The Second Sunday of End Times: Last Judgment

November 8, 2009


O Jesus Christ, do not delay,

But hasten our salvation;

We often tremble on our way

In fear and tribulation.

Your saints are waiting patiently;

Come soon, Redeemer; make us free

From ev'ry evil. Amen. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 207:6)

The Second Sunday of End Times: Last Judgment

November 8, 2009

Worship Focus: Eagerly await Jesus' return

Order of Worship: Service of the Word, page 38

Hymns: Hymn sing, 376, 29, 220

God's Word

First Lesson: Malachi 4:1, 2a

The Last Day brings unending hell for the unbeliever, but for us who honor Jesus as our Savior, it brings the dawn of the eternal day. We eagerly wait for him.

Psalm 90, p. 99

Only the Lord's unfailing love can teach us to number our days aright.

Second Lesson: Hebrews 9:24-28

Praise be to Christ, for he has sacrificed himself for us. We eagerly await his return.

Gospel: John 5:19-24

Through faith in Jesus, you have crossed over from death to life. Eagerly await his return.

Hebrews 9:24-28

Look Who's Coming! The Sacrificed Sacrificer

  1. He came to remove sin once and for all
    1. What evidence in our lives proves that sin stains us?
    2. How did the sanctuary picture the way Christ removed sin's stain?
  2. He's entered the heavenly sanctuary to return for you who wait
    1. What does it mean for you that Christ has entered heaven?
    2. How does that change the way you live today?
    3. How will you react when you finally hear: “Look who's coming!”

Formula of Concord: Come learn more about your Lutheran heritage as we begin a study of the Formula of Concord this Wednesday at 7:00pm.

This Week's Kingdom Work
Week of November 8, 2009

  • Sunday -- November 8, 2009
    • 7:00pm Sunday School Teacher's Meeting
  • Wednesday
    • 2:00pm Ladies' Society
    • 4:00pm Catechism Class
    • 7:00pm Bible Class -- Lutheran Heritage: FC
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday school
    • 9:30am Bible Class - Revelation
    • 10:30am Worship
    • 7:00pm Council Meeting

News & Notes

Baby Bottles: The “Change for Life” offering has brought in over $445 for New Beginnings: A Home for Mothers. If you forgot your baby bottle last week, please return it as soon as possible.

Finance: As of November 6 the General Fund had a deficit of -$2,328 in the hole. So far $8,072 has been given toward the $10,000 commitment for our congregational mission offering (CMO). Prayerfully consider how you can support the Lord's work among us and around the world.

Benefit: A spaghetti benefit and silent auction to help defray medical expenses for Katelyn Joi Matthys will be held Saturday, November 21, at the Hancock Community Center from 5:00-8:00pm. Katelyn is the three year old daughter of Heidi (nee Charles) and Hector Matthys. Katie is courageously battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia since its onset in may of 2009. See the poster in the narthex for more details.

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

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

Today's Greeters: John & Michelle Hickman

Youth Group Report:

Nelson's Farm: Last Sunday several members of the youth group had a great time at Nelson's Farm near Litchfield. They brought pumpkins and participated in the pumpkin smash. They rode 4-wheel carts down a hill. They panned for marbles and gems and got to take some home. They went down a fun slide and crawled into "tubes" under the ground. They watched a pumpkin thrown from a trebuchet (catapult). They went through mazes, had their picture taken, played minature golf, and rode in front of a combine. Thank you to Leah and Sandy for driving.

Soldier Boxes: Youth Group members wrote letters and made cards for the troops. These will be included in the box they will be sending on Monday, November 9. (The troops were home on a break and will be flying back out on Monday). Thanks to all who donated to this month's box!

College Student "Care" Package: They are planning to send a “final's care package” to our two college students, Josh Nelson and Christine Lubenow, during the first week of December.

Thanksgiving Fellowship Meal: The youth are planning on serving a meal from 6:00-7:00pm on Wednesday, November 25, before the Thanksgiving Eve service.

Joint Activities: On January 10, 2010, the youth group will be hosting the Morris, Graceville and Johnson Youth Groups at Andes Ski Tower. The Morris Youth Group is planning a lock-in at the RFC in Morris in February and the Graceville and Johnson Youth Group is planning bowling in Graceville in March.

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Survey: The council would like to have input about moving up the service time for the Christmas Eve service from 7:00pm to 6:30pm, Dec. 24. Please fill out this survey and return it to the blue basket by November 15. If you have concerns, please speak with Pastor Bitter.

____ I prefer the 6:30 service time.

____ I prefer the 7:00 service time


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