Village Lutheran Church

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

1st Sunday after Epiphany

Let Us Pray (from The Treasury of Daily Prayer)

Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. --  (Psalm 63:3)

Almighty and most merciful God, the protector of all who trust in You, strengthen our faith and give us courage to believe that in Your love You will rescue us from all adversties; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

This Sunday at Village

  8:15 AM   —   Divine Service

  9:30 AM   —   Bible Study:  Paul’s letter to the Philippians – Pastor Biermann

  9:30 AM   —   Sunday School

10:45 AM   —   Divine Service

Divine Service

Liturgical Season — Green is upon the altar during the season of Epiphany as we rejoice that the Spirit brings growth to the Church as the Gospel goes forth to all peoples.


Scripture lessons:

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  -  Faith Formation
7:15 PM  -  Psallite

1:00 PM  -  Women’s Bible Study

6:30 AM  -  Men’s Bible Study
6:00 PM  -  Youth Group Movie Night

8:15 AM  -  Divine Service
9:30 AM  -  Bible Study: Paul’s letter to the Philippians – Pastor Biermann
9:30 AM  -  Sunday School
10:45 AM  -  Divine Service
6:30 PM  -  What Lutherans Believe class

7:00 PM  -  Quarterlife

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Village News


Women of Village

You are invited to join in a group Bible study of the beauty queen that God used to save a nation!  It meets on Thursdays at 1 PM.  Deaconess Laura will lead the discussion of Chosen: A Study of Esther written by Donna Snow (CPH, 2021).

Call Committee Update

The Call Committee received the information packets on the 35 men we will be considering for the Call late last week. We have begun the process to select the 5 names we will present to the Voters. We are not able at this time to commit to a date when we will complete this task. Please keep us in your prayers, specifically that the Holy Spirit guide us to the names He wants us to present.

What Lutherans Believe

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about our Christian confession within the Lutheran tradition or just reviewing the basics of belief, plan to join Pastor Biermann Sunday evenings through January.  We will use Luther’s Small Catechism as a springboard into thinking about and discussing the core doctrines of our faith.  While this class serves as preparation for becoming a member at Village, it will also be a great time of fellowship and learning for lifelong members. The class meets at church at 6:30 p.m. on Sundays through January.  Come and bring a friend or two.

Scholarship Application

Time to get your scholarship applications in! The Village Foundation Endowment Scholarship provides annual scholarships and subsidies to those pursuing Lutheran Education. This includes Kindergarten through postgraduate education, as well as homeschool. Please contact Stephanie Motz, Church Secretary, or Cheryl Magness, Board of Christian Education, to request an application and ask any questions. Applications are due to the Board of Christian Education by the end of January 2021.  

THANKS for Untrimming the Church!

Thanks to the small, hardworking crew of volunteers that took down the interior Christmas decorations and stored them for next year: Judy Berger, Scott & Cheryl Davis, Kurt Haldeman, Eric Jackson, Lynn Kapp, Steve Lauer, Phil Magness, Keefan Mort, Corey & Alyssa Rahn, Debra Trowbridge, Ross Wardenburg, and Jeff & Linda Wittmaier. It just took an hour.  


Strength and healing Alison (friend of Charlotte), Audrey (mother of Lexine), Ava, Betty, Bill, Cemantha (niece of Dan), Cindy (friend of Scott and Cheryl), Dan, Darrell, David, Don (brother of Judy), Dorothy, Elizabeth, Jackson (grandson of Scott & Cheryl), Jan (mother of Paul), Jill, Jim & Penny (friends of Bill & Debra), John (friend of Sharon), Kristine, Luke, Michael (son of Mary) Mike (son-in-law of Judy & Mike), Peter, Preston (nephew of Judy), Rebecca (niece of Dan), Scott, Stephanie, Valerie (wife of Jack), Wayne; Those suffering from disasters; Christians suffering persecution; Our homebound members; Those who rejoice; Those who mourn; Those in the military, especially Tom and Aaron; Those outside the faith that the Spirit would call them to faith, especially Ken, Michael and Sarah; Village Lutheran Preschool, its students, staff, and families, and other efforts of this congregation Director Nicole, teachers Kristi, Kim, and Berkley, and aids Blair and Dawn, and Quarterlife ministry and Call Committee; All Seminary students and Washington University students that the Spirit would instill and strengthen their faith in Christ; All missionaries, especially Phillip (Francophone Africa), David & Jennifer (Dominican Republic), and Tirzah (Dominican Republic); The community in which we live, specifically its residents, civic leaders, government officials, and educational institutions; Those who are unemployed or underemployed.

Stewardship Thought

John 2:3 – “When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ ” Behold the faith of Mary. She sees a problem and simply lays it before her Son and Lord, saying, “They have no wine.” She does not offer a proposed solution, and she does not demand. She simply states her need and waits for the Lord’s response. She trusts that the Lord is a giver, and she knows that He always provides. May such a faith be ours!

— LCMS Stewardship Ministry

Witness & Outreach Thought

Luke 4:16-30: Jesus called sinners to repentance and faith in Him as God’s only Savior.  However, those who heard Him at Nazareth rejected His offer of hope and salvation.  Likewise, not all people with whom we share our faith will accept the message of salvation in Jesus, but that should not stop us from continuing to share.  Sharing the Good News is our work and changing hearts is the Holy Spirit’s work.

— LCMS Witness & Outreach Ministry

Electronic Donations

Weekly offerings may be made via automatic electronic funds transfers to Village Lutheran Church.  Submit a simple registration form to start; changes may be made at any time.

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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