Sunday Bulletin

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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 oursaviorlutheran@nvc.net
www.oursaviorlutheranchurchaberdeen.com
Rev. Alan Ludwig – Cell # 509-540-9083
Pastor’s email: lutheranprof@gmail.com
Secretary’s Office Hours M–F 9:00am – 2:00pm
 
3rd Sunday in Lent – March 3, 2024

Prayer before worship: Lord God, heavenly Father, who sent Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, to be made man, that He might crush the devil’s tyranny and protect us men from our wicked adversary: we thank You for this gracious help, and we beseech You in all tribulations graciously to come to our aid, to keep us from complacency, and by Your Holy Spirit mercifully to sustain us in Your Word and holy fear, that we may abide in peace from the evil foe until our end, and through Your Son obtain eternal salvation. Amen.
 
Sermon: “A Sign of a Sign”   Text: John 2:13-22
 
  Our Savior  St. John’s
Order of Service LSB 151 – Communion LSB 219  (Psalm 19)        
Hymns 435, 823, 428, 420, 438, 433 435, 437, 433

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 LC-MS, 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, 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 69:14–16; antiphon: v. 9
For zeal for your house has con- | sumed me,*
   and the reproaches of those who reproach you have fall- | en on me.
Deliver me from sinking | in the mire;*
   let me be delivered from my enemies and from the deep | waters.
Let not the flood sweep over me, or the deep swal- | low me up,*
   or the pit close its mouth | over me.
Answer me, O Lord, for your steadfast | love is good;*
   according to your abundant mercy, | turn to me.
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 zeal for your house has con- | sumed me,*
   and the reproaches of those who reproach you have fall- | en on me.
 
Collect of the Day
O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy, be gracious to all who have gone astray from Your ways and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of Your Word; 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                                                                            Exodus 20:1–17
   1And God spoke all these words, saying,
   2“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
   3“You shall have no other gods before me.
   4“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, 6but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.
   7“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.
   8“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 10but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. 11For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
   12“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.
   13“You shall not murder.
   14“You shall not commit adultery.
   15“You shall not steal.
   16“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
   17“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”
 
Gradual                                                                                                          Hebrews 12:2
[O come, let us fix our eyes on] | Jesus,*
   the founder and perfecter | of our faith,
who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despis- | ing the shame,*
   and is seated at the right hand of the | throne of God.
 
Epistle                                                                                                1 Corinthians 1:18–31
   18The word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19For it is written,
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
   and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”
20Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 22For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
   26For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. 30He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom and our righteousness and sanctification and redemption. 31Therefore, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
 
Holy Gospel                                                                                                   John 2:13–22
   13The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. 15And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. 16And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade.” 17His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”
   18So the Jews said to him, “What sign do you show us for doing these things?” 19Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?” 21But he was speaking about the temple of his body. 22When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.
 
Acknowledgments
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 Larson & Anna Bisbee
Next Week: Roger & Sharon Zastrow
Last Week: Attendance – 23; Offering – $940

Our Savior
Organist: SOS
Elders: Russell Brandt & Brandon Christianson
Altar Guild: Patricia Ludwig & Sarah Rausch
Acolytes: Rhyan Johnson & Cashlyn Angerhofer
Last Week: Attendance – 115; Sunday School – 25; Wednesday – 75
Offering – General Fund $2,451.75; Sunday School $16.55; Total $2,468.30

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
                           Call Meeting – 4:00 pm
Monday               Mat Ladies – 1:00 pm
                           LWML – 3:30 pm
                           Deacons – 3:30pm
Tuesday              Coffee & Confessions – 6:30 am
Wednesday          Staff Devotion – 9:00 am             
                           Catechism Class – 5:00 pm
                           Lent Potluck – 5:30 pm
                           Lent Service – 6:30 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 Ludwig will be in the office during the morning on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Call Meeting – Rev. Daniel Suelzle has returned the call (declined) to serve our congregations. The next call meeting will be today, March 3rd at 4:00 pm at Our Savior. Please attend to place your vote for the next pastor to be called.

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

Midweek Lenten Services will be at Our Savior on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm through March 20th, preceded by a potluck meal beginning at 5:30 pm. All the Lenten meals this year will be potluck. Catechism class will continue to meet at 5:00 pm, and will have time for supper between class and the service.

Bible Bowl – Youth 6th grade and up have begun studying for Bible Bowl after the services, continuing into March. There is a sign-up sheet in the kitchen window if you’d like to provide a lunch for them. Bible Bowl will be at Faith Lutheran Church in Pierre on Saturday, March 23rd

In-House Congregational Bible Bowl – We will have an “In-House” Bible Bowl again this year. Gather a team of 3 or 4 individuals and sign-up with a "team name". Topics will be Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Philemon, Psalm 118, and the Apostles’ Creed. Even if you can't get a team together, plan to come and enjoy the fellowship on Sunday, March 17th at Our Savior after the service. We will have pizza for lunch. If you have any questions about Bible Bowl, contact Eric Johnson at 605-216-6701.

Lutheran Island Camp Men’s Weekend – March 8-10, 2024 in Henning, MN. Dr. David Coe is our speaker for the 2024 Men's Weekend! He is a theology professor at Concordia University NE and the author of the book "Provoking Proverbs: Wisdom and the Ten Commandments". You won't want to miss this weekend full of theological learning, fellowship, and fun! The cost is $155 and includes food, lodging, and Dr. Coe's book. If you’d like to attend this retreat, please contact Eric Johnson at 605-216-6701.

