The Fourth Sunday in Lent

March 30, 2014

Prayer:

Lord of glory, you have bought us With your lifeblood as the price, Never grudging for the lost ones That tremendous sacrifice, And with that have freely given Blessings countless as the sand To th’unthankful and the evil With your own unsparing hand. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 486:1)

The Fourth Sunday in Lent

March 30, 2014

Worship Focus: Our Redeemer ransomed us

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

Hymns: 340. 486. 122, 426

God's Word

First Lesson: Hosea 5:15--6:3

Is our repentance only saying the “right” words? Or do we see the great guilt of our sin and marvel at our Redeemer’s love that ransomed even a sinner like me?

Psalm 42-43, p. 82

Our sin-sick souls thirst for the Lord. His light and truth shine on us with the Good News: Jesus has ransomed you.

Second Lesson: Romans 8:1-10

What Good News! There is no condemnation for you who are in Christ Jesus, for he paid the ransom that sets you free from the law of sin and death.

Gospel: Matthew 20:17-28

Christian greatness humbly serves others out of love for Jesus. Our Lord himself came not to be served, but to serve and give his life as the ransom for sinners.

Psalm 110:5, 6

The Lord Will Crush the Mighty

  1. Patiently endure, for that day is coming
  2. Rest securely, his judgment will be complete

Upcoming Kingdom Work
Week of March 30, 2014

  • Wednesday
    • 3:30pm Confirmation Practice
    • 6:00pm Lenten Supper
    • 7:00pm Lenten Service
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday school
    • 9:30am Youth Group
    • No Adult Bible Class
    • 10:30am Confirmation Service

News and Notes

Midweek Service: This Wednesday the Lenten series continues with the Garden of Paradise (Revelation 22:1-6), as we journey From Garden to Glory. Pastor Andrus from Graceville is our guest preacher. A Lenten supper will be served at 6:00pm.

Confirmation: Confirmation will be next Sunday, 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.

Youth Group: The youth group game night has been postponed. The regular youth group meeting (Sunday morning on April 6) will discuss rescheduling it.

Bridal Shower: There will be an open house bridal shower in honor of Lauren Nelson, bride-to-be of Colter Combellick on Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 9 am -- 11 am at the Morris Senior Center, 603 Oregon Ave., Morris, MN. Lauren and Colter are registered at Herberger’s and Target.

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.

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.

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

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

Today’s Greeters: Margie Berget

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

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