Lasting Peace – June 30, 2018

The prophet who prophesies peace will be recognized as one truly sent by the LORD only if his prediction comes true.
Jeremiah 28:9

Lasting Peace


Daily Devotion – June 30, 2018

Devotion based on Jeremiah 28:9

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Although we look for and long for peace, it is not often found and short-lived when it is. Full-blown wars are waged across the globe. Minor skirmishes break out continually. Violence erupts in city streets. Domestic abuse comes to old and young and many in between. How great it would be to hear that right around the corner is an end of the fighting and an entrance of peace! Sadly, that’s not what God tells us to expect in our world. Hatred and hostility, not harmony and hand-holding, are the world’s hallmarks.

Why? Why is peace such a rare commodity? The simple answer is: sin. Ever since Adam and Eve disobeyed God, their descendants in this world are in a wrecked relationship with God and each other. Sin that dwells in human hearts reveals itself in self-destructive acts of rebellion against God and his commands. Human hearts reveal their sinfulness in thoughts of jealousy and suspicion against fellow human beings. Wicked thoughts often lead to ugly words and malicious accusations. Greed and unbridled desire propel people to take action to sink the competition and gain ground for self. Is it any wonder that unchecked human beings who gain wealth and power will use them to gain even more, with little or no care for those they hurt in the process? Sin destroys peace—peace we long for on earth—but more devastatingly, peace with God!

The prophet Jeremiah, some 2600 years ago, recounted the accurate prophecies made against nations and people, all which came as a result of sin. Then, to a certain false prophet who was trying to raise the people’s hope for peace he said, “The prophet who prophesies peace will be recognized as one truly sent by the LORD only if his prediction comes true.” Jeremiah was warning the people that the prophet who predicted peace for the nation of Israel was a liar. How depressing!

But wait! Later in his rather long book of prophecy, Jeremiah himself spoke of peace (Jeremiah 30:10, 46:27). He talked of a lasting peace which would bring ultimate security. And…his prediction came true! The Lord himself brought peace to human beings by sending his Son as the peace-maker. He came, not as one who demands that all lay down their arms, but to lay down his life as an offering for sin and sinners. Not coming to bark orders and demand that everyone treat each other nicely…or else, he came to bring about a divine cease-fire through his pure life, innocent death, and resurrection from death. Those actions of Jesus Christ have been accepted by God himself as solution to sin and the terms of a truce between God and people, between God and you!

We shouldn’t expect to see an end of the fighting in this world. But, in Christ, there is peace that goes way deeper than that: peace with God through the forgiveness of sins! As you hold tight to Jesus in faith you have a divinely secured peace, which no one can take from you and that will last forever!

Prayer:
Lord God, thank you for sending your Son to restore peace in my relationship with you. Help me to reflect that peace in the way I serve you and treat others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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BULLETIN- July 1, 2018 -A Service for Independence Day

Let Freedom Ring

A Service for Independence Day

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July 1, 2018

8 a.m. Emmanuel

10 a.m. St. John’s

Pastor Peter Zietlow

Pastor’s Greeting: Today we celebrate our freedom in Christ and our nation’s Independence Day.

(Please stand)

Congregational Hymn, “My Country ‘Tis Of Thee,” 1st of 3 verses, sung to the tune of “God Bless Our Native Land,” Hymn 619

Sing:

  1. My country ’tis of thee,

Sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.

Land where my fathers died,

Land of the pilgrims’ pride,

From ev’ry mountainside let freedom ring.

Pastor and congregation responsive readings from Isaiah 61 and 58:

P: Proclaim good news to the oppressed, liberty to the captives, and release to those imprisoned.

C: Let freedom ring!

P: Bind up the brokenhearted and comfort those who mourn. Share your bread with the hungry, clothe the naked, and give shelter to the homeless poor.

C: Proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor!

P: Let the bonds of injustice be loosed and the chains of the yoke undone.

C: Let freedom ring!

P: Proclaim God’s everlasting covenant.

C: For the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring us before all nations.

P: Let freedom ring!

Sing:

  1. Let music swell the breeze, And ring from all the trees sweet freedom’s song; Let mortal tongues awake; Let all that breathe partake; Let rocks their silence break, the sound prolong.

Prayer of the Day

Sing:

  1. Our fathers’ God, to thee,

Author of liberty, to thee we sing;

Long may our land be bright

With freedom’s holy light.

Protect us by thy might, great God, our king!

(Please be seated)

First Lesson: Deuteronomy 4:32-39 God freed his people from their bondage.

32 Ask now about the former days, long before your time, from the day God created human beings on the earth; ask from one end of the heavens to the other. Has anything so great as this ever happened, or has anything like it ever been heard of? 33 Has any other people heard the voice of God[a] speaking out of fire, as you have, and lived? 34 Has any god ever tried to take for himself one nation out of another nation,by testings, by signs and wonders, by war, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, or by great and awesome deeds, like all the things the Lord your God did for you in Egypt before your very eyes?

35 You were shown these things so that you might know that the Lord is God; besides him there is no other. 36 From heaven he made you hear his voice to discipline you. On earth he showed you his great fire, and you heard his words from out of the fire. 37 Because he loved your ancestors and chose their descendants after them, he brought you out of Egypt by his Presence and his great strength, 38 to drive out before you nations greater and stronger than you and to bring you into their land to give it to you for your inheritance, as it is today.

