The Last Sunday of End Times:
Christ the King

November 25, 2007


Hail, O once despised Jesus!
Hail, O Galilean King!
You have suffered to release us,
Hope to give and peace to bring.
Hail, O universal Savior,
Bearer of our sin and shame;
By your merits we find favor;
Life is given through your name.
(Christian Worship 351:1)

The Last Sunday of End Times:
Christ the King

November 25, 2007

Focus: All hail to our crucified and risen King

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

Hymns: 370, 217, 213, 373:1, 5

God's Word

First Lesson Jeremiah 23:2-6

Jesus is the Shepherd-King. He is our righteousness. Through faith in him we are clothed with his right standing before God.

Psalm 47, p. 85 -- Praise your King!

Second Lesson Colossians 1:13-20

Jesus is our divine King. In him we have forgiveness and peace with God.

Gospel Luke 23:35-43

Jesus redeemed us to be his people through his death on the cross. Unbelief mocks such a crucified King, but faith sees our Savior sacrificing himself in our place to bring us into his kingdom and to Paradise.

Luke 23:35-43

He Saved Others by Sacrificing Himself

  1. He brings a different kind of salvation
    1. What kind of salvation did those around the cross think Jesus should bring if he was the Christ?
    2. What thoughts and feelings in us betray that we expect some sort of earthly salvation for this life?
  2. See him through the eyes of the other criminal
    1. What does the other criminal see as he looks at Jesus?
    2. When we see Jesus through the eyes of this criminal, what kind of salvation do we see him bring to us?

This Week's Kingdom Work
Week of November 25, 2007

  • Wednesday
    • 4:00pm Catechism Class: Jesus official position
    • 5-7:00pm Visitation for Bud Allenspach in Morris
    • 7:00pm Bible Class: The Catechisms
  • Thursday
    • 11:00am Christian funeral of Bud Allenspach
  • Saturday
    • Christmas for Kids at St. Paul, Morris
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sun. school Christmas practice/party
    • 9:30am Advent fellowship hour
    • 10:30am Worship
    • 1-5pm Youth Group swimming at Arrowwood
    • ? Caroling

From the Youth Group: Thanks for joining us in our soup and pie supper! Your support is greatly appreciated as it enables us to attend Christian events. A special thanks to the moms for all they contributed to the supper.

Youth Group: The Youth Group has planned a swimming outing from 1-5pm next Sunday at Arrowwood waterpark. The cost is $7 per person.

Caroling is tentatively planned for next Sunday, please talk to Phyllis if you are interested.

News and Notes

Advent Fellowship: Come and join us for some refreshments before church, served by the Ladies' Society during Advent. A free will offering will be taken to support the Ladies' Society in their work both inside and outside our congregation. Supplemental funds from Thrivent will be asked for.

Artificial Christmas Tree: This year we still plan to have a real tree as in the past, but it's been suggested that we might be served well by an artificial Christmas tree in the future. The best time to buy one would be right after Christmas. If you have an opinion on whether to get an artificial tree or not, please speak with a council member (names are posted in the narthex). In the regular council meeting on December 10, the council will discuss what further action, if any, will be taken.

Christmas for Kids: St. Paul of Morris invites children form 4 years old through the 6th grade to a one-day Bible school on Saturday, December 1 from 10:00am to 3:00pm. This is an open house Bible school. So even if you can't be there for the entire event, you can come for part of the day if you would like. Please pre-register by calling 589-1840.

Wednesday Bible Class: We are focusing on Luther's Large and Small Catechisms. This week we take a look at the 3rd, 4th, & 5th commandments.

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

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

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

Greeters Dec. 2 Daryl & Nancy Dosdall


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