Thursday, January 16, 2020

Announcements

St. John’s Lutheran Church

 109 Maple St. Burt, Iowa|Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

 

Pastor: Rev. Thomas Cowell                             Secretary: Rosann Shipler

Pastor’s Cell: 319-464-5548                                 Church Office: 515-924-3344   stjohnsburt.org

Pastor’s Email: pastor@stjohnsburt.org          Church Email: churchoffice@stjohnsburt.org               


THE SECOND SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY

January 19, 2020

 

Almighty and everlasting God, who governs all things in heaven and on earth, mercifully hear the prayers of Your people and grant us Your peace through all our days; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

THIS WEEK AT ST. JOHN’S

Today, January 19                

   8:00  a.m.         Sunday School/Adult Class  

   9:00  a.m.         Divine Service (Epiphany 2) (C)                                    

   10:00 a.m.        Voter’s Meeting

 

Monday, January 20

  7 & 9:00 a.m.   Women’s Bible Study - Trinity

 

Wednesday, January 22

   6:00 p.m.         Religion School

 

Sunday, January 26

   8:00 a.m.          Sunday School/Adult Class

   9:00 a.m.          Divine Service

  THIS WEEK IN THE CHURCH YEAR

  Monday, January 20

    Commemoration of Sarah

 

  Friday, January 24

    Feast of St. Timothy, Pastor and Confessor 

 

  Saturday, January 25

    Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul 



 

ST. JOHN’S NEWS

 

Organist Today:  Marcia Hanna                                  Ushers for January:   David Haase, Jeff Schutjer

                                                                                                                               & Larry Behnkendorf                              

Acolyte: Breckin Borchardt & Taylor Parsons             Elder for January:      Tony Hatten

Greeters: Short and Pat Eimers                                     Greeters Next Week:  Dave & Linda Kerkove

 

Adult Bible Study - Our Sunday morning adult Bible study class is studying the Biblical roots of the liturgy of the Divine Service, with special focus on the unique features of our Lutheran liturgy. 

 

Quarterly Voter’s Meeting will immediately follow the service today.

 

Christian New Year Resolutions - There is a handout on the back table which lists a few resources that can help you take on a Christian New Year resolution to grow in some aspect of your Christian faith.  Feel free to ask Pastor about the many other resources our congregation, district, and synod provide that can help you grow in your faith toward God and love toward your neighbor. 

 

Annual Report:  There are several Year End Reports that I have not received yet.  A reminder, if you’re responsible for a report for the annual yearbook, please email those to the church office at churchoffice@stjohnsburt.org - or bring it to the church office. Rosann

 

Usher, Greeter, Acolyte Sign-Ups - On the back table are sign-up sheets for greeters, ushers, and acolytes to give you an opportunity to sign up for a spot that works for you. Feel free to sign your name on more than one line! The sign-up sheet will be out through Sunday, January 19.

 

The Funeral Committee is looking for one more person to help with funerals. Contact Ann Heyes if you would be willing to help.

 

SYNOD, DISTRICT, & PARTNERSHIP NEWS

 

Associate Pastor Call Update - At Trinity’s Call Meeting in October, the congregation voted to extend a call to a pastor from the North American Lutheran Church who was currently going through the “colloquy process” to become a pastor in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.  As of January 10, Pastor Mark Lund, has been officially approved as a pastor within the LCMS and has been issued the call to be our new Associate Pastor. Please keep Pastor Lund and his family in your prayers as they begin this transition. More information will be coming soon regarding our timeline moving forward. 

 

Strengthening Marriage Workshop - The Iowa District West Education and Family Life Committee is hosting a marriage strengthening workshop for all married couples on Saturday, February 8th from 9:00-2:00 at Trinity, Algona. This workshop will benefit both those who are recently married to those who have been married for many years. Toni Larson, Licensed Counselor from Lutheran Family Service will lead us through a time to grow in communication skills, understand how God has uniquely designed man and woman, and lead you in focusing on your relationship. Morning refreshments and lunch are provided, as well as childcare if needed.  The cost is $40 per couple (paid the morning of the workshop). Register by Feb. 3rd at:

www.surveymonkey.com/r/Strengthening_Marriages_Workshop.  

