Mission Festival

October 14, 2007

Prayer:

Yours over all shall be the praise
And thanks of eve'ry nation
And all the world with joy shall raise
The voice of exultation.
For you will judge the earth, O Lord;
You will not let sin flourish.
Your people's pasture is your Word,
Their souls to feed and nourish,
In righteous paths to keep them.
(Christian Worship 574:2)

Mission Festival

October 14, 2007

Sharing Together in Mission Work

Confession and Absolution

P: Call to Repentance

C: Have mercy on me, O God, according to your loving-kindness. According to the abundance of your tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity. Cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only have I sinned, and done evil in your sight. I was formed in iniquity and in sin my mother conceived me. Cleanse me with Jesus' blood, and I will be clean. Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

P: Absolution

P: Let us pray (see insert)

Mission work begins in the home

Reading: Deuteronomy 6:4-9

Hymn 515:1-3 “Shepherd of Tender Youth”

Mission work proclaims the Savior of the nations

Reading: Luke 2:10, 11, 15-17, 20

Hymn 2:1-4 “Savior of the Nations, Come”

Mission work proclaims Christ's victory

Reading: Acts 8:26-39

Hymn 146 “His Battle Ended There”
v. 1 Pastor
v. 2 Congregation
v. 3 Pastor
v. 4 Congregation

Mission work goes to all the world

Reading: Ephesians 4:3-6

Hymn 571 “From Greenland's Icy Mountains”

Jesus gives us people to do mission work

Reading: Ephesians 4:7, 8, 11-13

Hymn 548:1, 2 “O Lord, in Prayer You Spent the Night”

Jesus allows us to share in mission work

Reading: Matthew 9:36-38

Hymn 573 “Hark! The Voice of Jesus Crying”

Offering and Lord's Prayer

Jesus enables you to speak his saving word

Hymn 562 “I Love to Tell the Story”

Mission Prayer, p. 129

Hymn 92 (LAPPY)

Prayer

P: Heavenly Father, every good and perfect gift comes from you. You have created us and all that exists. Continue to care for us according to your mercy and goodness. Provide, preserve, and protect us from all evil. Lead us to thank and praise you, to serve and obey you, so that our light shines out and many others are lead to glorify you, our heavenly Father. Hear us as we pray:

C: Lord have mercy.

P: Lord Jesus Christ, you came born of a virgin to ransom us to be your own. Through your suffering and death, you have purchased us, not with gold or silver, but with you holy, precious blood. As our risen Savior you give us the victory over sin, Satan, and death. Keep our eyes focused on your cross. Enable us, as your blood-bought people, to patiently carry our crosses as a witness to your unfailing love. Hear us as we pray:

C: Christ have mercy.

P: O Holy Spirit, bringer of life and peace. Fan into flame the faith you have given us. Through your Word and Sacraments testify to us about our Lord Jesus Christ, so that we treasure the forgiveness that comes only through him. Help us work together as the Church to spread the Good News of Jesus so that many others share everlasting life with us. Hear us as we pray:

C: Lord have mercy.

P: O holy Trinity, the only Savior-God, Lord Almighty, bless us who gather here to worship. Enable us to serve you in our lives as we share your name, the only name that saves.

C: Amen.

News & Notes

Quarterly Meeting: Mission Festival and the Quarterly Meeting are today. 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 today.

Pumpkin Farm: St. Paul's of Morris invites us to join them today 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 www.nelsonfarm.com.

Wednesday Bible Class: We're looking at our creeds and confessions. This week we will jump to the time of the Reformation and learn the history leading up to our Lutheran Confessions. 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: Revelation 1-3. Next week we look at Revelation 2:1-7 -- ”To Ephesus: Hold on to your first love.”

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

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

October 21 Greeters: Kerry Berget

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

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