The First Sunday of End Times: Reformation Sunday

November 1, 2009

Prayer:

Lord, keep us steadfast in your Word;

Curb those who by deceit or sword

Would seek to overthrow your Son

And to destroy what he has done. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 203:1)

The First Sunday of End Times: Reformation Sunday

November 1, 2009

Worship Focus: Saved by faith alone (sola fide)

Order of Worship: The Common Services, page 15

Hymns: 200, 204, 404, 318

God's Word

First Lesson: Jeremiah 18:1-11

We are clay in God's hands. Take his word earnestly. He is serious about his threats. He is fervent about his promises. Reform your ways and hold on to his promises by faith alone.

Psalm 46, p. 84

Faith runs to God, our refuge and might fortress.

Second Lesson: Revelation 14:6, 7

God sees to it that the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus, goes out into all the world so that we believe and are saved by faith alone. Martin Luther was one of the messengers of the Gospel.

Gospel: Mark 13:5-11

Watch out for false teachers. By faith hold on to God's truth alone. Despite the evils that happen, do not worry. Rather trust in th Lord's promises alone.

Romans 4:18-25

Just Have Faith!
Faith in God's Promises

  1. Describe what the world imagines faith to be.
  1. Faith needs a promise
    1. Why did Abraham believe that the impossible would happen?
    2. Why do God's promises give faith sureness and certainty?
  2. So go to his promises
    1. How do his promises come to you?
    2. What do his Word and Sacraments promise you?

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 November 1, 2009

  • Sunday -- November 1, 2009
    • 1:00pm Youth Group Nelson Farm trip
    • 4:30pm Reformation Service at Trinity
  • Wednesday
    • 4:00pm Catechism Class
    • 7:00pm Bible Class -- Luther's Confession
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday school
    • 9:30am Bible Class - Revelation
    • 10:30am Worship
    • 7:00pm Sunday School Teacher's Meeting

News & Notes

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

Baby Bottles: The “Change for Life” offering comes to end today. Please return your bottles with chains to the narthex as soon as possible. Thank you for your kind support.

Youth Group Outing: The youth group will be leaving from the church at 1:00 pm today 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.

Lutheran Heritage: Come learn about your Lutheran heritage Wednesday nights at 7:00pm.

November ushers: Kevin Zeltwanger (capt.), Justin Flaten, David Osterman, Chad Rohloff, Dean Rohloff

November cleaners: Dick & Judy Lubenow, Tom & Elaine Mohr

Today's Greeters: Duane & Bonnie Hausmann

Sermon Text:

Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, "So shall your offspring be." Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah's womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. This is why "it was credited to him as righteousness." The words "it was credited to him" were written not for him alone, but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. (Romans 4:18-25 NIV)

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.

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

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