 

Camp Okoboji News 

 

·         Family Funfest at Camp Okoboji is Saturday, January 25 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Carnival Games, Bingo, Ping Pong Tournament, Sledding, a Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride, Winter Games and a Warm Meal will be served.  Come and enjoy the camp in the winter. Contact Camp Okoboji at 712-337-3325 or camp@campokoboji.org for information.

·         Family Ice Fishing Retreat is the weekend of January 25-27, 2019.  This retreat is for anyone who loves to ice fish or wants to learn.  Cost: Adults: $135 each and Children 3-9: $85. Fee includes: All meals, 2 nights lodging and program!  There will be fishing guides available during the weekend. A fish fry will be held on Saturday evening. Bring warm clothes, poles, bait, port-a-shack and ice auger if you have one and Let’s Go Fishin’! Online Registration www.campokoboji.org or questions contact Camp Office - 712-337-3325 or camp@campokoboji.org

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

 

Come and Go Wedding Shower for Tiffany (Arend) and Perry Diekhuisis being held on Saturday, January 25 from 2-4 p.m. at the Burt Community Center.  Everyone is welcome!  


Burt Summer Celebration Silent Auction and Luncheon will be held February 23 at the Burt Complex.  They are asking for any donations to auction off. All proceeds go to keeping Burt Summer Celebration a free event.  If you wish to donate something, please contact Burt City Hall.

 

 

LECTIONARY SUMMARY 

 

Isaiah 49:1–7; 1 Corinthians 1:1–9; John 1:29–42a

 

God Reveals His Glory in Christ and His Cross

“The Lord, the Redeemer of Israel” calls forth “His Holy One” (Is. 49:7), Jesus, the Christ, “from the womb” of His Mother (Is. 49:1). The Incarnate Son of God is revealed as the Savior, not only for Israel, but also “as a light for the nations” whose salvation reaches “to the ends of the earth” (Is. 49:6). John came “baptizing with water” (John 1:31) to reveal Jesus as “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29) and who glorifies His God and Father by His atoning sacrifice upon the Cross. When Jesus was baptized in the waters of the Jordan, the Holy Spirit descended “from heaven like a dove” and “remained on Him” (John 1:32).  By our Baptism, we are anointed by the same Spirit, adopted by God the Father, and “called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 1:9).  Therefore, we “are not lacking in any spiritual gift,” but we can trust Him who promises to sustain us to the end, “guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 1:7–8).

 

FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORD

 

Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Article IV: Justification, paragraphs 103-104

Ambrose says in his letter to a certain Irenaeus:

The world was subject to God by the Law because, according to the command of the Law, all are indicted. And yet, by the works of the Law, no one is justified. For, by the Law, sin is perceived, but guilt is not taken away. The Law, which declared all people sinners, seemed to have done harm. But when the Lord Jesus Christ came, He forgave to all people the sin, which no one could avoid. And, by the shedding of His own blood, He blotted out the handwriting that was against us. This is what he says in Romans 5:20, "The law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more." After the whole world became subject, Christ took away the sin of the whole world, as John testified in John 1:29, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" For this reason let no one boast about works, because no one is justified by his deeds. He who is righteous has righteousness given to him because he was justified from the washing of Baptism. Faith, therefore, is that which frees through the blood of Christ, because he is blessed "whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered" (Psalm 32:1).

Ambrose clearly denies justification to works and teaches that faith sets us free through the blood of Christ. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, January 09, 2020

Announcements

St. John’s Lutheran Church

 109 Maple St. Burt, Iowa|Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

 

Pastor: Rev. Thomas Cowell                             Secretary: Rosann Shipler

Pastor’s Cell: 319-464-5548                                 Church Office: 515-924-3344   stjohnsburt.org              

Pastor’s Email: pastor@stjohnsburt.org          Church Email: churchoffice@stjohnsburt.org               


THE BAPTISM OF OUR LORD

January 12, 2020

 

