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posted Sep 22, 2011, 4:46 PM by Shepherd By The Lakes   [ updated Mar 12, 2019, 4:21 PM ]


Life Quote -  “To be pro-life is to show that all life is precious, that the community of faith is there to support and help with every child. To be pro-life is to visit the elderly in the nursing home, to give them the dignity that they have as children of God. To be pro-life is to love the mothers, to love these women who are caught by circumstances, to help them with physical as well as spiritual needs.” Rev. Christopher Maronde, pastor of Saint John Lutheran Church, Decatur, Indiana 

Lent II – My body, my choice? We don’t have to settle for so little. Each human body belongs to the Lord Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:20-21)! He paid by dying and rising to make it His twice over. He is perfecting it after the pattern of His own glorified body. Even on earth and amid adversity, He declares and demonstrates His heavenly kingdom through our bodies. My body, God’s gift! His bidding, my delight!

For those who have made an abortion decision, there is a Word of Hope, Lutherans For Life’s post-abortion healing ministry. Call 888.217.8679 or email


We Witness – Lent Luke 13:31-35: Jesus wept over the people of Jerusalem because of their unbelief and the fact that they had turned away from God.  Do we have tears like Jesus when we see those who are living around us that do not have saving faith in Jesus?  May God’s Holy Spirit give us a renewed passion for the lost!



Lenten Supper(hosts: the Pankops)Wednesday6:00 pm

Wednesday Lent ServiceWednesday7:00 pm

Prayer Outreach at Enchanted HillsThursday3:00 pm

Divine Servicewith Holy CommunionSunday9:30 am

Studies after Fellowship, all agesSunday11:00 am





Jesus Rescues Us from Death and Brings Us into Heaven

The prophet Jeremiah faithfully preached “all that the Lord had commanded him to speak to all the people” (Jer. 26:8). He called the people to repentance, lest the Lord’s judgment come upon them. The violence that Jeremiah suffered for this preaching foreshadowed the cross and Passion of Christ Jesus, who suffered the judgment of God for the redemption of all people. For Jesus “comes in the name of the Lord” (Luke 13:35) in order to lay down His life for the sins of the world. Earthly Jerusalem was blind to His gracious visitation, and it put Him to death like the prophets before Him. Yet, His sacrifice upon the cross became the cornerstone of the new Jerusalem, His Church. He visits us today in mercy with His preaching of forgiveness, to gather us to Himself within that holy city, “as a hen gathers her brood under her wings” (Luke 13:34), for “our citizenship is in heaven” (Phil. 3:20). 




Continue to encourage your children in their Lenten preparation.  During worship, point out the places where our Lord comes to us (i.e., God’s Word, Holy Communion, Holy Baptism, the Absolution after confession).  Remember that being their example on this Lenten journey makes a difference!




Why do we celebrate Lent for six weeks? Don’t forget what Lent is all about!  It is a time when we are reminded of what Jesus gave up for us, and a time when we look forward to and prepare for His death and resurrection!  We celebrate Lent for six weeks.  Not counting Sundays, this adds up to forty days.  These forty days remind us of Christ’s temptation (Matt 4:1-11) in the wilderness by Satan for forty days.  We remember the temptation of the Israelites in the desert after the Lord had delivered them from Egypt.  This lasted forty years (Num 14:34).  Finally, we can remember the story of Noah and his family.  After forty days and forty nights in the ark, it finally stopped raining, and the Lord delivered then just as He promised (Gen 7:17).  During these forty days of Lent, we remember the faithfulness of God to His people and how His faithfulness is complete in Jesus Christ, our Savior.  Jesus remains faithful to us, always being where He promises to be:  in His Word and Sacraments.



Elder – James BartzschOrganist – James Bartzsch

Altar Guild – Beth BeckerUshers – Jeff Becker & Kris West

Acolyte Amanda WestCrucifer – Johnathon West

Fellowship – The MowreysCounters – Don Tatman & Tim Hamann


Elder – John PankopOrganist – James Bartzsch

Altar Guild – Sandra Tatman Ushers – Jeff Becker & Kris West

Acolyte  Autumn WinegardenCrucifer – Evie Winegarden

Fellowship – The HamannsCounters – Don Tatman & Tim Hamann


We welcome into the pulpit this morning Rev Galen Drawbaugh who will also conduct the Adult study this morning.


Flowers in the sanctuary today are given to the GLORY OF GOD by Pastor and Meg in celebration of their anniversary.


Order forms for flowers for Easter service are found on the table in the narthex. See an Altar Guild member if you have questions.


Portals of Prayer for April – June are available on the table by the center glass doors in Mueller Hall.  



LWML Mites will be collected today after serviceThere is not a meeting today.




Forgiveness, Reconciliation, Restoration? What does it mean for the Christian?  How do you forgive?  Are there still consequences for sin? How do you restore what has been lost? Bible study coming in May on Saturday mornings covering these questions and more.


Pastor will be back TuesdayPlease call an Elder should a spiritual need arise.Pastor Mommens of St John’s in Columbia City will cover the flock for emergencies. Ph. (260) 244-3712.


Our Outdoor Sign. The weather over the years has cracked the rails that hold the letters in place.  Board for Congregational Life is working on replacements rails.


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