The Third Sunday in Lent

March 23, 2014

Prayer:

Lamb of God, we fall before you, Humbly trusting in your cross. Our great joy is to adore you; All things else are only dross (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 354:1)

The Third Sunday in Lent

March 23, 2014

Worship Focus: Faith looks to the light of the Lamb

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

Hymns: 402, 343, 359, 354

God's Word

First Lesson: Isaiah 42:14-21

How blind and deaf we were! Only the Lord could open our eyes and ears to believe in Jesus. Will we cherish what Christ has done for us, or will we return to that blindness despite claiming to be his servants?

Psalm 143, p. 118

The Lord’s unfailing love shines out like the morning.

Second Lesson: Ephesians 5:8-14

Live as children of the light, for Christ has called you into his light.

Gospel: John 9:1-7, 13-17, 34-39

Jesus came not only to give physical sight to the blind but more importantly to bring spiritual sight to us who were born blinded by sin. Jesus alone is the light of the world. Only faith in him truly sees.

Psalm 110:4

Your High Priest Excels Forever. Believe it!

  1. A priest like Melchizedek
  2. A sacrifice unlike any other

To learn more about Melchizedek,
read Genesis 14:18-20 and Hebrews 7

To learn more about Jesus as our High Priest,
read Hebrews 4:14--10:39

Upcoming Kingdom Work
Week of March 23, 2014

  • Sunday -- March 23, 2014
    • 11:30am Elders Meeting
  • 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

Midweek Service: This Wednesday the Lenten series continues with the Garden of Peace (John 19:38-42), 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: The youth group game night has been postponed. The regularly youth group meeting (Sunday morning on April 6) will discuss rescheduling it.

Confirmation: Confirmation will be April 6. Our confirmand this year is Emma Nelson. On that day she’ll also confess her faith by answering the examination questions. May our Lord bless her and keep her under his care always.

Quarterly Voters’ Meeting: The first quarter voters’ meeting will be on April 13 after the service.

Easter Concert: The Great Plains Honor Choir will present a sacred concert at St. Paul’s, Morris, MN, at 4:00pm on Sunday, April 20, under the theme: Celebrate the King’s Victory.

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

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

Today’s Greeters: Allowese Becker

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

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