Thursday, December 08, 2022

Annoucements

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 THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT

December 11, 2022

 

Lord Jesus Christ, we implore You to hear our prayers and to lighten the darkness of our hearts by Your gracious visitation; 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,  December 11, 2022

  8:00 am    Sunday School/Adult Class

    9:30 am    Divine Service 

    1:30 pm    Partnership Call Meeting-Trinity

 

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

    No Morning Prayer

    8:30 am     Pastor Conference at Burt  

 

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

   6:00 pm    Advent Service at Trinity

     6:30 pm    Catechesis Class at Trinity

 

 Saturday, December 17, 2022

   9-10:30 am  Children’s Program Practice

 Sunday, December 18, 2022

    8:30 am    Sunday School/Adult Class

    9:30 am    Divine Service       

                          

 

   THIS WEEK IN THE CHURCH YEAR      

   

  December 13, 2022

    Commemoration of Lucia, Martyr

 

    December 17, 2022

    Commemoration of Daniel and the Three 

        Young Men

 

 

ST. JOHN’S NEWS

 

Organist Today:  Kitty Bierstedt 

Elder:  Boyd Shipler  

Greeters Today:  Jesse & Kelly Fitzgerald 

Greeters Next Sunday:  Lucas & Jesse Parsons              

 

Call Update - We will have a Partnership voter’s meeting today at 1:30 p.m. in the Trinity Life Center regarding our Partnership associate pastor vacancy.  Our Partnership call committee will present a recommendation to call Pastor Adam Barkley to be our Partnership associate pastor. They also recommend voting that if Pastor Barkley were to decline our call, we would at that time send our application in for a seminary graduate without an additional voter’s meeting. 

 

Job Opening  - January 1, 2023 - We are looking for someone who would like to clean the church.  This is an approximate 3-4 hours a week, sometimes less in the summer months.  If this is something you would like to do please talk to trustee, Randy Reimers.

 

Lutherans in Africa Silent Auction - Our Partnership is holding a silent auction of wood carvings that were handmade by Pastor James May’s friend from Tanzania. The items are on display in Trinity’s narthex, and pictures of the items are on the back table. Bidding will close just before our final midweek Advent service on Dec. 14. All proceeds go to Lutherans in Africa. 

 

Adopted Family - St. John’s has adopted a family again this year. This family is a father, mother and 6 children.  A list of the needs/wants are on the table in the back.  Today is the last day gifts/money can be accepted for the family.  Money and or gift cards can be left in the church office or given to Doris Blocker or Debra Steven.  A box designated for the gifts is on display in the back.

 

St. John’s Ice Fishing Day - Join us on Wednesday, December 28th at 1:00 p.m. for a day of ice fishing! We’ll meet at St. John’s and then carpool to either Emmetsburg or Fairmont depending on ice conditions. Lucas Parsons will guide us to catch lots of fish in the comfort of heated tents! For more information and to sign up, contact Hannah Cowell. If you have fishing questions, be sure to ask Lucas!

 

Sunday School and Adult Bible Class will not meet on Christmas Day and New Years Day.  We will continue our class on January 8 at 8:30 a.m.

 

“This Is My Son” Advent/Christmas Daily Devotional Booklets are now available on the back table.  Feel free to take one with you!  

 

Greeter and Usher sign-up lists are now available in the back for the 2023 year.  Please, feel free to fill your name in more than once.

 

Parish Messenger Articles are due to Linda Kerkove for the January/February edition on Sunday, December 18, 2022.

 

Share the Blessing” letter and giving envelope is on the small table in the back.  This is a special offering to the church during the harvest time, previously known as “Corn, Bean, Cash.” 

 

Portals of Prayer Booklets for January/February are now available in back on the east wall. 

 

A Partnership Advent and Christmas service schedule is on the table in the back.  Our three Advent midweek services will be hosted by Trinity this year.

 

Year-End Reports - The end of the year is upon us! If you’re responsible for a report for the annual yearbook, please be working on them and email them to the church office at churchoffice@stjohns.burt.org.

 

Boxes of Christmas Cards and Individual Cards are now available for you to purchase in the back on the east wall. Money envelopes available and should be given to Rosann Shipler.  Prices are marked on the boxed and for the individual cards.

