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

THE TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD  February 23, 2020 

ORDER OF WORSHIP: Lutheran Service Book, Divine Service Setting III, pgs. 184ff 

HYMNS:   414  - 413  - 417 

SERMON: God’s Glory; Our Fear                

TEXT: Matthew 17:1-9 CHOIR: “Shine, Jesus, Shine” 

A PRAYER FOR TODAY: God of grace and mercy, we sinners cannot bear to stand in Your holy presence nor hear Your holy voice. Lift our eyes of faith to see Jesus, Your Son, the Savior.  As Your Holy Spirit works through Your Word preached to us, lead us to know and trust the redeeming work of Jesus for us on His cross and through His resurrection from the dead.  Give us the faith, for Jesus’ sake, to call You our dear Father even as You have called us Your dear children.  Gather us to stand in Your presence and hear Your Word in humble obedience and with great joy.  Amen

IN OUR PRAYERS THIS WEEK: “Then He will speak to them in His wrath, and terrify them in His fury, saying, ‘As for Me, I have set My King on Zion, My holy hill” (Psalm 2:5-6). 

PThanksgiving to God for all of His gifts to us of daily bread. 

PFor healing and help from the Lord’s hand through medical care for Carol Gordon, for healing for Jo Ann Schepmann after recent injury, for healing for Sandy Voshell as she was recently hospitalized, for continued strength and recovery for Lu Ann Hullman and Elda Joyner, for peace and strength for Eric Goldenstein, for Fred Newby who suffered injury last week, and for mercy from the Lord for all who suffer illness, injury, or weakness. 

PThanksgiving to the Lord for 93 years of His blessings to Edwin Lenkner as he celebrates a birthday today. 

PFor the love and grace of Jesus Christ to reign in our homes, for His protection upon them, and that His forgiveness will be taught and practiced in them, and for the reconciliation of Christ Jesus to be at work where there is conflict and division among families in Christ. 

PFor courage and loyalty for those who serve in the armed forces of our country, and for patience and peace from the Savior for their families during times of separation.

STEWARDSHIP SENTENCES based on Matthew 17:8 . . .  “And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.”  Jesus is enough, Moses and Elijah point to Jesus and are happy to fade into the background.  With our eyes focused on Him - and Him alone - the rest of our lives come into focus. He is primary; all else is secondary.  When that order is right in our lives, things truly fall into place.

EYES ON JESUS is the theme this year for the Wednesday evening services in Lent.  We begin with Ash Wednesday this week on the 26th.  A Divine Service with the Lord’s Supper being served will be held at 7:30 pm.  Those who wish to have ashes placed on the forehead in the sign of the cross will have that opportunity.  

Please note weekly themes and texts as follows: • Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26th - Misjudging Eyes, Mark 14:1-9 • Midweek 1, March 4th - Betraying Eyes, Mark 14:10-21, 32, 41-46 • Midweek 2, March 11th - Sleepy Eyes, Mark 14:32-42 • Midweek 3, March 18th - Denying Eyes, Mark 14:26-31, 66-72 • Midweek 4, March 25th - Murderous Eyes, Mark 14:1-2, 53-65 • Midweek 5, April 1st - Worldly Eyes, Mark 15:1-20 

Midweek School will continue to begin at 6:30 and dismiss at 7:15 in order to prepare for worship at 7:30 each week.  Plan now to make Wednesday evening worship a part of your Lenten discipline and your life in Christ Jesus the Savior.  The offering received on Ash Wednesday will be designated for Kansas District Scholarship and education loan repayment grants for future and active LCMS church workers.

THE BROADCAST of the service at St. Paul can be heard each Sunday morning on radio station KMMM 1290 AM at 10:00, or at www.primcast.com/radio/285112.

THE WEB ADDRESS for our congregation at St. Paul is www.stpaulpreston.org.  Share this with a friend to provide for them general information about God’s Word and work among us, to see the weekly bulletin, and to learn more about our fellowship within the Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod.

HANDBELL PRACTICES will continue on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 pm and on Sunday mornings at 8:00 am.  Anyone is welcome to come and join us!

HUTCHINSON ZONE LWML SPRING FLING. . .  This Lutheran Women’s Missionary League Mission Event will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Cheney, on Saturday, March 28th, with registration to begin at 8:30 am.  Special guests will be Dr. Philip Frusti of LeadaChild and Rev. Jeff Crane of Orphan Grain Train.  A special offering will be received for LeadaChild, and an ingathering/collection will be received for Orphan Grain Train.  See the flier posted at the south entrance of the church for more information.  Please call (316) 655-5451 by March 24th to register your planned attendance.

THANKS be to God for the blessing of all those who helped with the Valentine Dinner last Sunday.  The youth group appreciated all those who prepared and brought food, stayed for the meal, the fellowship, and for the clean-up too.  We love the memories made and cherish our time together as the body of Christ, thank you!

