The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

September 19, 2010


I come, O Savior, to your Table,

For weak and weary is my soul;

O Jesus, you alone are able

To satisfy and make me whole.

Lord, may your body and your blood

Be for my soul the highest good! (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 310:1)

The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

September 19, 2010

Worship Focus: Against all odds

Order of Worship: Service of Word and Sacrament, p. 26

Hymns: 234; 304:1,5-7; 419; 399

Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156

God's Word

First Lesson: Judges 7:1-8

The Lord teaches Gideon that no matter what the odds, the Lord is in control

Psalm 2, p. 65

Jesus Christ reigns over all.

Second Lesson: 1 Timothy 1:12-17

What are the odds that a persecutor of Christians would become a missionary? But God's grace surpasses all odds, for he sent Jesus to save even the worst of sinners, even you and me.

Gospel: Luke 15:1-10

What are the odds of finding a lost sheep, a lost coin, a lost sinner? But that did not stop Jesus from finding you, so that even the angels rejoiced.

Judges 7:1-8

The Credit Goes to God

  1. What's the moral in underdog stories? Is that moral what God wants to teach us in the account of Gideon vs. Midian?
  2. How did the Lord make it clear to Gideon that the credit goes to God and not to his own effort?
  3. What do we do that shows that we fail to give all the credit to God, even though we know better?
  4. How does the Lord train us to be more like Gideon?
  5. How do we live in a way that gives credit to God?

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 the WELS. If you have further questions about this, please talk with the pastor.

Upcoming Kingdom Work
Week of September 19, 2010

  • Wednesday
    • 4:00pm Catechism Class
    • 7:00pm Bible Class
  • Saturday
    • 11:00am LWMS @ Immanuel, Hutchinson
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday School
    • 9:30am Youth Bible Class
    • 9:30am Bible Class
    • 10:30am Divine Service

News & Notes

Sunday school: Anyone interested in teaching 3rd and 4th grade Sunday school, please talk to Pastor Bitter.

Lutheran Women's Missionary Society: The Crow River Circuit of the LWMS will have their Fall Rally on Saturday, September 25 at Immanuel Lutheran Church near Hutchinson. Opening devotion is at 11:00am and closing is at 3:00pm. The guest speaker is Liz Wessel. She was in Hong Kong with her husband, who served at the Asia Lutheran Seminary there.

All women of St. John's are members of LWMS. You're encouraged to attend the rally and bring a friend to share in the exciting work of missions.

The Crow River Circuit is also seeking volunteers who are willing to run for the Secretary position. If you would like more information, please contact Pastor Bitter or the LWMS Crow River President, Ardis Tobison (320-587-2758 or

LWMS Donation: The Ladies' Society is donating $25 to the Fall Rally offering on behalf of St. John's. If anyone would like to add to that amount, please give a check to Phyllis Joos as soon as possible. Make it out to the Ladies' Society and tell her its for the LWMS Rally.

Council notes: The council meeting on Sept. 13 opened with a Bible study on 1 Corinthians 13. The Pastor's report is available in the narthex. The General Fund balance on August 31 was $482.83. $4,262 has been given toward our mission commitment of $10,000.

Upcoming business for the Quarterly Voters' Meeting was discussed. The council is recommending to the voters to schedule Mission Festival on November 14 with Pastor Dan Koelpin as mission speaker. Pastor Koelpin is the Administrator for WELS Board for World Missions and gives an engaging presentation on World Missions in general and also highlights work being done in Pakistan and India; his areas of travel include 47 countries. To allow more people to hear the presentation, the following schedule for that Sunday will be proposed to the voters: Divine Service: 10:30-11:15; Presentation in the church: 11:15-12:00; Potluck 12:00. (Sunday school and Bible class at regular times.)

The voters will also need to discuss: 1)Whether to change back to the WELS VEBA health plan or not; 2) Thanksgiving Eve service (7:30pm last year, with a light supper before); 3) Christian Carol Service; 4) Christmas Eve Service (6:30pm last year); 5) Christmas Day Service (10:00am last year); 6) Whether to do a self-study to help us look forward; 7) Financial Secretary position.

The voters' meeting is scheduled for October 10, 2010 after divine service at about 11:30am.

September ushers: Duane Hausmann (capt.), Tom Mohr, Harvey Flaten, Doug Nelson, Ryan Flaten

September cleaners: John & Tawnia Jepma, Jason & Amy Brown

Greeters today: Dale Kraft, David Kraft


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