The First Sunday of End Times: Reformation

November 4, 2007


Lord, keep us steadfast in your Word;
Curb those who by deceit or sword
Would seek to overthrow your Son
And to destroy what he has done.
(Christian Worship 203:1)

The First Sunday of End Times: Reformation

November 4, 2007

Focus: God's forgiveness frees us

Order of Service: The Common Service, p. 15

Hymns: 201, 390, 377, 293

Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156

God's Word

First Lesson Jeremiah 31:31-34

The new covenant is the promise of forgiveness through Jesus Christ, our Savior. Know it in your heart.

Psalm 46, p. 84

Be still as you rest secure in the fortress of God's forgiveness.

Second Lesson Romans 3:19-28

The Gospel promises a righteousness from God. Our sin makes us unrighteous. But God justifies you and declares you righteous, because he credits you with the righteousness that comes from Jesus. He is the sacrifice that ransoms you with his blood. Believe this promise of full and free forgiveness in Jesus.

Gospel John 8:31-36

Jesus brings freedom from slavery to sin to you who believe.

John 8:31-36


  1. Free from slavery to sin
    1. Who has been chained by slavery to sin?
    2. What cannot free us from this slavery?
    3. What must we confess about our own power and ability?
  2. Free through the word of truth from Jesus
    1. How do you learn the truth that frees you from slavery to sin?
    2. How do we stay in the Word?
    3. What is the truth that God's Word reveals to set you free?

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.

This Week's Kingdom Work

  • Sunday -- November 4, 2007
    • 2:00pm Youth bowling
  • Monday
    • 7:00pm Sunday school teachers' meeting
  • Wednesday
    • 4:00pm Catechism class: Who is Jesus
    • 7:00pm Bible Class: The Catechisms
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday School
    • 9:30am Youth Group
    • 9:30am Bible Class: Revelation 2:8-17
    • 10:30am Worship

News & Notes

Youth Bowling: Today from 2:00 to 4:00pm the youth have planed a bowling outing. We are also invited to the annual youth bowling tournament at Graceville on Saturday, November 17 at 4:00pm.

Wednesday Bible Class: We're looking at our creeds and confessions. This week we begin looking at Luther's Small and Large Catechisms. 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 2:8-17 -- ”To Smyrna & Pergamum: Be faithful in suffering for you are rich in God's Word.”

November Ushers: Chad Rohloff (capt.), Justin Flaten, David Osterman, Kerry Roth, Dean Rohloff, Kevin Zeltwanger

November Cleaners: Pastor & Mary Bitter; Dick & Polly Smith

November 11 Greeters: Carol Boettcher


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