End Times 1: Reformation Sunday

November 4, 2012

Prayer:

Lord, keep us steadfast in your Word; Curb those who by deceit or sword Would seek to overthrow your Son And to destroy what he has done. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 203:1)

End Times 1: Reformation Sunday

November 4, 2012

Worship Focus: Reformation freedom

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

Hymns: 201, 204, 377, 293

Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156

God's Word

First Lesson: Jeremiah 18:1-11

It's not too late to turn from evil, reform our ways, and follow the Lord with all our heart.

Psalm 46, p. 84

Always find your refuge in the word of your God.

Second Lesson: Revelation 14:6, 7

This vision pictures God's promise that his messengers will proclaim the true Gospel throughout the world, whether that messenger is Martin Luther or you and me.

Gospel: Mark 13:5-11

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is attacked by false teachings and by persecution. But hold on to that Gospel as your life and salvation no matter what the opposition.

John 8:36

Your Freedom as a Christian

  1. A Christian is a free lord over all things,
    subject to no one
  2. A Christian is a dutiful servant in all things,
    subject to everyone

Catechism Student Questions:

  1. What's special about November 1520?
  2. What two statements describe our Christian freedom?
  3. What alone brings us true Christian freedom?
  4. What are three powers or benefits that faith brings us?
  5. Describe how Jesus, who is lord over all, acted toward others during his earthly life.
  6. Agree/Disagree and explain why: Doing good things to help others makes us good people.
  7. Why do we serve our neighbor?

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 on all that the Bible teaches. So we ask that only those commune who are confirmed members of churches which have declared fellowship with the WELS. If you have further questions, please talk with the pastor.

Upcoming Kingdom Work
Week of November 4, 2012

  • Wednesday
    • 3:30pm Catechism Class
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday school
    • 9:30am Youth Bible class
    • 9:30am Bible class: Christ
    • 10:30am Divine Service & Lord's Supper

News & Notes

Finances: 1 Oct balance: -($140.23)
Oct offerings: $7329.35
Sept expenses: $5340.16
30 Sept balance: $1848.96
Sept. CMO: $1449.00; CMO YTD $6499.00;

Annual Commitment: $8000

We give thanks to our God for continuing to move your hearts both to support his work here at St. John's and around the world through our WELS mission offering. Not only is our General Fund no longer in the red but we're almost back on track to meeting our mission commitment for 2012. Thank you.

Improvement Fund: Members are encouraged to think about giving a special gift to the improvement fund. Although the insurance paid out over $12,000 toward the hail damage, that is not enough to cover all the recommended repairs. As the trustees and voters decide how best to proceed, the amount in the Improvement Fund will influence what decisions are made.

Copy Machine: The copy machine has been serving us well for over four years, making over 100,000 copies. But now it's in need of a little maintenance, since it has begun leaving lines and smudges. We bought it refurbished out of Minneapolis at a great price, but to have it serviced from that distance could be costly. If you know of a local company offering cost effective maintenance for a Konica 7020 copier, please let Pastor Bitter know.

October Ushers: Justin Flaten (capt.), Jeff Flaten, Chuck Nelson, Evan Nelson, Kevin Zeltwanger

October Cleaners: Dick & Judy Lubenow, Tom & Elaine Mohr

Today's Greeters: Jeff and Christa Flaten

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

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