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Quinquagesima Sunday

Quinquagesima Sunday 

Quinquagesima Sunday 

Quinquagesima - 50 Days Before Easter

1 Corinthians 13

Faith Alone - The Fruit is Love

Grace and mercy to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen.

It is written 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.  13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.  Thus far the text.

Let us pray, Creator Father, who gives faith through His Holy Spirited Word, grant us faith so that we may love you and those around us; in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

In the resurrection, you won’t need faith because you will have all that faith receives.

In the resurrection, you won’t need hope because you will see with your eyes all things you previously hoped for.

In the resurrection, you will love others naturally.  In this sense, love is greater than faith and love.

However, right now, faith is greatest because faith gives birth to hope and love.  St. Paul is emphatic, if you say you are the most faithful person around but show no love or kindness to others, then you don’t have the faith in Jesus Paul is talking about.  You would have a different Jesus.

As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.

Faith and love always go together, but for right now faith is first and love follows.

You have received faith in Jesus.  This is the work of God that you believe that Jesus is God and that by believing you have life in His name.  

You have received faith in Jesus.  So you are a child of God.

As children of God, you still need encouragement to grow up in this faith.  12 For now you see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now you know in part; then you shall know fully, even as you have been fully known.  

Faith without love is not the Christian faith.  Paul is arguing in our text that faith and love are so closely connected that where you find Christian faith, you will find Christian love.  The opposite is not true.  Where you find love does not mean you will find Christian faith.

Pastors and teachers and parents need to grow in the faith.  Paul says that even if you were the greatest apostle of God (which Paul is) you need to give up from your childish ways.  He says, If I (Paul) speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.  We are the same.

2 And if I (Paul) have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.   Since it is true of the apostle Paul it is true for you and me too

3 If I (Paul) give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.  Same for us.  Without Christian faith there is nothing to boast about before God.

Now, it is nearly impossible to talk about Christian love in light of all its many abuses in our culture and in our churches.  

What is Christian love?

Love is patient and kind.  Mature Christians are patient and kind to others who love wrongly.  Mature Christians understand that people sin.  Friends might fornicate.  Adults might adulterate.  They might call it love but it is lust.  If you are loving wrongly or if you give approval for others to love wrongly, you have found your repentance for today.  A repentance that leads you back to the Christian faith.

Love does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.  Mature Christians are aware that many wrongdoings are done in the name of love.  Friends might experiment with same-sex relationships.  Parents might rejoice in legal same-sex marriages.  Church bodies might officially bless same-sex marriages in the name of Jesus.  They might call it love but, again, it is lust.  If you are loving wrongly or if you give approval for others to love wrongly, you have found your repentance unto faith for today.  A repentance that leads you back to the Christian faith.

Like the apostle Paul, we live in an unloving society.  You may have acted childishly in your sinful lust thinking it was Christian love only to find yourself outside the Christian faith.

Today, you are all encouraged to grow up in Jesus.  You are encouraged to put off lustful, childish ways regardless of age.  As you mature in the faith of Christ, you will give up more of those childish ways.  

How do you grow in the Christian faith?  Hear God’s Word again.  Be forgiven  your sins again,  eat and drink Christ’s body again.  Not only is your sin forgiven these ways, but you will mature in Christian love and display more fruits of the Christian faith in patience and kindness toward others as well as rejoice more and more in the truth and power of God’s Word.

And yes, mature Christians understand not everyone shares their belief in Christ and not everyone lives according to the Christian faith they profess.  Yet,  love bears all things.  You live confident that God also bears your daily burdens all the way to the cross.  You believe all things the Lord says about sin, faith, and love.  You hope all things the Lord promises in His Word.  You endure all things that even your own lust and unbelief throw at you. 8 Love never ends.  

So, let us continue mature in the Christian faith and encourage each other to do the same.  It won’t be easy, but it is filled with joy; in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

 

The peace of God, which passes understanding, guard and keep in you in Jesus Christ our loving Savior in whom we believe.  Amen.

February 11 Announcements

Announcements for the week of February 4, 2018

Announcements for the week of February 4, 2018

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ASH WEDNESDAY is this Wednesday.  The Ash Wednesday Service is a Holy Communion Service that begins at 7:00pm.  Imposition of Ashes is offered between the public confession and absolution.  “From dust we came and to dust we will return” (Genesis 3:19) in anticipation of the Absolution in Christ.

