The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

September 16, 2007


Speak, O Savior; I am list'ning,
As a servant to his lord.
Let me show respect and honor
To your holy, precious Word,
That each day, my whole life through,
I may serve and follow you.
Let your Word e'er be my pleasure
And my heart's most precious treasure.
(Christian Worship 283:1)

The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

September 16, 2007

Worship Focus: Wisdom follows our Lord

Order of Service: Service of the Word, p. 38

Hymns: 279, 464, 283, 325

God's Word

First Lesson Proverbs 9:8-12

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

Psalm 19, p. 70

God's Word brings precious, sweet wisdom.

Second Lesson Philemon 1, 10-21

Onesimus, an escaped slave, learned true wisdom from Paul's teaching. With faith in Jesus, Onesimus now goes back to his Christian master, Philemon.

Gospel Luke 14:25-33

Wisdom that follows Jesus willingly takes up its cross, confident that the cost of following Jesus is not too great because Jesus has paid the greatest price of all for us.

Proverbs 9:8-12

Wisdom fears the LORD

A. Wisdom does not flee from God in terror

  1. Although the terror worked by God's Law is not the fear of the LORD, what good purpose does God use this terror for?
  2. What good word does the LORD speak to our terrified hearts?
  3. Describe how the fear of the LORD, which is the beginning of wisdom, is a childlike fear, not a slave-like fear.

B. Wisdom listens with a child's heart

  1. What attitude and actions does wisdom's childlike fear of the LORD have towards God's Word?
  2. What does God promise as we live each day in this wisdom that flows from childlike fear of the LORD?

This Week's Kingdom Work

News & Notes

Sunday School: We give thanks to our God for moving the hearts of our Sunday school teachers to teach our children the wonderful works of our God. The regular teachers this year are Judy Lubenow (PreK & K), Mackensie Rohloff (1 & 2 grade), Brdiget Joos & Lisa Nelson (3-5 grade), Sandy Nelson & Gloria Zeltwanger (7 & 8 grade), Leah Nelson & Mona Roth (Youth Group). Many have also volunteered to be substitutes.

LWMS: The Crow River Circuit of the Lutheran Women's Missionary Society will have its fall rally on Saturday, September 29, 2007 at St. Paul's of Litchfield. Registration starts at 10:30am with opening devotion at 11:00am. Closing is at 3:00pm. The speaker will be from the Central Africa Medical Mission.

If you plan to attend, please let Gloria Zeltwanger (392-5985) know before Friday, September 21. If you would like to contribute to support this mission work, please give your offering to Sandy Nelson as soon as possible.

Wednesday Bible Class: We're considering taking a look at the Confessions of our church. Why were they put together? What purpose do they still serve for us today? Some of these confessions are very familiar to you, such as, the Apostles' Creed and Luther's Small Catechism. Some names may sound stranger, such as, the Smalcald Articles and the Formula of Concord. So come and learn what makes you Lutheran.

Sunday Bible Class: Next week we take a look at the background for Revelation. Why was it written and how did it come down to us?

Council Notes:

We opened with a Bible study on Isaiah 53. Minutes were read and the passing away of LaVaughn Thielke and Bernice Jacoby on August 24 were noted as membership changes.

Pastor reported that weekly attendance during the summer had been in the 50's. He reported on Sunday school, Catechism class, and Bible classes.

The treasurer reported that at the end of August the General Fund balance was $4,545.20. $7,322.90 had been sent into missions, which puts us ahead of the goal of $10,000 for the year.

The council encouraged Pastor Bitter to work with Pastor Fleischmann on a joint Reformation service at the end of October. They set October 14 for Mission Festival with a potluck after the service.

Looking ahead to the quarterly meeting, the council recommended to the voters that 1) the Thanksgiving Eve Service (Wednesday, Nov 21) be at 7:30pm with a supper before; 2) confirmation be set for April 27, 2008; 3) that a portion of Pastor Bitter's salary be redirected to his Health Savings Account. The cost to the congregation would be the same and this would give pastor a lower tax payment. If you have any questions or concerns about these recommendations, please talk to the pastor or a council member before the quarterly meeting.

The quarterly voters' meeting will be October 14 after church. The meeting closed with the Lord's Prayer.

September Ushers: David Paul (capt.), John Jepma, Tom Mohr, Clarence Lanus, Jerry Logan, Don Spencer

September Cleaners: Don & Janet Spencer; Bridget Joos

September 23 Greeters: Kevin and Gloria Zeltwanger


St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church
859 5th Street
Hancock, MN 56244
(320) 392-5313