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
Rev. Jordon Andreasen – Cell # 605-290-5442
Pastor’s email:
Secretary’s Office Hours M–F 9:00am – 2:00pm
3rd Sunday after Epiphany – January 23, 2022

Prayer before worship: Lord God, heavenly Father, who of great love and mercy gave us Your Son to be made man and die on the cross for us: put Your Holy Spirit into our hearts, that we may confide wholly in Your Son alone, and by Him believe as firmly in the forgiveness of our sins and eternal life as the centurion believed that He would save his sick servant with a word. We have His word that whoever believes in Him will never perish. Grant therefore, dear Father in heaven, that we may believe it with a resolute heart and remain steadfast in it until our final end. Amen.  

Sermon Title:
Sermon Text: Romans 1:8-17
  Our Savior St. John’s
Order of Service LSB 184 – Communion       TLH 15 – Communion                                    
Hymns 902, 647, 642, 577, 652, 839 3, 477, 316, 512
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 – We continue to pray for our home-bound members:
St. John’s – Florence Krege;  Our Savior – Charlotte Scepaniak, Doris Vilhauer, Esther Sieler, Betty Zundel, Naomi Pulling, Calvin & Oriole Nelson, Vera Hyatt, Vi Schnaidt, Lovera Smith, Ken & Dorothy Maas, Loretta Podoll, Larry Nupen.
We also pray for the children we sponsor through Mission Haiti: Michelet Voltaire Jean, Michel Djoury, and Orgea Djouna.

