Lutheran Church News for Sunday

Pastor Ralph Mineo will share a message “The Cross of Discipleship”….

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, North Baltimore

Sunday, September 16, Pastor Ralph Mineo will share a message “The Cross of Discipleship” based on Mark 8:27-38 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in North Baltimore at 10:15 a.m. Please join us. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m.

St. John’s Lutheran Church, McComb

Sunday, September 16, Pastor Ralph Mineo will share a message “The Cross of Discipleship” based on Mark 8:27-38 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in McComb at 8:00 a.m. Please join us. A joint adult Sunday School class with the McComb United Methodist Church begins at 9:15 a.m.

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Pastor Ralph Mineo will share a message “You’ll Get Through This”

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, North Baltimore

Rally Day Sunday, September 9, Pastor Ralph Mineo will share a message “You’ll Get Through This” based on Isaiah 35:4-7a at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in North Baltimore at 10:15 a.m. Please join us. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m. Join us for a “Rally Day” Cookout following worship.

St. John’s Lutheran Church, McComb

Sunday, September 9, Pastor Ralph Mineo will share a message “You’ll Get Through This” based on Isaiah 35:4-7a at St. John’s Lutheran Church in McComb at 8:00 a.m. Please join us. A joint adult Sunday School class with the McComb United Methodist Church begins at 9:15 a.m.

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Pastor Ralph Mineo will share a message “Doers of the Word”

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, North Baltimore

Sunday, September 2, Pastor Ralph Mineo will share a message “Doers of the Word” based on James 1:17-27 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in North Baltimore at 10:15 a.m. Please join us. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m.

St. John’s Lutheran Church, McComb

Sunday, September 2, Pastor Ralph Mineo will share a message “Doers of the Word” based on James 1:17-27 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in McComb at 8:00 a.m. Please join us. A joint adult Sunday School class with the McComb United Methodist Church begins at 9:15 a.m.

“Do Not Be Afraid” – A devotion by Ann Elaine Broughton

Fear can help you if you are in real danger, because it brings forth a rush of adrenaline…..

“I sought the Lord at all times, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears” (Psalm 34:4 NIV).

Is there something you fear? Fear can help you if you are in real danger, because it brings forth a rush of adrenaline to save yourself, but fear about something you cannot control such as the future will end up making you very ill from the stress. If your body is always in a state of fight or flight, you will get adrenal fatigue and become very ill. If you let worry and fear dominate your thoughts a real health hazard can occur.

Jesus wants you to trust Him with your fear, especially if it is keeping you from serving Him. Whenever I am needlessly afraid, I remember David and Goliath. David was not afraid of Goliath even if he was nine feet tall. Goliath told them to send one man to fight him and if he won the Philistines would serve them. David was just a boy, but he knew that God was with him. He set forth with his sling and five stones to meet the giant. The giant taunted him, but David was not afraid because he had great faith in his mighty God to help him. I love what David said, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord” (1 Samuel 17:45 NIV). David ran towards his enemy, spinning his sling and then threw the stone right in the middle of the forehead of the giant, killing him.

When you are facing a fear that keeps you from living a life of peace that God wants you to have or a fear of serving God in some way, remember David. Approach it with the same words. “I come against you fear in the name of the Lord. I give this fear to the Lord, knowing He will help me to stand with confidence knowing “God is love. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment” (1 John 4:16, John 4:18 NIV) “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control” (2 Timothy 1:7 ESV). God wants you to face your fear with his might and power. God is with you just as he was with David.

Dear Lord,

I give you my fear knowing that you want me to trust you to give me the strength to accomplish your will. Help me to step out in faith, just like David, and know that I can do all things through you who gives me strength.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen

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Sunday, August 26, Pastor Ralph Mineo will share a message “Spiritual Battles”…..

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, North Baltimore

Sunday, August 26, Pastor Ralph Mineo will share a message “Spiritual Battles” based on Ephesians 6:10-18 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in North Baltimore at 10:15 a.m. Please join us. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m.

St. John’s Lutheran Church, McComb

Sunday, August 26, Pastor Ralph Mineo will share a message “Spiritual Battles” based on Ephesians 6:10-18 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in McComb at 8:00 a.m. Please join us. A joint adult Sunday School class with the McComb United Methodist Church begins at 9:15 a.m.

Lutheran Church News for August 19

Pastor Ralph Mineo will share a message “Paying Attention to the Lord”

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, North Baltimore

Sunday, August 19, Pastor Ralph Mineo will share a message “Paying Attention to the Lord” based on Ephesians 5:15-20 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in North Baltimore at 10:15 a.m. This is “Blessing of Backpacks, Students, Teachers, and School Staff Sunday.” All students, pre-K through adults, are invited to bring backpacks, lunchboxes, note-books, etc. for a blessing. And of course, we will bless the students, teachers and all school staff members. Please join us. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m.

