THE CHURCH FATHERS

“Let us, then, his servants, follow our Lord and patiently submit to denunciations that we may be blessed! If, with slight forbearance, I hear some bitter or evil remark directed against me, I may return it, and then I shall inevitably become bitter myself. Either that, or I shall be tormented by unexpressed resentment. If I retaliate when cursed, how shall I be found to have followed the teaching of our Lord? For his saying has been handed down that one is defiled not by unclean dishes but by the words which proceed from his mouth.” - Tertullian, On Patience, qtd. in ACCS: Mark, 99. 

 

LESSONS ON THE LITURGY 

Preparing for [private or corporate] Confession

“Consider how the Ten Commandments act as a mirror, showing us where we have sinned in our various places in life.  How have you - as a husband, wife, mother, father, daughter, son, teacher, student, employer, employee, and so forth - failed to fear love, and trust in God and love your neighbor?” - An Explanation of the Small Catechism (2017), p. 311

 

FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORD

Solid Declaration of the Formula of Concord, Article VI: The Person of Christ, para. 76-79

No man besides [Christ], either in heaven or on earth, can say with truth, "Where two or three are gathered in My name, there am I among them" (Matthew 18:20). Also, "Behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."

     We do not understand these testimonies to mean that only Christ's divinity is present with us in the Christian Church and congregation, and that such presence does not apply to Christ according to His humanity... However, the Holy Scriptures say this only about Christ, and no other man. We hold that by these words the majesty of the man Christ is declared. Christ has received this majesty, according to His humanity, at the right hand of God's majesty and power. So also, according to His received human nature and with the same, He can be, and also is, present where He wants to be. He is present especially in His Church and congregation on earth as Mediator, Head, King, and High Priest. This presence is not a part, or only one half of Him. Christ's entire person is present, to which both natures belong, the divine and the human-not only according to His divinity, but also according to, and with, His received human nature. He is our Brother, and we are flesh of His flesh and bone of His bone. He has instituted His Holy Supper for the certain assurance and confirmation of this, so that He will be with us, and dwell, work, and be effective in us.