The Fourth Sunday in Lent

March 22, 2009


My faith looks up to thee,

Thou Lamb of Calvary,

Savior divine.

Now hear me while I pray;

Take all my guilt away;

Oh, let me from this day

Be wholly thine!

The Fourth Sunday in Lent

March 22, 2009

Focus: God's love is trustworthy

Order of Worship: The Common Service, p. 15

Hymns: Hymn Sing, 391, 384, 446

God's Word

First Lesson: Number 21:4-9

Near the end of the forty years in the wilderness, the new generation of Israelites complained against God. See how the Lord's love calls them to repentance and brings them life.

Psalm 38, p. 81

We, too, repent of our sins trusting our Lord's love.

Second Lesson: Ephesians 2:4-10

God's love and mercy is totally undeserved by us. That's grace. God's loving grace saved us in Christ Jesus. So faith relies entirely on God's love in Christ.

Gospel: John 3:14-21

Jesus is calling Nicodemus to faith by pointing him to God's great love that gave his Son.

John 3:14-21

God's Love Calls Forth Faith

  1. What lavish love that gave his Son!
    1. In what ways is God's love so different than our ideas about love?
  2. What surprising love for us to trust!
    1. Where do we look to find God's surprising love?
    2. What surprise does God's love have in store for us?
    3. How does this trust (faith) show itself in our lives?

Prayer: We include in our prayers today Ian Bracken Spencer, the newborn son of Ryan and Tess Spencer. Ian is recovering from surgery for spina bifida.

This Week's Kingdom Work
Week of March 22, 2009

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

News & Notes

Food drive: The youth group is hosting a food drive for the food shelf this month. If you would like to make a donation, please leave your food item in the box in the narthex. Thank you.

Lent: The theme for the midweek Lenten services is “Father, Forgive Them!” This week the theme is Forgive Our Misplaced Sorrow! It's based on Luke 23:26-31 as we observe the Women of Jerusalem. Pastor Main from St. Paul's of Morris will be our guest preacher.

Council Notes: The church council met briefly after the service on March 15. Pastor reported the baptism of Haylee Lou Flaten on Feb. 22. The treasurer reported that $1,257.69 was in the General Fund as of Feb. 28, and $1,152.75 had been sent in toward our mission goal of $10,000. The complete Pastor's and Treasurer's reports are available in the narthex. Pastor's health insurance was discussed. At this time no changes in coverage will be made. Towards the end of the year, we will consider if one of the other offered plans might be a better fit for the congregation and the pastor. We closed with the Lord's pray.

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 29: Tom and Elaine Mohr

Correction for Together Insert:

This week's issue of "Together" reported a number of synodical statistics for 2008. In two cases, those statistics were incomplete, with the result that an incorrect picture was given.

In regard to WELS elementary school enrollment, the president's message stated: "Total enrollment in 2008 was 19,032 compared with 21,174, a decline of 10 percent." These figures were taken from the congregational portion of the WELS Statistical Report. But this section of the Statistical Report only indicates the enrollment of WELS students in our schools and does not include non-WELS students. The Commission on Parish Schools has provided the complete enrollment information. The correct information on total enrollment is:

* 2007 total enrollment at WELS elementary schools was 25,712.

* 2008 total enrollment at WELS elementary schools was 25,289.

This represents a decline of 1.6 percent, not the 10 percent decline previously reported.

The same problem occurred in the statistics for early childhood education. The original report stated, "The enrollment in preschool and early childhood programs grew by 5.6 percent, from 3,285 in 2007 to 3,471 in 2008." Again, these were only WELS children enrolled. The correct information is:

* 2007 total enrollment in early childhood education was 9,567.

* 2008 total enrollment in early childhood education was 9,823.

This represents an increase of 2.7 percent, not the 5.6 percent originally reported.


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