The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

September 29, 2013

Prayer:

O Word of God incarnate, O Wisdom from on high, O Truth unchanged, unchanging, O Light of our dark sky, we praise you for the radiance that from the hallowed page, a lantern to our footsteps, shines on from age to age. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 279:1)

The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

September 29, 2013

Worship Focus: Fight the good fight of faith

Order of Worship: Service of Word, p. 38

Hymns: Hymn sing, 457, 428, 411

God's Word

First Lesson: Amos 6:1-7

Rather than fighting the good fight, the people of the northern tribes found fulfillment only in the comforts of this earthly life. Destruction was coming. May the conveniences of our lives never lull our faith to sleep.

Psalm 146, p. 120

As we fight the good fight, our faith, hope, and trust are in the Lord, not in what our hands can gain for us. He will take care of us.

Second Lesson: 1 Timothy 6:6-16

As we fight the good fight, we trust our God to take care of us as we follow Jesus, testifying about his suffering.

Gospel: Luke 16:9-31

Those who pursue the earthly forsaking our Savior, as the rich man did, will join him in hell. But God’s Word (referred to as “Moses and the Prophets” in the reading) makes us wise for salvation as we listen and take it to heart.

Sermon

James 1:1-8

Count Your Trials as Opportunities for Your Faith

  1. Opportunities for your faith to be trained to endure
    1. What trials could the first readers have been facing?
    2. How do trials help us mature in our faith?
  2. Opportunities for your faith to pray for wisdom
    1. Why can we be confident when we pray to God for wisdom?
    2. How does God answer our prayer for wisdom?

James 1:1-8

James, a slave of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ:

To the 12 tribes in the Dispersion.[a] Greetings.

2Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, 3knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.

5Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him. 6But let him ask in faith without doubting. For the doubter is like the surging sea, driven and tossed by the wind. 7That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8An indecisive[b] man is unstable in all his ways.

Footnotes:

a. James 1:1 Jewish people scattered throughout Gentile lands who spoke Gk and were influenced by Gk culture.

b. James 1:8 Or A doubting, or A double-minded

(HCSB)

Upcoming Kingdom Work
Week of September 29, 2013

  • Wednesday
    • 3:30pm Catechism Class
  • Saturday
    • 2:00pm Fall Fest. @ GPLHS, Watertown, SD
    • Sunday 9:15am Sunday school: Abraham Trusts God
    • 9:30am Youth Group Meeting
    • 9:30am Bible Class: Puzzling Words
    • 10:30am Divine Service and Lord’s Supper
    • 1:30pm Nelson Pumpkin Farm, Litchfield

News and Notes

Sunday School: God has blessed us with skills and technology. The people at Babel tried to use their skill to oppose God by building a tower to make a name for themselves. So the Lord confused their language. We can use our skills and technology to spread the Good News of Jesus in many languages.

New Banners: The new banners in the front of church are given in memory of Lester Staples.

Nelson Pumpkin Farm: The youth groups first planned activity for this school year is next Sunday, October 6, 2013, at Nelson Pumpkin Farm, near Litchfield. All who would like to go should meet at the church at 1:30pm. (Parents are welcomed to join us. We may need additional drivers.) Go to http://www.nelsonfarm.com/ for more information. The Youth Group will pay for member’s admission, but bring your own spending money if you want to. For more information contact Leah Nelson.

GPLHS Christmas Card: Each year one student at Great Plains is asked to write the text for the school’s Christmas card. Our member, Abigail Bitter, was chosen for this year. The cards are great recruitment tool as well as a productive fund raiser. If you would like to avoid the shipping fee, Mary Bitter would be happy to pick them up for you at the school. She can bring the cards to church or drop them off at your home. Each person would have to pay the school directly for the cards. Please see the announcement on the bulletin board in the narthex.

Quarterly Voters’ Meeting: In two weeks the quarterly voters’ meeting will be held after service on October 13.

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

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

Today’s Greeters: John & Michelle Hickman

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

  1. Identification
  2. Training
  3. Oversight
  4. Missions: Our World Mission ministry carries the Gospel throughout the world. Our Home Mission ministry strives to assist congregations with the opening of new missions and daughter congregations in the US, Canada, and the Caribbean.
  5. Finances
  6. Publishing
  7. Congregational Support
  8. Called Worker Support

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

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