The Third Sunday of End Times: Saints Triumphant

November 15, 2009


O Christ, you died, and yet you live;

To me account your merit,

My pardon seal, my sins forgive,

And cleanse me by your Spirit.

Beneath your cross I view the day

When heav'n and earth shall pass away,

And thus prepare to meet you. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 208:4)

The Third Sunday of End Times: Saints Triumphant

November 15, 2009

Worship Focus: Jesus Brings Us into Glory

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

Hymns: 206, 207, 551, 728

God's Word

First Lesson: Daniel 12:1-3

The end is coming. True wisdom looks to Jesus alone for life and salvation. Through faith in him we will shine at the resurrection.

Psalm 118, p. 108

What a day of victory and song the Last Day will be for those who believe in Jesus!

Second Lesson: Hebrews 10:11-18

You, who believe in Jesus, are saints. We are still sinners as well, but faith looks to Jesus' sacrifice for complete forgiveness. Because of Jesus, God counts you as holy in his sight. He counts you as a saint.

Gospel: John 5:24-29

Jesus brings us eternal life, and he will raise us up on the Last Day.

John 5:24-29

You've Crossed Over to Life

  1. Keep listening to the Son's voice
    1. What kind of “crossing over” is Jesus talking about?
    2. What does it mean that we were once dead?
    3. How were you brought over from death to life?
  2. Keep anticipating the resurrection
    1. What do you anticipate as you look forward to the resurrection?
    2. How do we anticipate the resurrection?

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.

Missing jacket: A black Columbia winter jacket was taken from the narthex a few weeks ago. If you took it by mistake, please exchange it for the black jacket that is hanging by the front door. If you have questions, please contact Pastor Bitter.

This Week's Kingdom Work
Week of November 15, 2009

  • Sunday
    • 7:00pm Council Meeting
  • Wednesday
    • 4:00pm Catechism Class
    • 7:00pm Bible Class -- Lutheran Heritage: FC
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday school
    • 9:30am Bible Class - Revelation
    • 10:30am Worship

News & Notes

Finance: As of November 6 the General Fund had a deficit of -$2,328 in the hole. Through October $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.

Thanksgiving: The youth will serve supper from 6:00pm to 7:00pm on Wednesday, October 25, before the Thanksgiving Eve Service at 7:30pm.

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 Gerald & Karen Hoffman

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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 today. 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