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. Jordon Andreasen – Cell # 605-290-5442
Pastor’s email: revandreasen@gmail.com
Secretary’s Office Hours M–F 9:00am – 2:00pm
 
9th Sunday after Trinity – August 1, 2021

Prayer before worship:  O Lord God, heavenly Father, who have abundantly given to us rich blessings and daily bread: we beseech You to keep us from coveting and to awaken our hearts, that we may gladly give to the poor and share with them, that we may be found as faithful stewards over Your goods and not be left to starve for eternity when we are summoned from the stewardship and come before Your judgment seat. Amen.  

 
  Our Savior St. John’s
Order of Service LSB 184 – Communion    LSB 184                       
Hymns 578, 730, 619, 732, 703, 714 578, 730, 781, 714

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, Darwin & Loretta Podoll, Dorothy Merkel, 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 p. 184

Confession and Absolution

 
Hymn of Invocation                                                                            578 Thy Strong Word
1     Thy strong word did cleave the darkness;                   4      From the cross Thy wisdom shining
       At Thy speaking it was done.                                              Breaketh forth in conqu’ring might;
       For created light we thank Thee,                                         From the cross forever beameth
       While Thine ordered seasons run.                                       All Thy bright redeeming light.
       Alleluia, alleluia!                                                                 Alleluia, alleluia!
       Praise to Thee who light dost send!                                    Praise to Thee who light dost send!
       Alleluia, alleluia!                                                                Alleluia, alleluia!
       Alleluia without end!                                                          Alleluia without end!
 
2     Lo, on those who dwelt in darkness,                          5      Give us lips to sing Thy glory,
       Dark as night and deep as death,                                        Tongues Thy mercy to proclaim,
       Broke the light of Thy salvation,                                        Throats that shout the hope that fills us,
       Breathed Thine own life-breathing breath.                         Mouths to speak Thy holy name.
       Alleluia, alleluia!                                                                 Alleluia, alleluia!
       Praise to Thee who light dost send!                                    May the light which Thou dost send
       Alleluia, alleluia!                                                                 Fill our songs with alleluias,
       Alleluia without end!                                                          Alleluias without end!
 
3     Thy strong Word bespeaks us righteous;                    6      God the Father, light-creator,
       Bright with Thine own holiness,                                        To Thee laud and honor be.
       Glorious now, we press toward glory,                                To Thee, Light of Light begotten,
       And our lives our hopes confess.                                        Praise be sung eternally.
       Alleluia, alleluia!                                                                Holy Spirit, light-revealer,
       Praise to Thee who light dost send!                                    Glory, glory be to Thee.
       Alleluia, alleluia!                                                                Mortals, angels, now and ever
       Alleluia without end!                                                          Praise the holy Trinity!
                                                                                           Text: © 1969 Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110004812
 
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
 
Introit
                                                                                Psalm 54:1–3, 7; antiphon: vv. 4–5
Behold, God is my helper;
   the Lord is the upholder of my life.
He will return the evil to my enemies;
   in your faithfulness put an end to them.
O God, save me, by your name,
   and vindicate me by your might.
O God, hear my prayer;
   give ear to the words of my mouth.
For strangers have risen against me; ruthless men seek my life;
   they do not set God before themselves.
For he has delivered me from every trouble,
   and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies.
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.
Behold, God is my helper;
   the Lord is the upholder of my life.
He will return the evil to my enemies;
   in your faithfulness put an end to them.
 
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.
Let Your merciful ears, O Lord, be open to the prayers of Your humble servants; and that they may obtain their petitions, make them to ask such things as shall please You; 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 Samuel 22:26–34
26“With the merciful you show yourself merciful;
   with the blameless man you show yourself blameless;
27with the purified you deal purely,
   and with the crooked you make yourself seem tortuous.
28You save a humble people,
   but your eyes are on the haughty to bring them down.
29For you are my lamp, O Lord,
   and my God lightens my darkness.
30For by you I can run against a troop,
   and by my God I can leap over a wall.
31This God—his way is perfect;
   the word of the Lord proves true;
   he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.
32“For who is God, but the Lord?
   And who is a rock, except our God?
33This God is my strong refuge
   and has made my way blameless.
34He made my feet like the feet of a deer
   and set me secure on the heights.”
 
P    This is the Word of the Lord.
C    Thanks be to God.
 
Gradual                                                                                                               Psalm 8:1
O Lord, our Lord,
   how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
   above the heavens.
 
Epistle                                                                                                1 Corinthians 10:6–13
   6Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did. 7Do not be idolaters as some of them were; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.” 8We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day. 9We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did and were destroyed by serpents, 10nor grumble, as some of them did and were destroyed by the Destroyer. 11Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come. 12Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. 13No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
 
P    This is the Word of the Lord.
C    Thanks be to God.
 
