The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

August 31, 2014


Guide me, O thou great Jehovah, Pilgrim through this barren land. I am weak, but thou art mighty; Hold me with thy pow’rful hand. Bread of heaven, Feed me till I want no more. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 331:1)

The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

August 31, 2014

Worship Focus: Jesus rescues us from drowning in doubt

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

Hymns: Hymn sing, 384, 451, 405

God's Word

First Lesson: Exodus 14:10-31

The people of Israel doubted whether the Lord would save them. Despite their wavering, the Lord stretched out his mighty arm and parted the Red Sea for them. The Lord’s mighty rescue won’t fail you either.

Psalm 73, p. 94

Don’t doubt. For surely it is God who saves us and delivers us safely home to heaven.

Second Lesson: James 1:2-8, 12

Adversity trains our faith to trust God instead of our own sight. Go to him in prayer, trusting that he will give you the wisdom to persevere through trials until you receive the crown of life.

Gospel: Matthew 14:22-33

Jesus displays his divine might as he walks on the water. But note his mercy as he reaches out his hand to rescue doubting Peter and then calms the storm. Through his word and sacraments, he reaches out for us to keep us from drowning in our doubts.

Exodus 14:10-31

The Lord’s Mighty Mercy
Delivers His People

  1. Fear him as his dear children
  2. Trust him, for he is your heavenly Father

Upcoming Kingdom Work
Week of August 31, 2014

  • Wednesday
    • 7:00pm Sunday school teachers’ meeting
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday school
    • 9:30am Youth Group
    • 9:30am Bible Class: “To live is Christ; to die gain”
    • 10:30am Divine Service with Lord’s Supper

News and Notes

Prayers: We pray for Justin and Amanda Nelson as they depart for England this week, where they will be stationed for four years. We ask the Lord to bless their time together serving in the US Air Force.

We join Justin and Carrie Flaten and their family in a prayer of thanksgiving at the birth of Colin Charles Flaten. We thank our God for watching over Carrie in childbirth and blessing them with a healthy son. We eagerly await Colin’s rebirth in Baptism as a child of God.

Youth Group: A new year kicks off next Sunday, September 7. The monthly youth meeting will be at 9:30am to elect officers and plan some events for the year.

Later that day, we’ll meet at Doug and Leah Nelson’s for a hayride, campfire, hot dogs, and s’mores from 3:00 to 7:00pm. (In case of rain, plan B is to watch God’s Not Dead.) So come rain or shine. Friends are welcomed as well!

Sunday school: Anyone interested in teaching or helping with Sunday school, please talk to Pastor Bitter. Substitutes are needed too!

Come Follow Me: At the county fair St. Paul’s and St. John’s gave away about 80 copies of the Come Follow Me video. On September 21, we will watch the video in place of the sermon in the Sunday morning service. There will be copies of the video for you to take home and share with friends as long as supplies last.

News and Notes (Cont)

Catechism Class: Catechism class will begin on Wednesday, September 10, at 3:30pm. This year’s focus is on Baptism, Keys and Confession, the Lord’s Supper, and the Lord’s Prayer.

Bible Class: On September 7, 14, and 21 we will listen as the Apostle Paul speaks of his goal and purpose in life. Whether our life is flowing along fine or experiencing troubles and setbacks, his words in Philippians 1:12-26 remind us of the noble purpose we have hear on this earth and the marvelous goal our heavenly Father has prepared for us.

Then starting September 28, we’ll take a closer look at the video Come Follow Me, following the seven lesson plans that were prepared for it.

August Ushers: Dick Lubenow (capt.), John Jepma, Barry Nelson, Dennis Schroeder, Cory Schroeder

August Cleaners: Dave & Phyllis Joos; Gerald & Karen Hoffman

Today’s Greeters: Barry & Sandy Nelson

Upcoming Services

September 7: Pentecost 13

Faith relies on God’s mercy for answers to our prayers

Gospel: Matthew 15:21-28

Sermon Text: Isaiah 56:1, 6-8

Lord’s Supper

September 14: Pentecost 14

The Lord faithfully preserves his Church

Gospel: Matthew 16:13-20

Sermon Text: Exodus 6:2-8

WELS Connection Video

September 21: Pentecost 15

Follow Jesus

Gospel: Matthew 16:21-26

Sermon: Come Follow Me Video

Lord’s Supper

September 28: Pentecost 16

Keep watch over each other’s souls

Gospel: Matthew 18:15-20

Sermon: Ezekiel 33:7-11

Hymn Sing


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