Divine Service Setting III – LSB 184

Confession and Absolution
Hymn of Invocation   
                                                 902 Lord Jesus Christ, Be Present Now
1     Lord Jesus Christ, be present now;
       Our hearts in true devotion bow.
       Your Spirit send with light divine,
       And let Your truth within us shine.
2     Unseal our lips to sing Your praise
       In endless hymns through all our days.
       Increase our faith and light our minds;
       And set us free from doubt that blinds.
3     Then shall we join the hosts that cry,
       “O holy, holy Lord Most High!”
       And in the light of that blest place
       We then shall see You face to face.
4     All glory to the Father, Son,
       And Holy Spirit, Three in One!
       To You, O blessèd Trinity,
       Be praise throughout eternity!
Text: Public domain
The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.
P    In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C    Amen.
P    Beloved in the Lord! Let us draw near with a true heart and confess our sins unto God our Father, beseeching Him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness.
P    Our help is in the name of the Lord,
C    who made heaven and earth.
P    I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord,
C    and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.
Silence for reflection on God’s Word and for self-examination.
P    O almighty God, merciful Father,
C    I, a poor, miserable sinner, confess unto You all my sins and iniquities with which I have ever offended You and justly deserved Your temporal and eternal punishment. But I am heartily sorry for them and sincerely repent of them, and I pray You of Your boundless mercy and for the sake of the holy, innocent, bitter sufferings and death of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to be gracious and merciful to me, a poor, sinful being.
P    Upon this your confession, I, by virtue of my office, as a called and ordained servant of the Word, announce the grace of God unto all of you, and in the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C    Amen.
Service of the Word
                                                                          Psalm 97:1, 10–12; antiphon: vv. 6, 9
The heavens proclaim his righteousness,
   and all the peoples see his glory.
For you, O Lord, are most high over all the earth;
   you are exalted far above all gods.
The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice;
   let the many coastlands be glad!
O you who love the Lord, hate evil!
   He preserves the lives of his saints; he delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
Light is sown for the righteous,
   and joy for the upright in heart.
Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous,
   and give thanks to his holy name!
Glory be to the Father and to the Son
   and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning,
   is now, and will be forever. Amen.
The heavens proclaim his righteousness,
   and all the peoples see his glory.
For you, O Lord, are most high over all the earth;
   you are exalted far above all gods.
Kyrie                                                                                                                      LSB 186
C    Lord, have mercy upon us.
       Christ, have mercy upon us.
       Lord, have mercy upon us.
Gloria in Excelsis                                                                                                  LSB 187
P    Glory be to God on high:
C    and on earth peace, goodwill toward men.
       We praise Thee, we bless Thee, we worship Thee,
       we glorify Thee, we give thanks to Thee, for Thy great glory.
       O Lord God, heav’nly King, God the Father Almighty.
       O Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ;
       O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
       that takest away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us.
       Thou that takest away the sin of the world, receive our prayer.
       Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father, have mercy upon us.
       For Thou only art holy; Thou only art the Lord.
       Thou only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost,
       art most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen.
Salutation and Collect of the Day
P    The Lord be with you.
C    And with thy spirit.
P    Let us pray.
Almighty and everlasting God, mercifully look upon our infirmities and stretch forth the hand of Your majesty to heal and defend us; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C    Amen.
Old Testament Reading                                                                            2 Kings 5:1–15a
   1Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master and in high favor, because by him the Lord had given victory to Syria. He was a mighty man of valor, but he was a leper. 2Now the Syrians on one of their raids had carried off a little girl from the land of Israel, and she worked in the service of Naaman’s wife. 3She said to her mistress, “Would that my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.” 4So Naaman went in and told his lord, “Thus and so spoke the girl from the land of Israel.” 5And the king of Syria said, “Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel.”
   So he went, taking with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold, and ten changes of clothes. 6And he brought the letter to the king of Israel, which read, “When this letter reaches you, know that I have sent to you Naaman my servant, that you may cure him of his leprosy.” 7And when the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes and said, “Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man sends word to me to cure a man of his leprosy? Only consider, and see how he is seeking a quarrel with me.”
   8But when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, he sent to the king, saying, “Why have you torn your clothes? Let him come now to me, that he may know that there is a prophet in Israel.” 9So Naaman came with his horses and chariots and stood at the door of Elisha’s house. 10And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored, and you shall be clean.” 11But Naaman was angry and went away, saying, “Behold, I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call upon the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place and cure the leper. 12Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?” So he turned and went away in a rage. 13But his servants came near and said to him, “My father, it is a great word the prophet has spoken to you; will you not do it? Has he actually said to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” 14So he went down and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God, and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
   15Then he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and he came and stood before him.
P    This is the Word of the Lord.
C    Thanks be to God.
Gradual                                                                                                     Psalm 102:15–16
Nations will fear the name of the Lord,
   and all the kings of the earth will fear your glory.
For the Lord builds up Zion;
   he appears in his glory.
Epistle                                                                                                         Romans 1:8–17
   8First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world. 9For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I mention you 10always in my prayers, asking that somehow by God’s will I may now at last succeed in coming to you. 11For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you— 12that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine. 13I want you to know, brothers, that I have often intended to come to you (but thus far have been prevented), in order that I may reap some harvest among you as well as among the rest of the Gentiles. 14I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. 15So I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome.
   16For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”
P    This is the Word of the Lord.
C    Thanks be to God.
Alleluia                                                                                                                  LSB 190
C    Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.
Holy Gospel                                                                                                Matthew 8:1–13
P    The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the eighth chapter.
C    Glory be to Thee, O Lord.
   1When [Jesus] came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him. 2And behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” 3And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 4And Jesus said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a proof to them.”
   5When he entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, appealing to him, 6“Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, suffering terribly.” 7And he said to him, “I will come and heal him.” 8But the centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 10When Jesus heard this, he marveled and said to those who followed him, “Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel have I found such faith. 11I tell you, many will come from east and west and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, 12while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 13And to the centurion Jesus said, “Go; let it be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed at that very moment.
P    This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C    Praise be to Thee, O Christ.
Nicene Creed
C    I believe in one God,
            the Father Almighty,
            maker of heaven and earth
                 and of all things visible and invisible.
        And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
            the only-begotten Son of God,
            begotten of His Father before all worlds,
            God of God, Light of Light,
            very God of very God,
            begotten, not made,
            being of one substance with the Father,
            by whom all things were made;
            who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven
            and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary
            and was made man;
            and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.
            He suffered and was buried.
            And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures
                 and ascended into heaven
            and sits at the right hand of the Father.
            And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead,
            whose kingdom will have no end.
        And I believe in the Holy Spirit,
            the Lord and giver of life,
            who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
            who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified,
            who spoke by the prophets.
            And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church,
            I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins,
            and I look for the resurrection of the dead
            and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Hymn of the Day                                                     647 Lord Jesus Christ, the Church’s Head
1     Lord Jesus Christ, the Church’s head, You are her one foundation;
       In You she trusts, before You bows, And waits for Your salvation.
       Built on this rock secure, Your Church shall endure
       Though all the world decay And all things pass away.
       O hear, O hear us, Jesus!
2     O Lord, let this Your little flock, Your name alone confessing,
       Continue in Your loving care, True unity possessing.
       Your sacraments, O Lord, And Your saving Word
       To us, Lord, pure retain. Grant that they may remain
       Our only strength and comfort.
3     Help us to serve You evermore With hearts both pure and lowly;
       And may Your Word, that light divine, Shine on in splendor holy
       That we repentance show, In faith ever grow;
       The pow’r of sin destroy And evils that annoy.
       O make us faithful Christians.
4     And for Your Gospel let us dare To sacrifice all treasure;
       Teach us to bear Your blessèd cross, To find in You all pleasure.
       O grant us steadfastness In joy and distress,
       Lest we, Lord, You forsake. Let us by grace partake
       Of endless joy and gladness.
Text: © 1941 Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110004812
P    The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
C    Amen.
Offertory                                                                                                               LSB 192
C    Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
       Cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.
       Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation, and uphold me with Thy free spirit. Amen.
Prayer of the Church
Service of the Sacrament
                                                                                          LSB 194
P    The Lord be with you.
C    And with thy spirit.
P    Lift up your hearts.
C    We lift them up unto the Lord.
P    Let us give thanks unto the Lord, our God.
C    It is meet and right so to do.
P    It is truly meet, right, and salutary . . . evermore praising You and saying:
Sanctus                                                                                                                  LSB 195
C    Holy, holy, holy Lord God of Sabaoth;
       heav’n and earth are full of Thy glory.
       Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.
       Blessed is He, blessed is He, blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord.
       Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.
Lord’s Prayer                                                                                                        LSB 196
C   Our Father who art in heaven,
      hallowed be Thy name,
      Thy kingdom come,
      Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven;
      give us this day our daily bread;
      and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us;
      and lead us not into temptation,
      but deliver us from evil.

