St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church—LCMS
40291 NE 40th Ave., Preston, Kansas 67583
Website: www.stpaulpreston.org              
Telephone: (620) 672-5354
Email: splcms@sctelcom.net (Office)        
           mslcms@sctelcom.net (Pastor)
Rev. Michael Schotte, Pastor
SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT       February 25, 2024
ORDER OF WORSHIP:  LSB – Divine Service, Setting III, pgs. 184ff
HYMNS:   423  - 708 - 722
SERMON: “Peace with God through Our Lord Jesus Christ”
Text: Romans 5:1-11
ADULT CHOIR: Lamb of Glory
God our Father, Your grace toward us has reconciled us to You and brought us into Your kingdom through the holy, precious blood and innocent suffering and death of Your Son Jesus. Let Your Spirit lead us in lives of devotion and love for You as Your dear children. Give us a pure understanding of what it means that sin and death no longer have dominion over us. In the power of our baptism into Christ, help us daily in repentance to drown the evil desires that would overtake us and lead us more deeply into sin. Give us the desire and determination to walk in the newness of life according to Your commandments. Hear us for Jesus’ sake. Amen 
 “All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall worship before You.  For kingship belongs to the Lord, and He rules 
over the nations” (Psalm 22:27-28).
•   Thanksgiving to the heavenly Father for all gifts of daily bread. 
•   For the peace of Jesus Christ crucified and risen from the dead for the family of Jolene Barnes since the time of her death last Sunday evening, February 18th. 
•   For the Lord’s protection and guidance for students, teachers, and administrators in our schools as they impart and learn God-pleasing knowledge for the well being of society. 
•   That those who govern us will understand their responsibility in defending life from those who would harm us and in governing us according to natural Law which God has written on the human heart and made clear in His revealed Moral Law. 
•   That as citizens we will take seriously our personal responsibility to walk in the paths of righteousness and according to God’s Word be respectful of God’s gift of life. 
SUNDAY SCHOOL AND BIBLE CLASS OFFERINGS for the current quarter are designated for Lutheran Heritage Foundation. These offerings help support the work of LHF as this organization gives books of the Lutheran faith to people around the world in their own languages. Thank you to the children and adults at St. Paul who support God’s mission through His Church. 
BE GRACIOUS TO ME is the theme for this year’s Wednesday evening Lenten Worship. The theme is based upon verses from Psalm 41. The titles for the weekly messages are as follows: 
•   Midweek Lent 2 – I Have Sinned – (Ps. 41:4) 
•   Midweek Lent 3 – Soon and Never (Ps. 41:5) 
•   Midweek Lent 4 – Empty Words (Ps. 41:6) 
•   Midweek Lent 5 – Vindication (Psalm 41:7-8) 
THE KANTOREI of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne (CTSFW), a men's choir of pastoral ministry students under the direction of Kantor Kevin Hildebrand, will be touring Iowa, Illinois, and Kansas. The one concert in Kansas will be March 6th at 6:00 p.m. at First Lutheran Church, 401 E. Piankishaw Street, Paola, Kansas, www.firstlutheran-paola.org, (913) 294-3476. The following is a link to the most recent albums of Kantorei: https://ctsfw.regfox.com/kantorei-lenten-tour-2024
THE ANNIVERSARY COOKBOOK...The 125th Anniversary Cookbook Committee met and created a form to simplify online recipe submissions. If you would like the link for the form texted or emailed to you, please text Samantha Houtwed at 620-243-2450. Alternately if you would prefer to email your recipe to the committee, please send it to: stpaulprestonrecipes@gmail.com. We also continue to welcome your recipes in the Anniversary Recipes box on top of the church mailboxes. We will continue to receive recipes until March 3rd. We appreciate your submissions! 
