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Thanksgiving Day Worship at 9:00 AM.

Begin your Thanksgiving Day with worship of the Lord that has provided all you have. He deserves our worship and praise! Join us in person at 9:00 am or livestream at www.youtube.com/stpetersmonticello.

Often when we go through trials, it makes us appreciate the blessings we have. This year is certainly a year that has opened our eyes to many blessings that we often take for granted. May the Lord fill our hearts with his love, open our eyes to see his bountiful blessings, and then move our hearts to thank and praise him in all we do and say in life!! Have a blessed Thanksgiving!  Pastor Green


IN OUR PRAYERS
  • Family of Walter (Wally) Klatt - Wally got to meet Jesus yesterday morning. He was certain of his Savior's love for him and expressed his faith in the promises of Jesus. He was ready to meet Jesus and the Lord gave him the privilege to enter paradise on Tuesday morning. We keep his family in our prayers: sons: Brad & Bruce; sister: Gladys Bitzer & Sister-in-law: Alice Klatt in our prayers. (They are planning on a memorial service at a later date.)
  • Wayne Block - was in the hospital as he is struggling through covid. He was able to get home and is doing better. We are thankful and continue to pray for healing for him and Sandy. 
  • Frieda Culp - as she has tested positive for covid. We pray for healing and strength.
  • Donna & Larry Anderson - as they both come through having covid. We pray for healing and strength and that they continue to improve.   

Here is the service link from this past Sunday: https://youtu.be/nzb2_JDri1c
Last Sunday's Bulletin

Now Thank We All Our God

[I realize that you may have read this at a different time and it will be in the Thanksgiving Day bulletin, but seems a fitting reminder for this year.]
“Now Thank We All Our God” was written by a Lutheran Pastor named Martin Rinkart, in Eilenburg, Saxony in the early 17th century.  He lived during a time of great political strife.  During the Thirty Years War his city was under siege by Swedish and Austrian armies.  In addition, in 1637 a plague swept through the area and during one period of time, since he was the only surviving pastor, he was conducting some 50 funerals a day; including that of his own wife.  What unbelievable hardship and strife!  And yet, in the face of all this pain and sorrow, this hymn resounds with clarity and confidence in God’s providential care.
    We’ve seen this before.  A good example would be the Apostle Paul.  He was placed in prison, had harrowing escapes, public debates, suffered terrible beatings, had chronic pain and illness, was ship wrecked; and yet wrote these familiar words: “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
    Job, who lost his family, his health and all his earthly possessions, wrote:
    “The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.” – Job 1:21b
    So this is the story behind the hymn “Now Thank We All Our God.”  This is the message that you will get if you read books on Hymn History or if you even “google” it.  But there is yet another message for you this morning.  You see, Pastor Rinkart had children. And his wife died, a civilian casualty of war, while the children were of a young age.  Now Pastor Rinkart has a full church ministry, is conducting 50 funerals a day and is raising several young children.  Yet he writes a song about being thankful for God’s blessings in the midst of all this chaos.  Guess what Pastor Rinkart included in the very first verse of this hymn as something that he is thankful for?  You guessed it – Mothers!  Now you’ll see that this hymn is not only suited for a Thanksgiving service but for Mother’s Day as well.
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