Concordia Lutheran Church10172 Highway CFrohna, [email protected]: concordiafrohna.orgRev. Rod A. Benkendorf, PastorEmail – [email protected]—573.352.0732, Cell—314.704.8202Sunday, May 25, 2014Welcome to ConcordiaA Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod CongregationIf you are our guest, please fill out a visitor card (in the pew rack behind theCommunion cards) and either place it in the offering plate or hand it to anusher after the service. If you worship regularly with us and have a newaddress, a prayer request or a message for the pastor or the church office,you are welcome to use the visitor card to share that with us. Thank you!The back pews are reserved for families with small children.A nursery is available in our multi-purpose room on the side of the Narthex.Large-print bulletins are available from the usher.
The Sixth Sunday of EasterSunday, May 25, 2014DIVINE SERVICE, SETTING ONEOpening Hymn: “Blessed Jesus, at Your Word”LSB 904Invocation, Confession & AbsolutionLSB 151Introit (Psalm 119)P: Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.C: Forever, O LORD, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens.P: Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, andit stands fast.C: By your appointment they stand this day, for all things are your servants.P: If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction.C: I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have given me life.ALL: Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was inthe beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.P: Your word is a lamp to my feetC: and a light to my path.KyrieLSB 152This is the FeastLSB 155Salutation and Collect of the DayP: The Lord be with you.C: And also with you.P: Let us pray.P: O God, the giver of all that is good, by Your holy inspiration grant that we maythink those things that are right and by Your merciful guiding accomplish them;through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You andthe Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.C: Amen.Old Testament ReadingActs 17:16–3116Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked withinhim as he saw that the city was full of idols. 17So he reasoned in the synagogue withthe Jews and the devout persons, and in the marketplace every day with those whohappened to be there. 18Some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers alsoconversed with him. And some said, “What does this babbler wish to say?” Otherssaid, “He seems to be a preacher of foreign divinities”—because he was preachingJesus and the resurrection. 19And they took hold of him and brought him to theAreopagus, saying, “May we know what this new teaching is that you arepresenting? 20For you bring some strange things to our ears. We wish to knowtherefore what these things mean.” 21Now all the Athenians and the foreigners wholived there would spend their time in nothing except telling or hearing somethingnew. 22So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: “Men of Athens, Iperceive that in every way you are very religious. 23For as I passed along and2
observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, ‘Tothe unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.24The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven andearth, does not live in temples made by man, 25nor is he served by human hands, asthough he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breathand everything. 26And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on allthe face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of theirdwelling place, 27that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel theirway toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, 28for“‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poetshave said, “‘For we are indeed his offspring.’ 29Being then God’s offspring, weought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an imageformed by the art and imagination of man. 30The times of ignorance Godoverlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, 31because hehas fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whomhe has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from thedead.”GradualP: Christ has risen from the dead.C: [God the Father] has crowned him with glory and honor,P: He has given him dominion over the works of his hands;C: he has put all things under his feet.Epistle Reading1 Peter 3:13–2213Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? 14But even ifyou should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear ofthem, nor be troubled, 15but in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, alwaysbeing prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hopethat is in you; 16yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, sothat, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may beput to shame. 17For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will,than for doing evil. 18For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for theunrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but madealive in the spirit, 19in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison,20because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days ofNoah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, werebrought safely through water. 21Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you,not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a goodconscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22who has gone into heavenand is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having beensubjected to him.Common AlleluiaLSB 1563
