ST. PAUL EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH -- LCMS
40291 NE 40th Avenue, Preston, Kansas 67583
Website: www.stpaulpreston.org Telephone: (620) 672-5354
E-mail: splcms@sctelcom.net (Office) mslcms@sctelcom.net (Pastor)
Michael Schotte, Pastor

SIXTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST—September 20, 2020
ORDER OF WORSHIP:  Lutheran Service Book—Divine Service Setting Three, Pgs. 184 ff.
SERMON:  Not What You’d Expect
TEXT: Matthew 20:1-16
HYMNS:    742   853    (555)    643  
 
A PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Gracious God our Father, we are weak, but You are strong and merciful. By Your Word and Spirit, lead us away from the temptation and sin of making false gods of people, places, or things. Work in us repentance as we know that to fear, love or trust anyone or anything above You makes us guilty of idolatry. For the sake of Jesus Your Son, grant us grace and peace in believing that You have claimed us as Your dear children. As You have reconciled us to You through the death and resurrection of Jesus, keep us also in love for one another. Amen
 
IN OUR PRAYERS THIS WEEK:
“I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!” (Psalm 27:13).
•Our thoughts, words, and meditations offer thanksgiving to God for His many gracious gifts.
•Thanksgiving to God for the safe and healthy birth of a son, Jace Robert, to Donnie and Chelsea Henry, on Sunday morning, September 13th.
•For the Lord’s many blessings upon the wedding and marriage of Emma Schwertfeger and Cannon Burns as they will be married this Saturday, September 26th.
•For the Lord’s blessing upon the marriage and home of Lawson and Marth (Fritz) Short as they were married last Friday, September 18th.
•For help and healing from the Lord’s hand for Ryan Schepmann as he was hospitalized in Pueblo, Colorado last week; for Jo Ann Schepmann having medical testing this week; for the peace and help of Jesus for Ruth (Tina McAnarney’s sister) during serious illness; for healing and continued strength from the Lord for Carol Gordon, Sharon Schwertfeger, and Sandy Voshell; for recovery after surgery last week for Irene Wagner and healing through surgery in days ahead for Devyn Davis.
•For safety and protection in days of planting and harvesting.
•For protection upon firefighters, police, and emergency and rescue workers in the difficulties and dangers of their daily work; for restoration and assistance to come to those who have suffered loss in recent storms and fires.
 
You are joyfully invited to celebrate the wedding of Emma Schwertfeger and Cannon Burns on Saturday September 26th at 4:00 p.m. at St Paul Lutheran Church.  Reception to follow at Pratt Area 4H Center. We happily accept your RSVP personally or online at theknot.com.
 

THIS MORNING IN THE DIVINE SERVICE we celebrate the Sacrament of the Altar in which the Lord gives the gifts to us of His body and blood for our forgiveness, life, and salvation.  With deep love for God’s Word and respect for the fellowship of faith in confessing His Word, we practice closed communion.

   As the Scriptures teach, we receive in this Sacrament both the bread and wine and the true body and blood of Jesus Christ given and shed on His cross (1 Cor. 10:16; 11:27).  We are also instructed: “Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup” (1 Cor. 11:28).

  Visitors to our congregation today who desire to receive the Lord’s Supper should speak with the pastor before the service.  To those joining in Holy Communion from a congregation of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, and having visited with the pastor, please fill out an attendance card that we may inform your congregation of your communion with us.

 
BREAKFAST TOGETHER in the church basement will be held during our Sunday School hour next Sunday, beginning at 9:00 a.m.  Welcome to all. 
 
The Sunday School/Bible Class Lesson for Sunday, October 4th will be A Servant’s Mission—Isaac and Rebekah, based on the Bible reading from Genesis 24:1-4, 10-28, 50-67.  Come and join in the study of God’s Word as, during this quarter, we are tracing God’s promises of salvation from Genesis and Exodus.  Classes for children and adults are held each Sunday morning in the church basement beginning at 9:00.
 
MIDWEEK SCHOOL/ADVENT SUPPERS . . .  If a family or group in our congregation would like to help provide one of these on designated Wednesday evenings at St. Paul, a sign-up sheet is located at the south entrance of the church.  Thank you.
 
CONCORDIA ACADEMY'S CURRICULUM is sometimes called "classical," which simply means that it deals with the classical cultures of Greece and Rome, especially as adopted by the Christians and directed towards Christ as the fulfillment of all that is true, good, and beautiful.  For more, see www.concordiaacademywichita.org or email us at concordiaacademywichita@gmail.com.
 
TOGETHER WE PRAY: 90 DAYS OF PRAYER . . .  This booklet is a resource from the Kansas District LCMS.  You may go online at www.kslcms.org (Coronavirus Resources Page) to view and use the booklet for daily verses of Scripture and brief collects/prayers. Or, a few copies are made available at each entrance of the church.
 
A CIRCUIT #11 FORUM will be held at Faith Lutheran Church in Derby on Sunday October 11th at 3:30 p.m. for the purpose of electing a Circuit Visitor for the new term.  Our congregation will need to appoint a person from St. Paul to attend with Pastor Schotte for the purpose of voting.  Visit with Pastor for more information.
 
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HEAD USHER:  Gary McGuire                   ALTAR COMMITTEE:  Donna Tritsch       
USHERS:                                                                                            Marianne McGuire
                                                                                                            Samantha Dutton
 
ST. PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCH EQUIPS, ENABLES, AND ENCOURAGES ITS MEMBERS TO GROW IN FAITH AND SHARE CHRIST’S LOVE WITH ALL PEOPLE.
 
CALENDAR FOR THIS WEEK . . .
TODAY:          8:00 am - The Lutheran Hour, KGNO (Dodge City, 1370 AM)
                        8:00 am - The Lutheran Hour, KCVW (Wichita, Hutch., 94.3 FM)
                        8:25 am - The Lutheran Hour, KMMM (Pratt, 1290 AM)
                        8:30 am - The Lutheran Hour, KWBW (Hutchinson, 1450 AM)
                      10:00 am - St. Paul Radio Broadcast, KMMM (Pratt, 1290 AM)
                        6:00 pm - The Lutheran Hour, KREJ (88.1FM)
MONDAY:     8:00 - 11:00 am - Secretary’s Office Hours
TUESDAY:     5:00 - 6:30 pm - Bread of Life Community Kitchen open – Pratt
WEDNESDAY:  8:00 - 11:00 am - Secretary’s Office Hours
FRIDAY:         8:00 - 11:00 am - Secretary’s Office Hours
SUNDAY:       9:00 am - Sunday School and Bible Class
                        10:00 am - Divine Service with Holy Communion
 
STEWARDSHIP SENTENCES based on Matthew 20:9 – “And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius.” Behold the generosity of God! He gives out of His grace, not what we deserve to receive. Living a godly life means living in imitation of God, and His generosity is surely one of the foundations of God’s being.
 
SACRED MUSIC STATION . . .  You can listen to the best of the Church’s music for the past 2,000 years on Lutheran Public Radio.  LPR streams 24/7 at lutheranpublicradio.org, TuneIn, and the Lutheran Public Radio mobile app.
 
This week on kfuo.org, study a curious theological question with Pastor Tyrel Bramwell on Cross Defense (9/21 at 2:00 p.m. CT), study the practical application of our Lutheran confessions on Concord Matters with Pastor Sean Smith (9/22 at 2:00 p.m. CT), and worship with us in daily chapel services at 10:00 a.m. CT. Find your favorite programs on demand at kfuo.org or wherever you get your podcasts.

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