The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

September 23, 2012


In the midst of utter woe When our sins oppress us, Where shall we for refuge go, Where for grace to bless us? To you, Lord Jesus, only! Your precious blood was shed to win Full atonement for our sin. Holy and righteous God! Holy and mighty God! Holy and all-merciful Savior! Eternal Lord God! Lord, preserve and keep us In the peace that faith can give. Have mercy, O Lord! (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 534:3)

The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

September 23, 2012

Worship Focus: Bear the cross

Order of Worship: The Common Service, p. 15

Hymns: Hymn sing, 453, 536, 422

God's Word

First Lesson: Isaiah 50:4-10

Jesus speaks through prophet describing his suffering as the servant of the Lord. Can you picture Calvary and the cross fulfilling these words?

Psalm 116, p. 107

After the cross, Jesus rose from the dead winning salvation for his people.

Second Lesson: James 2:1-5, 8-10, 14-18

Because our Savior suffered for us, we serve him in our lives. Faith in Jesus is living and active. It does not show favoritism but rather does good for others. That's how others know that we believe.

Gospel: Mark 8:27-35

Even as Jesus went to the cross for us, so also as we follow him, we carry a cross.

1 Peter 4:12-19

In Fiery Trials Commit Your Soul to Your Faithful Creator

  1. Rejoicing that you share in Christ's sufferings
  2. Anticipating the glory at Christ's revelation

Catechism Student Questions:

  1. What happened to Peter and John after they healed the crippled man and preached about Jesus?
  2. What should we expect in life as we follow Jesus?
  3. When others try to make us ashamed for following Jesus, what can we remember to help us through?
  4. When will Christ's glory be revealed for all to see?
  5. What did you see right now through the eyes of faith even though the world can't see it?
  6. In times of suffering, why is it encouraging to know that our faithful Creator is taking care of our souls?
  7. Upcoming Kingdom Work
    Week of September 23, 2012

    • Wednesday
      • 3:30pm Catechism Class: Knowing God
    • Sunday
      • 9:15am Sunday school
      • 9:30am Youth Bible class
      • 9:30am Bible class: Christ
      • 10:30am Divine Service
      • 1-6:00pm Fall Festival at GPLHS, Watertown

    News & Notes

    Benefit: On Wednesday, October 3, from 5 -- 7pm, there will be a benefit spaghetti dinner to help Ed Boettcher who has been hospitalized for several weeks with meningitis. It will be held at the Old #1 Southside. Cost: Free will donation. Please come and help us support Ed and his family. A silent auction will also be held. If you would like to make a donation toward the silent auction, you may drop off your donation at either the elementary office or the Old #1. For more information contact either Amy Wohlers or Peg Rinkenberger.

    Fall Festival: Great Plains Lutheran High School is hosting a fall festival, Sunday, September 30, from 3:00pm -- 6:00pm to raise funds for their music program. There will be a silent auction, mini-concert, supper, and live auction. For a detailed schedule and updated list of auction items visit

    Joy in Jesus 2012: MN District Special Ministries and Jesus Cares Ministries are looking for volunteers to help staff camps held in Waterville MN from Sept. 28-30 and Spicer MN, Oct. 7-9. Volunteers will help adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities participate in the various scheduled activities such as crafts, music, outside activities, and Bible study. Volunteers will work under experienced supervisors. This is an opportunity to let the Light of Jesus shine through you as you too are blessed. Many have said, “I got so much more out of helping than I put into it!” For more information please contact: Julie Luetke, 320-522-2379.

    Text: 1 Peter 4:12-19

    12Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. 13But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 14If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. 16However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. 17For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18And, “If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?” 19So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.


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