E-Blast for Sunday October 23, 2022

St. Johannes Lutheran Church

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Congregational Meeting November 20, 2022 following the Service
In accordance with the St. Johannes Constitution, the following names will be presented for election to the 2023, 2024 church council— Pedro Rivas, Kathy Allison and Lucas Murley.  Additional nominations will be accepted from the floor at the November 20th meeting.   For any questions, please contact Robbin Mosier, Nominating Committee Chair.  We hope you will plan attending this meeting.
Unaccompanied Cello Recital
You are invited to a special recital by College of Charleston Student Peter O’Malley.  This event is here at the church on November 10th at 7:30 pm and there is no charge.  Feel free to invite your friends and neighbors to support Peter.
Hymnfest 2022 on November 20th at 6:00pm
The Music Ministries of Holy Spirit Lutheran Church and St. Johannes Lutheran Church are so excited to announce and invite you to the annual Hymn Festival for 2022.  This ecumenical hymn festival hosted by Holy Spirit Lutheran Church is a part of the Holy Spirit in Harmony concert series. Sean Holleran and Justin Wham have assembled an evening of wonderful music and scripture that is aimed at promoting love for all of humankind. There has been a wonderful response from choirs and individuals that are interested in participating including Holy Spirit Lutheran, St. Johannes Lutheran, St. John’s Lutheran, Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Holy Spirit Catholic, St. Paul’s Lutheran, The Unitarian Church and possibly St. Matthews Lutheran. Brass, strings and percussion instrumentalists have been hired and Bishop Ginny Aebischer has also been invited to join us as one of our readers. This will be an exciting weekend of music and fellowship that you don’t want to miss!   This event will be at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 3075 Bees Ferry Road, Charleston.


20th Sunday after Pentecost

Kyrie eleison, on our world and on our way. Kyrie eleison, every day!


October 23, 2022

11:45 AM Service

First Reading: Jeremiah 14:7-10, 19-22

The people say, “Our wickedness has caught up with us, Lord,
    but help us for the sake of your own reputation.
We have turned away from you
    and sinned against you again and again.
O Hope of Israel, our Savior in times of trouble,
    why are you like a stranger to us?
Why are you like a traveler passing through the land,
    stopping only for the night?
Are you also confused?
    Is our champion helpless to save us?
You are right here among us, Lord.
    We are known as your people.
    Please don’t abandon us now!”

10 So this is what the Lord says to his people:
“You love to wander far from me
    and do not restrain yourselves.
Therefore, I will no longer accept you as my people.
    Now I will remember all your wickedness
    and will punish you for your sins.”


19 Lord, have you completely rejected Judah?
    Do you really hate Jerusalem?
Why have you wounded us past all hope of healing?
    We hoped for peace, but no peace came.
    We hoped for a time of healing, but found only terror.
20 Lord, we confess our wickedness
    and that of our ancestors, too.
    We all have sinned against you.
21 For the sake of your reputation, Lord, do not abandon us.
    Do not disgrace your own glorious throne.
Please remember us,
    and do not break your covenant with us.

22 Can any of the worthless foreign gods send us rain?
    Does it fall from the sky by itself?
No, you are the one, O Lord our God!
    Only you can do such things.
    So we will wait for you to help us.

                The word of the Lord.   Thanks be to God.


Psalm 84:1-7

How lovely is your dwelling place,
    O Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
I long, yes, I faint with longing
    to enter the courts of the Lord.
With my whole being, body and soul,
    I will shout joyfully to the living God.
Even the sparrow finds a home,
    and the swallow builds her nest and raises her young
at a place near your altar,
    O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, my King and my God!
What joy for those who can live in your house,
    always singing your praises. Interlude

What joy for those whose strength comes from the Lord,
    who have set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
When they walk through the Valley of Weeping,
    it will become a place of refreshing springs.
    The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings.
They will continue to grow stronger,
    and each of them will appear before God in Jerusalem.

Second Reading: 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18

As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing.
16 The first time I was brought before the judge, no one came with me. Everyone abandoned me. May it not be counted against them. 17 But the Lord stood with me and gave me strength so that I might preach the Good News in its entirety for all the Gentiles to hear. And he rescued me from certain death.
[a] 18 Yes, and the Lord will deliver me from every evil attack and will bring me safely into his heavenly Kingdom. All glory to God forever and ever! Amen.

                      L:  The Word of the Lord.  C:  Thanks be to God
 The Gospel:  St. Luke 18:9-14
             P: The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the 18th chapter:   C: Glory to you , O Lord.

Then Jesus told this story to some who had great confidence in their own righteousness and scorned everyone else: 10 “Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a despised tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer[a]: ‘I thank you, God, that I am not like other people—cheaters, sinners, adulterers. I’m certainly not like that tax collector! 12 I fast twice a week, and I give you a tenth of my income.’

13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.’ 14 I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

                  The Gospel of the Lord.    Praise to you, O Christ

Pray for those people who are hurting and going through some unimaginable circumstances. Pray for those who want their lives to be better and to be free from those things that may be holding them back.  Even though you may not know them, God knows their situation!

Bereaved: The family and friends of  Anne Foster
Sick and/or Recovering:  Luke Rankin, Marlene Barton,  Donna, Steven, Howard and Joan Walker, Diane Hogue, Betty Ann Heinsohn, Monte Mims, Cindy  Dawson, Marcy Floyd,  Connie Morgan, Elmore Marlow, Herman Stehmeier and Brian Steele

All of us here at St. Johannes thank you for joining us today. Please join us for our service every Sunday morning at 11:45 AM!
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