The Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany
February 20, 2011
My guilt, O Father, you have laid
On Christ, your Son, my Savior.
Lord Jesus, you my debt have paid
And gained for me God's favor.
O Holy Spirit, Fount of grace.
The good in me to you I trace;
In faith and hope preserve me. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 393:5)
Behold, how great the love the Father has given us
that we are called the children of God!
Order of Worship: The Common Service, p. 15
Hymns: 505, 492, 391, 311:6-8
Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156
First Lesson: Leviticus 19:1, 2, 17, 18
Our Father's love for us shows itself in the way we love others.
Psalm 103, p. 105
What great compassion our heavenly Father has on us!
Second Lesson: Romans 12:9-21
The Apostle Paul describes the kind of love that our heavenly Father's love produces in us.
Gospel: Matthew 5:38-48
As children of your heavenly Father, love your enemies.
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.
Next week: Matthew 6:24-34, Content beneath Our Father's Care (Sermon on the Mount, Last Part)
Food Shelf: The youth group is collecting food for the Food Shelf. If you have non-perishable food items to donate, please place them in the box before the end of February. Thank you.
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 give them to Gloria or email them to her at
Bible Class: You're invited to come and learn more about this book we call the Bible. Starting next Sunday at 9:30am, we begin a brief overview of the Bible.
Feb. 27 -- Introduction: What is the Bible? How did we get it? What is its theme and message? 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?
Stay tune for more.
Council Notes: The council met after service on February 13 and opened the meeting with prayer.
Membership: Joanne Tonn requested a release to join a Lutheran church closer to where she is now living.
Reports: Pastor reported that January average attendance was about 53. The Finance Report was in last week's bulletin. There was a little discussion on the number of envelopes included for missions in the envelope boxes. Trustees are looking into a new hot-water heater for the parsonage since the current one is leaking. The WELS Representative reported that the year-end giving totals from across the Synod for Congregational Mission Offering were close to what was expected.
New Business: For the midweek Lenten services Pastor Bitter will rotate with Pastor Main from Morris and Pastor Andrus for Graceville/Johnson.
Church Leaders Workshop will be held on March 5 at Belle Plaine. See the following announcement.
There was a little discussion on announcing the council meetings so that council members can plan ahead.
The next meeting will be March 13 after the morning service. The meeting closed with the Lord's Prayer.
Church Leaders Workshop: The Minnesota District will hold the Church Leaders Workshop on March 5 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Belle Plaine, MN, starting at 9:00am. Anyone who serves as leaders in worship, youth, Sunday school, outreach, Bible study, or on the council or boards is welcome to attend.
The keynote speaker is Pastor Paul Prange, Administrator of WELS Ministerial Education.
Worship: “Traditional, Blended, Contemporary”
Youth Ministry for Sunday school and Teens
Pastoral evaluation, congregational assessment, and good planning
Stewardship: “All about Christ-Centered Church Budgets”
For more information or to register, please talk with Pastor Bitter.
February ushers: Barry Nelson (capt.), Jason Brown, Dennis Schroeder, Cory Schroeder, Seth Nelson
February cleaners: Pastor & Mary Bitter; Dick & Polly Smith
Today's Greeter: Allowese Becker