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Email Note – Lord, Take My Hand and Lead Me

Living In Jesus’ Kingdom!
Lord, Take My Hand & Lead Me!
Tomorrow we sing a couple of my favorite hymns: “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” and “When Peace Like a River”. When Peace Like a River is written by Horatio Spafford. Maybe you have heard the story of him writing the hymn. He was a Christian attorney that live in Chicago with his family. He and his wife, Anna, had 5 children, however their son died from Scarlette fever when he was four. A year later, Horatio lost a large number of his properties in the Chicago fires of 1871. Even with the losses, they did what they could to show Christian love and helped others. Two years later, Spafford planned a trip to England for a family vacation and to listen to the famous preacher and friend Evangelist DL Moody. Horatio was delayed because of business, so he sent his family ahead: his wife and their four daughters on a ship.
On 22nd November 1873, while crossing the Atlantic on the steamship, Ville du Havre, their vessel was struck by an iron sailing ship. Two hundred and twenty-six people lost their lives, as the Ville du Havre sank within only twelve minutes. All four of Horatio Spafford’s daughters perished, but remarkably Anna Spafford survived the tragedy. Those rescued, including Anna, who was found unconscious, floating on a plank of wood, subsequently arrived in Cardiff, South Wales. Upon arrival there, Anna immediately sent a telegram to her husband, which included the words “Saved alone…”

Receiving Anna’s message, he set off at once to be reunited with his wife. One particular day, during the voyage, the captain summoned him to the bridge of the vessel. Pointing to his charts, he explained that they were then passing over the very spot where the Ville du Havre had sunk, and where his daughters had died. It is said that Spafford returned to his cabin and wrote the hymn “It is well with my soul” there and then, the first line of which is, “When peace like a river, attendeth my way..”

It is hard to imagine going through that much tragedy. However, when difficult times come, we may wonder how I would do. As Christians, we know our Lord Jesus is with us. It is this Lord that gave Horatio Spafford strength to go on, knowing his children were with the Lord and his life was in Jesus’ hands.
Tomorrow, we hear of Jesus healing a leper. Can you imagine being isolated outside of your town, made to call out “Leper, leper … stay away!” Well, maybe you can after this year. In this account, we hear the leper go to Jesus with the confident request, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus was willing. He had compassion on the man, even touching him! He healed him!

This same compassionate and powerful Jesus is your Lord and Savior! God at times allows trials to come into our lives. Obviously, we know Satan also does what he can to bring evil into our lives. However, our Lord is always there to grow us and give a way through it. He has come to free you from your sins and soul-sickness that you can live in his Kingdom and serve him! Rejoice! Come and worship him! We will sing the favorite hymn: “When Peace Like a River” and “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”. Look to meet with Jesus in that personal opportunity you have at the Lord’s Supper. In communion with him, he lifts you up and assures you of forgiveness and a clean conscience. He sends you forth to serve him.
What is keeping you from serving the Lord and worship? Join us in person or online tomorrow. We will do everything we can to have it up and running tomorrow! (Sorry about last week for the livestream!) Come meet with Jesus in worship. We worship together at 9:00 am on Sunday morning or Monday evening at 7:00 pm. Even if you are not able to make it in person, I hope you will take time together with your family to sit at Jesus’ feet!! Livestream is on at 9 am https://youtu.be/d-amtNN-FJo or check out the service later at mywels.com/live. [Communion is always available on an individual basis. Contact Pastor Green.]

Last week we heard that “Jesus Is Our Demon-Crushing King!”
Here is the bulletin from last Sunday, January 31, 2021
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ASYFYJ0CFpSHrSglHIQyUfxY6wJpzYyc/view?usp=sharing
February Calendar – https://drive.google.com/file/d/1czSOU6xLY8UiDSCS7VIzkf7K-LI8O2uq/view?usp=sharing
Service Link from last Sunday: https://youtu.be/yxOhnHj6BlM
Sermon – printed copy
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Monday Evening Worship continues at 7:00 pm through February 15th.

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St. Peter’s Activities in Light of COVID-19

St. Peter’s & Considerations in Light of COVID-19
Dear friends, Jesus promises to be with us always! He promises us eternal life, now and forevermore! Our Lord in Isaiah 41:10 —10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
And the Psalmist says —1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea. (Psalm 46:1-2).

We know that even in difficult times, our Lord will not leave us or forsake us, however, he has also given us wisdom to be good stewards of all he has given us, including our bodies and the care of others. With the warnings and direction given by our federal and state governments, we are making the following changes at St. Peter’s:

  • We will cancel worship on Sunday mornings, together with Bible study and Sunday School.
  • We will cancel the rest of our Lenten Worship services.
  • We encourage everyone to consider using our online giving at www.mywels.com/giveonline. Or send in you offerings in the mail. May the Lord continue to bless our Kingdom work.
  • We will have services available online, either live or following. You can check to find where to go via this link: http://mywels.com/live.
  • Private Communion is available for members that would like to meet with pastor at church.
  • We will not have Jesus Cares Bible Study on Mondays for the next month.