Father in heaven, at the Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River You proclaimed Him Your beloved Son and anointed Him with the Holy Spirit. Make all who are baptized in His name faithful in their calling as Your children and inheritors with Him of everlasting life; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

LET US PRAY FOR…

 

The Church:

  Lutherans in Africa 

      & Pastor James May

  The Gate Lutheran Church, Ankeny 

      & their call process for a pastor

  Trinity Lutheran Church, Algona 

      & Pastor Tom Schlund

Those With Birthdays:

  Tysen Wickman (12th)

  Clark Christensen  (13th)

  Stefanie Hatten  (15th)

  Harold Lavrenz (16th)

  Christie Schutter (16th)

  Duane Peter (17th)  

Comfort, Health, & Recovery:

   Joan Koestler; Red Madsen;

   Pam Madsen; Jacob Thilges;

   Wendell & Esther Christensen; 

   Ruth Nerem; Karen Karels;

   Janice Schealler; Richard Knoll;

   Pat Eimers


  Trinity regarding their decision on an associate Pastor.

 

 

THIS WEEK AT ST. JOHN’S

Today, January 12                            

   8:00  a.m.      Sunday School/Adult Class  

   9:00  a.m.      Divine Service (Epiphany) (C)                                    

   10:00 a.m.     First Quarter Council Meeting

  2-5:00 p.m     Cowell Epiphany Open House 

 

Monday, January 13

  7 & 9:00 a.m.  Women Bible Study-Trinity

 

Tuesday, January 14

   8:30 a.m.     Pastor’s Circuit Meeting 

 

Wednesday, January 15

   6:00 p.m.     Religion School

 

 

  Sunday, January 19

   8:00 a.m.        Sunday School/Adult Class

   9:00  a.m.       Divine Service (C)

  10:00 a.m.       Voter’s Meeting

 

  THIS WEEK IN THE CHURCH YEAR

  Saturday,  January 18

    Feast of the Confession of St. Peter 

 

ST. JOHN’S NEWS

 

Organist Today: Kitty Bierstedt               Ushers for December: David Haase, Jeff Schutjer

                                                                                                                             & Larry Behnkendorf                                             Acolyte: Breckin Borchardt & Tysen Wickman             Elder for January:        Tony Hatten

Greeters: Barb Schroeder & Gabby Kelly            Greeters Next Week:   Short & Pat Eimers

 

Adult Bible Study - Our Sunday morning adult Bible study class is studying the Biblical roots of the liturgy of the Divine Service, with special focus on the unique features of our Lutheran liturgy. 

 

Thank-You to everyone who donated to Lutherans in Africa during the presentation and lunch last Sunday.  We raised $738!  We are also thankful to our mission board and all who helped organize and serve the soup lunch.  You are able to give to Lutherans in Africa year-round by designating mission dollars on your offering envelope, or by giving directly to them by check or credit card using the information in the brochure at the back of church. 

 

Christian New Year Resolutions - There is a handout on the back table which lists a few resources that can help you take on a Christian New Year resolution to grow in some aspect of your Christian faith.  Feel free to ask Pastor about the many other resources our congregation, district, and synod provide that can help you grow in your faith toward God and love toward your neighbor. 

 

Installation of Officers - All new and returning council members will be installed during the service today.  The congregation is thankful for all who served as officers in the previous term!  

 

Council Meeting - We will have a council meeting after church on Sunday, January 12. The voter’s meeting is Sunday, January 19.

 

Annual Report:  There are several Year End Reports that I have not received yet.  A reminder, if you’re responsible for a report for the annual yearbook, please email those to the church office at churchoffice@stjohnsburt.org - or bring it to the church office. Rosann

 

Usher, Greeter, Acolyte Sign-Ups - On the back table are sign-up sheets for greeters, ushers, and acolytes to give you an opportunity to sign up for a spot that works for you. Feel free to sign your name on more than one line! The sign-up sheet will be out through Sunday, January 19.

 

Cowell Family Epiphany Open House - Join us at the Cowell house, 609 E. Kennedy St., from 2:00-5:00 to celebrate Christmas and Epiphany with your church family!

