The First Sunday of End Times: Reformation

October 31, 2010


Lord, keep us steadfast in your Word;

Curb those who be deceit or sword

Would seek to overthrow your Son

And to destroy what he has done. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 203:1)

The First Sunday of End Times: Reformation

October 31, 2010

Worship Focus: Free from condemnation

Order of Worship: Divine Service II, (Handout)

Hymns: 200, 390, 401, 204

God's Word

First Lesson: Jeremiah 31:31-34

We've broken God's law, but the new covenant writes his promise of forgiveness on our hearts. God used Martin Luther to bring his new covenant to light again.

Psalm 46, p. 84

When others attack God's truth, we find refuge in him, our mighty Fortress.

Second Lesson: Romans 3:19-28

God's law condemns us, but we are justified freely by his grace through the redeeming work of Jesus. He is the sacrifice in our place. Faith in him, not our works, saves us.

Gospel: Luke 8:31-36

The truth of salvation by faith alone set Martin Luther free from the damning guilt of his sins. That same truth brings us freedom today.

Romans 3:19-28

You're Justified Only through Faith in Christ Alone

  1. Condemned by your works
    1. Why did the young law student cry out?
    2. What's a purpose of God's law?
    3. What sin's are you accountable to God for?
  2. A different righteousness revealed for you
    1. Where is this other righteousness revealed?
    2. What is this revealed righteousness?
    3. How did young Luther come to know this righteousness?
    4. Is this righteousness for you?
  3. True justice only in Christ's redemption
    1. How can the just God count guilty sinners righteous?
    2. How does Christ's cross display the full justice of God?
    3. Why is it faith in Jesus alone that saves?

Upcoming Kingdom Work
Week of October 31, 2010

  • Wednesday
    • 4:00pm Catechism Class
    • 7:00pm Millennialism, Part 1
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday School
    • 9:30am Youth Bible Class
    • 9:30am Bible Class: Millennialism
    • 10:30am Divine Service: Reformation

News & Notes

Reformation Celebration: The Youth Group is hosting a Reformation Celebration for our WELS youth groups today 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 & Activities; 7:45pm Clean up. Great prizes and treats will be awarded! Call Leah Nelson with any questions you may have: 392-5880.

1914, 2000, 2012: What do those years have in common? Various groups have claimed that significant End Time events would occur then. One of the most common false teachings about End Times among conservative American Christians is Millennialism. They claim it's based on Revelation 20. But what does that chapter actually teach? Starting today, we begin a three-week Bible study to see God's message in Revelation 20 and prepare ourselves to be on guard against Millennialism's deceptions. The class will be repeated on Wednesday in case you missed it today.

A Second Chance: Starting next week Wednesday (Nov. 3), if you miss the Sunday morning Bible class, the same topic will be covered in the Wednesday evening class. For example, the first study on Millennialism will be both on Sunday, October 31, and on Wednesday, November 3.

Mission Festival: Mission Festival is Sunday, November 14. Pastor Dan Koelpin will be our guest preacher. He is the Administrator for the WELS Board for World Missions and has traveled to many different mission fields. 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 Pakistan and India. Childcare will be offered for families with young children during this time. The mission festival potluck will follow at noon.

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.

Forward in Christ: Please take home the latest edition of Forward in Christ for your family today.

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

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

Greeters today: Seth & Evan Nelson


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