November 14, 2010
Lord of harvest, grant anew,
Joy of strength to work for you,
Till the gath'ring nations all
See your light and heed your call. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 576:6)
M: The grace of our Lord (†) Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you.
C: And also with you.
M: In Baptism you were reborn as a child of God. We gather to worship him as his repentant children. Therefore, let us humbly confess our sins and gladly trust his promise of mercy and forgiveness in the blood of our Savior Jesus Christ.
C: Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. Hear my plea for mercy. If you kept a record of sin, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, so that you are feared.
O merciful Father in heaven, I confess to you all my sins, including my failures to do the good you command. Forgive me for slowness in praying for the world-wide spread of the Gospel. Forgive me for coldness in my zeal to share your word with the lost. Forgive me for the shallowness with which I cling to my earthly comforts while billions are lost in the cold darkness of unbelief. Have mercy on me, for Jesus' sake.
M: God the Father has been merciful to you. He gave his only-begotten Son as the sacrifice in our place to pay for all the sins of the world, including all of yours. The promise he made to you at your Baptism still stands: Your sins are washed away. The blood of your crucified and risen Savior, Jesus Christ, cleanses you. His righteous life clothes you. Believe his promise. Serve him with thankful hearts. Spread his Good News. For in the name of the Father and of the Son (†) and of the Holy Spirit, I forgive you all your sins.
M: In the peace of forgiveness, we praise our ascended Savior.
Song of Praise: Hymn 558 “Christ High-Ascended”
Prayer of the Day
Epistle: Romans 10:8-15
Through the Word, God has brought you to believe in Jesus and to confess him as your Lord. Now he enables us to send out that word, so that others call on the name of the Lord and are saved.
Verse of the Day
Gospel: Matthew 9:35-38
The world is the Lord's harvest field. How many still need to hear the Good News of Jesus? What can you do?
Hymn of the Day 573 “Hark! The Voice of Jesus Crying”
Sermon: Focus on Mission
Confession of Faith: The Apostle's Creed, p. 41
Prayer for the Mission of the Church, p. 129
Lord's Prayer, p. 43
Hymn 566 “We All Are One in Mission”
Thank You: Thank you to Pastor Dan Koelpin for proclaiming God's Word to us today and presenting the work we are doing together to spread that word. Pastor Koelpin is the Administrator for the WELS Board for World Missions and has traveled to many different mission fields. After a short break, Pastor Koelpin will give a presentation 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 today.
There is a silent auction for the baked goods in the narthex before and after church today. The winners may pay for and take their goods home after the potluck. Questions can be directed to Mary Bitter.
Pictorial Directory: The pictorial directories are here! If you had your picture taken, your complimentary directory is labeled on the table. We have plenty of extra right now. So even if you did not have your picture taken, you may take one from the unmarked stack on the table. Thank you to the committee who worked at organizing the scheduling and designing the layout. Committee members were: Amy Brown, Sandy Nelson, Janet Spencer, and Gloria Zeltwanger.
Youth Group: The Youth Group is planning to go bowling in Morris on Sunday, November 21. We will meet at the church at 3:45pm. The Youth Group will pay for the youth's bowling. Bring money for pizza afterwards at Pizza Ranch. If you have any questions, ask Leah Nelson.
Next Sunday's Focus: The glory of our heavenly home -- Revelation 22:1-5.
Thanksgiving Service: Our Thanksgiving service will be Wednesday, November 24 at 7:30pm. A light supper will be served from 6:00-7:00pm.
Forward in Christ: Be sure to pick up the November of edition of Forward in Christ. This issue focuses on our thanksgiving to God.
November ushers: Dick Smith (capt.), Justin Flaten, Dick Lubenow, Chad Rohloff, Sam Roth
November cleaners: Dick & Judy Lubenow, Tom & Elaine Mohr
Greeter today: Lauren Nelson