The Fifth Sunday in Lent

March 9, 2008

Prayer:

Jesus, I will ponder now
On your holy passion;
With your Spirit me endow
For such meditation.
Grant that I in love and faith
May the image cherish
Of your suff'ring, pain, and death
That I may not perish.
(Christian Worship 98:1)

The Fifth Sunday in Lent

March 9, 2008

Focus: Life from death

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

Hymns: 110:1, 2; 110:3-7; 114:1, 3, 5, 7

Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156

God's Word

First Lesson Ezekiel 37:1-14

With this vivid picture the Lord God illustrates how the Spirit working through the Word brings us life and hope.

Psalm 116, p. 107

Praise the Lord for he has brought us from death to life.

Second Lesson Romans 8:11-19

Live by the Spirit for he has brought you life in Christ. You are God's children with an eternal inheritance.

Gospel John 11:17-27, 38-45

Jesus is the Lord of life and death. His resurrection brings us eternal life. See his power over death as he raises Lazarus from the dead

Ezekiel 37:1-14

The Holy Spirit Breathes Life
into Dry Bones

  1. Hear the word of the Lord
    1. How does the Lord show us that without his word we are dry bones?
    2. What parts of the vision illustrate that the Holy Spirit brings us life through God's Word?
  2. Hope in the Lord
    1. Explain why your hope is in the Lord.

Holy Week Schedule

Maundy Thursday Worship & Communion: 7:00pm, Mar 20

Good Friday Service of Darkness: 7:00pm, March 21

Easter Breakfast: 7:30am, March 23

Easter Festival Worship: 9:00am, March 23

This Week's Kingdom Work
Week of March 9, 2008

  • Monday
    • 7:00pm Elders' Meeting
    • 7:30pm Council Meeting
  • Wednesday
    • 4:00pm Catechism Class: Forgiveness
    • 6:00pm Lenten Supper
    • 7:00pm Lenten Worship
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday School: On the cross
    • 9:30am Youth Group
    • 9:30am New Bible Class: The God of the Covenant
    • 10:30am Palm Sunday Worship

News and Notes

Calvary of Glenwood: Pastor Klein, serving at Calvary, is retiring at the end of March. Calvary has asked St. John's to consider forming a dual parish, sharing one pastor. Please consider how this will affect the ministry at St. John's and pray for your congregational leaders.

Tomorrow night, the church council will discuss whether to continue considering a dual parish at this time or not. If we want to continue considering it, a voters meeting will be scheduled. Please share your thoughts with a council member before the meeting tomorrow night.

Youth Group Food Drive: The Youth Group is conducting a Food Shelf drive to help replenish the Stevens County Food Shelf. Please bring your non-perishable food items sometime before Easter Sunday and place them in the boxes provided in the narthex. Thanks for your support!

Easter Breakfast: The Youth Group is serving the Easter breakfast on Sunday, March 23 starting at 7:30am. Each Youth Group family is asked to bring a dozen caramel or cinnamon rolls. Pancakes, scrambled eggs, and juice will also be on the menu. Come and join in on the great food, fellowship, and the celebration of our Savior's resurrection!

Lenten Suppers: Supper will be served before the Lenten services each Wednesday beginning at 6:00pm.

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 bring us.

The word for next week is ברית "covenant.”

Debate: Is there something wrong with you if you believe in God? We would say, "No," of course; but some very intelligent people think there would be. Dr. PZ Myers, a professor from University of MN, Morris, is one of them. He will be debating Dr. Angus Menuge, a professor from Concordia University, WI, on this very topic. The debate will be held at the Science Auditorium at UMM on April 19, starting at 7:30.

Mar. Ushers: Dave Joos (capt.), Ed Boettcher, Scott Boettcher, Harvey Flaten, Doug Nelson, Justin Nelson

Mar. Cleaners: Delroy & Jane Theilke, Jolene Greiner, Jiana Thielke

March 16 Greeters: Dick & Judy Lubenow

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

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