FIRST READING: Isaiah 9:1-4
PSALM: Psalm 27:1,4-9
SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 1:10-98
GOSPEL: Matthew 4:12-23
Everyone is invited to join us for worship at 10:15 on January 26th as we celebrate the Third Sunday after Epiphany with the Service of Holy Communion. The Children's Talk will be presented by Peggy Dietel, special music will be provided by the Chancel Choir, and the sermon will be presented by Pastor Steve Stutz and inspired by the gospel of Matthew 4:12-23.
Following worship, both congregations will meet for their Annual Congregational Meetings.
Adult Sunday School Topic for All Interested Adults on January 26th at 9:15: Helped by Mediator Feinberg, United Methodist Opponents Craft Separation Protocol to End Long Dispute
Because users of The Wired Word come from many different Christian denominations, the TWW team seldom bases lessons on news that is primarily tied to one denomination. They're making an exception in this lesson, but not to encourage discussion of the dispute in The United Methodist Church regarding how LGBT individuals should be allowed to relate to the church. Rather, as will be explained in the "In the News" section of the topic, this lesson invites us to consider how mediation can be a godly work and to help us see where we might do that work in some situations that life presents us. So that will be the topic of our next class.
We are pleased to welcome Interim Pastor, the Rev. Dr. Steve Stutz, to Memorial Lutheran and First Presbyterian Churches. Below is a short bio on Interim Pastor Stutz.
Steve Stutz was ordained and entered the pastoral ministry in 1998, serving as the associate pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Big Spring, TX and senior pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Pasadena, TX. In 2014, he was hired as a consultant by the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and has coached 23 congregations through a wide variety of issues related to structure, ministry, leadership, and vision. He is a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Pasadena, TX and has been active as a supply preacher around the conference.
Pastor Stutz is a native of St. Louis, MO. He studied at Kemper Military School & College, Northeast Missouri State University, and after leaving the active duty military, received his Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. He is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College and the Combined Arms & Services Staff School at Ft. Leavenworth, KS. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Houston Graduate School of Theology, where he is currently the Adjunct Professor of Spiritual Direction and Formation.
He and his wife, Krista, have been married since 1988 and are the proud parents of three adult children (Beth, Katie, & Julie). Pastor & Krista both enjoy taking walks with their dog, Dexter, and spending time with their grandson (Noah).