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Fixing A Broken Heart

Create in me a pure heart, O God, . . . A broken and crushed heart, O God, you will not despise.”  (Psalm 51:10, 17 - EHV)

Have you ever broken something valuable?  I remember growing up and my mom collected Hummels, which were small porcelain figurines, which she had displayed on the hutch in the dining room.  I can’t remember all the details, but me or my brothers or a combination of all three of us lost control of a ball and it hit the hutch and broke one of the Hummels.  It broke into a number of small pieces.  What were we supposed to do?  We sadly and humbly went and told our mom what happened.  She certainly wasn’t happy, but told us that she forgave us and she thought that dad would be able to glue it back to gather and make it as good as new.  Much to our amazement my dad did an amazing job and the Hummel looked as good as new.  We had learned a lesson the hard way to listen to the rules and not throw the ball in the dining room.  But we also had learned an even more valuable lesson of sin and forgiveness.

The words of our text today are also a story of sin and forgiveness.  King David who wrote the words of our text did something far worse than breaking an earthly object.  King David broke God’s commands and committed adultery, murder and a whole host of other sins and then tried to cover them up.  His heart was broken and what is worse is that he tried to hide his sin from God for many months which meant his heart wasn’t being fixed.  It took a prophet named Nathan who pointed out David's sins and used God’s Law to lead David to confess his sins and seek God’s forgiveness for his broken heart.

Listen as God’s forgiveness brought David the comfort his broken heart needed to hear, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, . . . A broken and crushed heart, O God, you will not despise.”  David through faith knew that God could and would heal his “broken and crushed heart” and that God could make his heart better than new.  He would make his heart perfect and holy through the blood of Jesus on the cross.  What a comfort David’s broken heart found in God’s love and mercy!  David’s rotten and broken heart God still loved enough to die for.

Like David, we too need to have our sin-broken hearts fixed each day as we repent of our sins, and as we flee to God for his mercy, his unfailing love, and his great compassion. Through the sacrifice of Jesus, God loves us and forgives us daily so that we have the same peace and comfort that David had for our sin-broken hearts which are now pure and holy in God’s sight.


Pastor Mark Gartner

Church News

Summer Worship Schedule:

Please note that we have now begun our Summer Worship Schedule which is Sunday morning worship at 8:00 and 10:00am and Monday at 6:30pm


Divine Call:

Pastor Frey's last weekend at St. John will be Sunday, June 20 and Monday, June 21.  Following the second service on Sunday June 20, there will be a farewell picnic at Plamann Park which everyone is invited to attend.  Look for more information and a signup sheet coming soon as we look to say farewell to Pastor Frey and his family.


Women of Faith and Men’s Bible Study:

You are invited to a summer cookout meal and farewell for Pastor and Kim Frey and Noah, Micah and Cece on Tuesday, June 8 at 12:00 pm (noon) at St. John.  Bring your family. Meat and buns will be provided; just bring a dish to pass.  Come for food and fellowship.  Let us know if you plan to come; a sign-up sheet is on the counter in the entryway.


Call Meeting to Replace Pastor Frey:

Wednesday June 23 at 7:00pm we will have a Congregational Voter’s meeting to place a Divine Call to replace Pastor Frey.  All Voters are encouraged to attend this meeting.


Bible Classes

Pastor Frey will be finishing up his Bible Class on the letter to the Colossians on Sunday June 13. 

Pastor Gartner will finish up his Bible Class on Luther’s Small Catechism on Monday/Tuesday June 7 and 8.


Online Worship:

We continue to live-stream our services and post our worship folders online.  We will be recording our Sunday 8:00 am service which means you can watch anytime after 8:00 am on Sunday morning.  If you need any help accessing these resources, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  

You can find our worship services at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCsQs-LDzlHE1NTjOaVaQ2A.

You can find a bulletin for each Worship Service so you can follow along here: https://stjohncenter-my.sharepoint.com/:f:/g/personal/pastor_frey_stjohn-appleton_org/EqetvOMWflhLsfsLRcDkxSgBL2cnYkpiuk8Klh7d-r_XQg?e=07dSma.


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