Holy GospelJohn 14:15–2115[Jesus said:] “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16And I will askthe Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, 17even theSpirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him norknows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. 18“I will notleave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19Yet a little while and the world will seeme no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20In that dayyou will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. 21Whoever hasmy commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves mewill be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”Nicene CreedLSB 158Children’s MessageSermon Hymn: “Speak, O Lord, Your Servant Listens”LSB 589Sermon: “Keep My Commandments” John 14:15-21OfferingOffertory: “Let the Vineyards Be Fruitful”LSB 955Prayers of the Church: (Congregational response: Hear our prayer)Service of the SacramentLSB 160Distribution Hymns:“Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness”LSB 563“I Come, O Savior, to Thy Table”LSB 618“Beautiful Savior”LSB 537“O Jesus, Blessed Lord, to Thee”LSB 632Post-Communion Canticle: “Thank the Lord”LSB 164Post-Communion CollectLSB 166BenedictionLSB 166Closing Hymn: “How Firm a Foundation”LSB 728AnnouncementsPostludeParticipants in this Morning’s ServiceGreeters:Organist:Acolyte:Elder of the Day:Ushers:Audio/Visual Team:Rick and Patty LorenzDarlene BachmannKatie BenkendorfDavid LichteneggerRick Lorenz, Mike RothTyler Schmidt, Adam LichteneggerTom Clampitt and Diane Petzoldt4
This Week’s ScheduleTues., May 27thWed., May 28thThurs., May 29th7 p.m.9 a.m.7 p.m.7 p.m.Finance BoardBible StudyBible StudyJoint Ascension Worship at Trinity, Altenburg8 a.m.Adult Bible Study “Acts 1:12–26;1 Peter 4:12–19, 5:6–11; John 17:1–11”Refreshments and FellowshipYouth meet with Pastor(ASCENSION)Sun., June 1stAfter WorshipAfter WorshipAnnouncementsWelcome: We extend a warm welcome to all who have come to worship with ustoday. What good is love without the actions to back it up? True love shows itself inbehavior. Jesus says, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” Hear theWord of the Lord.A Word of God to chew on this week: 6Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and thetruth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6 (ESV)Think about it. Talk about it. Memorize it. Take this wonderful food from God, and let itstrengthen you.New Members?: Are you interested in becoming a member, or know of somebodywho is interested in becoming a member? Please contact Pastor Benkendorf at824-5435 or [email protected] He will gladly and willingly talk to any and allwho are interested in becoming members of Concordia, Frohna.Church Attendance: Worship-201 (Sat.-43, Sun.-158), one year ago-221 (Sat.-75,Sun.-146); Adult Bible Class-33, one year ago-41; B.A.S.I.C.-19 present/32 absent;one year ago-13 present/38 absent.A large-print copy of the May issue of the Lutheran Witness is availabletoday on the north buffet.Ascension is this Thursday, May 29. A Joint Ascension Service will be held at7 p.m. at Trinity, Altenburg.Beginning June 1, there will be no Sunday School for preschool through 8thgrades for the summer. There will be someone to oversee the children for all theparents that wish to attend Adult Bible Study. So, please join us for Adult Bible Studyat 8 a.m. on Sundays, but no preschool through 8th grade Sunday School this summer.A Greeter’s Schedule for July-December 2014 will be available Sunday, June 15,on the south buffet. If you would like to serve as a greeter, please contact the ChurchOffice by Wednesday, June 11.Sunday, June 15, is the next 175th Anniversary Celebration Service. This is aspecial observation and reunion of the Confirmation Classes of 1991 - 2014. Thecelebration will begin with Worship with Guest Speaker, Seminarian BarrettGrebing. Immediately following Worship, and to accommodate Father's Day plans, thecelebration will continue with fellowship and a cupcake reception in the schoolgym. All members of the congregation are welcome to attend. If you have anyquestions, please e-mail [email protected] or contact Donna Hecht at824-5280.5
Concordia LYF is still collecting aluminum cans. Cans may be dropped off in theshed on the picnic grounds.May Contributions: 4th – 4,397.00, 11th – 6,499.00; “175th Anniversary ThankOffering” – 645.00; AV Fund – 220.00; Saxony Lutheran High School ScholasticFund – 320.00United in Christ Lutheran School (UCLS) NotesMinutes from the UCLS Board of Education Meeting on May 15 are available todayon the south buffet.Perry County Memorial Hospital will be doing school sports physicals onWednesday, June 4, from 5-7 p.m. at Doctor’s Memorial Clinic in Frohna, and from6-8 p.m. at Perry County Memorial Hospital in Perryville. The cost is 10 (proceedsdonated back to participating schools’ sports programs). Please call 547-4288 toschedule an appointment.Saxony Lutheran High School NotesCongratulations to Concordia’s Saxony students who made the Honor Rollduring the second semester of the 2013-2014 school year: Honor Roll with HighDistinction (GPA of 4.0) – Seniors: Landon Petzoldt and Rachael Petzoldt (alsograduated co-salutatorians); Honor Roll with Distinction (GPA of 3.75-3.99) –Sophomore: Claire Petzoldt.Saxony is seeking applications for a part-time Vocal Music Teacher for the2014-2015 school year. Please send a letter of interest and resume to: SaxonyLutheran High School, 2004 Saxony Dr, Jackson, MO 63755.Saxon Lutheran Memorial (SLM) NotesThe next Community Baking Day is scheduled for Saturday, June 7, starting at10 a.m. Bring your items from home to bake or pre-order a brick oven pizza ( 10each). Please call 824-5404 to pre-order your pizza or to reserve the oven beforeThursday, June 5.An SLM Fund-Raising Auction will be held on Sunday, June 29, beginning at12 p.m. at the SLM. Donations of reusable items in good repair will be gratefullyaccepted for the auction. Items that may be donated could include knick-knacks,books, household decor, furniture, working appliances, tools, quilts, farm supplies,bicycles, toys, antiques, dishes/glassware, etc. (Sorry, clothing cannot be accepted.)Pick-up of items can be arranged for the week prior to the sale. Proceeds from theauction will go to the Visitor Center Building Expansion Fund for the new addition,including a larger kitchen, handicapped-accessible restrooms, larger lobby area, and abasement. If you have items you would like to donate, please call the SLM at824-5404.Lutheran Family & Children’s Services (LFCS) NotesYou can help LFCS by donating an old car, truck, or van (running order or not). Youwill receive a donation credit for the amount the car brings at the auction service, witha guaranteed minimum of 500. For more information, call Melody at LFCS at334-5866.Thrivent NotesDirect your “Choice Dollars” now, plus 20 more. Many members are receivingmore Choice Dollars in their accounts, and Thrivent is providing an extra boost to theorganization of the member’s choice. If your “Choice Dollars” are directed now untilthis Saturday, May 31, Thrivent Financial will provide an additional one-time grant of6