DONATIONS OF NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS for the Pratt County Food Bank may be made at our church anytime in the box at the south entrance.  These will be delivered as needed.  Thank you.

HEAD USHER:   Gary McGuire   

USHERS: Robert Hall and Don Krusemark   Craig Dutton and Ted Jorns                                        

ALTAR COMMITTEE: Donna Briggeman Linda Hoeme Leigh Ann Hall

ST. PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCH EQUIPS, ENABLES, AND ENCOURAGES ITS MEMBERS TO GROW IN FAITH AND SHARE CHRIST’S LOVE WITH ALL PEOPLE. 

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 - 11:00 am - St. Paul Radio Broadcast (KMMM, 1290  AM)                       

6:00 pm - The Lutheran Hour, KREJ (88.1 FM)  

MONDAY - 8 - 11 am - Secretary’s Office Hours 

TUESDAY -  9 am - Sewing quilts for OGT in Pratt                       

5 - 6:30 pm - Bread of Life Community Kitchen Open - Pratt 

WEDNESDAY - 6:00 pm - Handbell practice                              

6:30 pm - Midweek Classes                             

 7:00 pm - Choir Rehearsal                              

7:00 pm - Bible Study                              

7:30 pm - Ash Wednesday Worship - Holy Communion 

FRIDAY -  8 - 11 am - Secretary’s Office Hours   

SUNDAY -    8:00 am - Handbell practice                      

9:00 am - Sunday School and Bible Class                    

10:00 am  - Divine Service with Holy Communion 

THE LUTHERAN HOUR - - “Know-How” (Exodus 1-2) Jesus knows our failures and our fears; He knows how to lift us up and bring us through.

A DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT for the day of the Transfiguration. . .  “Concerning our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, as our only Teacher, this solemn command has been given from heaven to all people ‘listen to Him’ [Matthew 17:5].  He is not a mere man or angel, neither is He just true, wise, and mighty, but He is the eternal Truth and Wisdom itself and Almighty God.  He knows very well what and how He is to speak.  He can also powerfully effect and do everything that He says and promises.  He says, ‘Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away’ [Luke 21:33].  ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me’ [Matthew 28:18].” (The Formula of Concord, Solid Declaration, Article VI [Concordia:  The Lutheran Confessions, St. Louis:  Concordia Publishing House, 2005, 2006] Page 569)

About the Cover: The dazzling array of light at the Lord’s transfiguration makes known that Jesus supersedes even Moses and Elijah.  He is the Father’s beloved Son!  Moses, Elijah, and all the Lord’s prophets were sent to point us to Jesus.  Likewise, the Scriptures tell us, “Listen to Him.”  There is no one else by whom we are saved; He has the words of eternal life.

The Transfiguration of Our Lord February 23, 2020

INTROIT Ps. 99:1–5; antiphon: Ps. 99:9 Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at his holy | mountain;*  for the Lord our God is | holy! The Lord reigns; let the peoples | tremble!*  He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the | earth quake! The Lord is great in | Zion;*  he is exalted over all the | peoples. Let them praise your great and | awesome name!*  Ho- | ly is he! The King in his might loves | justice.*  You have established equity; you have executed justice and righteousness  in | Jacob. Exalt the Lord our God; worship at his | footstool!*  Ho- | ly is he! Glory be to the Father and | to the Son*  and to the Holy | Spirit; as it was in the be- | ginning,*  is now, and will be forever. | Amen. Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at his holy | mountain;*  for the Lord our God is | holy!

COLLECT OF THE DAY   O God, in the glorious transfiguration of Your beloved Son You confirmed the mysteries of the faith by the testimony of Moses and Elijah. In the voice that came from the bright cloud You wonderfully foreshowed our adoption by grace. Mercifully make us co-heirs with the King in His glory and bring us to the fullness of our inheritance in heaven; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

GRADUAL Ps. 117:1–2a; 96:8 Praise the Lord, all | nations!*  Extol him, all | peoples! For great is his steadfast | love toward us,*  and the faithfulness of the Lord endures for- | ever. Ascribe to the Lord the glory | due his name;*  bring an offering, and come in- | to his courts!

DAILY READINGS February 23: Job 18:1–21; John 7:32–53; 24: Job 19:1–12, 21–27; John 8:1–20; 25: Job 20:1–23, 29; John 8:21–38; 26: Job 21:1–21; John 8:39–59; 27: Job 30:16–31; John 9:1–23; 28: Job 31:1–12, 33–40; John 9:24–41; 29: Job 32:1–22; John 10:1–21. 

OLD TESTAMENT READING - Exodus 24:8-18    

EPISTLE - II Peter 1:16-21 HOLY GOSPEL - Matthew 17:1-9

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