Puzzle Pieces – March 5, 2018

After [Jesus] was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the Scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.
John 2:22

Puzzle Pieces


Daily Devotion – March 5, 2018

Devotion based on John 2:22

See series: Devotions

Puzzles can be fun. They can also be frustrating. If anything, they require patience and persistence. Not only do all the pieces have to be identified, they also must be put together correctly.

For many people Jesus’ life appeared to be a puzzle. They tried to put the pieces together. Unfortunately, they didn’t do it correctly. In the end they came up with the wrong picture.

For the disciples of Jesus, the pieces eventually all came together, but it took the final piece of the resurrection to do it. Then they knew, and believed everything Jesus said was true.

It is also important for us that all the pieces of Jesus’ life come together in the right way. But in our sinful weakness, we become impatience and fail to understand Jesus. An unanswered prayer may lead us to doubt Jesus’ wisdom. A disaster may make us question his goodness. Just about any difficulty or illness may cause us to wonder about his love.

The problem isn’t with Jesus, or with his wisdom, goodness, and love. It rests with us. We fail to understand how all the pieces fit together.

We need to rely on what Jesus has said. From the Scriptures we realize how he faithfully completed all he said he would do. From the Scriptures we can understand not one word or gracious promise has ever failed. From the Scriptures we can clearly see what he has done for our rescue. He has fulfilled every righteous requirement on our behalf. He has suffered the shameful treatment and mockery we deserved. He has even sacrificed his life as our substitute to give us eternal life. When we take the time to consider all he has done for us, all the pieces come together. The life of Jesus is not a puzzle with missing pieces. It is a beautiful picture of him as our Savior, made complete by his faithful Word.

Prayer:
O gracious Lord, open my eyes to see all you have done for me. Increase my faith to trust that you will always keep your Word. Give me joy in knowing that you hold me in your loving hands. Amen.

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BULLETIN- THE THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT MARCH 4, 2018

EMMANUEL and ST. JOHN’S

Evangelical Lutheran Churches

Mecan and Montello, WI

Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod

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THE THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT

MARCH 4, 2018


WELCOME TO OUR CHURCH! We extend a warm welcome to everyone today, especially our visitors. In the bulletin you’ll find an outline of today’s service, a calendar of events and other bits of information. In the red hymn book you’ll find the songs we sing and the order of service that we follow. If you would like a large print hymnal or bulletin please ask one of our ushers and they will gladly assist you. Restrooms and nursery area are located the parish hall at Emmanuel and in the lower level and “link-way” at St. John’s. It’s nice to have you visit today. May God bless our worship together!

THE SEASON OF LENT During the six Sundays of Lent (before Easter Sunday), God invites us to take an honest look at ourselves and REPENT–to turn away from sin and to turn toward Jesus for forgiveness and life. In today’s Scripture readings, God first teaches us the LAW, (summarized in the 10 commandments) that shows us our sin and need for a Savior. God then teaches us the GOSPEL (the good news of Jesus) that shows us our Savior, “Christ crucified” in whom we trust and whose message we proclaim.

GOD’S WORD FOR TODAY Divine Jesus Rescues Us From God’s Law – The season of Lent has historically been a time for Christians to meditate on Jesus’ passion.  His suffering and death atoned for the sins we committed.  Therefore, Lent is the “serious season” of the church year where we Christians put an extra emphasis on recognizing and confessing our own sins.  Congregations that have special mid-week services are able to make the tone somber and reflective.  The Sundays in Lent, however, serve as “mini Easters” where the readings and hymns bring joy and comfort to the believer who is reflecting on his/her own sins and Jesus’ passion during this season. The third Sunday in Lent reminds us of God’s perfect law and his holy demand that we fear and love him.  Thankfully, Jesus has fulfilled God’s law in our place.

A PERSONAL PRAYER BEFORE WORSHIP

From the cross Your wisdom shining,

breaking forth in conquering might;

From the cross forever beaming,

all Your bright redeeming light.

Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise to You who light does send.

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia without end. (Hymn 280:4)

ORDER OF SERVICE–LITURGY

“The Common Service” (hymnal page 15)

PASTOR’S GREETING

Note: At St. John’s…

ST. JOHN’S SCHOOL GRADES 2-4 SING “The Walk to Calvary” (in place of opening hymn)

Note: At Emmanuel…

ADULT CHOIR SINGS “O Crucified Messiah” (in place of opening hymn)

(Please stand)

LITURGY (hymnal page 15, read & sung responsively)

PRAYER OF THE DAY

LITURGY (hymnal page 17b, read & sung responsively)

(Please be seated for the day’s Scripture readings)

SCRIPTURE READING THEME

Repent!

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON Exodus 20:1-17

(today’s sermon text underlined: verses 1-6)

At Mt. Sinai God gives Moses the Ten Commandments–a summary of His Law

And God spoke all these words: “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

“You shall have no other gods before me.

“You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

“You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.

“You shall not murder.

“You shall not commit adultery.

“You shall not steal.

“You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

PSALM 19 (hymnal page 70, lectern side sings the first line, pulpit side sings the second line, all sing refrains and Gloria)

EPISTLE LESSON 1 Corinthians 1:22-25

The preaching of the cross is God’s wisdom

Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.

VERSE OF THE DAY Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. (John3:14,15)

(Alleluias are omitted during Lent)

(Please stand)

After the announcement of the Gospel, all sing:

“Glory be to you, O Lord!”

GOSPEL LESSON John 2:13-22

Jesus clears the temple–a call to repentance

When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple courts he found men selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father’s house into a market!”

His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”

Then the Jews demanded of him, “What miraculous sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?”

Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”

The Jews replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?” But the temple he had spoken of was his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the Scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.

After the reading of the Gospel, all sing:

“Praise be to you, O Christ”

NICENE CREED (hymnal page 18b, all read)

(Please be seated)

At Emmanuel, all children ages 2-6 are invited to Nursery Sunday School in the parish hall.

SERMON HYMN 286 “The Law Commands and Makes Us Know” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

SERMON Exodus 20:1-6

“Our God Is King of the Hill”

1. A position he demands

2. A position he deserves

(Please stand after the sermon)

LITURGY (hymnal page 20, all sing)

(Please be seated)

OFFERING, WORSHIPER GREETINGS , FRIENDSHIP REGISTERS & WELS CONNECTION DVD

OFFERING PRAYER

(Please stand)

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH

M: Dear heavenly Father, as we once again journey to the cross this Lenten season, we are humbled by your love for us and our sinful world. We thank you for the gift of your Son, our Savior, and for all you have given us.

C: We especially thank you for your spiritual gifts: for your Holy Word and Sacraments, for the forgiveness of sins in Jesus, and for our eternal home in heaven.

M: We give you thanks for making us valuable sons and daughters to you through the perfect life and redeeming death of our dear Savior, Jesus.

C: Our noble purpose in life – to be your witnesses, your ambassadors, your co-workers in things eternal – is more than we could ever expect or deserve!

M: Father, forgive us when we do not reflect the value we have in Christ; when our lives fail in many ways to show we belong to you.

C: Forgive us when we do not value what you value – in our relationship to you, in our relationship to our families, and to the many others you have placed in our lives.

M: Lord Jesus, we ask that you would change us and strengthen us through the word we have heard to live our values in what we say and in what we do, so that others may know we value you above all.

C: Enable us to reflect your love with forgiving hearts, kind words, Christ-like actions and striking generosity.

M: Use us to share your saving gospel personally through gentle conversation with those we meet, through the outreach of our church in this community, and through eager support of missions around the world.

C: Throughout our lives, and even at death, help us to leave a legacy of faithful devotion to you, our Savior. In Jesus’s name. Amen.

