The Eighth Sunday after the Epiphany

February 27, 2011


My heart's delight / My crown most bright,

Jesus, you are forever.

Not wealth or pride / Or aught beside

Our bond of love shall sever.

You are my Lord; / Your precious Word

Shall be my guide / What e'er betide.

Oh, teach me, Lord, to trust you! (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 395:4)

The Eighth Sunday after the Epiphany

February 27, 2011

Worship Focus: Seek first your Father's kingdom

Order of Worship: Service of the Word, p. 15

Hymns: 401, 236, 395, 449

God's Word

First Lesson: Genesis 32:6-12

Jacob fled from home after tricking his father into giving him the blessing instead of his brother Esau. He had nothing. Now he returns with a family of his own and much wealth. The Lord had greatly blessed him. Our heavenly Father also takes care of us as we seek his kingdom and righteousness.

Psalm 37, handout

Commit your way to your Father in heaven, and his care will not fail you.

Second Lesson: Philippians 4:8-13

As we think about the good our heavenly Father has done for us, we can be content in all circumstances.

Gospel: Matthew 6:24-34

Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, for your heavenly Father takes care of all your needs.

Matthew 6:24-34

Your heavenly Father Takes Care of You, So Place First Things First

  1. How great his care for you!
    1. Since God gave us our body and life, what can we also count on him for?
    2. Since your heavenly Father feeds the birds, why can you be even more sure that he will provide for you?
    3. What clothes does our heavenly Father give us that never wear out?
  2. Seek his kingdom and his righteousness
    1. Describe God's kingdom and his righteousness.
    2. How do we keep on seeking his kingdom and righteousness?
    3. How does his promise to give us what we need as we seek his kingdom change our heart and attitude toward this life?

Sermon available on the website or in the narthex

Next week: 2 Peter 1:16-21, Jesus shines in his glory

Upcoming Kingdom Work
Week of February 27, 2011

  • Wednesday
    • 4:00pm Catechism Class
    • 7:00pm Bible Class: Formula of Concord
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday School
    • 9:30am Youth Group
    • 9:30am Adult Bible Class: The Bible
    • 10:30am Divine Service & Lord's Supper

News & Notes

Ash Wednesday: Lent starts March 9 with the Ash Wednesday communion service at 7:00pm. A light supper will be served at 6:00pm. Lenten theme: People of the Passion. March 9: “Nicodemus, the Silent Believer.”

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 by next Sunday. 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

Sunday Bible Class: You're invited to come and learn more about this book we call the Bible.

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?

Stay tune for more.

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

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

Today's Greeter: Marjorie Berget


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