The Fourth Sunday of End Times:
Christ the King November 23, 2008

November 23, 2008


Hail, O once-despised Jesus!

Hail, O Galilean King!

You have suffered to release us,

Hope to give and peace to bring.

Hail, O universal Savior,

Bearer of our sin and shame;

By your merits we find favor;

Life is given through your name. (CW 351:1)

The Fourth Sunday of End Times:
Christ the King November 23, 2008

Focus: Our King proclaims liberty

Order of Worship: The Common Service, p. 15

Hymns: 341, 217, 535, 169:1

God's Word

First Lesson: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 23, 24

As our shepherd rescues his lost sheep, so our King has rescued us and brought us true liberty, namely freedom from guilt and death.

Psalm 47, p. 85

Rejoice with jubilee for our King reigns eternally.

Second Lesson: 1 Corinthians 15:20-28

What a victory Jesus' resurrection proclaims! He has conquered death for you. Rejoice with jubilee. For when he returns, even death will be destroyed. We will rise to live with him forever.

Gospel: Matthew 27:27-31

What a price our King paid to bring us liberty from guilt and death!

Leviticus 25:8-10

Our King Proclaims Liberty

  1. Our King frees our hearts
    1. What enslaved us?
    2. What did Jesus do to liberate you?
  2. Our King frees our hands
    1. What promise has God made that frees our hands?
    2. What has our King freed our hands to do?

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

November cleaners: Don & Janet Spencer, Bridget Joos

Greeter November 30: Jeff & Christa Flaten

This Week's Kingdom Work
Week of November 23, 2008

  • Sunday -- November 23, 2008
    • 11:45am Bible Class: Revelation
  • Tuesday
    • 7:30pm Thanksgiving Worship at St. Paul,
  • Wednesday
    • 6:00-7:00pm Light supper at the church
    • 7:30pm Thanksgiving Worship
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday school
    • 9:30am Youth Bible Class
    • 10:30am Worship
    • 11:45am Bible Class: Revelation

News & Notes

Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving worship will be Wednesday, November 26 at 7:30pm. The theme of the service is “Our Glad Obedience Thanks Our God.” A light supper will be served before from 6:00 to 7:00pm. If you're not able to make the Wednesday evening service, you are welcome to attend at St. Paul's in Morris on Tuesday, November 25, at 7:30pm.

Food shelf: If you would like to bring an item for the local food shelf, please place it in the box in the narthex. After next Sunday the donations will be taken to the food shelf.

Carol Service: Mark your calendars for Wednesday, December 17, for our annual Christian carol service. Ring in the Christmas season as we join our voices in singing some of our best loved carols in praise to our Savior, the newborn King. Refreshments will be served afterwards.

Card night: Everyone is invited to an evening of fun and friendship on Sunday, November 30, at 7:00pm here at St. John's. The card game is easy for anyone to learn and it's an opportunity to get to know your church family better. You're welcome to bring along visitors as well. Mona and Kerry Roth will be hosting and providing drinks. Everyone is asked to bring a “snacky” item to share with others that night.

Council Notes:

The meeting opened with prayer and part 2 of the Bible study on Luke 22, 23.

Membership changes: David Lubenow has asked for a transfer to Mt. Olive Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS) of St. Paul, MN.

Reports: The full pastor's and treasurer's reports are available in the narthex. The October 31 balance for the General Fund was $1,793.78. As of October 31 we had sent in $7,293.50 for our mission goal. That puts us a little behind in meeting our annual goal of $10,000.

Trustees: The trustees tabled the painting and shrubbery work until next spring. They will get raised stools for the restrooms and a handicap rail for the men's restroom. They will also get a handrail for the narthex stairs to be installed off-center toward the street-side so that people may use both hands in helping themselves up the stairs. The funding for the restroom updates and the narthex rail will come from the handicapped-accessibility fund. The trustees will also repair the weather stripping on the church door by the parking lot.

New Business: Candidates were discussed to replace the outgoing chairman, elder, and trustee.

The song service was set for December 17 at 7:00pm.

Displaying Chris Dreisbach latest CD “Feeding the Faith” was approved.

The Christmas schedule will be the same as last year. Christmas Eve 7:00pm. Christmas Day 10:00am.

The council recommended changing the bylaws to reduce the number of elders from three to two and the number of trustees from three to two. These changes will be submitted in writing at the next council meeting. They will then be given in print and orally to the congregation and submitted to the voters' assembly at the annual meeting for final action.

The next council meeting will be December 8 at 8:00pm. Elders will meet at 7:00pm. The meeting adjourned with the Lord's Prayer.

Prayer for Year of Jubilee Sunday

Special prayers and intercessions may follow.

Silent prayer.


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