Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

February 16, 2014

Prayer:

Speak, O Savior; I am listening, As a servant to his lord. Let me show respect and honor To Your holy, precious Word, That each day, my whole life through, I may serve and follow you. Let your Word e’er be my pleasure And my heart’s most precious treasure (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 283:1)

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

February 16, 2014

Worship Focus: Jesus’ words fill our hearts

Order of Worship: Service of Word and Sacrament, p. 26

Hymns: 277, 283, 358, 186

Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156

God's Word

First Lesson: 2 Samuel 11:1-17, 26, 27

When David followed his heart rather than the Lord, it led to sin and death. If even believers like David can fall, how much we all need to fill our hearts with Jesus’ words!

Psalm 119a, p. 109

How blessed we are when Jesus’ words fill our hearts.

Second Lesson: 1 Corinthians 2:6-13

Only the Holy Spirit’s words fill our hearts with God’s saving wisdom.

Gospel: Matthew 5:21-37

As the words of God’s saving plan fill our hearts, we want to live for Jesus, our Savior, by saying “No!” to sin, whether that sin is in our actions, words, or thoughts.

1 Corinthians 2:6-13

God’s Wisdom Has Planned Glory for You Who Love Him

  1. Human thought cannot begin to understand
  2. Only the Spirit’s words reveal it

Catechism Student Questions:

  1. Why might we ask “What’s God’s plan for me?”
  2. Do we ever know God’s saving plan well enough to set it aside and move on to other things?
  3. What is God’s secret wisdom that no human investigation could ever figure out?
  4. How does the Holy Spirit make God’s saving wisdom known to us?
  5. Why do we need God’s saving wisdom?
  6. How does he draw us sinners to love him?

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

  • Wednesday
    • 3:30pm Catechism Class
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday school
    • 9:30am Youth Bible Study
    • 9:30am Adult Bible Class
    • 10:30am Divine Service
    • 11:30am Elders’ Meeting
    • 3:00pm Youth meet at church for ski trip

News and Notes

Youth Ski Trip: The Youth Group will be skiing or tubing at Andes Tower Hills in Kensington on Sunday, February 23, from 4:30pm to 8:00pm. The cost is $20/person for lift ticket and ski rental. Group Tubing costs $10 per person for 2 hours. Hours on Saturday and Sunday for tubing are 11:00am to 6:30pm. Friends are welcome. We’ll meet at the church on the 23rd at 3:00pm to carpool. Please let Peyton Rohloff know by February 19 if you’re coming, so rides can be planned, etc., 392-5566.

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

February Cleaners: Pastor & Mary Bitter, Dick & Polly Smith

Today’s Greeters: Rosella Staples

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

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