39 Acknowledge and take to heart this day that the Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth below. There is no other.

Psalm Response, sung to the tune “Oh Worship the King,” Hymn 243

Oh, let freedom ring throughout all the land. O citizens, sing of God’s mighty hand. The bountiful grace of your Maker proclaim And fill ev’ry place with the praise of his name!

Proclaim liberty, that all once enslaved From sin’s misery at last may be saved. So may all the ransomed their Savior adore And lift holy hands in his praise evermore.

Proclaim liberty! Behold how each field In God’s jubilee its treasures shall yield. With high adoration God’s children shall sing In thanks for salvation: Oh, let freedom ring.

Second Lesson: Romans 5:12-17 God’s grace is our freedom.

12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned—

13 To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone’s account where there is no law.14 Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who is a pattern of the one to come.

15 But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! 16 Nor can the gift of God be compared with the result of one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. 17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!

Verse of the Day: Alleluia. Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people. Alleluia. Proverbs 14:34

Congregation: Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Hymnal p.18

Rise for the Gospel: John 8:31-36 The Son has set us free.

31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

33 They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”

34 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

(Be seated)

Congregational Hymn: 1 verse sung to the tune of “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, Hymn 234

Praise we our God for he prospers our words and defends us. Daily the strength of his goodness and mercy attends us. Let freedom ring! Through all the land echoing thanks for the blessings God sends us.

Sermon: Galatians 5:1, 13-25

Celebrate Your Freedom In Christ

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

Congregational Hymn: 1 verse sung to the tune of “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, Hymn 234

Praise to our Father, Almighty, the King of creation! Praise to Christ Jesus, whose death guarantees our salvation!

Let freedom ring! Moved by God’s Spirit we sing anthems of glad adoration.

Offering—Sign the friendship register and greet one another. (WELS Connection DVD)

Hymn 485, “We Give Thee but Thine Own,” verses 1,2

We give thee but thine own, whate’er the gift may be; All that we have is thine alone, a trust, O Lord, from thee.

May we thy bounties thus as stewards true receive And gladly, as thou blesses us, to thee our first fruits give. Amen

Prayer: Lord, keep this nation under your care. Bless the leaders of our land that we may be people at peace among ourselves and a blessing to other nations of the earth. Help us elect trustworthy leaders, contribute to wise decisions for the general welfare, and serve you faithfully in our generation to the honor of your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

And they all said…

C: Amen

Intercessory Prayers-

– For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: George Alexander, Gale “Blackie” Boyd, Alexandria Buehrens (Bob & Carolyn’s great granddaughter), Bob & Carolyn Buehrens, George Chapman, Gene & Sharon Crook, Harley & Liola Crown, Agnes Dassow, Caleb & Emery Degenstein (Mark Emond’s friends), 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, Geri Kerl (Sue Brown’s mother), Bob Klapper (Sandy’s husband), Doris Klawitter, Aspen Raelynn Lefeber (Barb Hoffman’s greatgrandaughter), Anna Madigan, Kerry & Lily Mann, Ruthie Marcelain (Dawn’s granddaughter), Steve Parrish, Wayne Riemer, Wilma Rudolph, Frankie Russell, Bob Schrank, Bill Schroeder (Ashley’s father-in-law), Jennifer Strauss, Jane Torres (Stacie Starke’s mother), Donny Weber (Betty’s son), Paul Weldon, Raymond Zacharias (Marilyn Riemer’s brother) – (added this week: Jennifer Strauss)

– For Tim Hemling who accepted the Lord’s Call to teach middle school English at Divine Savior Academy in Doral, Florida

– For Milo & Barbara Petrick who celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary on Wednesday (6/27)

– For the family of Randy Tutaj, former St. John’s and current Emmanuel member, called home on Wednesday

– For those straying from the church

– For our communicants at Emmanuel

Join together in the Lord’s Prayer:

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be they name,

thy kingdom come,

thy will be done

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread;

and forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those

who trespass against us;

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil,

for thine is the kingdom

and the power and the glory

forever and ever. Amen.

*At Emmanuel, we follow the service for Communion on pages 33-37. The communion Hymn is Draw Near and Take the Body of the Lord, Hymn 309, 3 verses.

At Emmanuel & St. John’s Ev. 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.

*St. John’s continues below:

P: The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.

All: Amen

(Please stand)

Congregational Closing Hymn, “God Bless Our Native Land,” Hymn 619

  1. God bless our native land; firm may she ever stand

Through storm and night!

When the wild tempests rave, Ruler of wind and wave, Do thou our country save by thy great might.

  1. For her our prayers shall rise, To God above the skies;

On him we wait. Thou who art ever nigh, Guarding with watchful eye,

To thee aloud we cry, God save the state!

