The Sixth Sunday of Easter
Confirmation

April 27, 2008

Prayer:

Our Lord and God, oh, bless this day

And hear us, we implore you;

None of your children turn away

Who now appear before you.

We come before your face

And pray: let your rich grace

Descend from heav'n above

In all your wondrous love,

And keep us by your Spirit. (CW 599:1)

The Sixth Sunday of Easter
Confirmation

April 27, 2008

Focus: Strength to follow Jesus

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

Hymns: 599, 377, 332

God's Word

First Lesson Acts 17:22-31

Paul pointed the people of Athens to the risen Jesus. May we and the confirmands always keep our hearts fixed on Jesus, crucified for us and risen from the dead.

Psalm 66, p. 90

Second Lesson 1 Peter 3:15-22

Jesus has won the victory. Set him apart as Lord in your heart even when others ridicule you for following him.

Gospel John 14:15-21

Jesus promises the Holy Spirit. Still today he gives the Spirit through the Word of truth. The Spirit counsels, comforts, and leads us in godly obedience and love. This is our prayer for the confirmands.

1 Peter 3:15-22

Keep Jesus Christ #1 in Your Heart

  1. Remembering the victory Jesus won for you
  2. Ready to speak up for Jesus with gentle words and good behavior

Confirmation Prayer

This Week's Kingdom Work
Week of April 27, 2008

  • Wednesday
    • 7:00pm Bible Class
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday school: Easter Evening
    • 9:30am Bible Class: God of the Covenant
    • 10:30am Worship and Holy Communion

News and Notes

Confirmation: Today in the Rite of Confirmation, three students: Shae Brown, Tara Flaten, and Bryce Wilson, confess their faith in their Savior, Jesus, and promise to follow him all their lives. May our gracious Good Shepherd always keep them close to himself.

Creeds & Confessions: Our Wednesday evening Bible class continues looking at Luther's Large and Small Catechism. This week we will see what Luther says about the 9th & 10th 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 May 4 is צדיק "righteousness.”

“Thank You” Concert: Chris Driesbach has left some CD's here for anyone that did not get a chance to get one on Wednesday night. They are available in the narthex.

Quarterly Voters' Meeting Notes:

The 1st Quarterly Voters' Meeting was held on April 13 after worship. The meeting opened with prayer, roll call, and the minutes from the annual meeting.

Membership changes: Death - Alice Kositzke on January 19, 2008. Releases - Marlys Hoffman and Judy McKee.

Reports: Pastor's report is posted on the bulletin board. Elders reported that they are meeting monthly and going through the training manual “Go by Grace.” They've also discussed members who have moved away or have stopped coming.

The treasurer reported that the General Fund had a balance of $4,147.13 on January 1 and ended the quarter on March 31 with $2,838.31. During the 1st quarter we sent in $3,383.50 to the WELS toward our annual mission goal of $10,000.

The voters set the Sunday morning worship time for the summer at 9:30am (instead of 9:00am) starting May 25. Wednesday evening worship will be at 7:00pm (instead of 7:30pm) starting May 28. The Wednesday service will be the same as the previous Sunday.

The Meditation subscription was renewed for 20 copies each quarter for a total of $192.

The voters' authorized Pastor Bitter to set up a joint outdoor worship service with St. Paul's.

VBS is scheduled for June 1-5 (Sun.-Thurs.) from 6:30-8:30pm.

Kerry Roth was designated as our delegate to the MN District Convention in New Ulm.

Next quarterly meeting is tentatively schedule for July 13 after worship. We closed with prayer.

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

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

May 4 Greeters: Doug & Leah Nelson

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.

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

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