MARCH 2017 Newsletter
St. Peters Lutheran Church
316 S. Main Ave. / P.O. Box 125
Wentworth, SD 57075-0125
Office Phone: 605-483-3129
Pastor’s home office: 605-483-3230
Pastor’s cell: 605-270-1406
Our Mission Statement:
“Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name;
make known among the nations what he has done.”
Greetings in the name of Christ, Lord and Savior!
March brings us to the season of Lent, the season of repentance and inner soul searching. As we look at “The Art of Living by Faith” during our Midweek Services, it is good for us to hear the words of Martin Luther as he speaks on the Third Petition of the Lord’s Prayer: “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10b).
People say: ‘Yes, certainly, God has given us a free will’. To this I reply: ‘To be sure, He has given us a free will; why then will you not let it remain free but make it your own will?’ If you do with it what you will, it is not a free will. It is your own will. But God has given neither you nor any man your own will, for your own will comes from the devil and from Adam. They made the free will which they received from God into their own will. For a free will desires nothing on its own. It only cares for the will of God, and so it remains free, cleaving and clinging to nothing.
Hence you see that in this prayer God commands us to pray against ourselves, and so teaches us that we have no greater enemy than ourselves. For our will is the greatest power within us, and we must pray against it: my Father, suffer me not to have my own will. Oppose my will and break it. Come what may, only let Thy will and not mine be done. For so it is in heaven; self-will is not found there. Let it be the same here on earth. Such a prayer, if it is offered, hurts our nature, for self-will is the deepest and mightiest evil in the world, and there is nothing which we love more than our own will.
May our walk with Jesus to the cross of Calvary and to the empty tomb be blessed with God’s will and not our will which is not free.
In Christ’s service and yours,
A Statement of Scriptural and Confessional Principles
(Con’t from February)
4. We recognize that the doctrinal content of the Confessions centers in Jesus Christ and the gospel of our justification by grace through faith, but we reject the view that the doctrinal content of the Confessions includes only those confessional statements which explicitly and directly deal with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Accordingly, we do not accept the idea that our subscription to the Lutheran Confessions permits us to reject such confessional positions as the existence of the devil and of angels or that Adam and Eve were real historical persons whose fall into sin was a real historical event.
5. We recognize that the Lutheran Confessions contain no distinct article on the nature of Holy Scripture and its interpretation, but we acknowledge and accept the confessional understanding of the nature of Holy Scripture and of the proper theological principles for its interpretation.
6. We recognize the Lutheran Confessions as a true exposition of Holy Scripture and therefore reject the opinion that our subscription to the Lutheran Confessions leaves us free to reject any doctrinal statements of the Confessions where we feel there is no supporting Biblical evidence.
7. We acknowledge that our subscription to the Lutheran Confessions pledges us to preach and teach in accordance with the entire Holy Scripture. We therefore reject the opinion that all Biblical matters not explicitly treated in the Lutheran Confessions are open questions.
8. We confess that the Holy Scriptures are the only rule and norm for faith and life, and that other writings “should not be put on par with Holy Scripture” (FC, Ep, Rule and Norm, 1-2). We therefore reject the notion that it is legitimate to maintain the doctrinal conclusions of the Confessions without accepting their Biblical basis, or to regard formal confessional subscription as an adequate safeguard against improper exegetical conclusions.
9. Finally, we affirm that or acceptance of the Lutheran Confessions means not only that we tolerate the doctrinal content of the Lutheran Confessions as a viable option for Lutheran Christians today but that we in fact preach, teach, and confess the doctrinal content of the Lutheran Confessions as our very own.
