The Transfiguration of our Lord: The Last Sunday after Epiphany

February 15, 2015

Prayer:

Eternal are your mercies, Lord; Eternal is your glorious Word. Alleluia! Alleluia! Your praise shall sound from shore to shore Till suns shall rise and set no more. Alleluia! (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 250:2)

The Transfiguration of our Lord: The Last Sunday after Epiphany

February 15, 2015

Worship Focus: Double glory

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

Hymns: 95, 97, 256, 369

God's Word

First Lesson: 2 Kings 2:1-12a

Elijah proclaimed God’s word in the days of wicked king Ahab. He was taken up to heaven in a whirlwind and appeared with Jesus on the mount of Transfiguration.

Psalm 148, p. 121

Let all praise our glorious Lord.

Second Lesson 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2

The law was given through Moses. But as glorious as that was, it could not save because we are law-breakers. Jesus has come with a greater glory, a saving glory. His truth takes away the veil and sets us free.

Gospel: Mark 9:2-9

With Peter, James, and John we glimpse Jesus divine glory. But soon he will hide that glory and come down from the mountain. For only through the lowliness of the cross does his saving glory shine for us.

Psalm 148:1-14

Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!

  1. Who has created us
  2. Who has raised up our Horn

Psalm 148:1-14

Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise him in the heights above.

Praise him, all his angels, praise him, all his heavenly hosts.

Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars.

Praise him, you highest heavens and you waters above the skies.

Let them praise the name of the Lord, for he commanded and they were created.

He set them in place for ever and ever; he gave a decree that will never pass away.

Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,

lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding,

you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars,

wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds,

kings of the earth and all nations, you princes and all rulers on earth,

young men and maidens, old men and children.

Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted; his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.

He has raised up for his people a horn, the praise of all his saints, of Israel, the people close to his heart. Praise the Lord. (NIV84)

Farewell to Alleluia: After the blessing we bid farewell to alleluia, as we prepare for Lent and anticipate alleluia’s joyful return on Easter.

Upcoming Kingdom Work
Week of February 15, 2015

  • Sunday -- February 15, 2015
    • 4:00pm Installation at St. Paul’s, Litchfield
  • Monday
    • 6:30pm Bible Class: Life of Christ
  • Wednesday
    • 3:30pm Catechism Class
    • 6:00pm Lenten Supper
    • 7:00pm Ash Wednesday Service, Lord’s Supper
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday school
    • 9:30am Youth Bible class
    • 9:30am Bible class
    • 10:30am Divine Service
    • 11:30am Cookbook meeting

News and Notes

Council notes: The council met after the service on Feb. 8 and opened with prayer.

Under old business it was mentioned that the Trustees will be arranging the replacement of the parsonage windows with the carpenter.

Also under old business, lawn care options were discussed. Clarence will not be able to do it this year. Some options to consider include: 1) buying our own mower and hiring someone to run it; 2) asking for volunteers to mow the lawn (which may also include purchasing a mower); 3) hiring out the lawn care. If we purchase our own mower, we’ll need to look into storage and insurance.

Pastor reported that Lenten rotation will only be between him and Pastor Andrus (Mt. Olive, Graceville/ Trinity, Johnson). Pastor Main is serving the vacancy at Calvary, Glenwood. Since the vacancy limits his time to spend with his congregation on Sunday morning, they felt it best for him to be at St. Paul’s every Lenten service to give his own members a chance to visit with him.

The Treasurer’s report showed that the General Fund fell by nearly $2000 in January to close the month with a balance of $2999.32. The congregational mission offering was $223. ($667 is needed each month.)

Two white boards were ordered for the Sunday school teachers (and have now been installed). A new wireless mic will be ordered since the lead on the old one causes occasional crackling. (It’s cost ended up being under $30.)

The next meeting is scheduled for March 8. We closed with the Lord’s Prayer.

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 (gerald_karen_hoffman@hotmail.com) or Mona Roth (jkr1952@gmail.com).

We are asking that all recipes be turned in by today.

A meeting is scheduled for next 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 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.

Ash Wednesday: Lent begins on Wednesday, 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.

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 welsmarriageretreat@gmail.com. There is room at the retreat for 17 couples. The deadline for registering is February 20, 2015.

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.

At the beginning of the year there was 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.

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.

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

February Cleaners: Pastor & Mary Bitter, 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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