The Third Sunday after the Epiphany

January 24, 2010


Grant us grace to see you, Lord,

Mirrored in your holy Word.

May our lives and all we do

Imitate and honor you

That we all like you may be

At your great epiphany

And may praise you, ever blest,

God in man made manifest. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 82:5)

The Third Sunday after the Epiphany

January 24, 2010

Worship Focus: The Good News of Jesus sets us free

Order of Worship: Service of the Word, p. 38

Hymns: Hymn sing, 85, 379, 358

God's Word

First Lesson: Isaiah 61:1-6

Isaiah foretold that Judah would be carried into exile in Babylon. The return from that exile pictured the spiritual freedom the Savior would bring.

Psalm 19, p. 70

God's Word is sweet, for it sets us free.

Second Lesson: 1 Corinthians 12:12-21, 26, 27

Jesus has set us free to use the various gifts the Holy Spirit gives us to work together as the body of Christ, sharing each others sorrows and joys.

Gospel: Luke 4:14-21

Jesus brings the fulfillment of the spiritual release that Isaiah had prophesied.

Luke 4:14-21


  1. From the chains of guilt
    1. In what ways have you fallen into some sort of denial of how great your guilt is?
    2. Why is denial of guilt so dangerous?
  2. By forgiveness from Jesus
    1. How does Jesus release you from your guilt?
    2. Why does Jesus bring release to us poor beggars?

This Week's Kingdom Work
Week of January 24, 2010

  • Wednesday
    • 4:00pm Catechism Class
    • 7:00pm Our Lutheran Heritage: Formula of Concord
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday school
    • 9:30am Youth Bible Class
    • 9:30am Bible Class: Revelation 14
    • 10:30am Divine Service

News & Notes

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

January cleaners: Don & Janet Spencer, Bridget Joos

Today's Greeters: Seth & Evan Nelson

News & Notes

Music CD: Chris Driesbach's latest CD Let Christ Be Known is available on the table in the narthex. Chris shared his Christian music with us during his “Thank You” tour after the New Orleans hurricane. Envelopes are by the CD's in case you would like to mail a donation to Chris. A suggested donation is $10 per CD.

Women's Leadership Conference: The 2nd National WELS Women's Leadership Conference will be July 16-18, 2010 at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, WI. The theme this year is: Leading with a Christ-like attitude. The conference aims to develop WELS women's gifts and abilities, to grow in Christian love, service, and leadership, and to join together in Bible study and praise. For more information see:

Ladies' Society Notes:

The Ladies' Society meet on Wednesday, Jan 13, and opened with prayer and a Bible study on the 2nd Commandment.

Several thank-you's had been received for the Christmas donations of money the Society to WELS related organizations. It was discussed to add Calvary Academy, a WELS school for troubled teens, to the list of Christmas charities the Society donates to.

The serving rotation for Wednesday evening Lenten suppers was discussed. The setup will be a little different this year, so Gloria will include an explanation with the schedule that is distributed.

Sheets of stickers/seals with Bible passages on them were left over from previous years. They will be placed by the card shop for anyone to take who might use them.

Information about the Martin Luther College Ladies Auxiliary meeting will be on the table in the narthex so that others can see what it's all about.

Several of the ladies' will be deciding on fabric for banners. This is part of the Ray Meichsner memorial. The banners will be for the summer months.

A serving schedule for the monthly meetings was drawn up, and the meeting adjourned.


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