The Fourth Sunday of Easter

April 26, 2015


By your blood our souls were bought; By your life salvation wrought; by your light our feet are taught, Lord, to follow you. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 436:3)

The Fourth Sunday of Easter

April 26, 2015

Worship Focus: The Good Shepherd lays down his life

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

Hymns: 432, 375, 436, 360

God's Word

First Lesson: Acts 4:23-33

Follow the Shepherd even when the world rages against you. Peter and John had healed a crippled in Jesus’ name. They had preached in the temple court calling the people to repentance and forgiveness in Jesus. They had been arrested and accused before the Jewish ruling council. Now they give thanks to God for all of that. We too follow the Shepherd trusting him to lead us on.

Psalm 23, see sheet for hymn 766.

The Lord is my Shepherd

Second Lesson: 1 John 3:1, 2

In baptism we were reborn as children of God, reborn as lambs into his flock. We journey through this dark world, following our Shepherd until he leads us safely home.

Gospel: John 10:11-18

Jesus, the Good Shepherd, laid down his life for the sheep and has taken it up again. Follow him.

Sermon: Acts 20:28-32

How Precious Is God’s Flock!

  1. Purchased by his blood
  2. Protected by his word

Acts 20:28-32:

“Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.

“Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.” (NIV84)

Upcoming Kingdom Work
Week of April 26, 2015

  • Monday
    • 6:30pm Bible Class: Life of Christ
    • Wed 3:30pm Catechism Class
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday school
    • 9:30am Youth Bible Class
    • 9:30am Bible class
    • 10:30am Examination and Confirmation
    • Pastor Lopahs’ 40th anniversary in ministry @ St. James

News and Notes

Confirmation: Examination and confirmation will be next Sunday, May 3. Peyton Rohloff is the confirmand this year. May our Savior bless him as he prepares to publicly confess his faith.

Lord’s Supper: In May the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated on the second Sunday (May 10) rather than on the first Sunday due to Confirmation.

News and Notes (cont.)

40th Anniversary Invitation:

Members of St. John's Lutheran Church are cordially invited to attend the observance of Pastor Martin J. Lopahs' 40th anniversary in the ministry of our Lord.

The congregation at St. Paul's Church, St. James, MN, is observing this celebration on Sunday, May 3, 2015. Church services are 8:00am and 10:30am. After the 10:30 service, lunch and a program will follow at the American Legion, St. James, MN.

The Committee

Fresh out of seminary, Pastor Lopahs was assigned to St. John's, Hancock, in 1975. He served here from 1975 to 1984.

Summer Camp: This year Camp Luther will be much closer to home for us. It will be held at Sibley State Park, near New London MN. It is open to all WELS students and their friends entering 5th through 9th grade next fall. The dates are June 27 to July 2. Information brochures and camper registrations are available in the narthex.

Cookbook News:

We have received many recipes, but are still collecting more. We also want any historical information that you may have regarding your families. It does not have to be long, but we would appreciate any stories that can be shared. Please submit the information to Karen Hoffman.

Anyone who is interested in purchasing cookbooks can also place their requests in Karen Hoffman's box.

Our next date has not been set, but we need helpers to help assemble the cookbook, and this meeting will take some time.

April Ushers: Chuck Nelson (capt.), Jeff Flaten, Evan Nelson, David Paul, Kevin Zeltwanger

April Cleaners: Kevin & Gloria Zeltwanger; Pastor and Mary Bitter

Today’s Greeter: Karen Lubenow


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