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Do we really need Bibles in our church pews? After all, Scripture readings are usually either printed in the bulletin or on a bulletin insert. There are selected Psalms printed in our hymnals and besides, some of us bring our own Bibles anyway.

We’ve talked about putting Bibles in our pews in the past but we’ve never really pursued the idea. I don’t think it was because anyone was against the idea, it just never got past the talking stage.

What brought this subject to mind was at our last Circuit pastor’s meeting, one of the pastors told a story about how once one of his professors was preaching at a large church in Fort Wayne, Indiana and during the sermon he asked if anyone had a Bible because he didn’t bring his. Sounds like a funny question, of course, there was a Bible in church…but believe it or not, there was not a Bible to be found in the Sanctuary. Rather embarrassing to say the least.

As I prepared to write this article, I ran across the following “5 Things” article that I had read a while back.

Now I’m not planning on starting a petition to purchase a bunch of pew Bibles, however, this list gave me food for thought and I thought I’d share it with you. Who knows, we just might decide to put some Bibles in our pews too.

Here are 5 things that happened when my church got pew Bibles:

  1. Involvement. Reading directly from the Bible makes me feel like I’m participating more in the service; I’m more active, more involved, and I’m getting much more out of it.
  1. Understanding. Reading along in the Bible has made the sermon come alive for me. Now I find myself really looking at the Bible, really paying close attention to my Savior’s words—His questions, His promises, even His warnings. And the things my pastor says stick with me throughout the week because I’m not only hearing the message with my ears—I’m seeing God’s words with my eyes too.
  1. Family growth. When we started using the pew Bible together as a family, I noticed my children were becoming more familiar with their Bible, even finding passages before I can! I’ve seen them glance at the headings that summarize the sections we are reading. We even use the reading guides found in the pew Bibles as we read through the Bible together as a family.
  1. Discernment. The more I learn the Scriptures, the more I can search them to test what I hear and what I read. In fact, my children are even talking about the things they hear at school that don’t fit with what we are reading in the Bible.
  1. Bible study and church meetings. My church purchased additional pew Bibles to keep in our Bible-study and meeting rooms. The maps in the pew Bibles have been helpful during class discussion. Our men’s and women’s groups use the brief service orders in the back and read portions of the catechism in their opening devotions. And we close our board, council, and voters meetings with the prayers in the back of the Bibles.

Pew Bibles are really changing my church for the better!

I hope this list gave you a few things to think about. The importance of being familiar with our Bibles cannot be stated often enough. As we read our Bibles it is not only for our own benefit but for those around us. Our children, grandchildren, even strangers can see the importance of God’s Word in our lives by the mere action of our reading it. Not only in God’s house, but also in our own.

It is great to hear God’s Word read and proclaimed out loud, but it is even better when we pray, as English Reformer Thomas Cramner prayed, Blessed Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of Thy holy Word, we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which Thou hast given us in our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

May God continue to bless each and every one of you with His Living Word!

Pastor K.

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Join us as we continue to:

“Behold the man!”

Pilate’s command to the crowd at Jesus’ crucifixion speaks an incredible truth—Jesus was indeed man. More specifically, He was God and man, an eternal being inhabiting a human body.

Jesus had a body. He had a nose. Knees. Toes. Bones. Fingerprints. He hungered, prayed, and bled. He had a mother, He drank wine, He was baptized.

This Lenten season, behold the man—the man who suffered, died, and rose again. The man who lived a perfect life and defeated death. The man whose death led to your life.

Weekly Themes include: A God Who Hungers, A God Who Prays, A God Beaten, A God Exposed, A God with a Mother, A God Who Thirsts, A God Who Loves, A God Who Bleeds; A God Who dies.


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WED
Midweek School
3:45 PM to 5:30 PM
Midweek School is offered each Wednesday afternoon during the school year. Snacks and activities and fun for children Pre-K-4th grade. Pick-up is available from the Bowie Schools. Please contact the church office for permission slips and more information.
We follow the Bowie ISD calendar. There is no Midweek School during school holidays.
Confirmation Classes are also available for 5th and 6th grades.See Confirmation tab for more information.
Youth Confirmation Class
4:20 PM to 6:00 PM
For 5th grader and above. This is a two year program if study that leads to full membership in The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Membership is not a requirement, but the student will be eligible if they so choose.
All materials will be provided. We follow the Bowie ISD schedule so if the school is closed for holidays or any other reason we will not hold class.If you have any questions, please call the church office at 940-872-1886.
Choir Practice
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Come on in and sing a spell! Choir meets in the practice room at the church; everyone is welcome.
Lenten Services
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Behold the Man Lenten Series. This Lenten season, behold the man—the man who suffered, died, and rose again. The man who lived a perfect life and defeated death. The man whose death led to your life.
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Women's Bible Study
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Meets in the Young Adult Calssroom at the church. All ladies welcome!
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