The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

October 7, 2007


I have your Word, Christ Jesus Lord;
You never will forsake me!
This will I plead
In time of need,
Oh, help with speed
When troubles overtake me!
(Christian Worship 362:3)

The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

October 7, 2007

Worship Focus: Faith trusts God's promises

Order of Service: Service of Word and Sacrament, p. 26

Hymns: 405, 181, 429, 376:1-3

Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156

God's Word

First Lesson Habakkuk 1:1-3, 2:1-4

In faith Habakkuk waits for the Lord's answer.

Psalm 27, p. 75

Faith trusts the Lord for light and salvation.

Second Lesson 2 Timothy 1:3-14

Faith is passed on as God's Word is taught to us. Faith remains in us as we, with the help of the Holy Spirit, guard the good deposit entrusted to us.

Gospel Luke 17:1-10

Faith of any size can do whatever God has promised. If God had promised we could move mountains, faith could. But God has promised greater things. He has promised you the power to forgive those who sin against you. So our faith humbly confesses that we are unworthy servants. All glory goes to our God, who has made such great promises.

Habakkuk 1:1-3; 2:1-4

In the Face of Trouble, We Live by Faith

A. Faith patiently trusts the Lord

  1. What does Habakkuk teach us about the characteristics of faith? (The sermon talks about three of them.)



B. Faith counts on Jesus' righteousness

  1. How can we claim any sort of righteousness?
  2. Why does faith have such patient confidence that trusts the Lord?

Lord's Supper

At St. John’s we observe the biblical practice of “close communion,” since the Bible teaches that communing together is an outward sign of the inner closeness of faith that seeks to agree in all that the Bible teaches. Therefore, we ask that only those commune who are confirmed members of our church body and of those churches which have declared fellowship with us. If you have further questions about this, please talk with the pastor.

News & Notes

Mission Festival, Quarterly Meeting: Mission Festival and the Quarterly Meeting will be next Sunday. A potluck will follow.

Sunday School Mission Project: The Sunday school is saving money for the WELS Mission to the Children, working in north­west Sonora, Mexico. They should return their mission boxes next Sunday.

Pumpkin Farm: St. Paul's of Morris invites us to join them next Sunday, October 14 for a trip to Nelson's Pumpkin Farm near Litchfield. They will leave St. Paul's at 12:45pm. The cost is $6.00 per person. Contact Lori Sperr if you are interested (246-3496). For more info on the farm vist

Women's Wellness Seminar: Martin Luther College is hosting a free Women's Wellness Seminar on Tuesday, October 9, 2007 from 11:30am 5:00pm. For more information or to register, contact Adrienne Bengel at 1-877-MLC-1995 ext. 399 or

Wednesday Bible Class: We're looking at our creeds and confessions. This week we examine the second half of the Athanasian Creed and hear it confess the mystery of Jesus as the God-man. Come and learn more about these treasures handed down to us by the church.

Sunday Bible Class: We continue our study Warning and Encouragement from Jesus to his Church:

Seniors: The OWLS, Organization of WELS Lutheran Seniors (WELS members 55 and over), is holding a rally at Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School, New Ulm, MN, on Saturday November 3, 2007. Registration forms, due by October 24, are posted in the narthex.

October Ushers: Delroy Thielk (capt.), Duane Hausmann, Dale Kraft, Dennis Schroeder, Cory Schroeder, Dick Smith

October Cleaners: Doug & Leah Nelson, Burdette & Pearl Kraft

October 14 Greeters: Allowese Becker


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