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Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod
Arlington, Minnesota

Pastor Gary Ruckman
Church: 507-964-2400

Third Sunday of Easter
April 18, 2021
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Welcome to St. John’s!
We are glad that you are worshiping with us today. Let us rejoice in the Lord’s Day. He Is Risen! He Is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!

Today we join Lutherans across the nation in celebrating “Here I Stand” Sunday, a special 500th Anniversary of Luther’s Confession at the Diet of Worms. Encouraged by the confession of Dr. Martin Luther, we gladly bring to mind the truth that to gather in the Lord’s name and around His Holy Word and Sacrament is to be joined always to the full number of saints – both around the world and in eternity. This celebration was endorsed by delegates to the 2019 convention of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. 2019 Resolution 4-09 calls on God’s people and all LCMS congregations to “gather for worship celebrations . . . spend time in prayer, asking the Lord to continue to bless the proclamation of the Gospel” and to receive thank offerings to proclaim the Gospel.

Order of Service:
Divine Service 1, page 151

656, 645, 953, 655
(548, 545, 483, 728 – during sermon as announced by Pastor )

Readings (Series B)
Acts 3:11-21

1 John 3:1-7

Luke 24:36-49

Life Thoughts in the Church Year:
“Repentance and forgiveness should be proclaimed in His name to all” (Luke 24:47). We should proclaim repentance and forgiveness even unto those who promote or take part in sins against the sanctity of life. If God blots out our guilt for killing the Author of life (Acts 3:15, 19), will He not do so for those who have had a hand in abortions?

“Here I Stand” Luke 24:36-49

Christ has risen from the dead. [God the Father] has crowned him with glory and honor, He has given him dominion over the works of his hands; He has put all things under his feet.

Prayer of the Church:

This week’s radio and television programs

Serving the Lord with Gladness Today:

Joann Rosenfeld
Altar Guild:
Elizabeth Wilhelmi, Carol Renneke
Mark Hardel
Dean Hardel (head usher),
Paul Bremer, Gaylan Hardel, Wade Schneider, Don Wolter

Upcoming Events at St. John’s:
(April 18):
9:00 am Sunday School and Bible Class
10:00 am Worship
9:00 am Pastor in office until noon
7:00 pm Men’s Club
7:00 pm Ladies Aid
5:30 pm Bulletin & Calendar deadline
9:00 am LWML Spring Rally – Green Isle
10:00 am Confirmation
Sunday (April 18):
9:00 am Sunday School and Bible Class
10:00 am Worship with Holy Communion

Full Calendar

Last Week at St. John’s:
At Worship: 38 Offering: $5880.00

Additions to April calendar:
Monday, April 26  7:00 pm Quarterly Voters Meeting

Agenda for the Quarterly Voters Meeting on Monday, April 26 at 7:00 pm will be Spring Work Day, volunteers for the church cleaning list, dishwasher/water heater, parsonage repairs, and the lawn mowing list.

The LWML Arlington Zone Spring Rally will be held at St. Paul’s, Green Isle on Saturday, April 24th beginning with registration at 9 am. The Rally will begin at 9:30 am. Registration is $3.00. Please bring exact change. The speaker will be Monica Groves from The Dwelling Place. Gifts from the Heart will be monetary donations for The Dwelling Place. A box lunch will be served at the close of the rally.

LWML Convention: The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League made the decision last weekend to hold their National Convention in person June 24-27, 2021. It will be in Lexington, Kentucky. The theme is Running the Race – Looking to Jesus. The convention will also be live-streamed for those not planning to attend in person.