St. Johns - Weekly Bulletin

  St. Johns - Weekly Bulletin  

St. John’s Lutheran Church
23 North James Street – Columbia, SD 57433

Our Savior Lutheran Church
624 North Jay Street – Aberdeen, SD 57401

Phone 605-225-7106, Email
Rev. Jordon Andreasen – Cell # 605-290-5442
Pastor’s email:
Assistant Pastor - Rev. Alan Ludwig
Secretary’s Office Hours M–F 9:00am - 2:00pm
 17th Sunday after Trinity – October 1, 2023

Prayer before worship: Lord God, heavenly Father, we beseech You to so rule and direct us by Your Holy Spirit that we may keep ourselves in Your fear and not grow proud, but with our whole heart hear and receive Your Word and truly keep the Sabbath holy, that we being sanctified by Your Word may, first, put all our trust and hope in Your Son,  Jesus Christ as our only righteousness and redemption, and secondly, amend our lives according to Your Word and avoid all offense, until by Your grace in Christ we obtain eternal salvation. Amen.  

Sermon Title: “One”
Sermon Text: Ephesians 4:1-6
  Our Savior  St. John’s
Order of Service LSB 151 – Communion LSB 219     
Hymns 578, 557, 623, 618, 696, 934 578, 557, 934

Welcome! We ask all of you, both visitors and members, to sign a Welcome card located in the pew rack. Please fill out this card, place it in the offering plate, or hand it to an usher as you leave the service.

Prayers – For our home-bound members: St. John’s – Alfred Larson.
Our Savior – Charlotte Scepaniak, Doris Vilhauer, Betty Zundel, Vi Schnaidt, Ken & Dorothy Maas, Loretta Podoll, Larry Nupen, Evelyn Grieben, Mamie Stugelmeyer, Betty Meints, Verdena Dabbert, Lorraine Krage.
And for the children we sponsor through Mission Haiti: Michelet Voltaire, Michel Djoury, and Orgea Djouna.

Introit                                                                    Psalm 119:1–2, 5–6; antiphon: vv. 137, 124
Righteous are you, | O Lord,*
   and right are your | just decrees.
Deal with your servant according to your | steadfast love,*
   and teach me your | statutes.
Blessèd are those whose way is | blameless,*
   who walk in the law | of the Lord!
Blessèd are those who keep his testi- | monies,*
   who seek him with their | whole heart.
Oh that my ways may be | steadfast*
   in keeping your | statutes!
Then I shall not be | put to shame,*
   having my eyes fixed on all your com- | mandments.
Glory be to the Father and | to the Son*
   and to the Holy | Spirit;
as it was in the be- | ginning,*
   is now, and will be forever. | Amen.
Righteous are you, | O Lord,*
   and right are your | just decrees.
Deal with your servant according to your | steadfast love,*
   and teach me your | statutes.
Collect of the Day
Lord, we implore You, grant Your people grace to withstand the temptations of the devil and with pure hearts and minds to follow You, the only God; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Old Testament Reading                                                                          Proverbs 25:6–14
6Do not put yourself forward in the king’s presence
   or stand in the place of the great,
7for it is better to be told, “Come up here,”
   than to be put lower in the presence of a noble.
What your eyes have seen
   8do not hastily bring into court,
for what will you do in the end,
   when your neighbor puts you to shame?
9Argue your case with your neighbor himself,
   and do not reveal another’s secret,
10lest he who hears you bring shame upon you,
   and your ill repute have no end.
11A word fitly spoken
   is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.
12Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold
   is a wise reprover to a listening ear.
13Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest
   is a faithful messenger to those who send him;
   he refreshes the soul of his masters.
14Like clouds and wind without rain
   is a man who boasts of a gift he does not give.
Gradual                                                                                                        Psalm 33:12, 6
Blessèd is the nation whose God | is the Lord,*
   the people whom he has chosen as his | heritage!
By the word of the Lord the heav- | ens were made,*
   and by the breath of his mouth | all their host.
Epistle                                                                                                        Ephesians 4:1–6
   1I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
Holy Gospel                                                                                                   Luke 14:1–11
   1One Sabbath, when [Jesus] went to dine at the house of a ruler of the Pharisees, they were watching him carefully. 2And behold, there was a man before him who had dropsy. 3And Jesus responded to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath, or not?” 4But they remained silent. Then he took him and healed him and sent him away. 5And he said to them, “Which of you, having a son or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day, will not immediately pull him out?” 6And they could not reply to these things.
   7Now he told a parable to those who were invited, when he noticed how they chose the places of honor, saying to them, 8“When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in a place of honor, lest someone more distinguished than you be invited by him, 9and he who invited you both will come and say to you, ‘Give your place to this person,’ and then you will begin with shame to take the lowest place. 10But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at table with you. 11For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
The Introit, Collect, Gradual, and Verse are from Lutheran service Book: Altar Book, copyright 2006 CPH. All Scripture quotations, including those from Luthern Service Book, are from the ESV Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version), copyright 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

