St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church—LCMS
40291 NE 40th Ave., Preston, Kansas 67583
Website: www.stpaulpreston.org              
Telephone: (620) 672-5354
Email: splcms@sctelcom.net (Office)        mslcms@sctelcom.net (Pastor)
Rev. Michael Schotte, Pastor
ORDER OF WORSHIP:  LSB — Divine Service III, pgs. 184ff
HYMNS: 797  - 708  - 781
SERMON: Abraham’s Children; Children of the Heavenly Father          TEXT: Luke 16:19-31
O God our Father, we love because in Christ Jesus Your Son You first loved us. Let our works of mercy and words of Your grace given by Your Holy Spirit in Your Word express a pure confession of faith in the Savior. With the life and salvation that Jesus has given us in His death and resurrection, lead us always to fear, love, and trust in You above all things. As we serve and care for one another and those in need, assure us that we are only doing what You have given us to do as Your dear children. Hear us for Jesus’ sake. Amen
“Praise the Lord!  Praise the Lord, O my soul!  I will praise the Lord as long as I live; 
I will sing praises to my God while I have my being” (Psalm 146:1-2).
•   Thanks be to God that He gives gifts to the evil and the good, the just and the unjust.
•   Thanks be to the Father for 100 years of His gifts, blessings, and benefits to Velma Trinkle as she celebrates her birthday this Thursday, September 29th.
•   For the Lord’s blessing upon all who speak and stand and act in defense of the defenseless, especially babies in the womb and the helpless and infirm, that we would all be led to confess in word and deed that human life is God’s gift from the time of conception through all of the days He gives.
•   For the Lord’s blessing upon relief and restoration efforts which bring assistance to lives affected by Hurricane Fiona in Puerto Rico and other areas struck by disaster.
•   For families, husbands and wives, parents and children, that the Lord Jesus will be the head of their homes, that all who live in them will be protected from harm and danger, and that peace, patience, and forgiveness will always be practiced.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO VELMA TRINKLE! She will be 100 this week! Her birthday is Thursday, September 29th. If you would like to send Velma cards and greetings, her address is: Parkwood Village #220, 401 Rochester St., Pratt, Kansas 67124. 
WEDDING SHOWER - Sunday, October 2nd is the date to celebrate a wedding shower for Ellie Schwertfeger and Dylan Deines, who will be married in November at St. Paul. There will be a luncheon after worship on Sunday to bring the engaged couple love from church family through cards, gifts and well wishes. Plan to stay for lunch that day and visit with Ellie and Dylan. 
QUARTERLY COUNCIL AND VOTERS’ MEETINGS are set for October as follows: 
    • Council—Tuesday, October 11th, 7:30 p.m. 
    • Voters’ Assembly—Sunday, October 16th, after worship 
THE OCTOBER MEETING OF LADIES’ AID will be a week later than usual. We’ll meet on Thursday, October 13th at 2:00. All ladies are welcome. 
PRATT FOOD BANK . . .  During the month of October we will be collecting cans of green beans or corn in the box at the church’s south entrance. Thank you for your generous support of noodles during September!
The LEADaCHILD CELEBRATION 2022 will be held on Friday, October 21st, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Olathe. You are invited to attend. This is an annual event where those who gather hear about and celebrate what the Lord is doing through this Recognized Service Organization of the LCMS. He is doing amazing things! Come see and hear all about it! Join us for beer, wine, a silent auction, and a lot of fun. Go to https://www.leadachild.org/support/celebrate/ for more information. 
BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT – Doubt. We confess to being poor miserable sinners every week but it can be hard to confess to wondering if there’s even a God who exists to listen at all. Doubt crept into the apostles’ hearts but we’re afraid of what it means if we find it in our own. The devil sets a trap to leave you feeling alone, cut off from the Christians around you who don’t seem to struggle like you. What if it’s not real? A Higher Things Conference to answer that question will be held next summer. July 18-21, 2023 at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and July 25-28, 2023 at Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas. More information can be found at www.higherthings.org or see Pastor Schotte. “And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.” (1 Corinthians 15:14). 
KFUO RADIO, the broadcast voice of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, shares Christ for you anytime, anywhere via worship services, Bible and theology studies, practical talk programs, and sacred music. Live programming and podcasts can be found on kfuo.org or get the KFUO app on your phone.  Lutheran Ladies Lounge, Friends for Life and 5 Minutes with a Missionary are just a few examples of the fun and interesting programs to listen to as a podcast when time allows.  Check out this informative LCMS resource!!
LUTHERANS FOR LIFE . . . The national conference is to be held in Rock Island, Illinois on October 21-22. For more information, visit lutheransforlife.org/conference.
HEAD USHER: Gary McGuire                                         ALTAR COMMITTEE: Marsha Giggy 
USHERS:                                                                                                          Gayle Bolen   
TODAY - 8:00 am – The Lutheran Hour, KGNO (Dodge City, 1370 AM)
                8:00 am – The Lutheran Hour, KCVW (Wichita, Hutch., 94.3
                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 -  9:00 am - Ladies Quilt Group
                     5:00 - 6:30 pm – Bread of Life Community Kitchen open – Pratt
WEDNESDAY -  8:00 - 11:00 am – Secretary’s Office Hours 
                           6:30 pm - Midweek
                           7:00 pm - Choir 
THURSDAY - 6:30 pm - Bible Study
                       7:30 pm - Men’s Club
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
THE LUTHERAN HOUR – “Take This Personally” (Luke 16:19-31) Jesus wants us to take His Word seriously, not as a personal attack but as a word of warning - and promise.  Speaker Rev. Dr. Michael Zeigler.
ADULT CHOIR REHEARSALS will begin this Wednesday evening from 7:00 to 8:00 pm in the church sanctuary.
FIND THE LIVE BROADCAST of the Sunday morning services at St. Paul at our website, www.stpaulpreston.org. This is also available at KMMM Radio, 1290 AM, Pratt. Your donations for this service to be provided are always welcome. The cost is $50 per week. 
THE KANSAS DISTRICT of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod publishes a monthly online newsletter called Workers Together. Go to this link at www.kslcms.org to stay up to date with news of fellow congregations across Kansas, prayer requests, called workers, upcoming events, and much more.
About the Cover: Your pastor has been called to the noble task of preaching God’s Word to you and administering His Sacraments.  It is by far the most important thing that he is called to do.  Therefore, it is right that we should always seek to support and pray for our pastors in this crucial work so that each of the Lord’s congregations is continually edified by the Gospel proclamation of Jesus Christ and Him crucified for the forgiveness of sins.
EPISTLE - I Timothy 3:1-13
HOLY GOSPEL - Luke 16:19-31