The Second Sunday in Lent

March 1, 2015


Lord, by love and mercy driven, You have left your throne in heaven On the cross for me to languish And to die in bitter anguish, To forgo all joy and gladness And to shed your blood in sadness. By this blood redeemed and living, Lord, I praise you with thanksgiving. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 311:6)

The Second Sunday in Lent

March 1, 2015

Worship Focus: We also glory in our sufferings

Order of Worship: The Common Service, p. 15

Hymns: 120, 434, 417, 422

God's Word

First Lesson: Genesis 28:10-17

The Lord’s promises lift Jacob up during a time of suffering and give him a glimpse of heaven.

Psalm 73, p. 94

Nothing on earth can diminish the joy of being with our Lord. He makes heaven glorious.

Second Lesson: Romans 5:1-11

While we were powerless sinners, God justified us by sacrificing his Son in our place. So now we can rejoice in all things and even glory in our sufferings. For, now that we are reconciled to God through Christ, salvation and the glory of heaven await us.

Gospel: Mark 8:31-38

Christ’s path led to the cross to redeem us. As we follow him, our path brings the cross. Like Christ, we Christians take up the cross. We deny the desire to hold on to our earthly thinking and to cling to our earthly stuff. Rather we boldly confess Christ, no matter what the cost, looking forward to the glory of heaven our risen Savior has won for us.

Genesis 28:10-17

The Lord Trains Us for Our Heavenly Home

  1. By bringing home to us our helplessness
  2. By bringing home to us his promises

Upcoming Kingdom Work
Week of March 1, 2015

  • Monday
    • 6:30pm Life of Christ: Series of Withdrawals
  • Wednesday
    • 3:30pm Catechism Class
    • 6:00pm Lenten Supper
    • 7:00pm Lenten Service
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday school
    • 9:30am Youth Bible Class
    • 9:30am Bible class
    • 10:30am Divine Service

The Lord's Supper: At St. John’s we observe the biblical practice of close communion. So we ask that only confirmed members in fellowship with the WELS commune. If you have further questions, please talk with the pastor.

News and Notes

Lenten Service: The Lenten theme this year is Jesus’ words, “I Tell You the Truth.” A light supper will be served at 6:00pm and the service is at 7:00pm. The theme this week is I Tell You the Truth … Fruits of Faith Will Be Remembered,” based on Mark 14:1-9.

Military BibleStick Outreach: Thank you for your donations to “Faith Comes by Hearing” for the Military BibleStick Outreach. Because of your generous donations, 40 troops while on (and preparing for) deployment are receiving a Military BibleStick that contains the New Testament and selected Psalms.

Time change: Remember to spring ahead before next Sunday. Turn your clocks an hour forward before bed on Saturday night as daylight savings time begins.


Feb. $956.00-- YTD $1179.00
Annual Commitment: $8,000; Needed/month $682

Ladies’ Cookbook Meeting Report:

Last Sunday, February 22, the ladies met after church to begin work on the cookbook. They greatly appreciated the many recipes submitted, but more are still need. They would like at least one recipe from every member, so that all can be represented as part of the cookbook. Do you know former members or relatives of members who have passed away? Let them know we would be happy to include any family recipes from their time as St. John’s. We welcome any favorite recipe, but are especially low on appetizer and salad recipes.

The ladies want the cookbook to be more than just a collection of recipes. They want it to be an heirloom of St. John’s history. If you have any family history or story to go with your recipes, please share it. Do have any helpful hints or quotes to include? We can use them as well. Any recipe, story, hint, or quote can be submitted to Karen Hoffman or placed in her bulletin box.

The ladies also want to involve the youth in designing a cover and separation pages. One idea was for them to draw pictures with a church oriented theme such as the feeding of the five thousand or the Lord’s Prayer.

Karen Lubenow will by typing and formating the recipes. The next meeting is planned for April 12 after the service. The agenda will include: 1) review the formatted recipes and make any changes; 2) look over additional recipes; 3) address a binding for the cookbook; 4) make a decision on which day is best to work on projects; 5) review any helpful hints or quotes. All ladies are invited to attend!

March Ushers: Scott Boettcher (capt.), Ryan Gray, Duane Hausmann, Tom Mohr, Harvey Flaten

March Cleaners: Barry & Sandy Nelson, Chuck & Lisa Nelson

Today’s Greeter: Justin & Carrie Flaten


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