St. John’s
Organist: Zachary Daggett
Ushers: Anna Bisbee & Logan Ringgenberg
Next Week: Brent & Barb Miller
Last Week: Attendance – 28; Offering – $1,116

Our Savior
Organist: Zachary Daggett
Elders: Douglas Klipfel & Don Hoops
Altar Guild: Sharon Bain & Ann Lee
Acolytes: Tucker Brick & Teigan McKown
Last Week: Attendance – 125; Sunday School – 25
Offering – General Fund $1,710; Sunday School $4; Catechism $20;
Total $1,734

Schedule for the Week
Sunday                 St. John’s Service of the Word – 8:15 am
                            Bible Study at St. John’s – after the service
                            Sunday School – 9:30 am
                            Our Savior Divine Service with Communion – 10:45 am
Monday                Mat Ladies – 1:00 pm
                            LWML – 3:30 pm
Tuesday               Deacons – 9:00 am
Wednesday           Staff Devotion – 9:00 am
                            Catechism Class – 5:00 pm
                            Vespers – 6:00 pm
                            Bible Study – 6:30 pm
Friday                   Game Night – 7:00 pm
Saturday               Patty’s 90th Birthday Open House – 2:00-4:00 pm
Next Sunday         St. John’s Divine Service with Communion – 8:15 am
                            Sunday School – 9:30 am
                            Bible Study at Our Savior – 9:45 am
                            Our Savior Divine Service with Communion – 10:45 am
                            Nursery Circle – after the service
Pastor Andreasen will be attending the SD District Fall Pastors’ Conference in Rapid City on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 2nd and 3rd.  Therefore, there will be no Coffee & Confessions on Oct. 3rd.

Today is LWML Sunday. The theme, “The King Is Coming,” is based on Psalm 24:7-10 — Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD, strong and mighty, the LORD, mighty in battle! Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory!
Throughout human history, God pictured the coming redemptive King through various images of His promise, providence, provision, and protection for His people. We could easily become down and out because of the evil of our world, and quickly give up because of the constant bad news; but hope, peace, joy, and love is the promise of our God for His people. Christ is the King of Glory! The Gospel is our only hope, as the King of glory comes in, with, and through the Gospel, as we were buried with Him in Baptism and raised with Him to a new life!
In fervent gratitude for the Savior’s dying love and His blood-bought gift of redemption, we dedicate ourselves to Him with all that we are and have; and in obedience to His call for workers in the harvest fields, we pledge Him our willing service wherever and whenever He has need of us.  We consecrate to our Savior our hands to work for Him, our feet to go on His errands, our voice to sing His praises, our lips to proclaim His redeeming love, our silver and our gold to extend His Kingdom, our will to do His will, and every power of our life to the great task of bringing the lost and the erring into eternal fellowship with Him.  Amen.

The LWML “Bakeless” Bake Sale will run through October 1st.  There is a container in the narthex for monetary donations.  Thank you to everyone for your generosity in helping with our mission fundraiser.

LWML Aberdeen Zone Fall Rally –
Saturday, October 14, 2023
Our Savior Lutheran Church, Aberdeen
Registration: 12:30 pm
Opening Devotions: 1:00 pm
Guest Speaker: from the New Beginnings Center in Aberdeen
Business Meeting: 2:30 pm
Closing Devotions: 3:00 pm
In-Gathering: Hygiene kits for mission trip to Guatemala – Items should be travel-size and put in gallon Ziploc plastic bags: comb, wash cloth, shampoo, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, and nail clippers.

