The Fourth Sunday in Lent
April 3, 2011
Lord, on you I cast my burden -- Sink it in the depths below! Let me know your gracious pardon; Wash me, make me white as snow. Let your Spirit leave me never; Make me only yours forever. Amen. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 302:4)
Worship Focus: Repentant hearts humbly serve
Order of Worship: Service of Word and Sacrament, p. 26
Hymns: 124, 486, 304, 108
Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156
First Lesson: Hosea 5:15-6:3
Are these words of humble repentance or not?
Psalm 42-43, page 82
Seek the Lord as your only hope.
Second Lesson: Romans 8:1-10
When we are in Christ, our sins cannot condemn us. How this changes the way we live. We no longer follow our sinful flesh. Rather we live according to the Spirit.
Gospel: Matthew 20:17-28
Jesus came to serve. He gave his life as the ransom for all sinners. What service! Just as he served us, so also let us humbly serve one another.
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.
Midweek Lenten Service: We welcome Pastor Main from St. Paul's of Morris this Wednesday as he views the cross through the eyes of Peter, the Born Leader as we continue the theme: People of the Passion.
Quarterly Voters' Meeting: The Quarterly Voters' Meeting is scheduled for next Sunday, April 10, 2011, following the worship service.
WELS Delegate: We need a voting member to serve as the congregational delegate to the Crow River Conference pre-convention meeting on Tuesday, June 21, starting at 9:30am at Emmanuel, Huthchinson. If anyone is interested, please speak with Pastor Bitter or volunteer at the Quarterly Voters' Meeting.
March ushers: David Paul (capt.), Dale Kraft, Dean Rohloff, Kerry Roth
March cleaners: Kevin & Gloria Zeltwanger; Scott & Shannon Boettcher
Today's Greeter: Jason & Amy Brown