The Second Sunday after Christmas

January 2, 2011


Lord, 'tis not that I did choose you;

That, I know could never be,

For this heart would still refuse you

Had your grace not chosen me.

You removed the sin that stained me;

Cleansing me to be your own;

For this purpose you ordained me,

That I live for you alone. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 380:1)

The Second Sunday after Christmas

January 2, 2011

Worship Focus: We have seen his glory

Order of Worship: The Common Service, p. 15

Hymns: 72, 79, 70, 75.

Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156

God's Word

First Lesson: Isaiah 61:10-62:3

Jesus came full of grace and truth to reveal God's saving glory so that we too shine with righteousness.

Psalm 148, p. 121

Let all praise the Lord, for he gave us his Son.

Second Lesson: Ephesians1: 1-6, 15-18

Praise to God since his grace chose us in Christ. May we continue to grow to know our God better and better.

Gospel: Matthew 1:14-18

The Word, Jesus, came to make the Father known. Only through Jesus do we see God's saving glory.

Ephesians 1:3-6

God's Choice Changes our Choices

  1. God chose us in Christ
  2. God chose us according to his good will
  3. God chose us to live for us glory
  4. /n

Sermon available on the website or in the narthex

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 January 2, 2011

  • Wednesday
    • 4:00pm Catechism Class
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday School
    • 9:30am Youth and adult Bible Class
    • 10:30am Divine Service

News & Notes

Annual Meeting: The annual meeting will be January 9, 2011, after the annual potluck at about 12:15pm. The following candidates have been nominated: Dick Lubenow and Chuck Nelson for elder; Doug Nelson for Secretary; Duane Hausmann and Kevin Zeltwanger for Trustee.

Budget: The General Fund ended the year with a deficit of $1223.23. May our Lord guide our decisions as we plan this new year so that we can continue to support his Gospel work here at St. John's.

January ushers: Scott Boettcher (capt.), John Jepma, Dave Joos, Delroy Thielke

January cleaners: Don & Janet Spencer, Bridget Joos

Greeters today: Sam Roth


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