The Seventh Sunday of Easter
The Ascension of our Lord

May 4, 2008

Prayer:

Oh, grant, dear Lord, this grace to me,

Recalling your ascension,

That I may serve you faithfully,

Adorning your redemption;

And then, when all my days will cease,

Let me depart in joy and peace

In answer to my pleading. (CW 173:3)

The Seventh Sunday of Easter
The Ascension of our Lord

May 4, 2008

Focus: Alleluia! Our Lord has ascended!

Order of Worship: The Common Service, p. 15

Hymns: 171, 169, 558, 341

Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156

God's Word

First Lesson Acts 1:1-14

Jesus speaks with his disciples and then ascends into heaven. He has accomplished his mission that he came from heaven to do, his mission to save sinners.

Psalm 47, p. 85

Jesus, our God, has ascended amid shouts of joy.

Second Lesson 1 Peter 4:12-17; 5:6-11

Let your life sing alleluia to your King as your bear up under suffering with patience and love and as you commit all your cares to him who will protect you.

Gospel John 17:1-11

Jesus speaks these words on Maundy Thursday, before he is betrayed and crucified. He prays for his disciples. As our ascended King, Jesus continues to pray for us.

Psalm 47

Shout Out in Song to Your Ascended King

  1. He has ransomed you to be his people
    1. How can sinners, like us, call the holy God our King?
  2. He uses you to spread his kingdom
    1. How do you spread his kingdom?
  3. He reigns over all for you
    1. What confidence do you have because your King reigns over all?

Lord's Supper

At St. John’s we observe the biblical practice of “close communion,” since the Bible teaches that communing together is an outward sign of the inner closeness of faith that seeks to agree in all that the Bible teaches. Therefore, we ask that only those commune who are confirmed members of our church body and of those churches which have declared fellowship with us. If you have further questions about this, please talk with the pastor.

This Week's Kingdom Work
Week of May 4, 2008

  • Wednesday
    • 7:00pm Bible Class: The First Article
  • Saturday
    • 11:00am LWMS Rally in Alexandria
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday school: The Gospel spreads
    • 9:30am Bible Class: God of the Covenant
    • 10:30am Worship

May Ushers: Kerry Roth (capt.), Justin Flaten, David Osterman, Chad Rohloff, Dean Rohloff, Kevin Zeltwanger

May Cleaners: Duane & Bonnie Hausmann, Dennis & Karen Schroeder

May 11 Greeters: Alvin & Dorthy Nissen

News and Notes

Flowers: The flowers on the altar this morning are given in memory of Della DeGier by her family.

LWMS: The LWMS Rally has been rescheduled for this Saturday, May 10, with opening devotion at 11:00. The rally is at St. Paul's in Alexandria. Please meet after church to see how many are going.

Church Council: The church council is asked to meet briefly after church to discuss possibly rescheduling this month's meeting.

VBS: Vacation Bible School is from Sunday, June 1, to Thursday, June 5, from 6:30 to 8:30pm for ages 3 through those entering sixth grade.

The theme, Jesus Plants His Word in You, is centered around farming. Like last year, we'll be showing Bible story videos for the lessons. We need volunteers to help with worksheets, crafts, music, snacks, activities. Since we are putting this together ourselves, if you have any ideas for artwork, promotion, skits, activities, crafts, etc., or have skills to share, please talk with pastor.

April's Finances: The General Fund had a balance of $3,132.20 at the end of April, and $3,611.50 has been sent in to the WELS toward our $10,000 annual mission goal.

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 First Article.

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 11 is קדושׁ "holiness.”

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

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