Alleluia                                                                                                                  LSB 190
C    Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.
 
Holy Gospel                                                                                                   Luke 16:1–13
P    The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the sixteenth chapter.
C    Glory be to Thee, O Lord.
 
   1[Jesus] also said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was wasting his possessions. 2And he called him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Turn in the account of your management, for you can no longer be manager.’ 3And the manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do, since my master is taking the management away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. 4I have decided what to do, so that when I am removed from management, people may receive me into their houses.’ 5So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 6He said, ‘A hundred measures of oil.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.’ 7Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ He said, ‘A hundred measures of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’ 8The master commended the dishonest manager for his shrewdness. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light. 9And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous wealth, so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal dwellings.
   10“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. 11If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? 12And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? 13No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”
 
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 T of the world to come. Amen.
 
Hymn of the Day                                                                       730 What Is the World to Me
1     What is the world to me                               3      The world seeks after wealth
       With all its vaunted pleasure                                And all that mammon offers
       When You, and You alone,                                   Yet never is content
       Lord Jesus, are my treasure!                                Though gold should fill its coffers.
       You only, dearest Lord,                                        I have a higher good,
       My soul’s delight shall be;                                   Content with it I’ll be:
       You are my peace, my rest.                                  My Jesus is my wealth.
       What is the world to me!                                     What is the world to me!
 
2     The world seeks to be praised                       4      What is the world to me!
       And honored by the mighty                                  My Jesus is my treasure,
       Yet never once reflects                                          My life, my health, my wealth,
       That they are frail and flighty.                              My friend, my love, my pleasure,
       But what I truly prize                                            My joy, my crown, my all,
       Above all things is He,                                          My bliss eternally.
       My Jesus, He alone.                                             Once more, then, I declare:
       What is the world to me!                                      What is the world to me!
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Sermon
 
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.
 
Offering
Prayer of the Church
Service of the Sacrament

 
Preface                                                                                                                  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 that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who on this day overcame death and the grave and by His glorious resurrection opened to us the way of everlasting life. Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify Your glorious name, 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.
 
Distribution
 
Hymn          
                                                                   619 Thy Body, Given for Me, O Savior
1     Thy body, giv’n for me, O Savior,
       Thy blood which Thou for me didst shed,
       These are my life and strength forever,
       By them my hungry soul is fed. Refrain
 
ref   Lord, may Thy body and Thy blood
       Be for my soul the highest good!
 
2     With Thee, Lord, I am now united;
       I live in Thee and Thou in me.
       No sorrow fills my soul, delighted
       It finds its only joy in Thee. Refrain
 
3     Who can condemn me now? For surely
       The Lord is nigh, who justifies.
       No hell I fear, and thus securely
       With Jesus I to heaven rise. Refrain
 
4     Though death may threaten with disaster,
       It cannot rob me of my cheer;
       For He who is of death the master
       With aid and comfort e’er is near. Refrain
 
5     My heart has now become Thy dwelling,
       O blessèd, holy Trinity.
       With angels I, Thy praises telling,
       Shall live in joy eternally. Refrain
Text: © 1941 Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110004812
 

Hymn                                                                                732 All Depends on Our Possessing
1     All depends on our possessing                                  4      When with sorrow I am stricken,
       God’s abundant grace and blessing,                                  Hope anew my heart will quicken;
       Though all earthly wealth depart.                                      All my longing shall be stilled.
       They who trust with faith unshaken                                  To His loving-kindness tender
       By their God are not forsaken                                           Soul and body I surrender,
       And will keep a dauntless heart.                                        For on God alone I build.
 
2     He who to this day has fed me                                  5      Well He knows what best to grant me;
       And to many joys has led me                                             All the longing hopes that haunt me,
       Is and ever shall be mine.                                                  Joy and sorrow, have their day.
       He who ever gently schools me,                                        I shall doubt His wisdom never;
       He who daily guides and rules me                                     As God wills, so be it ever;
       Will remain my help divine.                                              I commit to Him my way.
 
3     Many spend their lives in fretting                              6      If my days on earth He lengthen,
       Over trifles and in getting                                                  God my weary soul will strengthen;
       Things that have no solid ground.                                      All my trust in Him I place.
       I shall strive to win a treasure                                            Earthly wealth is not abiding,
       That will bring me lasting pleasure                                    Like a stream away is gliding;
       And that now is seldom found.                                          Safe I anchor in His grace.
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Hymn                                                                                     703 How Can I Thank You, Lord
1     How can I thank You, Lord,                                     4      Grant that Your Spirit’s help
       For all Your loving-kindness,                                           To me be always given  
       That You have patiently                                                    Lest I should fall again
       Borne with me in my blindness!                                       And lose the way to heaven.
       When dead in many sins                                                   Grant that He give me strength
       And trespasses I lay,                                                          In my infirmity;
       I kindled, holy God,                                                          May He renew my heart
       Your anger ev’ry day.                                                        To serve You willingly.
 
