The Second Sunday of Easter

March 30, 2008

Prayer:

For the joy your advent gave me,

For your gospel's great reward,

For your baptism which has saved me,

For your supper and your Word,

For your death, the bitter scorn,

For your resurrection morn:

Lord, I thank you and extol you,

And in heav'n I shall behold you.

(Christian Worship 147:5)

The Second Sunday of Easter

March 30, 2008

Focus: Witness the risen Lord

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

Hymns: 165:1-4; 165:5-9; 142; 147:5

God's Word

First Lesson Acts 2:14, 22-32

As a witness, Peter testifies to the truth. Jesus had risen. That's what the Scriptures had foretold. That's what Peter had seen.

Psalm 16, p. 68

Peter quoted this Psalm to show that Jesus' resurrection had to happen as part of God's saving plan.

Second Lesson 1 Peter 1:3-9

Witnesses, like the Apostle Peter, bring us hope as the Holy Spirit convinces us through their testimony that Jesus has truly risen.

Gospel John 20:19-31

The disciples, even Thomas, were convinced by what they witnessed. Jesus had risen! He brings the peace of forgiveness to all who believe. What hope that gives!

1 Peter 1:3-9

Hope Lives!

  1. Hope lives, for Jesus' resurrection brings you new birth
    1. On what unchangeable truth is this living hope built?
    2. How did this unique hope come to live in your heart?
    3. Why can this hope be sure about the inheritance we have in Jesus?
  2. Hope lives, so our faith rejoices even in trials
    1. How do trials prove that our faith and hope lean only on Jesus?
    2. How does our faith stay focused on Jesus?

What a blessing children are! How wonderful to have them in church with us! Bringing young children to worship can certainly be a strain on parents. But what great good the Holy Spirit can do in their young hearts through the Gospel as it's preached and sung! And by coming they learn how to behave in church.

Yet sometimes young children can act up, disturbing the worship of others. So we provide speakers in the narthex and basement, so that parents can take their child out and still hear the service. After the child has been quieted and disciplined, coming back to the pew teaches them that we come to church to listen. Let's keep working together to train the next generation.

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

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

April 6 Greeters: Barry & Sandy Nelson & Seth

This Week's Kingdom Work
Week of March 30, 2008

  • Wednesday
    • 4:00pm Catechism Class: Luther
    • 7:00pm Bible Class: Luther's Catechisms
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday school: Jesus is alive
    • 9:30am Bible Class: God of the Covenant
    • 10:30am Worship & Lord's Supper

News and Notes

Wedding: We give thanks to our God for uniting Justin Flaten and Carrie Dingman in marriage yesterday. We pray that the Lord bless their life together as husband and wife.

Creeds & Confessions: Our Wednesday evening Bible class continues looking at Luther's Large and Small Catechism. This week we will see what he says about the 6th and 7th commandments.

The 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 3rd word for April 6 is כבוד "glory.”

“Thank You” Concert: Christ Driesbach from New Orleans will present a concert of his Christian music here at St. John's on April 23 at 7:30pm.

He has toured WELS churches across the country sharing his music as a thank-you tribute for the help his congregation received after Hurricane Katrina. He plays guitar and keyboard and characterizes his music as a wide range from light rock to country to reggae. 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. If you would like to do that, please contact Pastor Bitter. More information is posted on the bulletin board.

Voters' Meeting: The regular quarterly voters meeting will be Sunday, April 13 at 11:30am after worship.

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

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