October Newsletters have been sent out, or are in the narthex for those who pick it up here.

Portals of Prayer for October – December are available in the narthex.

You’re Invited – The annual meatball dinner at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Aberdeen will be Sunday, October 1st, 4:30-6:30 pm. The cost is $12 for adults and $5 for children age 6-12.

Game Night – The Board of Public Relations will host a game night on Friday, October 6th at 7:00 pm, for community-building and getting to know one another. Hot cocoa and tea will be provided. You can bring games and snacks to share.

Birthday Open House – Please join us to celebrate Patty Wiedmeier’s 90th Birthday! Her family is hosting an open house on Saturday, October 7th from 2:00-4:00 pm at Our Savior.

The Quarterly Voters Meeting at Our Savior will be Sunday, October 15th at 9:30 am.  Please attend to help conduct the business of the church.

Christmon Ornaments: If there is anyone in church that does not have a set of Christmon Ornaments or the Advent Devotional that went with them but would like one, please talk to Alison Andreasen or let Cherise know by Oct. 29th. The cost for the Devotional is free. The cost for the Christmon set is $80 from the member, and the Board of Ed will cover the remaining cost.  

LCMS Stewardship Ministry – October 1 – Trinity 17
Luke 14:11 – “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” The kingdom of God is always upside down and backwards like this. We must die in order to live. We must be humbled so we can be exalted. It’s like this with giving as well. When we give away, then we receive much more than we bargained for: peace of mind, contentment, joy.

Building Healthy Families: Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit…therefore honor God with your body. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) Guess what? This instruction isn’t just for young people! How are we – young and old people alike – doing at taking care of our physical bodies where God’s Spirit dwells? No matter your age, do something this week that will make your body stronger and healthier. Choose a healthy snack, drink less, or go for a walk and invite a friend or neighbor to join you. Shared activity makes it more fun and creates an open door for conversation about wellness, including spiritual wellness. This week, honor God with your body…no matter how many years it’s been around!
Lutheran Family Service

Whoever Humbles Himself Will Be Exalted
“Do not put yourself forward in the king’s presence” (Prov. 25:6–14). Rather, take the lowest position at the table. Humble yourself before Him. For your place is not for you to take but for Him to give. Conduct yourself with all lowliness and gentleness, bearing with one another in love (Eph. 4:1–6), that the King may give you glory in the presence of those at the table with you. “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Luke 14:1–11). Is this not the way of Christ? He is the one who took the lowest place, who humbled Himself even to the point of death for us. He is now exalted to the highest place at the right hand of the Father that penitent believers may be exalted together with Him in the resurrection. To the humble at His Supper He says, “Friend, move up higher,” giving you His very body and blood for your forgiveness that you may ascend to take part in the great wedding feast which has no end.
Main Street Living – 10:00 AM- This Is the Life - “Like Father, Like Son” – A father’s example leads to his son making questionable choices at school.  10:30 AM- Rev. Gregory Hinners, pastor at St. John, St. Peter, and Our Redeemer Lutheran Churches in Norris, Midland, and Philip, SD presents the message “By What Authority?” based on Matthew 21:23-27. Watch Main Street Living on Sunday mornings on KDLT NBC TV. The worship segment also airs on Saturdays at 5:00 pm. Past shows are archived at

The Lutheran Hour – When life becomes a bewildering maze, Jesus is our way through and our way out. Guest speaker Rev. Dr. Dean Nadasdy delivers the message "The Way Through the Maze,” based on Psalm 25:4-5. Listen to The Lutheran Hour Sunday mornings at 9:00 on KAWZ 88.1 FM, or on Sirius-XM Family Talk 131 at 9:00 am. Sermons are also archived on the website

A LUTHERAN VIEW OF DEPRESSION… You can listen to the new audiobook, "I Trust When Dark My Road: A Lutheran View of Depression" by Pastor Todd Peperkorn.  Go to, enter your email address, and you’ll receive a link to “I Trust When Dark My Road.”  This new audiobook is produced by Lutheran Public Radio based in Collinsville, IL.  LPR produces radio talk shows, podcasts, and 24/7 sacred music and talk stations.