The Third Sunday in Lent

February 24, 2008


Jesus, Refuge of the weary,
Blest Redeemer, whom we love,
Fountain in life's desert dreary,
Savior from the world above,
Oh, how oft your eyes, offended,
Gaze upon a sinner's fall!
Yet, upon the cross extended,
You endured the pain of all.
(Christian Worship 108:1)

The Third Sunday in Lent

February 24, 2008

Focus: Jesus is the Light of the world

Order of Worship: The Common Service, p. 15

Hymns: 586, 343, 402, 473:1, 4

God's Word

First Lesson Isaiah 42:14-21

For a long time the Lord has planned out salvation and final judgment. But now his saving plan shines out as a light even for the blind. Don't turn a blind eye to it, like the Lord's servant, Old Testament Israel, did.

Psalm 143, p. 118

We cry out to the Lord for the light of his mercy

Second Lesson Ephesians 5:8-14

Live in the light, reflecting the light of Jesus Christ, as you produce the fruits of light: goodness, righteousness, and truth.

Gospel John 9:1-7, 13-17, 34-39

Jesus is the light of the world. He is your light. Look on him in faith and see his love and forgiveness for you.

Genesis 12:1-8

The Lord's Promises Move Us in Faith

  1. Faith trusts the Lord without visible evidence
    1. What powers faith?
    2. What promise had the Lord made to Abraham?
    3. How is your faith moved to trust the Lord?
  2. Faith acts with godly obedience
    1. What did Abraham do in faith?
    2. What do the Lord's promises move us to do?

This Week's Kingdom Work
Week of February 24, 2008

  • Wednesday
    • 4:00pm Catechism Class: The local congregation
    • 6:00pm Lenten Supper
    • 7:00pm Lenten Worship
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday School: Gethsemane
    • 9:30am Youth Group
    • 9:30am Bible Class:The Service Zone
    • 10:30am Worship and Holy Communion
    • 3:00pm Youth Game Night

News and Notes

Youth Game Night: Game Night for the Youth Group has been rescheduled to Sunday, March 2. Meet at the church at 3pm for some board game fun and food.

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

The God of the Covenant: Starting March 16 we begin a new Sunday morning Bible class. In the Old Testament God revealed himself with a series of wonderful words. Yet it's so easy to pass over these words without experiencing what God wants to give us. Over six weeks we want to come to better understand six of these words and the everyday hope and peace they give us.

Council Notes:

The church council met on February 11, 2008, with an opening devotion on Matthew 18. Pastor Bitter reported the death of Alice Kositzke on January 19. Average worship attendance for January was 66. Pastor also reported on his visits, official acts, Bible classes, and meetings.

Elders decided to regularly meet a half-hour before each council meeting.

The treasurer reported that at the end of January the General Fund had a balance of $3,865.07 down from $4,147.13 at the beginning of the month. $493.50 had been given to missions. We need $833.33/month to meet our annual goal.

Under new business the council discussed our need for a lay delegate for the MN District Convention (June 9-12). Kerry Roth said he would be willing to go, unless someone else wanted to. Our lay delegate will be designated by the voters at the quarterly meeting.

The trustees will dispose of the old furnace from the parsonage and the old refrigerator that had been left in the basement for years.

The next council meeting will be March 10, 2008, at 7:30pm.

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

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

March 2 Greeters: Clarence and Doris Lanus

News from the WELS

WLC President Search:

Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee, Wis., has begun its search for a new president. Any member of a WELS or ELS congregation can submit a name for nomination, but the candidate must agree to be nominated and must provide a curriculum vitae (CV) or resume. Nominees must hold an advanced degree; a terminal degree is preferred. They must be male members in good standing at a WELS or ELS congregation. Nomination deadline is March 10.

WLC is an independent, Christian liberal arts college of about 700 students. It is affiliated with WELS but not financially supported by the WELS operating budget. All faculty are members of WELS or ELS congregations.

To read the Leadership Statement, a detailed job description, and list of qualifications—and to learn how to make a nomination, go to: or see the posting on our bulletin board.


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