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

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

Phone 605-225-7106, Email
Rev. Alan Ludwig – Cell # 509-540-9083
Pastor’s email:
Secretary’s Office Hours M–F 9:00am – 2:00pm
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost – July 14, 2024

Prayer before worship: O Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, who have given us Your precious Word and blessed us with every physical blessing: we acknowledge that we are unworthy of all these things and have certainly deserved much worse, and we beseech You to forgive us our sins, that we, being supported and defended by You both now and forever, may praise and glorify You for eternity. Amen.

Sermon: “Man between Good and Evil”
Text: Mark 6:14-29
  Our Savior  St. John’s
Order of Service LSB 151 – Communion LSB 184 – Communion  
Hymns 912, 743, 634, 628, 682, 921 912, 743, 628, 921

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.

Our Communion Practice: Lutherans believe that the Lord’s Supper demonstrates a oneness with Christ in faith, life, and worship among those who receive Communion. Reception of the Lord’s Supper by Christians not in fellowship with us would imply a oneness which does not yet exist. For this reason, we welcome those with whom we have “altar and pulpit fellowship” to the Lord’s Supper. This includes members of sister congregations of the LCMS, members of the American Association of Lutheran Churches, and Lutheran Church Canada; as well as members of partner churches throughout the World. If you would like to know more about this practice, please arrange a time to speak with our pastor. 

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, Betty Meints, Verdena Dabbert, Lorraine Krage.
For the children we sponsor through Mission Haiti: Michelet Voltaire, Michel Djoury, and Orgea Djouna.
And for Logan Ringgenberg, who is at Basic Training.

Introit                                                                      Psalm 143:1–2, 8a; antiphon: v. 11
For your name’s sake, O Lord, pre- | serve my life!*
   In your righteousness bring my soul out of | trouble!
Hear my prayer, O Lord; give ear to my pleas for | mercy!*
   In your faithfulness answer me, in your | righteousness!
Enter not into judgment with your | servant,*
   for no one living is righteous be- | fore you.
Let me hear in the morning of your | steadfast love,*
   for in | you I trust.
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.
For your name’s sake, O Lord, pre- | serve my life!*
   In your righteousness bring my soul out of | trouble!
Collect of the Day
O Lord, You granted Your prophets strength to resist the temptations of the devil and courage to proclaim repentance. Give us pure hearts and minds to follow Your Son faithfully even into suffering and death; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Old Testament Reading                                                                       Amos 7:7–15
   7This is what [the Lord God] showed me: behold, the Lord was standing beside a wall built with a plumb line, with a plumb line in his hand. 8And the Lord said to me, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A plumb line.” Then the Lord said,
“Behold, I am setting a plumb line
   in the midst of my people Israel;
   I will never again pass by them;
9the high places of Isaac shall be made desolate,
   and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste,
   and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.”
   10Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, “Amos has conspired against you in the midst of the house of Israel. The land is not able to bear all his words. 11For thus Amos has said,
“‘Jeroboam shall die by the sword,
   and Israel must go into exile
   away from his land.’”
12And Amaziah said to Amos, “O seer, go, flee away to the land of Judah, and eat bread there, and prophesy there, 13but never again prophesy at Bethel, for it is the king’s sanctuary, and it is a temple of the kingdom.”
   14Then Amos answered and said to Amaziah, “I was no prophet, nor a prophet’s son, but I was a herdsman and a dresser of sycamore figs. 15But the Lord took me from following the flock, and the Lord said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’”
Gradual                                                                                          Romans 11:33, 36
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowl- | edge of God!*
   How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable | his ways!
For from him and through him and to him are | all things.*
   To him be glory forever. | Amen.
Epistle                                                                                            Ephesians 1:3–14
   3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. 7In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
   11In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. 13In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
Holy Gospel                                                                                         Mark 6:14–29
   14King Herod heard of it, for Jesus’ name had become known. Some said, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead. That is why these miraculous powers are at work in him.” 15But others said, “He is Elijah.” And others said, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.” 16But when Herod heard of it, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.” 17For it was Herod who had sent and seized John and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, because he had married her. 18For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” 19And Herodias had a grudge against him and wanted to put him to death. But she could not, 20for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed, and yet he heard him gladly.
   21But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his nobles and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee. 22For when Herodias’s daughter came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests. And the king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it to you.” 23And he vowed to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, up to half of my kingdom.” 24And she went out and said to her mother, “For what should I ask?” And she said, “The head of John the Baptist.” 25And she came in immediately with haste to the king and asked, saying, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” 26And the king was exceedingly sorry, but because of his oaths and his guests he did not want to break his word to her. 27And immediately the king sent an executioner with orders to bring John’s head. He went and beheaded him in the prison 28and brought his head on a platter and gave it to the girl, and the girl gave it to her mother. 29When his disciples heard of it, they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.

