April 6, 2014


Let me be yours forever, My faithful God and Lord; Let me forsake you never Nor wander from your Word. Lord, do not let me waver But give me steadfastness, And for such grace and favor your holy name I'll bless. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 596:1)


April 6, 2014

Service of the Word

Hymn 599 Our Lord and God, Oh, Bless This Day”

Confession of Sins

Hymn 514:1, 2 “Lord, Help Us Ever to Retain”

Examination of the Confirmand

Hymn 514:3, 4 “Lord, Help Us Ever to Retain”

Prayer of the Day

Lesson Romans 8:11-19

The Holy Spirit, sent by Jesus, gives us the courage to put to death the evil desires of our flesh, to call on God as our dear Father, and to wait for our heavenly inheritance.

Psalm 31

Gospel John 11:17-27, 38-44

Jesus draws Martha to place all her hope in him as the Messiah. Our courage does not come from wishful dreams of a better future but from Jesus, our Savior. Trusting in him, we remain faithful even unto death, standing steadfast, even as we promised at our confirmation.

Hymn 452 “Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus”

Joshua 1:9

Find Your Courage in Jesus

  1. 1. Standing with him
  2. 2. Serving for him


Invocation Hymn 184 “O Holy Spirit, Enter In”


Confirmand’s Vows


Lord's Prayer:

Confirmand’s blessing and Bible verse

Dismissal of confirmand



Choir “Go Out and Serve Him!”

Upcoming Kingdom Work
Week of April 6, 2014

  • Wednesday
    • 3:30pm Confirmation Practice
    • 6:00pm Lenten Supper
    • 7:00pm Lenten Service
  • Saturday
    • 9-11am Bridal shower for Lauren Nelson @ Morris Senior Center
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday school
    • 9:30am Youth Bible Class
    • 9:30am Adult Bible Class
    • 10:30am Palm Sunday & Lord’s Supper
    • 11:30am Quarterly Voters’ Meeting

News and Notes

Lord’s Supper: This month we celebrate the Lord’s Supper on Sunday, April 13, and Thursday, April 17.

Midweek Service: This Wednesday the Lenten series continues with the Garden of Passion (Luke 22:39-44), as we journey From Garden to Glory. Pastor Main from Morris is our guest preacher. A Lenten supper will be served at 6:00pm.

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.

Holy Week: We come together to contemplate our Savior’s great love for us on Maundy Thursday (April 17) and Good Friday (April 18) both services are at 7:00pm.

On Maundy Thursday we see his love that gave the Lord’s Supper to bring us his forgiveness. Filled with his love, we love others even as he loved us.

On Good Friday we witness Jesus sacrificing himself on the cross for our sins. He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

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. Thank You.

April Ushers: Justin Flaten (capt.), Dale Kraft, Dean Rohloff, Kerry Roth, Don Spencer

April Cleaners: Kevin & Gloria Zeltwanger; Scott & Shannon Boettcher

Today’s Greeters: Mary Bitter


Jesus, be with me and direct me;

Jesus, my plans and hopes inspire;

Jesus, from tempting thoughts protect me;

Jesus, be all my heart’s desire;

Jesus, be in my thoughts all day

And never let me fall away.

~Johann Rist (tr. Catherine Winkworth)

(Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 70:4)


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