INTERCESSORY PRAYERS

– For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: George Alexander, Chuck Boetcher, Gale “Blackie” Boyd, Alexandria Buehrens (Bob & Carolyn’s great granddaughter), Bob & Carolyn Buehrens, George Chapman, Gene & Sharon Crook, Harley & Liola Crown, Agnes Dassow, Elaine Emond (Mark’s mother), Marjorie Fabian, Mike Farrell, Donna Gatzke, Kellen Grucza (Judy Fandrey’s daughter), Brian & Bonnie Harmon (Linda Lou Wacholtz’ sister & brother-in-law), Brody Henke, Ardis Henning, Laurana Hoffman (Tim’s daughter), Drake Hunter (Bill & Cally’s grandson), Mary Isberner, Geri Kerl (Sue Brown’s mother), Bob Klapper (Sandy’s husband), Doris Klawitter, Anna Madigan, Kerry & Lily Mann, Sherry Miller (Candace Sonnenberg’s sister), David & Janette Mottis (Ed & Marlene Buchholz’ niece and husband), Steve Parrish, Wilma Rudolph, Bob Schrank, Bill Schroeder (Ashley’s father-in-law), Jane Torres (Stacie Starke’s mother) – (added this week: )
– For the family of Roger Stellick (Doug’s uncle) called home on 2/23
– For our communicants at Emmanuel

LORD’S PRAYER (hymnal page 20b, all read)

Note: At Emmanuel…

LITURGY FOR HOLY COMMUNION (hymnal page 21, sung & read responsively)

(Please be seated for Holy Communion)

At St. John’s and Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Churches we practice closed communion. If you are a guest at worship today and interested in receiving the Lord’s Supper, please speak with the pastor prior to the service.

DISTRIBUTION HYMNS 313 “Jesus Christ, Our Blessed Savior, 285:1-2 “The Ten Commandments Are the Law” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

(Please stand)

LITURGY (hymnal page 24-25a, sung & read responsively)

CLOSING HYMN 285:11-12 “The Ten Commandments Are the Law” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

Note: At St. John’s…

LITURGY (hymnal page 25)

(Please be seated)

HYMN 285:1-2 “The Ten Commandments Are the Law” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

(Please stand)

CLOSING PRAYER & BLESSING (hymnal page 25, read & sung responsively)

CLOSING HYMN 285:11-12 “The Ten Commandments Are the Law” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Theme for next Sunday (3/11):

The Fourth Sunday in Lent: Faith Looks to Jesus

Note: Please give your completed friendship register page to an usher or pastor as you leave today’s service.

ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEK MARCH 4-MARCH 10
Sun. 8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship with communion
8:20 A.M. Emmanuel Nursery Sunday School
8:30 A.M. St. John’s Sunday School
9:00 A.M. Emmanuel/St. John’s Adult Bible Study
10:00 A.M. St. John’s Worship
11:15 A.M. St. John’s teacher call meeting
Mon. 9:00 A.M. Pastor’s Study Club at St. John’s – Montello
6:00 P.M. Hands In Prayer meeting at St. John’s
6:30 P.M. Senior Choir at St. John’s
7:30 P.M. Adult Bible Study at St. John’s
Tues. 9:00 A.M. St. John’s Elders meeting
6:00 P.M. Joint Ministry Study Committee meeting at St. John’s
Wed. 10:00 A.M. Adult Bible Study at St. John’s
1:40 P.M. St. John’s School/Little Lambs early dismissal
2:15 P.M. Public School Teen Confirmation class at St. John’s
3:30 P.M. Emmanuel Devotion
4:15 P.M.-6:00P.M. Lenten Supper
6:30 P.M. St. John’s Devotion
Thurs. 10:00 A.M. Montello Care Center devotion
6:00 P.M. Griefshare at St. John’s lower level
Fri.
Sat.
SCHEDULE FOR NEXT SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 2018

Theme for next Sunday (3/11):

 The Fourth Sunday in Lent: Faith Looks to Jesus

8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship
8:20 A.M. Emmanuel Nursery Sunday School
8:30 A.M. St. John’s Sunday School
9:00 A.M. Emmanuel/St. John’s Adult Bible Study
10:00 A.M. St. John’s Worship with communion

ST. JOHN’S OFFERING STATEMENT SIGN-UP The signup sheet is located in the church link way. Please sign up if you wish to have a copy of your 2017 offering statement.

