The First Sunday in Lent

March 9, 2014

Prayer:

Jesus, I will ponder now On your holy passion; With your Spirit me endow For such meditation. Grant that I in love and faith May the image cherish Of your suff’ring, pain, and death That I may not perish. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 98:1)

The First Sunday in Lent

March 9, 2014

Worship Focus: Jesus rescues us from Satan

Order of Worship: Service of the Word, p. 38

Hymns: 396, 200, 127, 369

God's Word

First Lesson: Genesis 3:1-15

In Adam we all rebelled against our God. But the Lord promised to send the Serpent-crusher to reconcile us to God.

Psalm 130, p. 114

The Lord’s mercy rescues us.

Second Lesson: Romans 5:12-19

In Adam we all died, in Christ we have life. For he rescues us from Satan and brings us his righteousness through faith alone.

Gospel: Matthew 4:1-11

After his Baptism, Jesus was led into the desert to face Satan’s temptations. How often we fall to Satan’s lies! How often we fail to use God’s Word to drive him away! But Jesus did not fall. He defeated Satan. His perfect record rescues us. For God counts Jesus’ righteous record as yours.

Psalm 110:1

My Lord Reigns over the Enemies

  1. His power is hidden
  2. His purpose is certain

Upcoming Kingdom Work
Week of March 9, 2014

  • Today: 11:30am Church Council
  • Wednesday
    • 3:30pm Catechism Class
    • 6:00pm Lenten Supper
    • 7:00pm Lenten Service
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday school
    • 9:30am Youth Bible Class
    • 9:30am Adult Bible Class
    • 10:30am Divine Service

News and Notes

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.

Midweek Service: This Wednesday the Lenten series continues. Pastor Andrus leads us to the Garden of Repentance (Luke 13:1-9) as we journey From Garden to Glory. A Lenten supper will be served at 6:00pm.

February Finances:

Hospital Visit: Bringing God’s Word of comfort to members in the hospital is one of the blessings of the ministry. Due to privacy concerns hospitals seem reluctant to call pastors. So if you would like me to visit, please ask a family member get a hold of me. Don’t assume the hospital will, even if you’ve asked them to.

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

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

Today’s Greeters: Kevin & Gloria Zeltwanger

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

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