 

Pastoral Care On Demand - Need prayer, Scripture, Communion, Absolution, or a listening ear? Feel free to call or text Pastor Cowell anytime for a visit at 319-464-5548.

 

St. John’s Help Wanted List - Our “help wanted” volunteer lists have moved to the bulletin board by the ramp. Check them out to see if you’re able to help, and look out for new tasks to be added periodically. Talk to Pastor Cowell if you have a help-wanted suggestion of your own!

 

SYNOD, DISTRICT & PARTNERSHIP NEWS

 

Trinity Bible Study meets Wednesday mornings at 9:30 in the Life Center conference room. There will be no class Dec. 28 or Jan. 4.

 

TLC Quilts Available - Don’t forget about the TLC Quilter’s “giving pew” by the east doors of St. John’s.  Feel free to take and give away as many quilts and bears as you’d like!  

 

Building Healthy Families -Someone once said, “Marriage is not just spiritual communion, it is also remembering to take out the trash.” What have you done lately to show your spouse how much you appreciate them? During these busy days of preparation for your coming Christmas celebrations, a handwritten note, an unexpected and gentle physical touch, affirming words, preparing a favorite meal or joyfully helping with household responsibilities (…take out the trash!) can be simple but powerful ways to let your spouse know just how much they mean to you. Lutheran Family Service - www.LutheranFamilyService.org.

 

                    COMMUNITY NEWS

 

Thank You very much for your contribution to the Kossuth County Food Pantry of $263.00. We really appreciate your donation and for your generosity.  

 

 

For Your Reflection:

 

THE THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT


 

LECTIONARY SUMMARY

The Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ Brings True Rejoicing, Even Under the Cross

Sometimes life requires the astonishing patience of Job. Like him, we are to rejoice in the midst of affliction, be grounded in repentance under the cross of Christ, and hope relentlessly in His resurrection, that we might see “the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful” (James 5:11). In the promise of the Gospel, therefore, “be patient” and “establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand” (James 5:7, 8). Like St. John the Baptist, whatever your own kind of prison or suffering may be, call upon Jesus and receive the strength of His Word from those He sends to you. For as “the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up,” so is the Good News of Jesus preached to you also (Matt. 11:5). He comes and restores the fortunes of Zion, His Holy Church, so that “sorrow and sighing shall flee away” (Is. 35:10).

 

SERMON SENTENCE

Jesus is the blossoming crocus in the desert of our fallen world. 

 

LESSON ON THE LITURGY

The Nunc Dimittis

The Nunc Dimittis, or, Song of Simeon makes a great bedtime prayer.  It also makes a great Advent prayer, especially as it is sung in Compline (LSB 258-9) with the additional antiphon:

Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping 

that awake we may watch with Christ and asleep we may rest in peace.

           Lord, now You let Your servant go in peace; Your word has been fulfilled.  

    My own eyes have seen the salvation which You have prepared in the sight of every people: 

    a light to reveal You to the nations and the glory of Your people Israel.

   Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; 

   as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping

that awake we may watch with Christ and asleep we may rest in peace.

 

CHAT WITH THE CHURCH FATHERS

“John asks this [question about Jesus] not because he is ignorant but to guide others who are ignorant and to say to them, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!’ And he had heard the voice of the Father saying, ‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.’ Rather, it is the same sort of question as when the Savior asked where Lazarus was buried. The people only meant to show him the tomb, but he wanted them to be brought to faith and see the dead man return to life. Similarly, when John was about to be killed by Herod, he sent his disciples to Christ, intending that when they met him, the disciples would observe his appearance and powers and believe in him, and they would tell this to their teacher when he questioned them.” - Jerome, Commentary on Matthew 2.11.3, qtd. in ACCS: Matthew 1-13, p. 218.

 

 

 

St. John’s Lutheran Church – Burt, IA.

