Independence Day (Fourth of July)

July 3, 2011


Christ, by heav'nly hosts adored, Gracious, mighty, sov'reign Lord, God of nations, King of kings, Head of all created things, By the Church with joy confessed, God o'er all, forever blest -- Pleading, at your throne we stand: Save our people, bless our land. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 617:1)

Indendence Day (Fourth of July)

July 3, 2011

Worship Focus: God Bless our Native Land

Order of Worship: Service of National Thanksgiving

Hymns: 517, 618, 310

God's Word

First Lesson: Jeremiah 29:1, 4-14

The prophet Jeremiah urges his countryman in exile to pray to the Lord for the good of the city they were exiled to.

Psalm 33, p. 79

God's plans stand firm, regardless of what nations do.

Second Lesson: 1 Peter 2:13-17

The apostle Peter instructs us on how to live as Christian citizens.

Gospel: Luke 22:24-27

Jesus speaks these words to his disciples on the night he was betrayed. Although earthly governments strive for power and authority, as Christians we humbly serve in whatever responsibilities our Lord gives us to do, just as he served us and gave his life up for us.

Jeremiah 29:7, 10-14

Pray for the Country the Lord Has Placed You in

  1. For he wants to bless you through your country
  2. For he has an eternal future planned for you

Upcoming Kingdom Work
Week of July 3, 2011

  • Wednesday
    • 7:00pm Divine Service & Lord's Supper (same as today)
  • Sunday
    • 9:00am Divine Service
    • 10:00am Quarterly Voters' Meeting

News & Notes

Quarterly Voters' Meeting: The quarterly voters' meeting will be next Sunday, July 10, after the service.

Bridal Shower: A bridal shower for Lesley Lubenow will be on July 16 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at the Morris Senior Citizen Center. Lesley is registered at Macy's and Sear's. If you would like to contribute toward a gift for Lesley, please talk to Mary Bitter before Tuesday, July 5.

June's Financials: The General Fund ended June with a balance of -$279.66 in the red. June offerings totaled $5611.00 and expenses were $6981.48, depleting the $1000 cushion we had. The Congregational Mission Offering received $435, bringing our total for the year to $3875.75. Our annual commitment is $8000

Fair Booth: We want to see if we have enough volunteers for the fair booth this year. If you think you could help, please sign up on the sheet with a guess at the number of hours you could work. This is not a commitment to any specific day or time. We just want to see whose willing to help out. Sign up as soon as possible, so that we know we have enough help. If not, we may not have a booth this year. As the fair comes closer, we'll work out the specific times that fit your schedule.

July ushers: Doug Nelson (capt.), John Jepma, Dave Joos, Seth Nelson, Delroy Thielke

July cleaners: Duane & Bonnie Hausmann; Dennis & Karen Schroeder

News & Notes (cont.)

VBS: Come to the “One-of-a-Kind” Zoo for Vacation Bible School. Invite you friends and neighbors. It's for children from the age of three to those entering 6th grade. The Zoo will be open from Monday, July 11, to Friday, July 15, from 10:00am to noon. Invitations for you to share are available in the narthex. If you're willing to help out in some way, please tell Pastor Bitter.

VBS Invitations: If you know a family who could be invited to our Vacation Bible School, please sign them up on the list in the narthex, and we'll be sure they get an invitation.

VBS Care Packages: For the closing activity for VBS this year, the children will be delivering care packages to retired or home-bound people in our community. They may also sing one of the VBS songs they learn (like Christmas caroling in July). We plan to do this Friday, July 15, from 11:00am to noon. If you live in Hancock and would like us to stop by then or if you know someone in the community that would appreciate our visit, please let Pastor Bitter know.

VBS Rely for Life Luminarias: If you are planning to purchase a luminaria for the American Cancer Society's Rely for Life event on July 15, could the VBS children decorate it for you? We would like to encourage the children this year to think about helping others in Christian love. Decorating the luminarias would give an opportunity to think about those who suffer from cancer and other illnesses. So if you were going to purchase a luminaria anyway, we'd be happy to decorate it for you. For more information or to make arrangements, please contact Bridget Joos 392-7426.

Today's Greeters: Clarence & Doris Lanus

A Service of National Thanksgiving


Hymn 517 “Almighty Father, Strong to Save”

[Stand for verse 4 ]

P: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you.

