The Festival of Pentecost:
The Coming of the Holy Spirit

May 31, 2009


O Holy Spirit, grant us grace

That we our Lord and Savior

In faith and fervent love embrace

And truly serve him ever,

So that when death is near at hand

We at his cross may firmly stand

And there find our salvation.

(CW 185:1)

The Festival of Pentecost:
The Coming of the Holy Spirit

May 31, 2009

Focus: Come, O Holy Spirit, to show us Jesus

Order of Worship: Common Service, p. 15

Hymns: 184, 176, 34 (LAPPY), 185

God's Word

First Lesson: Ezekiel 37:1-14

With this vision of dry bones, the Lord visualizes for Ezekiel and us that the Holy Spirit brings life to those dead in sin. He brings life through the Word. Hear the word of the Lord!

Psalm 51b, p. 87

The Holy Spirit works repentance in our hearts and brings us the joy of salvation.

Second Lesson: Acts 2:1-21

From Pentecost onward the Holy Spirit has been working to bring the Good News of Jesus to all nations.

Gospel: John 14:25-27

Jesus promises the Holy Spirit and the peace he brings.

John 14:25-27

Pentecost's Divine Gifts

  1. The Holy Spirit, who teaches us Jesus' name
    1. How do the great miracles the Holy Spirit worked at Pentecost contrast with 'modern' spirituality?
    2. What work does the Holy Spirit still do among us today?
  2. Peace, which comforts our hearts
    1. What kind of peace does Jesus leave for us?
    2. How does Jesus bring his peace to us?

High School Graduate: Today we recognize the 2009 high school graduate from St. John's, Josh Nelson. May our Savior continue to bless him through his word.

This Week's Kingdom Work
Week of May 31, 2009

  • Sun-Thurs. 6:30-8:30pm Vacation Bible School
  • Wednesday
    • 7:00pm Worship, Same as May 31
  • Thursday
    • 8:00pm VBS Closing Service
  • Sunday
    • 9:00am Worship and Holy Communion

News & Notes

Invitations: Invite your friends and neighbors or anyone between age 3 and 6th grade to VBS. Invitations are available in the narthex.

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: 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.

Summer Serving: Anyone who would like to serve refreshments after the Sunday morning service please sign up in the narthex.

Bible Class: Our midweek Bible class on the Lutheran Confessions continues over the summer. Instead of meeting on Wednesdays, we will meet about every other Monday at 7:00pm. The tentative schedule is below, subject to change depending on the schedule of those who come. All are welcome to come and learn of the heritage that has been handed down to us.

Bible Class Dates:

June 15

June 29

July 13

July 27

Aug 10

Aug 24

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 June 7:Chad & Mackensie Rohloff


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