The Second Sunday in Lent

March 20, 2011


May faith looks up to thee,

Thou Lamb of Calvary,

Savior divine.

Now hear me while I pray;

Take all my guilt away;

Oh, let me from this day-to-day

Be wholly thine! (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 402:1)

The Second Sunday in Lent

March 20, 2011

Worship Focus: Faith trusts God's promise

Order of Worship: Service of Word and Sacrament, p. 26

Hymns: 391, 413, 114, 402

Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156

God's Word

First Lesson: Genesis 12:1-8

The Lord promises to send the Savior who would bring blessings to all people. Abram believes the promises of God and acts on them.

Psalm 121, page 112

Faith relies on the Lord.

Second Lesson: Romans 4:1-5, 13-17

Faith holds on to God's promise that in Christ he justifies the wicked, which includes us. Such faith is credited with Christ's righteousness, just as Abraham was.

Gospel: Matthew 15:21-28

We witness faith at work in the Canaanite woman.

Matthew 15:21-28

Faith Begs, Clinging to Jesus' Words Alone

  1. Faith humbly cries out for his mercy
    1. How does pride mislead you?
    2. When do we cry out for his mercy?
    3. How does Jesus' silence to our prayers help us?
  2. Faith confidently rejoices in his crumbs
    1. How does Jesus let us pin him down as we wrestle with him in prayer?
    2. Why do even the crumbs from Jesus' table bring us such joy?

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 20, 2011

  • Wednesday
    • 4:00pm Catechism Class
    • 6:00pm Lenten Supper
    • 7:00pm Lenten Service: Caiaphas, the Schemer
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday School
    • 9:30am Youth Bible Study
    • 9:30am Adult Bible Class: 1 Kings - Esther
    • 10:30am Divine Service

News & Notes

Mid-week Lent: We welcome Pastor Andrus as we continue our Lenten theme: People of the Passion. March 23: “Caiaphas, the Schemer.” A light supper will be served at 6:00pm before the 7:00pm service.

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

Mar. 27 -- 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther. What does the history of the nation of Israel teach us for our faith and life today in America?

Stay tune for more.

Youth at Arrowwood: The youth from St. Paul's, Morris, has invited our youth group to swimming at Arrowwood on Sunday, March 27. We'll meet at Arrowwood at 2:00pm and swim until about 4:30pm. Afterwords we plan to eat at Pizza Ranch. If you plan to go, let Pastor Bitter or Leah Nelson know as soon as possible.

Thrivent Members: Depending on what Thrivent products you own, you may have Thrivent Choice Dollars to designate for St. John's or another authorized charity. These dollars must be designated by the end of March. There are photocopies of instructions in the back of church for the website or you may contact Allan Saugstad at 320-589-1731.

Lenten Supper: Please check the serving schedule in your boxes. If you're unable to help serve, please remember to give $5 to Phyllis to help defray the cost of supplies.

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

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.

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

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

Today's Greeter: Scott & Shannon Boettcher


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