The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

September 8, 2013


Jesus, I my cross have taken, All to leave and follow you. Destitute, despised, forsaken, You on earth once suffered, too. Perish ev’ry fond ambition, All I’ve ever hoped or known; Yet how rich is my condition! God and heav’n are still my own. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 465:1)

The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

September 8, 2013

Worship Focus: True wisdom follows Jesus

Order of Worship: Service of Word, p. 38

Hymns: 457, 464, 465, 469

God's Word

First Lesson: Proverbs 9:8-12

True wisdom fears the Lord, holding his Word in highest regard, ready to be instructed by it.

Psalm 19, p. 70

God’s Word gives joy to our hearts and enlightens our eyes as we treasure it and inwardly digest it.

Second Lesson: Philemon 1, 10-21

Through the Apostle Paul’s work the Gospel of Jesus had come to Philemon. Later on Onesimus, one of Philemon’s slaves, ran away. He came in contact with Paul, who was in prison. Onesimus was brought to faith and proved a great help to Paul. But now it was time for Onesimus to return to his master. True wisdom follows Jesus and does what is right no matter how hard the path.

Gospel: Luke 14:25-33

Jesus speaks about the cost of discipleship in following him.


Luke 14:25-33

Give Up on Yourself

Catechism Class Questions:

  1. Can someone be a part-time Christian?
  2. What does it mean to be a Christian?
  3. What’s free?
  4. Why are all these gifts free?
  5. How hard is it to follow Jesus?
  6. What does God hate?
  7. When is love for family wrong?
  8. When we count the cost, do we have what it takes to follow Jesus?
  9. Why is giving up on yourself necessary?
  10. What does Jesus freely give us so that we can follow him?

Installation: We give thanks to God for providing us with Sunday school teachers and youth leaders for another year. He gives good gifts to his Church. Judy Lubenow teaches preschool and kindergarten. Mackensie Rohloff teaches 1st and 2nd grade. Lisa Nelson teaches 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade. Bridget Joos teaches the youth group. Leah Nelson leads Sunday school music and youth group meetings and activities.

Upcoming Kingdom Work
Week of September 8, 2013

  • Wednesday
    • 3:30pm Catechism Class
  • Saturday
    • 11:00am LWMS @ Calvary, Glenwood
    • Sunday 9:15am Sunday school: God Saves Adam and Eve
    • 9:30am Youth Bible Class
    • 9:30am Bible Class: Puzzling Words
    • 10:30am Mission Festival
    • 11:15am Christian Estate Planning
    • 12:00pm Potluck

News and Notes

Sunday School: Today the children learned that God created all things in six days. This week marvel at the wonders of his creation and give him thanks for continuing to take care of us day by day.

LWMS: The Crow River Conference of the the Lutheran Women Missionary Society invites all the women of St. John’s to attend the Fall Rally at Calvary, Glenwood, this Saturday, September 14. Registration opens at 10:30am and opening devotion is at 11:00am. A light lunch will be served before the presentation. The rally will wrap up around 3:00pm.

Bible Class: Next week we continue looking at Puzzling Sayings of Jesus in the 9:30am Bible class As you read through the Gospel, Jesus chose very striking words to teach God’s truth. Today we looked at Mark 9:43-48 - “If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off ...”

What sayings of Jesus will we cover in the following weeks? That’s up to you. Which words of Jesus would you like to look at? Let let me know. Even if you don’t know the reference but only the general thought, we’ll be able to find it. So just call, email, or tell pastor your request.

Mission Festival: Mission Festival is next Sunday, September 15. Service is at 10:30, presentation at 11:15, and potluck at 12:00. Pastor Michael Hatzung will preach for the service and then give a presentation.

Lord’s Supper: Please note that the Lord’s Supper is on the fourth Sunday (Sept. 22) this month. This will allow more time for our mission speaker and presentation on the third Sunday (Sept. 15).

Life Sunday: Pastor Arnold Lemke, Education Director at Christian Life Ministries of the Twin Cities, will be at St. John’s for a special Life Sunday service on September 22. The focus of his message for the day will be: "Friends - Don't Forget Your Influence."

Life Issues: A biblical study on life issues will be led by Pastor Lemke on September 22 for Bible class at 9:30am. Our world is continually redefining the morality on life issues from beginning to end. How beneficial to reinforce God’s unchanging truths! There will also be an opportunity to talk about the Health Care Directive.

Vacation: From September 15 to September 23, Pastor Bitter will be out of town. First, he will be attending a workshop on mentoring new pastors at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, and then he and Mary will be visiting his parents in Fond du Lac, WI. Pastor Arnold Lemke will be preaching September 22 and Pastor Main will do the liturgy. If you need pastoral assistance during this time, please call Pastor Main at 589-1840 (church) or 589-4662 (home).

August Finances:

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

September Cleaners: John & Tawnia Jepma; Jason & Amy Brown

Today’s Greeters: Justin & Carrie Flaten

Blessings of WELS Membership
What benefits does our congregation receive by being a member of WELS?

  1. Identification: Churches affiliated with WELS are identified as members of a conservative, Bible-believing church body. The WELS logo helps people to quickly identify a congregation as a member of the WELS church body, which celebrates Christ’s love in his redemption of all people from sin, and which sees as its calling the sharing of his love with the world.
  2. Training
  3. Oversight
  4. Missions
  5. Finances
  6. Publishing
  7. Congregational Support
  8. Called Worker Support


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