The Sixth Sunday of Easter: Mother's Day
May 13, 2012
Jesus, priceless treasure, Fount of purest pleasure, Truest friend to me. Ah, how long in anguish Shall my spirit languish, Yearning, Lord, for thee? Thou art mine, O Lamb divine! I will suffer naught to hide thee, Naught I ask beside thee. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 349:1)
Worship Focus: This is love: God sent his Son
Order of Worship: The Common Service, p. 15
Hymns: 610, 377:1-5, 377:6-10, 505
First Lesson: Acts 11:19-26
When we know God's love in Christ, we want to share that love, just as the early Christians did.
Psalm 98, p. 103
Let all the earth praise the Lord's love.
Second Lesson: 1 John 4:1-11
How clearly John defines love! “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” How can we not respond to such love by loving one another?
Gospel: John 15:9-17
In the first part of this chapter Jesus called himself the Vine and we are the branches, who bear fruit. We heard those words last week. Today Jesus continues. We remain in his love as we obey his commands. His love that chose us leads us to love one another. For he laid down his life for us. What a friend Jesus is!
Council: The May council meeting has been moved to Sunday May 20 following the service, because originally it fell on Mother's Day.
Vacation Bible School: Anyone interested in planning vacation Bible school please speak with Pastor Bitter. We are anticipating having it in July again as we did last year. More information will come after the planning begins and we are looking for teachers and helpers.
Serving the Church: Do you know of a layman whom God has gifted to help serve in a leadership role? This coming June the MN District convention needs to elect a layman to serve on the District Board of Appeals and a laymen to serve on the Synodical World Mission Board. If you know of someone who might be willing to be nominated, please submit their name and contact information to our conference's representatives on the District Nominating Committee: Pastor Gregg Bitter or Pastor Donald Main (320-589-4662 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
May ushers: Dale Smith (capt.), Caleb Bitter, Chad Rohloff, Sam Roth
May cleaners: Delroy & Jane Theilke, Jolene Greiner, Jiana Thielke
Today's Greeters: Doug & Leah Nelson