The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

July 12, 2009

Prayer:

Lord of my life, whose tender care

Has led me on till now,

Here lowly, at the hour of prayer,

Before your throne I bow.

I bless your gracious hand and pray

Forgiveness for another day.

(Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 232:1)

The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

July 12, 2009

Worship Focus: God takes care of us

Order of Worship: Service of the Word, p. 38

Hymns: Hymn sing, 384, 488, 485

God's Word

First Lesson: Lamentations 3:22-33

Each morning the Lord's mercy and compassion take care of us, working out our salvation.

Psalm 30, p. 76

Because of God's care for us, our weeping is turned to dancing.

Second Lesson: 2 Corinthians 8:1-9, 13, 14

Because of God's care for us, we give joyfully to share in the work of helping God's people.

Gospel: Mark 5:21-24a, 35-43

What care Jesus shows! Even in the face of death, God's care for us does not fail.

2 Corinthians 8:1-9, 13, 14

Our Giving Overflows from God's Grace

  1. Why was the Apostle Paul gathering a collection for the Jerusalem Christians?
  1. Give yourself to your gracious Lord
    1. Why was the giving of the Macedonian Christian's so surprising?
    2. What was the secret to such Christian giving?
  2. Trust his grace with an undivided heart
    1. What does it mean to give yourself to the Lord?
    2. Describe the duplicity of our hearts.
    3. What does God's grace move us to do?
    4. How does God's grace change the way we look at our contributions and offerings?

This Week's Kingdom Work
Week of July 12, 2009

  • Sunday -- July 12, 2009
    • 10:00am Quarterly Voters' Meeting
  • Monday
    • 7:00pm Bible Class
  • Wednesday
    • 7:00pm Worship, Same as July 12
  • Sunday
    • 9:00am Worship

News & Notes

Prayers: We pray for our youth who attended the WELS International Youth Rally in Ames, IA, this past week.

Bible Class: This past week President Obama visited with the Pope. What's the difference between the power of the church and the power of the state? How does our world confuse them? How are we to keep them distinct? Come find answers to these questions as we look at the last part of the Augsburg Confession, tomorrow, July 13 at 7:00pm.

Quarterly Meeting: The quarterly meeting will be after service today.

Budget update: At the end of six months $5,098.25 has been given toward our $10,000 annual goal for our congregational mission offering. As of July 10 the General Fund was $1,954.51 in the red. As you reflect on how the Lord has blessed you, prayerfully consider how you might help your congregation erase this deficit.

Pictures: We need pictures from the past year of church events and activities for the fair booth display and the web page. If you have pictures we could use, please lend a copy to Pastor Bitter to scan, or email a copy to him.

Synod Convention: The synod convention will be July 27-31 at Saginaw, Michigan. Doug Nelson is one of the lay delegates who will be attending. Please keep Doug and the other delegates in your prayers as they use their Christian judgment to plan out the direction of our synod for the next two years and beyond.

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

July ushers: Scott Boettcher (capt.), John Jepma, Clarence Lanus, David Paul, Delroy Thielke

July cleaners: Duane & Bonnie Hausmann, Dennis & Karen Schroeder

Greeters for July 12: Dick & Polly Smith

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

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