While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul passed through the interior regions and came to Ephesus, where he found some disciples. He said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?” They replied, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” Then he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” They answered, “Into John’s baptism.” Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, in Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied— altogether there were about twelve of them.Psalm 29
A Psalm of David.
Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name;
worship the Lord in holy splendor.
The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the Lord, over mighty waters.
The voice of the Lord is powerful;
the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes Lebanon skip like a calf,
and Sirion like a young wild ox.
The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.
The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
The voice of the Lord causes the oaks to whirl,
and strips the forest bare;
and in his temple all say, “Glory!”
The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
the Lord sits enthroned as king forever.
May the Lord give strength to his people!
May the Lord bless his people with peace!
In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:
‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
who is to shepherd my people Israel.’”
Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.” When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.
We're ready to begin anew! On Sunday, January 7, and on Wednesday, January 10, we're inaugurating a new study of the Old Testament prophets. Together they make up a major portion of the Bible. Together they proclaimed God's Word of both judgment and hope. Together they were passionate about their faith in the power and presence of God, and also passionate about the people to whom they were preaching. But they also spoke at different places and under different circumstances. Their proclamations were shaped by the times in which they lived. They didn't live in a vacuum but in history. That said, there is also something timeless about their message. Even though they spoke centuries ago, they yet have a Word for us today. So come join us on Sunday mornings at 10:20 or on Wednesdays at 11 am and 7 pm. The prophets--God's voice.
Come travel with us!
Two opportunities for international travel with friends from SOTP are now available! The first trip will take place later this year--October 29-November 11--when we'll journey to the Lands of the Bible. We begin in Rome and then board Celebrity's Constellation as we travel to ports and places like Crete, Athens, Corinth,the Sea of Galilee, Bethlehem and Jerusalem, just to name a few.
The second adventure won't happen until September 10, 2020, which really isn't that far off. This trip will allow us to attend the Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany, and then tour the places of importance in the life of Martin Luther: Eisleben, Worms, Eisenach, and so on.
Brochures for both trips are available from Pastor Bill. Look him up--and sign up! Travel with us in the fall of 2018 and in the fall of 2020.