This Sunday is the day. We will hand out the 21 Days of Stewardship: Testimonies of Thanksgiving and Praise booklets during both services. We will also begin a 21 day period where we will be in more intense prayer for our families, our church, our community and our nation.
We have prepared booklets for everyone at St. Paul's who would like to participate with us in the 21 Days. The devotionals were prepared by 21 different members of St. Paul's. One booklet was mailed to every family unit on Monday, October 25.
This year, as always, our church offers a Bible Instruction Course (also called Confirmation) for students in 7th and 8th grade. I'm writing to ask you to pray for these students, mentors and parents. Our scripture passage yesterday from Luke 18 encouraged us to be persistent in prayer. Let us as a church join in praying for these students.
Our prayer requests are listed below. Please scroll down to see list of students (with mentors in parenthesis).
Our lectionary scripture for Sunday is the Parable of the Unjust Judge (Luke 18:1-8). Luke introduces this parable by giving us the purpose: "that we would always pray and not lose heart." One of the biggest temptations in the Christian life, as we walk with Jesus, is to give up, to lose heart, to get discouraged. Hopefully, tomorrow's sermon will pursue this topic and illustrate several ideas on how Christians can cope with disillusionment in life.
The St. Paul's Bell Choirs are presenting a "Fall Ring" tomorrow at 3:00 p.m.
It's Friday, but Sunday's Comin'. What a beautiful weekend we are experiencing here in St. Louis. I encourage you to get out and enjoy the weather. It will not only feed your soul. You'll get some much needed vitamin D from the sun, also. I also encourage you to worship with us on Sunday. Keeping the sabbath is one of the ten commandments, and God put it there for our own good. Our souls need to hear the scriptures read out loud and explained, we need to gather as Christians in community, and we are fed on a deeper level when we speak and sing our praises.
This Sunday we continue our Lectionary Series called "Following Jesus." Our passage is from John 17:1-10, and contains some of the "hard sayings" of Jesus. You might want to read it before you come to church.
If you like a little competition, if you enjoy an evening of fun, and if you're committed to the mission of St. Paul's church, I encourage you to join us for the Trivia Night this Saturday, October 2. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., and Questions start at 7:00 p.m. The cost is $15 per person, or $120 per table of 8.
Please call the church office for reservations (314-933-0015). Why not invite your small group to attend?
Revival. Yesterday, as Dr. Kaiser was speaking to our St. Paul's Congregation about Remedies for National Ill Health, churches in New England gathered for a Solemn Assembly. The purpose of the assembly was repentance, preaching, prayer and praise. They met in Plymouth, MA, to recall early covenant in our nation.
Jonathan Friz, one of the organizers of this event, spoke for about 10 minutes. You can watch and listen to his message by going to the following link.
BSF Invitation. Wow! This Sunday, all of the Bible Study Fellowship leaders and participants in the St. Louis area have been invited to St. Paul's to hear Dr. Walter C. Kaiser, Jr. Dr. Kaiser is the man who wrote the notes for this year's new study on the book of Isaiah. He is also President Emeritus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and an Old Testament scholar. We are expecting several visitors this Sunday, so let's be especially prepared to offer a warm St. Paul's welcome to all!