See the source image2017 OFFERING STATEMENTS If you have signed up to receive your 2017 offering statement, please pick it up in the link way.

CHURCH PHOTOGRAPHY SIGN-UP If you would like to be put on a sign-up list for your photography session for our new church directory, please fill out some information on the sign-up sheet located in the church link way. Ciara will sign you up and give you a confirmation call with your date and time of session. We will also have some volunteers in the office for online sign-up on Sunday, March 11, from 9:00am to 10:00am and then after church, 11:00am to 12:00pm. Stop on by!

EASTER FLOWER ORDER There will be a sign-up in the church link way for those who would like to order Easter flowers this year. The deadline is March 18.

LENTEN SUPPERS March 7, 4:15p.m. – 6:00p.m.

Hosted by the HANDS IN PRAYER! A free will offering will be taken.

What’s on the Menu? White chicken chili, chicken soup, chili, fixings, cheese and sausage tray, desserts, coffee and milk. See you there!

See the source imageHELP WANTED! St. John’s is in need of some volunteers to help clean the church. Let’s do our part and take care of God’s house that he has blessed us with! If you are interested, please contact the office.

ARE YOU HIP?! (HANDS IN PRAYER) HIP GROUP would like to invite you to join them March 5th, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM in the church lower level to see what they are all about. We enjoy Christian fellowship and crochet, knit, quilt, or tie prayer shawls (lap blankets) and other crafty items for congregational members that might need to be uplifted, are dealing with an illness, or just to show a little encouragement. Craftiness is not required and we are willing to teach anyone who might be interested. If you have questions call Bernice Wegner at (608) 297-7185.

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Part of this spring’s Easter for Kids will be a baby animal petting zoo. The event is Saturday, March 24. Would you have any of the following baby animals on that day that you would allow us to borrow? OR do you have leads and contact numbers of someone who might? Kittens, puppies, bunnies, chicks, ducklings, lamb, kids (goats), piglets—we are also open to suggestions. We already have some of the babies lined up, but we would like backup! Please contact Linda Wachholz at 608 369-2635 or lwmsreporter@stjohnsmontello.org


EASTER FOR KIDS DONATIONS APPRECIATED Planning for 75 children on Saturday, March 24.  Monetary gifts help the most—used for advertising, mailings, crafts, baskets, anything & everything for the event. We appreciate donations of home-crafted items for the baskets.  Volunteers are still needed to bake for the baskets & make jello jigglers for the lunch. Volunteers to help the day of the event are also welcome. Please contact Linda Wachholz 608-369-2635 to donate or volunteer.

Still collecting plain print-free ice cream pails (ValuTime brand at Frietags or others) for coming years.  Donation box located in linkway.

kids colorful wordPRE-REGISTER FOR EASTER FOR KIDS Any child, age 3 through Grade 6, is welcome to attend Easter for Kids at St. John’s on Saturday, March 24.  This is an outreach program–it would be great if St. John’s & Emmanuel kids who attend would invite a non-member or unchurched friend! Register online www.stjohnsmontello.org  Get registration forms at both churches, in Monday Magazine, on church & school Facebook, & on public bulletin boards around Montello. This year’s theme is “Jesus—Giver of New Life.”  Storytime, singing, crafts, baby animal petting zoo, egg hunt, & more bring the true meaning of Easter to the children.  Deadline

EASTER FOR

is Friday, March 16.

