The First Sunday after the Epiphany

January 10, 2010

Prayer:

Then let your Word within me

Shine as the fairest star;

Keep sin and all false doctrine

Forever from me far.

Help me confess you truly

And with all Christendom

Here hail you King and Savior

And in the world to come. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 94:5)

The First Sunday after the Epiphany

January 10, 2010

Worship Focus: Anointed by the Spirit

Order of Worship: Gathering Rite on Holy Baptism

Hymns: 89, 297, 94

God's Word

First Lesson: 1 Samuel 16:1-13

As David was anointed with oil, so our Savior was anointed with the Holy Spirit showing that he is the King of kings, great David's greater Son.

Psalm 2, p. 65

Christ, the Anointed One, reigns forever.

Second Lesson: Titus 3:4-7

Through Baptism the Holy Spirit was poured out on you, and you were reborn as an heir of everlasting life.

Gospel: Luke 3:15-17, 21, 22

Just as the Holy Spirit descended at Jesus' Baptism, so also Jesus himself pours out the Holy Spirit through the water and word of Baptism today.

1 Samuel 16:1-13

God Knows Your Heart

  1. The Lord's not fooled by outward appearance
    1. How did King Saul fall away from the Lord?
    2. What do we discover as we examine our own hearts?
  2. The Lord's Spirit changes us at the core
    1. In what ways did David demonstrate his trust in the Lord?
    2. Describe how the Holy Spirit changes us to the core so that we trust God's promises as David did. List some of these promises.

Youth Group's Service Project: If you would like to contribute to the "Soldier Care Box", we are looking for donations such as snacks and magazines to send in January. Also, please feel free to write a letter or card. Please place in the box in the narthex today, January 10th. Thank you!

Youth Group Ski Trip: The Youth Group is hosting a ski/tubing day at 4 p.m. at Andes Tower Hills today, January 10 for the Morris and Johnson/Graceville Youth Groups. Cost is $20 for adults which includes lift ticket AND ski rental and $15 for youth which includes lift ticket AND ski rental (Snowboard rental is $5). We will be supplying the sandwiches, chips and bars. Please let Leah know as soon as possible if you plan to attend so she can organize drivers.

This Week's Kingdom Work
Week of January 10, 2010

  • Wednesday
    • 2:00pm Ladies' Society
    • 4:00pm Catechism Class
    • 7:00pm Our Lutheran Heritage: Formula of Concord
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday school
    • 9:30am Youth Group
    • 9:30am Bible Class: Revelation 13
    • 10:30am Divine Service with Lord's Supper

News & Notes

Annual Meeting: The following have agreed to be candidates for office: Elder, David Joos, David Paul; Trustee, Dick Smith. The voters will also discuss separating the money counting responsibilities from the Treasurer's position. This is good business practice. In addition, Gerald Hoffman has agreed to be a candidate for Treasurer under those circumstances.

Other items for the agenda include (council recommendations are in parenthesis): Setting times for midweek Lenten services and holy week (7:00pm) and Easter service (9:00am with breakfast beginning at 7:30am). Congregational Mission Offering, CMO ($10,000). Lutheran Institutional Ministry Association, LIMA ($500). Organist's salary (same as last year). Pastor's salary ($35,040 of which $4000 is designated as parsonage allowance). Pastor's benefits (high deductible health insurance for him and his family, $6150 for health savings account, housing, electric, gas, water, sewer, garbage, mileage reimbursement at $0.50/mile). Guest preacher stipend ($80 + mileage, up to $120 for mileage)

Agendas and annual reports are available in the narthex.

Annual Potluck & Party: The annual potluck and party will be after the church service today. After the potluck there will be Bingo and prizes for the children.

January ushers: Scott Boettcher (capt.), John Jepma, David Paul, Delroy Thielke

January cleaners: Don & Janet Spencer, Bridget Joos

Today's Greeters: Tom & Elaine Mohr

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

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