The Epiphany of our Lord

January 4, 2015


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. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 70:4)

The Epiphany of our Lord

January 4, 2015

Worship Focus: The Savior Shines Out to the World

Order of Worship: The Common Service, p. 15

Hymns: 80, 79, 70, 83

Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156

God's Word

First Lesson: Isaiah 60:1-6

The light of salvation shines out from Christ for all to see.

Psalm 72, p. 65

Christ is the King of the nations, the Savior for sinners from every land. Let us bow down and worship him.

Second Lesson Ephesians 3:2-12

God has revealed the Good News that makes us coheirs through faith in Christ Jesus.

Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12

Sometime between forty days after his birth and his second birthday, strangers came to his house in Bethlehem. They were non-Jews, Gentiles, like us. They came to worship their King. For Jesus is the Savior for sinners from every nation.

Sermon: Matthew 2:1-12

Learn Wisdom from the Wise Men

  1. Wisdom that confronts us
  2. Wisdom that comforts us
  3. Wisdom that compels us

The Lord's Supper: At St. John’s we observe the biblical practice of close communion. 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 January 4, 2015

  • Wed 3:30pm Catechism Class
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday school
    • 9:30am Youth Bible Class
    • 9:30am Bible Class
    • 10:30am Divine Service
    • 11:30am Annual Meeting
    • 11:30am Ladies’ Meeting

News and Notes

Annual Meeting: The annual meeting is scheduled for next Sunday, January 11, after the service. Agendas and financial reports are available for you today to look at and think about in the week ahead. If you have any suggestions or questions, please speak with Pastor Bitter or one of the voters.

Ladies’ Meeting: An organizational meeting is scheduled for next Sunday, January 11, at the same time as the Voters’ Meeting, to plan some women's events.

Some ideas that have been talked about include: the women of the church getting together for social events (time and dates to be discussed at the meeting); creating a church cookbook; making homemade cards; make or refurbishing Christmas ornaments either for our church tree or to send away to a mission; making Christmas goodies or favorite dishes for a special meal; Bible study.

If any of those ideas sound interesting to you or you have your own suggestions to add, please plan to attend the organization meeting after the service on January 11. Your thoughts and ideas are greatly appreciated. If you have questions or would like to offer input but can’t make it to the meeting, please contact Karen Hoffman (320-965-2780).

January Ushers: Doug Nelson (capt.), Jason Brown, Collin Brown, Cody Greiner, Seth Nelson, Delroy Thielke

January Cleaners: Don & Janet Spencer, Bridget Joos

Today’s Greeter: Abigail Bitter and Caleb Bitter


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