St. Johns - Last Week's Bulletin

  St. Johns - Last Week's Bulletin  
St. John’s Lutheran Church
23 North James Street – Columbia, SD 57433

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

    Phone 605-225-7106, Email
    Rev. Alan Ludwig – Cell # 509-540-9083
Pastor’s email:
    Secretary’s Office Hours M–F 9:00am - 2:00pm
2nd Sunday in Lent – February 25, 2024

Prayer before worship: Lord God, heavenly Father, we beseech You by Your Holy Spirit to fix and confirm in our hearts true faith and hope in Your grace and mercy, that although, because of our conscience, sin, and unworthiness, we have cause to fear, yet in Your grace we may persevere steadfastly and through Christ find in You help and deliverance in every trial and need. Amen.  

Sermon Title: “Christ of the Cross, Christians of the Cross”
Sermon Text: Mark 8:27-38
  Our Savior  St. John’s
Order of Service LSB 184 – Communion LSB 184 – Communion        
Hymns 426, 708, 421, 429, 430, 424 426, 708, 421, 424

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 115:11–13, 18; antiphon: Psalm 25:6
Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your | steadfast love,*
   for they have been | from of old.
You who fear the Lord, trust | in the Lord!*
   He is their help | and their shield.
The Lord has remembered us; he will | bless us;*
   he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of | Aaron;
he will bless those who | fear the Lord,*
   both the small | and the great.
We will | bless the Lord*
   from this time forth and forevermore. | Praise the Lord!
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.
Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your | steadfast love,*
   for they have been | from of old.
Collect of the Day
O God, You see that of ourselves we have no strength. By Your mighty power defend us from all adversities that may happen to the body and from all evil thoughts that may assault and hurt the soul; 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                                      Genesis 17:1–7, 15–16
   1When Abram was ninety-nine years old the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless, 2that I may make my covenant between me and you, and may multiply you greatly.” 3Then Abram fell on his face. And God said to him, 4“Behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations. 5No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham, for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations. 6I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make you into nations, and kings shall come from you. 7And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you. . . .
   15And God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. 16I will bless her, and moreover, I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall become nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.”
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                                                                  Romans 5:1–11
   1Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
   6For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Holy Gospel                                                        Mark 8:27–38
   27And Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 28And they told him, “John the Baptist; and others say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.” 29And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Christ.” 30And he strictly charged them to tell no one about him.
   31And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32And he said this plainly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”
   34And he called to him the crowd with his disciples and said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? 37For what can a man give in return for his life? 38For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

The Introit, Collect, Gradual, and Verse are from Lutheran service Book: Altar Book, copyright 2006 CPH. All Scripture quotations, including those from Luthern Service Book, are from the ESV Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version), copyright 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

St. John’s
Organist: Zachary Daggett
Ushers: Brent & Barb Miller
Next Week: Josh Larson & Anna Bisbee
Last Week: Attendance – 24; Offering – $1,285

Our Savior
Organist: Zachary Daggett
Elders: Don Hoops & Douglas Klipfel
Altar Guild: Gwen Petrich & Brenda Taffe
Acolytes: Ally Johnson & Cassie McKown
Last Week: Attendance – 106; Sunday School – 13; Wednesday – 76
Offering – General Fund $4,558; Sunday School $5.60; Missions $500;
St. John’s $835.34; Total $5,898.94

Schedule for the Week
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  
Monday               Mat Ladies – 1:00 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 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
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 Sunday, March 3rd at 4:00 pm at Our Savior.

Midweek Lenten Services will be at Our Savior on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm, 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.

Food Drive – The Board of Social Ministry and Evangelism is doing a food drive through February for Journey Home. Some specific items that they are in need of are canned meat, such as tuna, peanut butter, canned soup, and canned beans. The table in the fellowship hall will be available to place donated items.

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.  Topics will be Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Philemon, Psalm 118, and the Apostles’ Creed.

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". 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. If you have any questions about Bible Bowl, contact Eric Johnson at 605-216-6701.

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. To sign up by March 10thcall or text 605-887-7130 or email For more info go to and choose the events tab. Hosted by the Rural Gospel Initiative (RGI). There is no charge to attend.

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.
SD State Dartball Tournament – March 2, 2024 – Faith Lutheran Church, 601 N Cliff Ave, Sioux Falls. Captain's Meeting - 10:30 am, Devotion - 10:45 am, Tournament Start -11:00 am. It's not too late to get your team registered! If you have questions please be in touch with Adam Schulz - Cell: (605) 999-2403 or E-Mail:

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: Please bring a $5 registration fee for each team.

LCMS Stewardship Ministry – February 25 – 2nd Sunday in Lent
Mark 8:32 – “And he said this plainly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.” Anytime we sin, we are acting like Peter, thinking we know better than the Lord. But as Jesus says, such acts stem from Satan. So let us repent. Let us trust our Lord Jesus and follow Him. For certainly He has earned our trust with His gracious sacrifice for us.

Building Healthy Families: Remember the old Sunday School song that starts, “Oh be careful little eyes what you see…”? As simple as these lyrics may be, they hold a profound truth for us. Many of the things our little eyes see today aren’t good for us and aren’t God-pleasing. Our hearts and minds are imprinted with images and messages that negatively influence how we think and feel about ourselves and others. Be careful to avoid experiences, relationships, web sites, TV shows and song lyrics that don’t reflect God’s good will for you, His beloved child. His designs and plans for you are oh so much better! “Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.” Psalm 119:37     Lutheran Family Service
By the Cross of Our Lord Jesus, We Inherit Life Everlasting with God
In His covenant with Abraham, the Lord promised to be with him, to bless him and to make him “the father of a multitude of nations.” It is “an everlasting covenant” in Christ Jesus, the seed of Abraham who is blameless before God Almighty. All who believe in this Lord Jesus are the offspring of Abraham and are blessed “throughout their generations” (Gen. 17:1–7), because the Christ has suffered many things. He was rejected and killed, and after three days He rose again (Mark 8:31). To comprehend this theology of the cross, we must set our minds “on the things of God,” and not “on the things of man” (Mark 8:33). “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). Therefore, having been “reconciled to God by the death of his Son,” much more “shall we be saved by his life” (Rom. 5:10). Baptized into His cross and resurrection, “we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,” and by faith we rejoice in the hope of His glory (Rom. 5:1–2).
Main Street Living – 10:00 AM- This Is the Life - “Who Will Tell Lauria?” – A family struggles with what to do after their daughter loses her sight in an accident.  10:30 AM- Rev. Paul Sajban, pastor at Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Windom, MN presents the message “The Blessing of Your Denial and Cross,” based on Mark 8:27-38. 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 – In Christ, losing is winning and winning is losing. Guest speaker Rev. Dr. John Nunes explains what that means in his message "When Winning Is Losing,” based on Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16, Psalm 22:23-31, Romans 5:1-11, and Mark 8:8-27.  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

GRACE, FAITH, SCRIPTURE & CHRIST ALONE… 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 topics include: The Deconstruction of Christianity Movement, The Book of Mormon, A Cloud of Witnesses, The Book of Zechariah and more.  You can listen on-demand at, the LPR mobile app and your favorite podcast provider.