The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

August 7, 2011


I, a sinner, come to you With a penitent confession. Savior, show me mercy, too; Grant for all my sins remission. Let these words my soul relieve -- Jesus sinners does receive. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 437:1)

The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

August 7, 2011

Worship Focus: God's word works

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

Hymns: 283, 324, 304

Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156

God's Word

First Lesson: Exodus 55:10, 11

Just as rain produces a harvest, God's word accomplishes his purpose.

Psalm 65, p. 89

God blesses us with food for our bodies even as his word fills our souls.

Second Lesson: Romans 8:18-25

God's word awakens in us the hope of heaven as we eagerly await our deliverance from this sin-bound world.

Gospel: Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

Like seed sown, God's word falls on our hearts. What kind of crop will you produce?

Luke: Jesus Came to Seek and to Save the Lost and Lowly

  1. Who is Luke?
  2. The image of the ox

Sermons 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 August 7, 2011

  • Wednesday
    • 2:00pm Ladies' Society
    • 7:00pm Divine Service & Lord's Supper
  • Sunday
    • 9:00am Divine Service
    • 10:00pm Council Meeting

News & Notes

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

Help needed: We are sharing a fair booth with St. Paul's again this year. Help us out by volunteering to sit at the booth. The more we have helping, the less time each volunteer needs to spend at the booth. Sign up today.

Finances: The General Fund's balance was $56.19 on July 31. For the first seven months of 2011, we've given $4481.75 towards our annual mission commitment of $8000.

Council meeting: The Council meets after service next Sunday.

August ushers: Dick Lubenow (capt.), Jason Brown, Barry Nelson, Dennis Schroeder, Cory Schroeder

August cleaners: Dave & Phyllis Joos; Gerald & Karen Hoffman

Today's Greeters: Seth Nelson, Evan Nelson


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