      For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.
The Words of Our Lord                                                                                        LSB 197
P    Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My + body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.”
In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My + blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
Pax Domini                                                                                                            LSB 197
P    The peace of the Lord be with you always.
C    Amen.
Agnus Dei                                                                                                              LSB 198
C    O Christ, Thou Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us.
       O Christ, Thou Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us.
       O Christ, Thou Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world, grant us Thy peace. Amen.
The Lord’s Supper
                                                                                  642 O Living Bread from Heaven
1     O living Bread from heaven, How well You feed your guest!
       The gifts that You have given Have filled my heart with rest.
       Oh, wondrous food of blessing, Oh, cup that heals our woes!
       My heart, this gift possessing, With praises overflows.
2     My Lord, You here have led me To this most holy place
       And with Yourself have fed me The treasures of Your grace;
       For You have freely given What earth could never buy,
       The bread of life from heaven, That now I shall not die.
3     You gave me all I wanted; This food can death destroy.
       And You have freely granted The cup of endless joy.
       My Lord, I do not merit The favor You have shown,
       And all my soul and spirit Bow down before Your throne.
4     Lord, grant me then, thus strengthened With heav’nly food, while here
       My course on earth is lengthened, To serve with holy fear.
       And when You call my spirit To leave this world below,
       I enter, through Your merit, Where joys unmingled flow.
Text: Public domain
Hymn                                                                             577 Almighty God, Your Word Is Cast
1     Almighty God, Your Word is cast
       Like seed into the ground;
       Now let the dew of heav’n descend
       And righteous fruits abound.
2     Let not the sly satanic foe
       This holy seed remove,
       But give it root in ev’ry heart
       To bring forth fruits of love.
3     Let not the world’s deceitful cares
       The rising plant destroy,
       But let it yield a hundredfold
       The fruits of peace and joy.
4     So when the precious seed is sown,
       Life-giving grace bestow
       That all whose souls the truth receive
       Its saving pow’r may know.
Text: Public domain
Hymn                                                                                           652 Father, We Thank Thee
1     Father, we thank Thee who hast planted Thy holy name within our hearts.
       Knowledge and faith and life immortal Jesus, Thy Son, to us imparts.
       Thou, Lord, didst make all for Thy pleasure, Didst give us food for all our days,
       Giving in Christ the Bread eternal; Thine is the pow’r, be Thine the praise.
2     Watch o’er Thy Church, O Lord, in mercy, Save it from evil, guard it still,
       Perfect it in Thy love, unite it, Cleansed and conformed unto Thy will.
       As grain, once scattered on the hillsides, Was in this broken bread made one,
       So from all lands Thy Church be gathered Into Thy kingdom by Thy Son.
Text: © The Church Pension Fund. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110004812
Nunc Dimittis                                                                                                        LSB 199
C    Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace according to Thy word,
       for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation, which Thou hast prepared before the face of all people,
       a light to lighten the Gentiles and the glory of Thy people Israel.
       Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost;
       as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Thanksgiving                                                                                                         LSB 200
P    O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good,
C    and His mercy endureth forever.
P    Let us pray.
 . . . through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C    Amen.
P    The Lord be with you.
C    And with thy spirit.
Benedicamus                                                                                                        LSB 202
P    Bless we the Lord.
C    Thanks be to God.
Benediction                                                                                                          LSB 202
P    The Lord bless you and keep you.
       The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you.
       The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and + give you peace.
C    Amen, amen, amen.
Closing Hymn                                                              839 O Christ, Our True and Only Light
1     O Christ, our true and only light,
       Enlighten those who sit in night;
       Let those afar now hear Your voice
       And in Your fold with us rejoice.
2     Fill with the radiance of Your grace
       The souls now lost in error’s maze;
       Enlighten those whose inmost minds
       Some dark delusion haunts and blinds.
3     O gently call those gone astray
       That they may find the saving way!
       Let ev’ry conscience sore oppressed
       In You find peace and heav’nly rest.
4     Shine on the darkened and the cold;
       Recall the wand’rers to Your fold.
       Unite all those who walk apart;
       Confirm the weak and doubting heart,
5     That they with us may evermore
       Such grace with wond’ring thanks adore
       And endless praise to You be giv’n
       By all Your Church in earth and heav’n.
Text: Public domain
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St. John’s
Organist: Phyllis Yeske
Ushers: Mic & Jen Daggett
Next Week: Ray & Cyndy Larson
Last Week: Attendance – 30; Offering – $935

