The Third Sunday after Pentecost

June 1, 2008


I, a sinner, come to you

With a penitent confession.

Savior, show me mercy, too;

Grant for all my sins remission.

Let these words my soul relieve --

Jesus sinners does receive.

(CW 304:5)

The Third Sunday after Pentecost

June 1, 2008

Focus: Jesus receives sinners

Order of Worship: Service of Word and Sacrament p. 26

Hymns: 379, 596, 304, 564

Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156

God's Word

First Lesson Hosea 5:15-6:6

Jesus does not receive people that our righteous in their own eyes. The Israelites thought that if they said the right words, the Lord would welcome them back. But the Lord desires a heart that sees its sin and looks only to him for mercy.

Psalm 119c, p. 111

Because Jesus receives us sinners, we love to walk according to his word.

Second Lesson Romans 4:18-25

Faith trusts the Lord's promise to credit us with Jesus' righteousness. Such faith rejoices that Jesus receives sinners.

Gospel Matthew 7:9-9-13

Jesus calls Matthew to follow him.

Matthew 9:9-13

Only Sinners Need the Doctor

  1. Don't deny the disease
    1. How does Jesus expose the disease in us, even though we try to deny it?
    2. Why is this disease so dangerous?
  2. Follow the Doctor in celebration
    1. What's the Good News, which is the only medicine that heals sin-sick souls?
    2. What changes does this Good News work in us as we follow the Doctor?

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 June 1, 2008

  • Sun-Thurs 6:30-8:30pm VBS
  • Wednesday
    • No Worship
  • Sunday
    • 9:30am Worship
    • 10:30am Family fellowship show
    • Ice cream social

News and Notes

Family Fellowship Show: The Youth Group is hosting the “Family Fellowship Show” next 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!

Bridal Shower: An open house bridal shower for Brittni Jepma, bride-to-be of Adam Kruger, will be in the fellowship hall downstairs on Saturday, June 14 from 9:30am to 11:30am.

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.

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.

After Church Social: If you would like to serve refreshments after worship, please sign up on the sheet in the narthex. 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.

New Pastor: Brian Koschnitzke, a 2008 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, was assigned to Calavary Lutheran of Glenwood at the seminary call service on May 22. Pastor-elect Koschnitzke is from Lannon, Wisconsin. He is married with one child. His ordination and installation at Calavary will be later this summer.

June Ushers: Chuck Nelson (capt.) Daryl Dosdall, Josh Nelson, Kyle Roth, Sam Roth, Ryan Schroeder

June Cleaners: Dave & Phyllis Joos; Gerald & Karen Hoffman

June 8 Greeters: Chad & Mackensie Rohloff

There will be no Wednesday service on June 4 & 11 due to VBS and the MN District Convention


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