 

The Funeral Committee is looking for one more person to help with funerals. Contact Ann Heyes if you would be willing to help.

 

SYNOD, DISTRICT, & PARTNERSHIP NEWS

 

Strengthening Marriage Workshop - The Iowa District West Education and Family Life Committee is hosting a marriage strengthening workshop for all married couples on Saturday, February 8th from 9:00-2:00 at Trinity, Algona. This workshop will benefit both those who are recently married to those who have been married for many years. Toni Larson, Licensed Counselor from Lutheran Family Service will lead us through a time to grow in communication skills, understand how God has uniquely designed man and woman, and lead you in focusing on your relationship. Morning refreshments and lunch are provided, as well as childcare if needed.  The cost is $40 per couple (paid the morning of the workshop). Register by Feb. 3rd at:

www.surveymonkey.com/r/Strengthening_Marriages_Workshop.  

 

Camp Okoboji News 

·         Family Funfest at Camp Okoboji is Saturday, January 25 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Carnival Games, Bingo, Ping Pong Tournament, Sledding, a Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride, Winter Games and a Warm Meal will be served.  Come and enjoy the camp in the winter. Contact Camp Okoboji at 712-337-3325 or camp@campokoboji.org for information.

·         Family Ice Fishing Retreat is the weekend of January 25-27, 2019.  This retreat is for anyone who loves to ice fish or wants to learn.  Cost: Adults: $135 each and Children 3-9: $85. Fee includes: All meals, 2 nights lodging and program!  There will be fishing guides available during the weekend. A fish fry will be held on Saturday evening. Bring warm clothes, poles, bait, port-a-shack and ice auger if you have one and Let’s Go Fishin’! Online Registration www.campokoboji.org or questions contact Camp Office - 712-337-3325 or camp@campokoboji.org

 

Thank You for the gift of $800 which was received in our office on December 30 to support the work that we do each day with children, teens, adults, couples and families in need. May God bless you all today and every day in His promise of life everlasting through the Savior who is born for you.   Rev. Max Phillips, Executive Director.

 

COMMUNITY NEWS


Come and Go Wedding Shower for Tiffany (Arend) and Perry Diekhuis on Saturday, January 25 from 2-4 p.m. at the Burt Community Center.  Everyone is welcome! 

 

LECTIONARY SUMMARY (Baptism of Our Lord)

 

Isaiah 42:1–9; Romans 6:1–11; Matthew 3:13–17

 

The Holy Triune God Is Manifested and Reveals Himself to Us in Holy Baptism

The Baptism of our Lord is an “Epiphany” of the one true God in the flesh and blood of Jesus.  He is the chosen Servant of the Lord, anointed with the Spirit for the rescue of God’s people and “to bring forth justice to the nations” (Is. 42:1). Thus, He makes all things new, and He is given “as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations” (Is. 42:6). In the waters of the Jordan, He takes His place with sinners and takes all the sins of the world upon Himself. He undergoes the baptism of repentance in order to “fulfill all righteousness” for us (Matt. 3:15). He submits Himself to the curse of sin and death, in order to redeem us. We are baptized with a baptism like His, thereby dying and rising with Him, so that “we will also live with Him” (Rom. 6:8). Indeed, all of us who are baptized into Christ Jesus are anointed with His Spirit and named by His Father as beloved and well-pleasing sons and daughters.

 

FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORD

 

Large Catechism, Article IV: Baptism, paragraphs 64-68

We must know what Baptism signifies and why God has ordained just this outward sign and ceremony for the Sacrament by which we are first received into the Christian Church. The act or ceremony is this: we are sunk under the water, which passes over us, and afterward are drawn out again. These two parts, (1) to be sunk under the water and (b) drawn out again, signify Baptism's power and work. It is nothing other than putting to death the old Adam and affecting the new man's resurrection after that [Romans 6:4-6]. Both of these things must take place in us all our lives. So a truly Christian life is nothing other than a daily Baptism, once begun and ever to be continued. For this must be done without ceasing, that we always keep purging away whatever belongs to the old Adam. Then what belongs to the new man may come forth. But what is the old man? It is what is born in human beings from Adam: anger, hate, envy, unchastity, stinginess, laziness, arrogance - yes, unbelief. The old man is infected with all vices and has by nature nothing good in him [Romans 7:18]. Now, when we have come into Christ's kingdom [John 3:5], these things must daily decrease. The longer we live the more we become gentle, patient, meek, and ever turn away from unbelief, greed, hatred, envy, and arrogance.