SPRING MISSION OFFERINGS are being collected by the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society through Sunday, March 25. Containers are located in the entrance at St. John’s and Emmanuel—Please give your gift at the church where you are a member. 75% of gifts given will support Beaver Dam Circuit projects—HM/Hmong Evangelist Training & WM/Apache Christian Training School (ACTS). 25% of gifts given will support home & world mission projects described on the poster by the container and will be presented at the next LWMS Convention, June 21-24, in Green Bay. Gifts welcome from all who love missions!

SEND ONE SISTER PROGRAM assists women who would like to attend the LWMS Convention as a first-time attendee. This year’s Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society Convention will be held June 21-24 in Green Bay, and it’s time to register! Registration materials are available from your reporter (Helen Stelter at Emmanuel; Linda Wachholz at St. John’s). If you have never attended but have thought you might like to attend this mission-packed weekend, you are encouraged to complete a Send One Sister application, also available from your church’s reporter. The Beaver Dam Circuit Board will be holding a Silent Auction at it spring rally to raise SOS funds which will be given to first-time attendees from our circuit to help with their expenses. Why don’t YOU apply!! Deadline: April 15, 2018

YOU ARE INVITED TO HELP WITH A SERVICE PROJECT FOR CAMP PHILLIP-WAUTOMA 1) Donate items on the Camp Wish List (copies at the collection boxes at both churches) and/or 2) Donate monetary gifts towards Camp Phillip’s present $500,000 building project. Please give monetary gifts to the LWMS reporter at your church (Helen Stelter at Emmanuel; Linda Wachholz at St. John’s). Your LWMS sisters thank you for supporting your WELS Lutheran area camp! Collecting through April 15.

WEDNESDAY LENTEN DEVOTIONS “Jesus, Our Great High Priest” (based on the New Testament book of Hebrews) is the theme for this year’s midweek Lenten devotions that began Ash Wednesday, 2/14 3:30 p.m. at Emmanuel and 6:30 p.m. at St. John’s. Supper will be served in the St. John’s lower level from 4:15–6:00 p.m. “Jesus, I will ponder now, on your holy passion.” (Hymn 98)

CHRISTIAN ONE-LINERS (from a WELS pastor): If a church wants a better pastor, it only needs to pray for the one it has.

LUTHER PREPARATORY SCHOOL SACRED SPRING CONCERT

Is Sunday, March 11th at 2:00pm in the Luther Prep gym.

THE LUTHERAN GIRL PIONEERS The Lutheran Girl Pioneers invites girls ages 8-15 to join us at the LGP International Camp July 29- August 4, 2018. We have many classes to choose, from canoeing to Zumba, from crocheting to archery.  There are also nightly campfires, daily devotions, and so much more!

LGP Camp is located at Camp Bird, Crivitz, Wisconsin.

You don’t have to be a member of Lutheran Girl Pioneers to come! Girls from all over the U.S. and Canada have joined us! Registrations come out in March.

For more information, email LGPcamp@gmail.com.

Lutheran Girl Pioneers serves girls of the WELS and ELS. For more information about LGP, email girlpioneers@gmail.com

See the source imageCONTEST! Box Tops, Kwik Trip, and Tyson a+ contest has started and ends on April 13th!  Each classroom will compete to see which room can collect the most items and the winning class room will win a “Taco Boat” party. Box Tops do have expiration dates, so if everyone could please turn in what you currently have as soon as possible, it would be much appreciated!  Thank you to everyone for supporting your school and have fun collecting!  Remember that family and friends are happy to help!  Good luck!

See the source imageBECOME A RED CROSS VOLUNTEER! Our volunteers touch lives in the community every day. They are the heart and soul of the Red Cross and represent every age, gender, religion, race and ethnicity. There are so many ways you can help. Start your Red Cross story today.