JOEL’S ELDER GROUP - WOULD YOU LIKE PASTOR TO VISIT? Please let me or Joel know.  For those not in Joel’s elder group, I am still available to meet with you, too.  My hope with a faster rotation is that visits and the care of your souls outside Sunday mornings will be a little more deliberate.  I have explained this more in the February Newsletter  Also, feel free to stop in during scheduled Office Hours as well, which are Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00 - 6:00pm.  Thank you and God bless you.  Pastor Pautz

LWML will be serving the ASH WEDNESDAY LENTEN MEAL of various casseroles, salads, vegetables and desserts beginning at 5:30 pm on Wed. The freewill offering will given to the Domestic Violence Center of Muscatine.

DIRECT OFFERING Some of you have asked again what are the ways in which you may give your offerings.  The offering envelope given during the offering in the church service.  Some mail in envelopes.  Some stop in during the week to give an offering or ask me to put it in the offering plate during visits.  Also, you may give a single or ongoing offering through Direct Offering.

THE FEBRUARY LWML MEETING will be this Thursday, February 15th at 7:00 pm.  Judy Yates, from the Domestic Violence Center will be our guest speaker.  All ladies of the Congregation are invited to attend.  Our hostess and bible study leader is Becky Ernst and Wendi Ingram provided our February bulletin display.

THRIVENT CHOICE - Remember Our Savior Lutheran Church in your annual Thrivent Choice distributions.  Click here for the Thrivent website.  Thank you.

THANK YOU FOR SERVING                         Next Sunday

Organist           Joel Hirschfeld                    Organist Mary Francis

Elder Group     Joel Hirschfeld                    Elder Group Aaron Eversmeyer   

Acolyte Mallory Bruhn                                 Acolyte Zarah Stoltzfus

Greeters John & Mary Francis                     Greeters Darren & Angie Banko

 

QUINQUGESIMA SUNDAY

(50 Days Before Easter)

Sunday, February 11th  at 9:00am  &  Monday, February 12th at 6:00pm

Service   151      Introit            in bulletin      

Hymns   702,  849,  645,  756,  644,  643,  797,  744

 

CALENDAR FOR THIS WEEK

Today    

08:00am Individual Absolution   

09:00am Divine Service            

10:30am Sunday School

Monday      

01:00pm Sunnybrook Bible study

02:00pm  Homebound Visits         

04:00pm Office Hours    

06:00pm Divine Service

07:00pm Investment Committee Meeting

Tuesday

09:00am Pastor at Circuit Meeting in Burlington, IA til 2pm

Wednesday

06:30am Men’s Bible Study    

09:00am Matins Service    

09:30am Women’s Bible Study     

04:00pm  Office Hours

05:30pm  Lenten Meal

06:00pm  Catechism Classes

06:00pm  Choir Practice

07:00pm  Ash Wed. Service

Thursday    

07:00pm LWML Meeting

Sunday

08:00am Individual Absolution   

09:00am Divine Service                         

10:30am Sunday School

 

IN OUR PRAYERS

+Salem Osland (Darin’s wife) hip surgery +Juliette (John & Carolyn Yeater’s great-granddaughter) heart surgery +Isabella Valenzuela (Jerry & Peggy Hart’s granddaughter) bone marrow transplant +John Francis (Mary’s husband) treatment +Tom Van Hemert  (Liz’s husband) seminary student - contact information is located in the Narthex +Lucille Wingerter - homebound +Marvin (Bud) Plank - homebound +Lillian Graf - homebound during the winter months.  

February 4 Announcements

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LAST WEEK IN REVIEW

Wednesday Matins Service

Sunday Divine Service

February Newsletter

ANNOUNCEMENTS for the Week of February 4th

SETH’S ELDER GROUP - WOULD YOU LIKE A VISIT FROM PASTOR? However, I will meet with anyone as needs arrive.  My hope is that visits and the care of your souls outside Sunday mornings, will be a little more deliberate.  I will explain this more in the February Newsletter and in Bible studies.  Also, feel free to stop in during scheduled Office Hours as well, which are Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00 - 6:00pm.  Thank you and God bless you.  Pastor Pautz

FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER - has been emailed to you.  If you did not receive an emailed newsletter and would like one, email me and I will add you to the next mailing.  Also, paper copies of the newsletter are located in the magazine rack next to the mailboxes.  Finally, this newsletter has been added to the website under the Newsletter tab.  