 

This is Baptism’s true use among Christians, as signified by baptizing with water. 

 

 

 

Thursday, January 02, 2020

Announcements

St. John’s Lutheran Church

109 Maple St. Burt, Iowa|Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

 

Pastor: Rev. Thomas Cowell                              Secretary: Rosann Shipler

Pastor’s Cell: 319-464-5548                                  Church Office: 515-924-3344  stjohnsburt.or

Pastor’s Email: pastor@stjohnsburt.org          Church Email: churchoffice@stjohnsburt.org               


THE EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD (OBSERVED)

January 5, 2020

 

O God, by the leading of a star You made known Your only-begotten Son to the Gentiles. Lead us, who know You by faith, to enjoy in heaven the fullness of Your divine presence; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

 

 

THIS WEEK AT ST. JOHN’S

Today, January 5                              

   8:00 a.m.        NO S. School/Adult Class  

   9:00 a.m.        Divine Service (Epiphany) (C)                                    

   10:00 a.m.      Mission Presentation

   11:00 a.m.      Soup Luncheon

 

Wednesday, January 8

    6:00 p.m.      Religion School

 

Thursday, January 9

    6:30 p.m.      Elder’s Meeting

 

 Sunday, January 12

   8:00 a.m.        Sunday School/Adult Class

   9:00  a.m.       Divine Service (C)

  10:00 a.m.       First Quarter Council Meeting

 2:00-5:00 p.m. Cowell Epiphany Open House

  THIS WEEK IN THE CHURCH YEAR

  Friday, January 10

    Commemoration of Basil of Caesarea,   

    Gregory of Nazianzus, & Gregory of Nyssa, 

    the Cappadocian Fathers

ST. JOHN’S NEWS

 

Organist Today: Marcia Hanna                     Ushers for December: David Haase, Jeff Schutjer & 

                                                                                                                     Larry Behnkendorf 

Acolyte: Kenna Hatten & Taylor Parsons    Elder for January:        Tony Hatten

Greeters Today: Donna & Melvin Haase   Greeters Next Week:   Barb Schroder & Gabby Kelly

 

Adult Bible Study - Our Sunday morning adult Bible study class is discussing the benefits of meditating on the six chief parts of the Catechism through Scripture and prayer.  We’ll be using the book The Lord Will Answer: A Daily Prayer Catechism.  A copy of the book will be provided for everyone to use. 

 

Mission Presentation - Unfortunately, Pastor James May had an unexpected and unavoidable schedule conflict come up, and is not able to join us this Sunday.  However, Pastor Cowell will lead a presentation after church on Pastor May’s mission organization, Lutherans in Africa, as well as the mission work of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod as a whole.  

 

Soup Lunch for Lutherans in Africa - Join us in the church basement for a soup lunch after our mission presentation today.  The freewill offering for the lunch will go toward the mission work of Lutherans in Africa. 

 

Installation of Officers - All new and returning council members will be installed during the service on January 12th.

 

Council Meeting - We will have a council meeting after church on Sunday, January 12. Voter’s Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 19.

 

Annual Report:  The end of the year will be here soon! If you’re responsible for a report for the annual yearbook, it can be emailed to the church office at churchoffice@stjohnsburt.org - or bring it to the church office.

 

Usher, Greeter, Acolyte Sign-Ups - On the back table are sign-up sheets for greeters, ushers, and acolytes to give you an opportunity to sign up for a spot that works for you.  Feel free to sign your name on more than one line! 

 

St. John’s Flocknote - As a new Church Year begins now would be a good time to review your St. John’s text message and email options!  See the Flocknote information sheet on the back table for the types of communication you can receive through text or email.  You can sign up or change your options yourself from the instructions provided, or if you fill out the sheet and leave it at the church office we are happy to sign you up or make changes for you. 

