Third Sunday of End Times: Saint’s Triumphant

November 16, 2014

Prayer:

Lord, be at my right hand, Then cn I never fail. If you uphold me, I shall stand; With you I shall prevail. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 213:4)

Third Sunday of End Times: Saints Triumphant

November 16, 2014

Worship Focus: Forever with the Lord

Order of Worship: Service of Word and Sacrament, p. 26

Hymns: 213, 206, 376, 728

Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156

God’s Word

First Lesson: Isaiah 52:1-6

Clothed with our Savior, God calls us his saints. That triumph is hidden under the struggles we go through in this present age. But take heart. The Lord has redeemed you to be his own, and we will awake to the glory of heaven.

Psalm 84, p. 96

How blessed to live in our Father’s house forever.

Second Lesson: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

The Apostle Paul reminds us of Jesus’ return to take us to be with him. What hope we have because of Jesus!

Gospel: Matthew 25:1-13

Are you ready? Have you wisely filled yourself with God’s word and promises so that your faith burns brightly even at the midnight hour? Or will the eternal door be shut for you?

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Why Is Christian Mourning Different?

  1. Christ Jesus our Lord has died and risen
  2. Christ Jesus our Lord will come again

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 16, 2014

  • Sunday -- November 16, 2014
    • 5:00pm Youth Game Night
  • Wednesday
    • 3:30pm Catechism Class
    • The Lord’s Supper: God’s Rich Blessings
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday school: Christ’s Ascension
    • 9:30am Youth Group
    • 9:30am Bible Class: Come Follow Me
    • 10:30am Divine Service

News and Notes

Youth Game Night: The youth will meet at the church at 5:00pm today. The plan is to watch part of a DVD upstairs first and then move downstairs to play games and have pizza. There will also be a short meeting to discuss ideas as to what we can do for others over the Christmas season. Bring other agenda items you would like to discuss. Invite your friends! Bring your favorite game/s with you.

Hymn Survey: The WELS Hymnal project is seeking your assistance. They are conducting a survey that is intended for any and all worshipers in our church body to complete. The survey consists of approximately twenty questions and shouldn't take more than ten minutes to complete. The survey will remain open through November 25 and can be found here: http://welshymnal.com/research/member-survey. Thank you for your assistance!

Christian Aid and Relief: Christian Aid and Relief continues to work with the WELS Board for World Missions, our WELS Missionaries, and our sister congregations of the Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Conference around the world in funding humanitarian aid projects in Nigeria, Zambia, Malawi, Thailand, Japan, Russia, Haiti, Mexico, Dominican Republic, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Las Vegas, St. Lucia, and the White Mountain Reservation.

Nigeria: Funds have been granted to Nigeria to help in the distribution of health care for the extremely impoverished. The ability to offer care and provide humanitarian aid to Nigeria’s unchurched will serve as a bridge for Christ The King and All Saints Lutheran Churches of Nigeria to invite villagers to church to hear the gospel. Funds will also be used to help offer pharmacy services and health education in rural areas demonstrating the loving care of Lutheran Christians. Funding is also granted to drill a borehole to provide villagers fresh water. This water system will be placed near the pre-seminary/synod office and will bring unchurched villagers to their campus and to the door of a new mission congregation that prayerfully may soon start in this area.

Zambia: Aid granted to Zambia provides for home-based care that bridges the physical and spiritual care of the chronically ill and dying. This grant will help prepare the Christians in this ministry to help meet the needs of the community through acts of sharing God's gracious gift of salvation as they help those with AIDS, TB, Malaria, and other chronic and terminal illnesses. Funds have also been granted to support a literacy program. A person who is able to read and write is well positioned to do God's work more efficiently, especially where evangelism is concerned. Another funded project involves entrepreneurship training, which promotes economic activities for pastors and their families, who can in turn help both church members and the disadvantaged in their communities. We pray that this will also open doors to share the gospel with people outside the churches. Funding is also provided to drill boreholes to provide villagers clean water and lead to teaching about the life giving water found only in Christ. The Central African Medical Mission in Zambia receives funding for medical supplies and medicines that help support the mission of communicating Christ's love and sharing caring concern for the physical needs of others. (Adapted from http://www.wels.net/christian-aid-and-relief/humanitarian-aid-projects)

Christian Aid and Relief is not funded through the Synod budget or our congregational mission offering, but from special gifts from WELS members.

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

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

Today’s Greeters: Dick & Polly Smith

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

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