The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

August 2, 2009


Jesus, Shepherd of the sheep

Who your Father's flock does keep,

Safe we wake and safe we sleep,

Guarded still by you.

By your blood our souls were bought;

By your life salvation wrought;

By your light our feet are taught,

Lord, to follow you.

(Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 436:1,3)

The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

August 2, 2009

Worship Focus: The Shepherd cares for his flock

Order of Worship: Service of Word and Sacrament, p. 26

Hymns: 360, 375, 310:5 ff, 432

Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156

God's Word

First Lesson: Jeremiah 23:1-6

False teachers like faithless shepherds scatter the flock of God's people. So God raised up the Shepherd, who is the Lord Our Righteousness.

Psalm 23, p. 72

Our Shepherd provides for us and protects us.

Second Lesson: Ephesians 2:13-22

The Shepherd brought us, who were other sheep, into his flock. Once we were foreigners but now we have peace through his cross, brought together into one flock.

Gospel: Mark 6:30-34

Jesus shows his shepherd heart in his actions.

Mark 6:30-34

The Shepherd's Heart Goes Out to You

  1. He makes you his first concern
    1. How were we like shepherdless sheep?
    2. How great is Jesus concern for you?
  2. He takes care of you as his voice teaches you
    1. What words of comfort and care does his voice speak to you?
    2. What happens to us as we feed on his Word?
    3. In what intimate and tender way does he speak to you today?

Lord's Supper

At St. John’s we observe the biblical practice of “close communion,” since the Bible teaches that communing together is an outward sign of the inner closeness of faith that seeks to agree in all that the Bible teaches. Therefore, we ask that only those commune who are confirmed members of our church body and of those churches which have declared fellowship with us. If you have further questions about this, please talk with the pastor.

August ushers: Barry Nelson (capt.), Jason Brown, Jeff Flaten, Ryan Flaten, Dick Lubenow, Seth Nelson

August cleaners: Dave & Phyllis Joos; Gerald & Karen Hoffman

Greeters for today: Jiana Thielke

This Week's Kingdom Work
Week of August 2, 2009

  • Monday
    • 7:00pm Bible Class
    • 5:00pm Youth Outing at St. Paul's, Morris
  • Wednesday
    • 7:00pm Worship and Holy Communion
  • Sunday
    • 9:00am Worship

News & Notes

Youth Outing: The youth group at St. Paul's has invited our older youth (confirmed and up, including college-aged) 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.

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.

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