- Also note that there is a new Flocknote option this year called “St. John’s Volunteers.”             

  Sign up for this option if you would like to receive messages from St. John’s about 

  volunteer opportunities within our congregation, partnership, or community. 

 

Cowell Family Epiphany Open House - You are invited to continue your holiday cheer at the Cowell house on January 12 from 2:00-5:00 p.m.!  Once you’ve finished celebrating Christmas with your family, you’ll have this opportunity to celebrate Epiphany with your church family.  The Cowell’s live at 609 E Kennedy St. in Algona. 

 

SYNOD, DISTRICT, & PARTNERSHIP NEWS

 

Strengthening Marriage Workshop - The Iowa District West Education and Family Life Committee is hosting a marriage strengthening workshop for all married couples on Saturday, February 8th from 9:00-2:00 at Trinity, Algona. This workshop will benefit both those who are recently married to those who have been married for many years. Toni Larson, Licensed Counselor from Lutheran Family Service will lead us through a time to grow in communication skills, understand how God has uniquely designed man and woman, and lead you in focusing on your relationship. Morning refreshments and lunch are provided, as well as childcare if needed.  The cost is $40 per couple (paid the morning of the workshop). Register by Feb. 3rd at:

www.surveymonkey.com/r/Strengthening_Marriages_Workshop.  

 

Did You Know: No matter your age, you can keep dreaming. What dream has God placed on your heart for your walk with Him in this new year? “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” C.S. Lewis   

Lutheran Family Service is Iowa’s only Recognized Service Organization (RSO) by the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) for Pregnancy Support, Adoption Services, Family Wellness, Mental Health & Marriage Counseling. Find help at LutheranFamilyService.org

 

LECTIONARY SUMMARY (Epiphany of Our Lord)

 

Isaiah 60:1–6; Ephesians 3:1–12; Matthew 2:1–12

 

The Lord God Is Manifested in the Incarnate Son

The Feast of the Epiphany centers in the visit of the Magi from the East. In that respect, it is a “Thirteenth Day” of Christmas, and yet, it also marks the beginning of a new liturgical season.  Where Christmas has focused on the Incarnation of our Lord, that is, on God becoming flesh, the Season of Epiphany emphasizes the manifestation or self-revelation of God in that same flesh of Christ. For the Lord Himself has entered our darkness and rises upon us with the brightness of His true Light (Is. 60:1–2). He does so chiefly by His Word of the Gospel, which He causes to be preached within His Church on earth, not only to the Jews but also to Gentiles (Eph. 3:8–10).  As the Magi were guided by the promises of Holy Scripture to find and worship the Christ-Child with His Mother in the house (Matt. 2:5–11), so does He call disciples from all nations by the preaching of His Word, to find and worship Him within His Church (Is. 60:3–6).  

 

FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORD

 

Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Article V: Love and Fulfilling the Law, para. 140-141

Daniel proclaims to [King Nebuchadnezzar] many things about the only God, the God of Israel. He converts the king not only to give alms, but much more, to have faith. For we have the excellent confession of the king about the God of Israel, "There is no other god who is able to rescue in this way." Therefore, in Daniel's sermon there are two parts. One part gives a commandment about the new life and the works of the new life. In the other part, Daniel promises the forgiveness of sins to the king. This promise of the forgiveness of sins is a truly prophetic and evangelical voice. Daniel certainly meant that the promise should be received in faith. For Daniel knew that the forgiveness of sins in Christ was promised not only to the Israelites, but also to all nations. Otherwise, he could not have promised to the king the forgiveness of sins. For without God's sure Word about His will, a person has no power to claim, especially when terrified by sin, that God ceases to be angry. In his own language, Daniel speaks clearly about repentance and even more clearly brings out the promise, "Break off your sins by practicing righteousness, and your iniquities by showing mercy to the oppressed." These words teach about repentance. They direct the king to become righteous, then to do good works, to defend the miserable against injustice, as was the king's duty.