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There are many interesting and engaging things happening at St. Philip's. We've highlighted some of these things below. Check back often as we update this information weekly.

“Come and See” (John 1:46) is the foundation of St. Philip’s Lutheran Church. We invite and welcome those of every spiritual background, ethnicity, gender orientation, or economic situation. We are committed to our place within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). We seek to please God through expressions of grace, acceptance, and faithful living. We extend this invitation to you. Come and see!

Our Mission:

God calls us to receive and share God’s love and grace with all people.

Our Vision:

With God’s help, we will be joyful, compassionate and generous as we Worship, Grow and Serve in community.

July 21 - 28, 2018

Today: The Youth Denver Mission Trip Team Returns

Please pray for the safe return for our mission trip team who has been in Denver, Colorado this past week. We pray that their week was filled with love for those with whom they served and shared, that they used their hands and feet to do God's work, and served with a heart like Jesus.

Family Meeting

Next Sunday, July 28, we will hold our Family Meeting after 9:30 am worship to vote on the Sunday worship times moving into fall. Pastor Matt would still like to meet with any interested members to hear your thoughts, feelings, and ideas for St. Philip’s. There is a final group listening post tonight at 7:00 pm at Jerry and Carole Jensen’s home. There is opportunity for individual discussions this week too. Please schedule a time by contacting the office at [763-571-1500].

New Congregational Directory

Say Cheese! St. Philip's is looking forward to a new congregational directory this fall! Our onsite Lifetouch photography dates will be August 21 - August 24, October 29 - 30, and November 1 - 2. Each sitting will receive a complimentary 8x10 portrait and directory. Signups are available online at [https://booknow-lifetouch.appointment-plus.com/yre0brgy] or by contacting Jeannine or Connie in the church office. Paper signups will also be held after worship in the Narthex next Sunday, July 28. We need you to make our directory complete!

Garage Sale Drop Off and Sale Dates

Today is the last day to donate items for the 23rd annual garage sale. Donations will be accepted at Door 3 until 1:00 pm. The garage sale dates and times are as follows:

  • Wednesday, July 24, (preview sale, $3 admission) 5:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Thursday and Friday, July 25 and 26, 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 27, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

For more information, please visit our website at [www.splcmn.org/about/garagesale].

Gas Card Donations Encouraged

St. Philip’s has the opportunity to help those in our community who are in need. One way we can provide assistance to others is through the giving of gas cards. If you would like to donate, we are looking for $20 gasoline-specific cards to Holiday or Speedway. All cards may be brought to the church office. Thank you for your support!

In Preparation for Next Week’s Lesson - Martin Luther and Prayer

During the reformation Martin Luther’s barber, Peter, asked how people should pray. The reformation had upended so many of the longstanding traditions of the Christian church. Luther responded by writing a short pamphlet called, “A Simple Way to Pray,” and addressed it to Peter. Luther wrote:

It is a good thing to let prayer be the first business of the morning and the last at night. Guard yourself carefully against those false, deluding ideas which tell you, "Wait a little while. I will pray in an hour; first I must attend to this or that." Such thoughts get you away from prayer into other affairs which so hold your attention and involve you that nothing comes of prayer for that day.

Luther understood that people want to pray, but often feel they don’t know what to say. He taught folks to use the Lord’s Prayer, the Ten Commandments, and the Apostle’s Creed as outlines for prayer. Take each line or petition and use that for a theme. For instance, when we come to, “Give us today our daily bread,” we can pray for God’s providence in our lives, that the hungry in our community would be fed, and that our congregation would support our food shelf and community supper.

Having an outline for prayer helps people to stay focused and to broaden their prayer concerns beyond what is happening just now in their lives. I highly recommend getting a copy of Luther’s pamphlet or just look it up online. It’s good reading and a good way to fashion your personal devotional life.

Songs for Sunday at 9:30 am


Your Grace is Enough
For the Beauty of the Earth
Holy Spirit
In Christ Alone
Until These Tears Are Gone
Build Your Kingdom Here

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