Red Cross Informational Table on will be on Thursday, March 29 from 11am-1pm at the Montello Public Library. Speak with a Red Cross representative about volunteer opportunities across all lines of business. Contact Lee at 920.227.4286 for more information. Start your Red Cross story by visiting redcross.org/volunteer

Usher Schedule
March 4 E (with comm) Brian Ninneman, Paul Dahlke, Joe Heller, communion assist; Lucas Stelter
SJ Kenon Smith, Chief; Lee Ollendorf, Aaron Kendall, Chuck Boetcher, Jim Eisermann
March 7 E Don Stelter, Dave Radke
SJ Cal Kapp; Chief, Corey Kaul
March 11 SJ

(with comm)

James Wachholz; Chief, Jerre Duerr, Robin Smith, Del Henke, Joe Zauner
E Wayne Stelter, Glenn Buchholz, Jim Stuempges
St. John’s Greeter Schedule
March 4 Aaron Kendall & Christopher Smith
March 11 James & Linda Wachholz
March 18 Scott & Debbie Ritz
March 25 Karl Whitrock & Elsa Russell
Attendance Emmanuel St. John’s
2-25 2-28 54 61 163 66
St. John’s Altar Committee

March 2018

Diane Eisermann

&

Delores Cotte

 

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St. John’s & Emmanuel Lent & Holy Week Worship Schedule

Theme: Jesus Christ is Our High Priest

3/7/18 Emm – 3:30p.m.

SJ – 6:30p.m.

Midweek 4 Pastor Mike Sheppard

Mt. Zion-Ripon

3/14/18 Emm – 3:30p.m.

SJ – 6:30p.m.

Midweek 5 Pastor John Stelter

St. John’s-Princeton

3/21/18 Emm – 3:30p.m.

SJ – 6:30p.m.

Midweek 6 Pastor Pete Zietlow
3/29/18 Emm – 7:00p.m.

(communion)

Maundy Thursday Pastor Pete Zietlow
3/30/18 SJ – 1:00p.m.

(communion)

Good Friday Pastor Pete Zietlow
4/1/18 SJ – 6:00a.m. & 10:00a.m

Emm – 8:00a.m.

Easter Sunrise & Easter Service

Easter Service

Pastor Pete Zietlow

Welcome To Our Visitors!

Please Sign Our Guest Register

Visit our website & Facebook link at: www.stjohnsmontello.org

https://www.facebook.com/St-Johns-Evangelical-Lutheran-Church-107160252675/

Pastor Peter Zietlow Office (608) 297-2321

Cell & Text (608) 408-7830, E-mail: zietlowpl6@hotmail.com

Principal Tim Hemling (608) 745-2549

Teacher Karin Stellick (920) 342-3689

Teacher Sara Borck (858) 731-7919

Teacher Sandra Hemling (608) 745-2776

Parish/School Secretary Ciara Neuhauser (608) 297-2866

Altar Ladies Elaine Kelm (920) 344-0025 &

Carolyn Rosenthal 589-5036

Mail to: 313 E Montello St, Montello, WI 53949

OR scsecretary@stjohnsmontello.org

Winnebago Lutheran Academy

Principal Mr. David Schroeder/WLA office (920) 921-4930

WLA website: www.wlavikings.org

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A Miracle – March 4, 2018

As [Jesus] went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life. As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” Having said this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam”(this word means Sent). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing. … Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” “Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.” Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.” Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him.
John 9:1-7,35-38

A Miracle


Daily Devotion – March 4, 2018

Devotion based on John 9:1-7,35-38

See series: Devotions

“Why doesn’t Jesus ever do stuff like this for me?”

Do you ever find yourself asking that question after reading a Bible story like this one? There he was—a man who had been blind since birth—and just like that, Jesus restores his sight! His greatest problem fixed in a flash. What a miracle!

But don’t you have similar problems in your life? You may not be physically blind, but what about your other health problems? What about your emotional problems? Your financial problems? Your relationship problems? Jesus certainly has the power to fix those problems too, doesn’t he? You wonder, “Why doesn’t Jesus ever do stuff like this for me?”