20 to the first organization to whom you choose to direct “Choice Dollars”. Helpdirect additional funds to the organization you choose. If eligible, you can help byrecommending where Thrivent Financial distributes some of its charitable funds(access through the website, Thrivent.com, or call 1-800-THRIVENT (800-847-4836)and say, "Thrivent Choice").A Note from the Treasurer: As you look at designating Choice Dollars, if youdesignate them to Concordia Lutheran Church, please remember that unless youchoose otherwise, your Choice Dollars are donated to the General Fund. If you wishto have your dollars go to a specific area/fund, you can get a form from Carol Dugganor the church office to designate the funds.BYOD – A Shredding Event (Bring Your Own Documents) and CommunityService Project, hosted by Thrivent Representatives Carol Grebing-Duggan andDavid Theiss, will be held on Friday, June 13, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the ThriventOffice, 6267 Main St, Frohna. Bring your old documents that you need to destroy –those old personal financial documents that are cluttering your home – and they will beshredded for free. All attendees will be entered into a drawing to win a free shredder.Refreshments will be provided. Please bring a canned food item to be donated to theFISH Food Pantry as they have minimal donations during the summer months.Thrivent is sponsoring a trip to the Cardinals’ game on Friday, June 20, at 7 p.m.against the Philadelphia Phillies. The cost of the tickets is 45 each, and attendeeswill be receiving a replica Bob Gibson jersey. Thrivent will be paying for the buses.Attendees will leave the parking lot at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Perryville, at4 p.m. Please call Grace at the Thrivent Office for tickets at 547-5000.Neighboring Church & Community NotesThe Annual Patriotic Concert will be held today, May 25, at 3 p.m. at St. AndrewLutheran Church, Cape Girardeau. Come hear traditional standards such as “TheStar Spangled Banner”, “God Bless America”, and “A Salute to the Armed Forces”. Amusical slideshow will be presented honoring military personnel who have served orare currently serving. For more information, please contact St. Andrew LutheranChurch at 334-3200.The Perry County Lutheran Chorale will be presenting their summer tour concertthis Friday, May 30, at 7 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, New Wells. The concertwill highlight our Savior's Resurrection and Ascension with tunes such as "Crown Himwith Many Crowns”, "Lift High the Cross", and "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name".The June Calendar listing the menu and activities at the Perry County and EPCSenior Centers is posted on the bulletin board in the narthex.You are invited to the “Gangway to Galilee” Vacation Bible School that will beMonday-Friday, July 14-18, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church,Uniontown. Don’t miss the boat! Set sail to learn about five accounts of Jesus’ministry on and around the Sea of Galilee. The children will grow in faith as theyparticipate in Bible stories, Bible verse activities, songs, crafts, games, and snacks.The registration and t-shirt order deadline is Sunday, June 8. Those registering by thedeadline will receive their music action CD/DVD well before VBS. If you would like aregistration form, please contact the Concordia Church Office.Attention – Junior High and High School Students – The Lutheran Home needsvolunteers to participate in its “Junior Volunteer Program”. The “Junior VolunteerProgram” is a way to gain service hours and learn about working with older adultswhile helping with the Activities Department. Participants must be at least 13 years7
old. For more information, or to volunteer, please contact Lynn Fitzsimmons or AmyAdams, Junior Volunteer Co-Directors, at 335-0158.The 33rd Lutheran Summer Music Academy & Festival (LSM) for students ingrades 8-12 will be held Sunday, June 22, through Sunday, July 20, at Luther College,Decorah, Iowa. The LSM brings together band, orchestra, choir, piano, and pipeorgan students completing grades 8-12 from across the US and abroad. For moreinformation, please visit the website at www.lutheransummermusic.org.The 2014 Immigration History Conference will be held Thursday-Saturday, October23-25, at the Lutheran Heritage Center & Museum in Altenburg. Please register now,as a limited number of slots are available. The cost is 250/person and 25 additionalif you wish to participate in the Finale Festival on Sunday, October 26, at the SaxonLutheran Memorial in Frohna. The conference fee includes: a pre-conference familyresearch workshop on Wednesday afternoon, October 22; all sessions (ThursdaySaturday); all home-cooked lunches and suppers (Thursday-Saturday); and a specialbanquet on Saturday, with a keynote address by LCMS President, Rev. Dr. MatthewHarrison. For more information, or to request a registration form, call 824-6070. Moreconference information can also be found online at www.altenburgmuseum.org.KFUO NotesListen to “Faith ‘n’ Family” weekdays from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. on your Lutheran RadioStation Worldwide KFUO. This week, listen about “Marriage as a Social Construct?”on Tuesday, “The Role of Traditional Marriage and Family in Passing on the Faith” onWednesday, “Grieving Parents at the Loss of a Child” on Thursday, and “YourMarriage by God’s Design” and “Confessing Christ in a Contrary Culture” on Friday.Listen to KFUO on the radio at 850 AM, or live streaming and archived atwww.kfuo.org. Follow KFUO on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KFUORadio.8