The Sixth Sunday of Easter

May 10, 2015

Prayer:

Love divine, all love excelling, Joy of heav’n to earth come down, Fix in us your humble dwelling, All your faithful mercies crown. Jesus, you are all compassion, Boundless mercy from above. Visit us with benediction; Comfort us with heav’nly love. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 365:1)

The Sixth Sunday of Easter

May 10, 2015

Worship Focus: Love

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

Hymns: 610, 359, 505, 318

God's Word

First Lesson: Acts 7:54-60

Stephen knew God’s great love for him in Christ. He willingly faced painful death with courage. Like Stephen, may we too confess Jesus no matter what the cost, confident that God’s love will not fail us.

Psalm 124, see insert

Our help is in the name of the Lord who has loved us dearly.

Second Lesson: 1 John 4:13-21

God is love. We love because he first loved us.

Gospel: John 17:11b-19

Jesus prays for us. He prays for our protection while we are in the world. God’s word of truth answers that prayer. His word sets us apart as God’s sanctified people. What love our Savior shows us as he continues to intercede for us!

1 John 4:13-21

God’s Love Drives Out Fear

  1. So that we have courage to anticipate Judgment Day
  2. So that we have courage to love our brothers and sisters

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.

Acts 7:54-60:

When the members of the Sanhedrin heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”

At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul.

While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep. (NIV11)

Upcoming Kingdom Work
Week of May 10, 2015

  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday school
    • 9:30am Youth Bible Class
    • 9:30am Bible class
    • 10:30am Divine Service

News and Notes

Prayer: We join in a prayer of thanksgiving with David and Ann Lubenow at the birth of a healthy daughter. We are looking forward to her rebirth into God’s family through the water and word of Baptism. Dave and Ann are currently living in Finland.

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.

Finances:

Apr.. $785.00-- YTD $2611.00
Annual Commitment: $8,000; Needed/month $674

Graduation Invitation: Abigail and Caleb Bitter will be graduating from GPLHS on Saturday, May 23, at 10:00am. There is plenty of seating available for all who would like to be part of this wonderful day with family, faculty, and friends of the class of 2015. An Open House party will begin at 2:00pm at Veronica’s apartment in Watertown, SD, (1500 3rd Ave SW Apt. #3). All are welcome.

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.

May Ushers: Justin Flaten (capt.), Dale Kraft, Dean Rohloff, Kerry Roth, Don Spencer

May Cleaners: Justin & Carrie Flaten; Jeff & Christa Flaten

Today’s Greeter: Tom & Elaine Mohr

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

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