The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

August 23, 2009

Prayer:

Lord, your words are waters living

Where I quench my thirsty needs.

Lord, your words are bread life-giving;

On your words my spirit feeds.

Lord, your words will be my light

Through death's cold and dreary night;

Yes, they are my sword prevailing

And my cup of joy unfailing. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 283:3)

The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

August 23, 2009

Worship Focus: Jesus is the Bread of life

Order of Worship: The Common Service, p. 15

Hymns: Hymn Sing, 352, 753, 380

God's Word

First Lesson: Exodus 19:3-8

Days earlier the Lord had sent fire from heaven to burn Elijah's offering, showing that the Lord is God and Elijah was his prophet. But then Queen Jezebel threatened Elijah's life leading him to flee in despair. Only the Bread of life can sustain us through the highs and lows of life.

Psalm 34, p. 80

Taste and eat the Bread of life.

Second Lesson: Ephesians 4:30-5:2

The Bread of life strengthens us to be imitators of God.

Gospel: John 6:41-51

Jesus continues to show the people that he is the Bread of life who came down from heaven to bring eternal life to all who believe in him.

John 6:41-51

The Father Draws You
to Eat the Living Bread

  1. Agree/Disagree: It makes sense to believe in Jesus. Explain.
  2. How does the Father draw you to Jesus?
  3. Why is Jesus the Bread of life?
  4. How can Jesus bring eternal life to mortals born to die?

This Week's Kingdom Work
Week of August 23, 2009

  • Wednesday
    • 7:00pm Worship (Last Wednesday Worship)
  • Sunday
    • 9:00am Worship

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: Marjorie Berget

News & Notes

Schedule Change: On September 6 we will return to our 10:30am worship time. August 26 is our last Wednesday evening worship.

Sunday school: Sunday school will start at 9:15am on Sunday, September 13. The lessons this year review the work Jesus did to save us and how that Good News was spread by the Apostles. Ages three and up are welcome. If anyone wants to help out, please talk to Pastor Bitter.

News & Notes (cont.)

Youth Group: The Youth Group (Grades 7-12) will have their Bible study and meetings on Sundays from 9:30am to 10:15am, starting September 13. 7th and 8th graders are to come at 9:15am for the Sunday school opening.

Bible Study: Sunday morning Bible study begins September 13 at 9:30am. We see God's wonderful comfort and the strength he gives us despite the opposition of the world as we study Revelation.

Wednesday Bible Study: Wednesday Bible study will begin September 9 at 7:00pm. 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 of the Lutheran Church.

Council Notes:

The council meeting of August 10 opening with prayer and a Bible study on Acts 2.

The council approved the request of Kyle Roth to transfer to Resurrection in Verona, WI.

The Pastor's and Treasurer's reports are available in the narthex. The General Fund had a balance of $799.37 at the end of July. $5,801.25 had been sent in for the year to the WELS for our $10,000 annual commitment.

The council suggested that a survey be taken to see if members are interested in a congregational pictorial directory in 2010.

The council discussed having communion twice a month. It was suggested that we could use plastic cups if washing communion cups becomes too much. The council suggested that the voters' meeting in October decide whether or not to have communion twice a month. Anyone who has a preference should speak to a voting member.

The trustees brought up that one of the trees in front has fungus growing and probably should be taken done.

The next council meeting is September 14 at 8:00pm. We closed with the Lord's Prayer.

WELS News Release: ELCA decision on gay clergy

Rev. Mark Schroeder, president of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS), is expressing regret at the vote of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) convention regarding homosexual clergy. Friday, delegates approved a resolution committing the church to find a way for “people in such publicly accountable, lifelong, monogamous, same-gender relationships” to serve as professional leaders of the church.

“To view same-sex relationships as acceptable to God is to place cultural viewpoint and human opinions above the clear Word of God,” says Schroeder. “The Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, along with The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, the Evangelical Lutheran Synod, and other smaller Lutheran synods, maintains and upholds the clear teaching of the Bible that homosexuality is not in keeping with God’s design and is sinful in God’s eyes.”

At the same time, Schroeder says WELS congregations stand ready to support those struggling with same-sex attractions. “As with any sin, it is the church’s responsibility to show love and compassion to sinners, not by condoning or justifying the sin, but by calling the sinner to repent and by assuring the sinner that there is full forgiveness in Jesus Christ,” Schroeder says.

“It’s unfortunate that many headlines have referred to the recent decisions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as something ‘Lutherans’ have decided,” Schroeder says. “In fact, the ELCA is only one of many Lutheran denominations. We are saddened that a group with the name Lutheran would take another decisive step away from the clear teaching of the Bible, which was the foundation of the Lutheran Reformation.”

Schroeder says that WELS is firmly committed to upholding God’s design for marriage as outlined in Scripture—a design intended for one man and one woman. “We believe, and the Bible teaches, that God designed this relationship to be a blessing for men and women and for society. Any departure from what God himself has designed does two things: it denies the clear teachings of Scriptures and it undermines God’s desire that the man/woman relationship in marriage be a blessing.”

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

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