HUTCHINSON ZONE LWML SPRING MEETING: We will meet Saturday, March 16th, at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 111 W. Magnolia, in Salina at 9:00 a.m. for registration. At 9:30 we'll begin with devotions and our guest, Susan Rathgeber, will speak on the mission of Lutheran Braille Workers. Registration fee is $3. Gifts from the Heart will be collected for Salina Shares. St. Paul LWML attendees invite our congregation members to leave donations of the following in a labeled box in the south entry: new can openers, silverware (new or used), canned pasta, fruit cups, granola bars, dish soap, sponges, gift cards to Walmart or Dillons (please write amount on the cards). Thank you!
ANNUAL POTATO BAR will be held March 17th in the church basement following the service. To add some fun please join in on the auction for special items donated that will be located in the parlor. The proceeds from the potato bar and auction will help fund our 125th anniversary celebration next year. Some information about the auction . . . Tables will be setup in the parlor on Saturday the 9th. Please bring items Sunday the 10th for display. Items can be bid on from the 10th until the 17th and winners (with highest bid) will be announced after the meal on the 17th. Be creative and join in – great way to pay it forward.
HEAD USHER: Gary McGuire                                                           ALTAR COMMITTEE: Gayla Schwertfeger
ELDERS:  Derek Liggett, Shan Hullman, Lee Van Slyke                                                     Samantha Houtwed                                                                                                                                                                                                               Amanda Riggs  Anna Schwertfeger
TODAY - 8:00 am - The Lutheran Hour, KGNO (Dodge City, 1370 AM)
               8:00 am - The Lutheran Hour, KCVW (Wichita, Hutch., 94.3 FM)
               8:25 am - The Lutheran Hour, KMMM (Pratt, 1290 AM)
               8:30 am - The Lutheran Hour, KWBW (Hutchinson, 1450 AM)
              10:00 am - St. Paul Radio Broadcast, KMMM (Pratt, 1290 AM)
               6:00 pm - The Lutheran Hour, KREJ (88.1 FM)
MONDAY - 8:00 - 11:00 am - Secretary’s Office Hours
TUESDAY -  9 am - 2 pm - Quilting for Orphan Grain Train 
WEDNESDAY - 8:00 - 11:00 am - Secretary’s Office Hour
                          6:30 pm - Midweek
                         6:30 pm - Choir
                         7:00 pm - Lenten Worship                                   
THURSDAY -  6:30 pm - Bible Study
 FRIDAY - 8:00 - 11:00 am - Secretary’s Office Hours                   
 SUNDAY - 9:00 am - Sunday School and Bible Class
                 10:00 am - Worship with Holy Communion
THE LUTHERAN HOUR - “When Winning Is Losing” (Mark 8:35-37) In Christ, losing is winning and winning is losing, guest speaker Dr. John Nunes explains what that means.
STEWARDSHIP SENTENCES based on Mark 8:32 – “And he said this plainly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.” Anytime we sin, we are acting like Peter, thinking we know better than the Lord. But as Jesus says, such acts stem from Satan. So let us repent. Let us trust our Lord Jesus and follow Him. For certainly He has earned our trust with His gracious sacrifice for us. 
MARCH ALTAR GUILD. . .  Those serving in March will be Shelley Hullman, Anna Schwertfeger, Emma Burns, Jan Jorns, and Terri Liggett.  We thank those who faithfully serve our congregation in this way.
About the Cover:   Everything about the Weimar altarpiece centers on Jesus:  angels announcing the Savior to shepherds, the bronze serpent uplifted in the wilderness, and John the Baptist pointing to the Lamb and the cross. As Moses holds up the Law to a man chased by death and the devil toward hell, the man looks up to Christ for mercy. Indeed, the resurrected Christ defeats death and the devil.  Trusting in the Word, which Luther holds in his hands, we, like Cranach the Elder standing next to Luther, are purified by the blood of Christ.
OLD TESTAMENT READING - Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
EPISTLE - Romans 5:1-11
HOLY GOSPEL - Mark 8:27-38