The Fourth Sunday of Easter

April 13, 2008


Lamb of God, we fall before you,

Humbly trusting in your cross.

Our great joy is to adore you;

All things else are only dross.

(Christian Worship 354:1)

The Fourth Sunday of Easter

April 13, 2008

Focus: The Lamb is our Shepherd

Order of Worship: The Common Service, p. 15

Hymns: 432, 375, 453, 355

God's Word

First Lesson Acts 6:1-9; 7:2, 51-60

Stephen did what was right and good. He told others about Jesus. And he suffered for it. But the Good Shepherd was with him to lead him through the valley of death to his heavenly home.

Psalm 23, p. 72

As your kingly Shepherd, Jesus cares for you.

Second Lesson 1 Peter 2:19-25

Peter points us to Jesus, our Shepherd, encouraging us to stand up under suffering and do good.

Gospel John 10:1-10

The sheep listen to the Shepherd's voice. They run away from all others. Listen to Jesus' voice that calls to you from his Word, the Bible.

1 Peter 2:19-25

Remember Jesus When You Suffer

  1. Bear up under unjust suffering
    1. In what ways have you had to suffer unfairness?
    2. How does God want us to react when others treat us unfairly?
  2. Follow Jesus' example of suffering
    1. How did Jesus endure unjust suffering?
  3. Believe that Jesus suffered for your sins
    1. How does Peter show that Jesus is more than just an example?
    2. Where do we find the strength to bear up under unjust suffering as Jesus did?

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 or 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.

This Week's Kingdom Work
Week of April 13, 2008

  • Sunday -- April 13, 2008
    • 11:30am Voters' Meeting
  • Wednesday
    • 3:30pm 8th Grade Examination Practice
    • 7:00pm Bible Class: Luther's Catechisms
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday school: Easter Evening
    • 9:30am Bible Class: God of the Covenant
    • 10:30am Worship (Examination Sunday)

News and Notes

Voters' Meeting: The regular quarterly voters meeting will be today at 11:30am after worship.

Confirmation: Three students: Shae Brown, Tara Flaten, and Bryce Wilson, plan to confess their faith in Jesus, their Savior, through examination next Sunday and confirmation on April 27. May our Lord bless them and keep them faithful always.

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 7th and 8th 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.

The 4th word for April 20 is צדיק "glory.”

“Thank You” Concert: Chris 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 been touring WELS congregations across the country as a thank you for the help his congregation received after Hurricane Katrina. Come for an evening of original music on keyboard and guitar, as Chris shares in word and song the story of the rebuilding of his church and his own journey from atheism to faith in Jesus. Bring a friend as well.

LWMS: The Ladies' Women Missionary Society for the Crow River Circuit will be meeting on Saturday, April 26, at St. Paul's, Alexandria. Opening devotion is at 11:00am. Please contact Gloria Zeltwanger if you would like to attend (320) 392 -5985.

“The Beautiful Bloom”: St. Paul's Women's Guild of Morris invites the ladies of St. John's to a salad luncheon on Saturday, May 3, from 11:00-3:00. Valerie Johnson, the Outreach coordinator for True North WELS Campus Ministry in Minneapolis will give a Bible-based presentation entitled “The Beautiful Bloom.” Please contact Gloria Zeltwanger if you would like to attend (320) 392 -5985.

Government Rebates: As you anticipate the government rebates being mailed out this summer, remember the Lord's work as well. He has blessed us with our country and all good things. Let the way you use his extra gifts confess your faith that all that we have is a gift of his mercy.

You could consider giving a portion as an extra gift to your congregation or to missions. You could consider a special gift to Great Plains Lutheran High School, Martin Luther College, Christian Life Ministries, The Lutheran Home Association,WELS debt reduction, or many other groups working with us to do our Lord's work. If a particle kind of ministry touches your heart, ask Pastor Bitter what group works with us to do that kind of work. In whatever way you use the rebate, let it flow from a joyful heart that confesses how much your Savior has done for you.

Apr. Ushers: Duane Hausmann (capt.), Delroy Thielke, Dick Smith, Dale Kraft, Dennis Schroeder, Cory Schroeder

Apr. Cleaners: Harvey & Mary Flaten; Jeff & Christa Flaten

April 20 Greeters: Justin Nelson & Alex Nelson


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