Please be aware that in Jesus you have great hope and the certainty of eternal life. Jesus will never leave you and will use this to grow us in our faith and to lift our eyes to him. Isn’t it amazing how quickly the Lord can bring our busy world to a standstill. He is still God. Many are blind to his wisdom and do not acknowledge him. However, you do and know the wisdom of God. You know the peace and certainty that comes only in Jesus!! You have a living hope (1 Peter 1). Jesus calms your fear! Share this certainty with others. Look for opportunities to speak to your loved ones, your neighbors, coworkers and point them to Jesus. We hear of Jesus opening the eyes of the blind man and giving him wisdom, while also making those who see, blind. True life comes only in Jesus, not just here in this world, but for eternity.

Look for opportunities to show Christian love to others around you! If you know someone that is sick, look for ways you can help or provide in their need. If any of you need any help, please just call and we at St. Peter’s will do what we can to help!! God be with you!! Pastor Green

Weekly Note – Fall Start Up & Has Jesus Left the Room?

Hello Friends,

Yes, it appears that summer is winding down with Labor Day past us. We go back to our regular schedule with Sunday worship at 9:00 am and Bible Study & Sunday School following worship.


Do you remember those days in school when the teacher left the room and kids would mess around? As you look at your life, does it ever seem like there are times that you live like Jesus has left the room? Are there things you would not do if Jesus were with you? If you knew that you would see Jesus at worship each week, would you find yourself in church more often? If he was at your home, would you use better language, change your living habits, pray more, read his Word more and treat others better?

Why is it we live as if Jesus is not here or as if Jesus does not exist at all? I realize that we are living in a post-modern world, a world where many do not believe that Jesus was even a real historical figure. Let’s face it, in our world today there are many that don’t believe Hitler really had concentration camps or that even 9-11 happened. People were there! They witnessed these events. They are real! Peter, John, the Marys and over 500 people witnessed Jesus alive, even after his resurrection. They were real people. Our God is real. The faith you profess is real, a gift from the Holy Spirit.

Yet, as sinners, we find ourselves living like Jesus doesn’t matter. We live like I am king and Jesus is my servant. I will come to him when I need him. As you see these attitudes and sins in your life, it hurts to realize how much you have hurt Jesus and treated him as trash! Do we even deserve his blessings, his love? No, we don’t do we. We deserve his judgment and we will get it. The Lord knows our life, both the good and the bad, even our intentions and thoughts. We will stand in judgment!

Oh, but thank the Lord, he also knows why he, our God and Father, sent his Son, Jesus. Jesus came to take our judgment, our hell. Jesus came to save us from our sins, to free us to be able to serve him without fear. He came that we could live life to the full as a redeemed child of God, living in the world knowing Jesus truly goes with us everywhere! As children of God we want to bring Jesus into every part of our lives. As children of God, we want to share his life-giving love to everyone we know. As children of God we want to worship him and listen to him speak to us, encouraging our family of God that he has brought us together into, the church, his body. We also call it the communion of saints. Thank the Lord for leading us to see his love, giving us faith that lets me know his forgiveness is mine! Rejoice in this certainty, my friends.


Summer worship schedule is over, plan to come together with Jesus in regular worship on Sunday mornings at 9:00 am.  Family Bible time after worship with Sunday school at 10:20 and Bible study at 10:30. I hope the Lord helps you find time for this in your schedules!

Sunday Bible Study – “Life Full in Jesus – Letters from John” This week we will start with John letter to Gaius, 3 John. He speaks of Gaius and his fellow congregation members walking in the truth. What does that look like? How are we doing that in our daily life. What might a letter from John to us sound like? Come join us for this special study!


Bulletin from last Sunday, September 1, 2019

Sermon from last Sunday on Hebrews 11 – God Creates 20/20 Faith Vision!

Upcoming Events

Mission Festival & Welcome Home Sunday – October 13th. 

Our speaker is a former doctor from Pakistan, where he was able to share Christ with even Taliban members and other Muslims. After being forced to leave, he now, after training with our Seminary, is called by a congregation in Pewaukee, WI to share the gospel with people from Southeast Asian. Pastor Paul will preach for our service and give a presentation with his wife Aneela on their work. Please look to attend and save the date for the special day. A pork chop potluck will take place starting at 11:45. We will also be hosting the LWMS rally following at 1:00 pm.

Birthdays & Anniversaries

Birthdays

Klaphake, Tina

09/02

Ruddle, Marjean

09/09

Wood, Sara

09/09

Hayes, Shirley

09/13

Anniversaries

Kerry and Jennifer Swendsen

09/03

Tanya and Jeremy Woelfel

09/11

Fay and Jerome Susa

09/12