This now concludes this opportunity for review of “A Brief Statement of the
Doctrinal Position of the Missouri Synod” (Adopted 1932) and also “A Statement
of Scriptural and Confessional Principles” (Officially Adopted in the 1973 Synodical
To read the Bible in one year:
SUGGESTED BIBLE READINGS FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH
MARCH BAPTISMAL BIRTHDAYS
March 1, 1946 Elizabeth Ann Tammen 46569 238th St, Colman, SD 57017
March 3, 1933 Dorothy Helen Reck, PO Box 143, Wentworth, SD 57075
March 3, 2003 Myranda Marie Moad PO Box 21, Colman, SD 57017
March 5, 1939 David Rentz 3904 S. Terry Ave Apt#364, Sioux Falls, SD 57106
March 5, 1989 Stacy Phyllis Lindholm PO Box 134, Wentworth, SD 57075
March 6, 2011 Landen James McManus 202 N. Dakota Ave Wentworth, SD 57075
March 9, 2003 Nathaniel Luke Gerry 46520 237th St Wentworth, SD 57075
March 11, 1982 Tara Marie McManus 202 N. Dakota Ave Wentworth, SD 57075
March 14, 1985 Lori D. Hansen 23057 469th Ave Colman, SD 57017
March 14, 1943 Carrol John Olson 46115 233rd St Wentworth, SD 57075
March 17, 1946 Ted Lyman Lindholm PO Box 133 Wentworth,SD 57075
March 17, 2013 Joslyn Marie Baumberger 45796 234th St Wentworth, SD 57075
March 19, 1967 Amy Jo Lindholm 46038 234th St Wentworth, SD 57075
March 21, 1965 Lori Swab Human Care Services, PO Box 7600 Yankton, SD 57078
March 21, 1937 Lyle Marvin Johnson 935 NE 3rd St, Madison, SD 57042
March 27, 1952 Debra Ann Graff 46074 232nd St Wentworth, SD 57075
March 29, 1987 Kasey Thomas Gehrels 46446 230th St Wentworth, SD 57075
March 30, 2014 Kolter Jereome Gehrels 46446 230th St Wentworth, SD 57075
March 31, 1996 Emiline Ann Breck 46746 245th St Dell Rapids, SD 57022
MARCH WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES
Mr. & Mrs. Terry & Carol Feldmann March 14, 1969
Mr. & Mrs. Craig & Marsha Ellison March 17, 1989
Mr. & Mrs. David & Jane Rentz March 21, 1960
Mr. & Mrs. Lee & Paige Johanson March 28, 2015
March 3 Opal Uthe
March 3, 1990Louis Lindholm
March 3, 2001Myranda Moad
March 4, 1989Ashes Dean
March 6, 1938 Verl Uthe
March 8, 1952Deb Graff
March 10, 1949Virginia Heidelberger
March 10, 1951Lee Limmer
March 10, 1991Kayla Dean
March 10, 2013Joslyn Baumberger
March 15, 1936Beverly Warns
March 15, 1987 Kasey Gehrels
March 16, 1943 Shirley Zimmer
March 17, 1940 Jane Rentz
March 18, 1992 Mindy Kooiker
March 19, 1996 Emiline Breck
March 20, 2014 Kolter Gehrels
March 26, 1952 James DeVaney
March 26, 1985 Michael Trimble
March 29, 1993 Brett Martin
March 30, 1942 Bud Gerry
March 31, 2015 Janessa Baumberger
Next LWML Meeting will be March 11 at 10am. Roll call verse word is Repent/Repentance.
Wild Game Feed will be held at St. Peters Fellowship Hall March 18th from 11:30-1:30.
The Art of Living by Faith
The selection of this topic is timely for 2017 for two reason:
As you are well aware, 2017 is the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Fewer and fewer people are aware of the Reformation’s contribution both to the church and to the larger society. This sermon series accents the theme of faith, as justification by faith was the joyful message of the Reformation. No better text brings this message home for people in the pew than does Luther’s Small Catechism that, in the sixteenth century, earned the well-deserved title, “The Layman’s Bible.”
The second reason this topic is timely is that our synodical explanation of Luther’s catechism has been undergoing a revision (which should make its appearance in early 2018). This revision is guided by Luther’s thought and theology of the catechism while providing a point of departure for addressing contemporary issues in a biblical and catechetical manner.
The Lenten Themes for 2017
Ash Wednesday – March 1st – The Christian Life Is the Art of Living by Faith
The Gospel = The Story + Promise of Christ
Lent 2 – March 8th – It Is impossible for Us to Live without Faith
Lent 3 – March 15th – Created to Live from the Inexhaustible Life of God
Lent 4 – March 22nd – Justification by Faith Restores Us to Life as God’s Creatures
Lent 5 – March 29th – Lord and Giver of Life
Lent 6 – April 5th – The Battle Cry of Faith
Maundy Thursday – April 13th – Participation
Good Friday – April 14th – God’s Lightning Rod
Easter Sunrise Service – April 16th – To be Announced
Easter Service – April 16th – The Dawn of the New Creation
The Lenten Schedule
Ash Wednesday – March 1st – 7pm w/communion
St. John’s, Montrose – March 2nd – 7pm w/communion
Lent 2 – March 8th – Supper @ 5:30pm Worship 7pm
St. John’s Montrose – March 9th – 7pm
Lent 3 – March 15th – Supper @ 5:30pm Worship 7pm
St. John’s Montrose – March 16th – 7pm
Lent 4 – March 22nd – Supper @ 5:30pm Worship 7pm
St. John’s Montrose – March 23rd – 7pm
Lent 5 – March 29th – Supper @ 5:30pm Worship 7pm
St. John’s Montrose – March 30th – 7pm
Lent 6 – April 5th – Supper @ 5:30pm Worship 7pm
St. John’s Montrose – April 6th – 7pm
Maundy Thursday – April 13th w/communion Worship 6:30 pm
St. John’s Montrose Worship 8:30 pm w/communion
Good Friday – April 14th Worship 8:30 pm St. John’s Montrose Worship 6:30 pm
Easter Sunrise Service – April 16th Worship 6:30am
Breakfast 7:30 to 8:30
Easter Worship w/communion Worship 8:30am
St. John’s Worship 10:30am w/communion