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January 18, 2020 Bulletin

The Worship of Our God

Resting in the Renewing Power of God’s Grace

January 18, 2020

The Second Sunday after the Epiphany

Prelude

Our Praise to God

*Opening Hymn “O How Good It Is” (I)

Invocation

Passing Of The Peace

Leader: May the Peace of Christ Be with You

People: And Also, with You

Hymn #137 “The Bond of Love” (G)

#138 “The Family of God” (G)

Our Confession to God

Our Assurance of Forgiveness

Statement of Faith

Our Petitions to God

Pastoral Prayer

Tithes and Offerings

*Confession of Faith: “The Apostles Creed” (Insert)

The Equipping of God’s People

Scripture Acts 2:42-47

Message A Family on Mission Part 2: “Gospel Togetherness”

Closing Hymn: #135 “Blest Be the Tie that Binds” (G)

Benediction

Postlude

Pastor Jonathan Faulkner

Accompanist: Kathi Nelson, Phyllis Shortenhaus, Rachel Faulkner & Mary Haakenson

The People of God, Ministers to the World

*Indicates standing (G) Green Hymnal (P) Purple Chorus Book

Welcome! We are so thankful that you could join us today! May our hearts and minds be shaped into greater conformity with Jesus as we worship together. We are delighted to serve you as we love one another in Christ.

Faithful in Prayer

Praise the Lord for…

•His grace in preaching, prayer, the sacraments & fellowship

•The beauty of creation & His divine imprint on all that He has made

•His powerful & life-giving Word

Hospitalized, Sick or Shut-in

*Marlyn Hanson

*Jan Missman

•Jenny Frerichs

•Carol Malmberg

•Larry Dirksen

•Jack Jutting

•Elizabeth Van Eyll

•Jerry Bechler

•Connie Burhow

•Billy Smith

•Dale Heitland

•Richard Heyes

•Travis Stohr

•Kim Enright

•Colt (Paul and Cheryl Beenken’s grandnephew)

•Pat Skilbred (Sister of Sue Kiewiet)

•John Szatkowski (Friend of the Faulkners)

Mission Partners of the Month: Bob and Sally Donjte

Day-to-Day

•OCC Shoebox ministry

•Revival and reformation in our land, community & families

•Governing authorities & our Country

•Strong marriages committed to the Lord and to maturing in Christ

•Those recovering from surgery & treatment for illnesses

•Wisdom as parents & grandparents committed to raising children in the fear and instruction of the Lord

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Looking Ahead

Today

9:00AM Worship Service

Next Week 1/26

9AM Worship Service

10:15AM 127th Annual Meeting

11:00AM Brunch

Announcements

Fellowship Coffee January 26th: Annual Meeting Brunch

Annual Meeting: Our yearly annual meeting will be January 26th immediately following the service on January 26th 2020 we will have brunch immediately following. Annual Reports are available in the basement on the North Side.

Friday Prayer: Starting the first Friday of Lent, February 28th the church will be open for Friday Prayer. This is a come-and-go time where you can either take a pre-written prayer prompt or just pray by yourself or with a group. The church will be open from 8AM-5PM and Pastor Faulkner will be in the sanctu

Community Closet: The Community Closet at the school has asked for volunteers to help organize. Those interested should contact the school’s main office for more information.

Ment’s Bible Study: Men’s Bible Study will meet at 7PM Tuesday, January 28th at the Parsonage. We will continue working through Gene A. Getz “Building One Another Up.”

A Chance to Serve: As we enjoy the sounds of children in our church service. Our young mother’s have asked for nursery service so that they can receive the blessing of worshiping with our church family. This is a need that has arisen among us that we have been asked to meet. On the table on the North side of the basement when you first enter is a signup sheet for Nursery. We need TWO volunteers a week. Parents are asked to keep children in the service until either special music or the hymn before our confession of faith. This is a way we can be the gospel to our young moms worshiping with us.

January Food Pantry Needs:

Peanut Butter, Cereal, Can Peaches, Can Pears, Hot Cocoa Mix, Soup, Misc. Pasta Sauce, Pie Filling

Week One Acts 2:14-41

Family Life of the Early Church

• Early church was an alternate community/alternate FAMILY for those being ostracized from their families

• Family took care of one another

Family Mission

• God has made us a family

• Preach the gospel within our actions

• Everyone is either a family member or potential family member

• CARE for each other

• Turn outward—care for our neighbors

• PREACH THE GOSPEL-with words if you need to

o To ourselves

o To one another

o To our spouses and children

•To our friends and neighbors

Week 2: Acts 2:42-47 – “Gospel Togetherness”

Family Life of the Early Church

They Devoted Themselves to the____________

They had everything_____________

They were devoted to_____________

Family Mission:

Meeting the Needs of their________________

Spreading the Gospel with their_________________

Knowing and communicating the ________________

Praying for __________________

Questions for Reflection:

What did it mean for the early church to have “Everything in Common?”

The text says that the Early Church “Found favor with all the people” What do you think this means in our time today? Does our church have favor with all the people in our town? Or are we known for something else?

What did it mean for the early Christians to be “Devoted to the prayers?” What would it look like for our Church to be a praying church again?

Pastoral Thought: What if we adopted two theme verses for the year for our personal lives. What if we committed to really thinking through just two verses of scripture? Colossians 3:16: “ Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God” and 1 Timothy 2:1-2 “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” Both deal with the two vertices of the Christian Life, the vertical of our relationship with God. Letting his word dwell in us richly, worshiping him, praying to Him and the second deals with the horizontal, our relationship with one another. What if this year we turned off the noise that is the constant and relentlessly negative world of social media or popular news cycles and programs and just le the word of God dwell richly in us and instead of worrying about what the secular world is doing (hint, being opposed to God) we taught and admonished one another in all wisdom, worshiped together and prayed for everyone (including those who do not believe) and through this show the world the blessings that come from our relationship with God. Then, while in prayer or scripture, when God puts something before you to do, someone to reach out to through table fellowship, we watch God do the saving work of grace through us that He has done for us and in us. What a year we would have!

If you have any needs, questions or concerns, please contact one of our Deacons (Tim Heitland, John Enright (641-251-1481), Jim Kiewiet or Paul Beenken).

Anyone needing Pastoral Counseling or who wants to set up a meeting with Pastor Faulkner can schedule a session with Pastor Faulkner by calling 6415622165 or email jon.faulkner.arl@gmail.com. We have a space set up at the Church Building specifically for counseling and will meet there.

The Apostles Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, Our Lord.

He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit

and born of the Virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried.

He descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again.

He ascended into heaven,

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body

and the life everlasting. Amen.

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