The Sixth Sunday in Lent: Palm Sunday

April 5, 2009


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.

The Sixth Sunday in Lent: Palm Sunday

April 5, 2009

Focus: Hosanna!

Order of Worship: The Common Service, p. 15

Hymns: 133, insert, 130

Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156

God's Word

First Lesson: Zechariah 9:9, 10

The prophet foretells the lowliness of our King, but also points us to his victory and the peace he brings to our hearts. Only this King saves.

Psalm 24, p. 73

Lift up your heads for you King comes to save!

Second Lesson: Philippians 2:5-11

See what Jesus did to save us! He humbled himself even to death on the cross and now is exalted in glory. Likewise, we imitate his humble attitude placing others first, because we know that he has saved us.

Gospel: Mark 11:1-10

Jesus enters Jerusalem to save us by dying in our place.

Mark 11:1-10

Faith Calls Out: Hosanna!

  1. A repentant prayer
    1. What do we need to be saved from every day?
    2. How did Jesus answer this prayer?
  2. Joyful praise
    1. Where does joyful praise come from?
    2. How do our hosannas sound out in praise beyond these walls?
    3. How do we retune our hosannas to praise our King?

Prayers: We pray for the family of Ervin Jacobson, whom our Lord called home to heaven this past week. We also join Verree Fox and her family in giving thanks to God for blessing her with 90 years of life.

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 April 5, 2009

  • Wednesday
    • 2:00pm Ladies' Society
    • 4:00pm Catechism Class
    • Thur. 7:00pm Maundy Thursday Communion Service
  • Friday
    • 7:00pm Good Friday Service of Darkness
  • Sunday
    • 7:30am Easter Breakfast
    • 9:00am Easter Festival Worship

News & Notes

Holy Week: This week we witness the greatest hours this world has ever seen. We join our Savior in the upper room to receive his Supper on Maundy Thursday. We see him carry our guilt and die our death on Good Friday. We celebrate his glorious resurrection on Easter Sunday. Each of the three coming services is unique with its own focus and order. Note the times above, and make plans to attend.

Flowers: The flowers on the piano are in memory of Ervin Jacobson.

Voters' Meeting: The quarterly Voters' Meeting will be after worship on April 19.

LWMS: The Lutheran Women's Missionary Society will be meeting at Calvary Lutheran, Glenwood from 11:00am 3:00pm on Saturday April 25. Pastor Michael Neumann will talk about mission work among the Dakota Indians.

Bridal Shower: An open house bridal shower for Brittney Spencer will be on Saturday, April 25, from 1-4:00pm. Anyone interested in contributing to a group gift should contact Mary Bitter.

Baby Shower: An open house baby shower for Tess and Ian Spencer is being planned for the afternoon of Saturday, May 9, the times will be announced later.

Root Bear Floats will be served after the service for Verree Fox's 90th birthday celebration.

April ushers: Kerry Roth (capt.), Dave Joos, Dale Kraft, Kyle Roth, Sam Roth, Dennis Schroeder, Cory Schroeder

April cleaners: Kevin & Gloria Zeltwanger, Kerry & Mona Roth

Greeters Apr 12: Chuck & Lisa Nelson


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