  2   It is Your work alone                                               5      O Father, God of love,
       That I am now converted;                                                Now hear my supplication;
       O’er Satan’s work in me                                                  O Savior, Son of God,
       You have Your pow’r asserted.                                        Accept my adoration;
       Your mercy and Your grace                                             O Holy Spirit, be
       That rise afresh each morn                                               My ever faithful guide
       Have turned my stony heart                                             That I may serve You here
       Into a heart newborn.                                                       And there with You abide.
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3     Lord, You have raised me up
       To joy and exultation
       And clearly shown the way
       That leads me to salvation.
       My sins are washed away;
       For this I thank You, Lord.
       Now with my heart and soul
       All evil I abhor.
 
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 T give you peace.
C    Amen, amen, amen.
 
Closing Hymn                                                              714 Who Trusts in God a Strong Abode
1     Who trusts in God a strong abode
       In heav’n and earth possesses;
       Who looks in love to Christ above,
       No fear that heart oppresses.
       In You alone, Dear Lord, we own
       Sweet hope and consolation,
       Our shield from foes, our balm for woes,
       Our great and sure salvation.
 
2     Though Satan’s wrath beset our path
       And worldly scorn assail us,
       While You are near, we shall not fear;
       Your strength will never fail us.
       Your rod and staff will keep us safe
       And guide our steps forever;
       Nor shades of death nor hell beneath
       Our lives from You will sever.
 
3     In all the strife of mortal life
       Our feet will stand securely;
       Temptation’s hour will lose its pow’r,
       For You will guard us surely.
       O God, renew with heav’nly dew
       Our body, soul, and spirit
       Until we stand at Your right hand
       Through Jesus’ saving merit.
Text: Public domain
 
Acknowledgments
Divine Service, Setting Three from Lutheran Service Book
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St. John’s
Organist: Zachary Daggett
Ushers: Roger & Sharon Zastrow
Next Week: Ray & Cyndy Larson
Last Week: Attendance – 29; Offering – $695

Our Savior
Organist: Zachary Daggett
Elders: Russell Brandt & Brandon Christianson
Altar Guild: Gwen Petrich & Brenda Taffe
Acolytes: Riley Lee & Rhylan Tschappat
Last Week: Attendance – 79;
Offering – General Fund $2,590.00; VBS $354.05; Total $2,944.05

Schedule for the Week
Sunday          St. John’s Service of the Word – 8:15 am
                      Bible Study at St. John’s – after the service
                      Our Savior Divine Service w/ Communion – 10:45 am
Monday         Mat Ladies – 1:00 pm
Tuesday         Bible Study – 6:30 am
                       Deacons – 9:00 am
Wednesday     Bible Study – 6:30 pm
Friday-Sat.      Higher Things Youth Retreat at St. Paul’s Spearfish, SD
Next Sunday  St. John’s Divine Service w/ Communion – 8:15 am
                      Bible Study at Our Savior – 9:45 am
                      Our Savior Divine Service w/ Communion – 10:45 am
 
Tuesday Morning Bible Study – Join us at 6:30 am, we are reading the book of Nehemiah. Everyone is welcome!

Wednesday Bible Class: Beginning to End – Starts this Wednesday!
Often times reading the Scripture is intimidating. We will be embarking on a walk through the Scripture on Wednesday nights at 6:30PM for nearly the next year, beginning on August 4th. We will read together and discuss the working of God throughout the Scripture from beginning to end, His plan and work to redeem the world to Himself. Plan to come and hear what God has done, how He has brought us into this, and what He will do.

