The Last Sunday after the Epiphany
The Transfiguration of our Lord

February 3, 2008

Prayer:

How good, Lord, to be here
Your beauty to behold . . .
We hail your body glorified
And our redemption see.
(Christian Worship 95:2, 3)

The Last Sunday after the Epiphany
The Transfiguration of our Lord

February 3, 2008

Focus: See Jesus' glory

Order of Worship: Service of Word and Sacrament, p. 26

Hymns: 230, 97, 382, 95

Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156

God's Word

First Lesson Exodus 24:12, 15-18

The Law reveals God's holiness. That glory is a consuming fire for us sinners. We need a Savior to fulfill the Law for us. That is Jesus glory.

Psalm 148, p. 121

Let all praise our Lord, for his glory is to save us.

Second Lesson 2 Peter 1:16-21

Reflecting on what he saw on the Mount of Transfiguration, Peter points us to the Holy Scriptures to drive out our doubts. For the Bible is truly God's Word.

Gospel Matthew 17:1-9

Jesus shows his divine nature on the Mount of Transfiguration.

Matthew 17:1-9

Jesus Shines as Your Beacon of Hope

  1. The storms of life expose our doubt
    1. What storms of life make you afraid?
    2. What doubt fogs your heart?
  2. Jesus' shining glory brings hope
    1. How does Jesus drive away our doubts?
    2. How does the hope of our own resurrection give us strength in life's storms?

Lord's Supper

At St. John’s we observe the biblical practice of “close communion,” since the Bible teaches that communing together is an outward sign of the inner closeness of faith that seeks to agree in all that the Bible teaches. Therefore, we ask that only those commune who are confirmed members of our church body and of those churches which have declared fellowship with us. If you have further questions about this, please talk with the pastor.

This Week's Kingdom Work
Week of February 3, 2008

  • Sunday -- February 3, 2008
    • 12:30 Youth Group leaves for swimming
  • Wednesday
    • 4:00pm Catechism Class:Makeup Day
    • 6:00pm Lenten Supper
    • 7:00pm Ash Wednesday Worship and Communion
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday School: The Rich Young Ruler
    • 9:30am Youth Group
    • 9:30am Bible Class:The Service Zone
    • 10:30am Worship

Youth Group Event: Arrowwood’s Big Splash Water Park in Alexandria today. All parents and youth are invited to attend. If you haven’t already, please let Leah know by Sunday, January 27th if you plan to come (392-5880 or dlnel@fedtel.net). We will leave from the church at 12:30 and plan to be at the Water Park from 1:30 5:30pm. Bring $7/person plus extra for snacks that are available at the Water Park (no outside food or beverages are allowed). We will be stopping at Pizza Ranch in Alex afterwards for their buffet.

Lenten Suppers: Supper will be served before the Lenten services each Wednesday beginning at 6:00pm. Please pick up the service schedule in your boxes today.

Lent: Come, see your Savior. Lent focuses our attention on what Jesus has done to rescue and save you and me. This year our series is:

Testimonies about Jesus from Unlikely Witnesses

Feb 6 - Caiaphas testifies about substitution

Feb 13 - False witnesses testify about resurrection

Feb 20 - Pilate's wife testifies about innocence

Feb 27 - Pilate testifies about kingship

March 5 - Mockers testify about Messiahship

March 12 - The centurion testifies about divinity

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.

Feb. Ushers: Barry Nelson (capt.), Jason Brown, Jeff Flaten, Ryan Flaten, Dick Lubenow, Eric Zeltwanger

Feb. Cleaners: Kevin & Gloria Zeltwanger; Kerry & Mona Roth

Greeters Feb. 10 Dave Joos

News from the WELS:

WELS' financial indicators continue to trend positive, in particular Congregation Mission Offerings (CMO) -- the offerings congregations commit to the synod's collective ministry -- and gifts from individuals. "Based on the facts, it's obvious God is blessing the synod financially," says Mr. Todd Poppe, WELS chief financial officer.

CMO for December 2007 was up more than $250,000 or 7.1 percent over the same month in 2006 -- the sixth straight comparative monthly increase. For the 12-month period ending Dec. 31, 2007, CMO is up six percent over the previous year.

The synod received gifts for its operating budget of more than $500,000 in December -- to date, for fiscal year 2007-08 such gifts are $900,000 greater than the prior year and are trending higher than the budget and the forecast.

Poppe says the results mean the synod is in "excellent financial condition," at least through the first half of fiscal year 2007-08, and on track to exceed the $1 million budget surplus forecast in October. Any surplus will be used to re-establish a buffer fund to offset any unanticipated future support shortfalls.

Poppe cautions that if the synod is to remain fiscally healthy and if it is to meet the ministry funding levels approved for next year by the 2007 convention, gifts from congregations and individuals must continue to show strong growth.

View a full summary of the CFO's report online:

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

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