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)

The Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany

February 20, 2011

Worship Focus:

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

God's Word

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.

Matthew 5:38-48

Love That's out of This World

  1. The Father's love for us while we were still his enemies
    1. What's so remarkable about God calling himself our Father?
    2. Describe God's love.
  2. Our love for others while they're still our enemies
    1. Why is harboring revenge in our hearts so dangerous?
    2. What role does Christian wisdom and honesty play as we show love?
    3. What is our goal as we show love and kindness to our enemies?

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.

Next week: Matthew 6:24-34, Content beneath Our Father's Care (Sermon on the Mount, Last Part)

Upcoming Kingdom Work
Week of February 20, 2011

  • Wednesday
    • 4:00pm Catechism Class
    • 7:00pm Bible Class: Formula of Concord
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday School
    • 9:30am Youth and adult Bible Class
    • 10:30am Divine Service

News & Notes

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.

Workshops include:

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


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