ST. JOHN’S & EMMANUEL
Evangelical Lutheran Churches
Montello & Mecan, WI
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod
THE FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
JUNE 17, 2018
PLEASE WELCOME today’s worship leader Pastor Tim Dolan, Dean of Students at Luther Preparatory School–Watertown
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!
GOD’S WORD FOR TODAY Don’t Underestimate Jesus and His People! On Independence Days people celebrate the growth and power of the nation. Yet there is a more powerful kingdom that has grown up from humble beginnings. It is the kingdom of God, which often makes unnoticeable progress in conquering hearts for Christ. Yet stepping back to look at it you can see its tremendous growth. Those who are part of it will be longing for the final outcome when they are “clothed” with immortal life away from the struggles of the world.
A PERSONAL PRAYER BEFORE WORSHIP All-merciful Father in heaven: In love you sent your Son Jesus to suffer, die on the cross and rise from the grave to save us. In love you send the Holy Spirit through the gospel in Word and Sacrament to call us to repentance, faith, and discipleship. Inspire and empower us to CLING TO THE VINE AND PRODUCE FRUITS OF FAITH. Bless our lip worship today and our life worship tomorrow. Amen.
ORDER OF SERVICE–LITURGY
Service of the Word (hymnal page 38)
OPENING HYMN 221 “Blessed Jesus, at Your Word”
(printed in hymnal, all sing)
LITURGY (hymnal page 38, read & sung responsively)
PRAYER OF THE DAY
LITURGY (hymnal page 39b, all sing)
(Please be seated for the Scripture readings)
THE DAY’S BIBLE READING THEME
Father’s Day–The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost: The Growth of God’s Kingdom
FIRST LESSON Ezekiel 17:22-24
The Lord builds His Kingdom from the Messianic shoot
“`This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I myself will take a shoot from the very top of a cedar and plant it; I will break off a tender sprig from its topmost shoots and plant it on a high and lofty mountain. On the mountain heights of Israel I will plant it; it will produce branches and bear fruit and become a splendid cedar. Birds of every kind will nest in it; they will find shelter in the shade of its branches. All the trees of the field will know that I the LORD bring down the tall tree and make the low tree grow tall. I dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish.’”
“`I the LORD have spoken, and I will do it.'”
PSALM 92 (hymnal page 101, sung in unison)
EPISTLE LESSON 2 Corinthians 5:1-10
Kingdom living – by faith not by sight
Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. We live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
VERSE OF THE DAY Alleluia. May your priests be clothed with righteousness; may your saints sing for joy. Alleluia. (Psalm 132:9)
LITURGY (hymnal page 40, all sing)
“Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! These words are written that we may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!”
GOSPEL Mark 4:26-34 (today’s sermon text)
Internal and external growth of God’s Kingdom
He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain– first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.”
Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest seed you plant in the ground. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds of the air can perch in its shade.”
With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand. He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything.
LITURGY (hymnal page 40b, all sing)
“Praise be to you, O Christ”
(Please be seated)
SERMON HYMN 568 “Good News of God Above” (printed in hymnal, all sing)
SERMON Mark 4:26-34 “God’s Kingdom is Growing”
(Please stand after the sermon)
THE APOSTLES’ CREED (hymnal page 41, all read)
(Please be seated)
OFFERING, WORSHIPER GREETINGS & FRIENDSHIP REGISTERS
PRAYER FOR THE SUCCESS OF GOD’S WORD (read by pastor, CWAB p 219)
– 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), Carol Schumann, Jane Torres (Stacie Starke’s mother), Donny Weber (Betty’s son), Paul Weldon, Raymond Zacharias (Marilyn Riemer’s brother) – (added this week: Frankie Russell)
– For Isla Grace Starr (Pastor & Lauren’s granddaughter), the daughter of Pastor David & Anne Starr, whose 5/27 private baptism at the hospital will be affirmed today (6/17) at St. Paul’s–New Ulm
– For Luther Preparatory School
– For Fathers
LORD’S PRAYER (hymnal page 43, all read)
HYMN 324:1-3 “Almighty God, Your Word is Cast” (printed in hymnal, all sing)
CLOSING PRAYER & BLESSING (hymnal pages 43b-44)
(Please be seated)
CLOSING HYMN 324:4 “Almighty God, Your Word is Cast” (printed in hymnal, all sing)
Theme for next Sunday, June 24, 2018
The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost: God Governs Creation
Note: Please give your completed friendship register page to an usher or pastor as you leave today’s service.
|ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEK JUNE 17-JUNE 23
||St. John’s Worship
||St. John’s Worship
||St. John’s School Board/Staff meeting
||St. John’s Council meeting
|SCHEDULE FOR NEXT SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2018
The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost: God Governs Creation
||St. John’s Worship with communion
||St. John’s Voters meeting
||Kinsley Barker private baptism at St. John’s
FREE THRIVENT T-SHIRTS Extra T-shirts from past Thrivent Action Team events are displayed in the linkway at St. John’s. They are FREE to good homes. Adult sizes are clearly marked on the collar tags or the red cardboard tags attached to each shirt.
