The Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost

October 25, 2009


Your works, not mine, O Christ,

Speak gladness to this heart.

They tell me all is done;

They bid my fear depart.

To whom but you, who can alone

For sin atone, Lord, Shall I flee?(Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 401:1)

The Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost

October 25, 2009

Worship Focus: Jesus, priceless Treasure

Order of Worship: Service of the Word, page 38

Hymns: 401, 349, 355, 477

God's Word

First Lesson: Amos 5: 6, 7, 10-15

The love of money leads to all kinds of evils. Seek good, not evil. Rather fix your hearts on Jesus, your priceless treasure.

Psalm 62, p. 88

Find rest in your God, not in riches.

Second Lesson: Hebrews 3:1-6

Fix your hearts on Jesus, your priceless Treasure. He is faithful. His word stands firms. His promises do not fail. He faithfully offered himself as the sacrifice for you. He is the faithful apostles and the selfless high priest.

Gospel: Mark 10:17-27

Look to Jesus alone for eternal life. Don't turn to what money can by to find happiness or security.

Mark 10:17-27

We Follow Our Heart's Treasure

  1. Jesus' words exposes our heart's god
    1. What becomes a person's god?
    2. What had become a god in this man's heart?
    3. How does the idolatry of wealth show itself in your life?
  2. How do we carry out the mission?
    1. How does Jesus make it clear that we cannot save ourselves?
    2. Describe the change in you when God works the impossible.
    3. What do our hearts treasure now so that we have heavenly treasures forever?

New Bible Class: Starting Wednesday, November 11, at 7:00pm. For many people today, the name Lutheran no longer means a church that's rooted in Scripture. But this is not the first time in history, when the truths of Scripture, which Martin Luther proclaimed, were almost lost by the church that carried his name. In fact, before the 50th anniversary of the Lutheran Church, it was in grave danger of losing God's truth. Historians say that we would not remember the first Martin (Martin Luther), if it were not for the second Martin (Martin Chemnitz). Martin Chemnitz and his colleagues fought for the truth of Scripture and confessed it in the Formula of Concord.

On Wednesday, November 11, we plan to begin a study of the Formula of Concord at 7:00pm. Our congregational constitution lists this document as a true statement of Scriptural doctrine. Your pastor has promised to teach in line with it, since it is a true exposition of Scripture. What's in it? Come and see.

This Week's Kingdom Work
Week of October 25, 2009

  • Wednesday
    • 4:00pm Catechism Class
    • 7:00pm Bible Class -- Augsburg Confession
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday school
    • 9:30am Bible Class - Revelation
    • 10:30am Worship and Lord's Supper
    • 1:00pm Youth Group Nelson Farm trip
    • 4:30pm Reformation Service at Trinity

News & Notes

Youth Group's Service Project: If you would like to contribute to the Soldier package that will be mailed the first week of November, please bring an item and place it in the "soldier box" in the Narthex or give to Leah Nelson by next Sunday, November 1. Cards and/or letters will also be collected and appreciated!

Baby Bottles: The “Change for Life” offering continues until November 1. Fill the baby bottles with change to help support New Beginnings: A Home for Mothers. Return the bottles next Sunday. For more information, see the sheet by the bottle display.

Youth Group Outing: The youth group will be leaving from the church at 1:00 pm on Sunday, November 1 for a fun afternoon at the Nelson Pumpkin Farm in Litchfield. If you are planning on going, please let Leah know as soon as possible.

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.

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

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

Today's Greeters: Jolene Greiner, Courtney


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