The Fourth Sunday in Lent

March 18, 2012


Lord, I believe your precious blood, Which at the very throne of God Forever will for sinners plead, For me -- e'en for my soul -- was shed. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 376:3)

The Fourth Sunday in Lent

March 18, 2012

Worship Focus: Such mercy, grace, and love!

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

Hymns: 238, 391, 120, 409

God's Word

First Lesson: Numbers 21:4-9

What mercy the Lord showed to rebellious Israel! All who looked on the bronze snake trusting God's promise were healed. What mercy he shows us as we look to the cross!

Psalm 38, p. 81

The Lord's mercy brings us forgiveness in Christ.

Second Lesson: Ephesians 2:4-10

God's rich mercy in Christ, saves us by grace alone, apart from our works. What a gift his grace gives, a gift received by faith alone! What a reason for us to respond by gladly doing the good God has prepared for us to do.

Gospel: John 3:14-21

Jesus reveals to Nicodemus God's plan of salvation that his unmeasurable love put into action.

Psalm 25:6-15

Remember Your Mercy, O Lord

  1. For my sin is great, but your goodness is greater
  2. For I want to walk with you in godly fear
  3. /n

Sermon Series: Today we continue a three part sermon series: Our Heartfelt Prayer, as we plant in our hearts the words the Holy Spirit gave David to pray in Psalm 25.

Psalm 25: Our Heartfelt Prayer

March 11, Psalm 25:1-5

My Hope Waits for You, O My God

March 18, Psalm 25:6-15

Remember Your Mercy, O Lord

March 25, Psalm 25:16-22

Rescue Me, O Redeemer

Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156

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. If you have further questions about this, please talk with the pastor.

Upcoming Kingdom Work
Week of March 18, 2012

  • Wednesday
    • 4:00pm Catechism Class
    • 6:00pm Lenten Supper
    • 7:00pm Lenten Service: Shed No Tears for Jesus!
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday school
    • 9:30am Youth Group
    • 9:30am Video: Weather or Not?
    • 10:30am Divine Service

News & Notes

Lenten Service: This Wednesday Pastor Eugene Andrus from Mt. Olive, Graceville, and Trinity, Johnson, will point us to Christ's cross. We continue the theme: See His Cross! and ponder Jesus' surprising words to the women recorded in Luke 23:26-31. As he was led out to be crucified, he tells these women not to cry. Shed no tears for Jesus!

Council Notes: The council met briefly after church last Sunday (March 11, 2012). Pastor Bitter reported on the E12 -- Easter Outreach program. The postcard invitations should be coming soon. The agenda for the April quarterly voters meeting was discussed. Items include the summer service schedule (last year: Sundays 9:00am, Wednesdays 7:00pm), parsonage windows, and delegate to the District Convention, June 12-14, New Ulm, MN, including possibly a Crow River Conference pre-convention meeting at an earlier date.

The first quarter's voters' meeting will be April 15 after the serivce.

March ushers: Duane Hausmann (capt.), Tom Mohr, Harvey Flaten, Scott Boettcher, Ryan Flaten

March cleaners: Barry & Sandy Nelson; Check & Lisa Nelson

Today's Greeters: Dave Joos

E12 -- Easter Outreach 2012
The life of Christ is the death of fear


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