Village Lutheran Church

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Pentecost 15

Let Us Pray (from The Treasury of Daily Prayer)

O God, be not far from me; O my God, make haste to help me! (Psalm 71:12)

Lord Jesus Christ, the giver of all good gifts, our thanksgiving overflows for the life You created in us and the new life we now have in You through Holy Baptism.  Continue to shower us with Your gifts as we offer thanksgiving for our ongoing communion with You in Your body and blood; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

This Sunday at Village

  8:15 AM — Divine Service: The 16th Sunday after Pentecost

  9:30 AM — Bible Study: “Paul’s Letter to the Philippians” (Fellowship Hall)

  9:30 AM — Sunday School (Classrooms)

10:45 AM — Divine Service: The 16th Sunday after Pentecost

Divine Service

Liturgical Season — Green is upon the altar in confession of the growth that the Spirit works in the Church through the Word.  Explore the beauty of the Church Year.


Scripture lessons:

Divine Service bulletin — The bulletin includes hymns, liturgy, and Scripture readings.

Family Altar — Use this week’s edition as you prepare for Sunday’s Divine Service.

Divine Service broadcasts

The 8:15 a.m. service will be livestreamed on Vimeo, YouTube, and Facebook.  The recording will be available to view on demand thereafter.

Both Sunday services will be available over the phone.

  • Listen by telephone — Call 1-800-457-9860. When prompted, enter passcode 8109865#.

This Week at Village

4:00 PM
   -   Schola Cantorum
5:00 PM   -   Meal
5:45 PM   -   LifeLight
6:00 PM   -   Education Hour
7:00 PM   -   Psallite

9:30 AM   - 
  Women’s Bible Study

6:30 AM   - 
  Men’s Bible Study


9:30 AM   -   
Katie Luther League  

8:15 AM
   -   Divine Service: The 16th Sunday after Pentecost
9:30 AM   -   Bible Study: “Paul’s Letter to the Philippians” (Fellowship Hall)
9:30 AM   -   Sunday School (Classrooms)
10:45 AM   -   Divine Service: The 16th Sunday after Pentecost

7:00 PM   -   Quarterlife



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Village News


Call Committee Update

Last week the call committee met with Rev. Bill Geis, LCMS Missouri District Assistant to the President - Missions and Congregational Services, to discuss a congregational survey.  Look for a survey to come out in the near future.  We would be most grateful for as many members of the congregation to complete the survey as you are able.  Thank you for your continued support and prayers.
As before, feel free to contact any of the members of the committee if you have questions, suggestions, concerns.  If you want to nominate candidates please do so.  All congregants can submit names for consideration.  Email any candidate suggestions to Todd Werk at

Village Youth News 

Saturday, Sept. 18, 4:00-9:00 - Youth Family Night at the Boehlke Home: All families with youth (6th -12th grade) are invited to join us at the Boehlke Home for fun, games, and fellowship.  Hope to see you there. 
What will be provided:
We will have burgers, chips, salad, watermelon, water and lemonade. We will also have board games, cards, a baseball, a football, a soccer ball, a volleyball, corn hole, and a frisbee. We will end the night with a campfire and smores. 
What to bring (if you would like to do any of the following):
Camping Chairs (if you have it, if you don't, we have extras). If you have roasting sticks ... don't go buy any, just bring some if you have them please. 
Please RSVP to Mireya Johnson by Wed., Sept. 15. 

Middle School Retreat: We are planning a Middle School Higher Things Retreat here at Village!!

Jesus calls us to live in the world, but not to be conformed to the world around us. This is a difficult challenge! There are so many different messages given to us about what kind of life we should live today—it can blow our minds! This retreat will focus on what the Bible says about the Christian life and how you as a junior high student live as a Christian today. At this retreat, you will get to think about how to live as a Christian in a 21st century world.
When: Nov.5-6, 2021
Where: Village 
Cost: $35 per person
Registration deadline is Oct. 22. 
You will find the registration forms online at Please hand registration to Mireya. 


For the suffering, medical professionals, governing authorities, those who have lost jobs, those who are underemployed, and all people amid the pandemic.

For all women who are with child and the children growing in their womb.

For those who are ill, injured, hospitalized, homebound, or recovering, especially Alison (friend of Charlotte), Audrey (mother of Lexine), Ava, Betty, Brian, Bruce (father of Jonathan), Carolyn (mother of Molly), Carol (friends of Susan & Stan), Cemantha (niece of Dan), Dan, Darrel, David, Don (grandfather of Jonathan), Don (brother of Judy), Dorothy, Elizabeth, Gloria, Gretchen, Hannah, Jackson (grandson of Scott & Cheryl), Jan (Paul’s mom), Janie, Jill, Jim & Penny (friends of Bill & Debra), John (friend of Alan & Judy), John (friend of Sharon), Judy, June, Kathy, Kenny, Kim, London (friend of Linn), Luke, Maggie, Michael, Mike (son-in-law of Judy & Mike), Natalie (friend of Joe & Nicole), Paul (nephew of Kathy), Peter, Preston (nephew of Judy), Scott, Scott (friend of Linn), Stephanie, Tammy (friend of Linn), Tibebu’s family, Valerie (wife of Jack).

For those outside the faith that the Spirit would bring them to faith, especially Ken and Michael.

For those who rejoice.

For those who mourn especially the family of Al (Luther and Sarah's father/father-in-law).

For those who serve in the military.

For our community, its civic leaders, government officials, educational institutions, and residents.

For the students, faculty, and staff of Washington University as we carry the Gospel to them.

For the students, family, and faculty of Village Lutheran Preschool that they would be strengthened in faith.

For the Church, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, our congregation, and all those who have faith in Christ.

For all missionaries, especially David and Jennifer (Dominican Republic), Tirzah (Dominican Republic), and Phillip (Francophone Africa).

Stewardship Thought

Mark 9:24 – “Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, ‘I believe; help my unbelief!’ ” Haven’t we often felt like this! And notice that Jesus does not throw the man out because of his weakness of faith. He still has pity, and He still blesses the man as His Lord. But neither does Jesus leave people in weakness of faith. He blesses us and calls us to a deeper faith – as He did to the disciples in the boat on the storm-tossed sea. How does our faith grow? By hearing the Word of God. What does our faith lead to as it grows? It leads to a godly life lived in thanksgiving to our Lord.

— LCMS Stewardship Ministry

Witness & Outreach Thought

Mark 9:14-29: In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus demonstrated His divine power over Satan and his wicked angels.  Satan is still very active in our world, but we can believe in and share the Good News that Jesus has overcome the devil and will protect His people from Satan’s evil attacks.  The One who is in us is greater than the one who is in the world (1 John 4:4).

— LCMS Witness & Outreach Ministry

Electronic Donations

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Village also accepts stock donations to our brokerage account and IRA Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCD) sent directly to Village.  Email Village Bookkeeper for details.

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Village Lutheran Church

9237 Clayton Road
Saint Louis, MO 63124

Joel Biermann, PhD, Vacancy Pastor
Matthew Harrison, DD, Assistant Pastor
Laura Jostes, Deaconess
Phillip Magness, Cantor
Drew Oswald, Vicar
Nicole Tanney, Preschool Director



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