Our Savior
Organist: Zachary Daggett
Elders: Russell Brandt & Brandon Christianson
Altar Guild: Don & Rachel Hoops
Acolytes: Dalton Lee & Rhylan Tschappat
Last Week: Attendance – 73; Sunday School – 20  
Offering – General Fund $2,314; Sunday School $6;
Board of Social Ministry $75; Total $2,395

Schedule for the Week
Sunday            St. John’s Divine Service w/ Communion – 8:15 am
                        Sunday School – 9:30 am
                        Bible Study at Our Savior – 9:45 am
                        Our Savior Divine Service w/ Communion – 10:45 am
                        Adult Catechism Class – after the service
                        Bible Bowl – after the service, until 1:30 pm
                        Ordination & Installation of Ray Anderson – 4:00 pm at St. Paul’s in Leola
Monday           Mat Ladies – 1:00 pm                
Tuesday           Bible Study – 6:30 am
                         Deacons – 9:00 am
Wednesday      Catechism Class – 5:00 pm
                        Prayer Service – 6:00 pm
                        Bible Study – 6:30 pm
Next Sunday    St. John’s Service of the Word – 8:15 am
                        St. John’s Voters’ Meeting – after the service
                        Sunday School – 9:30 am
                        Our Savior Divine Service w/ Communion – 10:45 am
                        Adult Catechism Class – after the service
                        Bible Bowl – after the service
St. John’s Voters’ Meeting will be next week, Sunday, January 30th after the service.

