The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

July 24, 2011


O Jesus, King of glory, Both David's Lord and son! Your rule endures forever; In heaven is your throne. Help that in earth's dominions, From pole to farthest pole, Your reign may spread salvation To each benighted soul. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 94:1)

The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

July 24, 2011

Worship Focus: Follow Jesus

Order of Worship: The Common Service, p. 15

Hymns: 226, 281, 453

God's Word

First Lesson: Jeremiah 28:5-9

The words of the Lord's prophet always prove true. Watch out for false teachers who may promise the good we wish for and claim to speak from God. The false prophets in Jeremiah's day, like Hananiah, promised prosperity for Jerusalem. But the Lord would destroy the city for the sins of the people. Rather than repent, they listened to the false prophets. Listen only to your Savior and follow his word of truth.

Psalm 89, p. 98

As we follow our Savior, we proclaim his faithful love.

Second Lesson: Romans 6:1-11

You've been baptized into Christ. You have died and risen with him. That changes us. Count yourself dead to sin and alive to God in Christ. Follow Jesus.

Gospel: Matthew 10:34-42

Following Jesus can bring conflict even into the family. But nothing is more important in this life than to follow him, trusting what he has won for us.


Jesus is the Messiah for Us All to Follow

  1. One Gospel
  2. The image of the man

Sermon available on the website or in the narthex

Upcoming Kingdom Work
Week of July 24, 2011

  • Wednesday
    • 7:00pm Divine Service
  • Sunday
    • 9:00am Divine Service

News & Notes

Wednesday Service: On August 3, there will be no Wednesday evening service.

Women's Retreat: The fifth annual Women's Enrichment Weekend will be held September 9-11 at Salem Lutheran Church, Stillwater, MN. Four great speakers are lined up. Registration deadline is August 15. For more information visit Women's Enrichment Weekend

Vacation Bible School: Thank you to all who helped with Vacation Bible School this year. Our Lord blessed us with about eighteen children attending to learn about our one-of-a-kind Savior.

Thank you to Bridget Joos for helping with the over all planning and for organizing the projects and snacks. Thank you to Sandy Nelson for helping with the projects. Thank you to Sam Roth and Seth Nelson for doing the skit and helping out as needed. Thank you to Shae Brown and Phyllis Joos for doing the music. Thank you to Caleb Bitter, Collin Brown, and Ryan Gray for organizing recess. Thank you to Polly Smith, Emma Nelson, Abi Bitter, and Rachel Gray for helping out as needed. Hopefully I haven't left anyone out, but if so, thank you as well.

Parade Float: Thank you to all who helped with the parade float this year, including Shane, Bridget, Gideon, and Gabi Joos, Sandy and Emma Nelson, Phyllis Joos, Mackensie, Peyton, Preston, Paxton, Kaitlyn, and Karleigh Rohloff, and Bryn Brown. You all did a great job

Voters' Meeting Notes:

The quarterly voters meeting was held on July 10, 2011, after the morning service. It began with prayer, roll call, and the reading of the minutes. Abigail Bitter and Caleb Bitter were accepted as communicant members since they were confirmed on May 8.

For his report the Pastor referred the voters to the new newsletter that just went out. The thought is to try to send one out four of five times a year as different events and activities come up for the congregation.

The Treasurer's report showed a deficit of -$279.66 in the General Fund as of June 30. Missions had received $3875.75 in the first half of the year. Our yearly commitment is $8000.

The Trustees are working on some of the items listed in the Hazard Identification Report received from the insurance company. The also are getting a bid from a different insurance company for future property/liability coverage. There was discussion about replacing two to four more windows in the parsonage before the Fall. The voters authorized the council to determine how best to proceed with the windows.

The Fall schedule was set as follows: Sunday school at 9:15am, Bible Class & Youth Class at 9:30am, divine service at 10:30am, beginning September 11.

The next council meeting will be August 14, 2011, after the morning service. The next quarterly voters' meeting is tentatively scheduled for October 9, 2011, after the morning service. The meeting closed with the Lord's Prayer.

Fair Booth: We are sharing a fair booth with St. Paul's again this year. If you can help out, please sign up on the sheet in the narthex. If you have pictures we could use, please email them or give them to Pastor Bitter as soon as possible.

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

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

Today's Greeters: Barry and Sandy Nelson


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