The Fifth Sunday in Lent

March 17, 2013


Jesus, I will ponder now On your holy passion; With your Spirit me endow For such meditation. Grant hat I in love and faith May the image cherish Of your suff’ring, pain, and death That I may not perish. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 98:1)

The Fifth Sunday in Lent

March 17, 2013

Worship Focus: The Father’s compassion

Order of Worship: The Common Service, p. 15

Hymns: 339, 304, 114, 399

God's Word

First Lesson: Isaiah 12:1-6

Salvation flows from our God, so great is his compassion. Trust in him and do not be afraid

Psalm 103, p. 94

The Lord is compassionate and gracious.

Second Lesson: 1 Corinthians 1:18-15

Christ crucified. The cross appears so weak and foolish. But Christ crucified is God’s power to save and revelation of the mystery of his compassion.

Gospel: Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

A father’s compassion reaches out for his lost sons.

Luke 15:11-32

Your Heavenly Father’s Uncompromising Compassion Welcomes You

  1. Beware of rejecting his compassion
  2. Rejoice in his words of welcome

Catechism Student Questions:

  1. What tempts us to be lost like the younger son?
  2. What tempts us to be lost like the older son?
  3. How does the parable picture God’s uncompromising compassion fully welcoming the repentant sinner back?
  4. How do we rejoice in the Father’s welcome?

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 March 17, 2013

  • Sunday -- March 17, 2013
    • 11:30am Church council
  • Wednesday
    • 3:30pm Catechism Class: 8th Commandment
    • 6:00pm Lenten Supper
    • 7:00pm Lenten Service: The Way
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday school
    • 9:30am Youth Bible Class
    • 9:30am Bible Class: Matthew 10-12
    • 10:30am Divine Service: Palm Sunday

News and Notes

Lenten Service: We continue our Lenten focus this Wednesday on the theme Names of Wondrous Love. This week we ponder the name The Way based on Luke 23:39-43. A light supper will be served starting at 6:00pm.

Next week, March 24, at 9:30am we listen to Jesus’ sermon on mission work and see the growing resistance against him as we watch Matthew 10-12.

Thank you: The family of Les Staples would like to say “Thank You” to our family at St. John’s for all your support and kindness. To Pastor Bitter for his many visit and devotions while Les was in the hospital and his wonderful words of comfort at the funeral service; to Phyllis for sharing her musical talents and the Ladies of St. John’s for the delicious meal. Each of your contributions and expressions of sympathy have helped ease the pain of our loss. God Bless You

Rosella, Kim and Families

Finances: Balance Feb 1 $2049.65
Feb. Offering +5229.09
Feb. Expenses -$6872.00
Balance Feb. 28 $406.74

Congregational Mission Offering:

Feb. $983.50 -- YTD $1088.50

Annual Commitment: $8,000 Needed/month $667

March Ushers: Duane Hausmann (capt.), Scott Boettcher, Ryan Gray, Tom Mohr, Harvey Flaten

March Cleaners: Barry & Sandy Nelson, Chuck & Lisa Nelson

Today's Greeters: Dean & Moni Rohloff

Holy Week and Easter: Even though the snow still covers the ground, Easter is nearly here. Please not the special schedule for Holy Week and Easter:

March 28, Maundy Thursday, 7:00pm -- Communion

March 29, Good Friday, 7:00pm -- Words at the Cross

March 31, Easter Breakfast, 7:30am

Easter Festival Service, 9:00am

Council notes:

The meeting opened with prayer and the minutes from the annual meeting.

Pastor Bitter reported the passing of Les Staples and hat three people had inquired about joining the congregation. He is taking them through the Bible Information Class.

The trustees reported on getting some improved lighting for the organist, the roof project, and redoing the floor in the front of the church where the tiles are breaking. The roofers plan to start the shingling the roof as soon as weather permits. The project should only take a few days once started.

Chuck Nelson volunteered to be in charge of the Easter breakfast.

They discussed disposing of the old communion rail, projectors, and other items that haven’t been used for over ten years. They council suggested offering them to whomever wants them first.

Due to low attendance from our members at the joint outdoor service, the council suggested Pastor speak with St. Paul’s about discontinuing it.

Daune Hausmann volunteered to serve as our delegate to the Crow River Conference pre-convention meeting on June 11 at Rockford, MN.

The council will recommend to the voters that the Wednesday evening service during the summer be discontinued due to low attendance. If members would like to attend an evening service, St. Paul’s offers one on Monday nights during the summer. The council also will recommend that the Sunday service be at 9:00am during the summer.

The quarterly voters meeting is scheduled for April 21. The meeting closed with prayer.


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