The Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany

February 13, 2011


To thee my heart I offer,

O Christ-child, sweet and dear,

Upon thy love relying;

Oh, be thou ever near!

Take thou my heart and give me thine,

And let it be forever mine,

O Jesus, holy, undefiled,

My Savior meek and mild. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 43:1)

The Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany

February 13, 2011

Worship Focus: Heart Service

Order of Worship: The Common Service, p. 15

Hymns: Hymn sing, 283, 460, 471

God's Word

First Lesson: Deuteronomy 30:15-20

Where our heart goes, there our body follows. Hearts that love the Lord our God, serve him by keeping his commands.

Psalm 119a, p. 109

Let our hearts and lives ever walk in line with God's Word.

Second Lesson: 1 Corinthians 2:6-13

We could never change our own hearts, for God's wisdom is hidden from our sinful eyes and minds. But the Holy Spirit has revealed what God has prepared for our salvation. He reveals it through the divine words he gave the Apostles to write. His words enable our hearts to serve.

Gospel: Matthew 5:21-37

Jesus aims at our hearts as he continues the Sermon on the Mount.

Matthew 5:21-37

Our New Heart Cherishes Genuine Righteousness

  1. A righteousness pure from sinful anger
    1. How does the Fifth Commandment expose our unrighteousness?
    2. In what way does Jesus' righteousness change us?
  2. A righteousness pure from sinful lust
    1. In what ways do we break the Sixth Commandment?
    2. How can we shine out as lights in a sex-filled world?
  3. A righteousness pure from misusing God's name
    1. How do we break the Second Commandment?
    2. How can your new heart shine out through your words?

Sermon available on the website or in the narthex

Upcoming Kingdom Work
Week of February 13, 2011

  • Sunday -- February 13, 2011
    • 11:30am Council Meeting
  • Wednesday
    • 4:00pm Catechism Class
    • 7:00pm Bible Class
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday School
    • 9:30am Youth and adult Bible Class
    • 10:30am Divine Service & Lord's Supper

Next week: Matthew 5:38-48, Love that's out of this world (Sermon on the Mount, Part 3)

February ushers: Barry Nelson (capt.), Jason Brown, Dennis Schroeder, Cory Schroeder, Seth Nelson

February cleaners: Pastor & Mary Bitter; Dick & Polly Smith

Today's Greeters: Kevin & Gloria Zeltwanger

News & Notes

Card Shop: The Ladies' Society would like to order more cards. If you have particular kinds of cards you'd like or would want to order some boxes, please talk to Gloria Zeltwanger as soon as possible. The cards will be ordered when the Ladies' Society has the funds to cover the new order plus shipping. If you would like to help defray these costs, please but your donation into the card shop money slot. The price of the cards doesn't cover the full cost of the shipping.

Cookbook: If you have recipes for St. John's cookbook, please place them in the box in the narthex or email them to Gloria at

Bible Class: You learned their names back in Catechism class. Some sounded quite stranger (“Habakkuk,” “Haggai”). Others sounded familiar (“Numbers,” “1 Kings”). But what is in these books? What's their purpose in the Bible? What's their theme and message?

Starting in two weeks, the Sunday morning Bible class will begin a brief overview of the books of the Bible to answer these and similar questions. We'll cover several books each week. Even if you can't make it every Sunday, you won't get lost. We're looking at a new set of books each time.

Here's what's coming up, God willing:

Feb. 27 -- Introduction: What is the Bible? How did we get it? What do we mean when we say the Bible is verbally inspired? What are some of the false ideas about the Bible we need to guard against?

Mar. 6 -- Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy. These five books of Moses (the Pentateuch), also called the Torah, lay the foundation for the rest of the Scriptures. What do they tell us?

Mar. 13 -- Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel. What does the history of the nation of Israel teach us for our faith and life today in America?

Stay tune for more.

January Finances: At the end of January the General Fund had a balance of $2918. Only $113 was given toward missions (annual goal $8000 or $667/month).


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