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

OBSERVANCE OF REFORMATION DAY       October 25, 2020
ORDER OF WORSHIP:  LSB—Divine Service Setting Three, pgs. 184ff
HYMNS:   656  - 566  - 585
SERMON: Every Mouth Stopped
TEXT: Romans 3:19-28
 
A PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Triune God, be Thou our stay; O let us perish never!
Cleanse us from our sins, we pray, And grant us life forever.
Keep us from the evil one; Uphold our faith most holy,
And let us trust Thee solely With humble hearts and lowly.
Let us put God’s armor on, With all true Christians running
Our heav’nly race and shunning The devil’s wiles and cunning.
Amen, amen!  This be done; So sing we, “Alleluia!”
(Martin Luther, Lutheran Service Book, #505, stanza 1)
 
IN OUR PRAYERS THIS WEEK:
“Come, behold the works of the Lord, how He has brought desolations on the earth” (Psalm 46:8).
Thanksgiving for the Father’s daily goodness and mercy to us, without any merit or worthiness in us.
▪   That the Holy Spirit will use all of the sufferings and struggles of life in a fallen sinful world to lead us to repentance of our sin, to fix our eyes on Jesus for salvation, and to work in us lives of willing and loving obedience to His commands.
▪   For the Lord’s healing and help for all who are ill or injured; for all who recover from surgery, including Devyn Davis and Barrett Smith; for all who receive continued medical care, including Sharon Schwertfeger, Carol Gordon, and Tim Tobin; thanksgiving for healing that has come  to Roy Sinclair; and for those in our prayers daily with words from our hearts and minds.
▪   For help and peace from the Savior for those who seek employment to benefit their families and themselves.
▪   For protection from the Lord upon all whose daily work leads them into danger and difficulty; for protection upon all who travel for work or visitation or vacation.
 
PASTORAL VISITATION. . . If arrangements need to be made for a visit from Pastor Schotte with Holy Communion and for worship and prayer, please call the church office at 672-5354 or Pastor’s mobile number at 388-0131, or email mslcms@sctelcom.net.
 
LAY DELEGATE TO KANSAS DISTRICT CONVENTION. . . An oversight was made by Pastor Schotte from last Sunday’s Voters’ Assembly Meeting.  It is our congregation’s responsibility to elect/appoint a lay delegate from our congregation to attend our District Convention in Topeka next June 10-11.  This information needs to be submitted to our district office by November 30th.  If there are volunteers to fulfill this responsibility, please contact Ryan Ford or Pastor Schotte.  Hopefully this appointment can be made by consensus in the very near future following a worship service.
 
IN SUNDAY SCHOOL AND BIBLE CLASS, we learn how God is at work for our salvation through Jesus Christ.  In the month of November the lessons continue to teach us from the Old Testament.  Come and join in the study and learning of God’s Word each Sunday morning at 9:00 am in classes for children and adults.  These are the lessons for next month:
•  November 1st - God Helps Joseph Forgive (Genesis 42:1-28; 43:11-30, 45:1-15)
•  November 8th - Moses Is Born (Exodus 1:1-2:10)
•  November 15th - Moses and the Plagues (Exodus 7)
•  November 22nd - The Passover (Exodus 12:1-32)
•  November 29th - God Cares for His People (Exodus 16)

STEWARDSHIP SENTENCES based on John 8:36. . .  “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” Today we celebrate Reformation Day which is each year on October 31st.  Martin Luther is rightly remembered as a champion of the Gospel, but he also called himself “the apostle of good works.”  For only in being set free by the Gospel can we do good works. Jesus has set us free, and His blood covers over our sins.  We stand before God as His beloved children, and we are invited to live our lives to His glory for the good of His kingdom.

NOTES ON THE SCRIPTURE READINGS for the observance of Reformation Day. . .  The Son of God has set us free from sin and death by His grace. “Wisdom is justified by her deeds” (Matt. 11:19), and the wisdom of God, Christ Jesus, the incarnate Son justifies us by His deeds.  He prepares His way by the preaching of repentance, but He has suffered the violence of the Law and voluntarily handed Himself over to violent men, in order that we may eat and drink with Him in His Kingdom and “remain in the house forever” (John 8:35).  He is “a friend of tax collectors and sinners” (Matt. 11:18-19), and He has rescued us by His grace from the slavery of sin and death.  By the proclamation of His eternal Gospel “to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people” (Rev. 14:6), “the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law” (Rom. 3:21), “that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” (Rom. 3:26).  And by the hearing of that Gospel of Christ Jesus, “whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith” (Rom. 3:25), “you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31-32).
 
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HEAD USHER: Gary McGuire                             ALTAR COMMITTEE: Brenda Schwertfeger
USHERS:                                                                                                  Sharon Schwertfeger
                                                                                                                                  Jan Jorns
 
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
                           5:45 pm - Handbell Practice
                           6:30 - Midweek School 
THURSDAY - 6:30 pm - Bible Study (St. Paul church parlor)                                       
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 – The message today is “No Boasting, Just Belonging” based on Romans 3:19-31. “The kingdom of God is not a game. The law teaches us how to love others as God first loved us.  Our performance matters, but in God’s kingdom belonging comes before performance.” Speaker Rev. Dr. Michael Zeigler.

HANDBELL PRACTICES will resume with practice being held at 5:45 pm on Wednesday evenings.
 
MIDWEEK SCHOOL invites the congregation to join them Wednesday, October 28th, for a evening of fall fun and Reformation celebration. Weather permitting, a hayrack ride and apple bobbing are being planned, also with a devotion for Reformation. Bring a snack and join in to support Midweek students and parents in this time of fellowship and learning!
 
GO TO kslcms.org to stay up to date with the work that our Kansas District is doing in support of the work of Christ’s church.
 
About the Cover:  The heart of the Reformation is the cross of Jesus, which brings salvation freely by His work.  When it comes to God’s perfect Law, no one is excluded from its accusing power because all have sinned.  Neither is anyone excluded from the atoning work of Jesus Christ on the cross.
 
FIRST READING - Revelation 14:6-7
EPISTLE - Romans 3:19-28
HOLY GOSPEL - John 8:31-36
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ST. PAUL EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN 
will be showing the
1953 Martin Luther Movie
Sunday, November 1, 2020
5:00 p.m.
AT THE BARRON THEATER
313 S. Main Street, Pratt, Kansas
 
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Bring your family or invite a friend and enjoy this biographical account of Martin Luther filmed in conjunction with the Lutheran Church. 
Niall MacGinnis portrays the monk whose nailing of 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg created a stir that shook the very foundations of the Catholic Church. This film shows the struggle between Luther and the organized church, which led to the Reformation.
Concessions will be available for purchase! 😊

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