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Voyagers Lutheran Ministry

Worship Emphasis

Through the 3rd Sunday in October, the overall emphasis for worship is: To Deepen Our Understanding of His Grace, Jesus Becomes All in All to Us.  This coming weekend’s specific emphasis or theme is:Confidence in God Makes Us Face Life Unafraid

Sunday Morning Bible Study - Rainbow Savior

This coming Sunday’s Bible study lesson will help us respond to popular arguments intended to silence Christians and justify any kind of sin, particularly homosexuality.  The two main arguments we'll look at are, "If God loves me, then why does the church have a problem with me?" and "Jesus said you shouldn't judge."  Next week we'll see how "coming out" may not be an entirely bad thing, and we'll examine how welcoming we are as a congregation for someone to be open about anything they are struggling with.  Join us between Sunday services in the church basement. 

Reserve October 3-4 for SAA Meeting!

You are crucial participants!  We are asking and encouraging all confirmed members to attend meetings on Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4 as part of the SAA (Self-Assessment and Adjustment) program that we are currently engaged in.  Pastor Steven Pagels (from St. Matthew’s, Oconomowoc) will lead us in Bible Study and small-group discussion on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 9:00am to 5:00pm.  Lunch will be served.  This is not an exercise for the leadership of the congregation, but for all members.  We need you to be a part of this.  Pastor Pagels is coming to facilitate discussion amongst ourselves about how we might share the Gospel as much as possible.  Then on Sunday, Oct. 4, from 9:00am to 10:30am (between services), he will help us determine what adjustments to our ministry, if any, we would like to make over the next year. Please set aside those days!  So that we have an idea of how many to prepare materials and food for, there are sign-up sheets on the bulletin boards by the hymnal shelves.  You can also sign up by contacting the church office: churchoffice@firstracine.org or 633-8267. 

Wednesday Night Bible Study Continues

On Wednesday, Sept. 10, we began participating again in a Bible study streamed online live.  Pastor Keith Wessel, a professor at Martin Luther College, is leading a Bible study on the life and ministry of Elisha.  We’ll watch it and discuss it together in the church basement each Wednesday at 6:00pm, September 9th through October 7th.  The study will continues next Wed., Sept. 23

Senior Choir Has Begun

The Senior Choir will began the fall season with practice on Wednesday, Sept. 9th from 7:30pm to 8:30pm.  If you have any interest in joining the choir, there is still time to join!  Please talk to the choir director, Doug Nass at 632-0790.

College Student Addresses Needed

If you have a son or daughter currently attending college, please send his or her address to the church office.  We want to be able to stay in touch over the course of the year.  Please include the full mailing address, and if possible an email address and the student’s major or area of study.  We would live to know even if the address is the same as last year, and even if the student is living at home.  You can email this information to churchoffice@firstracine.org or call 633-8267.

Sunday Is the Deadline for the Pulse Survey

Thank you to those who have already taken the Pulse Survey.  If you haven’t done so yet, there still is time.  You have through this coming Sunday, September 20th to complete the survey.  Please take some time to fill it out!  You can do that one of two ways: 1. Got to http://welsccc.polldaddy.com/s/firstevangelical-racine on your own computer or electronic device.  2. Pick up a hard copy of the survey, fill it out at home and return it to church.  The survey will likely take you an average of 20 to 40 minutes to fill it out.  The survey is used in connection with the Self-Assessment and Adjustment Program which we are currently going through.  The survey is intended for every confirmed member.  For more details, please read the lead article in the August ALERT (the opening page of the survey also includes details of its purpose).  After you have taken the survey, we request that you contact either the church office (633-8267 / churchoffice@firstracine.org) or Pastor Roekle (637-7142 / pastorroekle@firstracine.org) to let us know. 

Have you seen the videos about Planned Parenthood? 

Are you angry or upset about the death of millions of children in America to abortion? You can do something about it. The Choices of Life Pregnancy Help Center (currently located in First Evan’s Parish House) aims to show scared mothers that abortion isn't their only option. We offer assistance for children after they're born as well as counseling for devastated mothers who have had abortions. In short, we offer Jesus to those who need it. We need you. We currently need clerical help, counseling help, hot liners who answer the phone and provide comfort for scared women, and men for our Board. You can make a difference at this critical moment on the pro-life front. Join us! For more information, call Pastor Emile Burgess at 713-398-5649 or email eburgess@trinitycaledonia.org

Upcoming Events

Sunday, September 20  -  Family Bible Hour between 8:00am and 10:45am services, beginning at 9:20am

Wednesday, September 23  - Elisha (online) Bible study begins at 6:00pm

Wednesday, September 23  -  Senior Choir practice, 7:30-8:30pm

Saturday, October 3  -  SAA meeting for everyone at church, 9:00am—5:00pm

Sunday, October 4  -  SAA follow-up meeting at church, 9:00am—10:30am

Prayer Requests

Keep the following in your prayers:

1. George and Judy Maranger who are celebrating 56 years of marriage on Saturday.

Personal Bible Study

This coming Sunday, September 20, we mark the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost.  The Scripture lessons for Sunday follow.  With each reading, take the time to reflect on four questions: 

1. What does this teach me to do? (ACTION); 

2. What does this teach me to thank God for? (THANKSGIVING); 

3. What does this teach me to confess? (CONFESSION); 

4. What does this teach me to ask God for? (PETITION).  

God bless your study!

 

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost:

Confidence in God Makes Us Face Life Unafraid

 

Isaiah 50:4-10

The Sovereign Lord has given me an instructed tongue,

to know the word that sustains the weary.

He wakens me morning by morning,

wakens my ear to listen like one being taught.

5     The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears,

and I have not been rebellious;

I have not drawn back.

6     I offered my back to those who beat me,

my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard;

I did not hide my face

from mocking and spitting.

7     Because the Sovereign Lord helps me,

I will not be disgraced.

Therefore have I set my face like flint,

and I know I will not be put to shame.

8     He who vindicates me is near.

Who then will bring charges against me?

Let us face each other!

Who is my accuser?

Let him confront me!

9     It is the Sovereign Lord who helps me.

Who is he that will condemn me?

They will all wear out like a garment;

the moths will eat them up.

10    Who among you fears the Lord

and obeys the word of his servant?

Let him who walks in the dark,

who has no light,

trust in the name of the Lord

and rely on his God.

 

James 2:1-5, 8-10, 14-18

My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don’t show favoritism. Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?

Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?

If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.

Faith and Deeds

14 What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? 15 Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”

Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.

 

Mark 8:27-35 

Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”

28 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.”

29 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

Peter answered, “You are the Christ.”

30 Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.

Jesus Predicts His Death

31 He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. 32He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.

33 But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”

34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it.

In Christ’s Service,

Pastor Aaron Dolan and Pastor John Roekle