Coed 3v3 Basketball Tournament – Inviting all girls, boys, and adults to join us for some friendly competition between Circuit 1 churches at Aberdeen Christian School on Sunday, March 24th, 2024. The co-ed 3v3 basketball tournament will start at 2:00 pm and end around 7:00 pm, or when the championship game is finished (whichever comes first). Churches can bring as many teams as they want. A team must have 1 girl on the floor at all times, and no more than 2 adults on the floor at a time. There is no limit to the number of players on any given team. And even if you don’t have a team, come anyway and we’ll provide you with teammates! We will also have a Bible study and snacks will be provided. Register no later than Sunday, March 17th by emailing DCE Michael Leapley with your team’s name and players: michaell@stpaulsaberdeen.org. Please bring a $5 registration fee for each team.
 
Holy Week
Palm Sunday is March 24th, with regular service times.  At Our Savior, the Sunday School children will sing at the opening of the service, and have the 3rd grade Bible presentation.
Maundy Thursday – On March 28th at St. John’s in Columbia, a light supper, pie, and coffee will be served from 5:30-6:30 pm, followed by a service with Holy Communion at 7:00 pm. The van will go to St. John’s if anyone wants a ride (contact the church office or Eric Johnson 605-216-6701).
Good Friday – March 29th at Our Savior there will be a short service of readings and prayer at noon, and the Good Friday Service at 7:00 pm.
Holy Saturday – Our Savior will host the circuit Easter Vigil service with Holy Communion on March 30th at 7:00 pm.
Easter –We will have Divine Service with Communion at our regular times: 8:15 am at St. John’s, and 10:45 am at Our Savior. The youth group will serve breakfast at Our Savior starting at 9:30 am.  There will be no Sunday School or Bible Class.

You Are Invited! Be our guest at an LCMS Foundation Gift Giving Seminar on Sunday, March 17th at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 214 7th Ave SW, Aberdeen, SD, with presentations at 1:00 and 5:00. A light lunch will be served at both. Kurt Fuhr, LCMS Foundation Counselor, will be the presenter. There is no charge to attend. To sign up by March 10th, call or text 605-887-7130 or email pganderson@nrctv.com. For more info go to www.RuralGospel.org and choose the events tab. Hosted by the Rural Gospel Initiative (RGI).
Gift planning is simply information on how assets you already have might be packaged into a gift instrument that fits you. With Kurt Fuhr’s professional service - at no cost to you as member of the LCMS - he will advise how various gifting avenues could bless others and benefit you. For those who are interested Kurt will meet individually at another time to set up their plan.

LCMS Stewardship Ministry – March 3 – 3rd Sunday in Lent
John 2:16 – “And he told those who sold the pigeons, ‘Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade.’” The Lord’s house is not a place to sell, but a place to receive and a place to give. It’s not a place for our schemes and plans. Instead, the church is a place for the Lord’s gracious giving and our faithful sacrifices in response.

Building Healthy Families: “Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been,” wrote Mark Twain. Yet today we spend millions of dollars trying to look and feel younger than our years. As Christians, we know our value is not found in how we look or in what we can do. We are valuable – even as the number of our limitations (and wrinkles) increase with each passing year – because Jesus says we are. He demonstrated our value by giving His life as a ransom for ours. Does that make us valuable? You bet! Which older members of your church family would welcome a visit, telephone call or card from you this week? Let them know they’re not forgotten and how valuable they (still) are!    Lutheran Family Service  www.LutheranFamilyService.org
  
 
The Crucified and Risen Body of Jesus Is the True Temple
of the Lord
The Lord rescues His people, Israel, “out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery” (Ex. 20:2) and makes His gracious covenant with them, defined by the Ten Commandments. Since He has become their God by His grace, they shall be His people, having “no other gods” before Him (Ex. 20:3). He is “jealous” for them as a husband for his wife and as a father for his children. He has named them with His name and called them to rest in Him (Ex. 20:5–9). The incarnate Son, Christ Jesus, is likewise jealous for His Father’s house, because it is to be a place of divine grace and Sabbath rest for His people, and not “a house of trade” (John 2:16–17). His zeal consumes Him as He gives up “the temple of his body” to the destruction of the cross, but in three days He raises it up again to be the true temple forever (John 2:17–21). By His crucifixion He cleanses the entire household, and in His resurrection He becomes “wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption” (1 Cor. 1:30).
 
 
Main Street Living – 10:00 AM- This Is the Life - “Betrayed” – A man struggles to do what is right after a reporter uncovers shady dealings in his business. 
10:30 AM- Rev. Matthew Nix, pastor at Christ Lutheran and Trinity Lutheran Church of the Deaf in Sioux Falls, presents the message “Let Nothing Divide You from Christ,” based on Luke 11:14-28. 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 www.mainstreetliving.com.    

The Lutheran Hour – The more you listen to the life of Jesus, the more you admire Him and the more grateful you are to be included in His company. Speaker Rev. Dr. Michael Zeigler delivers the message "Included in Such Company,” based on Mark 10:13-45.  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 www.lutheranhour.org.

HABAKKUK BIBLE STUDY… The Word of the Lord Endures Forever is a daily 15-minute verse-by-verse Bible study produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL and hosted by LCMS Pastor Will Weedon. Pastor Weedon begins a study this week on the Book of Habakkuk. You can listen at your convenience at thewordendures.org, the LPR mobile app and a podcast provider.