The Epiphany of our Lord

January 6, 2013

Prayer:

Holy Jesus, ev'ry day Keep us in the narrow way; And, when earthly things are past, Bring our ransomed souls at last Where they need no star to guide, Where no clouds your glory hide. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 83:4)

The Epiphany of our Lord

January 6, 2013

Worship Focus: Jesus Shines as our Light

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

Hymns: 80, 79, 441, 90

Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156

God's Word

First Lesson: Isaiah 60:1-6

The light shines out from Jesus and his people to bring us out of the darkness.

Psalm 72, p. 93

Epiphany reveals Jesus as our King, who came as the Savior for all nations.

Second Lesson: Ephesians 3:2-12

The Apostle Paul carries out what the prophets foretold. The Gospel of Jesus goes out into all the world bringing not only Jews, but also Gentiles like us into God's family, so that we are heirs of eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ.

Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12

The wise men, or Magi, were non-Jews. Their visit to Jesus illustrates that Jesus came as the Savior for all peoples, both Jew and Gentile.

Isaiah 60:1-6

Shine out of the Darkness

  1. Because the Light has come for you
  2. So that others are drawn to him

Catechism Student Questions:

  1. Describe the darkness we were born into and why we couldn't escape.
  2. Describe the glory of the Lord.
  3. How has Jesus, the Light, shattered our darkness?
  4. Whom does the Lord want to draw to the light?
  5. How do we shine out to draw others to the Light?

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 January 6, 2013

  • Wednesday
    • 3:30pm Catechism Class
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday school
    • 9:30am Youth Group
    • 9:30am Bible Class: Christ
    • 10:30am Divine Service:The Baptism of our Lord
    • 11:30am Potluck
    • 12:15pm Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting and Potluck: The annual meeting and potluck will be next Sunday, January 13. The annual meeting will follow the potluck. Agenda items include roof repair; elections for elder, treasurer, and trustee; Lent and Easter schedule; and the 2013 budget.

January Ushers: Doug Nelson (capt.), Jason Brown, Collin Brown, Seth Nelson, Delroy Thielke

January Cleaners: Don & Janet Spencer, Bridget Joos

Today's Greeters: Dick & Judy Lubenow

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

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