The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

June 28, 2009


O Spirit of life, O Spirit of God,

Enlighten us by your bright Word;

Unless your grace the pow'r should give,

None can believe in Christ and live,

O Spirit of life, O Spirit of God.

(CW 186:2, alt.)

The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

June 28, 2009

Worship Focus: Christ's kingdom grows for the harvest

Order of Worship: The Common Service, p. 15

Hymns: 373, 188, 544, 322

God's Word

First Lesson: Ezekiel 17:22-24

Like a tender shoot broken off, Jesus' life appeared to be nothing. But through his death and resurrection, he shelters us even as a great tree shelters the birds.

Psalm 1, p. 64

Meditate on God's Word for it makes us fruitful trees.

Second Lesson: 2 Corinthians 5:1-10

With our faith in Jesus, we long to be done with our earthly journey and reach our heavenly harvest home.

Gospel: Mark 4:26-34

Don't misjudge Christ's kingdom by its outward appearance. For it is like seed.

Mark 4:26-34

The Gospel Works Like a Seed

  1. It works in ways we do not understand, so trust it
    1. How is the Gospel like a seed?
    2. What has the Gospel done for you?
    3. Describe what it means to trust the Gospel.
  2. It works producing great results, so use it
    1. In what sense is the Gospel small?
    2. How do we use the Gospel?

This Week's Kingdom Work
Week of June 28, 2009

  • Monday
    • 7:00pm Bible Class
  • Wednesday
    • 7:00pm Worship, Same as June 21
  • Sunday
    • 9:00am Worship and Communion

News & Notes

Prayers: We ask our Lord to care for Rosella Staples as she recovers at home from surgery to put in a pacemaker.

Bible Class: Come join us for summer Bible class tomorrow, June 15 at 7:00pm. We will consider when church customs and ceremonies are beneficial for our faith and when they are harmful.

Parade Float: Anyone interested in helping with a float for the 4th of July parade, please contact Pastor Bitter.

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

June ushers: Don Spencer (capt.); Chuck Nelson; Evan Nelson; Seth Nelson; Ryan Schroeder; Dick Smith

June cleaners: Harvey & Mary Flaten; Jeff & Christa Flaten

Greeters for July 5: Dennis & Karen Schroeder, Cory


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