The Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost

October 17, 2010


My gracious Master and my God,

Assist me to proclaim,

To spread through all the earth abroad,

The honors of your name. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 340:2)

The Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost

October 17, 2010

Worship Focus: God's glory shines through our adversity

Order of Worship: The Common Service, p. 15

Hymns: 520, 482, 147, 100:3 (LAPPY)

Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156

God's Word

First Lesson: Ruth 1:1-19a

Naomi's family faced adversity after adversity. But the Lord worked through it all to bring Ruth to glorify his name.

Psalm 111, p. 106

In his compassion the Lord has done great things for us, even providing redemption.

Second Lesson: 2 Timothy 2:8-13

The Apostle Paul endured much suffering to glorify the name of Jesus. As you face the adversities of life, be assured that God is faithful. He has not abandoned you.

Gospel: Luke 17:11-19

We see Jesus' mercy that leads us to give him thanks and glorify his name.

Luke 17:11-19

Faith Glorifies Our Merciful Lord

  1. With our pleas for mercy
    1. What does the lepers' plea for mercy show about their faith?
    2. What kind of harmful attitude infects us?
    3. What does it mean to call out to our Lord, “Have mercy on me”?
  2. With our public thanks
    1. How does Jesus answer the plea for mercy?
    2. How do we publicly thank him?

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 October 17, 2010

  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday School
    • 9:30am Youth Bible Class
    • 9:30am Bible Class
    • 10:30am Divine Service

News & Notes

Prayers: We give thanks with Dick Smith that our Lord has watched over him during surgery and pray for his speedy recovery.

Reformation Celebration: The Youth Group is hosting a Reformation Celebration for our WELS youth groups on Sunday, October 31, 2010 from 4:00-8:00pm at the church. Hot dogs, bars, beverages will be provided. Tasteful costumes (no scary ones please) are welcome. The tentative agenda includes: 4:00pm Games & Activities; 6:00pm Refreshments; 6:30pm Games & Activites; 7:45pm Clean up. Great prizes and treats will be awarded! RSVP to Leah Nelson by October 24 or call her with any questions you may have: 392-5880.

Ladies' Society Bake Sale: In order to help continue their work of supporting missions and furnishing supplies for the kitchen and other needs at St. John's, the Ladies' Society is sponsoring a bake sale on November 14, which is Mission Festival.

Each family of the congregation is asked to bring a homemade baked good to the church either on Saturday or early Sunday. On Mission Festival there will be a silent auction for the baked goods before and after church. The winners may take their goods home after the potluck. Questions can be directed to Mary Bitter.

Quarterly Meeting Notes:

The 3rd Quarter Voters' Meeting opened with prayer on October 10. The Baptism of Connor Flaten from August 1 was reported under membership changes.

The Pastor's and Treasurer's reports are available in the narthex. It was encouraged that the Sunday money be sent to a mission of the Sunday school's choosing. The Trustees reported that the cross had been painting. They looking into why the circuit breaker for the cross lighting keeps tripping.

Under new business some ideas for the use of the Al Tonn memorial money were discussed. Jo will be contacted to see if the family has any preferences.

Mission festival was set for November 14 with Pastor Dan Koelpin as the guest preacher. He is the Administrator for the WELS Board for World Missions. The schedule that day will be Sunday school and Bible class at the regular times. Mission festival service at 10:30 -- 11:15am. After a short break, Pastor Koelpin will give a presentation from 11:15 -- 12:00, highlighting work done in Pakinstan and India. Childcare will be offered for families with young children during this time. The mission festival potluck will follow at noon.

The voters approved going with WELS VEBA health insurance Plan 3 starting in 2011.

The Thanksgiving Eve serves was set for Wednesday, November 24 at 7:30pm with a light supper before from 6:00 -- 7:00pm.

The Christmas midweek Carol Service was discontinued due to low attendance. Parts of that service will be incorporated into the Sunday worship service.

Christmas Eve Children's Service was set for 6:30pm.

There will be no Christmas Day service this year due to low attendance in the past. Those wanting to attend Christmas Day are encouraged to attend at St. Paul's in Morris. Parts of the Christmas Day service will be incorporated into the following Sunday service.

The voters asked that the duties of the Financial Secretary position be written up and presented to the Voters at the annual meeting for inclusion in the bylaws.

The annual meeting is tentatively scheduled for January 9 after church. The next council meeting is November 8 at 8:00pm with elders meet at 7:00pm.

The meeting closed with the Lord's Prayer.

October ushers: David Paul (capt.), Dale Kraft, Justin Nelson, Dean Rohloff, Kerry Roth

October cleaners: Chad & Mackensie Rohloff; Dean & Moni Rohloff

Greeters today: Barry & Sandy Nelson


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