The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

July 26, 2009

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, you have come

A teacher sent from heaven

And by both word and deed

God's truth to us have given.

You, wisely have ordained

The holy ministry

That we, your flock, may know

The truth that sets us free.

(Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 546:1)

The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

July 26, 2009

Worship Focus: God sends out his messengers

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

Hymns: 258, 525, 548, 579

God's Word

First Lesson: Amos 7:10-15

The Lord chose an ordinary farmer to go and speak his message to the king of Israel.

Psalm 78, p. 95

Through parents and through his messengers the Lord sees to it that his message is passed on to the next generation.

Second Lesson: Ephesians 1:3-14

By grace God has chosen his own and worked out their salvation in Christ. He sends out his messengers to make his Gospel known and work faith in the hearts of his chosen.

Gospel: Mark 6:7-13

Jesus sends out his disciples to preach the Gospel.

Mark 6:7-13

Jesus Sends Out
His Priceless Gospel of Repentance

  1. It comes as a free gift
    1. What's the message of the Gospel, which is preached as a free gift?
    2. What two challenges do preachers face?
  2. Receive it with open hearts and homes
    1. Why do we support faithful preachers of the Gospel?
    2. How are open hearts that gladly hear the Gospel supporting the pastor?

This Week's Kingdom Work
Week of July 26, 2009

  • Monday
    • 7:00pm Bible Class
  • Wednesday
    • 7:00pm Worship, Same as July 26
  • Sunday
    • 9:00am Worship and Holy Communion

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

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

Greeters for today: Don & Janet Spencer

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

News & Notes

Prayers: We join Erik and Jill Lemke in giving thanks for the birth of a healthy son, Owen Bruce Lemke. We also pray for the Lord to guide and bless the WELS Convention held this week in Saginaw, Michigan.

Youth Outing: The youth group at St. Paul's has invited our older youth (confirmed and up) to join them for a picnic and evening of fun on Wednesday, August 5, starting at 5:00pm. Some possible activities include softball or maybe even a water-balloon fight. Stay tune for more details.

Fair booth: If you would like to help out at the church fair booth, please sign up in the narthex. Pastor Bitter will contact those who sign up to work out the details of what day and time so that we can coordinate with St. Paul's. Time slots will be about one hour long and you are welcome to take more than one time slot.

Pictures: We need pictures from the past year of church events, activities, and people 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 before August 9.

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. The convention will be streamed live on the Internet. Go to www.wels.net jumpword: convention.

BORAM: Anyone interested in learning more details about the work of the WELS for the past two years and the plans for the future being discussed at the convention this week may borrow the Book of Reports and Memorials on the pamphlet rack or download it from www.wels.net jumpword: BORAM.

Forward in Christ: The August edition is available for every home. The pictures of the MLC graduates are included. Pick up a copy for your home.

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

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