The Sixth Sunday in Lent:
Palm Sunday

March 16, 2008

Prayer:

All glory, laud and honor
To you, Redeemer, King,
To whom the lips of children
Made sweet hosannas ring.
As you received their praises,
Accept the prayers we bring,
O Source of ev'ry blessing,
Our good and gracious King.
(Christian Worship 131:5)

The Sixth Sunday in Lent:
Palm Sunday

March 16, 2008

Focus: Hosanna to our King!

Order of Worship: The Common Service, p. 15

Hymns: 131:1, 3, 4; 133; 122; 341:2, 4

God's Word

First Lesson Zechariah 9:9, 10

The prophet foretells Jesus entry into Jerusalem. He comes as our lowly King to win peace for us.

Psalm 24, p. 73

Lift up your heads and shout for joy as you welcome your King.

Second Lesson Philippians 2:5-11

The Apostle Paul points us to how far our King lowered himself, even to the cross! But now he is exalted above all. He is the King of kings.

Gospel Matthew 21:1-11

Matthew records Jesus entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. He comes to save us by giving his life for us.

Zechariah 9:9, 10

What a King Comes for Us!

  1. Marvel at his lowly majesty
    1. What holds before our eyes Jesus' lowly majesty?
    2. How does your King come to you in lowly majesty still today?
  2. Rejoice in his righteous peace
    1. What did our King come to do for us?
    2. What blessings does his saving righteousness bring to us?

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

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: Ray & Lorraine Meichsner

This Week's Kingdom Work
Week of March 16, 2008

  • Wednesday
    • 4:00pm Catechism Class: Make-up Day
    • Thurs. 7:00pm Worship and Holy Communion
    • Friday 7:00pm Service of Darkness
  • Sunday
    • 7:30am Easter Breakfast
    • 9:00am Easter Festival Worship

News and Notes

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!

The God of the Covenant: After Easter we continue the Bible class, “God of the Covenant”. 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 March 30 is יהוה "LORD.”

Council Notes:

The council met on March 10 and opened with a Bible study on Luke 2.

The council referred to the voters the request for a release for Marlys Hoffman to join Our Redeemer's of Benson.

Under old business the council discussed the disposal of parsonage furnace and the old refrigerator that had been left in the parsonage basement.

Pastor Bitter gave his report.

The elders plan to meet each month to go through the training manual “Go by Grace” and discuss whatever needs to be discussed.

The treasurer's report showed that as of March 9, $4,023.79 was in the General Fund. Pastor's salary of $2,879.17 still needs to be paid for March. Also as of March 9, $415 had been give to missions for the month of March. $834 is needed each month to make our annual goal of $10,000.

Under new business, final approval was given to the Digital Imaging Agreement with the Genealogical Society of Utah. They will place our baptismal, confirmation, marriage, and funeral records onto a DVD. We receive a free copy of the DVD (and can make as many copies as we want). They will be able to use our information for non-profit purposes, such as people doing a family tree.

The council invited WELS musician Chris Driesbach to give a concert at our church on April 23 at 7:30pm. He is touring the country sharing his music as a thank-you tribute to WELS congregation for the help his congregation in New Orleans received after Hurricane Katrina. He plays guitar and keyboard. During the concert he tells the story of the rebuilding of their church after Katrina and his journey of faith from atheism to Christianity. A free will offering will be taken to help defray his expenses. Chris would also be happy to accept lodging from anyone willing to host him for the night. More information is posted on the bulletin board.

The council had much discussion about Calvary's (Glenwood) invitation to form a dual parish. It was decided to recommend to the voters to decline the invitation at this time. The council felt that the ministry here at St. John's would suffer if we formed a dual parish at this time.

The council is recommending to the voters to have the same summer schedule as last year (9:00am Sundays, 7:30pm Wednesdays, starting the week of May 25).

The quarterly voters meeting will be April 13 at 11:30am. Council will meet on May 12 at 8:00pm. We adjourned with the Lord's prayer.

News and Notes (cont.)

Supplemental Funds: We have requested from Thrivent supplemental funds for the money received from the Lenten suppers and Easter breakfast. The Youth Group and Ladies' Society will share these funds.

WELS News from March 7: Rev. Ron Uhlhorn and his wife, Kay, are back home in Wisconsin—an answer to prayers for their safe return from the African nation of Cameroon, which last week endured the worst violence it has seen in 15 years.

Uhlhorn—Board for World Missions African Committee liaison—was wrapping up a field visit to Cameroon when the violence broke out a week and a half ago. Government reports say 17 people were killed in unrest sparked by a hike in fuel prices and President Biya’s announcement that he wanted to amend the constitution to allow him to run for another term.

Feb. 29 the United States Embassy in Cameroon issued a warning encouraging all Americans to evacuate. The Uhlhorns were scheduled to leave anyway, but couldn't catch a flight until Tuesday. By then, the violence had eased and the embassy was only urging Americans to exercise strong caution. The Uhlhorns landed in Chicago Wednesday afternoon.

Uhlhorn reports that at no time did he and Kay or Missionary Dan Myers—who remains in Cameroon—feel threatened or fear for their lives, but they were confined to the mission house within a small walled yard in the city of Kumba. They did hear shooting and the sounds of tear gas being fired—but the drive to the airport in Douala was uneventful.

Myers reports that he, his wife, Peggy, and daughter, Kara, are safe. He has begun leading a two-week training course for certified ministry assistants as scheduled.

Pastor Uhlhorn has written a letter of thanks to all WELS members for their prayers. Visit www.wels.net/jump/thankyou to read the letter in its entirety.

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

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