Saturday Bible Studies – 9:00-11:00 am on the 2nd Saturday of the month:
Aug. 14 – St. John’s Stained Glass – Ready for a field trip?! We will have this class at St. John in Columbia. While many stained-glass windows (like Our Savior) portray the narrative of Christ’s life, St. John’s windows are full of historic Christian imagery. However, our awareness of this imagery has sadly been lost from our common knowledge. We will recover, review, and grow in appreciation of how these direct us to Christ and His Word.
If any members of Our Savior would like to ride together in the van to St. John’s, meet at the church and we will leave at 8:30. Catechism students are encouraged to attend!
Sept. 11 – The Book of Revelation – Have you ever studied the Book of Revelation in 2 hours? Me neither, but we will take a crack at it! This book often captivates and divides Christians. We will first understand what it is and what it isn’t, then unpack some of the most controversial areas, and finally take a closer look at some of its clear teachings for us to grow in Christ and the fullness of His promises.
Oct. 9 – Division: Good? Bad? Both? – Our world is divided in so many ways. We see it in our political system and our day to day lives as lived out still in these pandemic days. We see it in the church. While we won’t “solve” the world’s divisions or the church’s, we will see how division can be bad, as well as good. We will, prayerfully, grow in our understanding of division and also better understand how we approach and live in such division.
Nov. 13 – Loving Sinners – It has often been said, “Hate the sin and love the sinner.” However, this is made more difficult today because many have connected their sin with their identity. How do we navigate these realities while still standing firm upon the Word of God the truth taught therein? We will look into and hear the Word of God speak to and help us navigate these relationships and God willing, be ready to give witness to the truth of God.
 
Happy Anniversary!  Herb and Verdena Dabbert will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on August 5th. Their children would like to honor them with a card shower. Cards and greetings may be sent to: 
2815 S. Westlake Drive Apt 410, Sioux Falls, SD 57106.

Volunteers Are Needed for the Lutherans for Life booth at the Brown County Fair on Tuesday, August 17th and Sunday, August 22nd. There is a sign-up sheet in the narthex. If you have any questions, call Vicky Baumgartner at 216-8967.

The Altar Guild at Our Savior needs a few more people willing to help set up for communion and change the paraments and banners as needed. If you would like to help, contact the church office.

Catechism Meeting – Students in grades 5-8 and their parents will meet Wednesday, August 18th at 5:00 pm to review a few things about class. Pizza and pop will be provided by the Board of Education. Classes will start on September 1st at 5:00.

LCMS Stewardship Ministry August 1 – Trinity 9
Luke 16:8-9 – “… For the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light. And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous wealth, so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal dwellings.” The things of this world, including wealth, are merely tools. They can be used for good or ill. They can be squandered or used efficiently. How we use them will be determined by what is most important to us. What is most important to you in your life? Does the way you use the things of this world reflect that?
 
HIGHER THINGS RETREAT - “TABLE OF DUTIES”
August 6-7, 2021
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church – Spearfish, SD
God orders everything for our good, including our vocations. Are you a preacher or a hearer? A parent or a child? A boss or an employee? A teacher or a student? Wherever God has placed you, He has put you there to live in faith toward Him and in fervent love for your neighbor. Let’s study the Table of Duties together to better know our vocations and have a deeper assurance of Jesus’ vocation as our Lord and Savior. Fun times! Led by Pastor Chris Hull, senior pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in Tomball, TX.
This retreat is intended for confirmation youth, so any youth entering into or currently in confirmation instruction are welcome. If you are interested in attending, please contact Eric Johnson at 216-6701.           
 
The Steward’s Shrewdness Sanctified
The master commended the dishonest manager for his shrewdness” (Luke 16:1–9). The steward’s shrewdness is praiseworthy for two reasons. First, he knew the master would be merciful. He trusted that the master would honor the debts he forgave in the master’s name. In the same way, though we have squandered our heavenly Father’s possessions in selfishness and sin, Jesus is the Steward who has canceled our debt, knowing that His forgiveness will be honored by the Father because of the holy cross. Secondly, the steward was shrewd in using oil and wheat to provide for his earthly welfare. So also do these earthly elements aid us when pressed into heavenly use in the anointing of baptism and the wheat of the Lord’s Supper. Those who have the Sacraments will have an eternal home when their earthly home fails. These provide us aid in times of temptation (1 Cor. 10:6–13). For the Lord is our strength and a shield to all who trust in Him (2 Sam. 22:26–34).


Main Street Living – 10:00 AM- This is the Life- “Stranger at the Door” – Having given up a baby for adoption 22 years before, a man shows up on a woman’s doorstep saying he is looking for his mother.  10:30 AM- Rev. David Strable, pastor at Holy Cross, Trinity, & Immanuel Lutheran Churches in the Onida, Blunt, & Harrold, SD areas, presents the message “Turn Your Frown Upside Down,” based on Exodus 16.  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 www.mainstreetliving.com.
 
The Lutheran Hour – "Archives August" begins with a classic message from Speaker Emeritus Rev. Dr. Ken Klaus in which he contrasts popularly-held urban legends with the unchanging truth of God's Word in his message “Blowing in the Wind,” based on Ephesians 4:11-16. 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 www.lutheranhour.org.

MARK 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 the Book of Mark.  You can listen on-demand at thewordendures.org, the LPR mobile app and your favorite podcast provider.