The First Sunday in Lent

February 21, 2010


Jesus, Sun of life, my Splendor,

Jesus, Friend of friends most tender,

Jesus, Joy of my desiring,

Fount of life, my soul inspiring

At your feet I cry, my Maker:

Let me be a fit partaker

Of this blessed food from heaven

For our good, your glory, given. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 311:7)

The First Sunday in Lent

February 21, 2010

Worship Focus: Jesus defeats temptation for us

Order of Worship: The Common Service, p. 15

Hymns: 201, 349, 98, 477

Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156

God's Word

First Lesson: Joshua 7:16-26

After the battle of Jericho, the Israelites were defeated by the men of Ai. Why? Someone had fallen to temptation taking what was forbidden. So the Lord tells Joshua how to find the guilty person and what the punishment is. We hear how Joshua carried out the Lord's command.

Psalm 91, p. 100

Trust in the Lord for security, not in earthly riches.

Second Lesson: Hebrews 4:14-16

Jesus knows what it means to face temptation. So go to him confident of his mercy. He is your faithful High Priest.

Gospel: Luke 4:1-13

Our Savior Jesus defeated temptation for us.

Joshua 7:16-26

Greed Isn't just for the Rich

  1. Greed grabs at our hearts
    1. When are we guilty of greed?
    2. Why is greed so bad?
  2. Jesus is greater than our greed
    1. Why is Jesus' victory over greed in the wilderness Good News for you?
    2. What leads us to confess our greed?
    3. Describe your priceless Treasure.

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.

This Week's Kingdom Work
Week of February 21, 2010

  • Wednesday
    • 4:00pm Catechism Class
    • 6:00pm Supper
    • 7:00pm Divine Service
    • 7:45pm Choir
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday school
    • 9:30am Youth Bible Class
    • 9:30am Bible Class: Homosexuality and Church Bodies
    • 10:30am Divine Service

News & Notes

Youth Outing: The youth group of St. Paul's of Morris has invited us to join them with swimming at Arrowwood in Alexandria on Sunday, March 7. Stay tune for more details.

Address: Al Tonn's current address is: Manor Care, 1315 University Drive, Fargo, ND 58103

Youth Movie Outing: Some of the youth plan to see the movie “To Save a Life” in Morris tonight at 7:00pm. For more information, talk to Leah Nelson.

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 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: Norma Osterman


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