The First Sunday after the Epiphany
The Baptism of our Lord

January 13, 2008


Jesus, your blood and righteousness
My beauty are, my glorious dress;
Mid flaming worlds, in these arrayed,
With joy shall I lift up my head.
(Christian Worship 376:1)

The First Sunday after the Epiphany
The Baptism of our Lord

January 13, 2008

Focus: Jesus' Baptism proclaims him your Savior

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

Hymns: 93, 89, 294, 376:1, 2

God's Word

First Lesson Isaiah 42:1-7

Jesus' Baptism proclaims him to be the One whom God had sent to rescue sinners, as foretold by Isaiah. He is the Lord's anointed, chosen to do this saving work.

Psalm 45, p. 83

Baptism proclaims Jesus as our mighty God who came to save us

Second Lesson Acts 10:34-38

As the Lord's anointed, Jesus saves us from the devil's power.

Gospel Matthew 3:13-17

Jesus is baptized by John.

Matthew 3:13-17

Baptism Brings You Jesus

  1. He is your God
    1. How did Jesus' Baptism proclaim him to be God?
    2. Why do we need Jesus to be God?
    3. How does pride in us rob Jesus of the glory?
    4. How does your Baptism lead you to give all glory to Jesus, your God?
  2. He is your Righteousness
    1. Why did John say that he needed to be baptized by Jesus?
    2. How does Jesus' Baptism proclaim him the righteous One?
    3. Why do even our best works leave us exposed?
    4. What does Baptism clothe you with?
    5. How does Baptism help us when we face difficult times and when we face temptations?

This Week's Kingdom Work
Week of January 13, 2008

  • Sunday -- January 13, 2008
    • 11:30am Annual Potluck
    • 12:30pm Annual Meeting and Party
  • Wednesday
    • 4:00pm Catechism Class: Faith
    • 7:00pm Bible Class: Luther's Catechisms
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday School: The unforgiving Servant
    • 9:30am Youth Group
    • 9:30am Bible Class:The Service Zone
    • 10:30am Worship

Youth Outing The Youth Group will be enjoying the Big Splash Indoor Water Park at Arrowwood Resort in Alexandria on Sunday, February 3rd from 1:30 5:30p.m.  Youth and Parents are invited to attend.  Cost is $7/person. Please let Leah Nelson know by January 27th if you plan to attend.

Sunday Bible Class: Next week we continue 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.

Annual Meeting: The annual meeting is scheduled for today 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 today we will have the annual potluck. After the potluck the Ladies' Society will provide prizes for the children as they play bingo.

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. 20 Gerald & Karen Hoffman


Work begins to establish new congregations

WELS Board for Home Missions (BHM), in conjunction with district mission boards and neighboring congregations, is taking initial steps to establish new congregations near Reno, Nev., and Battlement Mesa-Parachute, Colo. The steps follow BHM's decision to allocate about $200,000 between the two missions at its meeting Dec. 14.

Shepherd of the Mountains, an existing WELS congregation in Reno, Nev., along with the district mission board and district president are considering whether to call a seminary graduate or a pastor from the field for a new mission planned for North Valleys, an area where 70 percent of the population is unchurched. The existing congregation will provide partial funding and lay workers to launch the mission.

"Shepherd of the Mountains is a wonderful example of a congregation that just recognizes the opportunities for gospel outreach among its neighbors and sees the value of helping to establish another congregation," says Rev. Harold Hagedorn, administrator for WELS Home Missions.

Plans for Battlement Mesa-Parachute include securing property in a planned development. "We really don't have anything [nearby], but it was a site that the district mission board and mission counselor researched. They are convinced that God can use us there to help establish a new congregation," says Hagedorn. Mountain Valley in Eagle, Colo., and St. Paul's in Grand Junction will be partners with this effort.

The BHM is aware of opportunities to open significant numbers of additional mission congregations, and it will continue to look to assist as it is in Nevada and Colorado. WELS President Mark Schroeder says, "This is a tangible start to what the convention asked us to do, to commit ourselves to expand mission efforts at home and throughout the world."


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