The Second Sunday in Lent

March 16, 2014


Lord, in loving contemplation Fix our hearts and eyes on you Till we taste your full salvation And your unveiled glory view. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 111:5)

The Second Sunday in Lent

March 16, 2014

Worship Focus: Faith looks to the cross

Order of Worship: The Common Service, p. 15

Hymns: 401, 391, 226 (LAPPY), 579

Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156

God's Word

First Lesson: Genesis 12:1-8

The Lord made remarkable promises to Abram. Even though he was childless at the age of seventy-five, the Lord would make him a great nation, give his descendants the land of Canaan, and send the Savior through his family line so that all peoples on earth would be blessed through him. Faith takes the Lord at his word, no matter how unreasonable his promises sound.

Psalm 121, p. 112

Faith lifts up our eyes to the Lord.

Second Lesson: Romans 4:1-5, 13-17

Just like Abraham, we are righteous before God not by our works, but through faith in Jesus. God freely credits Christ’s righteousness to us by grace alone.

Gospel: John 4:5-26

Jesus’ words bring faith to a Samaritan woman.

Psalm 110:2, 3

The Scepter of the Cross
Rises like the Dawn

  1. Spreading around the world
  2. Enlightening dark hearts

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 16, 2014

  • 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
    • 11:30am Elders Meeting

Midweek Service: This Wednesday the Lenten series continues. Pastor Main leads us to the Garden of Promise (Genesis 3:15) as we journey From Garden to Glory. A Lenten supper will be served at 6:00pm.

News and Notes

Lenten Crosses: The season of Lent is 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.

Youth Group: On March 30 the youth group will have a game night at the church from 5 -- 8pm. Pizza will be provided by the Youth Group. Members are to bring their favorite board game. Morris and Graceville Youth Groups will be invited. Feel free to invite other friends as well! If you have any questions, let Leah know.

Campus Ministry Twins Outing: True North WELS Campus Ministry is planning a “True North Twins Outing” for WELS/ELS Youth Groups. Our plan is to offer discounted tickets to students in the 9th-12th grades and their leaders/drivers for the May 3 Minnesota Twins/Baltimore Orioles game at 1:10pm.

True Northerners are putting together a tailgate for this at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. Hamburgers, brats, and/or hot dogs will be provided along with other sides. St. John’s is located about 2 miles from Target Field and a bus will be provided to make runs both to and from the stadium. Someone from True North will also give a brief presentation/encouragement about walking with Jesus through collegiate life.

We are only able to apply the discount to 100 tickets. It will be based on a first come, first serve basis. The cost per youth is $8.00 per ticket. We will start accepting emailed requests for reserving tickets on Monday, March 17. The deadline for returned forms and payments is Tuesday, April 1. In case of a rainout, True North will do its best to try to reschedule.

If anyone is interested, please contact Pastor Bitter for more information.

Council Notes: The council met after service on March 9, 2014, and opened with prayer.

After the reading of the minutes, the council acted on Holly Svea request for a release, recommending it to the voters.

Pastor reported that he plans to be gone on April 27 to attend his nephew’s confirmation in Bemidji. Pastor Main will cover the service.

Elders reported that they met and began going through the membership list. They plan to meet once a month or so.

The trustees are working on installing the necessary GFI outlets in the kitchen and taking care of the air conditioner for the church basement.

Because confirmation is the first Sunday in April, Easter is the third Sunday, and Pastor will be gone on the fourth Sunday, the council decided not to have communion on those Sunday. Instead the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated on the second Sunday (April 13) and Maundy Thursday (April 17).

The council and the youth will work together to serve the Easter breakfast.

Due to the declining attendance at the outdoor summer service, the council authorized the Elders and pastor to put together a survey to get input from the congregation. The survey results will be reported to the Voters in April.

The Voters will need to select a delegate for the MN District Convention in New Ulm for June 10-12. They will also set the summer schedule.

The Quarterly Voters meeting was set for April 13 after the service. The meeting closed with the Lord’s Prayer.

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

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

Today’s Greeters: Scot Zeltwanger


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