The Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

February 15, 2009


My guilt, O Father, you have laid

On Christ, your Son, my Savior.

Lord Jesus, you my debt have paid

And gained for me God's favor.

O Holy Spirit, Fount of grace,

The good in me to you I trace;

In faith and hope preserve me.

(CW 393:5)

The Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

February 15, 2009

Focus: Jesus' compassion reaches out for us

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

Hymns: 239, 390, 457, 219

God's Word

First Lesson: 2 Kings 5:1-14

We see God's compassion at work as he heals Naaman.

Psalm 32, p. 78

The greatest healing we need is forgiveness of our sins.

Second Lesson: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

Because of God's compassion that heals our souls through Jesus, we live our lives straining to serve him in all that we do.

Gospel: Mark 1:40-45

Jesus' compassion reaches out to touch the untouchable leper. How much greater his compassion that reached out to touch sinners like us and bring us forgiveness!

1 Corinthians 9:24-27

Run to Win

  1. Run with your eyes on the prize
    1. Describe the kind of prize earthly athletes compete for.
    2. Describe the prize on which we set our eyes.
  2. Run with your body strictly disciplined
    1. Why did Paul need to keep the desires of his body strictly disciplined?
    2. What desires tempt our bodies?
    3. How do we keep our bodily desires knocked out and enslaved?

Prayers: We ask our Lord to care for Irv Jacobsen who has been in the hospital. We ask him to watch over Les Staples as recovers from hip surgery.

This Week's Kingdom Work
Week of February 15, 2009

  • Sunday -- February 15, 2009
    • 11:45am “Jesus Loves You” Luncheon
    • 1:30pm Youth Bowling
  • Wednesday
    • 4:00pm Catechism Class
    • 7:00pm Bible Class: Lutheran Confessions
  • Saturday
    • 10:00am Open House Baby Shower
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday School
    • 9:30am Youth Bible Class
    • 9:30am Bible Class: Revelation
    • 10:30am Worship

News & Notes

Luncheon: The youth group invites you to a “Jesus Loves You” Luncheon after the service today. A free will offering will be taken to help cover the expenses for the WELS youth rally this summer and other youth activity. They'll ask Thrivent for supplemental funds.

Bowling: Today the youth group plans to go bowling at Crystal Lanes in Morris. We'll meet at the church at 1:30pm. The cost will be about $5.00.

Baby Shower: You are invited to an open house baby shower for Haylee Flaten, who was born January 26 to Justin and Carrie. The shower is this Saturday, February 21, from 10:00am to noon here at St. John's. Carrie is registered at Target. If you would like to donate money for a group gift, call Mary Bitter by Monday.

Council Notes:

The meeting opened with prayer and a Bible study on John 2. Jesus' turned water into wine demonstrating his divine power and also showing his care and concern for all our daily needs.

The Pastor's and Treasurer's reports are available in the narthex. The General Fund ended the month at $140.85, down about $500 for the month. $777 was given toward our mission goal of $10,000.

The Trustees will be installing the new toilets in the church. The need to replace the parsonage windows and doors was discussed. Maybe this is a project that can be done a little at a time as funds become available.

The council designated Doug Nelson as the delegate to represent our congregation.

The council discussed that the maximum mileage we would reimburse a guest preacher for is $120.

The next council meeting is March 9 at 8:00pm. We closed with the Lord's Prayer.

February ushers: Barry Nelson (capt.), Jason Brown, Jeff Flaten, Ryan Flaten, Dick Lubenow, Eric Zeltwanger

February cleaners: Barry & Sandy Nelson; Chuck & Lisa Nelson

Greeter Feb 22: Dale Kraft & David Kraft


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