The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

September 6, 2015

Prayer:

Prayer: Lord, let me win my foes With kindly words and action, And let me find good friends For counsel and correction. Help me, as you have taught, To love both great and small And by your Spirit’s might To live in peace with all. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 449:4)

The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

September 6, 2015

Worship Focus: Fight on with the full armor of God

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

Hymns: 455, 459, 315, 484

Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156

God's Word

First Lesson: Deuteronomy 4:1, 2, 6-8

How does God equip us to fight the good fight of faith? Through his word. Take his word to heart. Hear and follow it without adding to it or subtracting from it. For through his word in the Scriptures and in the Sacraments, the Lord, our God comes near to us.

Psalm 119c, p. 111

How we love God’s word for it keeps us from evil paths! How sweet his word is!

Second Lesson: Ephesians 6:10-20

Put on the full armor of God.

Gospel: Matthew 7:1-8, 14, 15, 21-23

We need the full armor of God, for our battle is not only with the devil outside us but also against the evil that flows out of our own heart. No man-made ideas or rules can truly change us from the inside out. Only God’s word can do that.

Mark 9:30-37

Be First

  1. By pursuing excellence in your Christian life
  2. By serving others in Jesus’ name
  3. /n

Mark 9:30-37 (NIV84)

They left that place and passed through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know where they were, because he was teaching his disciples. He said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise.”

But they did not understand what he meant and were afraid to ask him about it.

They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?” But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest.

Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.” He took a little child and had him stand among them. Taking him in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”

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.

Upcoming Kingdom Work
Week of September 6, 2015

  • Monday
    • 1:00pm Bible Class: Life of Christ
  • Tuesday
    • 7:00pm Sunday School Teachers’ Meeting
    • Sun 9:15am Sunday School
    • 9:30am Youth Group
    • 10:30am Divine Service
    • 11:30am Farewell Potluck

News and Notes

Special Voters’ Meeting: On September 10 at 7:00pm there will be a special voters meeting with the circuit pastor (Rev. Michael Neumann) and/or the Minnesota district president (Rev. Charles Degner). The purpose of the meeting is to grant Pastor Bitter a peaceful release from his call to St. John’s and to discuss all issues pertaining to the vacancy and the calling of another pastor. This could include: calling a vacancy pastor, discussion on whether to explore forming a dual parish or not, characteristics and qualifications St. John’s is looking for in their next pastor, and so on. All members, not just voters, are welcome to attend. Part of the meeting will be an open forum where anyone will be able to share their thoughts concerning the needs of St. John’s.

This meeting begins laying the ground work for the next several years. Please make every effort to attend. As the chairman of the congregation, Justin Flaten invites anyone who would like to share their thoughts, ideas, or concerns with him to contact him before the meeting: phone 320-392-0070, email:

Farewell: Pastor Bitter’s last service here will be September 13 at 10:30am followed by a farewell potluck.

College Students: If you have a child attending college or tech school this fall, WELS Campus Ministry would like to stay in touch with them, even if they are living at home. So please get the following contact information to Pastor Bitter as soon as possible: Student’s name, cell phone, email address, college name, student’s school address (including room #), student’s major or program of study, tentative college graduation date, and whether they would like to receive free copies of Meditations and/or Forward in Christ. Thank you!

Finances:

Aug. $273 -- YTD $4461.75
Annual Commitment: $8,000; Needed/month $885

Cookbook Update: We are getting close to a printing date for the church cook book. Karen Hoffman is finishing up the final changes. There is still a little bit of time to get your family histories or stories into the cookbook. They can be accepted through September 13. Everyone is encouraged to get their write-ups into the book because it has made the cook book very interesting. We do not want any family to feel left out once it is in print. Please put this information in Karen Hoffman's box or call her if you want to email it.

We are missing names on 2 recipes. The recipes are Corned Beef Casserole and Easy Cherry Dessert. Both recipes are located on the sign-up communion stand in the narthex. Please identify those recipes so that they do not have to go into the cookbook with no names. Either write your name on the recipes or call Karen Hoffman at 320-965- 2780.

August Ushers: Barry Nelson (capt.), John Jepma, Evan Nelson, Dennis Schroeder, Cory Schroeder

August Cleaners: John & Tawnia Jepma, Jason & Amy Brown

Today’s Greeters: Delroy & Jane Thielke

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

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