When you find yourself asking that question, consider this: Was this man’s physical blindness really his greatest problem? Jesus makes it clear that it was not. Even after restoring his physical sight, Jesus seeks out this no longer blind man once again in order to fix a far greater problem—a problem that every single human being is born with—spiritual blindness. This man could not see Jesus as his Savior from sin.

So, what did Jesus do for him? Jesus opened his eyes again. Only this time Jesus did not grant physical sight; he granted spiritual sight. Jesus caused this man to see what he could not see before—that Jesus, “the light of the world,” was his Savior. “Lord, I believe,” was the man’s simple confession of faith. Through it, he now possessed all the blessings that come through faith in Christ: the forgiveness of sins, the comfort of salvation, and the certain hope of eternal life. What a miracle!

Why doesn’t Jesus ever do stuff like this for you? Dear friend, he has! For you, too, were born in the same helpless condition—spiritually blind, stuck in the darkness of unbelief, and unable to see Jesus as your Savior. But then Jesus performed a miracle in your life. Through the waters of your baptism and the message of his Word, Jesus opened up your eyes. He brought you out of the darkness of unbelief, granting you spiritual sight. You, too, are now able to confess, “Lord, I believe.” You, too, now see Jesus, “the Light of the world,” as your Savior from sin. What a miracle. A miracle that Jesus has done for you!

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, you are the light of the world. Thank you for overcoming the darkness of unbelief in my heart, that I may see you as my Savior from sin. Amen.

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Let the SON Shine – March 3, 2018

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said: “Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
Ephesians 5:8-14

Let the SON Shine


Daily Devotion – March 3, 2018

Devotion based on Ephesians 5:8-14

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The apostle Paul is speaking to Christians when he says, “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.” A regular part of the Christian life is studying God’s Word where Jesus flips on the light switch for us to see what it means to be his followers—children of light. When the SON shines on us, he leads us to regularly evaluate how we are doing in our role as children of light. So how are you doing? In your relationships with others, are you loving, submitting, obeying, and forgiving as God wants you to? Have you been giving your full effort at work even when the boss is not watching you? Have you been fair and encouraging to your employees? Are you allowing hobbies, sports, entertainment, work, or some other activity in your life to be a bigger priority than worship of Jesus and study of his Word? Are you limiting your exposure and that of your family to the darkness of sin that penetrates minds and hearts through television, music, video games, and the internet? Are you trying to be aware of the words that come out of your mouth so that God’s name is honored? Are you striving to speak to others in ways that encourage and build up instead of tear down? Do you give the impression that you are content with how the Lord has blessed you in your life or do you give the impression that you feel shortchanged by God and others? Are you generous with your time, abilities, and financial blessings in support of church and charitable work, or do greed and materialism have a strong grip on you and your family?

Additionally, part of letting the SON shine in your life is to “have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.” Being a follower of Jesus doesn’t just mean you evaluate only your own life. It means God called you to gently and with respect expose sinful attitudes and lifestyles embraced by others. Do you speak the truth in love when others you know have wrong ideas and actions concerning marriage, sexuality, beginning of life and end of life issues, and other matters that God speaks clearly about in Scripture? Do you seek to expose their sin and unbelief so they might repent and can enjoy the light of Jesus’ forgiveness? Or does your silence actually serve to confirm them in their spiritual slumber and their trek toward eternal death in hell. Or maybe even in the privacy of your home and circle of family and friends, do you laugh and joke about the sinful lives of others?