(Be seated)

(Veterans & active military persons: please remain standing)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

THEME FOR NEXT SUNDAY, JULY 8, 2018

The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost:

Proclaim the Word Whether People Listen or Not

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

ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEK JULY 1-JULY 7
Sun. 8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship with communion
10:00 A.M. St. John’s Worship
Mon.
Tues. 9:00 A.M. St. John’s Elders meeting
Wed. INDEPENDENCE DAY
6:30 P.M. St. John’s Worship
Thurs.
Fri. 3:00PM-9:00PM St. John’s Booth at the Marquette County Fair-Westfield, WI
Sat. 10:00AM-8:00PM St. John’s Booth at the Marquette County Fair-Westfield, WI
SCHEDULE FOR NEXT SUNDAY, JULY 8, 2018

The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost:

Proclaim the Word Whether People Listen or Not

8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship
10:00 A.M. St. John’s Worship with communion

OFFICE SUMMER HOURS Mondays 8:00am-4:00pm, Tuesdays 8:00am-4:00pm, and Thursdays 8:00am-12:00pm.

THANKS LuAnn Zieman for arranging today’s special service

THANKS FOR YOUR PRAYERS We would like to thank everyone for their prayers and kind words for our sister (Sherri Miller) over the past year.  Your support meant a lot to us.  As a result, after a grueling 10 months of surgery, chemo treatments and radiation our sister is currently cancer free.  It has been two months since her last treatment and she is slowly regaining her strength.  The Lord has been merciful!  –Dawn Marcelain and Candace Sonnenberg

https://download.churchart.com/artlinelibrary/v/vb/vbs_10372c.jpgVACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (VBS) 2018 St. John’s Vaction Bible School will be August 6-10 from 9:00am-3:00pm and will be available for ages 3yrs-6th grade. Camp Phillip will be leading it for us this year! There will be sign-up sheets in the office, St. John’s info room and Emmanuel parish hall. OR you can call/email the office during summer hours to sign your child up. The deadline for sign-up is July 30th.

https://download.churchart.com/artlinelibrary/l/la/ladder_16091c.jpgVACATION BIBLE SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

We will need as many volunteers (adults and older kids) as we can get to help run our VBS this year. If you want to help, call the office and let Ciara know ASAP!

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL DONATIONS NEEDED! St. John’s needs a list of supplies to run VBS efficiently. If you are willing to donate, you may swing by the office during summer hours or drop boxes will be located in Emmanuel parish hall and St. John’s info room.

Here is a list of things needed: glue, glue sticks, onion powder, cardstock paper, ground mustard, yellow mustard, black and red permanent markers, plastic mixing spoons, apple corer, small mixing bowls, baking rack, garlic powder, microwave-safe bowls, box of food coloring, silver glitter, toothpicks, measuring cups, measuring spoons, baby oil, white sand, sea shells red satin ribbon, cross penny, satin nylon cord, heavy duty paper plates, black felt, 18 oz. plastic bottles (BAI), black construction paper, 32 quarters, masing tape, index cards, blindfolds, 40 ping pong balls, long rope, water guns.

See the source imageMARQUETTE COUNTY FAIR BOOTH This year at the Marquette County Fair in Westfield, St. John’s will be setting up a booth. We are looking for volunteers (2 people per shift, older kids are welcome) to sit at our booth, interact with others with the fun activities we have set up and simply share what St. John’s church and school is all about with provided pamphlets and handout information. Volunteers will “work” in 2 hour shifts. The booth will run Friday, July 6th from 3:00pm-9:00pm and Saturday, July 7th from 10:00am-8:00pm. Please call Ciara at the office or contact Pastor Pete/Paul Van Treeck to volunteer!

INVITATION Friedens Lutheran Church in Randolph, WI invites you to a special presentation on Medical Ethics Part Two, Christian Decision Making by Rev. Wayne Mueller. Pastor Mueller will be speaking about Sexual Ethics and End of Life Decisions. He will be addressing such questions as: Can there ever be a bad reason for deciding to have more children? What happens to the souls of babies who are aborted? Are some forms of birth control less moral than others? Please join us on Saturday, July 14th from 1:00-3:15pm. Fellowship and lite refreshments to follow. See sign-up sheet in Emmanuel parish hall and St. John’s info room.

CHRISTIAN ONE-LINERS (from a WELS pastor): “Forbidden fruits create many jams.”

ST. JOHN’S A/V ROOM–HELP WANTED Our current audio/visual crew (Tracy Hoffman & Aaron Wachholz) welcomes more members to learn what they do to create and show PowerPoint services on the big screen, record services to create DVD’s and upload to our church website, operate the sound system, etc. “Many hands make light work.”

WELS INTERNATIONAL YOUTH RALLY at Bowling Green, Kentucky State University June 26-29 – St. John’s–Montello Youth Group leaders: Mark & Patty Emond; YG members: Isaac Emond, Nellie Kendall, Jasmine Lange, Autumn Loveland, Lyla Roush, Austin Thornton.  Thanks for your participation, prayers and support.

See the source imageALTAR FLOWERS If you would like to have flowers put on the altar for a special occasion or just to add beauty to St. John’s, please contact our Altar Ladies, Carolyn Rosenthal 589-5036 or Elaine Kelm 920-344-0025, and they can have it arranged. Thank you.