St. John’s Lutheran Church, McComb

Sunday, August 19, Pastor Ralph Mineo will share a message “Paying Attention to the Lord” based on Ephesians 5:15-20 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in McComb at 8:00 a.m. This is “Blessing of Backpacks, Students, Teachers, and School Staff Sunday.” All students, pre-K through adults, are invited to bring backpacks, lunchboxes, note-books, etc. for a blessing. And of course, we will bless the students, teachers and all school staff members. Please join us. A joint adult Sunday School class with the McComb United Methodist Church begins at 9:15 a.m.

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For Sunday, August 5th….

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, North Baltimore

Sunday, August 5, Pastor Ralph Mineo will share a message “In a Spirit of Love” based on Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-16 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in North Baltimore at 10:15 a.m. Please join us. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00


St. John’s Lutheran Church, McComb

Sunday, August 5, Pastor Ralph Mineo will share a message “In a Spirit of Love” based on Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-16 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in McComb at 8:00 a.m. A joint adult Sunday School class with the McComb United Methodist Church begins at 9:15 a.m.

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Sunday, July 29…

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, North Baltimore

Sunday, July 29, Pastor Ralph Mineo will share a message “The God-ness of God” based on Ephesians 3:14-21 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in North Baltimore at 10:15 a.m. Please join us. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m.

St. John’s Lutheran Church, McComb

Sunday, July 29, Pastor Ralph Mineo will share a message “The God-ness of God” based on Ephesians 3:14-21 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in McComb at 8:00 a.m. A joint adult Sunday School class with the McComb United Methodist Church begins at 9:15 a.m.

“Jesus Lifted Me”

A devotion by Pastor Ralph J. Mineo…..I love Vacation Bible School! The children and youth energize me in spiritual and outward ways.

When I started writing this devotion, it seemed very familiar. I started writing about the favorite song of the children (“Blind Man”) but wanted to write about MY favorite song. As I was writing, I realized that I was re-writing what I wrote a year ago, after VBS. I think this is worth repeating…

I love Vacation Bible School! The children and youth energize me in spiritual and outward ways. We sing our annual signature song (“Blind Man”) twice daily (this year, it was three times, one day!) We sing of a blind man wanting to know the way to get “home.” We sing of Jesus telling us that he IS the way. Finally, we sing of ourselves, believing that Jesus is the way, the way to go home. “Home,” in the song is, I believe, being with God in our daily lives and for all eternity.

Another signature song of VBS is a song titled “I’m So Glad.” There are four verses. In the first verse, we sing that we’re so glad that Jesus lifts me. Therefore, we sing “Glory, Hallelujah, Jesus lifted me!”

In the second verse, we sing “when I was afraid, Jesus lifted me.” Again, we sing “Glory, Hallelujah…”

In the third verse, we sing “when I was in darkness, Jesus gave me light.” Then of course, we sing the refrain once more “Glory, Hallelujah…”

Then comes my favorite part. I keep strumming the guitar and ad lib a story. I tell of the time that the apostles were in a boat and they saw Jesus walking on the water. “Yes, walking on the water!” Peter calls out and asks, “Can I walk on water, too? And, Jesus says, YES!” So, Peter gets out of the boat, and starts walking on the water. “Yes, walking! Walking on the water!”

But a storm came up. Rain. Thunder. Lightening. Big, big waves! Then Peter was afraid. He began to sink. Sink! Sink! Sink! (I’m practically on the floor at this point!) Jesus comes to Peter and reaches out his hand. He grabs Peter and pulls him out of the water.

“And Peter sing:” (here, the whole group of 100 people sing together) “I’m so glad, Jesus lifted me. I’m so glad, Jesus lifted me. I’m so glad, Jesus lifted me, singing Glory, Hallelujah, Jesus lifted me! Singing Glory, Hallelujah, Jesus lifted me!”

People of God, whether your heart or soul, mind or body, has spiritual blindness, if you’ve lost the way, or if you feel overwhelmed or afraid, when your life is like a terrible storm, know that Jesus is standing at the road of your life. He is the way! He’ll lift you out of the storm!

With Jesus, spiritual blindness, or spiritual drowning, even spiritual death, isn’t an option. He’ll get you home. He’ll lift you up. He’ll love you, in your daily life, and for all eternity!

Glory, Hallelujah!

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for July 22………….”Splash Canyon” VBS starts at 5:00pm

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, North Baltimore

Sunday, July 22, Pastor Ralph Mineo will share a message “Jesus, the Cornerstone” based on Ephesians 2:11-22 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in North Baltimore at 10:15 a.m. Please join us. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m.

Our “Splash Canyon” Vacation Bible School begins Sunday night (July 22), from 5-8 pm. Come join us for a splashing good time.

St. John’s Lutheran Church, McComb

Sunday, July 22, Pastor Ralph Mineo will share a message “Jesus, the Cornerstone” based on Ephesians 2:11-22 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in McComb at 8:00 a.m. A joint adult Sunday School class with the McComb United Methodist Church begins at 9:15 a.m.