THE 2018 FLOWER CHART is posted on the easel; take a minute to see if there is a date you would like to provide flowers for a special occasion on a particular Sunday just add your name and the occasion.

LENTEN MEAL The easel in the narthex has a sign up sheet for the Ash Wednesday, February 14th Lenten Meal the LWML will serve.  Please sign up where you can help in filling the needs requested.  Thank you!  

WEEKLY UPDATES by email is available.  If you would like your name added or removed, please contact Pastor Pautz and let him know.  Also, updates are available by Liking and Following the church’s Facebook Page at:  https://www.facebook.com/oursaviorlutheranmuscatine/

 THRIVENT CHOICE - Remember Our Savior Lutheran Church in your annual Thrivent Choice distributions.  Click here for the Thrivent website.  Thank you.

 THANK YOU FOR SERVING                            Next Sunday

Organist           Carolyn Yeater                         Organist Joel Hirschfeld

Elder Group     Seth Francis                             Elder Group Joel Hirschfeld   

Acolyte Kayla Hirschfeld                                  Acolyte Mallory Bruhn

Greeters John & Mary Francis                          Greeters John & Mary Francis

SEXAGESIMA SUNDAY

(60 Days Before Easter)

Sunday, February 4th  at 9:00am  &  Monday, February 5th at 6:00pm

Service   151      Introit            in bulletin      

Hymns   904, 586, 623, 578, 580, 585, 801, 582

CALENDAR FOR THIS WEEK

Today    

08:00am Individual Absolution   

09:00am Divine Service            

10:30am Sunday School

Monday      

01:00pm Sunnybrook Bible study              04:00pm Office Hours    

02:00pm  Homebound Visits                     06:00pm Divine Service

Wednesday

06:30am Men’s Bible Study                        04:00pm Office Hours

09:00am Matins Service                             06:30pm Choir Practice

09:30am Women’s Bible Study                  06:15pm Weekday School

Sunday

08:00am Individual Absolution   

09:00am Divine Service                         

 10:30am Sunday School

Looking Ahead: Wednesday, February 14th is not only Valentine’s Day but also Ash Wednesday.  We will observe Ash Wednesday with a Divine Service with the offering of the ashes.  The ashes remind us of the declaration given by our Lord in Genesis 3:19, “From dust you came and to dust you will return.”

IN OUR PRAYERS

+Salem Osland (Darin’s wife) hip surgery +Juliette (John & Carolyn Yeater’s great-granddaughter) heart surgery +Isabella Valenzuela (Jerry & Peggy Hart’s granddaughter) bone marrow transplant +John Francis (Mary’s husband) treatment +Tom Van Hemert  (Liz’s husband) seminary student - contact information is located in the Narthex +Lucille Wingerter - homebound +Marvin (Bud) Plank - homebound +Lillian Graf - homebound during the winter months.

 

Sexigesima Sunday

Sexigesima Sunday

Sexigesima Sunday

Sexagesima - 60 Days before Easter

February 4, 2017

Isaiah 55

Grace and mercy to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen.

It is written in Isaiah 55:

     10       “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven

     and do not return there but water the earth,

                 making it bring forth and sprout,

     giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,

     11       so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;

     it shall not return to me empty,

                 but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,

     and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.   Thus far the text.

Let us pray:  Creator Father, your Son promised the Holy Spirit who works through your word and does not return to you without giving life to the hearer, just as your rain and snow fall from the sky and do not return without giving bread to the eater.  Grant us your Holy Spirit through the your word this morning and grant us life; in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

Our Isaiah text for this morning is the longest and clearest chapter from the Old Testament teaching you a unique glory that you have as Christians.  This unique glory is this: The Holy Spirit does the Father’s work through...Holy Scripture.

Holy Scripture is the promised tool the Holy Spirit uses to do the work of our Father.

Many professions have tools.  A plumber has a pipe wrench.  A doctor has a stethescope.  An accountant has the books.  An engineer has the calculations.  A teacher has a dry erase board.  A floor worker has the machine.  The Holy Spirit has the Holy Scripture.