St. John’s Greeter Schedule
July 1 Delvin & Jean Henke
July 8 Paul & Christa Van Treeck
Attendance Emmanuel St. John’s
6-24 6-27 57 136 8
St. John’s Altar Committee:

July 2018

Elain Kelm

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Carolyn Rosenthal

Usher Schedule
July 1

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Jack Yates; Chief, Calvin Wojtalewicz, Zeb Zuehls, Mark Emond, Kevin Kaul

Don Stelter, Jim Stuempges, Joe Heller, comm. assist. Wayne Stelter

July 8

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Don Smith; Chief, Scott Ritz, James Kunde, Ken Borzick, Thomas Wojtalewicz

Brian Ninnemann, Noah Buchholz, Paul Dahlke

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

Teacher: Karin Stellick (920) 342-3689

Teacher: Sara Borck (858) 731-7919

Church/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

WLA Principal: Mr. David Schroeder

Office (920) 921-4930

WLA website: www.wlavikings.org

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Holding on to Hope – June 29, 2018

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13

Holding on to Hope


Daily Devotion – June 29, 2018

Devotion based on Romans 15:13

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Hope is a slippery thing. We hold onto it until suddenly and almost always unexpectedly, it is taken away from us.

We can’t help people by just telling them to be more hopeful. That’s like telling an excited child to close his eyes and go to sleep. He may close his eyes as tightly as he possibly can but that won’t make him any sleepier. Hope isn’t something we can have by wishing for it.

Rather, hope needs to be given and who better to give it than the “God of hope”? How does God give hope? He does it by filling us with joy and peace as we trust in him.

Joy is ours as the Holy Spirit teaches and convinces us that God is not our enemy nor is he looking to punish us. Rather, as the Holy Spirit works through the gospel of Jesus Christ, we are assured that God has forgiven all our sins and even calls us his friends.

The Holy Spirit gives us peace as we read the Scriptures. He makes us confident that our days are known by God and that he is promising to work all things for our eternal good. He takes away our fears because he guarantees that our future belongs to him and nothing can take that future away from us.

Filled with joy and peace as we trust in God, we truly have hope. Not the kind of hope that can be easily taken away but instead we have an overflowing hope. Filled with peace and joy by the Holy Spirit, hope fills our lives abundantly. Rather than slipping away from hope, it runs over into the lives of others.

All of this is the work of the Holy Spirit, allowing us to hold onto and be filled with hope.

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, give to us the Holy Spirit that we may be renewed in hope as you fill us with peace and joy. Amen.

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True Spirituality, A Gift from God – June 28, 2018

Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2:38

True Spirituality, A Gift from God


Daily Devotion – June 28, 2018

Devotion based on Acts 2:38

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“I am spiritual.”

It is common to hear that statement when the topic of God and religion comes up. People probably mean many things when they say they are spiritual. Maybe they just want to give an answer that sounds good, so conversation will turn to something else. But in many instances, it seems to indicate an interest in things like morality, spiritual forces of good and evil, or a higher power.

True spirituality is important, something that God wants all of us to have. So he defines it and he tells us where it comes from.

Today’s Bible verse is a message delivered many years ago by a man named Peter. He was speaking to his Jewish countrymen about Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus had performed many miracles. He had taught with authority. The Jewish leaders and people called for his death. He was handed over and killed. But he rose from the dead and lives and rules as Lord! Many of Peter’s listeners were convicted of their guilt. “We killed the one God chose and sent! What shall we do?”

“Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” God the Holy Spirit connects us to Jesus and the forgiveness he earned by his suffering and death for us. True spirituality is a gift from God. It is freely given to those who do not deserve it. It is given to those who have failed God and others. It is given to those who are terrified about what their sins look like to God. It is given through the message of Jesus Christ. It is given through a simple, but powerful and profound, washing of water connected to that word. The Spirit comes to human hearts this way. The Spirit gives spiritual life by turning hearts away from themselves and turning them in faith to Jesus. The Spirit connects people to Jesus’ forgiveness and the peace, joy, and hope that come with it.

“I am spiritual.” By God’s gift of the Spirit through the gospel of forgiveness…by the gift of the Spirit who connects you to Jesus and his forgiveness…yes, you are!

Prayer:
Lord God, thank you for your gifts to us. Thank you for Jesus and his forgiveness. Thank you for the Holy Spirit and his work of connecting us to Jesus by the gospel. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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The Why Question – June 27, 2018

Then the LORD spoke to Job out of the storm. He said: … “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone—while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?
Job 38:1,4-7

The Why Question


Daily Devotion – June 27, 2018

Devotion based on Job 38:1,4-7

See series: Devotions

“Why, daddy?” “Mommy, why?” Can you hear the three-year-old asking questions over and over and over again? “Why is the sky blue?” “Why does ice cream taste so good?” “Why do you get to stay up and I have to go to bed?” “Why do cars go fast?” “Why do light bulbs make light?” And over and over again. For the adult, it can be challenging to remain patient, to continue to answer, or sometimes to even know how to answer. And we can become frustrated.

Is it possible that what frustrates us about three-year-old children is the way we sometimes approach God? “Why do some people have so many talents and I have so few?” “Why do my attempts to get ahead financially seem to fail, while others seem to do very well?” “Why didn’t I make that team, get that promotion, or get that guy or girl?” “Why did this struggle come to me and my family?”

Job was asking the “why” question. He had faced enormous difficulties in his life and became frustrated. In his mind, it wasn’t fair; he’d been a faithful believer, yet his life was in shambles. “Why!” (Read the book of Job, chapters 1 & 2.)

In the last five chapters of the book, God answers, but he doesn’t answer the “why” question. Instead, he focuses our attention from “why” to “who.” Who spoke to Job? The Lord spoke to Job. The Lord, who is the powerful, independent God; who is also the faithful God, showing love and mercy to us humans. That’s who spoke to Job.