Bible Bowl – The youth 6th grade and up will be preparing for Bible Bowl beginning today after the service, until about 1:30. If you’d like to provide them with a lunch sometime within the next few months, there is a sign-up sheet on the kitchen window counter. The SD District Bible Bowl will be Saturday, March 26th in Pierre.
In addition to the circuit and district Bible Bowl for youth, we plan to have an “In-House” Congregational Bible Bowl again this year. Gather a team of 3 or 4 individuals and sign-up with a "team name". The topics will be Genesis chapters 1-36, and the first article of the Apostle’s Creed from Luther’s Small Catechism. Questions may be multiple choice, fill in the blank, and question/answer format. Even if you can't get a team together, plan to come and enjoy the fellowship! The date is yet to be determined for the in-house Bible Bowl. If you have any questions about Bible Bowl, contact Eric Johnson at 216-6701.

The Ordination & Installation of Ray Anderson at St. Paul’s in Leola will be today at 4:00 pm. You are welcome to attend!

Yearly Statements – A record of your offerings in 2021 can be picked up from the table in the narthex.

Offering Envelopes for 2022 – Please pick up your envelopes in the fellowship hall. Your number may have changed, in order to keep the list in alphabetical order. Throw out any old envelopes you may have in order to avoid mix-ups in record-keeping. Thank you!

Annual Reports – Chairpersons of all Boards and Circles, please turn in the annual report for your group to the office, or email it to

Pennies for Life – In gratitude to God, and as a way of helping the ministry of Lutherans for Life, please give a penny for each year of your life!
Just drop your pennies of gratitude into the “Pennies for Life” jar. When it’s full, a check for the total amount will be sent to Lutherans for Life to help with educational projects and outreach.
Your pennies will help us tell others that life is a precious gift from God!

The LCMS has launched a Million Dollar Life Match. The LCMS will match $1 million in funds dedicated by our congregations for their local pro-life action and activity, including caring for women in crisis pregnancies and providing support for moms, dads and babies. The LCMS will match our congregations’ support of pregnancy resource centers, LCMS Recognized Service Organizations and more. The full name of this effort is the 1 John 3 Initiative Million Dollar Life Match. Indeed, 1 John 3 says it all:
“By this we know love, that [Christ] laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:16–18).

LCMS Stewardship Ministry – January 23  
Matthew 8:8 – “But the centurion replied, ‘Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed.’ ” The Word of the Lord is powerful and effective. What God says, goes. “Let there be light.” And there was light. His Word is still effective and creative for us: “This is my Body given for you.” “Your sins are forgiven.” This is why it is no burden for us to live according to the Word of God. We know that His Word is always bent on our blessing.

Jesus Came for Gentiles, Too
The Gospel of Christ is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Gentile (Rom. 1:8–17). Even in the Old Testament, the Gentiles were beneficiaries of God’s saving power. Though unimpressed at first with the Word of God, a Syrian commander is persuaded to receive that Word, and in the water he is cleansed and brought to faith in the God of Israel (2 Kings 5:1–15a). Evil is overcome by good (Rom 12:16–21). So also in the New Testament, a Roman centurion demonstrates great and humble faith in the Lord (Matt. 8:1–13). All he needs is the Word of Christ, for he trusts that Jesus’ Word of healing has authority to accomplish what it says. And indeed it does. The centurion’s faith is praised by our Lord above that of any Israelite. For the last shall be first, and the first last. Apart from faith in Christ, there is no salvation—not even for a Jew—but only weeping and gnashing of teeth.

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. Michael Salemink, Executive Director of Lutherans for Life, presents a message for Life Sunday, based on John 15:12-17.   See Main Street Living 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 – Words have power to catch the listener; the power of Jesus' words and story, even more so. Speaker Rev. Dr. Michael Zeigler delivers the message “Caught,” based on Luke 4:38-5:16. 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

I JOHN 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 will begin a study this week on I John.  You can listen on-demand at, the LPR mobile app and your favorite podcast provider.