Phone: 515-924-3344

Email:  churchoffice@stjohnsburt.org

 

 

Thursday, December 01, 2022

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 SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT

December 4, 2022

 

Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to make ready the way of Your only-begotten Son, that by His coming we may be enabled to serve You with pure minds; 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

Today,  December 4, 2022

  8:00 am     Sunday School/Adult Class

    9:30 am     Divine Service 

 

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

    10:00 am   Morning Prayer   

 

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

   6:00 pm   Advent Service at Trinity

     6:30 pm   Catechesis Class at Trinity

 

 Saturday, December 10, 2022

   9-10 am     Children’s Program Practice

 Sunday, December 11, 2022

    8:30 am    Sunday School/Adult Class

    9:30 am    Divine Service                                 

 

   THIS WEEK IN THE CHURCH YEAR      

   

  December 4 - Commemoration of John of 

     Damascus, Theologian and Hymnwriter

 

  December 6 - Commemoration of Nicholas of 

      Myra, Pastor

 

  December 7 - Commemoration of Ambrose of 

      Milan, Pastor and Hymnwriter

 

ST. JOHN’S NEWS

 

Organist Today:  Marcia Hanna 

Elder:  Boyd Shipler  

Greeters Today:  Jeff and Brenda Schutjer

Greeters Next Sunday:   Jesse & Kelly Fitzgerald              

 

Call Update - We are still waiting to hear of Pastor Meyer’s decision regarding his call to be our Partnership associate pastor.  Please keep Pastor Meyer in your prayers as he deliberates. 

 

A Voter’s Meeting will be held following the service today to vote on approving the 2023 budget and slate of 2023 officers. 

 

Job Opening  - January 1, 2023 - We are looking for someone who would like to clean the church.  This is an approximate 3-4 hours a week, sometimes less in the summer months.  If this is something you would like to do please talk to trustee, Randy Reimers.

 

Adopted Family - St. John’s has adopted a family again this year. This family is a father, mother and 6 children.  A list of the needs/wants are on the table in the back.  Sunday Dec 11th would be the last day gifts/money can be accepted for the family.  Money and or gift cards can be left in the church office or given to Doris Blocker or Debra Steven.  A box designated for the gifts is on display in the back.

 

“This Is My Son” Advent/Christmas Daily Devotional Booklets are now available on the back table.  Feel free to take one with you!  

 

Greeter and Usher sign-up lists are now available in the back for the 2023 year.  Please, feel free to fill your name in more than once.

 

Birthday Card List is available for volunteers to sign-up for the next year.  This is to send out Birthday cards to the members of the congregation each month.  Contact the church office for more information.

 

Share the Blessing” letter and giving envelope is on the small table in the back.  This is a special offering to the church during the harvest time, previously known as “Corn, Bean, Cash.” 

 

An Partnership Advent and Christmas service schedule is on the table in the back.  Our three Advent midweek services will be hosted by Trinity this year.

 

St. John’s Ice Fishing Day - Join us on Wednesday, December 28th at 1:00 p.m. for a day of ice fishing! We’ll meet at St. John’s and then carpool to either Emmetsburg or Fairmont depending on ice conditions. Lucas Parsons will guide us to catch lots of fish in the comfort of heated tents! For more information and to sign up, contact Hannah Cowell. If you have fishing questions, be sure to ask Lucas!



Boxes of Christmas Cards and Individual Cards are now available for you to purchase in the back on the east wall. Money envelopes available and should be given to Rosann Shipler.  Prices are marked on the boxed and for the individual cards.

 

Pastoral Care On Demand - Need prayer, Scripture, Communion, Absolution, or a listening ear? Feel free to call or text Pastor Cowell anytime for a visit at 319-464-5548.

 

St. John’s Help Wanted List - Our “help wanted” volunteer lists have moved to the bulletin board by the ramp. Check them out to see if you’re able to help, and look out for new tasks to be added periodically. Talk to Pastor Cowell if you have a help-wanted suggestion of your own!

 

A big Thank You to Lisa Haase for volunteering to fill the 3-5th grade Sunday School teaching position!! 

 

SYNOD, DISTRICT & PARTNERSHIP NEWS

 

Trinity Bible Study - You are invited to Bible study every Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m. in the Life Center conference room.

 

TLC Quilts Available - Don’t forget about the TLC Quilter’s “giving pew” by the east doors of St. John’s.  Feel free to take and give away as many quilts and bears as you’d like!  