And how much power does the Lord have? He laid down the earth’s foundations; he marked off its dimensions. The Lord has amazing powers which go oh-so-far beyond our understanding. He can do anything and everything!

And most importantly, how does the Lord feel about you and me? He loves us! He proved it by faithfully sending Jesus to this earth to live, die, and rise in our place. He loves you and me with an everlasting love which is bigger and better than any love which any human being can have for us. That’s “who” our Lord is!

Is it okay to ask “why?” Sure. But it’s often far better to ask, “Who?” “Who is in control?” The all-powerful God who loves you dearly. That’s who!

Prayer:
Focus me on you, O Lord, that I may be filled with peace during every up and down of life. Amen.

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How do you see them? – June 26, 2018

Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. … We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.
2 Corinthians 5:14-16,20

How do you see them?


Daily Devotion – June 26, 2018

Devotion based on 2 Corinthians 5:14-16,20

See series: Devotions

How do you see your coworkers? How about the server at the restaurant where you last went out for food? How do you see your teachers in class? How do you see the neighbor who lives across the street? How about leaders in the government?

Do you view some mostly in relation to how they can serve you, be of use to you, and make your life better? It’s easy to see the people we meet and with whom we interact as means for our personal fulfillment.

Christ’s love compels us to see people differently, because he did not see us this way. He did not see what you could do for him, how you could serve him, or how you could make his life more comfortable.

This is how Christ saw you: separated and distant from God, under his sentence of eternal judgment. He saw you as someone he could serve, someone he could love, and someone whose life he could make incomparably better, because he knew he could reconcile you to God. He could overcome the distance, but he knew it would take selfless service. He needed to become your sin. He needed to assume the guilt that separated you from God. He needed to die for you, and he did.

If you want to live for him who died for you, see others differently. See them as Christ saw them. See them as those whom you can serve, love, and whose life you can make incomparably better. Make God’s appeal to them on Christ’s behalf. Share how he saw them and how it moved him to die. Speak of the reconciliation they have with God through Jesus Christ.

Prayer:
Jesus, thank you for seeing me as one whom you could serve and save. Move me to see how I can speak of your love to others and tell them of the reconciliation that is theirs. Amen.

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Silencing the Storm – June 25, 2018

Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
Mark 4:38-39

Silencing the Storm


Daily Devotion – June 25, 2018

Devotion based on Mark 4:38-39

See series: Devotions

“Let us go over to the other side,” Jesus said. As they were getting into their boat, Jesus’ disciples didn’t expect to be soon staring down a storm that would have them scared for their lives. With Jesus along, no doubt they expected smooth sailing.

That’s like us. We expect our lives to be smooth sailing, especially since we are living our lives under Jesus’ direction. But when the dark clouds of depression form over us, when our relationships are racked by the winds of life, when the waves of sickness have us swamped, we can feel that in the storms of life we are staring down death. Is Jesus asleep when those storms rise up? With rattled souls we cry out to him, “Don’t you care?”

Jesus replies, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” Faith always holds on to something. For it to really matter, faith needs to rely on power greater than ourselves. Go outside, you mere mortal, and call on the winds to cease. They won’t listen. Strive against the storms in your own life and they won’t stop. You need someone who has a greater power than wind and storm.

After the disciples woke Jesus up, he said to the wind as if it were a naughty child, “Quiet! Be still!” The wind stopped. The waves were stilled. There was instant silence, serenity, and a glassy sea. The wind and the waves could not prevail against his power. If Jesus has power greater than a storm, then he is the source of real safety for your life.

Of course, he has power, but doesn’t he care when life’s storms strike at us? He cares more than we could ever fully know. He stared down death and won. The storm of sin he silenced. The wind and wave of guilt he put to an end. He threw himself into the swirling storm of sin, guilt, and punishment. He went to the cross and instead of crying out, “Be still!” he cried out, “It is finished!” Sin was silenced. Guilt was over.

Jesus suffered that storm on the cross because he cared about you personally. He wanted that final storm to be done and you to live in peace with him. Jesus cares. If he went to his cross for you, he will certainly not leave you to face the storms in your life by yourself.

Prayer:
Jesus, thank you for silencing our sin. Use the storms in our lives to strengthen our faith in you. Amen.

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BULLETIN-JUNE 24, 2018 THE FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

EMMANUEL and ST. JOHN’S

Evangelical Lutheran Churches

Mecan and Montello, WI

Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod

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THE FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

JUNE 24, 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!

A PERSONAL PRAYER FOR THOSE GATHERED FOR WORSHIP

The fact that we belong to Christ and the fact that he lives for us and with us through the gospel is no guarantee against apparent disasters in life. The best of Christians may be tempted to give God advice in the day of trouble. They may even use their prayers as the means for instructing God on how things ought to be and prescribing to God the best methods for fixing the mess he has allowed. In point of fact God, does not need our advice. The Christian attitude in the day of distress is to listen to the Word of the Lord. It is there that Christians will learn God’s ways are incomparably superior to anything we could imagine or advise. All we have is the Word of promise, and that’s all we need.

