The Last Sunday after Epiphany: The Transfiguration of our Lord

March 2, 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)

The Last Sunday after Epiphany: The Transfiguration of our Lord

March 2, 2014

Worship Focus: Listen to what the Father says

Order of Worship: The Common Service, p. 15

Hymns: 95, 97, 370, 359

God's Word

First Lesson: Exodus 24:12, 15-18

Who can approach the glory of the Lord? He is a consuming fire. Jesus alone is the Way that brings us to the Father. He alone has fulfilled the Law, which we have broken.

Psalm 110, see last page

The Lord let’s David hear what the Father says to the Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Second Lesson: 2 Peter 1:16-21

Although we did not see Jesus’ glory as Peter, James, and John did, we have the Bible, which is completely reliable since the Holy Spirit gave the writers what to write.

Gospel: Matthew 17:1-9

As Jesus’ glory shines out, the Father calls on us to listen to him.

Psalm 110:1-7

Marvel at Jesus’ Double Glory

  1. His glory as your conquering King
  2. His glory as your everlasting Priest

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 March 2, 2014

  • Wednesday
    • 3:30pm Catechism Class
    • 6:00pm Lenten Supper
    • 7:00pm Ash Wednesday Service & Lord’s Supper
  • Saturday
    • Day Light Savings Time begins
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday school
    • 9:30am Youth Group
    • 9:30am Adult Bible Class
    • 10:30am Divine Service
    • 11:30am Church Council

News and Notes

Ash Wednesday: Lent begins this Wednesday March 5. We mark that day with a special communion service at 7:00pm. A Lenten supper will be served at 6:00pm.

Spring Ahead: Before going to bed Saturday night, turn your clocks ahead one hour so that you’re not late for church.

Lenten Crosses: The season of Lent begins on Wednesday, the time when all God's people are getting ready to celebrate the mystery of Easter. When we gather here to worship, we want to take time to think about the cross and remember that Jesus died for you and me.

Few symbols in our culture are represented in as many variations as the Christian cross. It stands to reason that there would be as many different kinds of crosses as there are different kinds of people. And so again this year we will have our cross tree like we had last year.

We would like all members of the congregation to bring a cross—or more if you so desire—made out of whatever fabric, paper, or other material you desire to attach to our cross. They will all be beautiful in God’s eyes. The average size would be 8 inches long by 4 inches wide but anything is fine. Bring them anytime during Lent and we will continue to attach them every week. Thank You.

Ukranian Lutheran Church: The people of Ukraine have suffered greatly under tyranny—15 million dead in the twentieth century from man-made famines, Soviet purges, the ravages of war, and the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Tens of millions more still struggle under the lingering effect of the abuses of the past. It is sadly fitting that the national anthem is entitled: “Ukraine has not yet died.”

But where the sin and its effects are great, the Savior is still greater!

After many years of labor in the Lord, sustained by the prayers and support of God's people, the seed of God's Word is now yielding a great harvest. Through the efforts of Thoughts of Faith missionaries in Ukraine in the 1990s, the Ukrainian Lutheran Church—which was destroyed at the institutional level by the Communists in the 1940s—was reorganized on the territory of a free Ukraine. Thoughts of Faith continues to work in partnership with this self-governing church body. There are congregations and preaching stations in all regions of the country, and their number is constantly growing. Twenty-one men have already graduated from Saint Sophia Ukrainian Lutheran Theological Seminary in Ternopil, which is supported by Thoughts of Faith, and they are all currently serving as pastors in Ukraine. Our Gift of Life, working in partnership with the congregations of the Ukrainian Lutheran Church, have administered medical care to 40 thousand children!

Thoughts of Faith is Lutheran missionary society in fellowship with the WELS working in the Ukraine, Czech Republic, and Latvia.

(From www.tof.org/pages/ukraine.html)

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

March Cleaners: Barry & Sandy Nelson, Chuck & Lisa Nelson

Today’s Greeters: Eyvonne Thielke

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

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