The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

August 18, 2013


Lord, teach us how to pray aright, With rev’rence and with fear. Though dust and ashes in your sight, We may, we must draw near. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 412:1)

The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

August 18, 2013

Worship Focus: God’s Word fills our prayers

Order of Worship: The Common Service, p. 15

Hymns: 420, 413, 429, 411

Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156

God's Word

First Lesson: Jeremiah 23:23-29

Human dreams cannot save. Only God’s word can shatter stone hearts and make us alive in Christ. With our hearts filled with God’s word, we call out to him in prayer.

Psalm 42-43, see insert

Why are you downcast, O my soul? Hope in God.

Second Lesson: Hebrews 12:1-13

God’s word fixes our eyes on Jesus, so that we run the race with perseverance recognizing that our heavenly Father lovingly disciplines us through the troubles of life. How that changes our prayers, as we come before him as dear children through faith in Jesus!

Gospel: Luke 12:49-53

As we follow Jesus, the world’s hatred against him brings strife and problems even into our families. In prayer we rely on Jesus to see us through.

Psalm 42:6-11

Hope Calls Out to the Lord

  1. Hope pleads: “Why do your waves crash against me?”
  2. Hope gives thanks, praying: “Your love, O Lord, is my song”

Psalm 42:6-11

My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you from the land of the Jordan, the heights of Hermon -- from Mount Mizar. Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me. By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me -- a prayer to the God of my life. I say to God my Rock, “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?” My bones suffer mortal agony as my foes taunt me, saying to me all day long, "Where is your God?" Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. (NIV84)

Sermon series: Today we continue a three part sermon series on Psalm 42 & 43. The theme of the series is based on the refrain that occurs three times in these two Psalms:

Why Are You Downcast, O My Soul? Hope in God

  • Aug. 11 - Hope Thirsts for God (Psalm 42:1-5)
  • Aug. 18 - Hope Calls out to God (Psalm 42:6-11)
  • Aug. 25 - Hope Praises God Forever (Psalm 43:1-5)

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 August 18, 2013

  • Sunday -- August 18, 2013
    • 10:00am Council Meeting
    • Sunday 9:00am Divine Service

News and Notes

Church Cleaning: We plan to do the annual church cleaning in October this year. Similar assignments will be made as in previous years. If you have any changes or requests, please talk with Gloria Zeltwanger (392-5985) as soon as possible.

Sewer Repair: The toilets in the church were not flushing and after much investigation it was discovered that the sewer pipes underneath the sidewalk were not matching up right. Although the toilets are working for now, the sewer pipes needs to be dug up to prevent the problem from happening again.

NPH Position: Northwestern Publishing House is seek a Vice President of Finance and Accounting.

The Vice President of Finance and Accounting is responsible for developing and implementing financial strategies that ensure the short and long term fiscal health of NPH, as well as the measurement, analysis, interpretation, and communication of corporate financial performance. This position is also responsible for developing and implementing technology infrastructure strategies that balance investment and return, and ensure business efficiency and success.

The Vice President of Finance and Accounting is an active participant on the NPH Management Team and directly leads the Finance/Accounting and IT functions within the organization.

Candidates must be active members of WELS or the Evangelical Lutheran Synod, possess at minimum a bachelor’s degree with a major in accounting or finance, and have 10 years of experience in a related field.

A complete job description and application instructions can be found at

Catechism Class: Catechism class will begin on Wednesday, September 11, at 3:30pm. More will information will be coming soon.

August Ushers: Dick Lubenow (capt.), John Jepma, Barry Nelson, Dennis Schroeder, Cory Schroeder

August Cleaners: Dave & Phyllis Joos; Gerald & Karen Hoffman

Today’s Greeter: Harvey Flaten


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