The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
February 7, 2010
Rise, O Light of Gentile nations,
Jesus, bright and Morning Star;
Let your word, the gladsome tidings,
Ring out loudly near and far,
Bringing freedom to the captive,
Peace and comfort to the slave,
That the heathen, free from bondage,
May proclaim your pow'r to save. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 577:1)
Worship Focus: Caught by Jesus' net
Order of Worship: Service of Word and Sacrament, p. 26
Hymns: 87, 93, 377, 577
Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156
First Lesson: Isaiah 6:1-8
Jesus' sacrifice purifies our unclean lips so that we can proclaim the Good News of the Lord, the holy God who saves.
Psalm 85, p. 97
The Lord proclaims peace to us so that we share it with others.
Second Lesson: Romans 10:13-17
The message of Christ has brought salvation to you and me. Now we can share it so that others too are saved.
Gospel: Luke 5:1-11
The Savior, who takes our sins away, sends out his people to catch others for eternal life.
Sermon Text: "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!"
But not all the Israelites accepted the good news. For Isaiah says, "Lord, who has believed our message?" Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ. (Romans 10:13-17 NIV).
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.
Bible Class: Homosexuality repeatedly makes its way through the media. Church bodies pass motions about it. Feelings run high. But what does the Bible say? How does Christian love react to those struggling with this sin? What can we say about statements made by others in the religious community?
In three Sunday morning Bible classes from February 14 to 28, we want to address these and other questions on the issue of homosexuality, digging deeper than just asking is it right or wrong. Come have your faith strengthened as God's Word enlightens us.
Community meals: Free community meals will be hosted by UMM students and Steven County residents on Feb. 22, Mar. 29, and Apr. 26, from 5:30pm to 7pm at the Morris Senior Center. Volunteers are need to help prepare and serve. To volunteer, arrive at the Morris Senior Center between 12pm and 5pm on the day of the meal or sign up for a time by contacting Matt Johnson at email@example.com or the Office of Community Engagement at 589-6276. For more information and a list of meals and sponsors, see the letter posted on the bulletin board.
February ushers: Barry Nelson (capt.), Jason Brown, Jeff Flaten, Dick Lubenow, Seth Nelson
February cleaners: Pastor & Mary Bitter; Dick & Polly Smith
Today's Greeters: Doug & Leah Nelson & Lauren