First Sunday of End Times: Reformation

November 2, 2014

Prayer:

Defend your truth, O God, and stay This evil generation, And from the error of its way Keep your own congregation. The wicked ev’rywhere abound And would your little flock confound, But you are our salvation! (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 205:4)

First Sunday of End Times: Reformation

November 2, 2014

Worship Focus: Stand firm against false teachings

Order of Worship: The Common Service, p. 15

Hymns: 204, 200, 431, 293

Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156

God’s Word

First Lesson: Daniel 6:10-12, 16-23

Daniel stood firm. He would not compromise the truth that we are to pray only to the Lord. God strengthened him to stand firm even under the threat of a horrible death. Rely on the Lord for your strength to stand firm against false teachings.

Psalm 46, p. 84

Only with God as our fortress can we stand firm.

Second Lesson: Galatians 5:1-6

Stand firm against any teaching that says that our salvation depends on something we do. Jesus has set us free from the obligations of the law whether that was Old Testament circumcision or any other regulation. We are not justified by our efforts to keep the law. We are justified only through faith in Christ. Such faith shows itself through works of love.

Gospel: Matthew 10:16-23

Jesus prepares us to face the hardships that come as we stand firm against false teaching and follow him alone.

Matthew 10:16-23

Jesus’ Word Embolden Us To Be His Witnesses

  1. He takes the responsibility
  2. He sends us the Spirit of the Father
  3. He saves all who stand firm to the end

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 November 2, 2014

  • Monday
    • 7:00pm Bible Class: Life of Christ
  • Wednesday
    • 3:30pm Catechism Class
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday school
    • 9:30am Youth Group
    • 9:30am Bible Class: Come Follow Me
    • 10:30am Divine Service
    • 11:30am Church Council Meeting

Finances:

Sept. $807.00 -- YTD $5000.27
Annual Commitment: $8,000; Needed/month $1500

November Ushers: Chad Rohloff (capt.), Caleb Bitter, Dave Joos, Sam Roth, Dick Smith

November Cleaners: Dick & Judy Lubenow, Tom & Elaine Mohr

Today’s Greeters: Kerry & Mona Roth

News and Notes

Quarterly Voters Meeting Notes: The 3rd Quarter Voters Meeting opened with prayer on October 19. Roll call was taken and minutes were read. The only membership change was the death of Doris Burns on August 21.

Pastor reported that Sunday school is underway with three teachers and 12 students from 4 years old to 5th grade. The Youth group has 10 students in grades 6-12. Catechism class has three students in grades 6-8.

The Treasurer noted that missions were behind for the year.

The Trustees’ report noted that the youth room lights have been replaced. The flat roof has been sealed and that seems to have taken care of the leak. Larger drain spouts were installed on the flat roof to help the drainage.

The Voters authorized the renewal of the OneLicense plan for Nov. 2, 2014, to Nov. 1, 2015, for $145. This license allows us to legally reprint many of the copyrighted words and music for the hymns, psalms, and liturgies we use in worship.

The Voters authorized Justin Flaten to speak with a carpenter to get an idea of the cost and feasibility of installing a ramp for the church.

The Voters set the parsonage allowance for 2015 at $3000 of the the Pastor’s salary.

The Voters set the time of the Thanksgiving Eve serve for Wednesday, Nov. 26 at 7:00pm. A light supper will be served by the youth group from 6:00 to 6:45pm.

The Voters set the time of the Christmas Eve serve for 6:30pm and the Christmas Day service for 10:00am.

The next council meeting will be November 9 after service. The annual meeting is tentatively scheduled for January 11, 2015. The meeting closed with the Lord’s Prayer.

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

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