The Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

February 8, 2015


Yours forever! You our guide, All our needs by you supplied, All our sins by you forgiv’n, Lead us, Lord, from earth to heav’n. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 426:5)

The Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

February 8, 2015

Worship Focus: Our King rules over all

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

Hymns: 234, 93, 429, 426

God's Word

First Lesson: Job 7:1-7

Our King rules over all. Yet so often the way he works is hidden from our eyes, especially in times of suffering like Job’s. The world taunts God’s people: “If his people suffer so much, how can he be a mighty king!” But faith calls out to the Lord in prayer and confesses: “Jesus, my King, rules over all!”

Psalm 103, p. 105

No matter what you face, trust the Lord’s forgiving love and caring compassion.

Second Lesson Romans 8:28-30

All things work together for the good of God’s people because our King, Jesus Christ, rules over all.

Gospel: Mark 1:29-39

Our problems move us to seek Jesus’ help, even as those in Capernaum brought their sick to him. His help moves us to serve, even as Peter’s mother-in-law did. We honor our King as we call on him in every need and gladly serve his people, trusting that he rules over all.

Romans 8:28-30

God Weaves Together All Things for Good

  1. For those who love him
  2. To bring his people into glory

Romans:8:28-30 We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose. For those He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brothers. And those He predestined, He also called; and those He called, He also justified; and those He justified, He also glorified. (HCSB)

Upcoming Kingdom Work
Week of February 8, 2015

  • Tuesday
    • Pastors’ Conference in Hutchinson
    • 6:30pm Bible Class: Life of Christ
  • Wednesday
    • 3:30pm Catechism Class
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am All-in-one Sunday school
    • 10:30am Divine Service
    • 4:00pm Installation at St. Paul’s, Litchfield

News and Notes

ALL-IN-ONE Sunday school

Next Sunday, February 15, we are having an all-in-one Sunday school that everyone is invited to. (There will be no youth or adult Bible class that day. They're part of the "all-in-one".) The Catechism class will present the lesson "Crossing the Red Sea." The youth and anyone else who wants to can help the kids with the worksheets and crafts.

A tentative schedule is:

9:15-9:30 Opening devotion and music

9:30-9:50 Catechism class presents the lesson

9:50-10:10 Crafts and worksheets

10:10-10:15 Snacks

How can you help? We need volunteers to provide and serve snacks. Everyone can come for the devotion, music, and to see the Catechism class present the lesson. You can work with the children, helping with the crafts and worksheets. Talk to Pastor Bitter if you have any questions or can help out in some way. Thanks!

Cookbook: Some of the St. John’s ladies are organizing a church cookbook. Some recipes have been submitted previously and do not need to be submitted again. We are asking for more recipes from those who did not originally submit any or for those who would like to submit additional recipes.

Please send by email or give individually to either Karen Hoffman ( or Mona Roth (

We are asking that all recipes be turned in by Feb. 15.

A meeting is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 22, after church to organize the cookbook. All interested ladies are invited to attend. A light lunch will be served.

Military Bible Sticks are being sent to our troops around the world. These are a digital audio player specifically designed for our military service members. It’s about the size of a pack of gum, and comes pre-loaded with a dramatized recording of the entire New Testament and specially selected Psalms. It’s rugged enough to withstand tough weather conditions, can be used in low-light situations, and easily fits into uniform pockets. A door offering will be taken today and next Sunday (Feb. 15) for this purpose. $100 provides a BibleStick to 8 troops; $75 to 6 troops and $50 to 4 troops. What a wonderful way to show God’s love this Valentine’s season. Please talk with Leah Nelson if you have any questions or would like more information.

Sunday school mission offering: Last week the Sunday school children chose to support our mission work in Mexico with their Sunday school offerings.


Sept. $223.00-- YTD $223.00
Annual Commitment: $8,000; Needed/month $667

Ash Wednesday: Lent begins in a week and a half on February 15. The Lenten theme this year are Jesus’ words, “I Tell You the Truth.” On Ash Wednesday a light supper will be served at 6:00pm. The Ash Wednesday service begins at 7:00pm including a celebration of Holy Communion.

Parsonage Windows: The voters decided to replace the rest of the parsonage windows for a cost of about $7300. This includes material and labors for two double windows, four individual windows, and one picture window. They felt that this was a good price and would be cheaper to finish them all rather than do it piecemeal over the next several years.

There is currently about $3000 available in the Maintenance Fund and the undesignated Memorial Fund. Please consider making a special offering to help cover the remainder of the cost.

2015 WELS Marriage Retreat: The annual marriage retreat sponsored by St. Paul's, Litchfield and Immanuel, Willmar will be held on March 20-22, 2015 at Cragun’s Resort in Brainerd. A copy of the registration form is in the narthex. If you have questions about the retreat, please contact Pastor Engel at There is room at the retreat for 17 couples. The deadline for registering is February 20, 2015.

Installation: St. Paul’s of Litchfield invites us to join them in welcoming their new pastor, Jay Panning. Installation service is Feb. 15 at 4:00pm followed by supper.

Forward in Christ: The cover story in February’s edition of Forward in Christ discusses the symbols for the four Gospels, the same symbols that are on the banners behind the organ. Please pick up a copy for your home today.

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

February Cleaners: Pastor & Mary Bitter, Dick & Polly Smith

Today’s Greeter: Ted & Carol Carlson


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