WELCOME TO WORSHIP
In the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ, we welcome you to St. Paul’s. We especially welcome our guests who have joined us today. We pray that your soul will be strengthened by the good news of God’s forgiveness through Jesus.
PRAYER IN PREPARATION FOR TODAY’S WORSHIP
God Almighty, you promise to provide for me each day my daily bread. I praise you for your providence. Though the evidence is there and your promise is there, I still can doubt your ability and even willingness to take care of me. Strike such thoughts out of my mind today with reminders of your promises and love. Show me your care especially in Jesus, who proves your willingness and power to care for me each day. In his name I pray. Amen.
OPENING HYMN I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say | 338
LORD, HAVE MERCY
Prayer and Praise
GLORY BE TO GOD
PRAYER OF THE DAY
FIRST LESSON 1 Kings 17:1-6
SECOND LESSON Ephesians 1:3-10
GOSPEL Matthew 14:13–21
HYMN OF THE DAY Praise to God, Immortal Praise | 612
SERMON Luke 10:25-37 Help for the Hurting
CREATE IN ME
PRAYER OF THE CHURCH
HOLY, HOLY, HOLY
WORDS OF INSTITUTION
O CHRIST, LAMB OF GOD
DISTRIBUTION HYMN I Am Jesus’ Little Lamb | 432
DISTRIBUTION HYMN Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness | 353
DISTRIBUTION HYMN Lord Jesus Christ, You Have Prepared | 312
SONG OF SIMEON
CLOSING HYMN For the Fruit of His Creation | 611
NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
CHRISTIAN FAMILY SOLUTIONS PRESENTATION
Today, August 6, between services we will have a short presentation by James Mattek, the Director of Ministry at Christian Family Solutions. CFS provides distinctly Christian mental health care, healing and helping people in need through the ministry of Jesus Christ. CFS’s ministry has two main branches of service: Counseling Care & Services and Senior Services. Join us at 9:15 am to learn more.
FUN DAZE PARADE
The Bangor Fun Daze Parade is next Sunday, August 13, at noon! We’re looking forward to having another fleet of St. Paul’s members to hand out candy and pocket invites to our church and school. God be praised for this opportunity for our congregation to be in front of the community!
VICTORY SERVICE FOR LUCILLE HESSELBERG
Our sister in the faith, Lucy Hesselberg, has gone to heaven to be with her Lord for all eternity. We will have a Christian victory service (funeral) for Lucy on Thursday, August 17, at 11:00 am. The committal will follow the service at the Rockland cemetery. Luncheon will follow the service as well at a separate location in Bangor due to the basement remodel. Visitation will be before the service at 9:30 am in the sanctuary. God be praised for the blessed 96 years he gave Lucy on this earth and the life eternal in paradise gifted to her through Jesus!
SCHOOL PLAYGROUND DEDICATION
After the 10:00 am church service on Sunday, August 20, we will be having a short service at St. Paul’s school to dedicate the playground and its new equipment. Join us as we thank the Lord for his wonderful blessings and ask his continued blessings on our school facilities and grounds!
SCHOOL REGISTRATION CHANGE THIS YEAR
School registration this year at St. Paul’s will be after the playground dedication following the second service on August 20. Registration will still take place in the school gym.
FIRST SUNDAY WITH SCREEN
Our first Sunday utilizing a screen as a worship tool is tentatively planned for August 20, barring any changes in the installation plan. The screen is scheduled to be installed the week of August 14. We pray the Lord blesses the words of Scripture and the scriptural truths in liturgy and song that will grace the screen each week, and that he focuses our use of the screen on his glorious gospel and our connection to the forgiveness we have in Christ!
FIRST SUNDAY WITH NEW HYMNAL COMING UP
We will be officially transitioning to our synod’s new Christian Worship hymnal on Sunday, September 3. A reminder that this transition will take some time until all are comfortable—and that’s ok. Unfamiliar or difficult music will be introduced in various ways, and worshipers will be encouraged to join in singing as they are comfortable. We will be using each setting (liturgy) for four weeks in a row to develop familiarity, and we will only introduce Setting 1 and Setting 3 at first. Once comfortable, we can introduce Setting 2 (a more unique setting) in the future. If you would like to purchase a new hymnal for at-home use, please message or email Pastor Groth. We pray the Lord bless our transition to this new hymnal and continue to bless our worship in Jesus’ name!
SUNDAY SCHOOL AND BIBLE STUDY RETURNING SOON
Our Sunday morning Bible study and Sunday School will start back up the week after Labor Day on Sunday, September 10. Our first midweek studies will be September 12 and 13.
MIDWEEK STUDY – THE BOOK OF REVELATION
Our first midweek Bible study this fall will be on one of the most interesting books of Scripture: Revelation. Chapter by chapter the author cuts a pathway through each vision and prophecy of Revelation until he reaches the clearing where we behold a new heaven and a new earth. The 12 Lessons include: The Purpose, Outline and Interpretation of the Book; The Letters to the Seven Churches; God’s Rule of the World; The Seven Seals; God’s Judgment of the World; The Church Secure and Glorified; The Devil and His Helpers Appear; The Seven Bowls of Wrath; The Downfall of the Devil’s Allies; The Millennium; The New Heaven and the New Earth; and Review. Join me as we dive into the imagery and meaning of Christ our Savior in the book of Revelation.
ICE CREAM SOCIAL @ ST. JOHN’S BARRE MILLS
St. John’s in Barre Mills will be having their annual fellowship event that includes ice cream, supper, children’s games, pies, entertainment, and music on Sunday, August 13, beginning at 4:00 pm.
WELS CHRISTIAN AID AND RELIEF VOLUNTEER SURVEY
WELS Christian Aid and Relief is all about showing compassion to those in need. One area in which they serve is disaster relief. When appropriate, they supply funding, equipment, and trained volunteers to relieve the suffering of those who have been impacted by a flood, tornado, hurricane, or some other disaster. They have done this for many years. Now, they would like to improve and expand this ministry of compassion.
One way they can improve is by gathering a corps of trained leaders who have the experience and technical know-how that are crucial for disaster relief work. They are looking for WELS members who have both a passion for helping those in need and certain necessary skills to serve on one of our Incident Management Teams (IMTs).
A link to a brief survey has been shared in the email news (or you can email Pastor Groth for the link). They are looking for people with skills in construction, construction management, volunteer management, medical services (physicians, nurses, EMTs, etc.), and a number of other areas. Those who have served as volunteers for the American Red Cross or FEMA often have just the kind of skills they are looking for. In addition, those who have served or are currently serving as police officers, fire fighters, or members of the armed forces have much of the background, training, and experience they need. Thank you for considering.
TODAY 8:00 am Worship with Communion
9:15 am Presentation on Christian Family Solutions
10:00 am Worship with Communion
6:00 pm PACE Meeting
MONDAY 7:00 pm Worship with Communion
NEXT SUNDAY 8:00 am Worship
10:00 am Worship
12:00 pm Bangor Fun Daze Parade