GOD’S WORD FOR TODAY Trust God’s Word; He Stilled the Worst Storms – The world is a confusing place. We often feel it does not deal fairly with us. We go through anger, even terror, when we don’t understand the turmoil around us. But in Word and sacrament Jesus reminds us of his presence. He forgives our foolish self-centeredness because of his holy book. He opens our eyes to the rescue he has won for us. Thus, he gives life in this trouble-filled world new hope and new purpose.

ORDER OF SERVICE–LITURGY

The Common Service (hymnal page 15)

PASTOR’S GREETING

OPENING HYMN 384 “By Grace I’m Saved” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

LITURGY (hymnal page 15, read & sung responsively)

(Please stand)

PRAYER OF THE DAY

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

THEME FOR TODAY’S SERVICE

The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost: God Governs Creation

FIRST LESSON Job 38:1-11

God’s wisdom over creation

Then the LORD answered Job out of the storm. He said: “Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge? Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.

“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone— while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?

“Who shut up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from the womb, when I made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness, when I fixed limits for it and set its doors and bars in place, when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther; here is where your proud waves halt’?

PSALM 46 (hymnal page 84, all read verses and sing refrains)

EPISTLE LESSON 2 Corinthians 5:14-21 (today’s sermon text)

God’s reconciling love forms a new creation

For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

VERSE OF THE DAY Alleluia. Because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” Alleluia. (Galatians 4:6)

LITURGY (hymnal page 18, all sing)

“Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!”

(Please stand)

After the announcement of the Gospel, all sing:

“Glory be to you, O Lord!”

GOSPEL LESSON Mark 4:35-41

Jesus power over creation

That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

After the reading of the Gospel, all sing:

“Praise be to you, O Christ”

THE APOSTLES’ CREED (sung to the tune of Hymn 486 “Lord of Glory, You Have Bought Us”)

(Please be seated)

SERMON HYMN 401 “Your Works, Not Mine, O Christ”

(printed in hymnal, all sing)

SERMON 2 Corinthians 5:14-21

“The Old Has Gone-The New Has Come”

1. New Status

2. New Life

3. New Work

(Please stand after the sermon)

LITURGY (hymnal page 20, all sing)

(Please be seated)

OFFERING, WORSHIPER GREETINGS & FRIENDSHIP REGISTERS

OFFERING PRAYER

PRAYER FOR BLESSINGS ON THE CHURCH (read by pastor)

INTERCESSORY PRAYERS

– For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: George Alexander, Gale “Blackie” Boyd, Alexandria Buehrens (Bob & Carolyn’s great granddaughter), Bob & Carolyn Buehrens, George Chapman, Gene & Sharon Crook, Harley & Liola Crown, Agnes Dassow, Caleb & Emery Degenstein (Mark Emond’s friends), 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, Geri Kerl (Sue Brown’s mother), Bob Klapper (Sandy’s husband), Doris Klawitter, Aspen Raelynn Lefeber (Barb Hoffman’s greatgrandaughter), Anna Madigan, Kerry & Lily Mann, Ruthie Marcelain (Dawn’s granddaughter), Sherry Miller (Candace Sonnenberg’s sister), Steve Parrish, Wayne Riemer, Wilma Rudolph, Frankie Russell, Bob Schrank, Bill Schroeder (Ashley’s father-in-law), Jane Torres (Stacie Starke’s mother), Donny Weber (Betty’s son), Paul Weldon, Raymond Zacharias (Marilyn Riemer’s brother) – (added this week: )

– For the family of Carol Smith, Kenon’s mother, called home on 6/19

– For Tim Hemling who received the Lord’s Call to teach middle school English at Divine Savior Academy in Doral, Florida

– For Kinsley Brenda Barker, the daughter of Logan Barker and Deandra Kendall, who will be baptized today (6/24 at 12:30pm) at St. John’s

– For Marriage

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

*NOTE: AT EMMANUEL…

LITURGY (hymnal page 25)

HYMN 441:1-4 “O God, Our Help in Ages Past” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

(Please stand)

CLOSING PRAYER & BLESSING (hymnal page 25b)

(Please be seated)

CLOSING HYMN 441:5-6 “O God, Our Help in Ages Past” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

*NOTE: AT ST. JOHN’S…

(Please stand)

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

(Please be seated for the distribution)

Welcome! We are pleased that you have joined us for worship today,

If you are visiting today we ask you to speak to the pastor before communing. Here at St. John’s and Emmanuel Ev. Lutheran Churches we follow the historic and scriptural practice of closed Communion (sometimes called member Communion).

Holy Communion expresses our oneness in faith and confession. To commune with us is the same as declaring, “I believe everything this church teaches.” Before communing together we need to study God’s Word together to ensure that we are united in belief and confession. Therefore, we respectfully ask other Christians to receive instruction before communing with us. We welcome to the Lord’s Table those who confess unity in faith with us by their membership in another congregation of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). If you have any questions about our practice please speak to the pastor after the service.

