The Third Sunday of End Times:
Saints Triumphant

November 18, 2007


Lord, let at last your angels come;
To Abram's bosom bear me home
That I may die unfearing.
And in its narrow chamber keep
My body safe in peaceful sleep
Until your reappearing.
And then from death awaken me
That my own eyes with joy may see,
O Son of God, your glorious face,
My Savior and my Fount of grace.
Lord Jesus Christ,
My prayer attend, my prayer attend,
And I will praise you without end. (CW 434:3)

The Third Sunday of End Times:
Saints Triumphant

November 18, 2007

Focus: Await heaven as God's holy people, his saints

Order of Service: The Common Service, p. 15

Hymns: 551:1, 3, 7, 8; 207; 214; 417:1, 4

God's Word

First Lesson Isaiah 65:17-25

Heaven is pictured using scenes from Old Testament life.

Psalm 150, p. 122

As God's holy people, praise the Lord with everything.

Second Lesson 2 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5

Through faith in the Gospel of forgiveness in Jesus you are sanctified as God's holy people, his saints.

Gospel Luke 20:27-38

Jesus corrects the Sadducees' false view of the resurrection and points us to the living God.

Luke 20:27-38

Eagerly Anticipate the Real Heaven

  1. Leave behind the false images
    1. What truths do we know about heaven?
    2. How have we failed to leave behind the false images and instead have let our hearts and minds be shaped by them?
  2. Cherish the real life you have in Jesus
    1. What's the life that Jesus brings to you?
    2. Why does this life eagerly anticipate the real heaven?

This Week's Kingdom Work
Week of November 18, 2007

  • Wednesday
    • 6:00-7pm Soup and pie supper by the youth
    • 7:30pm Thanksgiving Eve Worship
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday School
    • 9:30am Youth Group
    • 9:30am Bible Class: Revelation 2:18-29
    • 10:30am Worship

News & Notes

Thanksgiving Supper: This Wednesday come from work or home and enjoy a soup supper with your fellow Christians. Then stay to give thanks to our Lord in worship. The youth are providing the supper. There will be a free will offering for the youth to use for their activities, such as youth rallies.

Service of Christian Carols: On Wednesday, December 12, we will gather at 7:00 p.m. to sing some of the favorite Christian Carols of the season. Christmas refreshments will be served afterwards. Bring a friend and share the joy of the season. If you want to have a say in what carols we sing, please pick up a tally sheet in the narthex and fill it out.

Card Shop: Thanksgiving and Christmas cards and napkins are in. Check out the selection in the narthex.

Sunday School Mission Project: Leading up to mission festival, the Sunday school children collected their money to support the work of WELS Mission to the Children. Mission to the Children seeks to help children in northwest Sonora, Mexico. At least once a month villages are visited and Sunday school lessons are taught. This mission also helps out with some basic physical needs. Our Sunday school children gave $67.54 to support this project through the LWMS C.A.R.E program.

Council Notes:

Council opened with prayer and the first part of a Bible study on Matthew 5-7.

Pastor reported an average attendance of 64 for September and October. He reported that there was a new 8th grader in Catechism class.

The treasurer reported a balance of $3,682.66 in the General Fund. $8,522.90 has been given toward our $10,000 annual goal, slightly ahead of the ten-month goal of $8,333.33. The improvement fund is at a deficit of -$103.64. The Sunday school children gave $67.54 in there special mission project “Mission to the Children.”

The trustees reported that one of the downspouts needed to be fixed.

Under new business the council suggested people to be asked to serve as candidates for the annual elections. We need candidates to replace David Paul (elder), Barry Nelson (Secretary), Chad Rohloff (Trustee).

The date for the Christian Carol Service was set for Wednesday, December 12 at 7:00pm, followed with refreshments.

The next meeting is scheduled for December 10 at 7:30pm. The meeting closed with prayer.

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

Nov. Cleaners: Pastor & Mary Bitter; Dick & Polly Smith

Greeters: Nov. 21 (Wed.): Scott & shannno Boettcher

Nov. 28 (Sun.): Amy & Jason Brown


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