 

Young Adult Bible Study - A young adult (post-high school) Bible study meets every 2nd and 4th Sunday at 6:30 p.m. in the old parsonage next to Zion Lutheran Church in LuVerne.  Contact Pastor Steve Struecker at 515-320-2014 with questions. 

 

Building Healthy Families - The first snowfall of the year - welcomed or not - always makes a significant impact on the landscape. The brightest of white color covers all and everything is – for a brief time until the plows and cows come through – clean and beautiful. Notice the new fallen snow when it comes, and let it remind you to reflect on the amazing gift that is yours through Jesus: “…though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.” Isaiah 1:18 Lutheran Family Service - www.LutheranFamilyService.org.                                                         

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

Santa Day is coming to Lone Rock today (Sunday, December 4), at the Lone Rock Legion from 10:30-12:30 p.m.  We will be serving Chili, Cinnamon Rolls, Hot Dogs, Chips.  


”Chips Off the Old Block” is holding its annual silent auction fundraiser for local charities at the Algona Library now through noon on Saturday, December 17th.

 

 

For Your Reflection:

 

THE SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT


 

LECTIONARY SUMMARY

By the Preaching of Repentance, We Are Prepared for the Coming of the Lord

“John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, ‘Repent’” (Matt. 3:1–2). His preaching of repentance for the forgiveness of sins prepared people for the coming of Christ into the world. St. John’s work was historically complete with the incarnate advent of Jesus, but his vital ministry continues in preaching Law and Gospel. The Son of God has come in the flesh, “a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots” (Is. 11:1), and continues to bear the fruits of righteousness. His good tree of the cross is “a signal for the peoples” (Is. 11:10), by which He calls the nations to repentance. “With the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips” (Is. 11:4), He slays the wicked and brings the dead to life, making sons of Abraham out of lifeless stones. So also the “root of Jesse” comes to us, “even he who arises to rule the Gentiles” (Rom. 15:12), that “we might have hope” and be filled “with all joy and peace in believing” (Rom. 15:4, 13).

 

SERMON SENTENCE

John the Baptist shows us in word and deed what it means to prepare the way of the Lord this Advent season.

 

LESSON ON THE LITURGY

Chrismons

Chrismons™ Ornaments were originated and first made for use on the Christmas tree of Ascension Lutheran Church in Danville, Virginia, in 1957 by Mrs. Frances Kipps Spencer, a church member.  The designs were monograms of and symbols for our Lord Jesus Christ.  Because these designs have been used by his followers since biblical times, they are the heritage of all Christians and serve to remind each of us of the One we follow.  All Chrismons™ Ornaments are made in a combination of white and gold to symbolize the purity and majesty of the Son of God and the Son of Man. (Excerpt taken from www.chrismon.org/chrismons-ministry.html)

 

CHAT WITH THE CHURCH FATHERS

“First, the heavenly life and glorious humility of John are demonstrated in his way of living. He who held the world in low regard did not seek costly attire. He who had no use for worldly delights did not have any desire for succulent foods. What need was there of fancy worldly clothing for one who was dressed with the cloak of justice? What dainty food of the earth could he desire who fed on divine discourses and whose true food was the law of Chrsit? Such a precursor ought to be the prophet of the Lord and the apostle of Christ who gave himself completely to his heavenly God and had contempt for the things of the world.” - Chromatius, Tractate on Matthew 9.1, qtd. in ACCS: Matthew 1-13, p. 40.

 

 

 

 

 

St. John’s Lutheran Church – Burt, IA.