DISTRIBUTION HYMNS 388 “Redeemed, Restored, Forgiven”, 441:1-4 “O God, Our Help in Ages Past” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

(Please stand)

SONG OF SIMEON, CLOSING PRAYER & BLESSING (hymnal page 24-25)

CLOSING HYMN 441:5-6 “O God, Our Help in Ages Past” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

THEME FOR NEXT SUNDAY, JULY 1, 2018

Independence Day Service: “Let Freedom Ring”

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

ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEK JUNE 24-JUNE 30
Sun. 8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship
10:00 A.M. St. John’s Worship with communion
11:15 A.M. St. John’s Voters meeting
12:30 P.M. Kinsley Barker private baptism at St. John’s
Mon.
Tues.-Fri. WELS International Youth Rally at Bowling Green, KY
Wed. 6:30 P.M. St. John’s Worship with communion
Thurs. 10:00 A.M. Montello Care Center devotion with communion
Fri.
Sat.
SCHEDULE FOR NEXT SUNDAY, JULY 1, 2018

Independence Day Service: “Let Freedom Ring”

8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship with communion
10:00 A.M. St. John’s Worship

THIS YEAR’S HIGHSCHOOL GRADUATION Abel Bain (Martin Luther Preparatory), Seryna Jungenberg, Corey Kaul (WLA), Jonathan Lambrecht, Jasmine Lange (Montello), Morgan Marceau (Portage), Adam Myers, Leah Wachholz (Montello) (Please give the church office a call with any updates.)

OFFICE SUMMER HOURS Mondays 8:00am-4:00pm, Tuesdays 8:00am-4:00pm, and Thursdays 8:00am-12:00pm.

TWO ATTENDING LWMS CONVENTION IN GREEN BAY  Kay Maass and Linda Wachholz are worshiping this morning at the closing service of the 55th Annual Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society Convention today in Green Bay.  Under the theme, “Speak, O Lord, from the Valley to the World,” the convention began on Thursday, June 21, and concludes today.  Watch for a complete report in your next newsletter.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (VBS) 2018
https://download.churchart.com/artlinelibrary/v/vb/vbs_10372c.jpg St. John’s Vaction Bible School will be August 6-10 from 9:00am-3:00pm and will be available for ages 3K-6th grade. Camp Phillip will be leading it for us this year! There will be sign-up sheets in the office, St. John’s info room and Emmanuel parish hall. OR you can call/email the office during summer hours to sign your child up. The deadline for sign-up is July 30th.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

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We will need as many volunteers (adults and older kids) as we can get to help run our VBS this year. If you want to help, call the office and let Ciara know ASAP!

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL DONATIONS NEEDED! St. John’s needs a list of supplies to run VBS efficiently. If you are willing to donate, you may swing by the office during summer hours or drop boxes will be located in Emmanuel parish hall and St. John’s info room.

Here is a list of things needed: glue, glue sticks, onion powder, cardstock paper, ground mustard, yellow mustard, black and red permanent markers, plastic mixing spoons, apple corer, small mixing bowls, baking rack, garlic powder, microwave-safe bowls, box of food coloring, silver glitter, toothpicks, measuring cups, measuring spoons, baby oil, white sand, sea shells red satin ribbon, cross penny, satin nylon cord, heavy duty paper plates, black felt, 18 oz. plastic bottles (BAI), black construction paper, 32 quarters, masing tape, index cards, blindfolds, 40 ping pong balls, long rope, water guns.

CHRISTIAN ONE-LINERS (from a WELS pastor): “God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.”

WELS NIGHT AT MILLER PARK Friday, August 3 at 7:00pm! Go online to buy your ticket now wels.net/brewers2018

$5 t-shirts are also offered for the 5th annuel WELS Night. Go online and order today co-store.com/WELSnight

INVITATION Friedens Lutheran Church in Randolph, WI invites you to a special presentation on Medical Ethics Part Two, Christian Decision Making by Rev. Wayne Mueller. Pastor Mueller will be speaking about Sexual Ethics and End of Life Decisions. He will be addressing such questions as: Can there ever be a bad reason for deciding to have more children? What happens to the souls of babies who are aborted? Are some forms of birth control less moral than others? Please join us on Saturday, July 14th from 1:00-3:15pm. Fellowship and lite refreshments to follow. See sign-up sheet in Emmanuel parish hall and St. John’s info room.

2018 MINISTRATIONS AND UPCOMING EVENTS

– 6/24 11:15am at SJ: Voters’ meeting

– 6/24 12:30pm at SJ: Private infant baptism of Kinsley Brenda Barker, the daughter of Logan Barker and Deandra Kendall

– 6/26-29 at Bowling Green State University: WELS International Youth Rally

– 7/6-7 at Marquette County Fair–Westfield: SJ info booth Fri pm and Sat all day

– 7/8 8am at E: Infant baptism of William David Krueger, son of Jonathan & Emily Krueger

– 7/15 10am at SJ: Rachel Naumann teacher installation/refreshments

– 7/22 8am at E, 10am at SJ: Pastor John Dolan leads services (Zietlow’s in Milwaukee for niece’s wedding)

– 8/3 7:10pm at Miller Park–Milwaukee: WELS night–Brewers vs Rockies

– 8/5 8am at E, 10am at SJ: Pastor Gary Johnson leads services (Zietlow’s at Faith–Anchorage, AK: Pastor Z preaches for 50th anniversary)

– 8/6–10 9am–3pm at SJ: Vacation Bible School led by Camp Philip Staff

– 8/18 12pm at Montello: Father Marquette Days SJ parade float, walkers

– 8/26 8am at E, 10am at SJ: Sunday Mission Festival: Missionary Luke Wolfgramm from Russia to preach and lecture with lunch at SJ

