The Fifth Sunday of Easter

May 10, 2009

Prayer:

O Lord, bestow on us your grace,

With blessings rich provide us,

And let the brightness of your face

To life eternal guide us

That we your saving health may know,

Your gracious will and pleasure,

And also to the heathen show

Christ's riches without measure

And unto you convert them.

(CW 574:1 - altered)

The Fifth Sunday of Easter

May 10, 2009

Focus: Easter fruit connects others to Jesus

Order of Worship: Service of Word, p. 26

Hymns: Hymn Sing, 168, 154, 562

God's Word

First Lesson: Acts 8:26-40

Philip connects the Ethiopian to Jesus by showing him what Jesus has done to save us.

Psalm 67, p. 91

God's blessings flow to us from Jesus through his Word.

Second Lesson: 1 John 3:18-24

Through faith in Jesus, we are connected to him. He nourishes us so that our faith's confidence rests on him and produces the fruit of love in our lives, showing genuine concern for others.

Gospel: John 15:1-8

As his word remains in us, we remain connected to the Vine. And connected to the Vine, we produce fruit, especially as we share him with others.

Acts 8:26-40

How Can I Share My Faith?

  1. Go around the roadblocks
    1. What makes you hesitate in sharing your faith?
  2. Glow with genuine concern
    1. To whom can you shine with Christian love?
  3. Show them Jesus, crucified for them and risen
    1. In your own words, write down what you could say to show someone Jesus.
  4. Know that the outcome is in God's hands

This Week's Kingdom Work
Week of May 10, 2009

  • Wednesday
    • 3:30pm Catechism Class
    • 7:00pm Bible Class
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday School Last Day
    • 9:30am Youth Bible Class / Adult Bible Class
    • 10:30am Worship

News & Notes

Flowers: “The flowers on the piano are in memory of our dear mom and grandma, Bev Nelson.”

Invitation: Invite your friends and neighbors or anyone between age 3 and 6th grade to VBS. Invitations will be available next Sunday or ask Pastor Bitter to drop some off for you.

Vacation Bible School: VBS will run from Sunday, May 31, to Thursday, June 4, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Ages 3 through those entering the 6th grade are welcome to attend. Invite your friends and neighbors. Anyone who would like to help or bring a snack is asked to sign up in the narthex.

Summer Schedule: The summer schedule will begin on Sunday, May 24, with service at 9:00am. Wednesday evening service will be at 7:00pm and the same as the previous Sunday.

Outdoor Worship: An outdoor worship service with St. Paul's of Morris is being planned for June 21 at 10:30am at Pomme de Terre Park. A potluck picnic will follow.

May ushers: Kevin Zeltwanger (capt.), Justin Flaten, David Osterman, Josh Nelson, Chad Rohloff, Dean Rohloff

May cleaners: Delroy & Jane Theilke; Jolene Greiner, Jiana Thielke

Greeters May 17:Norma Osterman

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

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