Phone: 515-924-3344

Email:  churchoffice@stjohnsburt.org

 

 

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

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 FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT

November 27, 2022

 

Stir up Your power, O Lord, and come, that by Your protection we may be rescued from the threatening perils of our sins and saved by Your mighty deliverance; 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,  November 27, 2022

  8:30 am    Sunday School/Adult Class

  9:30 am    Divine Service 

1                        

   Monday, November 28, 2022

   7:00 p.m.  Elder’s Meeting

 

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

    10:00 am   Morning Prayer   

 

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

   6:00 pm   Advent Service at Trinity

     6:30 pm   Catechesis Class at Trinity

 Saturday, December 3, 2022

  9-10am      Children’s Program Practice

 

  Sunday, December 4, 2022

   8:00 am     Sunday School/Adult Class

     9:30 am     Divine Service 

    10:30 am    Voter’s Meeting                  

            

 

   THIS WEEK IN THE CHURCH YEAR      

   

  November 29, 2022

   Commemoration of Noah

 

  November 30, 2022

    Feast of St. Andrew, Apostle 

 

ST. JOHN’S NEWS

 

Organist Today:  Marcia Hanna 

Elder:  Jeff Schutjer  

Acolytes:  Ryder and Taylor Parsons

Greeters Today:  Ben and Beth Borchardt

Greeters Next Sunday:   Jeff and Brenda Schutjer               

 

Call Update - We are still waiting to hear of Pastor Meyer’s decision regarding his call to be our Partnership associate pastor.  Please keep Pastor Meyer in your prayers as he deliberates. 

 

A Voter’s Meeting will be held following the service on Sunday, December 4 to vote on approving the 2023 budget and slate of 2023 officers. 

 

Poinsettias - There is a sign-up sheet in the back of the church to purchase poinsettias for Advent and Christmas. The poinsettias will decorate the sanctuary until the Christmas Day Divine Service, after which you can take yours to enjoy at home. Please order and pay Vickie Madsen by today!

 

Pastor May Visit - Pastor James May of Lutherans in Africa will be joining us for Bible class Sunday, December 4th at 8:00 (note the earlier time!) to give a presentation on LIA’s work at their new seminary and across the African continent. 

 

Adopted Family - St. John’s has adopted a family again this year. This family is a father, mother and 6 children.  A list of the needs/wants are on the table in the back.  Sunday Dec 11th would be the last day gifts/money can be accepted for the family.  Money and or gift cards can be left in the church office or given to Doris Blocker or Debra Steven.  A box designated for the gifts is on display in the back.

 

“This Is My Son” Advent/Christmas Daily Devotional Booklets are now available on the back table.  Feel free to take one with you!  

 

Greeter and Usher sign-up lists are now available in the back for the 2023 year.  Please, feel free to fill your name in more than once.

 

Share the Blessing” letter and giving envelope is on the small table in the back.  This is a special offering to the church during the harvest time, previously known as “Corn, Bean, Cash.” 

 

Boxes of Christmas Cards are now available for you to purchase in the back on the east wall.

Money should be given to Rosann Shipler.  Prices are marked on the boxes.

 

An Partnership Advent and Christmas service schedule is on the table in the back.  Our three Advent midweek services will be hosted by Trinity this year.

 

Adult Bible Study - During Bible study, we are asking volunteers to share one or several devotions from their favorite devotional resources.  Pastor Cowell will have several devotion books available as well if you would like to read from them.  Sign up for a Sunday in the back of church, and contact Pastor Cowell with questions. 

 

Pastoral Care On Demand - Need prayer, Scripture, Communion, Absolution, or a listening ear? Feel free to call or text Pastor Cowell anytime for a visit at 319-464-5548.

 

St. John’s Help Wanted List - Check the back table the next few weeks to see a number of one-time, short-term, and recurring tasks related to human care, evangelism, and mercy that Pastor Cowell needs your help with.  These are all tasks which would benefit our congregation and our community, and which our members are well equipped to lead on behalf of St. John’s. Take a look and see if you would be able to help out with any of these special projects, and talk to Pastor Cowell if you have any suggestions of your own!

 

A Sunday School Teacher is needed beginning this fall for the 3-5th grade class.  If you are interested in serving on a regular or occasional basis, please talk with Karla Schutter. 

 

St. John’s Ice Fishing Day - Join us on Wednesday, December 28th at 1:00 p.m. for a day of ice fishing! We’ll meet at St. John’s and then carpool to either Emmetsburg or Fairmont depending on ice conditions. Lucas Parsons will guide us to catch lots of fish in the comfort of heated tents! For more information and to sign up, contact Hannah Cowell. If you have fishing questions, be sure to ask Lucas!

