The Epiphany of our Lord

January 6, 2008

Prayer:

Lord, let your Word within me
Shine as the fairest star;
Keep sin and all false doctrine
Forever from me far.
Help me confess you truly
And with all Christendom
Here hail you King and Savior
And in the world to come.
(Christian Worship 94:5, modified)

The Epiphany of our Lord

January 6, 2008

Focus: Jesus shines as the Light of the world

Order of Worship: The Common Service, p. 15

Hymns: 80, 79, 94, 82:5

God's Word

First Lesson Isaiah 60:1-6

Just as all the world lay in the darkness of sin and unbelief, so also Jesus shines as the saving light for all to see, whether Jew or Gentile.

Psalm 72, p. 93

Praise your King!

Second Lesson Ephesians 3:2-12

Paul calls it a mystery. No one would have known if God had not made it know. What is it? That Jesus came for both Jew and Gentile. Through faith in Jesus people of all nations are united together in one body.

Gospel Matthew 2:1-12

The Gentile wise men came to worship Jesus as their King. So also he is King for us Gentiles as well.

Matthew 2:1-12

This Star Leads Us to Our King

  1. Know where to look for this star
    1. What things cannot lead us to our King? What is the star that lead us to him?
  2. Follow it joyfully
    1. How have we failed to joyfully follow the Gospel?
    2. To what lowly places does the Gospel lead us to find our King?
  3. Worship him to whom it leads
    1. Why and how do we worship Jesus as our God, our Sacrifice, and our King?

This Week's Kingdom Work
Week of January 6, 2008

  • Wednesday
    • 4:00pm Catechism Class: Transformation
    • 7:00pm Bible Class: Luther's Catechisms
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday School: Walking on water
    • 9:30am Youth Group
    • 9:30am Bible Class:The Service Zone
    • 10:30am Worship

Sunday Bible Class: Next week we start The Service Zone, a video Bible class to help us examine the joys and challenges of Christian service towards others. It runs from January 13 to March 2. Even if you have never been to a Bible class, come and see what it's like.

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. Agendas are available in the narthex.

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.

WELS News: Rev. Paul Ziemer, national civilian chaplain to the military and Armed Forces liaison, arrived in Kuwait on Dec. 13 to begin ministering to troops stationed overseas. From there, he will be traveling to U. S. military installations in the Middle East as he gains clearance from the military.

Rev. Carl Ziemer, administrator for WELS Special Ministries, estimates that his brother Paul will remain in the Middle East for 10-14 days. "It depends on how many opportunities he has to travel to the troops," says Carl Ziemer. "While he has some arrangements already made, the situation there is fluid and demands a great deal of flexibility."

Paul Ziemer is able to contact and minister to troops through referrals received by WELS Military Services. Although Military Services has only received the contact information of approximately 90 WELS soldiers in this region, "We are confident that there are many more WELS people in the Middle East," says Carl Ziemer. "We hope some identify themselves once our chaplain is in the area." Paul Ziemer will be working with as many of these referrals as possible, and other military personnel as he has opportunity.

Although these visits to the Middle East only occur once or twice a year because of inadequate funding and difficulties in gaining access to the troops, Carl Ziemer says they are very important. "Especially in times of great stress and danger, Christians need to hear about God's faithful love and care. They need to know that the extended family of believers supports them and is praying for them."

While in the Middle East, Paul Ziemer will also continue to build relationships with key military contacts. "These relationships are extremely important for future trips to the Middle East and elsewhere," says Carl Ziemer. "If we are serious about wanting to serve WELS members in areas of hostility, then we must engage and win the respect and cooperation of military leaders and chaplains."

Read some of Paul Ziemer’s thoughts from Kuwait, online at www.wels.net/jump/militarychap. To help WELS Military Services reach more soldiers in the Middle East, enter or update a military referral at www.wels.net/jump/military.

Jan. Ushers: David Paul (capt.), John Jepma, Tom Mohr, Clarence Lanus, Jerry Logan, Don Spencer

Jan. Cleaners: Ed & Lori Boettcher, Scott & Shannon Boettcher

Greeters Jan. 13 John & Michelle Hickman

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

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