Pentecost
The Coming of the Holy Spirit

May 11, 2008

Prayer:

O Source of light, our Counselor,

The Father's help to us assure.

Come down, as promised, with your fire,

And hearts with heav'nly love inspire.

Your sacred, healing message bring

To sanctify us when we sing. (CW 188:2)

Pentecost
The Coming of the Holy Spirit

May 11, 2008

Focus: Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord!

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

Hymns: Hymn sing (Mothers' choice), 176, 183, 182

God's Word

First Lesson Joel 2:28, 29

The prophet foretells how in the New Testament Church the Holy Spirit opens our eyes to see the fulfillment of prophecies.

Psalm 51b, p. 87

The Holy Spirit works in our hearts.

Second Lesson Acts 2:1-21

Through the word of God preached by Peter, the Holy Spirit works his miracle of faith in the hearts of the hearers on Pentecost.

Gospel John 16:5-11

When Jesus has completed his work and returned to the Father, he sends the Holy Spirit to do his work.

John 16:5-11

“I Am Sending You the Comforting Counselor”

  1. “For I am leaving with my mission completed”
    1. What fills your heart with grief?
    2. Why was it good for the disciples and us that Jesus leave, even though it made them feel sad?
    3. What comfort does the Holy Spirit bring to you, since Jesus' mission is completed?
  2. “For he comes to the world to work conviction”
    1. What conviction does the Holy Spirit work in regard to sin?
    2. What conviction does the Holy Spirit work in regard to righteousness?
    3. What conviction does the Holy Spirit work in regard to judgment?

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 May 11, 2008

  • Wednesday
    • 2:00pm Ladies' Society (Norma Osterman)
    • 7:00pm Bible Class: The First Article
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday school: Philip
    • 9:30am Bible Class: God of the Covenant
    • 10:30am Worship

News and Notes

Church Council & Elders: The church council and elders meeting has been postponed until May 19 due to events at that school. Elders will meet at 7:00pm and the council at 8:00pm.

Schedule change: Beginning in two weeks on May 25, we start our summer schedule. Sunday worship will be at 9:30am and Wednesday night worship at 7:00pm.

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.

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 6th word for May 18 is משׁפּת "holiness.”

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

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

May 18 Greeters: Norma Osterman

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

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