The Last Sunday after the Epiphany: The Transfiguration of our Lord

March 6, 2011


Lord, open now my heart to hear

And through your Word to me draw near.

Let me your Word e'er pure retain;

Let me your child and heir remain.

(Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 282:1)

The Last Sunday after the Epiphany: The Transfiguration of our Lord

March 6, 2011

Worship Focus: Jesus shines in his glory

Order of Worship: The Common Service, p. 15

Hymns: 95, 97, 310:6-15, 291

Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156

God's Word

First Lesson: Exodus 24:12, 15-18

Moses entered into the glory of the Lord on Mt. Sinai to receive God's law.

Psalm 110, handout

Our glorious Jesus reigns as our King and High Priest

Second Lesson: 2 Peter 1:16-21

Peter makes clear that his testimony about Jesus' glory is from God.

Gospel: Matthew 17:1-9

Before Jesus heads to Jerusalem to die, he gives three of his disciples a glimpse of his heavenly glory. But Jesus came down from the mount to go to the cross, so that we too may see his heavenly glory and rejoice.

2 Peter 1:16-21

Pay Attention to the Lamp until the Day Dawns

  1. It's the eyewitness testimony that the prophecies are fulfilled
  2. It's the Word from God the Holy Spirit
  3. It alone prepares you to see his majesty on that Day
  4. /n

Questions for Catechism students:

  1. Why pay attention to the Bible?
  2. Why can we be sure about what the Bible says?
  3. Since we know the Bible is the sure, inspired word of God, how are we to use it?
  4. How does God's Word prepare us to see Jesus' majesty?

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.

Upcoming Kingdom Work
Week of March 6, 2011

  • Wednesday
    • 2:00pm Ladies' Society @ West Central Home
    • 4:00pm Catechism Class
    • 6:00pm Lenten Supper
    • 7:00pm Lenten Service & Lord's Supper
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday School
    • 9:30am Youth Bible Study
    • 9:30am Adult Bible Class: Joshua - 2 Samuel
    • 10:30am Divine Service
    • 11:30am Church Council

News & Notes

Ash Wednesday: Lent starts this Wednesday, 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.”

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

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.

Finances: In February the General Fund Feb received $5736.82 in offerings and paid out $6101.81 in expenses, leaving a balance of $2552.85 at the end of the month. In February $442 was given for Missions, bringing the year-to-date total to $550. To meet our annual goal of $8000, we need $667/month, so we are about $783 behind in missions.

Cookbook: If you have recipes for St. John's cookbook, please give them to Gloria or email them to her at

March ushers: Duane Hausmann (capt.), Tom Mohr, Harvey Flaten, Doug Nelson, Ryan Flaten

March cleaners: Barry & Sandy Nelson; Chuck & Lisa Nelson

Today's Greeter: Mary Bitter


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