C: (spoken) And also with you.

[Be Seated]

Confession of Sins

P: Dearly Beloved: Unworthy sinners though we are, our gracious Father invites us to confess our sins. For he has given his Son, Jesus Christ, to be our Redeemer.

C: O holy, most merciful God, I confess to you my inborn guilt and my daily sins. I have failed to do the good you command and instead have done the evil you forbid. I have taken for granted your blessings of peace and prosperity. I have been slow to pray for my country and to shine out as a light so that others may glorify you. I have used the blessings of our country for selfish gain, unmindful of the needs of others. Have mercy on me and forgive me for Jesus' sake.

P: God, our heavenly Father, has been merciful to us. He has given you his Son, Jesus Christ. All your sins were laid on Jesus, the Lamb of God. He is your Ransom, whose blood sets you free. You are fully forgiven. You are his precious, blood-bought people. Live as his children.

C: (spoken) Amen.

P: In the peace of forgiveness, stand and praise the Lord.


Song of Praise (tune: "Battle Hymn of the Republic")

1. Sin enslaved me from my birth, I fought and warred against my God.

Rebel nature lives in me and fights against his holy rod.

But the Hero born of Mary changed the path on which I trod.

God's grace is marching on.

Glory, glory, hallelujah! Glory, glory, hallelujah!

Glory, glory, hallelujah! His truth is marching on.

2. In a hay-filled, humble manger Christ was born across the sea.

God the Son made flesh for us. He hid his heav'nly majesty.

His red blood was shed for me and by his death he set me free.

God's love is marching on.

Glory, glory, hallelujah! Glory, glory, hallelujah!

Glory, glory, hallelujah! His truth is marching on.

3. Jesus' holy life of righteousness is now my battle dress.

Clothed with him by Baptism's water faith endures the battle stress.

White, unstained by Satan's arrows, Christ is my true righteousness.

God's light is marching on.

Glory, glory, hallelujah! Glory, glory, hallelujah!

Glory, glory, hallelujah! His truth is marching on.

4. Jesus rose in glory crushing Satan's head. He broke death's chains.

Through his Word and Sacrament he guards our faith and o'er us reigns.

I will watch the blue sky for him as against my sin I strain.

God's will is marching on.

Glory, glory, hallelujah! Glory, glory, hallelujah!

Glory, glory, hallelujah! His truth is marching on.

The Word

P: Let us prayer.

Prayer of the Day

[Be Seated]

First Lesson Jeremiah 29:1, 4-14

Psalm 33, page 79

Second Lesson 1 Peter 2:13-17

Verse of the Day


Gospel Luke 22:24-27

C: (spoken) Praise be to you, O Christ.

[Be Seated]

Hymn 618: "Before the Lord We Bow"

Sermon: Jeremiah 29:7, 10-14

Theme: Pray for the Country the Lord Has Placed You in

  1. For he wants to bless you through your country
  2. For he has an eternal future planned for you


Confession of faith: (Explanation of the 1st Article of the Apostles' Creed from Luther's Small Catechism)

[Be Seated]



Prayer: (As our prayer we sing “O Gracious Lord”)
(To the tune of “America the Beautiful”)

1. O gracious Lord, we give you thanks

For amber waves of grain,

For purple mountain majesties

Above the fruited plain.

O Lord, our God and mighty King,

We praise you for your love

That blessed us with this precious land

From sea to shining sea.

2. O gracious Lord, we pray to you

To bless our government.

Keep it from evil ways, dear Lord,

And guide it to do right.

O Lord, our God your mercy show

And give us citizens

Who hear your Word and follow you

And live in righteousness.


Lord's Prayer

The Sacrament, pages 21-25

Distribution Hymn: 310 “I Come, O Savior, To Your Table”

Closing Hymn “God Bless Our Native Land”

1. God bless our native land! Firm may she ever stand Through storm and night!

When the wild tempests rave, Ruler of wind and wave,

Do thou our country save, By thy great might.

2. For her our prayers shall rise To God above the skies; On him we wait.

Thou who art ever nigh, Guarding with watchful eye,

To thee aloud we cry, God save the state!

3. Praise to the One in Three, O Holy Trinity, Savior divine!

From thee all blessings flow To us on earth below

For body, mind, and soul. Thy mercies shine!


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