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Let Us Pray
For the LORD hears the needy and does not despise His own people who are prisoners. (Psalm 69:33)
O God, the strength of all who put their trust in You, mercifully grant that by Your power we may be defended against all adversity; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
This Sunday at Village
8:15 a.m. — Divine Service
9:30 a.m. — Sunday School & adult Bible Study
- Christianity 101 — Pastor Golden (Fellowship Hall)
- Faith That Sees Through the Culture — Joe Willmann (Choir room)
Liturgical Season — Green returns to the altar and pulpit during the Epiphany season in testament to the growth that the Spirit works in all peoples as the Gospel goes forth. Explore the beauty of the Church Year.
- Old Testament Reading — Isaiah 9:1-4
Divine Service (8:15 a.m. & 10:45 a.m.)
- Listen to livestream — villagelutheranchurch.org
- Listen by telephone — Call 1-800-457-9860. When prompted, enter passcode 8109865#.
- Listen on demand — The Divine Service is archived here. Sermons and Bible Studies are available as a podcast through your preferred podcast service (search for "Village Lutheran") or by clicking here.
This Week at Village
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22
- 9:15 a.m. — Preschool chapel
- 4:00 p.m. — Children's choir
- 5:00 p.m. — Meal; children's bell choir
- 6:00 p.m. — Education hour (including catechism); adult bell choir
- 7:15 p.m. — Adult choir
- 9:30 a.m. — Women's Bible study
- 6:30 a.m. — Men's Bible study
- 8:15 a.m. — Divine Service
- 9:30 a.m. — Sunday School & Bible Study
- 10:45 a.m. — Divine Service
- 6:00 p.m. — LifeLight Bible study
- 7:00 p.m. — Quarterlife
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Altar Guild – Seeking New Members
Village's Altar Guild serves us by preparing the altar for the Divine Service. Each volunteer serves for a single month in partnership with another member of the guild. Volunteers are needed for March and August. If you are interested in serving, contact Marilyn Daughhetee.
Village Life Team – Seeking New Members
Have you considered joining the Village Life Team?
WE WANT YOU, yes, YOU! We meet every 2nd Sunday of the month after late service. Events currently being planned are, the Mother’s-Father’s Day Baby Bottle Drive, a trip to March For Life, and many more. Please contact the Life Team at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions and/or interest.
Katie Luther League
All women of Village are welcome to join in the next meeting on Saturday, February 1, 9:30 am.
We give thanks to God for His blessings reflected in our growth and active participation in church life. As you reflect on your own place and possible roles in that life, please consider that one great blessing in the Lutheran church is the rich heritage of music going back to the Reformation. We would like to think that the increase in membership and corresponding abundance of talent at Village would also be reflected in the growth of the choir, especially of younger voices. While the children’s choir at Village is a positive sign for the future, immediate needs are also pressing. The absence of a couple of voices in the adult choir can make the difference between scheduling the choir for a service or having to pass it over. A faithful choral core has meant that the latter is rare, but scrambles to recruit a “temp” do occur.
In one sense, we realize that we are facing a change in culture. Music education and experience in schools is no longer a priority in many areas. Even when they are, the kind of music performed may lack any direct connection with church music. Consequently, many Lutheran church choirs are aging, even in larger congregations. We would like to think that the members of Village can “buck this trend.”
Please consider your potential in this regard. If you have any musical experience, your participation is valued. If we need to re-consider rehearsal times and/or services in which the choir participates, we need to put that information into the decision making. Please give your potential prayerful thought, and feel free to speak with Judy Berger or Luther Gulseth.
St. Paul’s Lutheran School Open House
Be our guest! All students entering grades K-8 are invited to an open house Sunday, January 26, noon-2p.m. at St. Paul's north campus (1300 N. Ballas Rd.). Hear about the Christ-centered education offered to grades K-8 and interact with other families. BONUS: Attendees receive a $75 discount on the enrollment fee. RSVP to email@example.com.
Collegium Vocale of St. Louis - Bach & Graupner
The Collegium Vocale of St. Louis, in collaboration with Intersect Arts Center, is proud to present “Praise the Lord in all Nations: Sacred Cantatas of J. S. Bach and Christoph Graupner,” a program of four sacred cantatas composed in 1723. The program will be offered on Sunday, February 2, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 2650 Miami Street, St. Louis, MO 63118. Introductory remarks by Dr. Bruce Carvell, Artistic Director of CVSL will precede the concert at 2:30 p.m. Admission: $10 adults; $5 students.
STL Pro-Life Future
A great way to meet other pro-life young adults, become more knowledgeable about pro-life issues, and take part in the important work of defending unborn children. Are you interested in getting involved? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.facebook.com/stlplf.
Village is blessed to support the work of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Louis. On Sunday, February 9, Pastor John Schmidtke will preach and lead adult Bible study so that we might learn all the more about the great work the Spirit is accomplishing in and through Bethlehem.
Village continues to broadcast our Sunday morning 10:45 service on KFUO (AM 850; kfuo.org) through February. You may sponsor a broadcast in memory or honor of a loved one or anonymously for $150. Contact the church office to reserve your date.
For all women who are with child and the children growing in their womb
For those who are ill, injured, hospitalized, homebound, or recovering, especially John, John, Jackson, Jim & Penny, Alison, Carol, Stephanie, Dick, Allan & Jan, Luke, Valerie, Lois, John, Dan, Preston, London, Peter, Darrel, Elizabeth, Tom, Sharon, Maggie, Carl.
For those outside the faith that the Spirit would bring them to faith, especially Ken and Michael.
For those who mourn the death of loved ones
For those who rejoice
For our community, its civic leaders, government officials, educational institutions, and residents.
For the students, faculty, and staff of Washington University as we carry the Gospel to them.
For the students, family, and faculty of Village Lutheran Preschool that they would be strengthened in faith.
For the Church, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, our congregation, and all those who have faith in Christ
For all missionaries, especially David and Jennifer (Dominican Republic), Tirzah (Dominican Republic), and Phillip (Francophone Africa)
Stewardship Thought (LCMS Office of Stewardship)John 1:29 – “The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!’ ” The Israelites of old offered a lamb to God at Passover so that death might pass over them and do no harm. Over those long centuries of sacrifice, did they understand that this was actually God’s gift? Did they understand that God would be the true Giver of the true Lamb? Truly, we can never outgive God, for all that we have is His.
Witness & Outreach Thought (LCMS Witness & Outreach Ministry)
John 1:29-42a: John simply said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” What would the world stop and take notice of today? The word, “Behold,” means to stop everything you’re doing and take notice of something. For John, and for each of us, this Jesus would serve as the Lamb who would give His life as the perfect sacrifice for the forgiveness of sin and the gift of eternal life. Who or what is worthy of you stopping everything in your life and pointing out that this ONE person or thing is worthy of all your praise and the one for whom you have life? If it is anyone other than Jesus Christ, then they cannot give forgiveness and life that lasts for eternity. That’s why John said, “Behold,” and pointed everyone to Jesus. And that’s why we live our lives in faith every day, because true life is found only in the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ. The world around us needs to hear us proclaim, “Behold,” with our thoughts, words and deeds and needs us to point to Jesus.
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