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Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod
Arlington, Minnesota

Pastor Gary Ruckman
Church: 507-964-2400

Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost
September 27, 2020
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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.

Order of Service:


Old Testament – Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32
“The Soul Who Sins Shall Die”

Epistle – Philippians 2:1-4, 14-18
Christ’s Example of Humility

Holy Gospel – Matthew 21:23-27
The Authority of Jesus Challenged

Life Thoughts in the Church Year
The Lord God Almighty never views death as a solution or even a necessary evil. “For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord God” (Ezekiel 18:32). This certainly includes—and plainly prohibits—abortions and physician-assisted suicides. What alternative do we have in the face of surprise pregnancies and terminal diagnoses? “Count others more significant than yourselves” (Philippians 2:3b)—the way God Himself regards you. https://lutheransforlife.org/


Fear the Lord, you his saints,
For those who fear him lack nothing!
Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the Lord delivers him out of them all.

Prayer of the Church:

This week’s radio and TV programs

Serving the Lord with Gladness Today:

Altar Guild:
Carol Renneke, Kari Hardel
Gaylan Hardel
Jeff Hardel (head usher), Ben Willmsen, Mike Willmsen, Ryan Marben

Upcoming Events at St. John’s:
10:00 am Canceled
10:00 am Best of the Wurst (until 1:00 pm)
5:30 pm  Bulletin Deadline
9:00 am Canceled
10:00 am Canceled

Full Calendar

Lawn Mowing this week:
(see sign-up sheet)

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

Attendance Sheet: Please be sure to sign the attendance sheet on the table by the west door when you are here

Lights: If you are the last one to leave an area of the church, please be sure to turn off all of the lights.

Tuition Reimbursement: St. John’s has an education fund for our children to attend Christian schools. The congregation will pay $500.00 per school year for each child attending a Christian school. If you have a child attending a Christian school, please fill out a form and put in the box marked Treasurer so that those schools can be paid. If you want to contribute to this fund, please designate your gift that way when you place it in the offering plate.

Mission Event: The LWML Minnesota South District will be hosting The Great Minnesota South Mission Get-Together at Mayer Lutheran High School, Mayer, Minnesota on Saturday, October 10, 2020. Registration is $30 and will be online at www.mnslwml.org. The day will begin with a 9 am worship service and include Mission Speakers, silent auction for mites, servant events, devotions moments, lunch and offerings benefiting MNS LWML Mite Goal, Phil’s Friends, Trinity First – Minneapolis, and  Chance International.

Mite Boxes: We miss being able to raise money for mites through our plant sale and no-bake bake sale so we are going to put our mite box out. If you would like to help us raise money for mites, please contribute to the mite box. The mite goal for the 2018-2020 biennium of $265,000.00 was met in April, 2020. Mites collected now will be used for the 2020 – 2022 biennium mission grants.

Church Cleaning: The sign-up is also on the bulletin board.  Have you picked a month help?

Silent Auction: Have you been working on projects for our October Silent Auction for Mites (Oct. 4 – Nov 22) while you have been staying safe at home? Since there was not a convention this year, we will need to work harder to collect the mites for the next biennium. A convention typically brings in $5,000 to $10,000 in mites collections. Anything we can do to help collect more mites will be greatly appreciated!

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