 

 

SYNOD, DISTRICT & PARTNERSHIP NEWS

 

Trinity Bible Study - You are invited to Bible study every Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m. in the Life Center conference room.

 

TLC Quilts Available - Don’t forget about the TLC Quilter’s “giving pew” by the east doors of St. John’s.  Feel free to take and give away as many quilts and bears as you’d like!  

 

Young Adult Bible Study - A young adult (post-high school) Bible study meets every 2nd and 4th Sunday at 6:30 p.m. in the old parsonage next to Zion Lutheran Church in LuVerne.  Contact Pastor Steve Struecker at 515-320-2014 with questions. 

 

Camp Okoboji Legacy Giving Tuesday - We are honored to announce Camp Okoboji 2022 Giving Tuesday Matching Fundraiser!  Only on November 28 & 29 your donation cash, check, or credit - will be matched, $1 for every $2 raised for up to $15,000.  Contact Camp Office at 712-337-3325 or visit campokoboji.org/giving-tuesday.php  to learn more.  

 

 COMMUNITY NEWS

 

A Special Offering - This will be our last Sunday for the special monetary donation to go to the  Kossuth Food Pantry. The designated plate for that donation is along the aisle in the back.

 

Santa Day in Burt will be held on Saturday, December 3 from 1-3 pm at the Activity Complex. Come visit Santa and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate.  Fire Truck Rides will also be taking place.  

 

Vendor Show - Burt Summer Celebration is hosting a Vendor Show in the Burt new gym on Santa Day - Saturday December 3 and will be serving walking tacos.


Santa Day is coming to Lone Rock on Sunday, December 4, at the Lone Rock Legion from 10:30-12:30 p.m.  We will be serving Chili, Cinnamon Rolls, Hot Dogs, Chips. 

 

 

 

 

THE FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT


 

LECTIONARY SUMMARY

The Lord Comes in Meekness and Humility to Save Us Now

The Lord Jesus enters Jerusalem “humble, and mounted on a donkey,” riding on “a beast of burden” (Matt. 21:5), as He Himself bears the sins of the world in His body. Now He comes by the ministry of the Gospel to save us from sin, death, the devil and hell. Therefore, we sing, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Matt. 21:9). For we are called “to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob,” His Holy Church, “that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths” (Is. 2:3). By His Word, we “walk in the light of the Lord” (Is. 2:5). That is to live in love, which “does no wrong to a neighbor” (Rom. 13:10). We “cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light,” for “salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed” (Rom. 13:11, 12). Hence, the entire Christian life is a time to wake and watch, “for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming” (Matt. 24:42).

 

SERMON SENTENCE

Jesus traveled to Bethlehem so that He could travel to Jerusalem, so that He could travel to you as your incarnate, crucified, and risen King.

 

LESSON ON THE LITURGY

The First Sunday in Advent

The traditional Gospel lesson for the First Sunday in Advent is always the account of the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem on the week of His crucifixion.  Does that choice of Scripture seem strange to you? Remember that Advent is Latin for coming.  In the season of Advent we prepare to celebrate and receive Jesus coming to us in three ways: in the manger, on the altar, and in the clouds on the Last Day. The account of Jesus coming to Jerusalem and then to the cross is the event that gives these three advents their purpose and power, making this text a fitting start to the Advent season!

 

CHAT WITH THE CHURCH FATHERS

“For the Word perceived that death was the only way that the corruption of people could be undone. However, it was impossible for the Word to suffer death, being immortal and Son of the Father. Therefore, he takes to himself a body capable of death, so that such a body, by partaking of the Word who is above all, might be worthy to die in the stead of all, and might, because of the Word that had come to dwell in it, remain incorruptible. In this way, the corruption of all might be checked by the grace of the resurrection. By offering to death the body he himself had taken, as an offering and sacrifice free from any stain, he got rid of death for all his peers by offering an equivalent. For the Word of God, which by his very nature is over everything, by offering his own temple and bodily vessel for the life of all, satisfied the debt by his death. And thus he, the incorruptible Son of God, joined with all by a similar nature, naturally clothed all with incorruption and the promise of the resurrection. For the actual corruption in death no longer has a hold on humanity because of the Word which, by his one body, has come to dwell among them.” - Athanasius, On the Incarnation 9.1-4, qtd. in ACCS: John 1-10, p. 41.

