The First Sunday in Lent

March 1, 2009


Christ the Life of all the living,

Christ the Death of death, our foe,

Who, thyself for me once giving

To the darkest depths of woe

Through thy suff'rings, death, and merit

I eternal life inherit.

Thousand, thousand thanks shall be,

Dearest Jesus, unto thee. (CW 114:1)

The First Sunday in Lent

March 1, 2009

Focus: Jesus, our Substitute and Champion

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

Hymns: 354, 201, 129, 455

Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156

God's Word

First Lesson: Genesis 22:1-18

The Lord provided the ram as a substitute for Isaac. He has provided and even greater Substitute for us.

Psalm 6, p. 66

The Lamb of God has mercy on us.

Second Lesson: Romans 8:31-39

What love that God has shown us! He gave his Son as our Substitute. In Jesus, then, we are more than conquerors.

Gospel: Mark 1:12-15

As our Substitute and Champion, Jesus defeats Satan's temptations at the beginning of his public ministry.

Jude 17-23

Keep Yourselves in God's Love

  1. Earthly-minded mockers have come
    1. Where do we find these mockers?
    2. How do they want us to view God's Word?
  2. By building yourselves up on God's Word
    1. What is the only foundation saving faith is built on?
    2. Describe our attitude as we build on his Word.
  3. Carefully help those whom the mockers have tempted
    1. How can we help those who have been tempted to doubt?

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 March 1, 2009

  • Wednesday
    • 4:00pm Catechism Class
    • 6:00pm Lenten Supper
    • 7:00pm Lent Service
    • 7:45pm Choir
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday School
    • 9:30am Youth Bible Class
    • 9:30am Bible Class: Revelation
    • 10:30am Worship

News & Notes

Thank You: The family of Ray Meichsner wants to thank our church family for all the wonderful ways they helped us during the loss of our loved one.

To Pastor Bitter for coming to St. cloud to be with us and for his prayers, for the wonderful church service the day of the funeral and also for his visits with me during this time.

The dinner served at the funeral was wonderful and very much appreciated.

Also for all the cards, calls, visits, & memorials, and for the “hugs” we received.

Your thoughtfulness will never be forgotten.

God bless all of you.

-- Lorraine, Earl, Marcia, Susan, John, Keith, Linda, Dean, Rita, and their families.

Lent: The theme for the midweek Lenten services is “Father, Forgive Them!” This week Pastor Donald Main from St. Paul's of Morris preaches on the theme: Forgive Us When We Despise Your Great Salvation! It's based on Matthew 27:15-26 as we witness the mob in Pilate's court.

Choir: Choir will meet on Wednesday night after the Lenten service. All are welcome to come and sing.

March ushers: Duane Hausmann (capt.), Ed Boettcher, Tom Mohr, Harvey Flaten, Doug Nelson, Justin Nelson

March cleaners: Ed & Lori Boettcher; Scott & Shannon Boettcher

Greeter Mar 8: Jerry & Carol Logan


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