The Sixth Sunday in Lent: Palm Sunday

April 17, 2011


All glory, laud, and honor To you, Redeemer, King, To whom the lips of children Made sweet hosannas ring. You are the King of Israel And David's royal Son, Now in the Lord's name coming, Our King and blessed one. Amen. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 131:1)

The Sixth Sunday in Lent: Palm Sunday

April 17, 2011

Worship Focus: Hosanna!

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

Hymns: 133, 131, 714

Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156


(Psalm 24:7-10 NIV1984)

Pastor: Lift up your heads, O you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in

Children: Who is the King of glory?

Congregation: The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.

Pastor: Lift up your heads, O you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in

Children: Who is the King of glory?

Congregation: The Lord Almighty -- he is the King of glory.

Reading of John 12:12-15

Children's Song

Presentation of Palms

The order of service continues on page 26

God's Word

First Lesson: Zechariah 9:9, 10

The prophet foretells Jesus entry into Jerusalem.

Psalm 24, page 73

Jesus comes!

Second Lesson: Philippians 2:5-11

Jesus came to Jerusalem to humble himself even to death on the cross to win salvation for you. How glorious is his exaltation!

Gospel: Matthew 21:1-11

The first Palm Sunday.

Matthew 21:1-11

Our Gentle King Comes to Save

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.

The Way to the Cross

This week we move from the joyful shouts of Hosanna to the quiet of the upper room and the solemness of Gethsemane and the darkness of Calvary. The Scriptures say more about this time from Thursday evening through Friday than about an other twenty-four hours. Come, watch and pray with your Savior during the special services those two night. In anticipation, give you attention now to John's record of Jesus' death. He truly did die for you.

Reading of John 19:31-37

Hymn 714

C: (sung) Amen. Amen. Amen.

Maundy Thursday Service and Lord's Supper, 7:00pm

Good Friday Service of the Cross, 7:00pm

Upcoming Kingdom Work
Week of April 17, 2011

  • Wednesday
    • 4:00pm Catechism Class
  • Thursday
    • 7:00pm Divine Service and Lord's Supper
  • Friday
    • 7:00pm Service of the Cross
  • Sunday
    • 7:30am Easter Breakfast
    • 9:00am Easter Festival Service

News & Notes

Youth Outing: On Sunday, May 1, the youth group plans to visit West Wind Village to play cards with the residents from 3:30 to 4:30. They will meet at church at 3:00.

New Address and Phone: Elaine Jacobson is currently at the West Wind Village. The address is 100 S. Columbia Ave. Room #102, Morris MN 56267. Her phone is 589-8038.

Cups and Plates: In an effort to conserve (“Go Green” as people say) and to be wise stewards of their mission funds, the Ladies' Society has decided to no longer regularly buy styrofoam cups and paper plates for the kitchen.

Voters' Meeting Notes:

The 1st Quarterly Voters' Meeting was called to order after the service on April 10, 2011. Eleven members were present.

Joanne Tonn was granted a release at her request since she has moved away.

Pastor gave a short report. The Treasurer reported a balance of $3478.79 as of March 31 for the General Fund. Only $1259.75 has been given to missions year-to-date. $2000 is needed per quarter to meet our commitment of $8000 for the year.

During the past quarter the timer for the outside cross light was installed and a new water heater was installed at the parsonage.

Duane Hausmann was designated as our delegate to the Crow River Conference pre-convention meeting on June 21 at Emmanuel, Hutchinson.

Examination was set for May 1 and Confirmation for May 8. Abigail Bitter and Caleb Bitter are the two confirmands.

Summer schedule was set with 9:00am Sunday morning service and 7:00pm Wednesday evening service.

A one-year subscription for 18 copies of Meditation was renewed for $226.80.

Due to troubles at neighboring churches, it was decided to lock our church overnight for the time being. It will remain unlocked during the day.

It was mentioned that it would be nice if the sound of the chimes at the end of the service wasn't muffled by hymnbooks being put away.

It was also mentioned that the space in the parking lot would be better used if cars parked next to each other as they came.

The council plans to meet after service on May 15. The next quarterly meeting is tentatively schedule for July 10 after service. The meeting closed with prayer.

Ladies' Society Notes:

On the afternoon of April 13, 2011, St. John's Ladies' Society opened with prayer and Bible study. They continued the series 19-minutes with Luther, focusing on how sin ruined the Father's perfect creation but he gave his Son to save us.

Six members were present for roll call.

They decided to no longer purchase paper cups and plates for the kitchen. Please see the related announcements.

The kitchen does not have any soup bowls, so styrofoam ones will still be purchased. However, if anyone wants to donate non-plastic soup bowls, that would be welcomed.

Several recipes have been received for the cookbook but more recipes are needed for hot dishes, appetizers, and breads. If you have any you would like to share, please drop them off in the box in the narthex or email them to Gloria Zeltwanger ().

Three cards were signed and sent.

The meeting closed with the Lord's Prayer.

March ushers: David Paul (capt.), Dale Kraft, Dean Rohloff, Kerry Roth

March cleaners: Kevin & Gloria Zeltwanger; Scott & Shannon Boettcher

Today's Greeter: Gene DeGier


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