The Second Sunday after the Epiphany

January 20, 2008


Awaken, Lord, our spirit
To know and love you more,
In faith to stand unshaken,
In spirit to adore,
That we, through this world moving,
Each glimpse of heaven proving,
May reap its fullness there.
(Christian Worship 86:3)

The Second Sunday after the Epiphany

January 20, 2008

Focus: Jesus shines as the Savior for the world

Order of Worship: The Common Service, p. 15

Hymns: 354, 86, 395, 577:1, 2

God's Word

First Lesson Isaiah 49:1-6

Jesus, the Servant of the Lord, has accomplished his saving work. Now he shines as a light for all to see, bringing salvation to the ends of the earth.

Psalm 89, p. 98

Declare the Lord's saving love to all.

Second Lesson 1 Corinthians 1:1-9

Use the gifts with which God has enriched you to call others into the light of Jesus Christ.

Gospel John 1:29-41

John points out Jesus as the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. That's why Jesus is the saving light.

John 1:29-41

Only He Takes Away the Sin of the World

  1. John's testimony calls us to listen and believe
    1. What was John's testimony?
    2. Why listen to John and believe his testimony?
    3. What are we to believe?
  2. Your testimony calls others to come and see
    1. How can you be like Andrew?
    2. How can we testify with words and actions?

Thank you to the outgoing council men who have faithful served for three years: David Paul as elder and Chad Rohloff as trustee.

Corrections to the Annual Report:

Page 1, under Membership, instead of “January 1, 2007: 134 Communicnats, 157 Souls”, it should read “January 1, 2008: 134 Communicants, 157 Souls”

Page 3, under St. John's Lutheran Church Youth Group, instead of “In 2007, Mona Roth taught a teen bible class to those in grades 9 on the 3rd Sunday of each month”, it should read “In 2007, Mona Roth taught a teen Bible class to those in grades 9-12 on the 3rd Sunday of each month.”

Page 3, under St. John's Ladies' Society, instead of “Send cards for sympathy, get well, births, thinking of yourselves”, it should read “Send cards for sympathy, get well, births, thinking of you

Page 5, instead of “Mission Goal for 2007: $10,000 -- Actual given: $11,806.40”, it should read Mission Goal for 2007: $10,000 -- Actual given: $11,807.40”

-- Pastor apologies for his typing mistakes.

This Week's Kingdom Work
Week of January 20, 2008

  • Wednesday
    • 4:00pm Catechism Class: The Spirit's tools
    • 7:00pm Bible Class: Commandments 4-6
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday School: The Ten Lepers 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 27 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.

Lent: Easter is as early as it will ever be in our life times, so Lent begins on February 6.

This year we consider the theme: Testimonies about Jesus from Unlikely Witnesses. How awesome our God is that he can lead even enemies of the cross to speak his words of truth. We will consider the words of Caiaphas, the false witnesses, Pilate, Pilate's wife, the mockers, and the centurion. Even through these unlikely witnesses, our Lord confirms his saving truth for you and for me. Come, let his Word fortify your faith.

Notes from the Annual Meeting

The meeting began with prayer, roll call, and the reading of the minutes. The membership changes were reported in the Annual Report.

The Pastor's and Treasurer's report are in the Anuual Report. We sent $11,807.40 to the WELS as our congregational mission offering (CMO). The General Fund ended the year with a balance of $4,147.13.

The following were elected to the council: Scott Boettcher, Elder; Barry Nelson, Secretary; Duane Hausmann, Trustee.

The request from the Sevens County Genealogical Society to copy the church genealogical records was approved

Hawley's bid of $2,500 for a high-efficiency furnace (92%) for the parsonage was approve.

The service times for midweek Lenten services (beginning February 6) was set at 7:00pm. Maundy Thursday and Good Friday worship times were set at 7:00pm. Easter (March 23) breakfast was set at 7:30am and worship at 9:00am

Interest from the Scholarship Fund was approved to be given to Bethany Lutheran College (ELS) for the tuition of Christine Lubenow.

The congregational mission offering (CMO) goal was set at $10,000 for 2008.

The Lutheran Institutional Ministry Association (LIMA) offering was set at $500.

The organist salary was set at $2,900 with the organist paying the cost of guest organists. The congregation will also cover the cost of $325 for her to attend the WELS Worship Seminar at St. Peter, MN.

The pastor's salary was set at $34,550 of which $4,000 is designated as parsonage allowance. The congregation will contribute $5,800 to the pastor's Health Savings Account (HSA). The congregation will continue to pay for or reimburse the cost of the premiums for the health insurance to cover the pastor and his wife and children with high-deductible health plans (HDHP) set at the highest deductibles available for such plans. The congregation will continue to pay for the parsonage's electricity, natural gas, water, and garbage.

Mileage reimbursement was set at the IRS standard mileage rate for business use at 50½ cents / mile.

The tentative date for the next quarterly meeting is April 13, 2008, at 11:30am after worship.

The meeting closed with the Lord's Prayer

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 Elaine Jacobson


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