The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

October 4, 2009


Triune God, oh, be our stay

And let us perish never!

Cleanse us from our sins, we pray,

And grant us life forever.

Keep us from the evil one;

Uphold our faith most holy;

Grant us to trust you solely

With humble hearts and lowly. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 192:1)

The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

October 4, 2009

Worship Focus: The Spirit's Word Works in Us

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

Hymns: 186, 192, 389, 318

Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156

God's Word

First Lesson: Number 11:16, 24-29

The Holy Spirit proclaimed his word through the elders in Israel.

Psalm 51b, p. 87

Through his Word the Holy Spirit purifies our hearts.

Second Lesson: James 4:7-12

Through the Word, the Holy Spirit changes our inner attitude toward God and our outward actions toward others.

Gospel: Mark 9:38-50

As God's Word works like salt in us to purify and preserve us for eternal life, our attitude toward others changes, and we take action to keep ourselves from falling into sin.

Mark 9:38-50

Cut Away the Death Traps

  1. By fighting party pride that looks down on others
    1. How did the sin of party pride show in the disciples?
    2. How could Jesus' words, “Whoever is not against us is for us,” be misused?
    3. What attitude and actions are we to show toward those who haven't joined with us?
  2. By fighting what draws your heart into sin
    1. What death traps are trying to kill your faith?
  3. As God's Word salts you
    1. How can you stay salty?

Prayers: We include in our prayers today, Bonnie Bailey, the sister-in-law of Gloria Zeltwanger. We ask our Lord to watch over Bonnie during surgery and help her through recovery.

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.

This Week's Kingdom Work
Week of October 4, 2009

  • Today 6:30pm Youth Group
  • Wednesday
    • 4:00pm Catechism Class
    • 7:00pm Bible Class -- Augsburg Confession
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday school
    • 9:30am Bible Class - Revelation
    • 10:30am Worship
    • 11:30am Quarterly Voters' Meeting
    • 7:00pm Sunday school teachers' meeting

News & Notes

Youth Group: Youth Group meets tonight at 6:30pm, for football and board games. Please bring a favorite game. Seth Nelson is up for snacks.

Quarterly Meeting: The 3rd Quarter Voters' Meeting will be next Sunday, October 4, after service. Some items on the agenda include: 1) Twice a month communion (1st and 3rd Sundays); 2) Congregational pictorial directory; 3) Pastor's health insurance for 2010; 4) Property and liability insurance for the church; 5) Thanksgiving service (last year it was on Wednesday at 7:30pm with a light supper from 6:00-7:00); 6) Christmas Eve and Day services (last year Christmas Eve was 7:00pm and Christmas Day was 10:00am).

Mission Festival: We'll celebrate Mission Festival on October 18 with a potluck following the service.

Area Reformation Service: Trinity of Johnson invites us to join them for an area Reformation Service on November 1 at 4:30pm. The theme is: Touchstones of the Reformation: Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Scripture Alone. A light supper will follow.

Blood Drive: The American Red Cross blood drive is Oct. 5, from 1:00pm -- 7:00pm at the Hancock School.

October ushers: Kerry Roth (capt.); Dave Joos; Sam Roth; Dennis Schroeder; Cory Schroeder

October cleaners: Chad & Mackensie Rohloff; Dean & Moni Rohloff

Today's Greeters: Jackie Flaten


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