The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

August 30, 2009


Lord Jesus Christ, be present now;

Our hearts in true devotion bow.

Your Spirit send with grace divine,

And let your truth within us shine.

Unseal our lips to sing your praise;

Our souls to you in worship raise.

Make strong our faith; increase our light

That we may know your name aright.

(Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 230:1, 2)

The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

August 30, 2009

Worship Focus: Wisdom in Jesus

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

Hymns: 277, 185, 478, 429:1, 3, 5

God's Word

First Lesson: Proverbs 9:1-6

Wisdom is described as a woman inviting us to a feast. Through his Word God makes you wise for salvation and for living to his glory.

Psalm 1, p. 64

Wisdom and blessing come as we delight in God's Word.

Second Lesson: Ephesians 5:15-20

Live wisely with your focus on Jesus.

Gospel: John 6:51-58

True wisdom feeds on Jesus, inwardly digesting the Good News that he gave his flesh and blood for us, so that by his death we have life.

Ephesians 5:15-20

Be Filled with Spirit-worked
Thanksgiving in Jesus

  1. Wisely redeeming your time
    1. Why is using our time wisely so important?
    2. How do we know what priorities to set for our time?
  2. Singing spiritual words to your Lord with your heart
    1. Why connect God's truths to music?
    2. Describe the thanksgiving the Holy Spirit works in us as we take spiritual words to heart.

This Week's Kingdom Work
Week of August 30, 2009

  • Aug. 31 - Sept. 7 -- Pastor Bitter on vacation
  • Wednesday
    • No Worship
  • Sunday
    • 10:30am Worship

News & Notes

Schedule Change: Next Sunday September 6 we will return to our 10:30am worship time. No more 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.

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.

Catechism Class: Catechism class will begin Wednesday, September 16 at 4:00pm.

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.

Vacation: Pastor Bitter will be on vacation from August 31 to September 7. If you need pastoral assistance during that time, you may call Pastor Main from St. Paul's in Morris. His numbers are 589-4662 (Home) and 589-1840 (Office). Pastor Bitter and family will be leaving on Monday. He may be reached at his brother's (218) 759-0398 until Wednesday and after that at his parent's (920) 933-3637.

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

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


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