St. Mark Lutheran Church

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Service Times

9:00 A.M. Sunday

7:00 P.M. Thursday

Lenten and Easter Services Schedule

April 14 Palm Sunday 9 A.M.

April 18 Maundy Thursday 7 P.M.

April 19 Good Friday 7 P.M. 

April 21 Easter Sunday 6 A.M. Pat Pritzlaff's house on the BEACH

8 A.M & 10 A.M. 

(Breakfast served in between)

Pastor Letter

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The St. Mark Messenger

Rev. Wayne King, Pastor

Pat Pritzlaff, Editor

Volume 14 No. 10

A monthly publication of St. Mark Lutheran October 2019

“You have given me an open ear” Psalm 40:6b

Earlier this week as I was taking time for my daily devotions, a passage of scripture jumped out at me as never before. I think you all know what I mean when I say it jumped out at me. It means that even though I’ve read this part of Psalm 40 hundreds of times, it never came to my conscious mind what this was actually saying. I thought about this passage and then reread the whole Psalm 40 once again to actually discern the meaning. I then looked into some reference books from scholars who have studied these passages and what I found really awakened in me the thought that we are often dull readers and dull listeners!

As one commentator pointed out, this particular passage was a Hebrew metaphor which literally reads: “ears thou hast dug for me”. Just about every translator presents the meaning as a paraphrase. In so doing we lose the metaphor of what it means to dig.

To put this in perspective, imagine a person with no ears. They would be unable to hear! This metaphor occurs in the context of a bustling religious activity that is deaf to the very voice of God it should be hearing. Verse 6 of Psalm 40 reads; “In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted but you have given me an open ear”. The people of Israel learned how to follow the requirements of worship given to them by God. Part of the requirement was to offer sacrifices for the atoning of their sins. The shed blood of the innocent lamb was thrown on the altar and some on the people to show that innocent blood had to be shed for the payment of those sins. This was meant to help them look forward to the shedding of blood of the final lamb who would be the Messiah, the Christ, whose shedding of blood would atone for the sins of the whole world. Yet somewhere along the way, the priests and people lost the meaning of what those sacrifices were pointing to. The people became religious. They followed the rituals but lost the meaning.

In Psalm 40:6 David is asking God to dig ears to hear so that he would be able to hear the voice of God in the Bible so he would understand the meaning and live according to God’s Word. He did not want to go through the motions of being religious, he wanted to be close to God and hear his voice. He knew that by himself he could not open his ears to hear, but he also knew that God could and that God would gladly give him ears to hear. So here he is asking.

How often do we in our busy, hectic, noise filled world go through the motions of reading the Bible or even of being in church and we get nothing out of it? It is because we need to have God give us ears to hear. We need to ask him to dig for us new ears! This is kind of like digging a well to get water. We need that water to survive. In just the same way, we also need to hear the voice of God to survive in this world of sin and chaos. We need to hear God’s voice speaking to us every time we pray and when we worship. We need to ask God for this great blessing.

I pray that God will dig for you ears to hear so that you may clearly discern his voice in your life.

In Christ,

Pastor Wayne


Meliss Kuerschner will be teaching ages 4 years-3rd grade. Kim Grisolono will have 4th - 8th grades. We will be using Concordia Publishing House's Enduring Faith Curriculum. It's a new flexible curriculum that nurtures lifelong disciples of Christ. First day is September 15th.


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Prayer Families

October 6 Karen Schrap & family and Curtis & Holly Schulz

October 13 Jordan & Stacie Simons & family and Mike, Tina & Jackie Snow

October 20 Christy & Dave Snyder & family and Justin & Olivia Stiker

October 27 Steve & Cindy Stockero & family and Ron Switzer

Birthdays

      BIRTHDAYS IN OCTOBER

Mosi Simons Oct. 3

Cindy Stockero Oct. 9

Angela Doherty Oct. 9

Kim Schmit Oct. 9

Matt Matson Oct. 9

Kenneth Lofberg Oct. 16

Dawn Anderson Oct. 21

Tom Winker Oct. 24

Barb Dieringer Oct. 25

Emilie Gruell Oct. 29

Ryan Hamacher Oct. 29

Anniversaries

Jennifer & Matt Matson, 8 yrs on Oct. 1

Angela & Damien Doherty, 3 yrs. on Oct. 8

FLOWERS for ALTAR

contact Julie Egerer

262-285-3035

Altar Flowers in OCTOBER

October 6 Sheila Birenbaum in remebrance of her mother’s birthday on October 9

October 13 OPEN

October 20 Pat Pritzlaff in remembrance of Ron’s death on October 20, 2008.

October 27 Julie & Henry Egerer in honor of Iris’s birthday on October 25 and remembering Kevin’s birthday on October 23.

Get in touch!

Address

200 Park St

Belgium, WI 53004

Contact

(262)285-3820 Church Office

(414)429-5962 Pastor King

Hours

Sunday: 9:00 A.M.
Thursday: 7:00 P.M.

Social

Sermons

Sermon of the Week

Oct. 6th

2019

Leaving a Legacy of Faith

Pastor King



Push To Play Sermon of the week


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