The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

September 20, 2009


Savior, I follow on,

Guided by thee,

Seeing not yet the hand

That leadeth me.

Hushed be my heart and still;

Fear I no further ill.

Only to meet they will

My will shall be. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 473:1)

The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

September 20, 2009

Worship Focus: Follow your suffering Savior

Order of Worship: The Common Service, p. 15

Hymns: Hymn sing, 453, 439, 419:1,3,5

God's Word

First Lesson: Isaiah 50:4-10

Isaiah records the words of Jesus before his birth foretelling his suffering and his victory, so that we trust in him.

Psalm 116, p. 107

We follow Jesus trusting him to deliver us.

Second Lesson: James 2:1-5, 8-10, 14-18

As we follow our suffering Savior, we do not show favoritism. For Jesus paid for the sins of all equally. Since he has shown such love for us, let us love one another.

Gospel: Mark 8:27-35

As a follower of Jesus, Peter makes a wonderful confession that Jesus is the Christ. But he does not understand that the Christ must suffer. Jesus rebukes Peter and calls on all of us to take up our cross and follow him.

Isaiah 50:4-10

“I Have Endured All for You”

  1. How willingly Jesus suffered!
    1. Describe the love that moved our Savior to such willing obedience.
  2. How innocent he is!
    1. What does Jesus innocence prove about our sins?
  3. Lean on him in the darkness
    1. How does Jesus bring you comfort when you're in the darkness?

This Week's Kingdom Work
Week of September 20, 2009

  • Wednesday
    • 4:00pm Catechism Class
    • 7:00pm Bible Class
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday school
    • 9:30am Bible Class
    • 9:30am Youth Bible Class
    • 10:30am Worship
    • 3-6pm Fall Festival at Great Plains, Watertown, SD

News & Notes

Sunday Bible Study: As we study Revelation, we see God's wonderful comfort and the strength he gives us despite the opposition of the world.

Wednesday Bible Study: When are church rules harmful? When might they be beneficial? Our fathers in the faith struggled with these questions. Come find answers to them this Wednesday night at 7:00pm as we look at the last part of the Augsburg Confession of the Lutheran Church.

Council / Voters' Minutes: In going through the church records, we are missing the minute book for the council and voters' meetings for the years 1958-1981. If anyone might know where it may be, please tell Pastor Bitter.

Communion: It's been proposed to have Communion twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Sundays. This will be one item for the October voter's meeting. If you want to know more, please talk to Pastor Bitter.

Pictorial Directory: If you want to give your input on a pictorial directory for next year, please fill out the brief survey in last weeks bulletin or pick on up by the blue basket in the narthex. Don't forget to return them to the blue basket before the Voters' Meeting, October 11.

Used vehicles: Do you have a vehicle you no longer want or need? Please consider donating it to The Lutheran Home Association (TLHA) to support its Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM), a Gospel outreach program for individuals with developmental disabilities. Your donated vehicle will be sold and the proceeds will be used to fund JCM or used in services that require transportation. Drivable vehicles in good running condition, with no maximum mileage limit, are accepted. For more information, email or call toll free 1-888-600-TLHA(8542).

September ushers: Duane Hausmann (capt.), Tom Mohr, Harvey Flaten, Doug Nelson, Eric Zeltwanger

September cleaners: John & Tawnia Jepma, Jason & Amy Brown

Today's Greeters: Gene DeGier

Council Notes:

The council meeting opened with prayer on September 9, 2009, at 7:00pm. Pastor Bitter led a Bible study on Acts 9.

The Pastor's and Treasurer's reports are available in the narthex. At the end of August the General Fund had $780.02; the Improvement Fund had $1,537.31; and $6,455.25 had been sent into the WELS for our congregational mission offering.

The trustees reported that a tree near the entrance of the narthex appeared to be rotting. After talking with someone who worked with trees, it was confirmed that it was rotting from the core. They had a bid of $650 to take it down, including the stump. The council approved to go ahead with it since the tree is leaning towards the building.

The trustees will look into hiring out to have the cross painted above the entrance doors since it's too high to paint by using our ladder.

Under new business: Mission Festival will be October 18 with a potluck afterwards, no guest preacher was found. The council also previewed several items for the quarterly meeting.

It was mentioned that the Treasurer position is up for election this January. Our Treasurer has simplified our current system and would be happy to train someone in.

The Voters' Meeting will be October 11 after Sunday service at about 11:30am. Next Council meeting will be at 8:00pm, November 9. Elders will meet at 7:00pm that night.


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