The Second Sunday after the Epiphany

January 16, 2011


Rise, O Light of Gentile nations,

Jesus, bright and Morning Star;

Let your Word, the gladsome tidings,

Ring our loudly near and far. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 577:1)

The Second Sunday after the Epiphany

January 16, 2011

Worship Focus: Jesus Shines as the Light for All

Order of Worship: The Common Service, p. 15

Hymns: 87, 86, 382, 577:1, 2

God's Word

First Lesson: Isaiah 49:1-6

Jesus speaks these words, prophesying about his ministry. On earth he served the Lord, But his life seemed so futile as he hung on the cross. Yet by raising him from the dead, the Lord made him a light not only for Israel but for the Gentiles as well, bringing salvation to the ends of the earth, including us.

Psalm 89, p. 98

The light of the Lord's presences shines out as we proclaim his faithful love.

Gospel: John 1:29-41

John the Baptist points us to Jesus, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. For he shines as the Light for all. The disciples follow the Light to learn from him.

Acts 13:38-48

In God's Courtroom You're Forgiven through Jesus

  1. A verdict for your faith's joy
    1. What do you hear Paul preaching in the synagogue at Pisidian Antioch?
    2. What does faith plead in God's courtroom and why?
    3. List two actions by which faith's joy shows itself.
  2. A verdict that can pass on
    1. What's one of the greatest dangers we face as Christians?
    2. How close are we to losing God's truth? What can you do about it?

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 16, 2011

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

News & Notes

Council Installation: The newly elected councilmen are Richard Lubenow (Elder), Doug Nelson (Secretary), Duane Hausmann (Trustee). We ask our Lord to bless their service. We also thank the outgoing councilmen for their service: Barry Nelson (Secretary) and Scott Boettcher (Elder). Current councilmen include Don Spencer (Chairman), Gerald Hoffman (Treasurer), David Paul (Elder), Richard Smith (Trustee).

Youth Group Service Project: If you would like to contribute to the military care package for Justin Nelson, please bring an item and/or a card/letter and place it in the purple "Soldier Box" in the narthex. Justin is currently attending Air Force Tech School at Sheppard AFB in TX until February 24 which at that time will be heading to Hill AFB in Utah for the next four years. Your prayers are appreciated!

Ski/Snowboard Outing: The Youth Group is hosting a ski/snowboard/tubing day at Andes Tower Hills for all area WELS Youth Groups, friends and parents on Sunday, January 30 from 4-8pm Each individual needs to inform Leah by January 20 whether he/she will snowboard, ski, or tube. We need at least 20 doing one of the three activities to get the group rate. Leah will collect your money prior to arriving at Andes. Snowboarding = $30; Skiing = $20; and Tubing = $10. Meet at the church at 2:30pm. Volunteer drivers are needed.

Means of Grace WELS Teen Rally: July 21-23, 2011 at the Kalahari Resort and Water Park, Wisconsin Dells, WI. Leah will hold a quick meeting after church today (Sunday, January 16) for all interested youth group members and their parents. Teens who attend should be in 8th-12th grade this 2010/2011 school year. Teens do not need to be confirmed. Cost is $295/person.

Ladies' Society Notes: Ladies' Society met on Wednesday, January 12. Thank-yous for some of the Christmas gift were read and who would be serving on the new altar committee was discussed. The LWMS rally will be hosted by St. John's possibly on April 16 or 30. Three thinking-of-you / get-well cards were signed.

Coffee makers. Since there's been problems with the large coffee makers, the ladies decided to test one each on the coming Sundays. If the coffee maker works, we'll have coffee before and after service that day. They also mentioned that a Bunn coffee maker would be a good item to place on a list of suggested memorials.

Cookbook. The ladies would like to compile a cookbook of recipes from St. John's. If you have recipes you'd like to contribute, please give it to Gloria Zeltwanger.

Lenten Suppers. At their next meeting on February 9 the ladies will discuss what to do for serving for Lenten suppers. If you have any input about how things have been done in the past, please speak to one of the officers (Mary Bitter, Phyllis Joos, Gloria Zeltwanger) before the next meeting.

Dues. The dues for next year are $10. All the ladies of the congregation are invited to support the work of the Ladies Society by contributing even if they are not able to make it to the meetings.

Next meeting. The next meeting will be at Skyview Plaza to make it easier for our Morris ladies to attend.

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

January cleaners: Don & Janet Spencer, Bridget Joos

Greeters today: Dick & Polly Smith


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