November 14, 2021 – 25th Sunday after Pentecost
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES FOR WEEK OF: Nov 15th – Nov 21th
Monday- Monday…… OCC Collection Week (M-F 4-7PM, S 9am – noon, S noon – 3PM)
Monday……………….. 6:00pm Women’s Group
Wednesday………….. 2:30pm Confirmation
7:30pm Church Council
Thursday: ……………… 10:00am Bible Study
Friday:…………………. Elizabeth of Hungary
Sunday: …………………. 10:00am Worship
11:00am Bible Study
Why does the Lutheran Church set aside a day to remember an 11th Century noblewoman? There are three reasons. The first is her example of Christian Charity. Before they were all merged, there were many hospitals named “St. Elizabeth’s” because of this Elizabeth, who spent the latter part of her life and her dowry building and running a hospital in Marburg and personally caring for the sick. The second is that her home in married life was the Wartburg Castle. The same Wartburg that sheltered Luther in hiding and translating the scriptures. The third is the toughest one. Elizabeth, after the tragic death of her husband, had pledged obedience to her confessor, a priest named Konrad. Konrad demanded an ascetic life and works to the point that Elizabeth died at age 24. During those 24 years she had three children, founded two hospitals and cared for untold sick often while managing the affairs of Thuringia. Elizabeth to the Lutheran is a proto-reminder of what can be lost when the freedom of the gospel is usurped. Repentance is not earned by obedience to ascetic acts handed out by priests but is itself the grace of God. Her hospital work came before Konrad. It was his usurping that brought it short.
LEADERSHIP ENCOURAGEMENT – by John Bayer
Once again we are nearing the close of another year when all kinds of pressures from the world around us begin to close in on us. Thanksgiving dinner planning, Christmas shopping and all the holiday stress that goes along with it and, lest we forget, tax season are all just around the corner. In our rear-view mirror though, is the final congregational meeting of 2021 signaling a general sigh of relief that that’s over, things are fine and no one nominated me for anything. Some have even learned to “peace out” rather than take that chance.
Congregational meetings aren’t just business meetings or the ill-run staff meetings we may experience at work. They are the people of God who have gathered, having selected biblically-qualified candidates to fill leadership roles, to think hard about the relationship between what ministry costs in time and money, and where we can use our talents and first fruits for Christ and the advancement of his ministry here at St. Mark. We need to look long and deep at ourselves and ask, “am I giving my all to the cause of Christ here at St. Mark?”
Please be in prayer for our new leaders that they will lead in their respective positions in a manner worthy of the banner we carry. Pray that they will execute their tasks in a manner that is above reproach and that their primary motivation is to bring honor and glory to Jesus Christ the founder and sustainer of this congregation. Do not neglect praying for Pastor Brown as he ministers to us.
[Elder John Butterazzi; Elder Katie Stanton; Elder Abel Acuña; Elder John Bayer Recording Sec. Ellen Brown; Financial Sec. Lisa Acuña; Treasurer, Wayne Warriner]
A big thank you goes out to my son, Michael, for his service to this congregation during the past two years. I thank God we have a pastor and a president who were faithful to our Lord and Savior by keeping our doors open during a very difficult and challenging time in our lives.
PRAYER THOUGHT AND MEDITATION
To recall, Hebrews is a collection of arguments for how Christ is greater than fixtures of the Israelite religion. Christ is higher than the angels. Christ is greater than Moses. Jesus is our great High Priest. When you have a change in priesthood, you have a change in covenant. It is this change in covenant that is being emphasized. “The law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities. (Heb 10:1).” The law demanded sacrifices. The rounds of sacrifices continued year after year, season after season. But with the coming of Christ, those sacrifices were stopped. Until the coming of Jesus, “every priest stood daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sin (Heb 10:11).” The sacrifices were but a shadow of the reality. The priest, the lamb slain, the blood on the altar, none of them removed the sin, although they were mandated. But like the law everywhere, they pointed to fulfillment. There would be a priest, a lamb, and blood more precious than that of bulls.
“When Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God…for by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified (Heb 10:12,14).” The single sacrifice of Christ has done for us what the continuing sacrifices never did, made us holy. And the holy have no need of further offering for sin (Heb 10:18), we can enter into the holy places (Heb 10:19). Those holy places are no longer a Holy of Holies with the glory of God residing, but the presence of God himself. Jesus bid us to pray “Our Father”. He gives us himself from the altar. The Holy Spirit deigns to dwell with us most lowly by the pure water. And this communion with God – Father, Son and Spirit – has always been by faith. It was promised to Abram long ago, and he believed. “And he who promised is faithful (Heb 10:23).” So, as the Day draws nears for full communion, let us hold fast to the confession of our hope, stirring each other up in love and good works. And may our faith stand in that day.
- Thurs 10am: Starting a New Series – “The Bible Stories Everyone Should Know”. Come Join!
- Confirmation: Work on memorizing the commandments and read the 7th commandment questions.
- Life Application Fellowship (LAF): November 18th
- Sunday Morning: The burial of Jesus and the conclusion of the Gospel of Mark . Come Join!
- Catechism Moment: In hibernation
Monday @ 6 PM, here. Packing some shoe boxes
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
Collection week is November 15th – 22nd. (A week from Monday through the following Monday.) If you might consider helping this year. Jobs: Greeting, Counting, Packing, Carrying. A sign-up sheet is up. Even an hour would help.
Monday – Friday (15th – 19th): 4pm – 7 pm; Saturday 20th: 9am – Noon; Sunday 21st: Noon – 3 PM; Monday 22nd: 7am – 10am
RHAFT CHALLENGE ADVENT
The season of Advent is quickly approaching, and so is a RHAFT challenge for giving to our local food pantry. You will find an insert in your bulletin which lists some suggestions for items to give during each of the four weeks of Advent. (Of course, any donations are welcomed any week, but this method helps us give a variety of items to RHAFT.) There are many who are “in need” in our community, especially during this time of job losses and rising prices. We thank you for your past generosity in giving, and we pray that you will accept our challenge to help once again!