Pentecost: The Coming of the Holy Spirit

May 23, 2010


Holy Spirit, Light divine

Shine upon this heart of mine;

Chase the gloom of night away;

Turn the darkness into day. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 183:1)

Pentecost: The Coming of the Holy Spirit

May 23, 2010

Worship Focus: The Holy Spirit changes us

Order of Worship: Divine Service II (see handout), p. 15

Hymns: 184, 176, 478, 183

God's Word

First Lesson: Genesis 11:1-9

At Babel we see God's judgment against human pride. But today his word of grace crosses the language barrier for the Holy Spirit to bring the Good News of Jesus into the hearts of many.

Psalm 51b, p. 87

By your Spirit create in us pure hearts, O God!

Second Lesson: Acts 2:1-21

The opening events of Pentecost and the first part of the Apostle Peter's sermon that day are recorded for us.

Gospel: John 15:26, 27

Jesus promises to send the Holy Spirit as our Counselor and Comforter. He fulfills this promises as the Holy Spirit testifies about Jesus through the Word of God.

Genesis 11:1-9

The Human Spirit Fails, But the Holy Spirit Prevails

  1. The human spirit triumphs. Not!
    1. Where do you lie on the line between optimist and pessimist?
  2. Like at Babel, so still today
    1. How is our “American spirit” like the time of Babel?
    2. Explain how God's judgment was also an act of mercy?
  3. The Holy Spirit centers us on Jesus and his cross
    1. Describe the change the Holy Spirit works in us.

Schedule Change: Next week, May 30, we move to the summer schedule. Divine service is at 9:00am. Due to VBS there will be no Wednesday service that week. The first Wednesday service will be June 9 at 7:00pm. Be sure to watch the calander, since there may be other times the Wednesday service is cancelled if Pastor has to be out of town.

This Week's Kingdom Work
Week of May 23, 2010

  • Sunday -- May 23, 2010
    • 11:30am Refreshments to mark the last day of
    • Sunday School
  • Wednesday
    • 3:30pm Catechism Class
    • 7:00pm Bible Class: Our Lutheran Heritage
  • Sunday
    • 9:00am Divine Service

News & Notes

Vacation Bible School: Round up your friends and neighbors and bring them to the Circle J Ranch. Vacation Bible School this year will be from Tuesday, June 1, to Friday, June 4, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, for ages 3 to those entering 6th grade.

We're looking for ranch hands to help with teaching, music, crafts, and activities. Please sign up on the sheet in the narthex if you're available for one or more days.

If you'd like to whip up some grub for the children to snack on, there's a sign up sheet as well.

Finally, if anyone has a ranch-related idea or a demonstration they could share on one of the nights, please talk to Pastor.

May ushers: Dick Smith (capt.), Justin Flaten, Dick Lubenow, Chad Rohloff, Sam Roth

May cleaners: Delroy & Jane Theilke; Jolene Greiner, Jiana Thielke


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