“Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, a descendant of David,
in accordance with my gospel.” (2 Timothy 2:8)
Today is September 11. If you have turned on any TV stations today, you can’t help but remember the significance of September 11. 18 years ago, terrorists hijacked those planes and killed all those people in the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and on those planes. It is a day you can hardly forget. I can remember it like it was yesterday as I was teaching my Confirmation Class and one of the teachers said that the Towers were hit in New York. The rest of that day I was glued to the TV like many other people as those events continued to unfold.
As I turned on the TV today, there are many events going on that are trying to help us to remember what happened so many years ago. Also, Memorials have been built in New York, at the Pentagon and in the field of Pennsylvania to help us remember those people who so tragically lost their lives. I’ve personally been to the Memorials at the Pentagon and New York and it still makes a chill run up my spine as I think about what happened 18 years ago.
I think it is good for us to never lose sight of these tragic events, but the truth is that I think most people don’t really remember or care too much about the 1000’s of lives that were lost 18 years ago. For many, that was the past and we have so many other “more important” things that are going on in our lives. Why would I want to remember something that happened 18 years ago?
As we sit here today, do you remember what happened about 2000 years ago on a cross outside of the city of Jerusalem? Yes, we remember it at least once a year when we gather in God’s house on Good Friday and Easter morning, and we remember it when we come to church. But is Jesus’ death really still all that important to us, or have we moved on with our lives to “more important” things rather than taking note of what is truly important?
Paul again reminds us of what is important as he wrote to his fellow Pastor, Timothy, “Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead.” He wanted Timothy and all people to never lose sight of what is truly important. He wanted them to “remember Jesus Christ”. Are the events of Good Friday and Easter morning ingrained in our hearts and minds every day? Does the opening of God’s Word send a chill down our spine every time we remember what Jesus did to save lost sinners like us? Is walking into God’s house on a weekly basis the highlight of our week as we “remember” Jesus and the work he did for us as lost and condemned sinners?
Today, On this September 11, many of us will do well to take a moment to remember the tragic events of September 11, 2001. It is good for us as citizens of this country to remember the events of the past and remember those who lost their lives that day. But more importantly, I pray that this day and every day, we will take some time to humbly confess our sins to our Heavenly Father and remember the act of love on Calvary as God’s Son, Jesus died and rose again for our Salvation. Remember Jesus Christ as you live in full and complete forgiveness, as you regularly open your Bibles and come and worship in God’s House!
Pastor Mark Gartner
Men's Bible Study
Tuesday September 17 at 9:00 am, all the men are invited to join us for our monthly Bible Study. We will continue our study of the Synod's doctrinal statement, "This We Believe." Come join us for Bible Study, snacks and fellowship.
Sunday school for your children (3K to 8th grade) began on Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 9:15 am. We pray that you would make the most out of this great opportunity for your children to learn God’s Word!
Sunday morning Bible classes have resumed. Pastor Frey will be leading us through a study on "The Lord's Supper." We will see what God's Word has to say about the Lord's Supper and we will see the many blessings God gives to us through this sacrament.
Our Monday/Tuesday Bible classes also have resumed. The same class is offered on either Monday at 8:00 am or Tuesday evening at 5:30 pm. Pastor Gartner will be leading a study of God’s Word under the theme: “What Does It Mean To Be A Lutheran?” Have you ever had questions about some of the main differences between all the Christian churches or maybe just have wondered how come there are so many different types of Christian churches? If so, please come and join us as we explore what God’s Word has to say about some very key teachings that the devil is trying to distort.
Mission Festival Sunday
Sunday September 22, we will be celebrating our Mission Festival Sunday. Pastor Steven Prahl who serves at Foundation Lutheran Church in Peyton, Colorado, which is the Mission congregation that St. John supported this year with our yearly Mission Offering, will serve as our Guest preacher and will also lead a Bible study about his congregation and what it is like to serve in a mission congregation. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for this special Mission Festival Sunday. We will be having a special door offering on that Sunday that will be used to help support this mission field.
Another year of choir is about to begin at St. John. Our first rehearsal will be Wednesday, September 11 at 7:00 pm in the church balcony. No experience necessary! All are welcome. New singers are encouraged to attend. Come and worship with your voices. Enjoy Christian fellowship! Contact Dave Dahl at (920) 915-3867 with any questions.
We still have a watch with a pink band that was found at the Church picnic. You may pick it up from the counter in the back of church or talk to one of the Pastors.