The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
February 6, 2011
Your righteousness, O Christ,
Alone can cover me;
No other righteousness
Can set a sinner free.
To whom but you, who can alone
For sin atone, Lord shall I flee? (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 401:5)
Worship Focus: Clothed with Jesus, shine with righteousness
Order of Worship: Service of Word and Sacrament, p. 26
Hymns: 315:1-4; 280; 492; 315:5, 6
Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156
First Lesson: Isaiah 58:5-9
Even an unbeliever can outwardly perform religious ceremonies. But when we're clothed with Jesus and his righteousness, faith shine out in kindness towards others.
Psalm 111, p. 106
What great things our God has done for us! Let us follow in his ways and pursue his righteousness.
Second Lesson: 1 Corinthians 2:1-5
As we shine out with righteousness, we don't want to attract people to ourselves. We want to draw them to Jesus as we proclaim Christ crucified, just as Paul did.
Gospel: Matthew 5:13-20
You are salt and light because Jesus has fulfilled the Law and the Prophets for you and brought you to know him in faith. Clothed with Jesus, shine out with righteousness.
Sermon available on the website or in the narthex
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.
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!
Forward in Christ: Be sure to pick up the February edition of Forward in Christ for your family.
Next week: Matthew 5:21-37, Heart Service (Sermon on the Mount, Part 2)
February ushers: Barry Nelson (capt.), Jason Brown, Dennis Schroeder, Cory Schroeder, Seth Nelson
February cleaners: Pastor & Mary Bitter; Dick & Polly Smith
Today's Greeters: Delroy & Jane Theilke