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: SOS
Ushers: Josh & Desa Larson
Next Week: Karl & Val Eichler
Last Week: Attendance – 42; Offering – $2,602

Our Savior
Organist: SOS
Greeter: Bill DeYoung
Elders: Brandon Christianson & Russell Brandt
Altar Guild: Rayma Scepaniak
Acolytes: Tucker Brick & Cashlyn Angerhofer
Last Week: Attendance – 95
Offering – General Fund $3,263 

Schedule for the Week
Sunday                St. John’s Divine Service with Communion – 8:15 am
                           Voters Meeting at Our Savior – 9:30 am
                           Our Savior Divine Service with Communion – 10:45 am
                           Circuit Youth Day Out at Mina Lake – 3:00-6:00 pm
Monday               Mat Ladies – 1:00 pm
                           Deacons – 3:30 pm
                           Softball – 8:30 pm at Players Field, field A
Tuesday              Coffee & Confessions – 6:30 am
Wednesday          Staff Devotion – 9:00 am             
                           Vespers – 6:00 pm
                           Bible Study – 6:30 pm
Next Sunday        St. John’s Service of the Word – 8:15 am
                           Bible Study at St. John’s – after the service
                           Our Savior Divine Service with Communion – 10:45 am
                           Board of Education – after the service

Pastor Ludwig will be in the office during the morning on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Lutheran Witness – The June/July issue of LW is available in the narthex.

Portals of Prayer for July – September are available in the narthex.

Church League Softball – We will have a game on Monday, July 15th at 8:30 pm, at Players Field (the new north complex) on field A. Come out to cheer on our team!

The Gift Planning Seminar sponsored by the Rural Gospel Initiative recently held on March 17, 2024 is now available to watch by going to, click on the “Events” tab and choose “Watch Video.” You can also type the following into your search bar: Gift Planning Presentation RGI – YouTube then hit enter. For more information please contact Ray Larson, 605-380-4835, RGI Chairman.

Brown County Fair LFL Booth – The Aberdeen Area Lutherans for Life will have a booth at the Brown County Fair. We are asking each church to help with coverage for the assigned days. Please consider volunteering an hour or two of your time for this life saving cause. There is a sign-up sheet in the narthex. 
Our Savior Aberdeen - Tuesday August 13th 
Trinity Mansfield - Wednesday August 14th 
St. John's Columbia - Thursday August 15th 
St. John's - Groton - Friday August 16th 
St. Paul's Aberdeen - Saturday August 17th 
Our Savior Aberdeen - Sunday August 18th 

LCMS Stewardship Ministry – Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
Amos 7:8 – “And the LORD said to me, ‘Amos, what do you see?’ And I said, ‘A plumb line.’ Then the Lord said, ‘Behold, I am setting a plumb line in the midst of my people Israel; I will never again pass by them.’” In the book of Amos, the Lord condemns the people for their lack of kindness, charity, and generosity toward the weak and lowly. God takes great offense at this because His activity toward us is built on kindness, charity, and generosity. He wants us to respond in kind.

Building Healthy Families: Humility is hard to come by during a difficult conversation - especially when you’re sure you are right and your husband (or wife, or child, or parent, or co-worker, or pastor…) is wrong. Here are three simple but powerful words to remember that will help when conflict comes in any relationship: I am sorry. “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1    Lutheran Family Service

Aberdeen Circuit Youth Events July-August 2024
July 14th: Day out at Mina Lake – 3:00-6:00 pm
Meet at Mina Lake State Recreation Area: 402 Park Ave, Mina, SD 57451. Bring swimming attire as well as suntan lotion, and snacks. There will be hopefully 2 different boats to take people out on tubes and what-not. Barbecue, Water Sports  (tubing, skiing, wakeboarding, swimming), Campfire

July 28th: Lock-in at St Paul’s - Nerf War, Games, Movies, Late Night Worship Time, BYO snacks/drinks/games/nerf guns
August 4th: Wylie Park cookout - Barbecue, beach activities, Thunder Road
August 18th: Game Night - Bible Study, Games, Bonfire, Smores
(more details coming soon about these events)
The Lord Jesus Brings His People through Death into Life by the Preaching of Repentance
Amos did not choose to be a prophet, but the Lord took him “from following the flock” and said to him, “Go, prophesy to my people Israel” (Amos 7:15). It was a hard word given him to preach: King Jeroboam would “die by the sword,” and Israel would “go into exile away from his land” (Amos 7:10–11). For this word, Amos was hated and threatened. St. John the Baptist also suffered for his faithful preaching of repentance. King Herod “sent and seized John and bound him in prison,” even though he knew that John “was a righteous and holy man” (Mark 6:17, 20). Out of pride and fear, Herod “sent an executioner with orders to bring John’s head” (Mark 6:27). Yet in Christ, St. John the Baptist “has been raised from the dead” (Mark 6:14, 16). For Christ is the destruction of death itself “before the foundation of the world,” and even now by faith, “the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” has blessed us in Christ “with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” (Eph. 1:3–4). Through Baptism into Christ, you also “were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit” for life and salvation (Eph. 1:13).
Main Street Living – 10:00 AM- This Is the Life – “My Husband, My Sorrow” – A man and woman must deal with whether they should consummate an adulterous affair.   10:30 AM- Rev. Chris Amen, pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Pipestone, MN, presents today’s message. 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 – The gracious words of God change our lives for the better, tell us of our inheritance, and remind us that we are part of a much larger family. Guest Speaker Rev. Dr. Daniel Paavola delivers the message "Words of Grace Build Us Up” based on Acts 20:32. Listen to The Lutheran Hour on 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

EQUIPPING THE PRIESTHOOD OF ALL BELIEVERS… Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show and podcast produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL and hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken.  This week's teachings include: The Scopes Monkey Trial, Liturgy as Discipleship, Jesus Feeding the Five Thousand, A Tree and Its Fruit, The Destiny of the Righteous in the Book of Psalms and more.  You can listen at your convenience at, the LPR mobile app, Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Apple HomePod, TuneIn or a podcast provider.