The First Sunday after Christmas

December 30, 2007


Then, gracious God, in years to come
Whatever may betide us,
Right onward through our journey home,
Oh, stay at hand to guide us,
Nor leave us till, at close of life,
Safe from all peril, toil, and strife,
Heav'n shall enfold and hide us.
(Christian Worship 69:5)

The First Sunday after Christmas

December 30, 2007

Focus: A new year under our God's fatherly care

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

Hymns: Hymn sing, 102(LAPPY), 328(LAPPY), 316(LAPPY)

God's Word

First Lesson Isaiah 63:7-9

Jesus was born to share our distress and save us. What confidence that gives us to face the year ahead.

Psalm 2, p. 65

Jesus rules over the nations. The kings of the earth cannot dethrone our King. So live this year without fear.

Second Lesson Galatians 4:4-7

God's Son became one of us to redeem us, so that we too may share the rights of sons under our heavenly Father's care.

Gospel Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23

The heavenly Father protected his Son from wicked King Herod. So also his protection cares for you, as you start a new year.

Galatians 4:4-7

Confidently Live Out the New Year
as Sons of God

  1. Celebrating the ransom that sets you free
    1. Why did we need to be ransomed?
    2. Why must our ransom be paid by the one who is both God and man?
    3. Why and how do we celebrate this ransom?
  2. Confiding in your Father through the Holy Spirit
    1. What is one right you have as a son of God which strengthens you to face the new year with confidence?
  3. Contemplating your inheritance
    1. How does contemplating our inheritance in Jesus give us confidence for the year ahead?

This Week's Kingdom Work
Week of December 30, 2007

  • Wednesday
    • 4:00pm Catechism Class: Transformation
    • 7:00pm Bible Class: Luther's Catechisms
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday School: The sinful woman
    • 9:30am Youth Group
    • 9:30am Bible Class: Revelation
    • 10:30am Worship

Sunday Bible Class: We continue the study of Revelation next Sunday, January 6

Wednesday Bible Class: We will meet again on January 2 at 7:00pm to take a closer look at Luther's Catechisms.

Annual Meeting: The annual meeting is scheduled for January 13 after the potluck. For elections, Scott Boettcher has been nominated as elder; Barry Nelson has agreed to serve a second term as secretary. We still need at least one nominee for Trustee. If you have suggestions, please contact Pastor Bitter or Chad Rohloff. Other items on the agenda include the annual budget, Lenten/Easter schedule, and evaluating the estimates to replace the furnace in the parsonage. Council recommendations can be found in the December 16 bulletin or online at:

Annual Potluck: After church on January 13 we will have the annual potluck. After the potluck the Ladies' Society will provide prizes for the children as they play bingo.

Calendars: Calendars for 2008 that focus on the mission work we do are available for purchase in the narthex by the cards. The price is $13.

Dec. Ushers: Chuck Nelson (capt.), Daryl Dosdall, Josh Nelson, Kyle Roth, Sam Roth, Ryan Schroeder

Dec. Cleaners: Barry & Sandy Nelson, Chuck & Lisa Nelson

Greeters Jan. 6 Duane & Bonnie Hausmann


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