– 9/4 8am at SJS: Classes begin

– 9/9 Sunday & midweek education program resumes

– 9/22 2pm at Wachholz farm: wedding service for Vicky Riendeau & Aaron Wachholz

– 10/16-17 at Osthoff Resort, Elkhart Lake: Joint Pastoral Conference

– 10/28 8am at E, 10am at SJ: WELS Mission & Ministry Sunday w/ DVD service “To the Ends of the Earth” & C18 prep

– 11/5 9am at Grace–Pickett: Winnebago Pastoral Conference

2019

– Synod Convention at MLC 7/29–8/2 (SJ lay delegate, E alternate)

Usher Schedule
June 24

SJ

(with comm)

E

Dennis Wacholtz; Chief, Matt Borzick, Glen Bubolz, Al Rosenthal, Christopher Smith

Lucas Stelter, Bob Ferber, Brian Ninneman

July 1

SJ

E

(with comm)

Jack Yates; Chief, Calvin Wojtalewicz, Zeb Zuehls, Mark Emond, Kevin Kaul

Don Stelter, Jim Stuempges, Joe Heller, comm. assist. Wayne Stelter

July 8

SJ

(with comm)

E

Don Smith; Chief, Scott Ritz, James Kunde, Ken Borzick, Thomas Wojtalewicz

Brian Ninnemann, Noah Buchholz, Paul Dahlke

St. John’s Greeter Schedule
June 24 Ron & Evie Blada
July 1 Delvin & Jean Henke
July 8 Paul & Christa Van Treeck
Attendance Emmanuel St. John’s
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St. John’s Altar Committee

June 2018

Diane Eisermann

&

Delores Cotte

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

Teacher Karin Stellick (920) 342-3689

Teacher Sara Borck (858) 731-7919

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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An Abiding Love – June 24, 2018

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
Mathew 10:29-30

An Abiding Love


Daily Devotion – June 24, 2018

Devotion based on Mathew 10:29-30

See series: Devotions

Does God really love me? Is he really concerned about my problems? Does he really hear my prayers? These questions tend to grow when the seeds of doubt and distress are planted, and when they are fully grown, they produce fear. I’m afraid when sickness comes. I’m afraid when problems arise. I’m even more afraid when death threatens.

The answer to my doubts and fears is clear, but I may not always remember it. This is why I need to listen to God’s promises, to trust his will for my life, and to rely on what God has done for me in Jesus.

A good starting point is when Jesus teaches his disciples about his abiding love. What is amazing is that he uses such a simple picture. Sparrows are plentiful, and they have seemingly little value. Still Jesus uses his Father’s care for these tiny creatures as evidence of his abiding love. Think of it. Not one escapes God’s loving oversight. Not one is uncounted. Not one is uncared for.

Jesus uses this picture to remind me how precious I am to God. He further adds that every hair on my head is numbered and not one falls without his knowledge. This is the intimate assurance I need. There is no doubt Jesus has an abiding love for me, but if any doubt lingers still in my heart, then I go to his cross. There I see an even clearer display of his abiding love.

At the cross I see everything Jesus did for me. My guilt, my sorrow, my punishment—all that was needed to free me from sin, death, and the devil—Jesus endured in my place. In his life, his death and his resurrection as my Substitute, Jesus displays his abiding love. Through faith I see his love is pure, limitless, and mine.

It is because of Jesus’ abiding love that I can trust him and rely on his care. It is also why I don’t have to be afraid.

Prayer:
O blessed Jesus, how great is your mercy. How deep is your compassion. How amazing is your love. By means of your abiding love you rule over all things for my benefit. By the same love you also answer my doubts and remove my fears. I rejoice in you, my Savior. Amen!

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Fire in Our Hearts – June 23, 2018

I am ridiculed all day long; everyone mocks me. Whenever I speak, I cry out proclaiming violence and destruction. So the word of the LORD has brought me insult and reproach all day long. But if I say, “I will not mention him or speak any more in his name,” his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot. I hear many whispering, “Terror on every side! Report him! Let’s report him!” All my friends are waiting for me to slip, saying, “Perhaps he will be deceived; then we will prevail over him and take our revenge on him.” But the LORD is with me like a mighty warrior; so my persecutors will stumble and not prevail. They will fail and be thoroughly disgraced; their dishonor will never be forgotten. O LORD Almighty, you who examine the righteous and probe the heart and mind, let me see your vengeance upon them, for to you I have committed my cause. Sing to the LORD! Give praise to the LORD! He rescues the life of the needy from the hands of the wicked.
Jeremiah 20:7-13

Fire in Our Hearts


Daily Devotion – June 23, 2018

Devotion based on Jeremiah 20:7-13

See series: Devotions

The question is whether to be silent or to speak. When you see so much immorality and injustice in the world, do you gain anything by speaking up about it? The prophet Jeremiah wondered. The culture of his time was in steep decline. He wondered if he should say anything.

But the word of the Lord was in his heart like a fire, so he risked ridicule and was honest about what was right and wrong. He counted on the Lord to rescue him from the wicked. He counted on the Lord to send the Savior.

We sing and give praise to the Lord our Savior. His word is like a fire in our hearts, and so we speak what the Bible says is right and wrong, calling people to repentance, so that they can hear the wonderful message of forgiveness of sins through faith in Jesus.

Prayer:
Lord God, give me the opportunity and the courage to speak your word so that others can hear about the Savior from me. Amen.

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