The Fifth Sunday after Epiphany
February 5, 2012
My guilt, O Father, you have laid On Christ, your Son, my Savior. Lord Jesus, you my debt have paid And gained for me God's favor. O Holy Spirit, Fount of grace, The good in me to you I trace; In faith and hope preserve me. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 393:5)
Worship Focus: Hear Jesus before the world passes away
Order of Worship: The Common Service, p. 15
Hymns: 82, 85, 384, 94:1,4,5
First Lesson: Jonah 3:1-5, 10
The Lord sends Jonah to Nineveh to preach repentance before destruction comes. May we always hear our Savior's words with repentant hearts, for this world is passing away.
Psalm 62, p. 88
Salvation comes from the Lord alone. Listen to him.
Second Lesson: 1 Corinthians 7:29-31
This world is passing away. We dare not let the things of this world control our hearts and entwine our minds. Rather our hearts are taken captive by the word of our Savior.
Gospel: Mark 1:14-20
Jesus calls out, “Repent and believe the good news!” In faith we follow him and cast the net of his word to draw others to him.
The 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.
Upcoming Video: A while back we met the Taylor family in the series Fifth Pew from the Front, as they lived their faith helping others in the service zone during the daily grind of life.
We'll rejoin them on Sunday, February 12, as they weather a natural disaster in their town of Willow Bend. How do we respond to situations that challenge our faith? What opportunities for growth and service does God provide us through the troubles of life? What can we say to others? Come, join us starting February 12 at 9:30am.
February ushers: Dick Lubenow (capt.), Jason Brown, Barry Nelson, Dennis Schroeder, Cory Schroeder
February cleaners: Pastor & Mary Bitter; Dick & Polly Smith
Today's Greeters: Justin Flaten