The Third Sunday after Pentecost
June 17, 2012
Hail, O once-despised Jesus! Hail, O Galilean King! You have suffered to release us, Hope to give and peace to bring. Hail, O universal Savior, Bearer of our sin and shame; By your merits we find favor; Life is given through your name. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 351:1)
Worship Focus: Jesus crushes Satan
Order of Worship: The Common Service, p. 15
Hymns: 174, 596, 358, 239
Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156
First Lesson: Genesis 3:8-15
Satan has deceived the whole world, leading the human race into sin and death. But God promised the Serpent-crusher, born of a woman. In him we have forgiveness and life. For he has reconciled us to God through his death in our place.
Jesus crushes Satan's power by taking away our sins.
Second Lesson: Revelation 20:1-6
Having crushed Satan's head, Jesus has chained him so that Satan can no longer lead the whole world astray.
Gospel: Mark 3:20-35
Satan was strong, but Jesus was stronger. By driving out demons, Jesus showed that he had tied up Satan.
Copies of sermon are in the narthex and online.
The Lord's Supper
At St. John’s we observe the biblical practice of “close communion.” 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.
Youth Room Project: Bridget Joos has been working on plans for the youth group room and would like your help and feedback in making it all come together before VBS on July 23. Check out the display board in the narthex to see the layout, the colors, and the accessories that are planned. Let Bridget know what you think or if you have suggestions. How could you help out? Here are some ideas:
Help out with painting (tentatively scheduled for next Thurs. and Fri., June 21 & 22, 1pm-3pm.)
Donation of furnishings: chairs, storage cabinet, table. (Contact Bridget for more information on what they're looking for.)
Volunteer to help build the benches. (Contact Bridget for more details.)
Donations of money toward supplies and furnishings.
If you have any questions, please talk with Bridget (320) 392-7426.
Council Notes: The council met after service on June 10, 2012, and opened the meeting with prayer. Pastor reported the following: Work had begun on updating the Memorial book. Graduate Sunday was celebrated on June 3 recognizing Shae Brown and Tara Flaten. District Convention would be June 12-14. A newsletter was planned for the last half of July. Bridget and Shane Joos had volunteered to work on the 4th of July float. VBS is scheduled for July 23-27 from 10:00am to noon. The joint outdoor service with St. Paul's at Pomme de Terre Park is schedule for 10:30am on July 29. Pastor and family plan to visit his parents in Wisconsin August 1-5. This would change the service schedule to: No service on Wednesday, Aug. 1 and 10:30am service on Sunday, Aug. 5
The Treasurer's report showed the the General Fund deficit had grown to (-$1,289.71).
The Trustees discussed the need to remove three diseased or damaged trees from the parsonage and church yards. A fourth needs to have dead branches trimmed out. The cost for this work will be covered by a congregational member. They also reported that plans are being drawn up for the landscaping in front of the church.
The council approved sharing the staffing needs and cost with St. Paul's for a booth at the Stevens County Fair Aug. 8-12. Please consider if you can help out. The more volunteers we have, the easier the load.
The council discussed two items that a voter had requested be included on the July Voters' Meeting agenda. These items were: returning to once-a-month communion and dropping the telephone service at the church which would save $25 per month. If you have any thoughts on those subjects, please speak to a voter before July 15.
The Quarterly Voters' Meeting is scheduled for July 15 after the service.
June ushers: Justin Flaten (capt.), Jeff Flaten, Chuck Nelson, Evan Nelson, Kevin Zeltwanger
June cleaners: Harvey & Mary Flaten, Jeff & Christa Flaten
Greeters: Chad & Mackensie Rohloff
And I saw an angel coming down from heaven. He had the keys for the Abyss and a strong chain in his hand. He got hold of the Dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil, Satan. He bound him for a thousand years and threw him into the Abyss. He locked and sealed it over him in order that he would not deceive the Gentiles until the thousand years came to an end. After this he must be released for a little while.
And I saw thrones. They sat upon them and judgment was given to them. That is, I saw the souls of those beheaded because of their witness about Jesus and because of the word of God. They did not worship the beast or his image and did not receive his mark on their forehead and on their hand. They lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. (The rest of the dead did not live until the thousand years came to an end.) This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is the one who takes part in the first resurrection. The second death has no authority over them, but they will continue to be priests before God and Christ and to reign with him for a thousand years.