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.
CHRISTIAN ONE-LINERS (from a WELS pastor): “God loves everyone, but probably prefers ‘fruits of the spirit’ over ‘religious nuts!'”
NEW TEACHER FURNITURE SHOWER Our new Kindergarten & 1st grade teacher, Rachel Naumann, is moving to Montello this weekend. After living in dormitories for 10 years, she’s moving into her rented home at 55 Church Street. I asked if she needed any furniture, and she answered: “Oh yes, actually! I’m needing any couches or chairs for a living room, any coffee tables also for a living room, and maybe a small dresser or nightstand for the small spare bedroom. And any deck furniture, as the house as a smaller deck out back! Anything extra from anyone would be fantastic!” Please phone, text, or e-mail Rachel with items that you could donate. (847-913-2135 & email@example.com) Photos of items would be appreciated. Free pick up is available.
GIFTS TO MISSIONS Three gifts have been made to WELS Mission projects: 1) St. John’s School & Little Lambs gave $644.36 to this year LWMS sponsored Kids C.A.R.E. mission project, Feeding Jesus’ Lambs in Nepal. This will be presented at the LWMS Convention in Green Bay, June 21-24. 2) St. John’s Sunday School gave $488.49 to their 2017-2018 mission project, India Children’s Homes & School. 3) St. John’s freewill offering for Cameroon from Mission Festival Sunday 5/20 was $364.00. Emmanuel’s freewill offering was $125 plus a special $1000 gift from one member. Total gift for Cameroon: $1,489.00. Thank you, God, for these blessings to missions!!
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–4pm 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
– 10/16-17 at Osthoff Resort, Elkhart Lake: Joint Pastoral Conference
– 10/21or28 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
– Synod Convention at MLC 7/29–8/2 (SJ lay delegate, E alternate)
Dear Members and Families of St. Johns,
As the school year has ended and another year of ministry and activity at St. John’s has come to an end, it’s time to take a little break for the summer and get ready for the fall. It is also the time when the church financial/budget year will be closing as well. The church and school leadership wanted to say thank you for supporting the ministry here at St. Johns Church, School and various other WELS ministry fields. Thank you for bringing your family and friends to church.
With the beginning of summer for the students, staff and the multitudes of various activities and sports, comes vacations and family activities, and unfortunately what most churches refer to as the summer slump. The summer slump is where we get too busy doing all the other activities that require our time that regular church attendance takes a back seat. Its where we find ourselves on Sunday morning saying, “I am just going to miss this Sunday to do other (insert your own activity here)” and next thing we know it’s been three months since we set foot in church or into Gods Word. We just want to inform you of various other ways you can stay connected to God and his Word. There are many ways to do this whether you attend Church on Sunday or our Wednesday night service. You also can use technology to your advantage and watch a sermon on line or keep up with your daily devotion through the church website or Time of Grace daily devotions. If you are going on vacation you can use the WELS website to look and see if there is a WELS church near where you are vacationing. You are never far away from Gods word if you don’t want to be. Just ask – there are many options that we can suggest for you.
Enjoy your summer time with family and friends. Bring them to church with you. Stay in God’s Word. Make it a part of your summer routine. There is much to be thankful for this last year! Let’s give ourselves one more blessing and avoid the summer slump. It’s that simple and easy. And God promises to bless our efforts in his name.
Paul Van Treeck
|James Wachholz; Chief, Richard Freitag, Gerhardt Voigt, Mitch Simon, Karl Whitrock
Wayne Stelter, Warren Buchholz, DuWayne Sommerfeld
|Dennis Wacholtz; Chief, Matt Borzick, Glen Bubolz, Al Rosenthal, Christopher Smith
Lucas Stelter, Bob Ferber, Brian Ninneman
|St. John’s Greeter Schedule
||James & Linda Wachholz
||Ron & Evie Blada
|St. John’s Altar Committee
Welcome To Our Visitors!
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Pastor Peter Zietlow Office (608) 297-2321
Cell & Text (608) 408-7830, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Winnebago Lutheran Academy
Principal Mr. David Schroeder/WLA office (920) 921-4930
WLA website: www.wlavikings.org