After honest evaluation, wouldn’t each of us have to admit that we are more children of twilight as we try to live in both the world of darkness and the world of light at the same time? Yet Jesus didn’t call us to be twilight children, he called us to be children of light. The SON, Jesus Christ, shines on us and calls us to repent of the times we try to continue to live in the sinful “glory days” of darkness. Jesus leads us to sorrow over our sins so that we find true appreciation in these words: “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.” Because of your faith connection to Jesus Christ the “Light of the World” God has forgiven your attempts to be more a twilight child of God instead of a full child of light. He has forgiven all the times you have failed to lovingly, gently, and respectfully expose the sin of others calling them to repentance and faith in Jesus. When God looks at you through Jesus he doesn’t see any darkness, he just sees the light of his SON’s perfection covering you. God is pleased with you in every way because “you are light in the Lord” by faith in Jesus. Let that good news daily impact your life so that you grow and mature in your ability to live as the child of light God called you to be and considers you to be in Christ Jesus.

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, thank you for connecting me by faith to my Savior Jesus, the Light of the World. Help me grow and mature as a child of light to glorify you and let my light shine before others. Amen.

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The Prophet with Words of Eternal Life – March 2, 2018

“Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”
John 6:68

The Prophet with Words of Eternal Life


Daily Devotion – March 2, 2018

Devotion based on John 6:68

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If someone discovered the cure for cancer, how much money do you think it would be worth? What would people be willing to pay for such a life-saving discovery? Likely, the amount would be astronomical, for such a discovery would mean life!

Certainly we would rejoice if such a cure were found! We would thank God for his blessings!

But…the reality is that even if cancer were cured, death would still come. The cancer-cure might stave off death for a time, but death would still come. We need something much more powerful than just a cure for an earthly disease. Instead, we need a cure for the eternal disease, a cure for sin.

Jesus, our Prophet, gives us exactly that. “You have the words of eternal life,” Peter rightly confessed. More than anything, we need the forgiveness of sins. Jesus gives us that. We need release from guilt. Jesus gives us that. We need assurance that when we die, we’ll go to heaven. Jesus gives us that.

And most amazingly, what do you and I have to pay for it?

Nothing!

Prayer:
O Jesus, my Prophet, keep bringing to me the words of eternal life. Amen.

The devotions in March on Thursday and Friday focus on the office of Jesus Christ: Prophet, Priest, and King.

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The Prophet who Speaks Good News – March 1, 2018

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.
Isaiah 61:1

After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God.
Luke 8:1

The Prophet who Speaks Good News


Daily Devotion – March 1, 2018

Devotion based on Isaiah 61:1 and Luke 8:1

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An author wrote: “Nothing travels faster than the speed of light with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special rules.”

The author was right. Bad news does travel fast. Bad news does obey its own special rules. It goes from person to person, house to house, and website to website. Brings people down. Brings fear, dread, and gloom. Bad news is easily obtained, quickly spread, greedily consumed, and obsessively believed.

The Bible identifies the source of all the bad news. All have sinned and have turned away from God. Sin deserves death and brings wrath. Death reigns in this sinful world. It’s all true and there’s nothing we can do to change any of it.

But the Sovereign Lord did change it. The Sovereign LORD designated a messenger, a prophet, a herald of good news, a Messiah of hope.

This Messiah spoke through Isaiah: “The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.”

Good news! Riches from heaven for the poor in spirit! Healing for the brokenhearted! Freedom and forgiveness for captive sinners! Hopeless mortals released from darkness and death! Life and light has come!

And then this divine Messiah spoke through his own human lips: “God’s kingdom has come! I am the Light of the World. I am the Bread of Life! I am the Good Shepherd! I am the Resurrection and the Life! I am the Way and the Truth and the Life!”

Jesus came not only to announce the good news, but to BE the good news. He LIVED the good news. He died to accomplish the good news. He rose to life again to seal the good news. He speaks the good news in his powerful saving Word: sin is forgiven and death is conquered in him, the Christ!

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, all around I hear and read bad news. Let your good news of forgiveness fill my heart, that I may have the sure hope of salvation. Let this good news drive out fear and dread and gloom. Let your good news fill my mouth, that those around me may be lifted up. Amen.

The devotions in March on Thursday and Friday focus on the office of Jesus Christ: Prophet, Priest, and King.

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