The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

October 6, 2013


Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to thy cross I cling; naked, come to thee for dress, helpless, look to thee for grace. Foul, I to the fountain fly — wash me, Savior, or I die! (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 389:3)

The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

October 6, 2013

Worship Focus: Faith grasps God’s promise

Order of Worship: The Common Service, p. 15

Hymns: 404, 181, 347, 401

Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156

God's Word

Lesson: Habakkuk 1:1-3; 2:1-4

Habbakkuk witnessed violence and wickedness all around. Where was the Lord? He brings his complaint to God and then waits for the Lord’s answer. At the appointed time, God keeps his promises. Faith grasps those promises and lives.

Psalm 27, p. 75

Faith waits for the Lord because his promises never fail.

Gospel: Luke 17:1-10

Faith forgives because it know how much more the Lord has forgiven each of us. Faith can do whatever the Lord has promised it, for the Lord keeps his promises. Yet no matter how much faith does, it still confesses that we are unworthy of all the Lord’s kindess and goodness. Faith brings nothing in its hands put graps God’s promises alone.


2 Timothy 1:3-14

Shamelessly Suffer for Your Savior’s Gospel

  1. How does the world try to make the Christian feel ashamed?
  1. Remembering the God whom you serve just as those who have gone before
    1. How far back does the Christian faith go?
    2. Why is it the greatest comfort to know that our God does not change despite the world’s efforts to change the truth?
  2. Burning with your god-given gifts so that Christ Jesus shines through
    1. What’s the message that you want your god-given gifts to shine out with?
  3. Guarding the sound teaching of the Holy Spirit
    1. Why is keeping God’s word unchanged so important?

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 October 6, 2013

  • Wednesday
    • 3:30pm Catechism Class: Creation
    • Sunday 9:15am Sunday school: God Answers Prayer
    • 9:30am Youth Group Bible Class
    • 9:30am Bible Class: Puzzling Words
    • 10:30am Divine Service
    • 11:30pm Quarterly Voters’ Meeting

News and Notes

Sunday School: God made some impossible sounding promises to Abraham. But he took God at his word. So also our faith takes God at his word, believing his promises and obeying his commands.

Nelson Pumpkin Farm: The youth group plans to go to Nelson Pumpkin Farm, near Litchfield this afternoon at 1:30. (Parents are welcomed to join us. We may need additional drivers.) 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.

Free items: The items on the tables in the narthex have been moved to make room for people to hang their coats. If you had your eye on something but did not get around to picking it up, tell Pastor Bitter before next Sunday. Otherwise whatever is left will be disposed of.

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: Next Sunday, October 13, the quarterly voters’ meeting will be held after service.

September Finances:

October Ushers: Justin Flaten (capt.), Dale Kraft, Dean Rohloff, Kerry Roth, Don Spencer

October Cleaners: Chad & Mackensie Rohloff; Dean & Moni Rohloff

Today’s Greeters: Gerald & Karen Hoffman

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

  1. Identification
  2. Training
  3. Oversight
  4. Missions
  5. Finances: WELS Church Extension Fund provides grants and low interest loans to mission congregations that are purchasing land and building church structures. The WELS foundation provides financial services to our congregations in the area of special and deferred giving. Most of this work is done through the Christian giving counselors who serve all of our congregations in the US and Canada. Some of the gift planning tools include: charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts, life estates, insurance trusts, and donor advised funds. WELS Investment Funds provides cost-effective, profession- ally managed investment portfolios for endowment, scholarship, and charitable trust funds.
  6. Publishing
  7. Congregational Support
  8. Called Worker Support


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