Take away your tools?  You won’t work.  The broken pipe won’t be removed without a wrench.  The heart won’t be heard without a stethescope.  The accounts won’t be balanced without the books.  The project won’t work without the calculations.  The teacher won’t illustrate the lesson without the dry erase board.  The worker won’t produce without the machine.  The Holy Spirit won’t work without Holy Scripture.

The Holy Spirit taught this to the prophet comparing it to a garden or crop land, saying,  For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

The unique value of rainwater can be seen with special clarity when compared to man’s best effort to imitate God’s creation.

Many of you are gardeners or farmers.  You know the difference rainwater makes upon the plants.  The plants spring to life and grow.  In comparison, you can water your garden with tap water and keep the plants alive, but they don’t grow very well.  Your can irrigate the corn and bean fields during a drought and keep them alive, too.  But they won’t grow like they do from a rain shower.  

We can imitate creation.  But we cannot equal the power and beauty of God’s creation to give life that thrives.

We can also imitate God’s Word with our clever teachings.  But, there is no substitute for the Holy Scriptures to reign down on us the Holy Spirit for life and salvation.

The Holy Scriptures are more than inerrant.  They are the power of God unto salvation.  Let me say that again.  The Holy Scriptures are more than inerrant.  They are the power of God unto salvation.

By listening to Holy Scripture, your soul will revive.

  • Old Testament Israel received the promise of God’s mercy

  • Multitudes from outside Old Testament Israel will become believers in Christ.

  • You are the New Testament Gentiles who believe in Jesus because the Holy Spirit brought you the Holy Scriptures to you and they have been effective.

Not everyone agrees with this scriptural teaching.

Today’s epistle lesson admonishes us to identify these false teachers in our midst.

How is that done?  In the Holy Scriptures and the Confessions, truth is emphasized by combining the positive teaching with the negative teaching.  This combination will identify the false teachers.

For example, the Mormons are false teachers.  They teach that they believe in the Holy Trinity.  That’s great.  That’s positive teaching.  But, they will never say, “We renounce the teaching of three separate gods.”  or to say it another way, We teach the father is one god, the son is another god, and the holy spirit is a third god - but these three person are not one God.

Two mormons missionaries visited a Christian I know.  They told the Christian that the Book of Mormon in now way teaches against the Holy Scriptures.  The Book of Mormon agrees with Isaiah, they said.  The Book of Mormon agrees with the teaching of the Holy Trinity, they said.  

Christian then quoted Deuteronomy 6:4, Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one God.  The Mormon missionaries became angry and left.  The Holy Scripture had its effect.

The apostle Peter preached combining the positive with the negative teaching of Holy Scripture.  In his sermon recorded in Acts 4:11, Peter proclaimed this: This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. (That’s the positive teaching.  Jesus is the cornerstone of salvation.) But then, 12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.

Peter not only stated the positive that Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of salvation, but Peter also denied that there is salvation apart from Jesus.  And the Holy Spirit, through this Word, accomplished the effect desired by our Father.  Those who did not believe in Jesus alone went away with hurt feelings or tremendous anger.  Those who did believe in Jesus more confidently trusted in Jesus alone for their salvation.

The rain and snow come down from heaven, just as the Word comes down to us.  No one with any knowledge of plants would argue that snow and rain fall without effect.  The effect is unmistakable and inevitable.  The Word condemns sin and unbelief.  The Word brings about contrition in the heart of the sinner.  The Word showers comfort and peace upon those who believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Even as the Word also damns unbelief and hardens the hearts of those who persistently reject the Gospel freely offered.

So it is even within the gathering of Christians.  

How can we be confident that the Holy Spirit is active among us to accomplish the effect desired by our creator Father among us?  The closer Christians teach in accordance with the Holy Scripture, the greater the effect of God upon us by the Holy Spirit.  Parents, do you teach your children in accordance to the positive and negative of what is written.  Or do you only crush your child’s soul with the negative teaching (Honor your father and mother or you’re grounded).  Or do you puff up your child’s soul with only the positive teaching (As long as you’re happy, we love you).  Rather, let us conform all that we say to all that is written.  Your teaching will have the effect of a gentle rain upon your children and revive them and grow them in trust toward Jesus; in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.