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. John’s Lutheran Church – Burt, IA.

Phone: 515-924-3344

Email:  churchoffice@stjohnsburt.org

 

 

Thursday, November 17, 2022

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 LAST SUNDAY OF THE CHURCH YEAR

November 20, 2022

 

Lord Jesus Christ, You reign among us by the preaching of Your cross. Forgive Your people their offenses that we, being governed by Your bountiful goodness, may enter at last into Your eternal paradise; 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,  November 20, 2022

  8:30 am    Sunday School/Adult Class

  9:30 am    Divine Service 

1 10:30 am   Council Meeting 

                       

   Monday, November 21, 2022

   7:00 p.m.  Elder’s Meeting

 

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

    10:00 am   Morning Prayer   

 

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

     6:00 pm   Thanksgiving Service- Burt

Thursday, November 24, 2022  

     9:00 am   Thanksgiving Service-Trinity

 

  Sunday, November 27, 2022

    8:30 am     Sunday School/Adult Class

     9:30 am      Divine Service                   

            

 

   THIS WEEK IN THE CHURCH YEAR    

   

   November 23, 2022

    Commemoration of Clement of Rome, Pastor

 

St. JOHN’S NEWS

 

Organist Today:  Marcia Hanna 

Elder:  Jeff Schutjer  

Acolytes:  Caelum Blocker and Brayton Borchardt

Greeters Today:  Al and Peggy Schadendorf

Greeters Next Sunday:  Ben & Beth Borchardt                  

 

Flowers on the Altar today were given in celebration of Red and Doris Madsen’s 71st Wedding Anniversary.

 

Call Update - On Sunday, October 30th our Partnership congregations voted unanimously to call Pastor Jonathan Meyer of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, O’Fallon, Missouri to be our Partnership associate pastor.  Please pray for Pastor Meyer as he spends the next several weeks deliberating where God would have him serve. 

 

A Special Council Meeting will be held today following the service.  This meeting is to  approve the 2023 budget and slate of 2023 officers. A voters’ meeting is scheduled for December 4th to vote on the 2023 budget and officers.

 

The Nominating Committee is looking for members to fill some of the areas on the church council.  If you would be willing to help, please contact Lynn Bierstedt.

 

Poinsettias - There is a sign-up sheet in the back of the church to purchase poinsettias for Advent and Christmas. The poinsettias will decorate the sanctuary until the Christmas Day Divine Service, after which you can take yours to enjoy at home. Please order and pay Vickie Madsen by November 27th.

 

Share the Blessing” letter and giving envelope is on the small table in the back.  This is a special offering to the church during the harvest time, previously known as “Corn, Bean, Cash.” 

 

Thanksgiving Service will be held here at St. John’s on Wednesday, November 23 at 6 p.m.  Trinity will hold a service on Thanksgiving Day at 9:00 am. 

 

An Partnership Advent and Christmas service schedule is on the table in the back.  Our three Advent midweek services will be hosted by Trinity this year.

 

Adopted Family - St. John’s has adopted a family again this year. This family is a father, mother and 6 children.  A list of the needs/wants are on the table in the back.  Sunday Dec 11th would be the last day gifts/money can be accepted for the family.  Money and or gift cards can be left in the church office or given to Doris Blocker or Debra Steven.  A box designated for the gifts is on display in the back.

 

Adult Bible Study - During Bible study, we are asking volunteers to share one or several devotions from their favorite devotional resources.  Pastor Cowell will have several devotion books available as well if you would like to read from them.  Sign up for a Sunday in the back of church, and contact Pastor Cowell with questions. 

“This Is My Son” Advent/Christmas Daily Devotion Booklets are now available on the back table.  Feel free to take one with you!  

 

Pastoral Care On Demand - Need prayer, Scripture, Communion, Absolution, or a listening ear? Feel free to call or text Pastor Cowell anytime for a visit at 319-464-5548.

 

Greeter and Usher sign-up lists are now available in the back for the 2023 year.  Please, feel free to fill your name in more than once. 

