The First Sunday after Pentecost
The Holy Trinity

May 18, 2008


Triune God, oh, be our stay

And let us perish never!

Cleanse us from our sins, we pray,

And grant us life forever.

Keep us from the evil one;

Uphold our faith most holy;

Grant us to trust you solely

With humble hearts and lowly.

(CW 192)

The First Sunday after Pentecost
The Holy Trinity

May 18, 2008

Focus: Our Maker, Redeemer, and Sanctifier

Order of Worship: The Common Service p. 15

Hymns: 195, 177, 560, 294:1, 2

The Athanasian Creed: p. 132 & 133

God's Word

First Lesson Genesis 1:1-2:3

Creation is the work of our Triune God. We are his creatures. He is our Maker and Savior.

Psalm 150, p. 122

Praise the Holy Trinity!

Second Lesson 2 Corinthians 13:11-14

Our God has revealed his name to bless us.

Gospel Matthew 28:16-20

Jesus sends us out to share in his work of making disciples as we spread his word. Those who follow Jesus in faith belong to the Triune God, for he has placed his name on them in Baptism.

Matthew 28:16-20

Make Disciples with the Good News of Jesus

  1. Remembering what the Father has made you
    1. What has the Father made you?
  2. Relying on the Spirit's tools
    1. What are the Spirit's tools?
    2. Who makes disciples and how does he do it?
  3. Resting secure in Jesus' promise
    1. Why is it so beneficial to know that Jesus is with us?

Athanasian Creed: We use the Athanasian Creed in place of the Apostles' Creed in our worship this morning. The Athanasian Creed is one of the three creeds that has been used in the western Christian church for about fifteen centuries. It is named after Athanasius who lived in Egypt in the 4th century and defended the Bible truth that Jesus is true God equal to the Father.

This Creed expresses the mysteries of the Trinity and of Christ's two natures, but it does not try to explain them because they are beyond our human understanding. With these words, we join the church of the ages in confessing what we mean and what we don't mean when we say that God is Triune and that Jesus is both God and man.

This Week's Kingdom Work
Week of May 18, 2008

  • Monday
    • 7:00pm Elders
    • 8:00pm Council
  • Wednesday
    • 7:00pm Bible Class: The First Article
  • Saturday
    • 6:30-10:00pm Youth Volleyball and Bonfire
  • Sunday
    • 9:30am Worship

News and Notes

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

Youth Volleyball & Bonfire: Doug and Leah Nelson are hosting volleyball and a bonfire at their home on Saturday, May 24 from 6:30 10:00pm for the youth group and their parents. Please RSVP by May 22 - phone 392-5880 or email Hotdogs and s’mores will be served. Postponed if it rains.

Graduation: The congregation is invited to the parsonage for Veronica Bitter's graduation party Saturday, May 24 from 12:00 to 4:00pm.

Family Fellowship Show: The Youth Group is hosting the “Family Fellowship Show” on Sunday, June 8 immediately following the worship service. Please contact Leah Nelson as soon as possible if you would be willing to share your God given talent (i.e. playing piano or an instrument; poetry reading; story telling; singing; telling clean tasteful jokes etc.) We also welcome you to showcase your artwork in the Narthex. Ice cream sundaes will be served following the show. Please join us!

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. Sign up in the narthex if you are interested.

VBS Snacks: If you can provide snacks for about thirty people for one of the nights of VBS, please sign up in the narthex. Snack time is 7:30pm.

After Church Social: With an earlier worship time in the summer (9:30am), we would like to provide some opportunities to socialize after worship. Since refreshments entice people to stay a little longer, we have a sign up sheet in the narthex for each of the Sundays in the summer. If we don't have anyone signed up for a Sunday, we'll just do without.

If you sign up for a Sunday, it's up to you to decide what you want to serve (for example: cookies or rolls or donuts, etc; coffee or juice or water, etc.) and whether you want to serve in the narthex or in the basement. You might want to sign up with a friend and divide the work (one providing the food and another serving it; or both sharing in providing and serving). It's all meant to be light and informal, a time to relax.

The freewill offering will go New Beginnings - A Home for Mothers with supplemental funds requested from Thrivent. New Beginnings is a Christ-centered home for single mothers and is affiliated with Christian Life Resources and the WELS. The home has been serving residents since 1993. It is supported entirely by the generous support and prayers of those committed to sharing Christ and reflecting his sacrificial love. Some items that are most needed at this time include flashlights, baby medications, and donations towards ceiling fans, sofas, and baby monitors

Spring Cleaning: Spring cleaning will be from June 6 until the end of the month. If you aren't able to be on the cleaning list or would like a particular job, please contact Gloria Zeltwanger (392-5985) as soon as possible.

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

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

May 25 Greeters: David & Connie Paul


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