Reformation Sunday

November 3, 2013


Reformation Sunday

November 3, 2013

Worship Focus: The Gospel sets us free

Order of Worship: The Common Service, p. 15

Hymns: 203, 390, 384, 201

Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156

God's Word

First Lesson: Jeremiah 31:31-34

Only the new covenant can free us from our guilt.

Psalm 46, p. 84

Only the gospel can truly quiet a guilty conscience so that we know that the Lord our God is our strength and refuge.

Second Lesson Romans 3:19-28

The law silences our excuses and holds the whole world accountable to God. The gospel proclaims the good news that because of Jesus God freely and graciously justifies sinners. These verse sum up the central truth of the Scriptures which Martin Luther brought back into the light.

Gospel: John 8:31-36

Our works cannot free us from our guilt. We would remain slaves to sin. But Jesus has set us free through the truth of the gospel. Know and believe that gospel of unconditional forgiveness in Christ.

Jeremiah 31:31-34

The New Covenant: No Ifs, Ands, or Buts

  1. How unlike the old!
    1. What conditions does the law require from us? What’s the sentence if we do not measure up?
    2. What conditions does the new covenant require from us?
    3. What does the new covenant promise?
  2. You have the Lord’s word on it
    1. List some reasons why you can be sure that the new covenant is true.
    2. What is the authority we are to trust to know God’s truth?
    3. How does the Holy Spirit write the new covenant onto your heart?
    4. In what ways does the new covenant change us?

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 November 3, 2013

  • Wednesday
    • 3:30pm Catechism Class
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday school
    • 9:30am Youth Group Bible Class
    • 9:30am Bible Class: Puzzling Words
    • 10:30am Divine Service
    • 11:30am Church Council

Sunday school: Abraham’s servant prayed to the Lord for help in finding a wife for Isaac. What a privilege that we can call on the Lord our God! We come to the Father through Jesus, who makes our prayers pleasing and acceptable to God.

Memorial Books: A new set of memorial books has been donated and redone in memory of Les Staples. The memorials are arranged in alphabetical order by last name. Only one side of each sheet is used.

Please check out your family and loved ones to make sure the information is correct. If there are corrections or additions, please use one of the sticky notes to mark it, We don’t want the pages to become marked up. Rosella extends a special thank you to Mary Bitter for rewriting and updating all the pages.

Bible study: Today’s Bible study is available next to the sermons on the pamphlet rack

October Finances: General Fund: Balance Oct 1 $535.72; Oct Offering +$5880.80; Oct Expenses −$6443.27; Balance Oct 30 −($26.75); Congregational Mission Offering: Oct $303.00 – YTD $6304.50; Needed/month $667; Annual Commitment: $8,000; (10/12 is $6667)

Church Cleaning: The list of assignments for the annual church cleaning is on the back of the November calendar.

November Ushers: Chad Rohloff (capt.), Caleb Bitter, Dave Joos, Sam Roth, Dick Smith

November Cleaners: Dick & Judy Lubenow; Tom & Elaine Mohr

Today’s Greeters: Dale Kraft and David Kraft

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
  6. Publishing: Northwestern Publishing House produces literature that is true to God’s Word. This includes Bible study materials for all ages, Bible commentaries, devotional books, and Sunday school materials. WELS Multi-Language Publications translates materials into different languages for use in our world mission fields.
  7. Congregational Support
  8. Called Worker Support


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