“For this reason I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? . . . . 32 For the unbelievers chase after all these things. Certainly your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:25, 32-33 – EHV)
Aren’t little children silly? Sometimes they get so worked up and worried over such little things. They cry because they can’t find their favorite stuffed animal or because their favorite TV show is over. They get worried because they think something is hiding under their bed or because it is too dark in their bedroom at night. As adults we can only shake our heads at these silly little people who allow themselves to become so worked up over such minor problems.
It makes one wonder how our heavenly Father’s head must shake when he watches over us. We worry about this. We get worked up over that. To us these worries and problems seem like the end of the world, when all too often our worries and problems are so silly and baseless, just like those young children’s fears and worries.
Jesus is very clear. Jesus commands us not to worry. He is very serious about it because he knows that our heavenly Father does more than shake his head at our worrying. He shakes his fist. Worrying angers God because when we worry we are telling our Father that we don’t trust him to take care of us.
Thank God that Jesus did more than command us not to worry. He endured his Father’s anger at our sinful worrying. He took the punishment that should have been ours so that we don’t have to worry about God being angry at us. We are forgiven and we don’t have to worry about anything.
Your Father loves you. He wants what is best for you. He knows what is best for you. Instead of worrying about things you need for life, look to your Father in heaven who promises to provide for you. The longer you linger in his Word, the more you will say to yourself, “What was I worried about? How silly!” We could use our time much better if we opened our Bibles and prayed rather than be worried. I encourage you to take some time and pray the prayer below or use your own prayer during your difficult times.
Pastor Mark Gartner
Heavenly Father, forgive me for the many times I fail to trust in your love and provision. Give me eyes that look to you for help in every need. Give me ears to hear the promises found in your Word. Give me a heart to trust that you are all I need and that I need never worry. Amen.
Important Update -
We rejoice that we have been able to return to the Lord’s house to worship together, but at the same time we want to do so in a safe manner. As many of you are aware, the last few weeks, the 8:00am service has been full, which perhaps made some of our members uncomfortable. First off, we encourage you to attend a different service. Both the 10:30 am and the Monday evening service have plenty of room in order for you to socially distance. In addition, our council has decided to remove the ropes in the front portion of the lectern side of the sanctuary. This section will not require social distancing. We hope that, with enough worshipers sitting in this section, it will leave enough space in the rest of the sanctuary for everyone else to socially distance. If you have any questions, please speak to one of the Pastors or Council members.
Our fall Adopt-A-Highway date is set for Saturday, October 17th at 8:00am. We also hope to have a work day on this date. Please plan on helping out! There will be more information and a sign-up sheet in the entryway shortly.
Pastor Frey has started a Bible study on the Christian and the Government—looking at what God says concerning the government and the Christians relation to his other Kingdom. We may be sick of hearing about politics already; but with so much information being thrown at us on a daily basis, it is important to step back and look at what God has to say to us. Join us Sundays at 9:15am.
Pastor Gartner also started a Bible study on "The Life of Moses -- A Study of the Book of Exodus". Please join us either Mondays at 8:00am or Tuesdays at 5:30pm.
All these Bible Classes that will be starting will be held at church. If you are not comfortable attending them in person or can't make these times and you would like to receive a recording of these Bible Classes, please contact one of the Pastors and we will send you the link for these recordings.
If you are not comfortable sending your child to in person Sunday School, we have weekly recorded videos of each week's Bible Lesson and the Lesson sheets that we can send to you so that your child can still learn the valuable truths of God's Word. Please contact us if you would be interested in these materials.
Tuesday October 20 at 7:00 pm we will have our quarterly Voter's Meeting. This is the Election and Finance Meeting. We will be electing a new President and Evangelism Chariman at this meeting as well as decide on some of the ways that we will use the financial blessings God has given to us to do his ministry here at St. John and throughout his Kingdom.
Special Mission Offering:
Each year we designate a certain amount of money to a home mission, a world mission, and one other specially designated ministry. If you have any ideas, particularly concerning a world mission or ministry, please speak to one of the pastors.
Women of Faith/LWMS:
Tuesday Septmbner 13 at 1:00 pm all the ladies of the congregation are invited to attend our ladies group for a Bible Study and our LWMS meeting.
In order to encourage and practice social distancing, we are trying to limit each Worship service to 75 people. To help with this, we added an extra service on Sunday morning. We are offering 8:00 and 10:30 services on Sunday as well as 6:30 pm on Monday. We are also asking everyone to sign up each week for whatever Worship Service you plan on attending. Please note, that we are in need of volunteers to help sanitize the sanctuary between services. When you sign-up you’ll have an opportunity to mark whether or not you are willing to help out—it only takes about 10 minutes, so we pray that you will!
You can find the link to sign-up on the front page of our website at: www.stjohn-appleton.org.
As we go forward, we will continue to live-stream our services and posting 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.