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)
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
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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