Drink The Living Water!

“Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14 - EHV)

Boy, is it hot! How many times have we said this over the past few Summer months? It seems like we have had a pretty hot summer! It doesn’t take much to work up a sweat, and when we sweat we get thirsty. And with the heat comes the warnings to make sure that we are drinking enough fluids. I know that when it gets hot, I make sure to drink lots of water and other liquids every day to battle the effects of the heat. What would we do without water during all this heat?

The apostle John also writes some words that deal with the issue of being “thirsty”. The only difference is that he is talking about spiritual thirst rather than physical thirst, and he is taking about spiritual water rather than physical water. He writes, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”  (John 4:13-14) Jesus is the one that spoke these words. He was standing by a well talking to a lady. Rather than dealing with the physical thirst of this lady he first wanted to cure her spiritual thirst.

Are you spiritually thirsty? How is your soul doing? Is there a thirst deep inside of you? Let’s find out. Have you kept all of the laws and commands that God has given to you perfectly? Have you loved everyone the way that you would love yourself? Have you always been kind, caring and compassionate? Have you always controlled your anger, your attitudes and your words? Have you ever committed any sins in your mind that no one else even knows about? As the list begins to pile up we realize that we are all very thirsty. In fact, we are all so thirsty that we would all die in the fires of hell, because of our spiritual thirst if we were left on our own.

Jesus tells us that he himself is the living water that will quench our thirst of sin. Jesus’ perfect life and perfect death on the cross are just what our thirsty hearts need. Hearing the message that Jesus has done everything to forgive our sin is the refreshment that every sinful heart needs to hear. That is why it is so important for us to know and believe that Jesus is the only answer for our thirsty hearts.

After enduring the heat of the summer months, I’m sure that we can all relate to a tall very cold glass of water being offered to us and even better the cool refreshment as we let that cool water pour down our parched and thirsty throats. In the same way, Jesus is offering to us the coolest and most refreshing water that our thirsty and parched hearts of sin could ever want. There is no cost to buy it. We never need to earn it. This refreshment is free to you and to me and to all sinners because of Jesus’ great love for us. Jesus invites you to come and be refreshed by his living water!

— Pastor Gartner


Church News

Summer Worship:

We are currently in our Summer Schedule: Sunday worship at 8:00am and 10:00am. Monday worship at 6:30pm

Pictorial Directory:

We are planning to do a church pictorial directory this year. The dates for taking pictures are Tuesday through Saturday, August 14-18 and September 18-22. Weekday times are from 2:00-9:00 p.m. and Saturdays are from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. The link to register and sign-up for a time is below. You will also be able to schedule a time before and after our worship services beginning July 8.

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NEW - We also need people to help check in the people as they come to get their pictures taken. If you can donate a few hours of your time to help in this area, please sign up on the sheet on the back counter.

Sign-up Sheets:

There are currently a number of sign-up sheets in the narthex for events coming up this summer. Next time you are on the premises, please check them out and sign-up!

  • Bowling - August 12 from 4-7pm. At Village Lanes in Little Chute.
  • VBS - July 30-Aug 3rd from 9:00-11:30am. Sign up to volunteer or pick up a registration form to send your kids. Keep your eyes open on our website and Facebook page for an online registration. NEW: a sign-up sheet to bring snacks for VBS.
  • Church Picnic - July 29th at noon at Plamann Park. Sign-up to volunteer to help set-up, etc. There is no need to sign-up if you plan on coming.
  • Adopt-A-Highway - We plan to clean our section of Highway 47 on Saturday, August 11 at 8:00 a.m. We need at least 9 volunteers for about an hour or so. Please sign the sheet in the entryway if you can help.

Scripture Storytelling

Daniel Dexter, a staff minister from Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church (WELS) in El Paso, TX, will be visiting St. John's with 'Scripture Storytelling.' He memorizes books of the Bible and then shares them word-for-word in what he calls a 'storytelling' style. This isn't a dry recitation nor is it an actor's performance. Daniel calls it a 'living proclamation' that speaks to the listeners as participants, giving them a feel of what it may have been like to hear and see the words and works of God through the apostles and prophets. Daniel states: "A common encouragement I hear is that this storytelling makes the Bible come alive. But what I love about Scripture Storytelling, and the reason it's so powerful to me also as I share it, is that God's Word is alive, active and dynamic with God's presence and power; I'm just putting that character of God's Word on display in proclamation."

Between the worship services on Sunday, August 12th, Daniel will share Jonah and a portion of Luke's Gospel. Daniel shares Scripture Storytelling in churches and schools throughout our fellowship and notes that this is an engaging presentation for all ages. Children and adults, you are all invited to come and partake of God's Word in this unique way!