The Third Sunday after the Epiphany

January 23, 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 Third Sunday after the Epiphany

January 23, 2011

Worship Focus: Jesus' light shines for you from his word

Order of Worship: Service of the Word, p. 38

Hymns: 343, 85, 396, 279

God's Word

First Lesson: Isaiah 8:19-9:2

God's Word, called the law and the testimonies here, is all that we need for our faith and life. It alone brings true light for you as it shines into our darkness of distress and death. For the Word brings us Jesus.

Psalm 27, p. 75

The Lord is our light and our salvation!

Gospel: Matthew 4:12-23

During his earthly ministry, Jesus proclaimed God's Word. He is the light shining for you. He calls men as his apostles, so that the light will continue to shine after his earthly ministry is finished. They follow him, and he will send them out to fish for men. Still today, the words the Holy Spirit gave them to write shine out on us, and like a net cast into the sea, they bring us to Jesus.

Prayers: We ask our Savior to watch over Les Staples as he undergoes hip replacement surgery this week in Fargo. Cards may be sent: c/o Kim Anderson, 2636 18th St S #5, Fargo, ND 58103. We also ask our Lord to grant David Joos, who is hospitalized in Morris, a speedy recovery.

1 John 2:3-11

Knowing Jesus Moves Us to Love

  1. His word of truth calls for a response
    1. What are two kinds of “knowing”?
    2. What truth does Jesus bring?
    3. Why does John refer to the truth of Jesus as commands?
    4. What response do Jesus' words call for from us?
  2. His love shines from out us onto one another
    1. How is the command old and new?
    2. How does Jesus' love shining on us change our relationships with other people?

Sermon available on the website or in the narthex

1 John 2:3-11 By this we are sure that we know him [Jesus]: If we keep his commands. The person who says, “I know him,” and doesn't keep his commands is a liar and the truth is not in him. Whoever keeps the word of Jesus -- God's love has truly reached its goal in him. In this we are sure that we are in him. The person who says that he remains in him is to walk [live] just as he did.

Beloved, I am not writing a new command to you but an old command that you have had from the beginning. The old command is the word that you have heard. I write again a new command to you. It is true in him and in you, because the darkness passes away and the genuine light now shines.

The person who says that he's in the light and hates his brother is in the dark up until now. The person who love his brother remains in the light and a trap isn't in him. The person who hates his brother is in the dark, and he walks in the dark. He does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

Upcoming Kingdom Work
Week of January 23, 2011

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

News & Notes

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 today 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. 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. Contact Leah a. s. a. p. if you would like to go

Annual Report: The 2010 Annual Report is available in the narthex. Please inform pastor of any corrections.

Annual Meeting Notes: The annual meeting opened with prayer on January 9, 2011, with ten voters present.

Reports: The reports from the pastor and treasurer are available in the annual report. The treasurer noted that we began the year with a deficit of $1,223 in the General Fund. $7,856 was given for Missions, falling $2,144 short of our goal. The trustees talked about replacing the timer for lighting the cross and the leaks in the parsonage roof due to ice buildup.

Elections: The following voters were elected to the council for three-year terms: Richard Lubenow, Elder; Doug Nelson, Secretary; Duane Hausmann, Elder

New Business: The bundle subscription of 35 copies per month for Forward in Christ was renewed for one year for $367.50.

The same Lenten/Easter service times as last year were adopted. Lenten services will start March 9 at 7:00pm. Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services will also be at 7:00pm. Easter (April 24) service time will be 9:00am preceded by the Easter breakfast at 7:30am.

The Congregational Mission Offering (CMO) for 2011 was set at $8,000.

The Lutheran Institutional Ministry Association (LIMA) contribution was set at $500.

The organist salary was set at $3,240 with the congregation paying for her expenses to attend the WELS National Conference on Worship, Music, and Art July 19-22 at St. Peter, MN. On campus registration fee is $335.

Guest preacher stipend was set at $80 + mileage up to $120 (total not to exceed $200).

Pastor's salary was set at $35,040 (of which $3,000 was designated as parsonage allowance). Housing along with paying the full cost for heating, electricity, water, sewer, and garbage will continue to be provided.

The congregation will contribute $4,000 to Pastor's Health Savings Account (HSA), since we are now under the WELS VEBA Plan 3, an HSA-compliant high deductible health plan.

Business mileage reimbursement will be $0.50/mile.

The next quarterly meeting was tentatively set for April 10, 2011, at 11:30am after the divine service. Council will meet after divine service on February 13

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

January cleaners: Don & Janet Spencer, Bridget Joos

Greeters today: Don & Janet Spencer


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