 

St. John’s Help Wanted List - Check the back table the next few weeks to see a number of one-time, short-term, and recurring tasks related to human care, evangelism, and mercy that Pastor Cowell needs your help with.  These are all tasks which would benefit our congregation and our community, and which our members are well equipped to lead on behalf of St. John’s. Take a look and see if you would be able to help out with any of these special projects, and talk to Pastor Cowell if you have any suggestions of your own!

 

A Sunday School Teacher is needed beginning this fall for the 3-5th grade class.  If you are interested in serving on a regular or occasional basis, please talk with Karla Schutter. 

 

SYNOD, DISTRICT & PARTNERSHIP NEWS

 

Trinity Bible Study - You are invited to Bible study every Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m. in the Life Center conference room.

 

TLC Quilts Available - Don’t forget about the TLC Quilter’s “giving pew” by the east doors of St. John’s.  Feel free to take and give away as many quilts and bears as you’d like!  

 

Young Adult Bible Study - A young adult (post-high school) Bible study meets every 2nd and 4th Sunday at 6:30 p.m. in the old parsonage next to Zion Lutheran Church in LuVerne.  Contact Pastor Steve Struecker at 515-320-2014 with questions. 

 

 COMMUNITY NEWS

 

A Special Offering - We will be collecting a special monetary donation in the back of the church this Sunday for the Kossuth County Food Pantry. 

 

Santa Day in Burt will be held on Saturday, December 3 from 1-3 pm at the Activity Complex. Come visit Santa and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate.  Fire Truck Rides will also be taking place.  

 

Vendor Show - Burt Summer Celebration is hosting a Vendor Show in the Burt new gym on Santa Day - Saturday December 3 and will be serving walking tacos.

 

Santa Day is coming to Lone Rock on Sunday, December 4, at the Lone Rock Legion from 10:30-12:30 p.m.  We will be serving Chili, Cinnamon Rolls, Hot Dogs, Chips.  

 

 

LECTIONARY SUMMARY (Last Sunday)

Old Testament: Malachi 3:13-18

“Then once more you shall see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him.”

 

Epistle: Colossians 1:13-20

God has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

 

Gospel: Luke 23:27-43

Jesus is crucified alongside two criminals, and Jesus says to the one who prays to Him: “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”




FROM THE CHURCH FATHERS

“‘Today you will be with me in paradise.’ Through saying this, he also gave to all those who believe and confess access to the entrance that Adam previously had closed by sinning. Who else could remove ‘the flaming turning sword which was placed to guard the tree of life’ and the gates of paradise? What other sentinel was able to turn the ‘cherubim’ from their incessant vigil, except only he to whom ‘was given all power in heaven and in earth?’ No one else besides him could do these things.” - Origen, Homilies on Leviticus 9.5, qtd. in ACCS: Luke, p. 365

 

FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORD

Large Catechism, Part V: Sacrament of the Altar, paragraphs 28-31

Our wise spirits with their great art and wisdom cry, "How can bread and wine forgive sins or strengthen faith?" They know that we do not say this about bread and wine. But we speak about the bread and wine that is Christ's body and blood and has the words attached to it. That, we say, is truly the treasure—and nothing else—through which such forgiveness is gained. Now the only way this treasure is passed along and made our very own is in the words "Given … and shed for you." For in the words you have both truths, that it is Christ's body and blood, and that it is yours as a treasure and gift. Now Christ's body can never be an unfruitful, empty thing that does or profits nothing. Yet, no matter how great the treasure is in itself, it must be included in the Word and administered to us. Otherwise we would never be able to know or seek it.

     It is useless talk when they say that Christ's body and blood are not given and shed for us in the Lord's Supper, so we could not have forgiveness of sins in the Sacrament. Although the work is done and the forgiveness of sins is secured by the cross, it cannot come to us in any other way than through the Word. We know that such a thing was accomplished to be given to us, by preaching the oral Word. How do they know or make the forgiveness their own, unless they believe the Gospel? 

 

 

 

 

 

St. John’s Lutheran Church – Burt, IA.

Phone: 515-924-3344

Email:  churchoffice@stjohnsburt.org